definitely something we are planning to do. We've only had this new bike, a 2004 but still new to us, for about a month now after not riding for about the past 10 years.Want to meet some good people join a HOG chapter or go on poker Runs.
Just my 3 cents
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You are right there are times when you are not able to wave Even if you want to. And I agree you should not feel obligated. I learned the low wave with a peace sign just means keep your two wheels on the ground and have a safe ride, it was just a show of respect to other bikers at that time. This was back in the 80s. but because I still do it yet see so many others who don't I was curious...I feel this same way about it. Plus, just because they are riding, doesn't mean they're a good rider or someone that isn't a dickhead.
But, I still wave anyway, because when you don't, then people cry about not being waved at. I don't personally need a wave or acknowledgement other than from someone seeing me and not turning in front of me or hitting me.
At first, I only waved if they waved, but now it's a habit because they all wave.
What ticks me about it though, I have gotten the middle finger a few times because I didn't wave, but it was because I was busy with the clutch or didn't see them until too late because I was busy watching elsewhere to make sure some idiot didn't cream me.
Some people really get mad about not getting a wave. I never understood either why a wave is supposed to show respect or whatever, or why you should go out of your way to show appreciation (for lack of a better word) to some complete stranger when they haven't done anything to earn it.
To me, not going out of your way to "show respect" isn't the same thing as "disrespecting" someone or being disrespectful, it's just being neutral, but people take it as disrespect and rudeness if you're not out of your way overtly polite. Like no, disrespectfulness and being rude is if you're not doing anything and I act like a jerk to you or show you contempt. Just failing to say hello when I don't know you isn't rude.
and for sure just because someone is on two wheels that does not mean they are a good Rider, a good person or even someone that I would normally wave at. Just telling them have a safe ride really.