6 Rules of Harley-Davidson Riding Etiquette
When you buy a CVO or a Road Glide, you’re getting way more than a state-of-the-art motorcycle – you’re also becoming part of the Harley-Davidson community. And while owning one of these beauties is the dream of many motorcyclists in Stockton and Manteca, it’s important to brush up on your Harley-Davidson riding etiquette before you take your first journey. Knowing the unspoken rules of the road will keep you in the loop, so you don’t get caught off-guard when you see that two-finger wave! Let’s go over the Harley-Davidson etiquette that you need to know in Modesto below!
Harley-Davidson Etiquette 101
Of course, it’s important to know the laws for motorcyclists in your area and any roads that you travel. However, there are also unwritten riding etiquette basics that you won’t find in a book:
- Two-Fingers Wave: Does it look like a fellow rider has flashed you an upside-down peace sign? That’s code for, “Keep your two wheels on the ground.” It’s a common sign of respect among riders.
- The Ride Along: If you’re getting ready to pass a fellow rider, take a breather for a minute. It’s customary to ride alongside another Harley-Davidson for a few hundred feet before passing. Don’t forget your two-fingers wave before dashing off!
- Mounting Your Bike: Seasoned pros know that you should always mount your bike from the left side. Not only is it easier to grab the handlebars and brakes on the left, but the kickstand is also on the left.
- The Rev Salute: One of the best parts of owning a Harley-Davidson is enjoying that signature roar of the engine. If you see a fellow rider, feel free to send a few revs their way – and don’t be surprised if you get a few back!
- Razz Sport Bikers: While many Harley Davidson riders also own sportbikes, when you’re out on your Harley it’s customary to razz on sportbike riders. They’re like an annoying younger sibling; someone you can pick on, but still a member of the biker family.
- Helping the Community: If you see a Harley-Davidson rider on the side of the road, it’s common courtesy to help if you can. Whether lending them a few supplies from your emergency kit or flagging down a truck, a little kindness can go a long way.
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