Motorcycle wave is one of the coolest things about being a rider. It is the best way to show your respect and solidarity with other single bikers who are just like you, even if you don’t know them. But it is also dangerous to wave your hands in some cases. No one would like to see you wrecking your bike just because you try to wave. Next, I will list a handful of times that motorcycle riders should not wave.
1. The time when you are using your control or may have to use
It is common sense not to wave when there is even a possibility that you are using or might have to use your controls. Don’t try to take your hands off the controls when you are downshifting into a corner or clutching through a low-speed maneuver or any situation when you’ll need your hand on the clutch lever. Your safety is the priority when you are riding. So, don’t worry about if the rider will be offended just because you don’t wave.
2. When you are riding hard on the road
When you are riding hard on a sandy road or a gravel road, there is no need to wave at other riders who are also riding on such a bad road. Every biker will understand that. And if other riders wave at you, unless you are one hundred percent safe, then you should not wave back for the sake of your safety.
3. When you are riding to work with heavy traffic on the road
It is OK to wave at other riders when you are riding out for a trip on a nice, clear and straight road. Your wave is a way to share the great experience with other single motorcycle riders. But when you are riding to work in the morning and are busy to avoid traffic, you’d better focus on riding, not waving at bikers. It is meaningless.
4. When you are at intersections
When you are waiting for the light at intersections, if you have your clutch pulled in with your hand, then you can wave at other riders with your throttle hand or just nod your head. If you have your bike stopped, then you can wave however you want. But you should focus on the changing lights and all the cars around you.