The wave. If you ride, you know it. There are tons of variations – two fingers down, one or two fingers up, open palm. Geez, I’ve even seen something that vaguely resembles the Queen of England’s Royal Procession wave (less the freaky hat, of course.) But my question here is not which wave you like but when you employ it. So when do you wave? And who do grace with a wave? Is your wave egalitarian? Do you wave at everyone else on a bike regardless of type?. Scooters? V-Twins? Any brand bike? Trikes? Everyone? Alternatively, are you a discretionary waver? I’ve noticed that a certain portion of the domestic V-Twin crowd doesn’t necessarily wave to other brands and especially not metric cruisers. Likewise, some of the riders of the more “exclusive” brands (Think BMW, though it’s not just them) don’t always give street cred to riders of “lesser” brands. As an occasional rider of scooters I would also observe that when I’m aboard a step through I sometimes feel that I’ve been “profiled” into two wheeled irrelevance. Trikes and three wheelers like the increasing number of Can-Am Spyders represent another whole group that may, or may not, be considered worthy of a wave by some riders.
Personally, barring being busy with the clutch, I wave at everyone. What do you do? And why? We’d love to hear what you think.