Are you a motorcyclist or a biker?

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by levain, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Not sure what section to post this in. Mods move as you see fit...

    A friend asked me the other day what the difference was between a biker and a motorcyclist. Hmm. I started thinking about that question.

    Since buying my Uly a month or so ago, I've found myself wandering Harley shops a couple times. Truely, a world I never thought I'd be a part of. It's amazing how my local HD/Buell dealer has literally 2/3 of their sales floor full of fluff. Beer mugs. T-shirts. dew rags....

    I've decided a biker is more like lots of Harley guys. Image. Fashion. Posing. Here today, gone tomorrow.

    A motorcyclist rides for the sake of riding. Because it's fun. Because it's a part of them.

    We have a street in Providence that is right near Brown University. In the summer, for god knows what reason, it is full of bikes. Mostly, cruisers, and, the mohawk on top of helmet sportbike guys. Hanging out. Popping wheelies on side streets. Making noise. General, wannabe hooliganism. I would guess most motorcyclists avoid places like Thayer street. It's full of bikers....

    Thoughts?
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  2. Gateshutter

    Gateshutter Exiled

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    you forgot to mention most guys on Harleys look like pirates
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  3. windmill

    windmill Long timer

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    Biker - lifestyle is the focus.

    Motorcyclist - riding is the focus.
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  4. bostonsr

    bostonsr Just weight

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    i know plenty of motorcyclists who hardly ride their $20,000 bmws.

    i know a ton of stunters who ride 20,000mi a year...on clap-trap japanese sportbikes.

    which do you think exhibits better bike control?

    i'd stop trying to categorize folks, i stopped after being surprised few times.

    abe
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  5. Wildman

    Wildman In my castle

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    To me, "biker" is a lifestyle and "motorcyclist" is an interest, a hobby or even a passion. If, when you fill in the 'interests' section of your profile you've nothing to add other than "bikes 'n' stuff" then, well, you're a biker.

    Not saying I'm right; just saying that's how I see it.
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  6. ibafran

    ibafran villagidiot

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    Always a variety of perspective on this issue.

    My POV: Biker=Rides long enough at one stretch to get dirty. The bike is the vehicle of choice every time. Other vehicles are used as the bike cannot be adapted and/or operated to serve the purpose of the moment.

    Motorcyclist=poseur. From the French. Dilitant, hobbyist, effecting a ruse, usually becomes a candy-ass when the going gets a little interesting and bails out long before it gets tough. Dellusional most of the time.
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  7. levain

    levain STILL Jim Williams

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    Interesting perspective. Basically, the same characterization I made, but, the two labels flip flopped. Like I said, I never really thought about this, until I was asked. I don't really worry about all this, I just ride my bike, and, laugh at the guys that stop at the state line to put their helmets on (we don't have a helmet law in RI):lol3
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  8. DAKEZ

    DAKEZ Long timer

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    Bikers dress up in costumes... Be it Pirate or Aerostich And do not ride very much.

    Bikers do not ride in the rain.

    Bikers do not ride just to ride.

    Bikers do not find themselves 300 miles from home when they went to the corner store.


    Riders ride.

    RIDE RIDE RIDE
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  9. Rusty the Scoob

    Rusty the Scoob Commuter

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    I'm a bass player, who rides at least 10 hours each week and more every chance I get.
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  10. Cheshire

    Cheshire Anachronistic rideby

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    Heh. I always thought the difference between motorcyclist and biker was one takes less time to say and write. :lol3

    I figure if you're taking the time to separate "us" from "them" to put walls around the cool camp...you're wasting riding time. That, and you're doing the same thing the people you're laughing at are doing. :wink:
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  11. RogueClimber

    RogueClimber "Tacticool"

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    For me:

    Bikers are the 1%ers.

    Then there are people who own motorcycles. Aka poseurs.

    Then there are motorcyclists. Aka riders.
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  12. DirtyOldMan

    DirtyOldMan Long timer

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    Motorcyclists wear less leather and wives/girlfriends are better looking.
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  13. Trophy Mike

    Trophy Mike w/extreme prejudice

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    Today's bikers are just alot of guys that never got picked for teams in high school.
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  14. Chuck289

    Chuck289 Air cooled

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    I have a motorcycle that I like to ride. Am I a biker? Motorcyclist?:confused I dont know. If they're wondering, I just tell people that I ride a motorcycle. They can label if they want, I dont give a shit. I can't hear them when I'm on my bike anyway.
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  15. trumpet

    trumpet Group W Bench

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    All of the above..none of the above

    AND

    bikers use pedals
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  16. Grreatdog

    Grreatdog Long timer

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    In a town like Annapolis, the formula is real simple:

    Bikers are the ones riding into town to park
    Motorcyclists are the ones riding away from town to ride


    No broad generalizations or strereotyping needed. Bikers are lined up along the curbs at Ego Alley. Motorcyclists are God knows where out on the little back roads.
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  17. AzB

    AzB Fattest thin man

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    +1.

    There are a lot of people here that seem fascinated by self imposed labels.

    Free your mind and your ass will follow.

    Az
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  18. ragtoplvr

    ragtoplvr Long timer

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    I ride a bicycle, so I am a bicyclist.

    I ride a motorcycle , so I am a motorcyclist.

    I think Bikers ride long miles to party, location is not as important as the party.

    Motorcyclists will ride long miles to to ride more long miles in carefully chosen locations and if they have the energy left might party a bit at night.

    Bicyclists ride long miles to test the body and mind, and get that endomorphin high.

    LD motorcyclists and bicyclists have a lot in common.

    Posers ride to be seen. (and heard)

    From what I have seen, the worst gear snobs are the bicyclists.

    Rod
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  19. Desert Dave

    Desert Dave Enjoying the moment

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    So what about a Motorbiker?

    Is that a guy that really likes to ride and can still kick some ass at a party AND Starbucks :lol3

    I think some of you have really put to much thought into this.
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  20. ikonoklass

    ikonoklass Kountersteering Krew

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    All I know is, when people call me a biker, I shudder a little.
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