All good things come to an end
The end of an era
The camaraderie is another value of the ride.
As a rider and a pilot, it's great to feel that camaraderie that riders share. Don't feel that just because a rider fails to acknowledge you that he or she is being 'stuck up', sometimes with all of what is going on when riding, I don't always see another rider until they have passed. I'm sure others suffer from the same, I typically acknowledge all I see, but I'm sure I miss a few. Lucky enough, my co-rider typically acknowledges as well, so maybe I don't miss as many as I think. This same camaraderie exist among pilots, we don't typically get close enough to wave, but when you land at an airport, you quickly realize you are among friends. I've even had complete strangers at a small airport loan me their vehicles to go get a bite to eat. One even offered to give me money for gas in his new truck, I was like No Way, I brought it back on full.
That's too bad
That's too bad to hear. Let's all do our part to keep the friendly salute alive! In part, that's what this article is about...giving some love to motorcycle salutes and encouraging fellow riders to employ them. Feel free to share this blog post with other riders as a way to bring back the salute. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
I wonder if has to do with safety. Maybe, because there are so many more cars on a 4-6 lane highway compared to smaller roads, riders are more focused on their immediate surroundings. Still, you would think some of them would give a salute. Thanks for commenting!
Enjoy acknowledging others
I always acknowledge riders with the “Peace on the Road” sign. Most sign back which is very cool. I wonder if cagers seeing us think we really know each other!?
Been riding since 1972 and while waves were common in the old days it is a real hit or miss today. In PA about half will wave and half not so I have just about given up on the practice. Now I believe just because someone is on a bike does not mean we share anything else in common. Worst case scenario is that the other rider may be on the opposite side of me in everything else that makes me an American. Kinda like seeing the Hell's Angles waving to the Pagan's while passing each other - not going to happen.
The disappearance of the wave in OZ
I remember way back when I first started to ride in the 80s and when it was a proud tradition to give a fellow motorcyclists a wave as you past by. You felt like you knew that person even if you had never met them. You were joined in a bond a special something that not everyone could do. But over the years that has changed and you're really hard up to have someone wave back. I keep on waving but I guess 1 out of 10 may wave back. It's a sad state of affairs here in Australia. I don't know if it's because bikes are like a dime a dozen and everyone seems to have one these days so that 'special' thing we use to have has gone. Maybe it's because the riders are all younger now and with social media they don't feel like they have to acknowledge someone face to face anymore. My amazing partner asks me why I keep waving and it's because when someone does wave its a great feeling so Anyway we love riding and I will always give another rider a wave as we go in our separate directions. Bring back the wave in OZ. Stay safe stay upright have fun.
The Salute - where
A fascinating aspect of the salute is where you salute. Here in indianapolis, riders consistently salute on the Highway, and on all smaller roads. But we have a 4-6 lane highway that circles around Indy - 465. While salutes are consistent everywhere else, no one salutes on 465. Never. I’ve been riding for 45 years and never encountered a phenomenon like it…
I have been winging with a local chapter for a year without a wing, now I got a 2022 in June......no more gwrra! bummer for sure. went to a district wing in and had a ball this week in Vandalia Illinois. Peace! Winger are getting very old, the organization needs new blood that's for sure.
Another group called “Wing’d Riders” is being started by John Lazzeroni from J&M electronics. Search it on Facebook. It is a group for just Goldwingers.
It's not over yet!
Most Chapters are continuing business as usual until the end of the year. Additionally, a new group is being organized by Anita Alkire and some others that were involved with GWRRA. The new group is Eagle Wings Motorcycle Association and you can follow the progress on their Facebook page.