I've been putting a lot of miles on my new used bike lately and have been running into other riders every time I ride. Everytime I see one, they would lower their left hand/arm in a gesture(I assume) to say "hello/hi". My question is what is the proper way to response (I've been nodding my head) if I want to keep both hands on the handle bar (still a noob if you don't already know)?
A nod is fine. Clutch fingers up in a mini wave but keeping your palm on the grip is also acceptable. Really any acknowledgement is ok except a middle finger. lol
I've seen guys stick their foot out, which just looks stupid.
One habit I still haven't broken when I nod, is I nod UP. Like "what's up!" That moves my line of sight away from the horizon and could put me in a bad situation. I try to remember to nod down/bow my head slightly, but often do the up nod by accident. I think the bow nod would be better not just because it keeps my eyes horizon level, but because a bow is often associated with respect, whereas a nod up often feels like a challenge. But that may just be me. lol
Location: Living in Thailand, but Home is Linden, NC
I agree, the head nod down, the mini finger wave, and yeah, maybe the Rossi style foot wave, are all acceptable ways to acknowledge a fellow rider. As you riding confidence level increases, you may fine yourself dropping your arm too.
Yeah anything is really acceptable. Especially if your in a turn or coming to a stop it's understandable that you can't free up a hand. You'll like waving once your more confidant, I cruise alot with only 1 hand on the throttle and the other on the tank, it rests the hand so it's not all tight and hurting. Unfortunately the throttle hand doesn't get alot of rest accept at stoplights.