Rice burner

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Rice burner
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Manufacturer Asian, esp. Japanese
Also called Rice machine, rice rocket, rice grinder, or ricer

Rice burner is a pejorative originally used as early as the 1960s describing Japanese motorcycles,[1][2][3] and later Japanese cars, and, by extension, Asian-made motorcycles and automobiles.[4] The term is often defined as offensive or racist stereotyping.[5][6][7] In some cases users of the term assert that it is not offensive or racist,[8][9] or else treat the term as a humorous, mild put-down rather than a racial slur.[10][11][12] Variations are rice rocket, used mostly but not exclusively for superbike motorcycles from Japan,[13][14] rice machine, rice grinder or simply ricer.

The pejorative is often intended to denigrate cars which have been modified cosmetically to give a false impression of high performance, but are not actually capable of it. The accusation behind this is that the car has been customized with the intent to fool people. The term is most often used against East Asian-made vehicles where the population is presumed to subsist on a diet of rice.[7][15] Riced out describes the result of "overmodifying a sports compact, usually with oversized or ill-matched exterior appointments".[16]

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  1. ^ Motor Cycle 17 November 1966 pp.674-675 You Say This. "Won't last. ...Many a rice burner will be clapped out within four or five years, but the Tiger 90 would last about 12 years. Paul Ayres, Woking, Surrey". Accessed 4 May 2015
  2. ^ Motor Cycle 1 December 1966 pp.740-742 You Say This. "Challenge on. I was interested to see the correspondence regarding the Triumph T90 and the Suzuki Super Six and the challenge issued...Having sold and serviced many Triumphs and Suzukis, I feel qualified to act without bias. Had Paul Ayres (17 November) the experience of both makes, such as comes the way of a dealer with 16 years in the trade, he would not refer to the finest two-fifty motorcycle yet manufactured as a rice burner. K.R. Harris, Aitchanbee Motor Cycles, Harrow Weald, Middlesex." Accessed 4 May 2015
  3. ^ Motor Cycle 22 December 1966 pp.834-835 You Say This. "Proof. We do not consider the Suzuki Super Six to be a rice-burner. Indeed, after it has drunk its petrol, it will have little appetite for anything else. A two-fifty which needs a gallon of petrol every 47 miles to travel at 60 mph must be the ultimate in low efficiency. P.J. Worsnop, P. Woollven, Radcliffe-on-Trent, Nottingham". Accessed 16 June 2015
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  5. ^ Green, Jonathon (2005), Cassell's Dictionary of Slang (2nd ed.), Sterling Publishing Company, p. 1189, ISBN 978-0-304-36636-1 
  6. ^ Herbst, Philip (1997), The color of words: an encyclopedic dictionary of ethnic bias in the United States, Intercultural Press, p. 199, ISBN 978-1-877864-97-1 
  7. ^ a b Breitenstein, Jeff; Paiva, Troy (2004), Ultimate Hot Rod Dictionary, MotorBooks/MBI Publishing Company, p. 170, ISBN 978-0-7603-1823-2 
  8. ^ Meyer, Daniel B. (2003), Life Is a Road, the Soul Is a Motorcycle, iUniverse, pp. 18–19, ISBN 978-0-595-26990-7 
  9. ^ Pierson, Melissa Holbrook (1998), The Perfect Vehicle: What Is It About Motorcycles, W. W. Norton & Company, p. 166, ISBN 0-393-31809-5 
  10. ^ Ubinas, Helen (14 March 1999), "Motorcyclists Reclaim Youth With Hog-Wild Week In Florida; [7 Hartford North Final Edition]", The Hartford Courant (Hartford, Connecticut): A.1 
  11. ^ "Spinning 'Rice Burners' Into Gold", The New York Times (New York, N.Y.), 26 July 2004: D.10, retrieved 2011-05-09 
  12. ^ Heald, Bill (15 June 2003), "Bike Speak ; The Collected Lingo Of The Road Warrior", The Hartford Courant (Hartford, Connecticut): 14 
  13. ^ Matebese, Lerato (19 November 2009), "Driving Impression. Putting Godzilla through its paces", Business Day (Johannesburg, South Africa) 
  14. ^ Palladino, D. J. (9–16 April 2009), "Formula Racing", Santa Barbara Independent (Santa Barbara, California) 23 (169): 119 
  15. ^ "You might be a rice rocket jockey if. (Pony Tales).", Mustang Monthly 25 (5), May 2002: 14 
  16. ^ Palmisano, Trey (4 March 2010), "Toyota enthusiast embraces tuner culture" (HighBeam), The Washington Examiner (Washington, D.C.), retrieved 22 September 2012 

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