Are you a motorcyclist or a biker?

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

  1. AviatorTroy

    AviatorTroy Following my front fender

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    I’m a rider.
  2. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades... Super Supporter

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    Because we were lucky for ten years. I guess the Covid 19 stirred up everything...
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  3. b76

    b76 Need more adventures

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    I used to think of myself as a motorcyclist when I only had a street bike as my transportation.
    My wife and I have 3 cars and 7 bikes, we ride multiple times a week but for fun.
    We still drive more than ride.
    I would say it is more of a hobby or addiction than a needed label
  4. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades... Super Supporter

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    I wanna be the guy mentioned here:

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  5. Pantah

    Pantah Jiggy Dog Fan Supporter

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    Bikers or Motorcyclists: Interesting question. It probably has more to do with how you came into the hobby. I came into it before there were 'Bikers'. Harleys were not anywhere in the market. Honda's were the thing with their new four pipe 750 Superbike. So I would say that I was never a 'Biker' as the OP is asking. Yet people not involved with motorcycles at all consider everyone of us 'Bikers'. They even consider my two sons 'Bikers' and they rarely ride a street bike. Their whole motorcycling experience has been on race tracks.

    As an aside, I actually have a latent desire for a stripped down Hog for some reason. Maybe it is because of where I live (next to Cave Creek AZ). For some reason Cave Creek has become a weekend destination for the 'Biker' crowd. My KTM or Ducatis don't quite fit? I'd like to build a clean and simple power cruiser based on a Harley...
  6. ZappBranigan

    ZappBranigan Still Riding

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    Been riding since 1902? :eekers

    Stay safe old man! :muutt
  7. Pantah

    Pantah Jiggy Dog Fan Supporter

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    My point was that Japanese and European brands dominated the market place when I started riding. H-D was practically dead under AMF ownership. Dealers were sketchy and their products poor. The only place I saw a Harley was at dirt track races, films and occasional 'Easy Rider' types around Oakland. I grew up in the San Francisco area and I cannot recall even seeing a Harley dealer, so there you go... In my eyes Harley was not anywhere in the market. They were resurrected through an LBO from AMF in the 1980's. Dean Witter Reynolds financed it and took them public a few years later.
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  8. viajero

    viajero Too old to be a nOOb

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    Neither, because I ride a VFR.:D
  9. Sal Pairadice

    Sal Pairadice Captain Obvious

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    I like the term " Motorcyclist "

    I mean, its a perfect word. It even looks good in print. Motorcyclist.
  10. BMWrider79

    BMWrider79 Here

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    Thought we were all motorcycle enthusiasts..
  11. OMB

    OMB n00b

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    Biker = Pirate + Harley

    Motorcyclist = Touratech catalog + Nice BMW

    Either can be a great rider or just a poser. Either can be a great person or a douche bag.

    In the end...just be awesome and ride.
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  12. PVMotos

    PVMotos Adventurer

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    Racer
    Biker
    Enthusiast
    Motorcyclist
    Dirtbiker
    Motocrosser
    Roadracer
    Drag racer
    Hooligan
    Bike Shop owner
    Been called them all. Been involved in all. It's been my life and still ride every day rain shine hot or cold.
    Sometimes multistrada, sometimes Drz sometimes gsxr or ktm. Depends on where what and why.
    I still do most all forms as it's my true passion, has been since I was 6 and my pop brought home a little benelli 65.
    My kids ride race, my wife used to ride.
    What am I? Can't pigeon hole me lol... it's a lifestyle for sure.

    but (not applicable to all)!
    A real biker is a club member, not a wanna be hog groupie. Not a guy on a jap cruiser etc.

    The enthusiast a guy that builds tinkers reads writes and rides but never got super confident as rider.

    Motorcyclist the weekend warrior/ rider, commuter, touring guy and adv riders.

    Hooligan looked at as crazy non law abiding. But wheelies are fun, backing it into a turn tire screeching rear end stepped out is fun. (Still practicing this on my Drz)

    Racer catagories speak for it self.

    It's all fun and all good! So it really doesn't matter!
    Enjoy hope virus goes away soon! Stay safe and healthy.
    cheers
  13. Big John Sny

    Big John Sny Long timer

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    Motorcyclist = anyone who rides, owns, or supports motorcycling as a hobby

    Biker (or pick your derogatory terms of choice) = the name insecure motorcyclist want to call others that, in their perception, do not do it as "good" as they do.

    Seriously, i don't get the hate of some. I love bikes. pretty much all types, even though I actually like riding some more than others (not even always the ones I expect I will)
    There are people who collect them, treat them as art, treat them as preservation of history, symbols of freedom (in whatever way they interpret it), treat them as racing machines, and those that just treat them as transportation.
    All of this grows the industry as a whole, whether it is inspiration of that long trip or just an opportunity for me to get a low mileage used bike, I appreciate all of the groups.
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  14. Don03st

    Don03st Been here awhile

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    Biker=The riding is secondary to the social aspect of motorcycles. Unfairly here I think of the pirate look, can't stand it.

    Motorcyclist= Riding is is the primary focus. Function over fashion, but usually ATTATT.
  15. Andyvh1959

    Andyvh1959 Cheesehead Klompen Supporter

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    Much as I have many times judged someone a biker or motorcyclist, I remind myself to just ride more and care less about labels.
  16. Kiwi Mick

    Kiwi Mick Adventurer

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    Dunno..... I've just been riding to get around for nigh on 55 years, and reckon I'll continue to do so for a good few more..
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  17. ShaftEd

    ShaftEd Long timer

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    All The Tatoo’s All The Time?
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  18. Don03st

    Don03st Been here awhile

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    Ha! No, just a typo. ATGATT
  19. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades... Super Supporter

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    I wanna be a motorbiker! :D
  20. mysticbus

    mysticbus Mysticbus Supporter

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    Motorcyclist love motorcycles, Bikers love attention.
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