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Biker Waving Etiquette for Newbie Bikers

If you’re new at riding motorcycles, then chances are you probably never knew a “biker waving etiquette” ever existed.

This is because you probably haven’t had your first encounter with ‘the wave’ yet

Or maybe you could be dealing with having an overwhelming urge to wave at another biker, or you’re just unsure how to respond to them and whether you look less cool.

Don’t panic, the wave is actually a symbolic gesture for you to connect with other fellow bikers and there isn’t really any special how=to book on how it should be done. Plus, there’s no course on this in biking class either.

But we still got you covered, you so that you could get away from the awkwardness and know the do’s and don’ts

Waving usually unnecessary

If you’re riding along a busy road or riding fast in a highway, waving is not needed. However, if you are riding slowly in a no traffic zone, this could be the right time to exchange waves with your fellow biker.


Always try reciprocating

Don’t leave a fellow biker hanging. If you catch some old beard on a Honda Ruckus raising a heavy hand for you, make sure you wave back (but be safe, make sure you have both hands on the bike if you are riding in a busy road!)


Don’t wave like a queen

Waving at a biker has nothing regal. Make sure to use a nonchalant wave with just enough cool to have street cred and enough of a gesture to be noticed.


Don’t discriminate

Try to not distinguish between the types of motorcycles. Whether it is a Harley Davidson or a scooter, make sure you still wave. Besides, it makes the scooterist’s day!

Now that you know when to and not to wave at a fellow biker, here’s a quick guide of waves that are commonly accepted- if you are driving on the left side of the road, switch left with right and vice versa

Here are five motorcycle waves

Left Handed Low

Aimed down towards the street with the extension of one, two, three, or five fingers

Left-handed Straight Out

Arm is fully or partially extended higher or lower than the shoulder

Left-hand High

Elbow should be bent with slight forward angling of the forearm


Typically employed by Ultra Classic and Goldwing riders

Left-handed forward

Almost imperceptible due to the speed of the wave and the bike.

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