Rider died doing “biker wave.” Other factors lead to crash
State police say the motorcycle rider threw the “biker wave” to another rider. He lost control and crashed. As a result the biker died. Police say the bike flew off the road. Then it spun out. Because of the crash it also flipped several times.
The 55-year-old victim was riding a Harley Davidson. Police say alcohol was a factor. They also say he wasn’t wearing a helmet.
“Biker waves” are a time-honored tradition. It’s considered rude not to return the wave. Sometimes however, I won’t do it. It’s not because I don’t like the type of bike the person is riding. Also, it’s not because I’m being rude. When I don’t give or return the “biker wave” it’s for safety reasons. If I’m on the highway going 75 I don’t feel safe taking my hands off the bars. That’s especially true on a congested highway. Also weather can factor into it. As well, if I’m taking a curve I need to have my hands in place to lean properly.
Obviously riding drunk played a part in this rider who died doing “biker wave.”That’s never good. Bikers like to complain a lot about how “cagers” drive. But we need to be responsible for our own safety too.
Please be careful out there and follow me on social media: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok. Chris Best is an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award-winning journalist. He’s a husband and father of four. He’s also a motorcycle enthusiast.