One of the nicest aspects of riding a motorcycle
is the camaraderie
with other motorcycle riders. This friendship crosses all common borders between people and even those within the motorcycle community. Die-hard Harley nuts
, guys on flashy crotch rocket
s, motorcycle cops and even people riding old beater
s all wave to each other when passing another motorcyclist or when another one is coming the other direction in the opposite lane.
Waving to another motorcyclist can be a bit tricky, as your hands are responsible for the clutch, front brake, throttle, headlight, turn signals, horn and steering, of course. The standard method to wave is:
- Take your left hand off the grip (since your right grip is the throttle and slowing down is not an option)
- Extend your index and middle fingers perpendicular to the direction of travel and parallel to the road (in other words - "out")
Congratulations, you've just helped spread the love through the motorcycling community.
Albert Herring noted that road cyclists usually wave to each other in a very similar manner.
This is based on my own expericences in the United States. If yours have been different, please /msg me or add a writeup below.