May 13, 2012
On the bike forums that I have frequented (Suzuki, HD, New Biker etc), a topic that comes up on a regular basis is the Biker Wave. Some people complain that others don't wave when they wave to them. Some complain that HD riders don't wave to other bikes. HD riders complain that metric bikers don'e wave to them - or that they do wave. Some complain that those that are 1%'ers don't wave, or claim that you shouldn't wave to 1%'ers if you know what's good for you. Then there is the whole, a lot of men don't wave to women riders. And, the women passengers are just too stuck up to wave to the riders.
In other words, a whole lot of complaining about something that really isn't important. If I see you on a bike or trike or scooter, I wave - if it is safe to do so and I'm not shifting or otherwise distracted. If someone waves back to me, great. If they bob their head, that works too. But if they don't wave, it doesn't ruin my day, and I really don't care. I don't wave to get waves back (this is not a contest where the winner is the one who gets the most waves), but to acknowledge the other rider.
on guy on the HD forum, has solved the issue of whether to wave or not, even if he is busy shifting gears:
Like the photo! Isn't it amazing how hard we can strain to be offended? I'm like you (except that I'm not a biker and I'm 100 years older, of course) in that, when I'm out walking or bicycling, waves and nods are optional.
Friday morning, starting out early to beat the heat, I heard a car pull up (on the other side of the street, but our street is narrow you may recall). I was pretty surprised when the male driver proceeded to chant, "Hey! Baby, baby, baby. Wanna ride?" Fortunately, even before I turned to look, I recognized the voice as belonging to a good neighbor. I didn't know he had it in him! We both had a good laugh.
Posted by: Cop Car at May 13, 2012 9:16:07 AM
Here the convention is to display the number of cylinders you are riding.
1, a single.
2 parallel, a parallel twin
2 spocked, a V-twin. wide-spocked - a boxer.
2 thumb and forefinger, an L-twin (Ducati,Suzuki,Morini etc)
3 a triple (Triumph, Benelli)
displaying all 5 means cops or radar ahead.
I wonder what the 6 cylinder Beemer riders are going to do? ;-)
Posted by: Ole Phat Stu at May 16, 2012 2:43:36 PM