AMA = American
ABATE- An organization
started by EasyRider Magazine to fight against discrimination toward motorcyclists, mostly helmet laws originally. Once represented
American Brotherhood Against Tolterion Acts. Now ABATE has many other names from state to state such as American Brotherhood
(or Bikers) Aimed Toward Education. Now fighting rights many issues well beyond helmet laws, and often helping charities.
Membership most often a yearly dues for membership, and officers are elected from active membership. They often have local
regions, areas, chapters, counties, to get be closer to members in a statewide group and provide local functions as well as
state wide functions.
Ape Hangers = High
handlebars so Biker's hands are at or above their shoulder height
Backyard = Where you ride oftenBaffle = Sound deadening
material that sits inside a muffler and quiets the exhaust note
Blockhead = The V-twin engine Harley produced 1984 -2000
Boneyard = Salvage yard for used bikes & parts
Brain Bucket = Small, beanie-style helmet (usually not DOT approved)
Broken Wings = a patch meaning the rider has been in a crash.
Burnout = Spinning the rear wheel while holding the front brake. Many places have contests to time how lomg it takes
for the tire to blow out.
Cage = Automobile, Truck,
Van....... not a motorcycle.
Cager = Automobile
Chopper = Bike with the front end
raked out or extended out.
= Someone that just cannot get enough aftermarket accessories (especially Chrome) is said to have Chromeitis.
Church = Clubhouse
CLAP = Chrome, Leather, Accessories, PerformanceClone
= A motorcycle built to resemble and function like a Harley-Davidson motorcycle without actually being a Harley-Davidson motorcycle
(the vehicle title will identify it as something other than a Harley-Davidson)
Colors = M/C Backpatch
= Engine Guard
CreditGlide = RUB's Motorcycle
Crotch Rocket = Sport bike
Counter steering = Turning the bikes handlebars in one direction and having it go in the opposite direction
Custom = Custom built bike
Cut = Vest with Club Colors
DILLIGAF = Do I Look Like I Give A Fuck
= Department of Transportation
Drag Bars =
Low, flat, straight handlebarsEvo / Evolution®
= The Evolution engine (V-Twin, produced from 1984 – 2000) Fathead = The Twin-Cam engine (V-Twin, produced from 1999 – Current Day)
- Flathead = The Flathead engine (V-Twin, produced
from 1929 – 1972)
Flash Patch = Generic
patches usually sold at swap meets and shops.
Low = Speeding
Forward Controls = Front pegs, shifter
& rear brake control moved further forward to stretch your legs out
Freedom Fighter- a MRO member dedicated to preserving or gaining our rights and freedoms.
FTW - Fuck The World or some are using Forever Two Wheels
Hard Tail = A motorcycle frame with no rear suspension
HOG = Harley Owner's 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
Knuck / Knucklehead
= The Knucklehead engine (V-Twin, produced from 1936 – 1947)
LE / LEO = Law Enforcement Officer/Official
Leaving Your Mark = Oil puddle on the ground where you parked
M/C = Motorcycle Club
MM = Motorcycle
MRO- Motorcycle Rights Organization.
An organization such as ABATE, BOLT, Motorcycle Riders Foundation, or, American Motorcycle Association. Having as part of
their agenda to protect the rights and freedoms of motorcyclists. Membership is most often open to the public by paying yearly
dues. Overseas MAG and FEMA are the biggest MRO's.
MSF = Motorcycle Safety Foundation
= Original Equipment Manufacturer
/ Panhead = The Panhead engine (V-Twin, produced from 1948 – 1965)Pillion Pad = The passenger seat
Pipes = Exhaust System
Plugs = Spark Plugs
Pucker Factor = Refers
to how tight your ass got on a close call
Rags = Also used to refer
to Cut or Colors. In some areas it's used only when referring to a woman's colors.
Rat Bike - Usually an older bike that doesn't look like it's been taken care of
Revolution™ = The
Revolution engine, Harley-Davidson's first water-cooled engine (V-Twin, produced from 2002 – Current Day)
RICO = (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations)
Laws passed for Law Enforcement to combat organized crime such as the mafia that are also used against some MC clubs.
Ridin' Bitch = Riding as Passenger
Road Name = Also known as handle. Name given to to someone by his Brothers/ friends.
Usually given after some kind of incident or something they would associate with that person.
Rocker = Part of M/C colors which usually designates geographic location or
RUB= Rich Urban Biker
Rubber = Tire
Rubber Side Down = Ride Safe; Don't Lay the Bike Down
Run = Road trip with your Buds, most of the time with a place to go to in mind
Scoot = Motorcycle
Shiny Side Up = Ride
Safe; Don't Lay the Bike DownShovel / Shovelhead = The Shovelhead engine
(V-Twin, produced from 1966 – 1984)
= Passenger Backrest
Slab = Interstate
Sled = MotorcycleSoftail® = A motorcycle frame whose suspension is hidden, making it resemble a hard tail SMRO- State Motorcycle Rights Organization. Same as a MRO except defined by the
state they operate in that respective state. Such as ABATE of Ohio, ABATE of MN, BOLT of CA, ABATE of CA, TMRO, ABATE of PA.
Most often associated with National MROs such as AMA and MRF. However working on a state level, with state government to protect
motorcyclists rights and freedoms. Many meet at MRF and AMA functions to discuss issues, strategies, and other helpful information.
Membership is most often a yearly due payment, open to riders or clubs. Many clubs are due paying members, however some cannot
wear the patch at all some can wear on the front of vest.
Pipes = An exhaust system with no Baffles
Tail Gunner = The last rider in a group
The Motorcycle Wall- A motorcycle riders memorial
wall in Hopedale Ohio. It is open to all to visit unless an event is going on the prevents viewing. Fallen Riders names are
engraved on the wall for the cost to do it. As well as brick memorials on walkways.
Thirteen "13" - Common patch worn by "Outlaw" 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. In the last few
years, many places are saying the "M" stands for Motorcycle.
In the "Ese"/
Mexican community "13" is often used to represent the "South Side" and "La Eme" (Mexican Mafia).
Turn your back = To completely disassociate from a person or
Twisties = Section of road
with a lot of turns
Wannabe = Refers to someone
that tries to pretend to be a part of the biker lifestyle
Wrench = MechanicXXF-FXX / XXFOREVER -
FOREVERXX = Patch worn by MC members to represent their total commitment to the club and every other member of that club.
(XX 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. Sometime during the 80’s law enforcement changed
the meaning of the 1%er to what they wanted it to represent. It didn’t matter that their meaning was incorrect, they
just spoon fed it to the general public and the courts as they had so many other things.
Motorcycle Clubs are rich in history and tradition. One of those traditions is the wearing of a 1%er patch on our
vests and referring to ourselves as a 1%er club. The 1%er definition as we see it is one that explains our commitment to Biking
and Brotherhood. We ride our motorcycles every day rain or shine. We ride thousands of miles each year with our Brothers to
attend parties, social events, funerals and just plain spending time together. We work, have families and do all the things
that our neighbors do. In addition to that we belong to a Brotherhood that we are able to combine with our day to day lives.
To say that 1%er’s are criminals or people of a lesser moral code than the rest of society is a tainted opinion.
5%'er- A member of a Motorcycle Rights Organization. The term was first used to
my knowledge by me in a 1997 during a Chapter speech, then at a MRF and then a AMA meeting, as only 5% of motorcyclists were
involved with MROs. That was to represent the 5% of motorcyclist that did get involved in protecting the rights of the other
95%. It has been used in public speaking in OH, PA, MN, MI, and in some publications in the Midwest, Great Lakes area. Meant
to respect those that get involved and spent much time, money, protecting bikers they don't even know.
and Stick" - This is a temporary pillion back seat placed on the fender through the use of suction cups.
"Fender" - A female passenger who is not an Old Lady but
simply a lady a biker has invited for a ride. (Also Fender Fluff)
"Moonlight Mile" - A short adventure
with a lady friend away from camp. "Running 66" - It’s very rare but at times it’s necessary
to ride without a club patch or cut. This is also known as “riding incognito”.
"Shower Head" - Refers to the new Harley-Davidson V-Rod motorcycle motor.
It’s water cooled motor features what looks to be a showerhead attachment on it’s right side.
"Broad" - A female entertainer for the club. She may be a dancer or at
times a prostitute.