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The universal language of bikers: The biker hand signal!

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The universal language of bikers: The biker hand signal!

The world of bikers is characterized by speed, adrenaline and the freedom of the open road. But it is also characterized by traditions and a strong sense of community. This is one of the most famous traditions Biker hand sign in the shape of an upside down "IN". The sign, often used to greet motorcyclists on the road, is more than just a simple gesture. His roots go back to the British motorcycle racer Barry Sheene back. Known for his distinctive driving style and personality, Sheene used the “Victory” sign whenever he overtook an opponent or won a race.

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The universal language of bikers: The biker hand signal!

The characteristic gesture became a trademark and was deeply imprinted in the collective consciousness of the biker community. However, the meaning of the inverted V sign goes beyond its original roots. It symbolizes today Togetherness, recognition and respect within the biker community. When two bikers meet on the street and exchange the sign, it is not just a simple greeting, it is an expression of connection and mutual respect that shows that they are part of a global community.

also popular outside of the UK!

The biker hand signal has now crossed the borders of Great Britain and is used worldwide. The hand signal is now known in many parts of the world and is used by bikers from a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds. It has become one universal language developed that connects the biker community across cultural and geographical boundaries. So it can be said that the upside down “V” sign is more than just a hand gesture. It's an example of how traditions and symbols are passed down within biker culture and how the legacy of legends like Barry Sheene endures.

More biker hand signals:

  1. thumbs up: A sign of approval or recognition, often used to thank other riders for their help or support, or to praise the opposing motorcycle.
  2. Hand outstretched and flat facing downwards: A sign to indicate an obstacle or danger on the road, such as oil, dirt or potholes.
  3. Form your thumb and index finger into a circle: A sign that often means "Everything is OK" or "All is well" or to praise the opposing motorcycle.
  4. Fist pump: A sign of triumph or excitement, often after a successful ride or good maneuver.
  5. Hand tapping the helmet: A warning sign for nearby police or speed cameras.
  6. Fingers point to the tank: A sign that you need to fill up or are looking for a gas station soon.
  7. Hand behind your back: A sign often used to signal a group of motorcyclists to slow down or stop.
  8. Two fingers pointing left or right: A sign to indicate the direction of an upcoming turning maneuver.

The universal language of bikers: The biker hand signal!

Biker hand signals for oncoming traffic:

    1. Biker greeting: Hand out or raised as a greeting between motorcyclists.
    2. Attention, the indicator is still on: Sign indicating that the turn signal is still active. It could also mean that there is something wrong with the lighting system.
    3. Slow down: A sign that encourages you to slow down. Can have various reasons (e.g. police, accident, traffic).
    4. Attention, police: A blow to the head, often combined with the “slow down” sign to warn of speed checks.

Sign for driving in a group:

    1. I have to refuel: Pointing at the tank or imitating a gas pump.
    2. make break: Sign of thirst or desire to take a break.
    3. One or two fingers: Shows whether driving is in a row or offset.
    4. passing: Extending your arm high up means you can follow the person in front when overtaking.
    5. Be careful, road damage: Point at the floor or tap the floor with your foot.
    6. Thanks for stopping by: Stick out your right foot.
    7. Let someone pass: Wave through to encourage someone to overtake.
    8. Give it more gas: Turn throttle hand to encourage driving faster.

Greetings from drivers:

  1. Lichthup to: A brief flash of headlights to greet other drivers or point out something.
  2. Hand waving through the window: a friendly gesture, often between drivers of rare or classic cars, such as a Trabant.
  3. thumbs up: a sign of recognition, often between owners of classic cars or special vehicle models.
  4. horn: A short blast of the horn to greet a friend or acquaintance or to indicate danger.
  5. Flashing with hazard lights: Sometimes used by truck drivers to say thank you for leaving the road.
  6. Hand signals or nods: Often between drivers of rare or modified cars to express recognition or approval.

Especially with rare or classic vehicles, it is not uncommon for drivers to greet each other with a friendly gesture, as they often share a common passion or interest in their special vehicles.

The universal language of bikers: The biker hand signal!

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