Motorcycle hand gestures

Although motorcycle hand gestures are something that most riders learn as part of their motorcycle license exams, often they are forgotten and not used when actually needed. For example, if your signal lights are damaged, or if you’re riding in a large group, communication between riders via hand signals are critical to staying safe at all times.

Motorcycle Left Turn

Left turn For letting the group know you are turning left. The signal can be used to break from or to lead the group, depending on whether you are leading or following. Make the signal by extending your left arm straight out with your palm facing down.

Motorcycle Right Turn

Right turn  Let the group know you are turning right. Use this signal to lead or to break from the group, depending on your status in the group (leading or following). Bend your elbow 90 degrees, then point your clenched fist at the sky to complete the signal.

MotorcycleStop

Stop When the leader of the group makes the “stop” signal, it should cause a chain reaction going all the way back to the last rider in the group. Make the signal by bending your arm 90 degrees, keeping your palm open, and pointing your fingers down at the road.

Motorcycle Speed Up

Speed Up Inexperienced groups will benefit most from this signal. Experienced groups rely more on body language. Use it to tell the rest of the group to match your pace by increasing their speed. Extend your arm and swing your palm in an upward direction to give the signal.

Motorcycle Slow Down

Slow Down This signal is useful because motorcycles generate intense engine-braking forces, which do not activate the rear-facing brake light. Extend your arm and swing your palm down toward the road to tell everyone in the group to slow down.

Follow Me

Follow Me Used to announce a new, often self-appointed group leader. Also used to segment a large group into a smaller group. Make the signal by extending your arm forward at the shoulder with your palm facing outward.

Motorcycle You Lead Come

You Lead/ComeAKA the “YOU! Follow me!” signal. It has 2 distinct parts. Start by pulling up alongside the rider you want to follow or lead. In one motion, point to their bike and then swing your arm forward. Repeat this motion until the other rider understands.

Motorcycle Road Hazard

Road Hazard This is a “2 in 1” signal. The signal is different depending on whether the hazard is to the right or the left. If the hazard is on the left, point with your left arm. Point with your right foot if the hazard is on the right.

Motorcycle Single File

Single File An easy gesture. Extend your left index finger and bend your arm up to the sky. In other words, pretend the riders behind you are asking “How many?” and then indicate the answer by gesturing with your left pointer finger.

Motorcycle Double File

Double File Bend your left arm at the elbow and point to the sky with your index and middle fingers. Do not forget to include your index finger.

Motorcycle Comfort Stop

Comfort Stop Poke your arm out to the left and shake your fist using short, up-and-down movements – as though shaking a can of paint. Make this stop only when the road or shoulder is debris-free and there is ample room to pull over.

Motorcycle Comfort Stop

Refreshment Stop Indicate your intention to stop at a gas station or restaurant. Make a “thumbs up” with your left hand and gesture toward your mouth (or the front of your helmet) as though your thumb is a straw poking up out of a glass of water.

Motorcycle Turn Signal On

Turn Signal On To make a “blinking” gesture using your left hand, alternate between extending your fingers and making a fist. Use this signal to let another rider know he left his blinker on, allowing him to save face during the next comfort or refreshment stop.

Motorcycle Pull Off
Pull Off Indicate to the rest of the group to pull off of the highway, either immediately or at the next exit. The pull off signal is given when the reason for the stop is something other than a comfort or refreshment stop.

Motorcycle Cops Ahead

Cops Ahead Let your fellow riders know about police activity up the road by patting the top of your helmet with your left palm. Keep our communities’ police officers and other first responders safe. Use caution and respect all laws when riding your motorcycle.

Motorcycle Fuel

Fuel When riding with most groups, running out of gas will earn you a nickname you probably won’t like. Communicate your need to refuel by pointing to your fuel tank using your left index finger.

Most motorcycle hand signals are fairly intuitive, especially when combined with appropriate body language; however, new riders may be confused upon first seeing them.

When proper signaling is crucial to safety, like during large group rides or track days, important hand signals should be communicated during a pre-ride meeting.

Bajkerski kodeks

KODEKS

Nekada su svi bajkeri imali zajedničku nit, neizgovoreni etički kod i ponašanje koje je prevazilazilo reči koje se zasnivalo na postupcima. Nikad nije napisana knjiga o bajkerskom kodeksu ponašanja i nikad i nije bilo potrebe za njom. Ali vremena se menjaju i čini se da dolaze neki novi motociklisti.

Danas kada vidite motociklistu kako juri, najverovatnije je da će biti u majici kratkih rukava, u nekakvim pantalonicama i sa patikama na nogama. I bajker najgrubljeg, najčvršćeg izgleda pored kojeg ćete se zaustaviti je najverovatnije doktor ili advokat i moguće je da nosi Roleks ispod sve te kože. Nema ništa pogrešno u tome, sve dok ovi novi motociklisti znaju kodeks koji su stvarali old-tajmeri i generacije pre njih.

Biti bajker je značilo imati dovoljno kreativnosti i pretvoriti krntiju, koristeći samo inovativnost i inspiraciju, u jedistvenu mašinu koja pleni pažnju, a onda rizikovati vlastiti život na asfaltu jureći na istoj mašini koju ste sami napravili sa ponosom. Bajkeri su nosili kožu i bili masni jer su znali da je zlobnicima pregaziti ih čas posla, tako da su morali da izgledaju zastrašujuće.

Bili su vrsta okrenuta sebi, bez sindikata, bez grupe koja ih podržava, u mnogim slučajevima bez porodice. Morali su uspeti u sopstvenom svetu, protiv svih pravila, protiv ‘’mainstream’’ društva, i protiv svih izgleda za uspeh.

Preživeli su i napredovali zbog bajkerskog kodeksa i nikad nisu trpili sranja niotkoga. Na starijima je da uče mlađe. S tim na umu, dajemo vam osnovna pravila ponašanja na dva točka.

Pazite dobro, braćo i sestre, jer je naš kodeks svetinja ispunjen čašću i lojalnošću, onakvom kakva nije viđena od doba vitezova:

NE TRPI SRANJA!

Budi dobar prema ženama, deci i životinjama, ali ne trpi sranja. To je najvažniji preduslov ako se želiš zvati bajkerom. To je u vezi sa respektom i čašću. Svako može biti budala tankih nerava. Budi kul, zauzmi stav i neka tvoja dela prate ono što kažeš.

NIKAD NE LAŽI, NE VARAJ I NE KRADI!

Drugi način da se ovo kaže je uvek govori istinu. Bajkeri su uvek loši prljavi i masni momci u filmovima, ali svaki pravi bajker zna da ga njegova reč obavezuje. Tvoja reč je jedina stvar na ovom svetu koja 100% pripada tebi. Čuvaj je sa oprezom i budi plemenit.

NE CINKAJ!

Ako vidiš nepravdu, bori se protiv nje, ako išta vrediš. Sam ćeš se starati o problemima i nikad nemoj osetiti potrebu da nekog drugog cinkaš. Cinkaroši su najniži oblik života na planeti, odmah pored kradljivaca motora.

NE CMIZDRI!

Apsolutno niko ne poštuje niti voli onoga ko cmizdri. Drugi način da se ovo kaže je, izdrži to vreme u blatu. Drugi način da se o ovom misli je, “Ne pravi veliku frku oko sitnica” većina životnih malih neugodnosti se ionako na kraju same od sebe srede, cmizdrio ti ili ne. Glavu gore, majku mu! Bajker si, nisi crv …

NIKAD NE PRIZNAJ PORAZ I NIKAD NEMOJ ODUSTATI!

Bilo da je tuča, debata, ili poslovni dogovor, nebitno kako gusto postane, bajker nikad ne odustaje.

POMAŽI DRUGIMA!

Kad je brat ili sestra u kvaru pored puta, uvek se zaustavi i pomozi im. Čak i kao moralna podrška, ako je to sve što možeš pružiti, bolje nego da samo prođeš pored. Zapamti život je putovanje, vožnja, a ne stizanje na destinaciju. Već si tamo. I nemoj samo pomagati bajkerima, pokaži svetu da smo bolji nego imidž koji nas prati. Ljubaznost ne košta ništa ali ti daje sve.

 DRŽI DO SEBE!

Uradi ono što kažeš da ćeš uraditi, budi tamo kad kažeš da ćeš biti. To se zove integritet. Ovo se takođe odnosi za zauzimanje stava. “You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything.”

ŽIVOT NIJE VEŽBA!

Da, ovo nije proba kostima. Ovo je život – izađi i grizi velike komade njega. Nemaš vremena za gubljenje i bajkeri ne stoje i ne čekaju da im zabava dođe na noge. Živi se samo jednom. Sutra možeš poginuti, zahvaljujući nekom ko je zaspao za volanom. Živi sad, uzmi maksimum od svakog trenutka.

Ako se želiš voziti okolo u  havajskoj košulji i sandalama, samo napred, ali ako ti je namera već da izgledaš kao idiot, barem se nemoj ponašati kao idiot. Ova uputstva su samo osnove, mnogo više je potrebno da se bude bajker od toga da se samo kupi motor. Ako samo kupiš motor, ti si motociklista.

Biti bajker je način života, ponosan način života koji delimo sa strašću za otvorenim putem.