Three months ago I was riding my dads '03 anniversary edition ultra classic and a lady ran a red light making a left turn and t-boned me and my girlfriend. the short version is that she shattered both bones (tib/fib) in my leg and my girlfriend, while not broken, is banged up pretty good. The bike's totaled and we are are on the very slow road to recovery. We were at a bike rally this weekend (not on a bike but it was the first excursion out since the accident!) and ended up talking to an older lady and her brother (both riders) and she told us that we earned our broken wings and they explained to us the meaning of it and how to wear that patch is an old and proud, long standing tradition, one that i hadnt heard about. She showed us hers and how she earned them. Obviously we were eager to find this patch and wear it proudly saying we went down and are (slowly) bouncing back up. But this also got me thinking, what other traditions might me out there that we dont know about? Do you know any? Heard of any? I certainly dont mean any offense by this, but I'm not talking of bells to ward off "road gremlins", I'm talking of true meaning, be it "the wave" to show our brotherhood or broken wings..............what do ya got? oh, on a side note....like i said we were on my dads bike, mine is safe and sound in the garage. she's an 07 softail deluxe and she's waiting for me and I can't wait to jump back on her when the leg is well enough. Unfortunately it scared my dad enough to keep him off, maybe he figures he wouldnt fare quite as well (well?) as we did.