Crazy Hand Signals: Tell Other Motorcycle Riders a Speed Trap is Behind You by Tapping Your Head

See how that works? You want to warn your fellow riders that there are cops handing out speeding tickets on Highway 37 (aka Sears Point Road) up there in the Great White North, so all you have to do is to tap your head in an exaggerated fashion when you see others going the opposite way.

Thusly:

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Anyway, that’s one of the codes you can transmit when you’re a cowboy, on a steel horse you ride.

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5 Responses to “Crazy Hand Signals: Tell Other Motorcycle Riders a Speed Trap is Behind You by Tapping Your Head”

  1. SlideSF says:

    You write this as if you are directing the information at motorcyclists. But they already know that. Just because something is new to you doesn’t mean it’s news to the person you are telling.

  2. sfcitizen says:

    Well, some riders don’t know this, actually. They claim this is a regional thing, some of them do.
    To wit:
    http://www.helmethairblog.com/entries/bikers-secret-sign-language-revealed/

    Anyway, this is kind of a second person singular vernacular kind of thing. Obviously, some riders readers already know this and some don’t, acknowledged. And this isn’t new to me – I saw my dad doing this kind of thing a long time ago…

  3. Sam Foster says:

    STEEL horse

    As much as I hate that song, especially for that lyric, it’s a STEEL horse.

    http://lyricsfly.com/search/view.php?6bcd9919bb&view=42223&artist=&title=&hl=steel%20horse&opt=lyrics

    Cheers, love the blog even if I’m being pedantic.

  4. sfcitizen says:

    Oops, corrected. thx

    My editor, Google Chrome Browser, isn’t big on context…

  5. sharing_s_caring says:

    The signal can also mean “check your headlights.”
    Meaning one or more of your headlights is OUT, especially in a “headlights on” state.

    If in doubt, check it out!
    Ride as if you are invisible, studies show that you are!

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