Hi, I'm a waver!
I'm a waver. I wave to all bikes, mopeds too.
Since I ride to work on a regular schedule, I tend to see the
same cars, bicyclists, joggers, and walkers on my route.
Because (I think) gas prices are high again,
I'm seeing motorcyclists more regularly as well.
There are three other motorcyclists that I see at least once a week
that don't wave back, hence I have started a campaign.
The first is 'The Scowling Pirate', a Harley dude with the full
regalia and rather feminine hoop earrings (no helmet of
course). I'm riding my squid bike, with graphics-heavy helmet
and equally loud jacket, so he tends to maximize his glaring scowl
when we pass. I've adopted the technique of waving drunken
fey retard to him: one of those hand-flapping "YOOOOHOOOO" type of waves.
The second is 'Pinhead'. I'd really would like to meet this guy,
I guess I'd have to follow him home. He's on one of those big
mopeds: dual headlights, seat big enough for two, actually can
keep up with traffic. His moped is painted a day glow Kawasaki
green, while he has the full gloss black leather outfit: gloves,
jacket, pants, and boots. Top off with huge glossy black bubble
helmet and perfectly straight and erect riding posture.
It's a weird cartoon goth image, like Nosferatu on a pogo stick.
I figure being a moped guy he's excused for not waving, but he
does swivel that massive orb of a cranium protector in my
direction when I wave. I give him a snappy two finger pointing
type of wave, like a white belt and shoes "Nice putt Tad!" type
Third is "Gramps". Full blown Goldwing amusement park ride:
half helmet with integrated microphone, arm rests for passenger,
etc., etc. We go in the same direction, but I usually
pass him (squid bike, remember). He's a foot dragger Gramps is:
flat feet dragging on the ground approaching every
stop, and then a toe drag to 15mph on pulling away. This guy must
own a shoe store, or a least keeps one in business. Gramps seems
concerned when I wave to him, like I'm trying to alert him to an
impending danger, or at least goading for a street race. He
sometimes does a little swerve when I wave, like I've startled
him. So I don't wave at him any more, but I do bark very loudly
when I pass him within earshot.