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Dictionary of Biker Terms (Part Three)

Jul 3, 2017 8:00:00 AM / by Logan Reed

Dictionary of Biker Terms: Part Three

Whether you're a veteran biker or a newbie, you're going to come across some biker lingo. And I speak from experience when I say riding is not all about keeping up on the road, but in conversation as well. This is when a motorcycle dictionary comes in handy... 

Here's Part Three in our biker slang dictionary series.

Be sure to read Part One and Part Two before you start jawing away with your biker buds!

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Read Parts One and Two of the biker dictionary here! 


 L

 Lace: To install the spokes, or, otherwise “lace a wheel.”

Lane Splitting: Driving between stopped cars in traffic.

Laughlin: Otherwise known as the Laughlin River Run, this is an annual motorcycle rally in Laughlin, NV.

Lay It Down: A crash in which a biker slides with one leg under the bike. When this is done accidentally, it's called a "low side."

Leathers: Riding clothes made of leather.

Lid: Helmet

Line: The intended path of travel.

Lone Wolf: A biker with no club affiliation.

Low Side: When a bike is laid down, and the rider slides with one leg under the motorcycle, opposite of a "High Side."

 


M


MC: A motorcycle club. This is not a “Motorcycle Gang”, as these are not admitted in motorcycle culture.

MFFM: An acronym that stands for Mongols Forever, Forever Mongols.

Meet: A scheduled social event or meeting. Not considered the same as Church.

Megaphone: A flared exhaust tip.

Metric Cruiser: A cruiser-style bike from a foreign manufacturer.

Monkey Butt: The unpleasant end result of a long ride. (Use your imagination…)

Mother: Regarding chapters of a motorcycle club, this is the original chapter.


N


Naked Bike: Bikes with little to no cowl or fairing.

Neck: The front of a motorcycle frame behind the steering head.

Nomad: When "Nomad" appears on a bottom rocker patch, this means that particular motorcycle club member travels between geographical chapters.


O


OEM: Original Equipment Manufacturer.

OFFO: Outlaws Forever, Forever Outlaws.

OHC: OverHead Cam.

OHV: OverHead Valve.

OMG: Outlaw Motorcycle Gang. You won't see this advertised on patches or tattoos, but you'll see it in books and magazine articles.

Oil Bag: An oil tank.

Old Lady: A wife or long-time girlfriend.

One Off: A one-of-a-kind motorcycle.

Organ Donor: A biker who doesn't wear a helmet.

Originals: The original colors presented to a new motorcycle club member.

 


P


Patches: Emblems and symbols sewn on biker jackets and shirts, displaying an affiliation, a club, a brand, or anything that is special to the biker.

Pillion: A passenger on the motorcycle.

PMS: Parked Motorcycle Syndrome, usually the result of not being able to ride in the winter.

Poker Run: A motorcycle run involving usually five stops where you get a card. At the end of the run, the biker with the best hand wins the run.

Popping the Clutch: Rapidly letting go of the clutch. Therefore, making it possible for the motorcycle to quickly accelerate.

Poser: A wannabe biker.

Pucker factor: A very close call when riding.


 R


Ride Captain: The ride captain opens the group ride and is up front.

Ride Lieutenant: An experienced rider who rides last in a ride-out, making sure that everything goes according to plan.

Road Rash: Scratches left by asphalt after you have been thrown off your motorcycle, high side or low side, and skidded alongside the road.

RUB: Acronym that stands for Rich Urban Biker. A biker who rides an expensive motorcycle only on the weekend, and are usually posers.


S


Safety Nazi: A person who rides in absolutely full safety gear, often to an extreme, obeys every law, and wants all others to do the same.

Squid: The opposite of a Safety Nazi, this is a biker who rides with no protection and rides very dangerously.


T


Tank Slapper: A high-speed wobble resulting in the handlebars banging against the sides of the fuel tank. Usually an extreme Pucker factor.

Twisties: A part of a road that has many curves, turns and bends.

 


W


Wannabe: Like a poser, a wannabe is a person who wants to be a real biker but doesn’t actually ride.

Wave: A rule of motorcycle etiquette, and is a greeting between bikers on the road. This involves raising a hand when passing another biker going the opposite direction.

Wrench: A mechanic.


Did I forget any must-know terms? Let me know in a comment and I will add it!

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Logan Reed

Written by Logan Reed

Rider. Writer. Harley life-r. Follow my coverage of everything from tips for motorcycle riders, to motorcycle humor, and everything else to do with living life on two wheels.

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