1%ers - Generally, members of outlaw motorcycle clubs.
Derived from a statement by the American Motorcycle Association (AMA)
that 99% of motorcyclists are law-abiding and the remaining 1% cause
most of the problems. The statement seems to have first appeared shortly
after the so-called Hollister riot in 1947. The 1% symbol, is usually
seen on a rhombus (diamond-shaped) patch, and worn on the cutoff or
13 - Patch worn by a biker, usually a 1%er. May stand
for the letter M (13th letter of alphabet), and indicate the wearer
smokes pot, or uses crank (methamphetamine). Can also mean The Mother
Club, or original chapter of a motorcycle club. The leadership of a
club. Another meaning may be a patch given for for time served. hi
22 - Patch indicating someone who has done time in
prison. Also, the 22nd letter of the alphabet, V, and used by the
Vagos MC, usually a horizontal diamond-shaped green patch with a red 22.
69 - Patch indicating someone who has performed
cunnilingus with witnesses present.
81 - Hell's Angels (8th & 1st letters of alphabet). An
81 patch may be worn by a support club of the Hell's Ang3l
666 - Patch symbolizing the mark of the Beast, or
_.F.F._. - (Insert club name) Forever Forever (Insert
club name). Some examples: A.F.F.A. = Angels Forever Forever Angels;
B.F.F.B. = Bandidos Forever Forever Bandidos.
A.M.A. - American Motorcycle Association
Apes/Ape Hangers - Handlebars that are very high, and
which raise the riders hands above the shoulders. If the hands aint
above the shoulders, they aint real apes.
Bar Hopper - Bike designed to ride from bar-to-bar, or
other short trips. Usually of extreme design, rigid frame, and
uncomfortable on longer rides.
Bark-o-lounger - Large touring bike, especially a
Honda Gold Wing. See Dresser.
Biker - Motorcycle rider whose life centers around his
motorcycle. Most often refers to 1%ers, but not always. The opposite of
Bitch Bar - Sissy bar; passenger backrest.
Bitch Pad - Passenger Seat
Bobber/Bob Job - Bike thats been stripped down, had
fenders shortened or removed, and other non-essential equipment taken
off. The original choppers.
Brain Bucket/Skid Lid/Lid - Helmet.
Bro/Brother - Originally, another member of your
motorcycle club. No one outside your club was a brother. Now, it can
also mean the ultimate member of the biker community; one who would drop
everything to ride 3,000 miles to give another brother his last dime,
and expect nothing in return. If you aint willing to do that ride, you
aint a bro. A brother is not simply another motorcycle rider; that use
cheapens the word.
Broken Wings/Wilted Wings - May mean the wearer has
crashed a bike, but still rides. Usually means a relatively severe crash
with injuries. Older usage indicates a biker who has been around for a
long time, and is a high mileage, experienced biker.
BUG - Big Ugly Guy
Cage/Cager - A car, truck, or van. A person driving a
car, truck, or van.
Checkbook Biker - Rider who writes a check or uses a
credit card for a new bike and gear.
Chopper/Chop - Bike that has had the frame modified,
usually by cutting the neck to increase the rake, by adding length
(stretch) to the front frame down tubes, or adding length (stretch) to
the frame backbone. Will usually have longer than stock forks.
Church - Official club meeting.
Citizen - A non-motorcyclist. Sometimes a motorcyclist
who belongs to the A.M.A.
Class/Showing Class - To perform an act a citizen, or
regular motorcyclist, would not do.
Colors/Cut/Cutoff/Patch - So-called official uniform of
motorcycle clubs, whether outlaw or not. The colors usually consist of a
sleeveless denim or leather jacket/vest, with club patch on the back,
and various other patches and pins worn on the front. Colors belong to
the club or organization. In a 1% club the patch will be three pieces.
The main center patch depicts the logo of the club. The separate top and
bottom pieces are known as rockers, with the top rocker being the name
of the club, and the bottom rocker being the chapter location. A
one-piece patch will be worn by riding groups, family clubs, and other
Crash Truck/Chase Vehicle - A vehicle that follows a
club or group on a run, and picks up broken down bikes.
Crotch Rocket - Motorcycle that looks like a road
racing bike, and that has a very powerful engine. Usually foreign, but
the Buell would fit in here, too.
Defender - A full patch whose job is to defend a club's
turf or name. Will usually wear an identifying patch on the lower left
side of the front of the cutoff. AKA Enforcer. See also Nomad. Some will
have a teardrop tatoo or tatoos below an eye, signifying they've killed
for the club.
Dresser - Large Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Usually has
saddle bags, tour pack, etc. AKA garbage barge, garbage wagon, full
dresser, geezer glide, bagger.
Enforcer - See Defender. Also see Nomad.
Evo/Blockhead - Evolution Big Twin engine, manufactured
1984 - 2000. 80 inches.
Flathead - Type of engine where the valves are on the
side of the engine and extend upward into the head, instead of in the
top of the head. Made through 1973. Flatheads were used on Big Twin V &
U series (61, 74, & 80 inch), the W series (45inch), and K series (45,
Fly Colors - To ride on a motorcycle wearing colors.
Free Rider/Loner/10%er - A biker who shares many of the
same values and lifestyle as a 1%er, but chooses not to join a club.
Graybeard - An old wise biker who's been around
Hardbelly - A young girl with a flat, tight tummy.
Hardtail/Rigid - A motorcycle frame with no rear
Heat - Law enforcement officer, AKA The Man, The Fuzz,
Pig, Law Dog.
H.O.G. - Harley Owners Group. Organization started by
the Harley-Davidson Motor Company for owners of its motorcycles.
Hog - Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
IIWII, or I.I.W.I.I. - It is what it is.
Ironhead - Sportsters produced from 1957 - 1985.
Available in 55 inch and 61 inch versions. Heads were cast iron. Iron
Jockey Shift/Jockey Shifter - Shift lever mounted
directly to the transmission. Rider reaches back and under his thigh to
shift. Usually used with a suicide clutch or rocker clutch.
Knucklehead - First Big Twin overhead valve
Harley-Davidson engine manufactured from 1936 - 1947. The rocker arm
covers have the appearance of the knuckles as seen on a fist. Available
in 61 and 74 inch versions.
Legal Name - Nickname, road name, street name, handle,
or club name of a 1%er biker.
Lid - Helmet.
Loner - See Free Rider.
M.C., MC, M/C - Motorcycle Club.
Nomad - Member of a motorcycle club, but not attached
to any particular chapter. Bottom rocker of patch will read Nomad. A
Nomad member will usually pay dues to, and come under the jurisdiction
of, the mother chapter. They might be sent to an area to start a new
chapter, or to investigate another club that wishes to become a support
club, or one that wants to patch over. Sometimes a Nomad will be an
Old Lady - Wife or steady girlfriend of a club member.
Originals - A motorcycle club member's first set of
colors which are never washed.
P-pad/Pillion Pad - Very small passenger seat; designed
for looks, not comfort.
Panhead - Second Big Twin overhead valve
Harley-Davidson engine, manufactured from 1948 - 1965. The rocker arm
covers have the appearance of upside down dishpans. Available in 61 and
74 inch versions.
Patch holder - A member of a motorcycle club, usually a
Patch over - When a club becomes part of another club,
exchanging its colors for those of another club.
Poser/Poseur/RUB - Generally derogatory term given to a
rider only superficially dedicated to the sport, or one who acts as if
he is tougher than he is.
Prospect/Probate - A prospective motorcycle club member
during his probationary period. After the probationary period is over,
he must be voted into the club by a unanimous vote. A prospect might
wear a lower rocker which reads Prospect, and sometimes the upper
rocker of a clubs colors. Some clubs have a member go through a
probationary period after a prospect has been voted in.
Q-Tip - Elderly cage driver. AKA Blue-hair.
Raisin Pie - A basically worthless reward for a good
deed or favor.
Rat Bike - A bike that is never washed, and appears not
to be maintained, and may be made of pieces and parts from many
different years. Appearances may be deceptive.
Rice Jockey - A rider of a rice rocket.
Rice Rocket - Japanese crotch rocket.
Rocker Clutch - Type of foot clutch pedal that pivots
on a central point. Toe down engages the clutch (bike is moving), and
heel down disengages the clutch (bike is stopped). Used with a hand
RUB - Rich Urban Biker. See Poser.
Run - A club sanctioned outing to a certain location
for a party, camping, or special event. Can now refer to almost any
Saddle - Motorcycle seat.
Scooter Trash - Biker.
Shovelhead - Third Big Twin overhead valve
Harley-Davidson engine manufactured from 1966 - 1984. The rocker arm
covers have the appearance of a coal shovel. Available in 74 and 80 inch
Sidewalk Commando - One who dresses and acts like a
biker, but has no bike. One step lower than a poser.
Sled - Motorcycle. AKA scoot, scooter, putt, iron
Sloptail - See Softail.
Smell Me Bars - See Ape Hangers.
Softail - Harley frame with hidden suspension;
resembles a hard tail.
Squid - Squirrelly-riding young kid. Someone who rides
recklessly, or beyond their abilities.
Support Club - A smaller or regional club that supports
a 1%er club.
Three Piece Outfit - A motorcycle club that wears a 3
Trailer Queen - A bike that is hauled to an event, or
near an event, then ridden the last mile or so to make it appear as if
the poser is a real biker.
Twinkie - Twin cam engine. Manufactured 1999 - present
(2007). AKA Fathead.
War Wagon - Vehicle used to transport a club's weapons.
W.H.O.R.E. - We Haul Our Rides Everywhere. Trailer
queens and the biker wannabes who own them.
Wilted Wings - See Broken Wings. Jersey Tilt. - A
hard single punch/K-O usually done by a probate or a prospect. Name is
from An infamous 1% sons murderous left hook shot. Newbys in some clubs
made this shot a rule. Wings -
Emblems worn by 1%ers. Wings must be earned with witnesses present, and
different colors represent different acts, or deeds.