Wednesday, February 19, 2014

The bikers dictionary

Bikies have a language of their own, some of it is practical but a lot of it is a certain reckless slang applied to the English language.

Most of all, it's a lot of fun and, you might even learn something (some of them are REAL).

This post list was on Ducatiblog last year but I reckon it's worth updating for this new site.

Feel free to add yours in the comments section to get included.
2 banger – 2stroke engine  
2up or Two Up – A common term used to describe having a pillion passenger on board  
ABS – Anti-lock Braking System. A system that actively monitors traction and the road surface to prevent wheels from locking up, preventing skidding. First introduced in Motorcycles by BMW in 1988. No friend of mine.
ATGATT – All The Gear All The Time. Used to describe responsible riders who believe that no matter how short the distance you are riding, you wear all of your gear; helmet, jacket, gloves, kevlar denims (proper pants et al) and boots for every single ride  
Badass – Not the type your mum encourages you to hang out with  
Balance Point – the vertical point in a ‘Wheelie’ where the bike balances on it’s back wheel maintaining momentum moving forward  
Bash hat – Helmet (see Lid)  
Bling – Accessories that usually serve no purpose other than make the bike look pretty (or ugly depending on ones taste) Bowling ball – black open face helmet used on old skool bikes  
BMW – Bavarian Money Waster  
Coming a gutsa – crashing  
Cuttin doughies – complete a donut burnout and cut a burnout up the centre of the circle  
Chuck a mono – riding on rear wheel only (see wheelie  
Counter steering – the art of turning the handle bars one way to get the bike to turn quicker the other way  
Crotch rocket – Sportsbike  
Decking it – Dropping the bike  
ECU – Engine Control Unit. A box that manages ….  
ECM – Electronic Control Module. A box that manages electronic control units.  
Endo - Opposite of a Mono. Front brakes on causing the back wheel to lift in the air. Can also mean going over the handlebars. Egg – helmet  
Fangin it – riding ridiculously fast  
Fill ya in – Cover a fallen rider with dirt off ya back wheel  
Flat knackers - real Aussie slang! Going as fast as your bike will possibly go. F
ishies – left to right lock to lock sliding the arse end  
Flipping it – past the point of no return whilst doing mono – see Loop it  
Going for a beagle – going for a ride circa 1980  
Go for a blast – fast ride  
Going for a herb or Herbing around – reasonably paced ride  
Going for a squirt – short fast lap  
Gravel rash – abrasive scuffing to rider or bike after fall
 Had it pinned – the speedo and tacho needles are on their stops. Flat out.
 High side – while leaning into a corner the bike finds unexpected grip and switches direction very quickly flicking the rider off violently along with the bike in the opposite direction of the initial corner lean angle
 HOG – A Harley Davidson
 Integrated Braking – a system of applied braking controlled by electronics regulating both front and rear braking at the same time via the use of a single brake (usually the front brake lever) Also no friend of mine.  
KTM – Kick Til Monday, Kosts Too Much, Katoom  
Keep the rubber side down – don’t crash  
Knee slider – a plate or pad on bike pants on the outside of the knee for getting your…  
Knee down – the act of resting your knee on the road/track while cornering at extreme lean angles  
Lid – a Helmet  
Lost some bark - (see road rash)  
Looping it – the disaster point of the classic mono, or wheelie, where the bike keeps going past power wheelie, into balance point and further back onto the ground in a 180 ‘loop’. Not a good idea. Low side – when the rider leans over in a cornering fashion but either goes too far and the bike tips completely over, generally on top of the rider, or in the instance of a ‘front wheel washout’ where the bike slides away, front wheel first from the rider causing a ‘low side’ accident.  
Mono – inverted Endo (see Wheelie)  
Pucka Factor – 1-10 scale of stricktion of the anal sphincter, directly related to the degree of moment or just how close one comes to meeting ones maker  
Pudding Bowl – Old style helmet  
Rice Burner – term used for japanese bikes in the 70′s by traditionalist American / British & Euro riders in the day  
Riding the black ribbon – used to refer to riding on the streets  
Road rash (like gravel rash). Kinda follows after Wash Out
Saddle bags – fat arse engulfing seat of bike and hanging over  
Scraping ya pegs – the enjoyment of cornering to the limit  
Scratching – same as going for a blast, getting from A to B as fast as possible, maybe derived from the scrapping of pegs/boots whilst cornering at the limit  
SMIDSY - "Sorry, Mate, I didn't see you."... famous post-accident words.  
Straight line expert – Speaks for itself  
Scuffing up yr tyres – hard cornering to the edge of rubber
 Skull cap – helmet  
Skid Lid – helmet  
Snatch patch – a small pillion seat. generally on sports bikes for the riders female companion  
Spuds – taking a passenger or pillion  
SQUID – acronym for a biker wanker: Stupidly Quick Underdressed Imminently Dead  
Standups – same as a wheelie but the rider is standing up straight near balance point for a long distance  
Staggered wheelie – same as a wheelie but rider places left leg on left pillion peg and appears to stand upright on the bike  
Stoppies – see Endo  
Suzuki – the name starts with a dollar sign  
Tank slapping – barely controllable front end after hitting a bump or getting airborne  
Thumper – Large capacity 4 stroke single cylinder motorbike Ulysses shuffle – Two feet down u-turn, commonly seen amongst older riders  
Wash out – when the front wheel has lost lateral traction Water Bottle – 750cc Suzuki early model  
Widow maker – Kawaski triple
Whiskey throttle - starting with too much throttle and slipping backwards having the affect of applying more throttle until completely losing control. This video being prime example :)whiskey throttle  
WFO – The act of holding the throttle, wide-open flat out.  
Whiz banger – see 2 banger  
Wheelie - The classic ‘wheelie’. Combination of throttle control and clutch slippage making the front wheel lift in the air. There are different versions of the classic mono or wheel, a ‘Power Wheelie’ is when the front wheel lifts under dramatic smooth acceleration making the front wheel lift for a short period of time before coming back down gradually. A ‘Balance Point‘ wheelie is when the rider takes the front wheel up to a point near vertical and finds the natural balance point in the weight of the bike and is able to ‘sit’ and control the wheelie with gentle blips of the throttle for a long distance.  
WOT – holding wide open throttle  
Zorst – straight up slang, its the last half of the word exhaust spelt phonetically.
Learn any or got others I missed?

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