It’s pretty standard for motorcyclists to greet one another when passing in opposite directions. It’s kind of like a two-wheeled solidarity salute. Occasionally a rider will not return a greeting, which is pretty rude and just strange. I mean, it’s like someone leaving you hanging on a high-five. Usually if a rider doesn’t signal back, the odds are bent heavily in favor of that dude being on a Harley.
On this trip we invented a new greeting that we like to call “the emphatic wave.” We especially enjoy throwing this one up to guys who appear to be taking themselves far too seriously on their Harleys. It’s tough to ignore four dudes on massive Gold Wings who are emphatically waving at you.
And since we all have communication systems in our helmets, we can synchronize our wave to start all at once which hits ‘em with a blindside that they are totes unprepared for. We generally laugh for about five minutes after issuing an emphatic wave. Try it. You’ll love it.