The Biker Wave
Do you drive a motorcycle? Then you know what the motorcycle wave is. If you don’t know, it’s a special biker connection to the brotherhood and/or sisterhood. But is there a special secret to this wave?
For those that are not in the know. Motorcyclists give each other a wave or the motorcyclist salute when driving past each other. Why you may ask? It’s sorta like a brotherhood/sisterhood. A club for the wanna be rebel, the weekend warrior like me. A snub against the man or just a howdie to the fellow motorcyclist. There are many more bikes on the road, and the riders range from genuine 1%, to lawyers, or college kids and even soccer moms. Some people don’t wave back but I always wave. I salute the fellow rider like me who chose to forgo the safety of an enclosed cage on four wheels in favor of the rebellious break free feeling that comes from being on two wheels. It doesn’t even matter what brand they drive or if even if it’s a small bike or moped I wave to everybody. Cruisers, sport bikes (crotch rocket) even Metric bikes. Like I said earlier, it’s a brotherhood/sisterhood that I am proud to be part of.
So Why Don’t All Bikers Wave Back?
Who knows why all bikers don’t wave back. I always do. If I can’t because I changing gears I will nod my head but I acknowledge they are there. I have found that in my experiences most riders do wave back. Occasionally someone doesn’t wave back I have a feeling these are the “hardcore” cruiser types. The guy who has 20 or more years riding experience and have past all that. But I do know fellow riders that have that many years under their belt and they still wave. But to all those non wavers out there, whatever. Now because of brand loyalty I have been told that only Harley riders will wave to other Harley owners. I don’t know about that, I wave to everyone and I have a Harley.
Which Wave Do You Do?
Personally I do the “Low Wave”. That’s when you extend left arm at a 45 degree angle and do the peace sign. Ok folks, in closing this is for the non motorcycle riding car drivers (cagers). Most of the bikers out there are people like you. Family man or woman with children, friends and responsibilities just like you. There not going to harm you so please do your lane changes safely, which means TURN YOUR HEAD AND LOOK IN YOUR BLINDSPOT. There could be a motorcyclist. If you don’t turn your head you can even miss another full sized vehicle, how are you going to see a biker? You know what, I’ve seen people quickly glance in their mirror, put on their turn signal and swerve in the next lane all in one motion. So dangerous. Also, please leave the cell phone alone. Nuff said.
Submitted by Mr Andy Casasanta, author of this article. Hello everybody, I am a real person out there with a family and with day to day struggles just like everybody else. Trying to make an honest living online and spreading knowledge about health and wellness, baby topics, business and generally blogging about everyday life as a Father, husband, son, motorcyclist and everything else in between. Please stay tuned for my next blog. I’m sure it will be useful and you will get something out of it.