After snow last Sunday, the temperatures in the 70s were too much to resist today. I ran all my Saturday errands on the bike, tucking things here and there in the saddlebags and tank bag. My left hand was off the handlebar quite a bit, waving at fellow riders coming the other way, from bundled-up tourers this morning to guys in tank-tops and shorts this afternoon.
There are a few variations on The Wave;
- One finger pointing down (usually cruisers)
- Slightly downward two-finger peace sign (usually sportbike pilots)
- Short sideways wave (usually tourers covered with bags)
- Full standard wave (usually scooters)
I’m not hip enough to know if there’s any significance to the angle or duration of The Wave. And then there’s The Nod, used when both hands are occupied shifting, turning, or taking off. There are those who don’t wave or nod, of course, but they are few.
Whatever the particulars, it’s a nice brotherly gesture toward a stranger who shares a fondness for two wheels, and it makes for a bright little moment on the road.