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Austin and "the wave"

I've been meaning to comment on this for a while, and since I'm waiting on a build, now is as good a time as any.

I've been riding my bike quite a lot this year, gas prices, the short commute, and "just because I want to" all come into play. The saving on gas certainly hasn't hurt us any.

One of the cool things about being a motorcyclist in Austin is the nearly universal trait of all Austin cyclists to give "the wave" - especially when passing in the opposite direction. Nearly everyone has their own version - some stick their hands way out, some just lift two fingers, some with arm straight down. A few fall back to "the nod" - probably because they have their hand on the clutch and letting go right then would cause pain and suffering to themselves and others. 90% of all the cyclists I see either start or return "the wave". It's like we are all in the same club.

The only people who don't give or return this courtesy are generally sport bike riders whose helmets and leather jackets match the color and pattern of their bikes. Maybe they are too busy looking at themselves in the rear view to notice - or maybe they are far cooler than a middle aged dude on a metric cruiser (which is probably true, but still... )

Anyway, I just thinks it's dang cool. It encourages me to ride more. And I feel like I'm in good company on the road.

Vroom vroom.


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Aug. 21st, 2008 09:55 pm (UTC)
The wave is one of the great things about riding a motorcycle *anywhere* - that feeling of belonging to a big family of sorts. Ari was thrilled for months after the day I told her that she was old enough to temporarily waive the "both hands on Daddy at all times while sitting on the bike" rule long enough to be the official wave-giver to oncoming riders.

I suspect that the wrist rocketeers, apart from any possible superiority complex, just aren't in the habit of lifting that hand off the clutch for any reason -'cause you never know when a sudden shift up >100mph might be required. But in general, I've been pleasantly surprised how universal the wave really is, between metrics and hogs, tourers and beaters, and even most of those matched-leather guys.
Aug. 22nd, 2008 06:31 pm (UTC)
I still get all excited when encountering the wave. The island and the mainland both have loads of bikers willing to wave. I wave to all. :)
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