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The 6 Commandments of Motorcycle Etiquette
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The 6 Commandments of Motorcycle Etiquette

Motorcycle riding can be fun and a great way to unwind! First, research various brands of motorcycles before deciding to purchase a bike. Once the bike has been purchased, the rider should learn to operate the motorcycle safely and skillfully. The motorcycle owner should be knowledgeable on some basic maintenance tasks to assure the bike continues to run properly. In addition to skillful riding and motorcycle upkeep, riders should abide by the following six commandments of motorcycle etiquette:

  1. Thou Shalt Assist Other Bikers:  Protocol regulates that bikers assist other riders that appear to be broken down on the side of the highway. Etiquette states that bikers help other bikers in trouble.
  2. Greet Fellow Bikers with the Brotherhood Wave:  Dropping the clutch hand from the handle and extending the hand low parallel to the ground is the preferred greeting when passing another motorcycle. Sometimes one, two or three fingers maybe extended aimed towards the pavement. However, a nod or a wave is also acceptable. A rider should greet other bikers regardless of the brand of motorcycle. A wave is not necessary at night, in the rain, interstate, heavy traffic or at a rally. 
  3. Do Not Covet Thy Brother's Parking Space:  It is acceptable to share the same parking space when riding with a group. Otherwise, do not park in a parking space where another motorcycle has already parked. 
  4. Be Courteous When Passing:  Wait for a passing lane to overtake a slower biker. However, in areas where it is okay to pass in the same lane, if a slower moving biker waves you to pass and there is plenty of room in the same lane. Remember that lane splitting is illegal in many states.
  5. Obey Red Lights and Stop Signs:  When approaching another biker at a red light or stop sign, stop behind the first bike to either side of the motorcycle so that the bike may be clearly seen by the first rider. Pulling out suddenly and accelerating may result in an accident. 
  6. Thou Shalt Respect Thy Neighbor's Motorcycle: Do not trash talk someone else’s motorcycle regardless of the condition of the bike. Never ask to take someone else’s bike for a ride.

 *Photo courtesy of Motorcycle by Sea Thames, New Zealand by Simon Smith at Flickr's Creative Commons.

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  1. Written In Chrome Crew
    Written In Chrome Crew
    Thanks for posting!
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    1. NT3RNT RITR
      Your encouragement is appreciated!
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  2. immasweetpie
    Great article
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    1. NT3RNT RITR
      Thanks Lori for your support! We have both got to get healthy so we can go riding.
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      1. immasweetpie
        Amen ready to go!
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  3. pftsusan
    These are sure good commandments.
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    1. NT3RNT RITR
      Thanks Susan for the vote! Mostly it is just showing respect and courtesy.
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  4. Written In Chrome Crew
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    1. NT3RNT RITR
      Thanks for the opportunity!
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  5. Badboy
    Badboy
    I agree with all except number 3. I have never heard of this before. I maybe confused as to what you mean. Usually 3-4 motorcycles can fit in one car parking spot. To take up a different spot seems like a waste. I have never given it a thought and will park in the same spot as some one else's bike. And I park a respectful distance.
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    1. NT3RNT RITR
      Respectful distance and courtesy is the key. Thanks for your comment Badboy.
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  6. Ann Johnston
    So important the rules of the road. Wish in some countries I have lived people there would follow them. In a few places motorcycles and scooters think they own the road and will pass on the right and not the left. You will see them flying down the road and pulling wheelies on their bikes. You have no choice but to slow down and hope they don't go flying off their bike into your car. Vote # 19
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    1. NT3RNT RITR
      Motorcycles can be a dangerous vehicle if not treated with respect. Thanks for the support Ann!
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