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Two Finger Salute
« on: July 07, 2014, 03:03:00 PM »
I think folks have different personal meanings for the Two Finger Salute and I'm curious.

Back in the 70's I was instructed to raise the 'Solidarity' fist when approaching another biker. It was explained to me by the guy showing me how to ride, that it was respect and an understanding that should I see you on the side of the road, I will stop and help because we all need to stick together. There wasn't a cell phone so you're likely to be pushing the bike to its destination should you get stuck on the side of the road.

When I got back on the bike in 2001, all I saw were the little "howdy" waves or the Two Finger Salute. I initially assumed the Two Finger Salute was for 'V-Twin' and was a Harley "secret handshake"(TM) thing because that's the only time I recall seeing it.

Later I'd see other riders giving the Two Finger Salute so I figured my initial understanding was wrong and that it might be 'Two Wheels Only'.

And of course I still may be wrong because I see the Two Finger Salute coming from folks on Can-Am Spyders, Trikes, and Urals.

Now I'm curious. Do you "Two Finger Salute" and if so, do you assign a meaning to it?

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Re: Two Finger Salute
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2014, 03:06:47 PM »
No.

Perhaps a casual lifting of my left hand off the grip.

There are special occasions. If I'm riding in the snow and you are too? A definite thumbs up and wave.
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Re: Two Finger Salute
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2014, 03:07:53 PM »
I've always taken it as a hybrid of a wave and a peace sign (or v for victory) and have occasionally offered it in that spirit.
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Re: Two Finger Salute
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2014, 03:12:06 PM »
none of it means anything anymore, sorry......
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Re: Two Finger Salute
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2014, 03:17:21 PM »
I like to wave with both hands.  It puts a smile on everyone's face.   ;D


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Re: Two Finger Salute
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2014, 03:24:59 PM »
it's a thing young asian girls do. 

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Re: Two Finger Salute
« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2014, 03:58:41 PM »
I'll return some kind of wave, but most of my attention is ahead of me. I generally don't initiate a waive.  Sometimes I'll waive too late and I doubt they see it.  Whatever.

I don't realy "get" the whole waive thing.  I don't really understand Bike Nights either...just mostly guys staring at each others' bikes.

 :shrug:

You know its meaning jumped the shark when it's the subject of a penis commercial for Cialis, Viagra or whatever company uses it.

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Re: Two Finger Salute
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2014, 04:02:34 PM »
You know its meaning jumped the shark when it's the subject of a penis commercial for Cialis, Viagra or whatever company uses it.

Makes me happier in some ways that I stopped watching TV a couple of years ago when Rita left. Now I'll have to hunt it down to see what I'm alluding to  :o

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Re: Two Finger Salute
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2014, 04:12:58 PM »
I do a traditional wave.  It does make me a little happier when it's returned. :shrug: Simple pleasure, I guess. It's not like I'm busy, most of the time.
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Re: Two Finger Salute
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2014, 04:13:22 PM »
 :thumbsup:
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Re: Two Finger Salute
« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2014, 04:39:43 PM »
I take it as a variation on the peace salute of the sixties as applied to open minded individuals of the XXIst century.


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Re: Two Finger Salute
« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2014, 07:09:53 PM »
I grew up in the '70s, my friends & I always tossed out a peace sign when someone waved. I still do it on the bike or in my Jeep.
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Re: Two Finger Salute
« Reply #12 on: July 07, 2014, 07:17:49 PM »
I like to wave with both hands.  It puts a smile on everyone's face.   ;D


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Re: Two Finger Salute
« Reply #13 on: July 07, 2014, 07:42:23 PM »
Peace, baby. Still enmeshed in the 70's.
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Re: Two Finger Salute
« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2014, 08:26:45 PM »
I see you. I recognize you. Peace. (IMO - it's just an easy acknowledgement)

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Re: Two Finger Salute
« Reply #15 on: July 07, 2014, 08:58:10 PM »
Sometimes, though...
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Re: Two Finger Salute
« Reply #16 on: July 07, 2014, 08:59:30 PM »
Nicer than a one-finger salute.

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Re: Two Finger Salute
« Reply #17 on: July 07, 2014, 09:10:19 PM »
More often than not I give one of these
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« Reply #18 on: July 08, 2014, 03:27:16 AM »
You mime being on the phone???
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« Reply #19 on: July 08, 2014, 04:07:39 AM »
Yes.
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« Reply #20 on: July 08, 2014, 06:25:02 AM »
More often than not I give one of these
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Re: Two Finger Salute
« Reply #21 on: July 08, 2014, 07:42:36 AM »
I do a traditional wave.  It does make me a little happier when it's returned. :shrug: Simple pleasure, I guess. It's not like I'm busy, most of the time.


That.  I'll usually give the wave, unless there's a curve (not that common in Michigan.   :bigsmile:)

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I have done that one too.
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Re: Two Finger Salute
« Reply #22 on: July 08, 2014, 08:27:08 AM »
I do a traditional wave.  It does make me a little happier when it's returned. :shrug: Simple pleasure, I guess. It's not like I'm busy, most of the time.

Me too, mostly . . . if nothing else, it helps even out the planet's karma, countering the fearsome hun head tilted back frown so many cruiser riders adopt . . . . . sheesh . . . if ridning a motorcycle doesn't make ya smile, what does?
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Re: Two Finger Salute
« Reply #23 on: July 08, 2014, 01:06:14 PM »
I do a traditional wave.  It does make me a little happier when it's returned. :shrug: Simple pleasure, I guess. It's not like I'm busy, most of the time.

Me too, mostly . . . if nothing else, it helps even out the planet's karma, countering the fearsome hun head tilted back frown so many cruiser riders adopt . . . . . sheesh . . . if ridning a motorcycle doesn't make ya smile, what does?


We had two bags of grass, 75 pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a saltshaker half-full of cocaine, a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers... Also, a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of beer, a pint of raw ether, and two dozen amyls. ?????????????????
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Re: Two Finger Salute
« Reply #24 on: July 08, 2014, 02:11:13 PM »
We had two bags of grass, 75 pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a saltshaker half-full of cocaine, a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers... Also, a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of beer, a pint of raw ether, and two dozen amyls. ?????????????????
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Re: Two Finger Salute
« Reply #25 on: July 08, 2014, 05:07:07 PM »
We had two bags of grass, 75 pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a saltshaker half-full of cocaine, a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers... Also, a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of beer, a pint of raw ether, and two dozen amyls. ?????????????????
Standard road trip kit in the old days.

couldn't carry enough parts to keep the BSA on the road, so we had to amuse ourselves, yes?
We had two bags of grass, 75 pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a saltshaker half-full of cocaine, a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers... Also, a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of beer, a pint of raw ether, and two dozen amyls. Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.

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Re: Two Finger Salute
« Reply #26 on: July 08, 2014, 07:26:11 PM »
We had two bags of grass, 75 pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a saltshaker half-full of cocaine, a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers... Also, a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of beer, a pint of raw ether, and two dozen amyls. ?????????????????
Standard road trip kit in the old days.

couldn't carry enough parts to keep the BSA on the road, so we had to amuse ourselves, yes?

Old BSAs just need bolts and wiring. Otherwise, they're good.  ;)
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Re: Two Finger Salute
« Reply #27 on: July 09, 2014, 08:19:35 AM »
that's true -- just so many bolts and wahrs . . . .
We had two bags of grass, 75 pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a saltshaker half-full of cocaine, a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers... Also, a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of beer, a pint of raw ether, and two dozen amyls. Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.

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« Reply #28 on: July 09, 2014, 09:51:16 AM »
that's true -- just so many bolts and wahrs . . . .

And they still leaked.
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Re: Two Finger Salute
« Reply #29 on: July 09, 2014, 12:35:09 PM »
even when empty
We had two bags of grass, 75 pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a saltshaker half-full of cocaine, a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers... Also, a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of beer, a pint of raw ether, and two dozen amyls. Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.

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Re: Two Finger Salute
« Reply #30 on: July 10, 2014, 06:43:49 AM »
that's true -- just so many bolts and wahrs . . . .

And they still leaked.

Boy, that is so true!
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Re: Two Finger Salute
« Reply #31 on: July 10, 2014, 08:10:51 AM »
After a week of riding in sconsin, eating too much, drinking just the right amount, and generally wenjoying ourselves . . . . OMB and I returned home last weekend, and jumped back into work/normal routines . . . .

She got outa the car last night returning home from work (she commutes via 4 wheels almost all the time), and says, "how long does it take for you to stop waving at motorcycles when you're in the car?"

chuckling, I responded, "Mid-December."
We had two bags of grass, 75 pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high-powered blotter acid, a saltshaker half-full of cocaine, a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers... Also, a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of beer, a pint of raw ether, and two dozen amyls. Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.

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« Reply #32 on: July 10, 2014, 08:55:54 AM »
After a week of riding in sconsin, eating too much, drinking just the right amount, and generally wenjoying ourselves . . . . OMB and I returned home last weekend, and jumped back into work/normal routines . . . .

She got outa the car last night returning home from work (she commutes via 4 wheels almost all the time), and says, "how long does it take for you to stop waving at motorcycles when you're in the car?"

chuckling, I responded, "Mid-December."

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