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This glossary was made by those who travel on two wheels to educate people on the language of the road. Learning the lingo — as with any hobby — might bring you a new level of enjoyment in your riding experience. Robert M. Just like any other specialty, motorcycling has its own vocabulary and lingo that newcomers should become familiar with. This slang dictionary will make you sound like a veteran rider and will also give you tips such as what to know when you need to tune your motorcycle.
Whether you own a motorcycle or are thinking of purchasing a new bike now is a good time to get a better understanding of motorcycling. You might know the difference between a trike and a bobber, but do you know what a panny or a tiddler is? Good thing, we curated a cheat sheet of motorcycle terminology that will help you sound like a seasoned rider. This enormous riding organization puts on races, rallies, and more each year.
It also lobbies politicians on behalf of riders and offers services like roide assistance. Airfence: Back in the day, racers could expect to slide into a tire barrier when they crashed in a corner at the track.
Guess what? Enter Airfence, an airbag system for racetracks. When a rider hits an Airfence, it rapidly deflates, absorbing the energy of the crash and lessening the chances of injury. Good thing there was some Airfence in that corner; he walked away.
Apex: In a car or truck, you go around a corner. Which is to say, if you want to avoid skin grafts, traumatic brain injury, broken ankles, and myriad other injuries sustained in a crash, you should be wearing A ll T he G ear, A ll T he T ime. Bike: An acceptable term for almost any motorcycle, which is also often called a ride, sled, beast, the old lady, sweetheart, my precious, That Broken Down Old Piece of … and so on. How long have you owned it? Big Twin: Any large displacement Harley-Davidson. Biker: Be careful with this term.
In general, it means someone who rides a motorcycle, but in the sphere of those who actually ride motorcycles, it more precisely means someone who is in a motorcycle club or gang. There will be a quiz later. See also: rider, one-percenter, motorcyclist. Typical features include a stripped-down look, no front fender, low handlebars, a solo seat, and very spare instrumentation if any. You can turn almost any bike into a bobber with enough time, money, and tools. From there, the minimalist aesthetic just kind of took over. Now, some bike makers actually sell production bobbers.
Bonnie: General nickname for a Triumph Bonnevillean iconic motorcycle from Britain, not that widow down the street hassling you for a ride or more. That place is the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, where riders and drivers take their machines to find out just exactly how fast they can go. He may even get a class speed record. Bet I can beat ya there! See also: The Ton. Some smaller bikes and dirt bikes still come with them, but probably not for long. See also: petcock. CB The most iconic of all Honda models and a game-changer for the overall motorcycling industry.
Introduced in after it was developed by Honda as a race bike, the CB featured the first mass-produced transverse inline-four engine on a motorcycle, a front disc brake almost unheard of at the timebig power, reliability, and refinement that made high-performance bikes from Britain, America, and Europe suddenly look like oil-soaked relics of a bygone era. Subsequently, the Honda CB and its mechanical spawn are roundly pointed to as the death knell of the British heavyweight motorcycle industry and it nearly killed off Harley-Davidson as well.
Honda made a zillion CBs over the years and many still ply roadways today in various forms. However, the early years —especially those from — are very coveted, very expensive collector bikes, although you can still ride them with confidence. A choke does just that: it chokes off the air going into the engine so it has more gas in the mixture, easing starting and cold running.
Modern bikes with fuel injection just do this automatically after you push the starter button. In general, motorcycles range from 50cc at the smallest to 1,cc or so at the largest. Of course, there are exceptions example: Triumph makes a line of bikes with 2,cc engines. Alternatively, U. A typical Harley motor can range from 53ci to ci depending on the model. Indian uses a ci engine. That converts to a range of cc to 1,cc. While sites like eBay and Cycle Trader used to be the go-to places to find a used bike, Craiglist is now the place to sift for that dream bike, rare part, or used gear.
Chopper: Any cruiser bike with extended forks, really. There are no specific criteria for what makes a chopper, but typical ingredients include extended forks, a stretched gas tank, fat rear tire, V-twin engine with loud pipes, and perhaps a custom paint job, although a chopper may have some, all, or none of those aspects.
Countersteering is the technique of pushing on a handlebar in the direction you want to go. Find some open space, pedal your bicycles as fast as you can, then coast while steering with just one finger on each handlebar.
Now push very, very lightly on the right handlebar. Congratulations, you are now consciously countersteering. But do be careful, as it takes a while to get used to it. Back when motorcycles pretty much all looked the same, some riders added on windscreens or saddlebags for more comfort and carrying capacity. Today, bikes like the Honda Goldwing and Harley-Davidson Ultra Classic are the ultimate examples of a dressed-up touring bike and include things like heated seats, powerful stereos, intercoms,powered windscreens, cruise control, and more.
Quite simply, more braking power. However, brakes are heavy and expensiveso many bikes with less performance potential or lower prices have just one front disc brake. With the advent of better brake systems and anti-lock braking systems ABSmost bikes stop just fine with one disc upfront. However, top-tier performance bikes or very heavy bikes will usually have a pair of rotors.
Dual sport bikes can be bone-simple Honda XRL, etc. But after BMW introduced the more purpose-built GS and Kawasaki offered the KLR, both in the s, the dual-sport niche has grown to become a major part of the riding experience. Many riders feel dual-sport bikes are both the most practical and toughest kind of motorcycle and often take them on epic rides.
Vintage dirtbikes that are street legal are generally known as enduros. Fairing: On a motorcycle, the windscreen or plastic parts near the front of the bike are called fairings. Faster the movie : No, not the movie with The Rock. And it takes a lot, including a lot of pain, fitness, mastering of balky million-dollar bikes, of underhanded shenanigans by other racers, a fistfight or two, and balls the size of melons.
The skill, bravery, and determination involved make certain four-wheeled sports look like go-cart racing with your buddies in a vacant lot. See also: On Any Sunday. Many of the critters and plants there can kill or injure you. Well-armed rebels inhabit some areas of the Gap and crossing paths with them can be fatal. As such, it is the Mount Everest of dual-sport riding challenges. Few have made it. One couple managed to drive across it in a Jeep — once. It took them two years to go the miles.
Garage rot: One of the worst things you can do to a motorcycle is to not ride it.
Either ride it or store it properly. I say just ride it. Legendary for their high performance, GSX-Rs are uncomfortable for the most part but ungodly fast with good handling. A favorite of the too-much-testosterone set, they have a high rate of demolition see also: squid but are rightful favorites of club racers and track day riders. Hardtail: Any bike with no rear suspension. The earliest motorcycles were all hardtails since they were essentially powered bicycles but eventually, someone got sick of having their spine realigned by a pothole and decided some springs would help smooth out the ride.Who wants to go for a ride on a sports bike
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The proper way to use the terms ‘cyclist’ and ‘biker’