HAND SIGNALS

Motorcycle hand signals are important.

Here are some Universal Hand Signals.

(Relay signals back through the pack.)

START ENGINES Start your engines With your right or left arm
extended, move your index
finger in a circular motion.
LEFT TURN Left turn Raise your left arm
horizontal with your
elbow fully extended.
RIGHT TURN Right turn Raise your left arm
horizontal with your
elbow bent 90 degrees
vertically.

HAZARD LEFT.

 

Road hazard on the left

Extend your left arm at
a 45 degree angle and
point towards the hazard

 

HAZARD RIGHT A Road hazard on the right, option A. Extend your right arm at
a 45 degree angle and
point towards the hazard.
HAZARD RIGHT B Road hazard on the right, option B. Extend your left arm upward
at a 45 degree angle with your
elbow bent to 90 degrees and
point towards the hazard over
your helmet.
SPEED UP Speed up. Raise your left arm up and down
with your index finger extended
upward.  This indicates the
leader wants to speed up.
SLOW DOWN Slow  down. Extend your left arm at
a 45 degree angle and move
your hand up and down.
STOP Stop or stopping. Extend your left arm at
a 45 degree angle with the
palm of your hand facing rearward.
SINGLE FILE Form a single file.

Position your left hand over
your helmet with your fingers
extended upward.  This indicates
the leader wants the group in a
single file formation. Usually this
is done for safety reasons.

STAGGERED   or
SIDE-BY-SIDE
FORMATION -

 

Form either a staggered formation. Extend your left arm upward
at a 45 degree angle with your
index and pinkie finger extended.
This indicate that it is safe to
return to staggered formation.
TIGHTEN UP Tighten up the formation. Raise your left arm and
repeatedly move up and down
in a pulling motion.  This
indicates the leader wants the
group to close ranks.
PISSED OFF Pissed off Extend your left arm straight out
with your elbow bent 90 degrees.
Carefully extend your middle finger
to clearly demonstrate your
dissatisfaction with the other guy.
NOTE:  It is not recommended
you do this when you are alone.


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