Since there is some discussion on other threads about waving to other riders and the "special salute". Here is a article I would like to share with all fellow riders about "The WAVE". It's quoted from "Cycle Canada" written by Tom Ruttan.
"... The wave demonstrated comradeship and a mutual understanding of what it was to enjoy riding a motorcycle ... almost all bikers struggled with the same things like cold, rain, heat, car drivers who did not see them, but riding remained an almost pure pleasure."
"Some riders said they did not wave to other riders because they felt that they were different from other bikers. They felt that they were 'a bread apart'. ... They were tough, independent, and they did not require or want the help of anyone, whether they rode a bike or not."
"... There were some people who bought a bike because they wanted to purchase an image of being tougher, more independent, a not-putting-up-with-any-one's-crap kind of person. ... "
"People buy bikes for different reasons. Some will be quick to tell you what make it is, how much they paid for it, or how fast it will go. ... Some people want to buy an image and try to purchase another person's perception of them. But it can't be done. They hope that it can, but it can't."
"There is a group of people who ride bikes who truly are a 'bread apart'. They appreciate both the engineering and the artistry in the machines they ride. Their bikes become part of who they are and how they define themselves to themselves alone."
"They don't care what other people think. They don't care if anyone knows how much they paid for their bike or how fast it will go. The bike means something to them that nothing else does. They ride for themselves and not for anyone else. They don't care whether anyone knows they have a bike. They may not be able to find words to describe what it means to ride, but they still know. They might not be able to explain what it means to feel the smooth acceleration and the strength beneath them. But they understand."
"These are the riders who park their bikes, begin to walk away and then stop. They turn and look back. They see something when they look at their bikes that you might not. Something more complex, something that is almost secret, sensed rather than known. They see their passion. They see a part of themselves."
"These are the riders who understand why they wave to other motorcyclists. They savour the wave. It symbolizes the connection between riders. ... "
Hope you enjoy the article as much as I do.
Is not how you wave, is The WAVE that counts ... just my opinion.