Handlebars higher than the biker’s shoulders. This noticeable feature is generally found on choppers.
The geometric centre of a turn, when the biker is closest to the inside of the bend.
The upper part of the frame on which the fuel tank is placed.
Large cruiser motorbike with hard saddlebags.
A blatantly custom-built bicycle (often a bobber) which is only comfortable for short trips (e.g. from bar to bar, hence the name).
Big, comfortable old-style motorcycle (e.g. Honda Gold Wing).
Vintage motorbike found by the owners in “stable-like places” such as barns, lofts.
The edge of the tyre which touches the wheels.
Nickname for a BMW.
Used to describe street racers and refers to situations where we face guys “with balls”.
Named after the modified ignition timing first used with the two-stroke, 500 Grand Prix speed Honda engine.
The five big motorcycle manufacturers: Harley Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, Yamaha.
The four big bikers’ clubs considered to be outlaw motorcycle gangs by the FBI: Hell’s Angels, Pagans, Outlaws, Bandidos.
Nickname for the girls sitting on the bike behind Hell’s Angels gang members.
Storage place for motorbikes.
Riding “blind” when light conditions suddenly change.
The legendary blue stripe, which can be found on half-mile and one-mile dirt tracks and shows the ideal bend. It gets its colour from clay being worn down by the constant pressure of tyres racing over it.
Expression typically used by dirt track racers when they do something which is surprising even for them. The word imitates the sound of the two-stroke tracker bikes. The number of letter “a”-s in the word is the subject of debate.
A bubble-shaped visor, first found on open helmets in the 1970s and enjoying a renaissance at the moment.
The nickname given by Hayabusa (GSX1300R) owners to their bikes.
Motorists or lorry drivers (who don’t notice bikers because, for instance, they are on the phone).
Special form of rear light.
British word for a wheelie. (Unlike the stoppie, here the rear wheel touches the ground).
A speed of 100 miles per hour.
Collective name for local representatives of bikers’ gangs.
Erratic behaviour of the motorbike during breaking distance.
A person whose job is the transformation of motorcycles.
Another name for the ‘stoppie’, when the rear of the motorbike lifts after applying the front brakes suddenly.
Collective name for short track flat track motorbikes. Generally made with a one-cylinder, four-stroke 450 engine block.
A bike built from various other bikes. (Some of them are particularly interesting.)
Motorbikes with a tank placed on top of the frame.
Nickname for the Suzuki GSX-R.
Middle-class family car of a biker.
Nickname for a sidecar.
DOME (OR LID)
Nickname for a helmet.
A motorbike whose parts are “transplanted” to another motorbike.
Large touring motorbike with windshields, saddlebags, etc.
Motorbike without rear shock absorbers.
Rare nickname for a happy, smiling biker who has bugs in his teeth. Should never be confused with the expression a ‘happy finish’.
Dangerous way of falling, when the rear wheels lose grip for a moment and the biker is scarily catapulted into the air. (See lowside!).
Riding on public roads like a hooligan, seriously violating traffic laws (wheelie, steppie, etc.)
Slang expression for the motorbike’s cylinders.
Frequently changing lanes and zigzagging between lanes in city traffic.
More frequent (and generally less dangerous) accident than the highside. The real wheel loses its grip and slides to the sides.
Painful bottom after cycling for a long time.
Person infected by petrol, a fan of motor vehicles.
Sport biker whose leather overalls, gloves, helmet and often even whose motorbike are in matching colours.
When you get soaked on the motorbike because of a lack of protective gear.
A technique used on bends when the racer tries to take the bend at as high a speed as possible while sending too much power to the rear wheel.
A rusty, used motorbike which looks like it’s been found after being stored and neglected for 100 years (e.g. at the bottom of the Danube).
Rough tarmac leaves this pattern on you if you fall without wearing the right gear.
Mud brought up by dirt motorbikes.
What bikers call tyres.
Slang expression for a bend that is considered dangerous.
Nickname for two-stroke motorcycles which are know for emitting a great deal of smoke.
A biker without helmet and/or the right gear.
A biker’s equipment.
The last biker in line.
The incredibly frightening phenomenon when the handlebars start to shake suddenly.
Tools used to repair motorbikes.
A person who is able to fine tune the engine block and increase its performance.
UJM (Universal Japanese Motorcycle)
Japanese motorcycle from the 1970s with a 4 cylinder straight engine and frame which have become rather overpriced since hipsters “discovered” them.
Front inverted fork used on modern sports motorbikes.
Manoeuvre where the front wheel or wheels come off the ground.