Monday, April 1, 2013


Yes, I rode to work today.

0700 CDT
I read frequently on other blogs about the "wave" motorcyclist exchange, or don't, with other riders. But, there is another wave I experience as a rider. It's the wave I get from the folks I see nearly everyday I ride. This didn't happen when I drove to work. I suspect part of the reason for this is the route I take on Billie, my Symba, is much slower paced than the routes I took with the car. I, also, suspect part of it is because the people along my route didn't notice me, I was just another car. Now, I'm the guy on the little bike with the green flag.

I get waves from folks at bus stops. There is a gentlemen who appears to be walking to work, he doesn't wave, but we exchange head nods. Often kids wave to me. It has been a totally unexpected perk of commuting on two wheels. I like it.
  • 38F/3C and cloudy for the ride to work.
  • 48F/9C with a few clouds for the home ride.


  1. As a scooterist you get often waves from non-motorists. Elderly pedestrians at a red light, kids in cars, the odd motorcyclist, a cool nod from a Harley or the slightly embarrassed wave of a sports bike rider who just noticed he had waved at a Vespa ;-)

  2. I like it to Keith, all the sweeter when a non-rider acknowledges, rare on the sport bike, more common on the scoots.

  3. There is no connection with other motorists when in a car.

    Not only is it enjoyable when they wave, but at least you know they've seen you too.

  4. I love when I see the same people every day. A lot wave or head nod. There is one man I run across at Baptist Church and Lindbergh. He always gets in the right lane (I'm in left lane) and thinks he will beat me to his left turn. He never has :)

    One day he rolled down his window and said, one of these days I will beat you to that turn. I said, no you won't but have fun trying :) He laughed.