For a group of motorcycles, it is essential to use sign language that serves to communicate with each other. During a motorcycle trip it is common to find potholes, bumps, bumps, obstacles, impatient travelers, oil stains and much more. In a car this is simply imperceptible, but on a motorcycle, that small oil stain or pothole can become a big scare. That is why it is recommended to travel by caravan. In the event of a mishap, you would have someone to assist you and so that a carom or an accident does not happen in that Group, communication between them is necessary.
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This time I will leave you with the sign language that we use when riding (road trip), perhaps many of you know them but we hope that curious car drivers or some new biker will also read us.
To begin with, we recommend that your caravan or group consult a professional, the difference of riding with a good instruction makes the difference.
GREETING ON THE ROAD
It is making a “V” with the fingers of the left hand, extending or slightly raising the arm (better known as Love and Peace). It is the Biker greeting par excellence and mandatory if we come across another motorcycle on the road, of whatever type, noting that we are part of the Biker brotherhood and that we hope that your trip will be pleasant and fun.
SIGN OF APPROVAL
Clenched fist and thumb up, it is a classic sign of acceptance, we can use it to affirm that everything is fine or accept a suggestion from our partner, very useful to communicate with our backpack (co-pilot) if we carry it.
GREETING WITH HORN
A couple of short blasts of the horn is normally used to greet Bikers who are standing alone or in a group. If we are the ones who are at a technical stop and they greet us with the horn, reciprocate by raising their hands as a sign of brotherhood, you will realize that the bikers recognize each other for their mutual support.
BIKER IN A TROUBLE
A motorcycle on the shoulder and with the helmet on the ground behind the motorcycle is a sign that it has difficulties so we must stop immediately, this brother needs help and we have a duty to help him, it does not matter that we are not mechanics, believe me that with giving Moral support and letting him see that he is not alone on the road will be enough.
BIKER WITHOUT HURRY
The helmet will be hanging from the handlebar, on the seat, or in any less visible place, so don’t worry, nothing happens to it; we greet him and we continue on our way.
Taking your foot off the footrest on the same side as the obstacle is used to warn the partner who follows us of any obstacle or circumstance that may represent a danger on the road, be it sand, gravel, pothole, oil, water or damage. on the pavement, if the obstacle is on both sides of the motorcycle as a stop, the 2 feet are used to warn our partner behind.
A pilot in the opposite direction who Hits the helmet with his fist is to warn that there is an accident on the road (Equivalent to the highs of the cars), so it will be necessary to reduce speed and exercise extreme caution. Are you wondering why not use the discharges? Generally, motorcyclists by law go with the lights on and a change of light is imperceptible.
Left arm raised with a closed fist, with this we will warn the group that a total stop is necessary, for whatever reasons. A bug inside the helmet, a motorcycle pull or any detail that needs a stop.
Left arm extended horizontally, with the palm of the hand down, and making movements up and down with this signal, we will warn the others with whom we travel that there is a circumstance later that makes it necessary to drastically reduce speed.
Arm raised with the index finger pointing upwards, and slowly turning the entire arm describing a circumference, with this signal we warn that it is necessary to return either for a partner, because the road is closed or any other circumstance.
TRANSIT OR RADAR IN OPERATION
With the arm raised and the index finger pointing upwards, making rapid and frequent turns with only the hand, as if imitating the lights of the turrets.
I HAVE PROBLEMS
Arm raised fully extended and with the hand open, this signal is used to warn the group of a possible breakdown in the motorcycle, or any other circumstance that makes a stop necessary, normally it can be accompanied by short and frequent blasts of the horn. It is not usually performed by the leader leading the group, who will choose any other option to stop the group.
I NEED GAS
Clenched fist with the thumb pointing downwards pointing to the tank with small movements.
I’VE BEEN ON RESERVATION FOR A LONG TIME
Hand gestures at neck level, such as cutting off your head. If we have reached this situation, it is that we have not found a gas station for many kilometers or we were crazy. It is best to reduce your cruising speed to between 80 and 90 km / h and pray that there is a gas station close by.
YOU CAN GO FORWARD
With the left arm and the hand extended vertically, movements are made forwards and backwards.
ONE ON ONE TRAINING
Arm fully raised and with the index pointing up without moving it, this is regularly indicated by the leader of the group when there is a lot of traffic and the idea is to go in a single line.
TRAINING IN ZIG-ZAG
Raise the fist with the index and little fingers raised (like putting the horns). It is also marked by the leader of the way to use this training since it is the most common to travel in a group.
Finally I leave you a very useful little board, remember to use the signals to communicate with others, I could save your companions from any mishap.
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