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Professor Lingo's Bikers Dictionary

Hi, I'm Professor Lingo.

Bikers are a part of a huge community with its own lingo (vocabulary). Sometimes it may be difficult to understand everything said, especially if you're a novice.

If you run across a biker term you do not know just look it up.

On the other hand if you run into a biker term not in my dictionary email me the details and I will be more than happy to add it on. Enjoy!

1%erIf 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 60s 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 80s law enforcement changed the meaning of the 1%er to what they wanted it to represent. It didnt 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%ers are criminals or people of a lesser moral code than the rest of society is a tainted opinion.

AMAAmerican Motorcycle Association
Anch's or AnchorBrakes
Ape HangersHigh handlebars so Biker's hands are at or above their shoulder height
BackyardWhere you ride often
BaffleSound deadening material that sits inside a muffler and quiets the exhaust note
BlockheadThe V-twin engine Harley produced 1984 -2000
BoneyardSalvage yard for used bikes & parts
Brain BucketSmall, beanie-style helmet (usually not DOT approved)
BurnoutSpinning the rear wheel while holding the front brake
CageAutomobile, Truck, Van....... not a motorcycle.
CagerAutomobile Driver
ChopperBike with the front end raked out or extended out.
ChromeitisSomeone that just cannot get enough aftermarket accessories (especially Chrome) is said to have Chromeitis.
CLAPChrome, Leather, Accessories, Performance
CloneA 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)
ColorsM/C Backpatch
Counter SteeringTurning the bikes handlebars in one direction and having it go in the opposite direction
Crash BarEngine Guard


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