In the interests of furthering cross Atlantic relations I offer the following definitions from across the pond curtesy of mistergixer at BCF
1 piece – an ‘all in one’ outfit of protective clothing, usually refers to leathers.
2 piece – an outfit consisting of a jacket and trousers, may refer to leathers or textiles.
’98 R1 – the Chuck Norris of motorbikes.
Akra – Akrapovic. Manufacturers of exhaust cans and full systems.
ATGANI – All The Gear And No Idea. Derogatory term for a biker who has a shiny, expensive new bike, expensive shiny new leathers and lid, yet cannot ride for toffee. Power Rangers frequently have ATGANI.
Babyblade – a Honda CBR250/CBR400.
Badger – a savage looking bike based upon bits of old Ariels, built by a man with a beard in his kitchen for the purpose of Hillclimbing. The end result is a bike that looks like it would bite your arm off, and then proposition your Mum/sister. Now mistakenly considered a ‘real’ model of Ariel, thanks to said beardie’s addition to Wikipedia.
Biker’s Poem – a sickening poem about the ‘soft and caring, unseen side’ of bikers which has been over posted
Bin(ned) it – to crash a motorbike. (note this applies to all bikes, not just those being raced)
‘Blade – a Honda Fireblade.
Boxer – an engine configuration comprising horizontally opposed cylinders.
Braided hoses – hose made of braided metal. Frequently refers to brake hoses. Typically used to replace standard rubber hoses which flex/bulge under pressure; braided hoses don’t, and therefore give increased braking performance.
Brembo(s) – a manufacturer of high-quality brake parts.
Can – the final (end) part of an exhaust system. Often called an End-Can.
Clutching it up – using the clutch to cause a wheelie to occur.
Combat Filtering – like Filtering, only more aggressive and more likely to result in the collection of wing-mirrors from cages.
‘Crosser – a motocross bike. Often referred to as a scrambler.
Duke – a Ducati motorbike. Expensive, exotic and beautiful to behold – which is just as well, as it gives the owner something nice to look at whilst he waits for the breakdown recovery truck to arrive.
End-can – see Can.
‘Fighter – see Streetfighter.
Filter(ing) – avoiding queues of cages by riding between the lines of stationary (or moving) traffic. See also Combat Filtering
Four – an engine configuration comprising of 4 cylinders.
Full system – a complete set of (after-market)exhaust parts. Typically comprises headers, pipes and can.
Front end – the forks and front wheel of a motorbike.
Headers – the section of an exhaust system which attaches to the engine.
Hillclimbing – a primitive form of motorsport, popularised by men with beards. Essentially, a number of bikes attempt to make their way up a steep incline, whoever has injured themselves the most is the winner. Also known as Freaktrials. See also Badger
Hoon - To ride quickly/spiritedly alone or in a small group. To actually 'work' the bike/ride hard.
HTH – Happy to help.
I.A.M – the Institute of Advanced Motorcyclists.
Jellymold - i] Honda PC800 (Great Britain) ii] Mid-ninties Honda CBRs
KSI - Killed or Seriously Injured. The result of badly binning it.
Lid – helmet. From Skidlid.
Low-side – the act of crashing a motorcycle and falling off to the side of the bike which is closest to the ground i.e on a lefthand bend the rider would fall off the left side of the bike. Typically caused by the front wheel washing out.
Nod (The) - Tipping of the head to acknowledge oncoming Bikers. See Wave (The)
Ohlins – a manufacturer of high-quality suspension components.
Paddock stand – a detachable stand used to raise a wheel off the ground. May be for the front or rear wheel.
Ped boi – a chav on 2-wheels. A hoodie riding a moped, typically with a noisy spannie and using the pillion pegs instead of the footboard. Ped bois are often to be found in packs in McDonalds carparks. They will normally always ask you about powerbands.
"pee"-pot – typically an old-fashioned, open face helmet. Usually favoured by owners of vintage British motorbikes.
Plastic Maggot - i] Honda CX500 (Great Britain) ii] Honda PC800 (North America)
Pots – the number of pistons found in a brake calliper. The pistons push the brake pads against the disk. Many different variations: single pot, 2-pot, 4-pot, 6-pot etc. Generally, the greater the number of pistons, the greater the stopping force.
Powerband – i) little loops of coloured elastic that can seriously increase the performance of your engine. Red ones are for racing only.
ii) the point in an engine’s rev-range where it makes the most power. Usually refers to the power delivery of 2-stroke engines, which deliver all their power in a sudden, savage and extremely pleasurable lump. As in ‘I hit the powerband just as i passed the local girls school. The front end came up into a proper minger’.
Power Ranger – a derogatory term, typically applied to owners of sportsbikes who have 1-piece leathers colour-matched to their bikes.
Power wheelie – using the engine’s power to bring up the front wheel into a wheelie.
Race can – usually a lightweight, free breathing end-can.
Rear end – the rear wheel and swingarm of a motorbike.
Renthals – Renthal are a manufacturer of after-market parts; most notable for handlebars and sprockets. ‘Renthals’ typically refers to the type of high, flat bars as frequently fitted to ‘fighters.
Rice-burner – a (typically) derogatory term for Japanese motorbikes.
Rossi – Valentino Rossi. Vale. The Doctor. Valentinik. Rossifumi. Possibly the greatest motorbike racer of all time. See also Rossi Wannabe
Rossi Wannabe – an obsessive fanboi with the mistaken belief that looking like a clone of Rossi will somehow mysteriously gift them the same level of riding skill. Traditionally found clad head-to-toe in black and yellow Dianese clothing and riding a Babyblade in Nastro Azzuro colours.
Safety Nazi – a person who is obsessive about always wearing full kit, riding sensibly and obeying the speed limits.
Single – an engine configuration comprising one cylinder.
Slip-on – a type of can (usually a race-can) which ‘slips’ directly onto the exhaust pipe.
SMIDSY – short for ‘Sorry Mate I Didn’t See You’: frequently the first words out of a cager’s mouth as they stand over you, whilst you lie there in a mixture of your own, and your bike’s fluids after they pulled out in front of you, without looking
Spannie – short for ‘expansion chamber’. A type of exhaust system found on 'Strokers.
Square 4 – an engine configuration comprising of 4 cylinders in a square formation (i.e. 2 sets of parallel twins)
Sticky hoops/boots – tyres made of a soft compound which maximise grip (usually) at the expense of tyre life and longevity.
Stinkwheel – a motorbike with a 2-stroke engine.
Streetfighter – originally ‘fighters were sportsbikes which had been crashed and the owner could not afford to (cosmetically) repair, so all the fairings were removed and the clip-ons replaced with flat bars (these are the typical areas of damage on a sportsbike). Typically ridden by nutters in jeans, trainers, a bomber jacket and a Simpson Bandit helmet. Nowadays, most fighters are ‘custom projects’ with silly chopped tails and oodles of tat from the Demon Tweeks catalogue bolted on.
‘Stroker – a motorbike with a 2-stroke engine. A stinkwheel.
Stubby – a can which has been deliberately cut down to a shorter length. Typically to increase the noise of the exhaust system.
Top-box – a piece of hard luggage mounted behind the seat.
Ton up - 100mph plus
Twin – an engine configuration comprising of 2 cylinders.
Wash out – where the front wheel looses grip and slides out to one side. As in ‘i hit a patch of diesel and the front end just washed out on me’ – this generally equates to: ‘I was going too fast and ran out of talent.’
Win it or bin it – a racing term which refers to someone who is so committed to victory that they will either win the race or crash whilst trying. See Rossi's early career.
Yoshi – Yoshimura. A Japanese manufacturer of after-market parts, especially exhaust systems. Most commonly associated with Suzuki.