Category: Biker Culture

How to wave while riding a motorcycle

So I found this satirical article over at, which was titled: Motorcycle Etiquette: How Not to Wave Like a Dork. and it made me laugh. Here are a couple of excepts, that may cause you to want to read the article.  For those who take what I write serious, the author wrote is satire (or I hope it is satire) because the real story and the one at AxelAddict bear no resemblance…

“If you drive a motorcycle, you know about “the wave”. The wave is your rolling connection to your biker brother and sisterhood, but is there a special secret to this wave? When you started riding did you seek out a wave master and perhaps copy theirs, or did you develop one of your own? Have you ever wondered if your wave is appropriate? Unfortunately, wave training is not covered in the basic or advanced motorcycle safety classes.” … “Well, here I present the five basic motorcycle waves. Your worries about not knowing proper biker etiquette are over.”

“Many riders believe there that was once a secret wave society, similar to the Priere de Sion fraternal order, founded back in 1903 when the first Harley Davidson rolled out of the shed. There wasn’t. It all started one day in 1904 when Arthur Davidson passed by William Harley and, since they knew each other, they waved. Another biker saw the two “Kings of Motorcycles” doing this and thought this was a biker necessity. A tradition was born.” … “The waving tradition continued on through the years but was always haphazard. There were bikers doing the “Bye Grandma Wave,” others doing the “Howdy Wave,” and still others doing the extremely feminine “Princess Wave.” … “In 1946, after several years of these image-destroying gestures, a group of crusty old bikers decided to put some proper waving rules in place. They formed the Wave Hard And True Biker Society. Abbreviation: WHAT-BS.”

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Funeral urn for my best friend.

“…Grieve not,
      Nor speak of me with tears,
       But laugh and talk of me
   as if I were beside you there.”
~ Isla Paschal Richardson

It was my privilege to build this urn for my friend, Ken “Tazz” Crofutt who went down on a bike he loved on May 30, 2015. Rest in peace, my brother.

Building the Urn:

The urn consists of a top end off of a 103ci Harley Davidson engine. The “jug” is inset into a hollowed out base machined from a solid 10″x3″ round billet of aluminum. The pictures below show the base being “faced” on a lathe and then one of the chip piles from the milling process in a Haas machining center. This project was a labor of love; thanks to all the folks at the DATC who helped make this project possible.

turning on a lathe     pile of chips

2015 Fire Ride

Support the Fallen Firefighter Memorial

Had a great day riding with a friend on the Fire Ride to help fund the National Fire Fighter Memorial in Ogden, Ut. Then we went to the UT State Fair where we found that our friend Klaus has won a blue ribbon for his leather saddle bags. On the way home ran in to him and Chell at a stop light and told him the news…he did not know. Of course all this means is that none of us mere mortal friends can afford his work and he’ll be hard to live with.

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Iron-Butt BBQ Run:


Distance: 1,070 miles
Time: 16 Hours + stops

Great 1000 mile Iron-Butt. Start with Dinner at Pat’s BBQ, in South Salt Lake, UT; then, ride straight through to Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque in Kansas City, MO for some great burnt ends.


pats-bbq         Arthur Bryant

Iron-ButtBBQRun Map

  1. Start with an early 5:00PM dinner at Pat’s BBQ (155 West Commonwealth Avenue, Salt Lake City, UT 84115) making sure to hit the road by 6:00PM.
  2. Take the 21st South Freeway to I-80 East; stay on I-80 all night; you will reach Lincoln NB in the morning.
  3. Take exit 397 to merge onto US-77 S/Homestead Expy toward NE-2/Beatrice/Nebraska City.
  4. Take NE-2 to I-29 South at the Nebraska/Iowa border
  5. Continue on I-29 until US-71; exit Left to US-71, follow signs to Interstate 70 E (Saint Louis)
    Exit I-70 (US-71) at Exit 3B (Brooklyn Ave); Right on Brooklyn Ave.
  6. Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque will be on your Left (1727 Brooklyn Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64127); you should arrive just in time for the first burnt ends of the day.