Not replying to this blatant plea for hospitality may be considered rude - and could possibly be interpreted as a strong message of inequity.
When a fellow biker is approaching, his left arm and hand will tell the story.
There are basically three categories in the laws of equity:2. If you both are riding the same "type" of bike, such as chopper, rocket or touring motorcycle, then your odds are increased as well.3. If you both are either wearing or not wearing helmets - odds increased again.
To further illustrate this concept: IF you both are riding hardtail Harleys and not wearing helmets, the odds of a hand gesture between the two of you are VERY high.
Simply leaving his left hand on the handle bar can mean anything from "not paying attention to the fact you're approaching" to "I see you but I'm not interested in exchanging a greeting" - to the harsher, "I see you but since we don't enjoy any 'equity,' I'm not going to acknowledge your existence." Of course since no words are ever exchanged to clarify, all the rider can do is simply speculate. Left hand still on the handgrip, but the index and middle fingers raised briefly. " Most of the time the receiver will respond just out of courtesy.
Of course the whole issue of who goes first really boils down to nothing more than a game of greeting chicken - or whoever's in the better mood at time.3. Left hand down off of the handlebar and out to the side.
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