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post #11 of 105 (permalink) Old 10-18-2008, 03:05 PM
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This is a great story. I wave at everyone I see.

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I thought I was the only biker who looked back at his bike when leaving it.
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When I first started riding, many years ago, I had an old Kaw 750 LTD...rat looking bike, just this side of a piece of junk...but it started and rode. I didn't have anyone in my family that rode, most of my friends didn't really ride, so I taught myself and got out and rode. One day I was riding and here comes this group of about 5 bikes, every one of them waved. They were all riding nice looking bikes and I was amazed that anyone would ackowledge me on my old bike. I ended up waving at the last three. After that day it seemed whenever I went for a ride, it wasn't complete until I ran across another biker and got the wave.

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The summer I started riding, nearly every day after work I rode out to a friend's house (my "motorcyle mentor") so we could go ride the back roads and I could improve my riding skills.

Every day on my way out to his house, I'd pass a guy on an old Shovelhead. Back then, around here H-D riders very rarely - if ever- even acknowledged the existence of non-Harley riders, much less waved back. He was no different, always looking straight ahead as he passed the newbie on the old Honda CB750K. Never waved once. I waved at him every day.

One day it seemed as if I was the only bike on the road; about 45 degrees with a slight rain, nasty and chilly. Once again I passed the Shovel rider. He looked at me that day, a long slow turn of the head as we passed each other.

On that gray, wet, chilly day ... he waved back at me for the first time.

And then every day after that.

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Great piece MK...












I think I wave, I don't remember if I wave or not.
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Thanx for the story MK. I too am an avid waver as is my wife who rides with me most of the time. To me the wave is a brief connection to another person who has some sense of the joy that we experience when we are in the wind. For those who do not return the wave I simply assume that they did not see me in time or were unable to due to driving conditions. To think otherwise is just too sad.

And yes I too turn to look at my bike after parking. Sometimes I will just go to the garage and stand there and look at it. In part I do this because I think it is a thing of beauty but also because when I look at the bike it has a great deal of symbolic meaning such as freedom, independance, adventure, and many other emotions that I would have difficulty giving adaquate expression to. When I wave I feel I am sharing all this with another person and for a brief moment we have a meeting of minds and hearts.

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Thanks for taking the time for a great read missy.
I even look at my bike with a cover over it......strange aint it????

Will load the missus on the back tomorrow and head out for our Sunday excursion. Probably have a feed of fish and chips at our fav spot at a lake.
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"These are the riders who park their bikes, begin to walk away and then stop. They turn and took back. They see something when they look at their bikes that you might not."

seems almost as popular as the wave itself.


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The ones who don't wave are missing something. They are not special, or tougher than anyone else. And they likely wouldn't stop for the rider on the side of the road. Perhaps they will never get it. It's sad in a way, and just too bad for them.
I quit waving altogether after I got the sidecar. Keep your hands on the bars. I just nod if someone waves and for your info I always check on motorcycles stopped at the side of the road. Also with the increase in 2 wheeler ownership there is too much waving going on - especially in the twisties.

I really don't think encouraging waving is a good idea - especially with newbies.
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I really don't think encouraging waving is a good idea - especially with newbies.
just curious if you've ever seen any sort of incident or trouble result from someone waving?
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