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What is the Motorcycle Rider Wave?


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If you’re new to riding or have seen two motorcyclists pass each other you’ll probably have noticed a wave shared between motorcyclists.

What’s that all about?

The motorcycle wave has been around for a long time, and has become a symbol of camaraderie and respect among all sorts of riders.

The biker wave is a quick way to say hello to a fellow bike and wish them well on the road.

It’s like part of being in the same club or society, much like the Jeep wave.

How to do the Biker Wave

Some riders like to put their own spin on the wave, but the most common form consists of an extended two fingers and left arm slightly outward and down.

Depending on who you are and what you ride, you may or may not find yourself giving or receiving the wave all the time.

Sometimes people who ride certain makes won’t wave to other makes of motorcycles.

Motorcyclists typically don’t wave to scooters – and many scooter riders might not even know what the wave is.

When Not to Wave to Other Motorcyclists

Some new riders can often get excited about giving the motorcycle wave at every chance they get.

Before you rush into your new exciting club on two wheels, keep in mind some times when you probably don’t need to or shouldn’t wave.

Don’t do the wave whenever you need to operate the clutch or navigate with both hands (turning, corners, tight spaces, etc.)

Separated highways or multilane freeways aren’t really the place for a wave.

You probably don’t need to do the wave when you’re surrounded by tons of other bikers or at a motorcycle event either.

So next time you pass another rider on the road, you know how to say hello.

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