Biker Dictionary

Abate - American Bikers Against Totalitarian Enactments.

Ape Hangers - High handlebars so Biker's hands are at or above their shoulder height.

Backyard - Where you ride often

Baffle - Sound deadening material that sits inside a muffler and quiets the exhaust noise.

Bell - Ride Bells - Many bikers have "Ride Bells" on their bikes. Legend has it that they keep away the road gremlins and represent the spirit of the brotherhood of riders. Bells can be purchased for your own bike; however, they are reportedly more effective if they are given as a gift.

Biker - Generally refers to a free spirited, freedom loving, American who prefers two wheeled transportation.

Bicameral - The quality of having two branches, chambers, or houses, such as Congress which is composed of the Senate and the House of Representatives

Bone Yard - Salvage yard for used bikes & parts

Brain Bucket - Helmet

Bummer - Motorcycle crash

Cage - Car

Cager - Car driver

CBA - Concerned Bikers Association (ABATE of NC)

Church - Clubhouse

CLAP - Chrome, Leather, Accessories, Performance

Clone - A motorcycle built to resemble and function like a Harley-Davidson motorcycle without actually being a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

CMA - Christian Motorcycle Organization

Colors - Motorcycle club back patch.

Counter Steering - Turning the bikes handlebars in one direction and having it go in the opposite direction.

Crash Bar - Engine Guard

Credit Glide - RUB's Motorcycle

Crotch Rocket - Sport bike

DILLIGAF - Do I Look Like I Give A F**k

DOT - Department of Transportation

Drag Bars - Low, flat, straight handlebars

Eighty-One "81" - Commonly referring to the eighth and first letters of the alphabet.

EVO - Harley engines introduced in 1984. The EVO (Evolution) was the most radical change Harley motors saw. With aluminum cylinders as well as new aluminum heads designed to decrease oil leakage. Side-squish combustion chambers and flat pistons. A new lower end designed for electronic ignition for better spark control. All these changes came about as a result of higher big-brother emission standards, which the shovel just did not seem to be able to handle.

Flash Patch - Generic patches usually sold at swap meets and shops.

Flatheads - refers to Harley engines manufactured from 1930-1948 in which they moved the valves to opposite sides of the combustion chamber for more power which was needed in the heavier motorcycles.

Flying Low - Speeding

Forward Controls - Front pegs, shifter & rear brake control moved further forward to stretch your legs out

Hard Tail - A motorcycle frame with no rear suspension

HOG - Harley Owners Group

Independent - Someone not a part of any club or group, but normally a part of the biker culture.

Ink - Tattoo

Ink-Slinger - Tattoo Artist

Knucklehead - Harley's engine introduced in 1936. The valves in the knucklehead engine were moved to the top of the combustion chambers. And made in 61 cubic inches. In 1937 Harley incorporated the first dry sump oil system. Harley also offered a 74 cubic inch engine in 1941. The knuckle received it's nick name by the appearance of the heads which look similar to the top of a hand.

LE / LEO - Law Enforcement Officer/Official

Lane-splitting - Riding between involuntarily parked (or slow moving) cages on an overcrowded highway.

Lid - Helmet

LB - Legislative Building

LOB - Legislative Office Building

Long fellow - refers to Harley's first few year models. Long fellows came equipped with a single cylinder motor till 1909.

M/C - Motorcycle Club

MSF - Motorcycle Safety Foundation

MRF - Motorcycle Riders Foundation (Washington, DC)

MRO - Motorcyclists Rights Organization (Example: Motorcycle Riders Foundation MRF)

OEM - Original Equipment Manufacturer

Panhead - Harley's engine introduced in 1948. Received its nick name due to its valve covers look of an upside-down cake pan. The panhead didn't change much from the knuckle in internals. But it came equipped with aluminum heads. Again, for more power for the growing weight of the motorcycles. It also depressed the heat better. In 1955 Harley modified the pans by installing a quieter more efficient lower end. Pans were also the first v-twin to come with an electric starting system in 1965.

Pillion Pad - The passenger seat

Pipes - Exhaust System

Patch - Member of a motorcycle club (patch holder)

Peg, Pegging - This is when one rider pushes a disabled motorcycle and rider with his motorcycle using his leg by placing his foot on the disabled motorcycle's rear foot peg or axle. (Note the use of rider in this definition; Greenhorns should not attempt this procedure!)

Poser - A wannabe Biker also referred to as sidewalk commando... may or may not own a bike.

Prime - The person who organizes and leads a run or event.

President Pro Tempore - A constitutionally recognized officer of the Senate who presides over the chamber in the absence of the President of the State Senate. North Carolina's President of the Senate is Lt. Governor Beverly Purdue. The President Pro Tempore (or, "president for a time") is elected by the Senate and is, by custom, the Senator of the majority party with the longest record of continuous service.

Putt - Motorcycle ride

R/C - Riding Club

Rat Bike - Usually an older bike that doesn't look like it's been taken care of at all.

Road Rash - Raw skin from motorcycle crash or wipeout

Rocker - Patch designating geographic location on three-piece motorcycle club colors.

RUB - Rich Urban Biker

Scooter - Motorcycle

Soap box Commando - Soapbox Commando Function:

  • One who’s posing as a motorcycle rights activist
  • One who likes to hear themselves talk in front of audiences
  • One who lacks leadership skills
  • One who fails to perform any work assigned
  • One who continuously complains about the work of other MC activists
  • Soapbox Commandos are spread out all over the country. Every MRO chapter and state organization has as least one. As a matter of fact, all volunteer organizations have a natural ability to attract these types of personalities to their ranks. Cut them off and kick them out ASAP.

Shovelhead - Harley engines introduced in 1966. with new heads which worked better with the upgraded lower end. The shovel also came with hemispheric combustion chambers. Which they had already introduced in the sportsters in 1957. The shovel came in a 74 incher than an 80 incher. It received it name for the look of a coal shovel.

SMRO - STATE Motorcyclists' Rights Organization (Examples: CBA/ABATE of NC, ABATE of SC)

Slab - Interstate

Sled – Motorcycle

SQUID - SQUirrelly young kID - (inexperienced rider)

Support Patch - A small patch sold by motorcycle clubs to help finance their club operations. This patch will be smaller and a different design than the official club "colors". You may purchase a support patch to show your support of the club.

Tats - Tattoos

Tail Gunner - The last rider in a group (aka: drag bike)

Three-piece patch - a motorcycle club patch that is three pieces. The top piece is usually the name of the club. The middle piece is usually the club design (symbol). The bottom piece is usually the territory rocker that describes where the club is located. Sometimes the letters "MC" is a fourth piece of the patch that sits to the right of the club symbol.

Thirteen "13" - Common patch worn by "1%er" bikers. Can have several meanings. The most common held meaning is it's being the 13th letter of the alphabet "M" and stands for Marijuana or Meth. It's also known to stand for the original or "Mother" chapter of an M/C.

Totalitarianism - Characterized by a government in which the political authority exercises absolute and centralized control; "a totalitarian regime crushes all autonomous institutions in its drive to seize the human soul" or relating to the principles of totalitarianism according to which the state regulates every realm of life; "totalitarian theory and practice;” "operating in a totalistic fashion."

Trailer Queen - Any motorcycle that travels more miles on the trailer than on the pavement. Also see Whore.

Wannabe - One who talks and looks like a biker but in fact does not own a motorcycle or ride one.

Welfare Rider - Riders who enjoy the fruits of MRO's work but do not contribute to the fight for bikers' rights. To support and preserve your rights as bikers, join an MRO (ANY MRO).

Whore - We Haul Our Rides Everywhere

Wrench - Bike mechanic

XF-FX / XFOREVER - FOREVERX - Patch worn by MC members to represent their total commitment to the club and every other member of that club. (X stands for the name of the club)

1%er - If you read the papers or listen to the news, the media and law enforcement agents have redefined the term "1%-er". The term was first used in the 60’s to describe some of the people that attended the motorcycle events back then. The AMA (American Motorcycle Association) stated that 99% of the people at their events were God fearing and family oriented. The other 1% were hard riding, hard partying, non-mainstream type people. Thus, the term 1%er was born. Some of the early bikers embraced the term and decided to call themselves 1%ers. It did not mean that they were law breakers or low life individuals. They were simply men that rode their motorcycles seven days a week in all kinds of weather, liked to drink and raise a little hell. Commonly referring to the eighth and first letters of the alphabet.

EVO - Harley engines introduced in 1984. The EVO (Evolution) was the most radical change Harley motors saw. With aluminum cylinders as well as new aluminum heads designed to decrease oil leakage. Side-squish combustion chambers and flat pistons. A new lower end designed for electronic ignition for better spark control. All these changes came about as a result of higher big-brother emission standards, which the shovel just did not seem to be able to handle.

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