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Offline bcvrmc_dad

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Do you use hand signals?
« on: June 20, 2009, 03:10:00 pm »
I just read this thread   Chuck and Chuck get Chucked on the other forum   which describes one c10 v. c10 and references another that occurred   on group or buddy rides.  I am fairly new to group riding and the guys I   ride with consistently use hand signals when riding in a group (I am   struggling to get used to it).  So I was wondering:    1.  If hand signals were not used in these instances, would they have   helped?    2.  Do you use hand signals on group rides?    3.  Do you use hand signals on solo rides?    4.  Do hand signals increase visibility?     Thanks,    Brian    CDA #0296  -2006 Concours (current)  -1996 Yamaha XJ600 (sold)  -1995 Honda XR650L (sold)  
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« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2009, 11:48:00 pm »
I use hand signals religiously. I rarely ride in groups as no-one in their right mind would ride with me.    However if you do ride in a group setting the use of a well communicated methodology of hand signals can certainly be an aid. However if any of the group is not fully familair with the signals then what is the use of them other to possibily confuse those riders than are not paying attention?    So prior to any group ride estabishing standard hand signals is critical for maintaining group safety. As well establishing following distances, passing standards, lead and tail riders all needs to be discussed with the group and as a group.     In as so far there will always be a member of the goup that does not pay attention once again I rarely engage in group rides. I only trust my riding and wish not to put myself in harms way due to the irresponsibilities of those that wish not to engage in a level of communication designed to provide a safer ride.    Now as far as my use of hand signals I do so with my turn signals as I feel the additional use of hand signals not only is a clear additional indication of my intentions it re-enforces other drivers recognition of this legal methodology of communication.  See and be seen is critical to your safety and IMHO the additional use of hand signals falls under this safety tenant group or no group.        AKA "2linby" That's 2-lin-by folks!  Northwest Area Director  COG #5539  AMA #927779  IBA #15034  TEAM OREGON MC Instructor    http://community.webshots.com/user/2linby  http://tinyurl.com/njas8 (IBA BunBurner Gold Trip)  http://tinyurl.com/lwelx (Alaska trip)  
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Offline Greg Habel

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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2009, 10:00:00 am »
I use hand signals to point out things like road hazzards - road debris, animals.  Also for someone to pass me, need fuel.  I trust that everyone uses their electronic turn signals and brake lights effectively.  Here's AMA's list.  These would be good to go over before leading a ride.  http://www.ama-cycle.org/roadride/groupRideSignals.asp     Greg H from Mass, Connie Droppers Anonymous Awards Dude  COG# 7010,a Tracey  CDA 120 (2.0)  99 Connie "Herrin Christabelle", 05 Ninja 250  
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« Reply #3 on: June 22, 2009, 09:41:00 pm »
Riding with more than one or two people, I tend to use hand signals for indicating debris in the road, lane changes and to supplement turn signals. If I'm on the Triumph, hand signals are a must as '69 Triumphs did not have electrical signals. Of course, on the Triumph, turn signals are self cancelling as my arms get tired! ;)    Eddie    Sanford, FL  2005 Concours  1969 Triumph Bonneville  AMA# 686667 COG# 7073 CDA# 0136     http://picasaweb.google.com/Eddie753  
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« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2009, 08:15:00 am »
I rarely use hand signals when riding solo.  Riding in a group is another story. Once there are 2 or more bikes, some form of visual communication is needed for safety and group control.      I tend to direct people to the MSF "Group Riding" quick tips document...  http://www.msf-usa.org/downloads/Group_Ride.pdf      --  Steve Smith, COG #3184  COG Northeast Area Director  (somewhere in south central CT)     If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space.
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« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2009, 06:45:00 pm »
I use hands signals all the time, quite frequently in rush hour traffic.  Have yet to use them with other riders though, as it's very rare that they piss me off.  ;)  Steve K.  '02 Concours 'Locomotive Breath'  COG# 6550  AMA# 965469  'No matter where you go, there you are...'  
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« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2009, 03:01:00 pm »
I think he was referring to hand signals and not finger signals. I use the finger signal on occasion when cagers do their stupid crap.  
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« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2009, 09:47:00 pm »
Brett, you crack me up!      I use hand signals when riding in groups, and even when just Jan and I arae riding together. It does really help with just a few basic ways to communicate.  We use the AMA signals which our local riding group teachs and uses. (see the link above)  
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« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2009, 10:45:00 pm »
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 I think he was referring to hand signals and not finger signals. I use the finger signal on occasion when cagers do their stupid crap.  
   I beg to differ.  If you see me holding up my hand, back to you, and wiggling my fingers, don't think I'm waving- that's just a whole flock of '#1's' I'm sending you. :eg:    Yeah, I'm pretty sure you're right.  But as I ride twice daily in an urban environment, in rush hour, I have very little use for the 'traditional' hand signals.  For me it's all about 360
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