Monday, May 4, 2015

Brotherhood of the Bike

So, yesterday, after the errands were done and the chores were completed, I found myself with a little "me" time. Naturally, that meant a ride.


After dropping a not-inconsequential amount on new tires/brakes/tune-up (needed and overdue in the case of the tires, but still...), I decided it was time to put some more miles on the Harley. I'm still exploring the new area, so I've been keeping somewhat close to home for the time being. As I explore more and more, and widen my circle, I venture and further...

But I digress.

I don't know if it's the longer riding season, or just that people are friendlier down here, but *everyone* waves to their fellow biker. Up in MA, maybe half would wave back on a good day. Sometimes as low as a quarter. Down here, though, it's north of 90%. Sometimes I'm not even the first to wave.

And no, I don't wave only to Harley riders. Sportbikes, Goldwings, Beamers, heck, I've been known to wave at riders on larger scooters. Even the goofy-looking Can-Ams will get a wave. "If you're behind handlebars, I'll wave" is my general belief, and since we're all in this together, quibbling over something as silly as brand is pointless.

We're all brothers - and sisters - in the saddle.

That is all.

9 comments:

Dave H said...

I'm pretty much the same - I'll wave at anybody on two wheels. (Never had an opportunity to wave at a Can-Am rider, but I'd wave at them too.) I used to even wave at people on bicycles until one guy nearly lost control out of surprise. (I think he was trying to wave back but was in an awkward position, and nearly dumped it.)

The majority of riders around here will wave back, but the ones who don't most often seem to be riding H-D.

Angus McThag said...

Don't forget to wave at Abrams drivers, they're behind handlebars too!

Wraith said...

I wave to everyone. I'd rather ride with someone on a Jap bike, or even a scooter, than listen to someone wax eloquent about his HD which never seems to make it out of the garage.

Borepatch said...

Everyone here in the ATL waves. I never rode up in Mass, but it sounds like it would be a shock if almost nobody waved back.

Anonymous said...

Well then, when you finish growing up - and get over your I am Harley, hear me roar (or sputter or clank as the pieces fall off) phase and your knees start falling apart, you can get one of them 'goofy looking CanAms' - or just quit riding. Your choice.

Yes, I pick on the Harley guys (and rightly so ;-) but at least some of them actually do get out and ride.................

OTB MCPO sends...........

Mark Matis said...

Down here in east central Florida, there is no shortage of HDs out-and-about on a very regular basis. Not sure what the problem may be elsewhere, of course...

Sailorcurt said...

I've noticed over the past few years as more people are commuting on bikes rather than riding for enjoyment, the waving has decreased a bit...at least during the work week.

I still wave, but it's often not returned monday through friday.

I guess people who are riding just to get back and forth to work don't feel that camaraderie. Perhaps to them it's just another mode of transportation?

Rest assured, if I ever see you riding in the Tidewater area, I'll wave.

LCB said...

SW Ohio here. Most everyone waves. When they don't, it's almost always the guys that look like they're in a gang...a real gang. And yes, you can usually tell them from the wannabes...

I nod to bicycle riders. In a way they are braver than we are. They don't got no horsepower to help get them out of trouble.

Phssthpok said...

Thrilled, I am, to see some bike bloggage as I have just acquired my first (real*) bike... a 1983 Honda GL650i 'Silverwing', with a mere 17K miles on it. Only paid $850 for it too!


*Been looking for a bigger ride ever since the 150cc Scooter got me hooked on two wheels.