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Interesting scooter sighting in SF today.

 
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babblefish
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 2:36 am    Post subject: Interesting scooter sighting in SF today. Reply with quote

I was stopped at a light today and along comes an entire herd of Vespa and Lambretta scooters. Mostly vintage and mostly 2-stroke. Must have been 80 to 100 of them laying down a blue haze as they went by. Must have been a local club outing. I wanted to take a video but I was on my Buddy at a light so it wasn't convenient to pull out my phone. Wish I could have joined them but I was on my way to work.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would have liked to have seen that, and even better to have been riding with a "herd". It's fun just to see another scooter rider in my town. I notice the motorcycle people give a kind of outreached "hand salute" that they sometimes do when we pass each other. Am thinking that is a way of saying hello, sharing a common bond. Is there more to it than that. It's a nice greeting and I try to return it if I feel stable enough to let go of one hand.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ucandoit wrote:
I notice the motorcycle people give a kind of outreached "hand salute" that they sometimes do when we pass each other. Am thinking that is a way of saying hello, sharing a common bond. Is there more to it than that.


They're being friendly! Usually these waves are pointed slightly downward, almost as if to say, "Look at your tire!" which is only so that it's not mistaken for a turn-signal gesture. And other riders know you can't always take your hand off the handlebar, so nobody takes offense if you don't wave back.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Occasionally I get the 2 fingers down. Sometimes I can tell thwybthought I was a motorcycle as I pass and probably wouldn’t have given it to me if they realized it was a scooter.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 19, 2019 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The two fingers to the floor is to wish the person to keep two tires down and no crashes.
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