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RED LODGE, Mont. (BIKER DAD) –A rider died doing a “biker wave” in Montana. KULR reports it happened Saturday near the Montana town of Red Lodge.

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.

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