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| Michael P. Ehline

Glossary of Motorcycle Terms for Riders

Whether a beginner or an experienced rider, a motorcycle racer, or a motorcycle enthusiast, you should be familiar with the terminology and motorcycle slang used in the motorcycle world. Understanding motorcycle slang and motorcycle terms can enhance your riding knowledge, facilitate communication with fellow riders, and ensure a safer riding experience.

We Have a Term Used to Describe Everything Motorcycle

Here’s an alphabetical glossary of essential motorcycle terms:


1%er: The term “1 %er” originated from a statement made by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) in the 1940s, claiming that 99% of motorcyclists were law-abiding citizens. Outlaw motorcycle clubs embraced the term as a badge of honor, distinguishing themselves as the “one percent” who defied societal norms and operated outside the law. It has since become associated with outlaw biker culture and is used to identify members of these clubs.


ABS (Anti-lock Braking System): A safety feature that prevents the wheels from locking up during hard braking, ensuring better control and stability. The antilock brake system allows the rider to apply maximum braking force without skidding.

Adventure Bike: A motorcycle genre designed for both on- and off-road adventures. Adventure bikes typically have long-travel suspension, larger fuel tanks, and ergonomic features suitable for long-distance rides and various terrains.

Aftermarket: Any items or accessories you buy not installed or provided by the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM.)

Ape Hangers: Ape Hangers are a type of handlebar commonly used in motorcycle customization. They are characterized by their tall and upwardly curved design, resembling the shape of ape or gorilla arms hanging down.

Apex: A word used to describe the point on the inner portion of a corner to which a motorcycle rider hugs closest. Hitting the apex also describes the fastest line through an intersection.

Armor: A generic term used sport bike to describe protective body armor and motorcycle riding gear padding many bikers wear. This includes pads on the knees and even padded riding gloves.

A.T.G.A.T.T. is an acronym that stands for “All The Gear, All The Time.” It is both an acronym and a philosophy commonly used in motorcycle riding communities to emphasize the importance of always wearing proper protective gear while riding.

Airhead is a slang term for old air-cooled BMW generation-type models.


Backing It In: A term used in motorcycle riding to describe a technique where riders intentionally lock up and fishtail the rear wheel during corner entry. This technique is primarily used in certain disciplines like supermoto racing but has also been adopted by some superbike riders at high levels of competition.

Bagger: A type of motorcycle, often a cruiser or touring bike, equipped with saddlebags or side cases for storage. Baggers are designed for comfortable long-distance rides with ample storage capacity.

Balancer: A term used to describes a chain or gear-driven shaft equipped with an off-set counterweight to cancel vibration generated by the rotating action of the motorcycle engine, also referred to as a counterbalancer.

Barn Find: The term describes a classic or authentic rare collector bike found in a barn, garage, warehouse, storage unit, or shed. It also includes a farm or estate auction.

BDC: A term used to describe the bottom dead center of a bike where the piston is at the bottom of its stroke point.

Big Red: Remains a colloquial term used to describe a Honda.

Billet: The term “billet” is commonly used to describe a piece of metal machined or cut from a solid cube or block of material, typically through milling, turning, or other machining processes. Unlike forged or cast metal components that are shaped by heating and shaping the material, a billet starts as a solid block and is then machined to the desired shape and dimensions.

Blown Bike: The term “blown bike” refers to a motorcycle that is equipped with a supercharged or turbocharged engine. The term “blown” in this context originates from the use of forced induction, which increases the amount of air and fuel mixture delivered to the engine, resulting in higher power output.

Bobber: A street-legal motorcycle style with a minimalistic design and stripped-down bodywork. Bobbers usually have a shortened rear fender, solo seat, and a rigid motorcycle frame, providing a minimalist and vintage appearance.

Bore: “Bore” refers to the internal diameter of the cylinders in an engine. It specifically refers to the measurement of the cylindrical space within the engine where the piston moves up and down.

Bottom End: The term “bottom end” refers to the lower portion of a motorcycle’s engine. It specifically refers to the components located below the cylinder head, including the crankshaft, connecting rods, pistons, and associated bearings.

Bead: Describes the wire-reinforced edge of a tire that attaches it to the rim of the motorcycle’s wheel.

Beanie Helmet: A minimalist-looking half-shell style helmet that sits on the head like a beanie that remains popular with Cruiser and Chopper riders. It also looks similar to WWII German stahlhelm models made famous by chopper riders in the 50s and 60s.

Bearing: Describes the load-supporting part of a bike’s structure designed to reduce friction and increase the durability of motorcycles and includes roller ball, tapered, and metal collar cap designs.

Beemer: A slang term for BMW brand vehicles.

Beeza: A slang defining BSA brand motorcycles

Belly-Shover: A term used to describe a motorcycle racer’s aggressive riding posture typical in sports bikes that positions a motorcycle rider’s stomach over the fuel or gas tank, also familiar in Japanese race bikes.

Belt: Often a cogged Gilmer drive belt for timing, primary or final drive, but also used to describe the rubber belt driving a bike instead of a chain or shaft.

Bore: The diameter of the cylinder in an engine. It refers to the size of the first engine cylinder and opening, typically measured in millimeters or inches.

Boxer: A type of racing engine equipped with horizontally opposed cylinders. Usually, this is a traditional sporty BMW with one cylinder peering from each side of the bike.

Big Slab: A term used to describe the interstate highway.

Big End: This means the end of the connecting rod that fits on the crankshaft.

Big Five: This is the term used to describe the five major motorcycle manufacturers, including Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha.

Big Four: This means the four significant motorcycle gangs the USA FBI claims as outlaw gangs, including Hell’s Angels, Outlaws, Pagans, and Bandidos.

Bikini Fairing: Describe a small plastic wind deflector surrounding the bike’s headlight, usually equipped with a small clear windshield on top and often used in Café Racers.

Binders: A term to describe motorcycle brakes.

Blip: This means quickly revving and releasing the motorcycle throttle.

Blown Bike: A term used to define a supercharged motorcycle.

Bog: This means a noticeable hesitation in a motorcycle engine at the initial throttle opening procedure, typically indicating a carburetor or gas pump problem.

Brain Bucket: A term used to describe a motorcycle helmet.

Braking Distance: The distance required for a motorcycle to come to a complete stop after the rider applies the brakes. Factors such as speed, road conditions, and the motorcycle’s braking system affect the braking distance.

Bronson Rock: A term used to describe a nonstandard tool used for motorcycle repairs or maintenance.

Bubble Gum Machine: A term used to describe the padding at the top of the motorcycle helmet used as a signal to other riders that police are ahead with a speed trap, DUI checkpoint, or other roadblock traffic stop.

Busa: An affectionate term used to describe the incredibly powerful Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa motorbike.


Café Racer: The café racer style of motorcycle originated in the 1960s and is known for its stripped-down appearance, low-slung handlebars, and rear-set footpegs. Café racers emphasize speed and agility, inspired by the motorcycles modified for racing between cafés.

Cage: In motorcycle culture, the term “cage” refers to a car. It stems from the perception that motorcycles offer a more open and exposed riding experience compared to the enclosed space of a car. Motorcyclists may use the term “cage” in a lighthearted or playful manner when referring to cars.

California Stop: Means and describes the term motorcycle riders use for a rolling stop without putting a foot down (usually occurring at an intersection).

Caliper: The brake component housing sliding pistons that squeeze brake pads against the spinning brake rotors designed to stop the motorcycle.

Cam: A metal shaft containing oval lobes that rotate to open engine valves on a four-stroke motor.

Camber: The inward or outward tilt of a motorcycle’s wheel.

Caning it: Riding a bike in a very aggressive manner.

CB: Slang for older Honda Honda models, not CB radio.

CC/CI: “CC” is an acronym for cubic centimeters, while “CI” is an acronym for cubic inches. Both measurements are used to determine the engine displacement, which refers to the total volume swept by all the pistons inside the engine’s cylinders during one complete combustion cycle.

Caning it: Riding a bike in a very aggressive manner.

Carb/Carbs: Yes, you are correct. “Carb” or “carbs” is a shortened term commonly used to refer to carburetors. Carburetors are mechanical devices used in internal combustion engines to blend air and fuel in the correct ratio for combustion. They were widely used in vehicles and other machinery before the advent of fuel injection systems.

Carving: Carving refers to a technique commonly used by motorcyclists when navigating turns or corners. It involves smoothly and precisely leaning the motorcycle into the curve while maintaining control and stability.

Catwalk: Another word used to describe a “wheelie.”

CC (Cubic Centimeters): A unit of measurement used to indicate the engine’s displacement or size. It represents the total volume swept by all the pistons within the engine’s cylinders. For example, a 500cc engine has a more significant displacement than a 250cc engine.

CE Armor: Also known as CE-certified motorcycle armor, it refers to protective gear used in the motorcycle industry. CE stands for Conformité Européene, which translates to European Conformity. CE certification is a standard that ensures the armor meets specific safety requirements and has undergone testing to validate its protective qualities.

Center Stand: A center stand describes a large, fold-out motorcycle stand seen mostly on touring bikes. This mood lifts the rear wheel off the ground but is centrally underneath the touring bike and engine, connected with the front and rear wheels.

Chain Drive System: A chain connecting a small sprocket to the bike’s transmission output shaft to a larger sprocket mounted to the rear wheel hub designed to transfer engine power to the rear wheels.

Chase Vehicle: A truck or a van that rides behind a group of motorcycle riders to haul broken-down cars and provide logistical support.

Chassis: The frame or structure of a motorcycle that provides support and holds various components, including the engine, suspension, wheels, and bodywork.

Chatter: Describes conditions involving mechanical oscillation or vibration with a bike.

Cherry Juice: Defined as transmission fluid.

Chicken Strips: What’s left of the tread on sports bike tires?

Cherry Tops: Police cruisers.

Chicken Strips: Large, unused, or unworn rubber patches on the outer portions of a motorcycle tire that the rider uses too much or too little lean angle while cornering the bike.

Choke: A choke is a mechanism or plate found in carburetors that restricts the airflow into the fuel system during engine starting and warm-up. By limiting the air intake, the choke enriches the fuel system air-fuel mixture by increasing the fuel content, making it easier for the engine to start and run smoothly when it is cold.

Chopper: Originally coined by early riders, this included a motorcycle with its non-essential parts stripped (or “chopped”) to make it much lighter and faster on the roads. Now it extends to custom bikes or lengthened motorcycle frames.

Clip-ons: Motorcycle handlebars clamped around the top of the bike’s fork tubes instead of being bolted to the top triple-tree.

Clutch: A device that engages and disengages the power transmission from the engine to the information. The grip allows the rider to change gears smoothly and control the power delivery to the rear wheel.

Compression Damping: Refers to vehicle systems designed to slow the rate of compression in a rear shock suspension or a suspension fork.

Compression Ratio: Describes how much fuel gets compressed when the engine’s piston rises to its highest point.

Compression Release: Compression release, also known as a decompression valve or a decompressor, is a mechanism used in internal combustion engines to reduce the compression pressure during engine start. It is commonly found in large single-cylinder engines, such as those used in motorcycles, dirt bikes, and small utility engines.

Counterbalancer: A counterbalancer, also known as a balance shaft, is a mechanical component used in motorcycles to reduce vibrations and improve engine smoothness. It is designed to counteract the inherent vibrations in engines with unevenly spaced cylinders, such as V-twin and parallel-twin configurations.

Countersteer: Counter-steering is a technique used by motorcycle riders to initiate turns. It involves briefly steering the handlebars in the opposite direction of the intended turn, causing the motorcycle to lean in the desired direction and initiate the turn.

Cowl/Cowling: A cowl or cowling is a piece of bodywork used to cover and enclose certain motorcycle parts. It serves multiple purposes, including enhancing the aesthetics of the bike, improving aerodynamics, and providing protection to internal components.

Crash Bars: Engine guards, or frame sliders, are protective bars mounted to a motorcycle’s frame. They minimize damage to the motorcycle in the event of a tip-over, low-side, or other types of accidents.

Cruiser: A cruiser is a popular style of motorcycle known for its laid-back and relaxed riding experience. It is designed with a comfortable riding position, low seat height, and emphasis on style and aesthetics. Cruisers are often associated with a classic and timeless look.


Dirt Bike: Dirt bikes are non-street legal motorcycles.

Displacement: A cruiser is a popular style of motorcycle known for its laid-back and relaxed riding experience. It is designed with a comfortable riding position, low seat height, and emphasis on style and aesthetics. Cruisers are often associated with a classic and timeless look.

DOHC: DOHC stands for Double OverHead Cam, a camshaft configuration commonly used in modern motorcycle engines. It refers to two camshafts per cylinder head, one responsible for operating the intake valves and the other for the exhaust valves.

Donor Cycle: A derogatory nickname used by emergency medical professionals or emergency workers (police and firefighters) and EMTs to describe a motorcycle with a rider in traffic.

Drag Bars: A type of handlebar commonly used in drag racing motorcycles. They are characterized by their short and straight design, providing riders with a specific hand position ideal for maximizing control and aerodynamics during high-speed drag races.

Dragging Pegs: When a motorcycle leans so far into a curve or turn that the footpegs on the rear suspension or bike touch the ground or “drag,” it is called dragging pegs. This phenomenon is often associated with sport bikes and aggressive riding styles that prioritize maximizing lean angles and cornering capabilities.

Drag Pipes: Low, short exhaust pipes running along the motorcycle’s frame, often run by California Latino/Harley riders.

Dresser: In the world of motorcycles, “Dresser” is a slang term used to describe certain types of motorcycles designed for long-distance touring and equipped with specific features, including rigid luggage containers. Also known as “Baggers,” Dressers are typically big-bore cruisers that combine comfort, convenience, and storage capacity to cater to riders who enjoy extended rides and touring adventures.

Duals: In motorcycles, “duals” refers to a used engine configuration where the bike has two separate exhaust pipes, typically with one exhaust pipe dedicated to the front cylinder or cylinder bank and the other to the rear cylinder or cylinder bank.

Dual Density Armor: Describes the least expensive and most common form of motorcycle armor. Dual-density armor refers to protective padding commonly used in motorcycle gear, such as jackets, pants, and suits, designed to provide impact protection in vulnerable areas of the body, typically the shoulders, elbows, and knees.

Dual Shocks: Traditional suspension setup commonly found on motorcycles, particularly older or classic models, with two separate shock absorbers, one on each side of the rear wheel, to provide suspension and damping capabilities.

Dual-Purpose: A dual-purpose motorcycle, also known as a dual-sport motorcycle, is a versatile type designed to be ridden on and off-road. It combines the capabilities of an off-road dirt bike with the necessary features and equipment to be road-legal, allowing riders to enjoy the best of both worlds.

Dual Sport Motorcycles: Similar or identical to a dual purpose, above to describe a type of motorcycle designed for both on-road and off-road riding. Dual sport bikes have features suitable for various terrains, including knobby tires, long-travel suspension, and a higher ground clearance.

Dyno: Short for dynamometer, a device used to measure and analyze a motorcycle’s engine power and torque. Dyno testing provides valuable information about the motorcycle’s performance and helps tuning and optimizing the engine.


ECE: An acronym for Economic Community Europe 22.05 certifications on motorcycle helmets that have met that standard.

ECM: Engine control module. Also called an ECU or “Engine Control Unit.”

ECU: Electric Control Unit, or ECM or “Engine Control Module.”

Edge Traps: Edge traps refer to the raised edges of bumps or cracks on a paved surface. These irregularities in the road can pose a significant hazard to motorcycle riders. When a motorcycle encounters an edge trap, the tire may get caught on the raised edge, potentially causing the bike to lose balance and the rider to lose control.

EFI: This Means Electronic fuel injection and should not be confused with “IFFY,” which means the Lucas electrics installed in vintage “Brit” bikes.

Egged On: Means and describes a rider being prompted or challenged by others to perform a maneuver beyond their comfort zone.

Electronic Ignition: A computer-controlled method that conveys a high-tension current to the spark plug(s), igniting the gas and firing the engine.

Electrode: The tips between which the spark occurs in a spark plug.

Electrolyte: A fluid inside a battery, usually made of acid.

Endo: A technique in motorcycling that involves intentionally lifting the motorcycle’s rear wheel off the ground, causing it to rotate forward and balance on the front wheel alone. It is commonly known as a “stoppie” or a “front wheelie.”

Enduro is a motorcycle competition that combines off-road racing and long-distance riding. Enduro motorcycles are designed to handle challenging terrains, including dirt trails, rocks, and forest tracks.

Engine Cut-Off Switch: The engine cut-off switch, commonly called a “kill switch,” is an essential motorcycle component. Typically located on the proper handlebar control housing within easy reach of the rider’s thumb or finger, the kill switch is a safety feature that instantly cuts off power to the motorcycle’s engine when activated.

Engine Displacement: The total volume swept by all the pistons in an engine’s cylinders. Engine displacement is usually measured in cubic centimeters (cc) or liters, indicating the engine’s size and power.

Engine Guards: Engine guards are crash guards designed to absorb impact and redirect force away from the engine and other vital components and serve as a protective barrier between the motorcycle and the ground or other objects, such as curbs or obstacles, typically made of solid and durable materials like steel or aluminum, capable of withstanding significant force and providing reliable protection. The primary purpose of engine guards is to minimize damage during accidents, falls, or slides. In a tip-over or low-speed crash, the guards act as a buffer, preventing direct contact between the ground and the engine. This helps avoid costly repairs and potential engine damage, which can be expensive.

Evo: A slang term used to describe Harley-Daidson Evolution Engine was first produced in 1983.

Expansion Chamber: An exhaust system for a motorcycle that is designed to enhance engine performance. The expansion chamber is a motorcycle exhaust system commonly used in two-stroke motorcycles. It consists of a series of tuned pipes and chambers that help improve the flow of exhaust system gases and increase engine power.


Farkle: The term “farkle” is a portmanteau of “function” and “sparkle” and is commonly used in the motorcycle community to refer to useful and impressive aftermarket accessories or parts. Farkles are typically high-quality and often premium upgrades that enhance a motorcycle’s functionality, performance, or aesthetics.

Flathead: A term that means and refers to the powerful dual-cam Harley Davidson V-Twin, a bike only an experienced motorcycle rider should consider riding.

Fairing: The protective bodywork of plastic body panels or fiberglass shells surrounding the motorcycle’s front end, including the handlebars, windscreen, and headlight. Fairings reduce wind resistance and provide aerodynamic benefits, especially at higher speeds.

Fast Riding Award: Slang for getting issued a speeding ticket.

Fatigue: A term describing the tendency of a material or part to fail under repeated use.

Feathering the Brake: Feathering the brake refers to gently applying the brakes on a motorcycle. Instead of abruptly grabbing the brake lever, the rider applies gradual pressure to modulate the braking force. Feathering the brake allows for a smoother and more controlled deceleration, especially when precise speed adjustments are needed, such as navigating tight turns or approaching a stop.

Fesh: Fesh is a term used to describe finely ground, light powdery sand often found in off-road or desert riding environments. It is similar in texture and composition to sand, which has been pulverized into a fine powder, resulting in a soft and loose surface. When riding motorcycles off-road, encountering fish can present unique challenges to riders. The characteristics of fresh sand can significantly affect the handling and stability of the bike.

Flogging: A slang term referencing an aggressive style of motorcycle riding with the rider opening the throttle hard and swiftly shifting through the gears.

Flow: Describes when a motorcyclist is riding smoothly, effortlessly.

Fly Wheel: Means and refers to the rotating weight used to dampen engine vibration or designed to improve the machine’s smooth operation between power strokes.

Formation Ride: “Formation Ride” refers to a group motorcycle ride where participants maintain a specific riding arrangement and follow a predetermined formation pattern. This organized approach helps enhance safety, coordination, and the overall riding experience for all participants.

Footpeg: Footpegs are part of a motorcycle where riders place their feet while riding. Footpegs are typically located on both sides of the motorcycle frame and provide support and stability for the rider’s feet. They can be adjustable to accommodate different riding positions and preferences.

Fork: In motorcycles, a fork refers to the front suspension system and assembly supporting the front wheel. It is responsible for absorbing impacts from the road, providing stability, and contributing to the motorcycle’s overall handling and ride quality.

Four Banger: Remains slang for an in-line four-cylinder motorcycle engine.

Four-Season Gear: Four-Season Gear: Four-Season Gear refers to specialized riding gear designed to provide protection and comfort to motorcycle riders and their passengers throughout the year, regardless of weather conditions. This gear is precisely engineered to withstand various weather elements and keep riders and pillions safe and comfortable during different seasons.

Frankenbike: A bike composed of parts from many motorcycles with no discernable make. It could be junk or a very nice, cobbled-together custom bike.


Gators: Bits of torn-up, shredded tires that litter roads after a semi truck’s tire blows out, which is deadly to motorcyclists.

Gear Ratio: The ratio between the number of teeth on two meshing gears in the transmission system. Gear ratios determine the relationship between engine speed (RPM) and the motorcycle’s speed. Lower gear ratios provide more torque at lower rates, while higher gear ratios allow higher rates at lower engine RPM.

Get Off: A silly term used to describe dropping the motorcycle.

Giggle Gas: Defined as a slang term meaning nitrous oxide or “NOS” connected to the fuel system to boost acceleration performance.

Gixer: Term describing theGSXR series of motorcycles.

Goatsbelly: A term that refers to the late model Vulcan motorcycles equipped with a strange-looking silencing chamber as part of its exhaust system called a “goatsbelly.”

Gore-Tex: Gore-Tex is a popular motorcycle raingear product. Its waterproof and breathable fabric is highly regarded for its advanced membrane technology. This membrane is designed to prevent water from penetrating while allowing sweat and moisture to escape, making it an ideal material for motorcycle rain gear. Gore-Tex is known for its durability and is commonly used in high-performance outdoor apparel. Its ability to keep riders dry and comfortable during wet rides has made it a popular choice among motorcycle enthusiasts.

GPS (Global Positioning System): A navigation system that uses satellite signals to provide accurate positioning and navigation information. GPS devices or smartphone apps can be used by riders to navigate unfamiliar routes or plan rides efficiently.

Gremlin is a term used to describe an unknown and persistent mechanical issue in a motorcycle.

Grey Market Bike: A term that describes a bike model never officially sold in a particular market locale but later privately imported in the “grey market.”


Hack: Also called a “side back,” this term describes a motorcycle “sidecar.”

Hammer Down: A term that means to accelerate quickly.

Handlebars: The steering control of the motorcycle, typically located in front of the rider. Handlebars allow the rider to steer the bike and provide a comfortable grip for controlling the motorcycle’s direction.

Hardtail: A term used to describe a motorcycle with no rear suspension.

Header: A term that describes the exhaust system part that exits the engine, leading to the muffler.

Heat: A term used to describe law enforcement or police officers.

Highside: A term used to describe a motorcycle crash involving the rear wheel temporarily losing traction and suddenly regaining traction, tending to throw the rider over the bike’s handlebars.

HOG: HOG stands for Harley Owners Group, a well-known organization that brings together Harley-Davidson motorcycle owners worldwide. HOG is an official group sponsored by Harley-Davidson and is dedicated to promoting camaraderie, riding experiences, and the enjoyment of Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

Holeshot: “Holeshot” is a racing term commonly used in motorcycle racing, particularly in motocross, supercross, and other off-road disciplines. It refers to the rider who takes the lead and reaches the first corner or turn ahead of the other competitors immediately after the start of the race.

Hooning: Hooning is a term that is often used to describe reckless and irresponsible behavior on a motorcycle or any other vehicle. It refers to engaging in dangerous stunts, excessive speeding, and disregarding traffic laws and safety regulations. Hooning typically involves wheelies, stoppies (where the rider stops abruptly on the front wheel), burnouts, drifting, and other high-risk maneuvers.

Horsepower (HP): A unit of measurement that quantifies the power output of an engine. It indicates the rate at which the engine can perform work. The higher the horsepower, or engine speed, the more power the engine can generate.


Idiot Lights: “Idiot light(s)” is a term used to describe the warning indicator light(s) on a control panel or instrument cluster of a motorcycle.

Idle Mixture: The idle mixture refers to the fuel/air mixture that is supplied to the engine at idle speed, typically when the throttle is fully closed. This mixture needs to be adjusted properly to ensure the engine runs smoothly and efficiently at idle.

Ignition: Ignition is the process of igniting the fuel-air mixture inside the engine’s combustion chamber to generate power. It is typically achieved by a spark from the spark plug, which ignites the compressed mixture and initiates combustion. The ignition system plays a crucial role in starting and running the engine efficiently.

Ignition Timing: Ignition timing refers to the precise moment at which the spark plug fires in relation to the position of the piston or the rotation of the crankshaft. It determines when the combustion process starts in the engine. Proper ignition timing is crucial for optimal engine performance, fuel efficiency, and overall power delivery.

Impeller: An impeller is a rotating component used in various mechanical systems to assist in the movement of fluid, typically a liquid or a gas. It consists of blades or vanes that are mounted on a central shaft. When the impeller rotates, it imparts energy to the fluid, causing it to move or be circulated. Impellers are commonly used in pumps, compressors, fans, and other fluid-handling devices to generate flow, create pressure, or induce mixing. The design and configuration of the impeller can vary depending on the specific application and desired fluid dynamics.

In The Weeds: “In the weeds” is a term used to describe a situation where a rider or driver loses control and goes off the racing line or intended trajectory, often into the grass or off the track surface. It refers to a situation where the vehicle or rider is no longer in the desired racing line and is metaphorically “lost in the weeds.”

Intercom System: A communication device installed on the motorcycle helmet allows riders to communicate with each other or a passenger. Intercom systems can facilitate clear communication without hand signals or yelling.

Inverted Forks: A type of front suspension where the larger-diameter stanchions are at the bottom and the smaller-diameter tubes are at the top. Inverted forks offer enhanced rigidity and improved damping characteristics compared to conventional forks.


Jacket: A protective garment riders wear to safeguard against abrasion, impact, and weather conditions. Motorcycle jackets are typically made from durable materials such as leather or textile and include armor and padding for added protection.

Jugs: These are the cylinders in a motorcycle engine.


Kadency Effect: Uses a pressure wave to enhance fuel filling and exhaust gas scavenging from within in the engine cylinder head.

Kickstand: A retractable metal leg attached to the side of the motorcycle provides support when the bike is parked. The kickstand keeps the bike upright and prevents it from falling over.

Knucklehead: “Knucklehead” is a nickname for a specific head design introduced by Harley-Davidson in late 1936. The name “Knucklehead” is derived from the appearance of the rocker box covers, which resemble the knuckles of a clenched fist.


Lane Splitting: The practice of riding a motorcycle between two lanes of stopped or slow-moving vehicles. Lane splitting is legal in some jurisdictions, allowing motorcycles to maneuver through traffic congestion cautiously.

Lane Stealer: A motor vehicle operator who tries to squeeze between a motorcycle rider in their lane, merging too close to or passing the rider in a no-passing zone.

Leaning Angle: The angle at which a motorcycle leans while taking a turn. The leaning angle determines the maximum speed at which a bike can negotiate a curve without losing traction or stability.

Leathers: Term used to describe leather race suits, chaps, and other trousers, blouse combinations of riding wear.

Lid: “Lid” means motorcycle helmet.

Liter-Bike: Sport and superbikes, also called a “liter-bike,” is a bikes with an engine displacement of around one liter (1,000cc motorcycle.)

Lowside: In the motorcycling world, a “low side” refers to an accident or motorcycle crash when a rider loses traction in a turn or corner, and the motorcycle falls to the ground on its side. This can happen due to various factors, such as entering a corner too fast, incorrect body positioning, or road surface conditions. A low-side crash typically results in less severe injuries than a high-side crash, when the bike falls over, flips, and the rider is thrown off.

Lump/Mill: An old slang term used to describe a motorcycle’s engine.


Monkey Butt: Monkey Butt, also known as rider’s butt or biker’s butt, is a colloquial term used to describe a condition where a motorcycle rider experiences discomfort or pain in the buttocks area after prolonged riding. It is a common issue among riders, particularly on long rides or during extended periods of sitting on the motorcycle seat.

MotoGP: This is defined as the premier class of motorcycle road racing. It is considered the pinnacle of motorcycle racing and showcases the sport’s highest level of skill, speed, and technology. MotoGP events feature a series of races held on various circuits worldwide, attracting top riders from different teams and manufacturers.

Motorcycle Club (M/C): An organized group ride of motorcycle enthusiasts who share a common interest in motorcycles, riding, and camaraderie. Motorcycle clubs often have their own set of rules, hierarchy, and a specific focus or mission. Some people mistakenly confuse 1% er M/Cs like Hells Angels or Mongols with all M/Cs, but not all M/Cs are outlaw clubs.

Motorcycle Racing: Motorcycle racing is a competitive sport involving motorcycles racing on designated tracks or courses. It is a thrilling and fast-paced sport showcasing the bike’s and rider’s skill, speed, and agility. The highest level is called MotoGP.

MSF (Motorcycle Safety Foundation): A nonprofit organization promoting motorcycle safety and rider education. The MSF offers training programs and courses for riders of all skill levels to enhance their riding skills and awareness.


NOS (Nitrous Oxide System): Also known as “gas, ” it is a system used to temporarily increase the engine’s power output by injecting nitrous oxide into the fuel system and intake system. NOS provides a motorcycle owner with a significant boost in acceleration, but its usage requires careful tuning and engine modifications.


Octane: It describes the rating of antiknock properties of fuel based on a comparison of fuels comprising iso-octane, with a rating of 100, and heptane, with a rating of 0. The octane rating measures the antiknock properties or resistance to fuel knocking, mainly gasoline. It indicates the fuel’s ability to resist detonation or premature combustion in an internal combustion engine.

Odometer: A device or digital display on the motorcycle’s instrument panel that shows the total distance traveled by the bike. The odometer helps riders keep track of their mileage and maintenance intervals.

Off-Road: Riding or racing activities that take place outside of public roadways, typically on dirt tracks, trails, or rugged terrains. Off-road motorcycles are designed to withstand the demands of challenging surfaces and provide optimal performance.

Oil Bag: An oil bag, also known as an oil tank or oil reservoir, is a component in a motorcycle’s lubrication system that stores the engine oil. It is typically a metal or plastic container located within the motorcycle’s frame or in a designated area.

Ol’ Lady: This affectionately describes a biker’s long-time girlfriend or wife.

Outlaw: In motorcycle culture, an “outlaw” refers to a member of an outlaw motorcycle club (OMC) or an individual associated with such clubs. Outlaw motorcycle clubs are often characterized by their nonconformist nature, independence, and defiance of traditional societal norms.


Panniers: A French word used to describe luggage or saddlebags.

Petcock: A petcock, also known as a fuel valve or fuel cock, is a small valve used to control the flow of liquid, typically fuel, on a motorcycle or other small engine-powered vehicles. It is primarily used to control the fuel supply from the gas tank to the engine.

Pillion: The secondary seat on a motorcycle designed for a passenger to ride behind the leading rider. The pillion passenger seat is typically positioned behind the rider’s seat and may have footpegs and handholds to provide stability and comfort for the passenger.

Plain bearing: A plain bearing, also known as a sleeve bearing or journal bearing, does not have rollers or needles. Instead, it relies on flat, smooth surfaces to support and carry loads. The load-bearing surfaces of a plain bearing are separated by a film of lubricant, typically oil or grease, which reduces friction and wear.

Power Commander: A device used to adjust and optimize the fuel-air mixture in motorcycles equipped with fuel injection systems. The Power Commander allows riders to fine-tune the engine’s performance, improving throttle response and power delivery.

Powertrain: The term “powertrain” in the context of motorcycles refers to the complete collection of components that are responsible for generating and transmitting power to the wheels. It encompasses the engine, transmission, and final drive system.


Quick Release: A mechanism that allows for the rapid removal or attachment of certain motorcycle components, such as windshields, saddlebags, or seat assemblies. Quick-release systems facilitate easy customization and maintenance of motorcycles.


Rake: The rake of a motorcycle refers to the angle at which the front forks are positioned compared to being straight up and down. It is usually measured in degrees. The rake angle affects the stability and handling of the motorcycle.

Rat Bike: A rat bike is a motorcycle that has been kept running through various means, often with mismatched parts and minimal maintenance. Unlike meticulously restored or customized motorcycles, rat bikes have a distinct aesthetic characterized by their worn, weathered appearance. They often have rusted or matte finishes, missing bodywork, and a rugged, raw appeal. Rat bikes are typically built on a budget and are known for their practical approach, emphasizing functionality over aesthetics.

Rear-Sets: A term for multi-piece foot-controls, including the pegs and pedals, typically seen in sportier motorcycle models.

Rebound: In the context of motorcycle suspension, “rebound” refers to the rate at which the suspension decompresses or extends back to its original position after being compressed due to an impact or uneven road surface.

Redline: The redline refers to the maximum number of revolutions per minute (RPM) at which an engine can safely operate before it reaches its maximum limit. Manufacturers often indicate the red line on the motorcycle’s tachometer or provide a red line marker as a visual indication. Exceeding the redline for prolonged periods can cause severe engine damage, such as valve float, excessive wear, or catastrophic failure. Riders must be aware of their motorcycle’s redline and avoid consistently operating the engine at or near this limit to maintain optimal performance and longevity.

Rev Limiter: A device or function built into the motorcycle’s engine management system that limits the engine’s maximum revolutions per minute (RPM). The rev limiter prevents the engine from operating beyond its safe RPM range, protecting it from damage caused by over-revving.

Right-Hander: A right-hand corner, where the rider ‘turns’ right, leaning the right side of their body and motorcycle into the turn.

Road Rash: A skin abrasion caused by sliding along the asphalt or road surface after a motorcycle crash.

Rocker-Clutch: A rocker-clutch is a clutch control mechanism on some older motorcycles. Instead of the typical hand-operated clutch lever, the rocker-clutch is operated by a foot pedal which pivots on a rocker. The rider must push the pedal forward to disengage the clutch, shift gears, and then release the pedal to engage the clutch again. It requires a different technique compared to the traditional hand-operated grip and can take some practice to get used to.

Rolling Chasis: A rolling chassis refers to a complete vehicle platform that includes the essential components necessary for its operation, such as the frame, suspension, brakes, wheels, and other mechanical parts. It is essentially a vehicle without its bodywork and may or may not include the powertrain.

Rotor: A term used to describe the spinning front brake disc that the brake caliper clamps to stop the bike.

Roost: A term used to describe debris kicked up by a spinning rear tire on a motorcycle and also used to describe people left behind in the dust.

Riding Gear: Protective equipment or motorcycle riding gear is worn by riders to enhance safety and minimize the risk of injury. Riding gear typically includes a helmet, jacket, gloves, pants, boots, and additional protective accessories such as knee and elbow pads.

RPM: A term used to describe revolutions per minute, which means how fast a motor spins, or its “revs.”


Scoot: A “scoot” is commonly used as a slang term for small-displacement two-wheelers. But more often than not, mopeds and any type of low-power motorcycle equipped with pedals that the rider can use to assist in propulsion are called scoots.

Scrambler: An off-road-inspired motorcycle made famous in the 80s. A scrambler motorcycle, or simply a scrambler, is a type of vintage street motorcycle that has been modified or adapted for off-road or light off-road use. Scramblers originated in the mid-20th century as a response to the growing popularity of off-road motorcycle racing and the desire to make street motorcycles more capable in off-road conditions.

Shaft Drive: A term used to describe the final drive system on motorcycles driven by shaft power to the rear wheel, as opposed to the traditional chain or rubber belt drive.

Shift: In the context of motorcycles, a shift refers to changing gears to adjust the engine’s power and speed of delivery. Shifting gears allows the rider to match the engine’s RPM (revolutions per minute) to the desired speed or road conditions. One type of moving setup found on older vintage motorcycle models is the “suicide shift” or “suicide shifter.” This setup involves a unique transmission control arrangement where the rider operates the clutch with their foot and performs gear shifting using their hand. The term “suicide” is derived from the perception of increased risk and difficulty associated with this unconventional setup. With a suicide shift, the rider uses their foot to disengage the clutch by pressing down on a pedal. Once the clutch is disengaged, they use their hand to manipulate a shifter lever located on the side of the motorcycle’s fuel tank. The rider can shift gears up or down by pushing or pulling the lever as needed.
On the other hand, a “jockey shift” is another type of transmission control setup, which is also commonly found on vintage motorcycles. Unlike the suicide shift, a jockey shift involves the clutch operation and gear shifting controlled by the rider’s hand. In this setup, the clutch and shifter are located on the handlebars, allowing the rider to perform all shifting actions using their hand.

Side Stand: A bicycle-style kickstand that a motorcycle leans against when in a parking position.

Single Shock: A term that describes a single rear spring and shock absorber assembly instead of a traditional dual-spring setup. It may have a more extended suspension journey than other bikes.

Sissy Bar: A “sissy bar” is a tall backrest commonly found on custom chopper builds and cruiser motorcycles. It is typically made of a metal framework, though some variations may feature additional padding or upholstery for added comfort.

Slicks: Super sticky, track-racing tires containing no grooves or tread patterns, often referencing a lightly-used Pirelli racing tire.

SMIDSY: “SMIDSY” is an acronym that stands for “sorry mate, I didn’t see you.” It is a phrase often used by drivers, particularly in the UK and Australia, to express their apologies after being involved in an accident or near-miss with a motorcyclist.

Softail: The term “Softail” refers to a specific style of motorcycle frame produced by Harley-Davidson. The Softail frame design was introduced by Harley-Davidson in 1984 to provide the appearance of a traditional hardtail motorcycle while incorporating a rear suspension system for improved comfort and ride quality.

SOHC: A term used to define a single overhead camshaft engine.

Sportbike: A motorcycle designed for high-performance riding, with aggressive riding positions, aerodynamic bodywork, and robust engines. Sportbikes are built for speed and handling on paved roads and are often used for track racing or spirited street riding.

Squid: In motorcycle culture, the term “squid” is often used to describe inexperienced or reckless riders who exhibit certain characteristics and behaviors. It is generally considered a derogatory term and carries a negative connotation within the motorcycling community.

Standard: While some standard motorcycles can be considered traditional or “retro,” there are also many modern standard bikes that have a more contemporary design.

Steering Head: Describes the pivot at the front of the motorcycle frame where the fork attaches, with the angle determining the bike’s steering characteristics.

Stoppie: A type of motorcycle riding stunt where the front brake is applied first. This raises the bike’s front and rear wheels front-end into the air like a reverse wheelie and is also referred to as an “endo” or an “end over end.”

Streetfighter: A type of sport bike with trim or no bodywork done, making it looks a bit ugly like it’s been in a fight.

Sump: A term used to describe the engine oil reservoir where the bottom of the crankcase forms the sump.

Suicide Shift: A “suicide shift” is a term used to describe a particular type of transmission control setup on older vintage motorcycles. In a suicide shift configuration, the rider operates the clutch with their foot, typically using a foot pedal, and then controls the shifting of gears using a hand-operated shifter located on the left side of the motorcycle’s handlebars.

Superbike: The term “superbike” typically refers to a high-performance sportbike, often characterized by its powerful engine and advanced technology. Superbikes are designed for speed, agility, and performance on the road and racetracks.

Supermoto: Supermoto refers to both a style of riding/racing and a genre of motorcycles. Supermoto bikes are essentially dirt bikes that have been modified for riding on a combination of pavement and off-road surfaces, typically on kart tracks or closed circuits.

Supersport: This is a high-performance, race-derived class of sportbikes, that are essentially superbikes with smaller, mid-sized engines such as 600cc and 750cc mills.

Super Slab: The term “Super Slab” is commonly used among motorcyclists to describe large expanses of open roads, particularly highways, interstates, and expressways. It refers to the vast, straight stretches of pavement that provide motorcyclists with long-distance travel opportunities.

Suspension: The system of springs, shock absorbers, and linkages that absorbs impacts from uneven road surfaces, providing a smooth and controlled ride. Suspension components are crucial for maintaining stability, handling, and rider comfort.

Sweep: In the context of group motorcycle rides, the term “sweep” refers to the last rider in the group. The sweep rider’s role is to ensure that no rider is left behind and that everyone stays together as a cohesive unit throughout the ride.

Swing-Arm: The term describing the motorcycle’s “rear fork” is designed to hold the back wheel in place, linked to the aft motorcycle suspension.


Tachometer: A tachometer is an instrument or gauge found on motorcycles that measure and displays the engine’s level of exertion, typically expressed in revolutions per minute (rpm). It provides riders valuable information about the engine’s speed and helps monitor its performance.

Tail Gunner: In the context of group motorcycle rides, the term “Tail Gunner” refers to the last rider in the group formation, also known as the “sweep” (See above.). The Tail Gunner is crucial in maintaining the group’s integrity, ensuring safety, and facilitating a smooth and organized group ride.

Tall: In motorcycles, “tall” describes a bike with tall gearing or a high final gear ratio. The gear ratio refers to the relationship between the number of teeth on the front and rear sprockets, determining how the engine’s power is transmitted to the rear wheel.

Tank Slapper: Tank slapper, also known as a speed wobble or handlebar wobble, is a term used to describe a severe and rapid oscillation of the handlebars on a motorcycle. It is an unnerving and potentially dangerous phenomenon that can occur at high speeds, typically when the front wheel loses traction or encounters an irregularity on the road surface.

Team Green: “Team Green” is a term commonly used to refer to Kawasaki, the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer, or any of its factory race teams. The term is derived from Kawasaki’s signature green color, which is prominently featured on their motorcycles and racing liveries.

Thumper: The term “thumper” is commonly used to describe a single-cylinder engine or a motorcycle equipped with a single-cylinder engine. The name “thumper” is derived from the sound and vibration characteristics exhibited by these engines.

Tiddler: The term “tiddler” is often used in a playful manner to refer to small-displacement motorcycles, particularly those with engine sizes in the lower range. It is a lighthearted and affectionate term used by motorcycle enthusiasts to describe these small bikes.

Torque: The rotational force generated by the engine, usually measured in pound-feet (lb-ft) or Newton-meters (Nm). Torque determines the motorcycle’s acceleration and pulling power, particularly at lower RPMs.

Touring: A style of motorcycle designed for long-distance travel and comfort. Touring motorcycles typically feature a relaxed riding position, a large gas tank, ample storage capacity, and enhanced wind protection for extended journeys.

Track day: Track days are typically organized riding events at public race tracks. No matter what you ride, taking your bike out on a race track is a great way to learn tricky riding moves and overall skillsets.

Trail: “Trail” is an important measurement in motorcycle geometry that complements the concept of “rake.” Trail is the horizontal distance between the contact point of the front wheel with the ground and a line passing through the steering axis (the line connecting the center of the steering head bearings) when viewed from the side of the motorcycle.

Trail Braking: That’s correct! Trail braking is a technique used by experienced riders to smoothly transition from braking to cornering. By continuing to brake while entering a turn and then gradually releasing the brake while leaning the bike, the rider can maintain control and stability while also maximizing their cornering speed. This technique is commonly used in racing and track riding, but can also be beneficial for street riding in certain situations.

Triple Trees: Triple trees, also known as triple clamps or triples, are the components that connect the front forks of a motorcycle to the steering stem. They are typically located at the top of the fork tubes, just below the handlebars.

Triton: A Triton is a custom motorcycle that combines components from two iconic British motorcycle manufacturers, Triumph and Norton. The name “Triton” is a portmanteau of “Triumph” and “Norton.”

Twisties: “Twisties” is a popular slang term used to describe winding and twisting roads that offer an exciting and enjoyable riding experience. These types of roads are often sought out by motorcyclists looking for a fun and challenging ride.


UJM: An acronym that means “Universal Japanese Motorcycles” that originated in the 1970s and describes pretty much any Japanese-built bikes modernly and includes cruiser motorcycles as well as their street legal “rice rockets” or a fast “bullet bike.”

Understeer: A handling characteristic in which the motorcycle tends to steer less than the rider’s input, causing the front wheel to push wide. Understeer can be caused by various factors such as excessive speed, improper weight distribution, or insufficient front tire grip.


V-Twin: A type of cruiser motorcycle engine configuration where the cylinders are arranged in a “V” shape. V-twin engines are known for their distinct sound and power delivery characteristics. They are commonly found in cruiser-style Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

Valve Clearance: The gap between the camshaft and the valve in the engine. Valve clearance must be adjusted periodically to ensure proper valve operation and optimal engine performance.


Waxer: A motorcyclist who spends more time washing and waxing his bike than riding it on the open road.

Wheelie: The art of riding a motorcycle or dirt bike on its rear tire only with the front motorcycle tire suspended up into the air forward.

Wheelbase: The wheelbase is how far from the front wheel hub to the rear wheel hub goes, making a longer wheelbase result in a more stable but less agile bike.

Widowmaker: Derogatory nickname describing the Kawasaki Mach IV and Mach III models.

Windscreen: A transparent or tinted shield attached to the front of the motorcycle’s fairing or handlebars. The windshield helps deflect wind, reducing rider fatigue and providing improved aerodynamics.

Wire wheel: A motorcycle wheel design where metal spokes connect the outer rim and hub called a spoked wheel, usually running under tube-type tires.

Wheelie: A maneuver where the motorcycle’s front wheel lifts off the ground while accelerating. Wheelies can be intentional or unintentional and require skill and control to perform safely.

Whiskey Throttle: “Whiskey throttle” is a slang term used to describe a situation where a rider unintentionally applies too much throttle, typically resulting in a sudden and excessive acceleration. This often occurs when a rider loses control or balance, such as slipping off the bike’s back, and their hand unintentionally twists the throttle open further.

Widowmaker: The term “widowmaker” is used to describe trail hazards or features that pose a significant risk to riders, potentially resulting in severe injury or even death. It is typically used in off-road or extreme sports, including mountain biking, motorcycling, or hiking.

Wobble: A wobble refers to an unexpected side-to-side movement of a motorcycle’s front or rear wheel while riding at speed. It can be a potentially dangerous situation that affects the stability and control of the bike. Wobbles can occur due to various mechanical issues, such as misaligned wheels, worn or damaged suspension components, loose steering head bearings, or imbalanced tires. Troubleshooting and repairing the underlying cause of the wobble is important to ensure the safe operation of the motorcycle. Professional inspection and maintenance by a qualified mechanic are recommended if you experience a wobble while riding.

Wonky: The term “wonky” is slang and is used to describe something that is not functioning properly or is unreliable. It refers to mechanical or electronic systems, objects, or personal experiences. For example, if a motorcycle’s engine runs unevenly or a component is not working as it should, it can be described as “wonky.” The term is informal and often conveys a sense of annoyance or frustration with the malfunctioning or unreliable nature of the thing being referred to.

WOT: A term like “watt,” an acronym for “wide-open throttle” position.

Wrenching: Wrenching refers to the act of performing maintenance, repairs, or modifications on a motorcycle. It involves using various tools, such as wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers, and other specialized equipment, to work on different components of the bike. Wrenching can range from basic tasks like changing the oil or replacing brake pads to more advanced work like engine rebuilds or customizations. Many motorcycle enthusiasts enjoy wrenching on their bikes as a way to learn more about their machines, personalize them, and ensure they are in optimal condition.

Wrist Pin: A rod or tube that connects the piston to the connecting rod. The wrist pin plays a crucial role in the reciprocating motion of the piston and helps transfer power from the combustion process to the crankshaft.


X-ring chains: X-ring chains are sealed roller chains commonly used in high-performance motorcycles. Like standard O-ring chains, X-ring chains feature rubber seals enclosing the roller pins to provide better lubrication and reduce friction. The difference is that X-ring chains have a different seal design, with two contact points per side of the chain link (shaped like an “X”), which improves sealing and reduces power loss compared to O-ring chains. X-ring chains are known for their durability, reduced maintenance requirements, and smoother operation.

XR: An abbreviation commonly used to designate motorcycles in the off-road or dual-sport category. It often denotes models with rugged capabilities and suitability for various terrains.


Yard Sale: “Yard Sale” is a slang term used to describe a motorcycle crash where the impact or collision causes the rider’s bike parts and gear to be scattered or strewn across the crash site, resembling items spread out for sale in a yard. It’s a colorful way to describe a crash that results in significant damage and debris.

Yard Shark: A term used to define a dog that dislikes motorcycles and will try to attack a biker by intercepting plotted path based on the approaching throttle sounds.

Yaw: The side-to-side movement or rotation of the motorcycle’s front end. Yaw can occur during cornering or when the motorcycle encounters uneven road surfaces. Maintaining control over yaw is crucial for stability and safe riding.


Zap: A Zap is the double blip technique where the rider blips the throttle twice to lift the front wheel, is commonly used in trials/enduro riding.

Zero-Gravity Seating: A position on sport-oriented motorcycles that provides a more aggressive and forward-leaning posture. Zero-gravity seating aimed to optimize aerodynamics and weight distribution, allowing riders to achieve better control and improved handling, especially at higher speeds.

Zook: A colloquial abbreviation commonly used by motorcycle enthusiasts to refer to the motorcycle manufacturer Suzuki. Similar to how “Jag” is a shortened slang term for “Jaguar” or “Merc” for “Mercedes,” “Zook” has emerged as a shorthand way to mention Suzuki motorcycles in informal conversations within the motorcycle community. Slang terms and abbreviations often develop within subcultures and communities to express familiarity and camaraderie. In this case, “Zook” is a convenient and catchy alternative to the full name.

Did You Learn About the Sport Bike and Other Motorcycle Riding Gear Slang Terms?

The above terms are commonly used by riders and manufacturers of Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha bikes, the five major motorcycle manufacturers. Remember, this glossary provides a foundation of essential motorcycle terms, but it’s always beneficial to delve deeper into specific topics and terminologies that interest you as a rider.

The more you understand motorcycle terminology, the better equipped you’ll be to communicate with fellow riders, mechanics, and industry professionals, ensuring a safer and more enjoyable riding experience.

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