Glossary of motorcycling terms

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This is a glossary of motorcycling terms.

ape hangers
Aftermarket handlebars installed on motorcycles that are taller than stock handlebars. Generally, they are shoulder-height or higher for the rider. Some U.S. states and international laws restrict the height of a motorcycles handlebars.[1]
colors (aka cut)
Uniform of the club where club patches are proudly displayed, typically a leather or denim vest[2]
crotch rocket (aka organ donor)
Another term for sportbike and is generally not made in the USA[1]
hang-around
Term used by some motorcycle clubs to denote someone who has stated a clear intention of becoming a prospect with the likely follow-on intention of becoming a full patch member of the club. May be one of several stages some clubs require members to pass on their way to becoming full-patch members.[3]
one percenter
A member of an outlaw club or gang.[4]
prospect
Term used by some motorcycle clubs to denote someone who has stated a clear intention of becoming a full patch member of the club. Typically, the bylaws or other governing document\policy will dictate how long someone must be a prospect and what is expected of them during this period. May be one of several stages some clubs require members to pass on their way to becoming full-patch members.[3]
Rich Urban Bikers (RUBS)
A cruiser bike buying demographic, typically middle aged male in a white-collar work with a disposable income and usually, grown-up children.[5]
Riding pillion (aka riding bitch; riding two-up)
The act of riding as a passenger on a motorcycle sitting on the pillion (aka "bitch") seat immediately behind the driver of the motorcycle.[6][7][8]


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  1. ^ 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 
  2. ^ Smedman, Lisa (2007), From boneshakers to choppers: the rip-roaring history of motorcycles, Annick Press, pp. 57–60, ISBN 978-1-55451-016-0 
  3. ^ a b "Levels of Club Affiliation". Wolfpack Motorcycle Club. Retrieved 10 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Dulaney, William L. (November 2005), "A Brief History of "Outlaw" Motorcycle Clubs", International Journal of Motorcycle Studies, The Life story caused something of a tumult around the country (Yates), and some authors have asserted that the AMA subsequently released a press statement disclaiming involvement in the Hollister event, stating that 99% of motorcyclists are good, decent, law-abiding citizens, and that the AMA's ranks of motorcycle clubs were not involved in the debacle (e.g., Reynolds, Thompson). The American Motorcyclist Association says it has no record of ever releasing such as statement. Tom Lindsay, the AMA's Public Information Director, said 'We [the American Motorcyclist Association] acknowledge that the term 'one-percenter' has long been (and likely will continue to be) attributed to the American Motorcyclist Association, but we've been unable to attribute its original use to an AMA official or published statement—so it's apocryphal.' 
  5. ^ Berkman, Leslie (May 6, 1991), "Ritzy Riders : Rubs, or Rich Urban Bikers, Mount Their Harleys Dressed in Designer Jeans Instead of Black Leather", Los Angeles Times 
  6. ^ Green, Jonathon (2005), Cassell's dictionary of slang (2nd ed.), Sterling Publishing Company, pp. 1190–1191, ISBN 0-304-36636-6, retrieved 2010-09-03 
  7. ^ Partridge, Eric; Dalzell, Tom; Victor, Terry (2006), The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English: A-I Volume 1, Taylor & Francis, p. 166, ISBN 0-415-25937-1, retrieved 2010-09-03 
  8. ^ Veno, Arthur (2010), The Brotherhoods: Inside the Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs (3rd ed.), Allen & Unwin, p. 257, ISBN 1-74237-122-1