I think we all agree that there is a hierarchy of respect in bikes, as there used to be between English sports car owners. Always an exchange of courtesies between owners of the same brand & model (2 TR4 owners passing will both wave).
Where there is a difference in "status" (not necessarily price-related), the lower-ranked member will wave, nod, smile, etc. 1st, and will be responded to after a brief delay - time based on the proportionate status.
TR4 wave to Healey 3000: 2 seconds. MG Midget wave to Aston Martin: 15 seconds. Morris Minor wave to Silver Ghost - still waiting for it.
Based on this, I have to admit I have more respect/interest for a nice clean W2 Kawasaki (A10 replica) than for a Fat Boy. I expect people to ignore me on my 1989 Evo Sportster (if you like it, you have no taste - it's a tool, not a fashion statement).
What brands/models do you favor with recognition on the road, and why?
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