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Motorcycle Slang for the Beginner

By December 28, 2016March 10th, 2017Main


Motorcycle Slang

Somewhat new to the wonderful world of motorcycles? Being a newbie sometimes means you are not quite up on the slang that other cyclist might throw your way. Here’s a quick guide of some words and phrases that you might encounter.Gear background


Brain Bucket: This particular phrase is fairly easy to understand, it is simply a helmet. But we have to admit it’s a lot more fun to say than just saying helmet.

Squid: Here we have a piece of motorcycle slang that is also at times made into an acronym. According to one source it stands for Stupidly Quick, Underdressed and Imminently Dead. A squid, in nutshell, is a rider who rides without the proper gear and without much common sense. You have probably seen a few squids. Typically, they can be seen sporting shorts and possibly no shirt, and their riding style is nothing to write home about either.

Tar Snake: This refers to the tar lines in roads that are used to seal cracks. The name is very appropriate because they squiggle like snakes, and depending on the weather they can be treacherous.

Organ Donor: Naturally, someone who doesn’t wear a helmet. A squid is likely an organ donor.

Iron Butt: A run that is approximately 1000 miles in 24 hours. You will certainly need one to complete a run like that!

Ape Hangers: You will see these from time to time. They are handles bars that are above the rider’s shoulders giving the appearance of, you guessed it, an ape hanging from a tree limb.

Bagger: This is a motorcycle with saddlebags.

Cage: Motorcyclist like to refer to cars as cages. Which makes the person driving the car a cager.

 Have Fun with your New Slang

These phrases are just a drop in the bucket when it comes to motorcycle slang, but it should be enough to get you started. For a more comprehensive list check out this link: Remember to have some fun adding to your vocabulary. Speaking of adding why not add a Crampbuster to your throttle. Your wrist will thank you!

Happy Riding!