Having read all the guff on here about roadies not acknowledging MTB'ers & vice versa I thought I'd try a little social experiment:
When out on my pushbike I occasionally nod to bikers - hard habit to break I suppose and occasionally I get a response.
So during yesterdays tour of Pen Y Ghent I decided to nod to every passing biker and see how many responses I got:
Old timers on old British iron were the most friendly - grins, waves, friendly banter from those parked up. Almost 100% success rate.
Proper off road bikers came second - most gave a nod on their way through, a few 'It's easier with an engine' comments. About 70% success.
However, the weekend warriors slowly blatting their way over to Foxup on top end sports bikes mostly ignored me, even though they were forced down to walking pace by the conditions, as did a brace of
Ewan and Charlie wannabees on BMW GS's.
Harley riders, amazingly, were friendlier, about a 50% success rate. I was pleasantly surprised, as no other motorcyclist would be seen dead waving or nodding at them (biking being even more pathetically tribal than cycling).
Breaking it down further, women were more friendly than men and the older the combined age of bike and rider, the more likely you are to get a response, missus.
Give it a try, it's hilarious watching the look of horror spread over a Ducati riders' face as they realises that, however automatic the reaction, they have just nodded at a cyclist