I'll never forget my first ride on the back of Bart's bike. Yes, I was struck by the freedom I felt, the wind caressing over me, the power of the bike racing through my veins; but more importantly, was the "friendship" from passing bikes.
At first, I was like "man Bart, how many people do you know?" as every bike that passed us waved. It didn't take me long to figure out that this gesture was one of sharing the life of motorcycling, of knowing how we feel, of feeling secure as others have your back, and so much more by a simple wave.
Where else can you find this instant bond of understanding? Where else can you spark up a conversation and kinship over two wheels and chrome? This "community" is one I trust and look forward to extending every year.
I know there are those of you out there who don't wave or signal as you go by - and that's okay. But know, we would still be there for you if you needed it.
Now, for the etiquette from the back! I always struggle - is the wave from the front only? Am I supposed to wave? As a bitch pad rider am I part of the "community"? I know some of you will be like "no way man" and others (fellow bitch pad riders) will say "yes, of course".
So, to play it safe, I continue to wave as I am 'that bitch pad girl'. Ladies, be proud and wave back there!