But where does this hand signal come from? To find the answer we must go back to the 70s. At that time, motorcyclists Barry Sheene regularly made the ‘V’ sign with his hand, when he won a race or passed his opponents on the track for example.
This legendary rider inspired several of bikers who have since greeted each other with this little inverted V when they pass each other on the road. Pretty sweet no?
Bikers are a tight-knit community that often meet at conventions or rallies. Another known sign made by bikers is extending their leg to thank a car or other motorcycle for letting them pass.
Other common signalsbikers use is a pat on the head or helmet which actually used to let other bikers know that there are police up ahead or they will shake their leg out if they notice debris on the road.
Clearly this is a particularly polite community! Maybe it’s time to think about getting your motorcycle licence?