Should You Wave to a Scooter?

Mark Rutledge, a columnist for The Daily Reflector, a newspaper in Greenville, NC, as well as a motorcyclist, opines that scooter riders hav...

Mark Rutledge, a columnist for The Daily Reflector, a newspaper in Greenville, NC, as well as a motorcyclist, opines that scooter riders have earned his respect for "the wave".

He explains that really cold temperatures during morning commutes have put many motorcycle riders inside of warm comfy cages. But not scooters riders.

As he goes on to say...
Nothing separates the true bikers from the wannabes like 30-degree temperatures. I've never really considered myself a true biker, but I like getting 50 miles per gallon too much to let a little cold air stop me.

If the temperatures were in the 20s, and my commutes were more than 12 miles, I might sing a different tune. But with the proper gear, a 12-mile ride in 30-degree air feels no colder than a 30-second sled ride in the snow - and nearly as much fun.

For a whole week, I haven't passed anything on two wheels above a scooter. But cold or no cold, those guys are still out there buzzing along from point A to point B.

Maybe the scooter riders are not trying to save gas. Maybe they had a bad day in court. Either way, they're doing something most people won't consider.

That buys them a spot in the wave club.
Read Mark's full article here...
http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20071228/NEWS/712280595/-1/RSS

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  1. As a scooter rider (Vespa PX 150), I wave to any approaching motorized 2-wheeler (when it's safe to do so, of course). And most of the time, the approaching rider will wave back.

    I've always felt that all of us on two wheels fight the same battles with the greater world around us, and that we have much more in common than any difference in type of bike would suggest.

    So if I see you coming and it's safe to do so, I'll wave to you, no matter what you're riding...

    Orin O'Neill
    Scootin' Old Skool

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  2. Mr. Rutledge's comments aren't an uncommon attitude. I find "Real He-man Type" bikers don't like waving to me in the summer when I'm on the scooter. They seem to be too tough and macho to acknowledge the sort of wimp who rides a scooter. I don't know about winter. I'm about the only bike on the road when the winter rains start.
    I can't drive the Volvo more than once or twice a week. I'm spoiled. The Burgman gets 60mpg around town and has a lot more headroom.

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  3. I rode my 650 Burgman maxi-scooter to work this morning. The temperatures was 27 degrees! I am proud that I'm still humble enough to wave to guys riding their Tour Glides and Gold Wings. :~)

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