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There’s nothing quite like hitting the open road while riding a motorcycle. Riding a motorcycle brings on an adrenaline rush like no other and creates a camaraderie between motorcyclists everywhere. There are just some things that people who only ride in cars will never fully understand or appreciate as motorcyclists do, and maybe they never will. They’ll never understand what they’re truly missing out on. Here’s what you come to appreciate once you’re on your own bike for those who don’t ride a motorcycle.

 

The Finger Wave

 

Most people have seen this wave at one point or another. You’re driving down the road on a nice day, and in the other lane, you see another biker riding toward you. The reflexive response is to stick out your index and middle fingers down toward the ground for the other biker to see and return in kind. This is a salute to one another to say hello and tell the other to keep both wheels on the road, rubber to the ground, and is also a show of camaraderie between riders. You may never see one another again, but the fellowship is still there, and this salute acknowledges that fellowship.

 

Lane Splitting

 

More obvious than the finger wave is lane splitting. This is when a biker is riding down the section between two slow-moving lanes of traffic, leaving the cars in the dust while you zip on by and out of traffic quicker than they can. It isn’t legal everywhere, and there’s always a chance that someone will open their car door to make you fall, but the knowledge alone that you can bypass everyone is an adrenaline rush in itself.

 

Acceleration

 

Accelerating in a sports car might bring a thrill to some people, but it doesn’t compare to hitting the throttle on your motorcycle and feeling it accelerate in a matter of minutes, if not seconds. This right here is the definition of adrenaline rush: the front wheel slightly hovers off the ground while the back wheel produces an unbelievable amount of power, pulling off as much as 1.1G of force as your bike takes off on the road with no more protection than the helmet on your head. There’s nothing quite like it.