List of Motorcycle Club terms

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This is a list of Motorcycle Club terms. Motorcycle subculture which has its roots in the immediate post-World War II era of American society. It is generally centered on the use of cruiser motorcycles, particularly Harley-Davidsons and choppers, and a set of ideals which celebrate freedom, nonconformity to mainstream culture and loyalty to the biker group. They have developed their own unique terms.

List of terms:

  • Ape Hangers, high handlebars that raise a rider's hands above his head much like an ape's hands may hang over their head[1][2]
  • Back warmer, a female passenger on the back of a motorcycle[1]
  • Bar bike, or 1 mile bike, a motorcycle driven a short distance to and from a bar[1]
  • Colors, the uniform of the club[3][4]
  • Crotch rocket, another term for sportbike[2]
  • One Percenters, an outlaw club or gang[3][4]
  • Road Name, a member's nickname[3]
  • Sweep (motorcycle) (or back door), an experienced rider whose job, as last in line, is to ensure everyone in the group ride arrives safely at the destination.[1][5]
  • Weekend Warrior, a rider who rides during the weekend as an escape from weekly middle-class life[3][6]
  • Waxer, someone who doesn't ride but only waxes his motorcycle[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Racer Cafe - Biker Terms
  2. ^ a b Holmstrom, Darwin (2001), "Appendix D: cycle babble glossary", The Complete Idiot's Guide to Motorcycles (2nd ed.), Alpha Books, p. 403, ISBN 0028642589 
  3. ^ a b c d e Biker Gang Slang
  4. ^ a b Smedman, Lisa (2007), From boneshakers to choppers: the rip-roaring history of motorcycles, Annick Press, pp. 57–60, ISBN 978-1-55451-016-0 
  5. ^ "Group Leaders" and "Back Doors", Rider Education: Group Riding Guide (Gold Wing Touring Association), retrieved 2014-07-30 
  6. ^ Thompson, William E. (2012), Hogs, Blogs, Leathers and Lattes: The Sociology of Modern American Motorcycling, McFarland, p. 33