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post #21 of 69 (permalink) Old 05-08-2017, 10:47 PM
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I use that form of communication all the time. Last week while coming back from Deals Gap on I-81N, I signal a south bound rider that a Smokie was in the cut and surprisely enough he gave a roger, roger appreciate that rider via CB channel 1. There is some ole school riders out there.
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post #22 of 69 (permalink) Old 05-08-2017, 10:51 PM
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Head Tap

I use it. I have no idea when I learned it, but I'm sure it was long ago. It may have been 37 years ago, when I lived in NE Ohio. I've seen some others use it, here in Florida, too.
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post #23 of 69 (permalink) Old 05-09-2017, 01:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Mr. Whiskey View Post
'Round here the head tap means "Headz Up".
Could be anything, speed trap, tree down, road washed out, wreck, cows, etc, etc, etc...
I agree with this... it means you are approaching an issue... could be LEO, could be cow... slow down, heads up...
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post #24 of 69 (permalink) Old 05-09-2017, 06:04 AM
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First time I've heard of it. Been riding over 40 years. I learn something every day!
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post #25 of 69 (permalink) Old 05-09-2017, 06:34 AM
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Originally Posted by harvey View Post
I never heard of tapping your helmet. Been riding more than 50 years!
Turn signals appear to be unheard of in East Tennessee, as well as staying in your lane. I'll continue to signal my intent, stay in my lane, and tap my helmet.

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post #26 of 69 (permalink) Old 05-09-2017, 06:34 AM
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Years back, a buddy of mine explained me "the tap" when we were warned that way by a biker coming from the opposite direction. Sure enough, there was a LEO down the road (central Virginia).

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post #27 of 69 (permalink) Old 05-09-2017, 08:16 AM
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Originally Posted by SteelTraveler View Post
Can't remember the last time someone warned me about a cop by tapping their head. Got to be at least 15 years. Whenever I tap my head, I just get a puzzled look in return. I wonder if it's a regional thing.
I just figure that they are trying to hit the sun screen release button on top of their helmet

(that's the way you retract the sun shades on an HJC IS 33 II helmet)
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post #28 of 69 (permalink) Old 05-09-2017, 08:25 AM
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I do it all the time but only because there is a bee in my helmet

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post #29 of 69 (permalink) Old 05-09-2017, 08:44 AM
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Last weekend I tried to warn an approaching crotch rocket about a stopped funeral procession over the rise ahead of him, but had issues. When I tried to tap my head, my knuckles hit the roof of my truck. So I tried to give him the hand- down signal and slammed my arm into the window! By the time I recovered and flashed the lights on my truck he had already passed me.

I have given far more head tap warnings than I have received. Maybe the ones that didn't understand, figured it out while sitting there waiting for their performance award.

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post #30 of 69 (permalink) Old 05-09-2017, 11:00 AM
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Tapping helmet = cops ahead
Palm to the ground = hazard ahead

Didn't know about the helmet tap until my first time through the Dragon. Figured that one out pretty quick.
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