If you drive a motorcycle, you know about "the wave". The wave is your rolling connection to your biker brother and sisterhood, but is there a special secret to this wave? When you started riding did you seek out a wave master and perhaps copy theirs, or did you develop one of your own? Have you ever wondered if your wave is appropriate? Unfortunately, wave training is not covered in the basic or advanced motorcycle safety classes.
Well, here I present the five basic motorcycle waves. Your worries about not knowing proper biker etiquette are over.
Many riders believe there that was once a secret wave society, similar to the Priere de Sion fraternal order, founded back in 1903 when the first Harley Davidson rolled out of the shed. There wasn't. It all started one day in 1904 when Arthur Davidson passed by William Harley and, since they knew each other, they waved. Another biker saw the two "Kings of Motorcycles" doing this and thought this was a biker necessity. A tradition was born.
The waving tradition continued on through the years but was always haphazard. There were bikers doing the "Bye Grandma Wave," others doing the "Howdy Wave," and still others doing the extremely feminine "Princess Wave."
In 1946, after several years of these image-destroying gestures, a group of crusty old bikers decided to put some proper waving rules in place. They formed the Wave Hard And True Biker Society. Abbreviation: WHAT-BS.
To wave or not to wave, that is the question. We've all faced that moment when we felt obligated to wave but then become unsure. The worrying starts and then there's that overwhelming feeling of guilt. Well, worry no more. Here are some general waving rules to help guide you:
On the interstate; unnecessary
On a curve; unnecessary
In the rain or at night; unnecessary
On a mellow two-lane; proper
On a highway with little traffic; proper
At a rally, unnecessary
In traffic, unnecessary.
There are, however, times when not waving is just down-right rude. So if you're not a jackass, you should, if at all possible, reciprocate when another biker waves to you.
If it's the proper place and time and you receive no reciprocal wave, don't get your panties in a bunch and think you've just passed a jackass, because there are some acceptable reasons. These reasons are as follows:
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A head nod was substituted
When approaching another biker always remember to maintain the rule of "The Wave." You never know who's watching!