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    '14 R1200 GS Adv bigjohnsd's Avatar
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    To denote hazard to oncoming traffic - Flash Headlights and use the Horizontal up-and-down hand gesture for Slow Down!

    To denote hazards to following riders - flash brake lights, slow down, raise Left-Hand overhead and point with the foot on the side the hazard has been noted. Seeing a foot extended is much easier to discern than the hand.
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    Big John
    I think I'll leave the technique of taking a hand and foot off the bike at the same time and trying to miss a obstacle to you and Evil Knievel.
    I'm not that good.
    Your a brave man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nickrides View Post
    Big John
    I think I'll leave the technique of taking a hand and foot off the bike at the same time and trying to miss a obstacle to you and Evil Knievel.
    I'm not that good.
    Your a brave man.
    Nick
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    Tapping the top of the helmet usually gets them to slow down too.
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    FWIW
    In our gang tapping the top of your helmet is a sign there is a LEO about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nickrides View Post
    FWIW
    In our gang tapping the top of your helmet is a sign there is a LEO about.
    Nick
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    Exactly! The fool proof, sure fire, way to get folks to slow down and search for hazards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rangerreece View Post
    Exactly! The fool proof, sure fire, way to get folks to slow down and search for hazards.
    As is often the case I don't agree. When warned of a LEO folks are looking for a vehicle and not wildlife in the ditches, potholes, an oil slick etc. They may slow to the speed limit but that isn't enough when you hit the deer or the puddle of diesel in the roadway.
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    As with any warning attempt the time/distance conundrum crosses my mind. How far down the road is it effective?

    I’ll flash lights, raise flattened left palm up/ down for road issues and tap the helmet for speed warnings. After a mile or so, seems less likely to be relative the further down the road you are as the warnee isn’t seeing hazard immediately.
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    In the small group I ride with, tapping on your helmet is when someone forgets to turn off directional or high beam. Palm down and pumping and leg out when possible is slow down for road danger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PGlaves View Post
    As is often the case I don't agree.
    I donít know if you are aware of this or not, but there currently is no requirement in the bylaws to always disagree with me.

    But, if it makes you feel good, by all means, blast away, it doesnít bother me much really, I raised four teenagers, they trained me well. I guess it comes with the job, that I signed up for. Iím sure you had your share of detractors when you were president.
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    Maybe it depends on the situational definition of "hazard"...

    Tapping the side of the helmet (or top, which I disagree with...) is (usually) reserved expressly for "LEO Ahead", while palm down (pumping optional, depending on severity) and/or lights flashing is a general hazard alert.
    On the other hand, I have seen a few cases where the LEO was around a curve and blocking the road, so that's a double hazard.

    "Hey your turn signal is still on" is the left hand opening and closing, like sign language for telling your dog to "Speak!".

    Telling oncoming riders that they are approaching junk in the road is two spread fingers down and "sweeping"; neither I nor any of my riding friends have any problem with using our toe to point to a rock/etc. in our lane to alert the guy behind us.

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    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Orion-12-...mpaign_id=9383

    Oh... this is all way to confusing to me now.
    I just ordered 6 of these for my gang.

    See something?

    Pull it out and fire.
    Hopefully upwards.
    This should wake everyone up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nickrides View Post
    https://www.walmart.com/ip/Orion-12-...mpaign_id=9383

    Oh... this is all way to confusing to me now.
    I just ordered 6 of these for my gang.

    See something?

    Pull it out and fire.
    Hopefully upwards.
    This should wake everyone up.

    Nick
    1990 K 75 RT
    I used to ride solo in the Flint Hills in Kansas. I rode down a lot of two track section line roads that might see a vehicle or two in the spring, moving cows, and another few in the fall retrieving the cows. I carried a flare gun and smoke pots in case I got in a bind and needed to be rescued. The ranchers would see the smoke for sure and worry about a grass fire.
    Paul Glaves - "Big Bend", Texas U.S.A
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