Common Motorcycle Terms and Slang – EXPLAINED

Common Motorcycle Terms and Slang - EXPLAINED



so you want to ride motorcycles but you're finding all of this jargon a little crazy when it comes to this lifestyle hobby money pit life destroying activity huh fear not my sweet baby yams I have you covered because today we're gonna be desexing some of the most common motorcycle terms you might hear in real life or let's be honest on the internet comment sections if you've been a longtime watcher of the channel you know we love to drop some funny terms on here we've got the yeah me standbys like gucci juice turbo boost and mega tank and nooners but you also have industry standards such as squids low size and chicken strips today we're gonna cover as many as I could think of before my brain started to melts I wanted to mention that our giveaway KTM rc390 will be shipped off soon but we will have a Yamaha r3 and a Suzuki sv650 to giveaway to two different winners starting July 4th if you want the best chance to win those bikes hit up our patreon sign up and get started by clicking the link down below before we begin though do me a solid smash that subscribe button so I can grow to a million subscribers and get a turbo boosah simply for the meme seriously if I reach a million subs I will buy a turbo busie literally just for shits and giggles that's a promise my sweet squid let's Papa needs a turbo busie so let's make it happen I'm already a living meme for a variety of reasons but this needs to be my crowning achievement so sit back grab yourself a cheeky little snack and let's jump into this video our first term that needs more understanding is low sides low sides are pretty easy to understand since motorcycles are two-wheeled vehicles hopefully this is not news to you they are prone to doing things a little bit differently than our four wheeled brethren sometimes when you lean it over a bit too far the tires traction can give up on you and it will cause the bike to slide out underneath you nearly every rider I've spoken to has a story about how they have low-sided a bike or at least dropped one at very slow speeds so this one is super common now a low side might also be caused by poor road conditions such as snow dirt gravel or if you're really unlucky an oil spill which is basically death for any traction so it's not always the riders fault but you'll be sure to hear at some point in your writing career that someone had to layer down and that's almost always related to a low side our next term is high sides so this is a much more rare but much more dramatic way of crashing out on your bike but a high side is when your motorcycle starts to slip out from underneath you but then suddenly and violently regains traction in the other direction if you've ever seen someone look like they've been bucked off a horse while riding a motorcycle this is likely what they suffered high sides are not fun I've never had one of these crashes but I hear they are pretty violent and can cause some serious trouble up next is tank slapper this was a bit of a strange vibe to a tank slapper sounds vaguely sexual a bit odd or maybe that's a new taco creation down at torchie's or something however in a motorcycle context a tank slapper is when your bike starts to wobble out of control at speed now this can happen for a variety of reasons but it's a bit like when you're hauling a trailer and you start to experience it whipping but instead you're now on a two-wheeled vehicle that's doing this now as far as these specific physical forces that cause this I'm not too sure but I do know this if you start to sense some vibration from the bars it's best to lighten up your grip let the bike do the work and it'll sort itself out bikes have a fantastic self-correcting system baked into them because when they're in motion that you really do want to keep upright so if you've ever seen a tank slapper video where someone got flung off the bike all of a sudden settled and kept going straight weird how that works huh this term is super common and that is squids squids are an essential part of motorcycle culture and it's a word that I'm working to reclaim as it historically has had a to rocket ori context boy i'm making this sound like it's a really serious racial slur but it's not this is really just for fun guys in short a squid is someone who rides without common sense it's a guy wearing flip-flops a t-shirt no helmet and is on a GSXR 600 usually but it's also become a backronym of sorts some people swear that it's short for stupidly quick underdressed ignorant and dangerous but I've never heard that definition before here's my take though I love this word as you guys know I love calling my audience squid lits or some variation on that because I truly believe that if you're riding a motorcycle you're not going to be a hundred percent safe every they're fun toys guys and if you exercise caution and restraint and do it in the right places that can be used responsibly now I'm not a safety nazi by any means but I do want to make sure I spread a good message in the world of riding responsibly and within your limits but that doesn't mean we can't have fun so now you know your little squids our next term is a DV a DV is simply a shorthand for adventure was just a category of motorcycle riding that basically entails some light trail riding some off-road stuff and mostly pavement ATV is often used to talk about guys who own Ducati Multistrada or BMW GS 1200 s who ride down to Starbucks or talk about Ian McGregor wannabes who are lowing the long way around to the office but adv bikes are the bee's knees comfortable upright loaded and kitted out with tons of Technology I think their rat but maybe that's because I'm getting older ATV is sometimes used interchangeably with dual sport but dual sport bikes are usually much more lightweight and easier to handle whereas ATV bikes are usually hulking beasts of motorcycles now our next two terms are funny ones but they're ones you need to know nonetheless the first one is a mega tank nooner now obviously you know what mega means and what dank means generally understood to be good but nooner refers to a wheelie that is so good it points to the sky it's a 12 o'clock wheelie so that noon is related to that 12 o'clock I think a nooner is one of the funniest waves to describe a wheelie and adding a mega tank in front of it makes it even better so go out there and crack yourself some mega dank nooners the other funny term is Gooch juice this one might be a bit unscrupulous so if you're watching this with little ones you might want to skip this part but Gooch refers to the portion of your body between your unmentionables and your bum and the juice portion of it refers to the sweat that accumulates there I popularized this term in my it came from Craigslist videos well we would look at some absolutely wretched bikes that had saddles that were crusty and old and I said they were weathered and worn by time from this magical cooch juice now you know getting back to wheelies some terms you need to know about these are clutch ups and power wheelies when someone says something about clutching it up they're referring to a technique of pulling in the clutch and revving the engine in order to cause power to suddenly go to the back wheel and lift the front one causing a wheelie or as we in the biz say a magnet dank nooner this is the preferred method of doing wheelie since it's more controllable but if you have a very powerful motorcycle you can do what's known as a power wheelie while you let off the gas and then romp on the throttle aggressively to cause the front wheel to lift now you know this one causes some confusion but it's pretty simple and that is naked motorcycles no no we're not talking about riding while nude which quite a few folks do chief among them are those supermoto boys no naked motorcycles simply refer to how they don't have fairings or plastic bodywork around them besides aesthetics and ease of maintenance and a hatred for your own chest when it comes to riding at speed naked bikes don't have any inherent advantages over fared motorcycles however there are usually more upright and torquey than proper sport bikes which makes them an absolute blast to enjoy and ride on the street our next term is slip-on although it might also sound like something of a sexual or seedy nature a slip-on is actually quite intuitive to understand on a motorcycles exhaust system you have your header pipe which is found at the exhaust port of the engine that leads into the catalytic converter system for emission regulations and then you have another set of piping called a muffler that dampens the sound a slip-on as the name implies slips on to the catalytic converter side of the piping and replaces the muffler by slipping on it's a super easy mod that gives you a bike a little more pop and crackle now slip ons are not meant to be confused with clip ons clip ons are the bars you will most likely see on sport bikes if you've ever seen a cruiser you'll notice that they have handlebars that look more like a bicycle and that they are one big piece of formed metal that allows you to maneuver the bike their bikes have this two sport bikes have a different setup and that the handlebars are actually too stubby little pieces of metal that attached directly to the forks to ward's the triple clamp now you know this next term is most commonly found on forums and that is at GATT ah at get the term de jour of hi vis uncles on our motorcycles in the comment sections on YouTube videos ad GATT is simply a shorthand for all the gear all the time it's meant to encourage young and newer riders to always wear all of their gear when they go out on a ride now I'm a pretty big advocate for this but I'd say I'm closer to 90% at yet sometimes if it's crazy hot I might just wear a t-shirt to go down the street but I'll say this my squid le'ts I am a hundred percent on my helmet you will never catch me on a bike without a helmet this last one might make you hungry and that is chicken strips a lovely chicken strips and easy to understand concept as well the chicken strip is merely the portion of your tire that remains unused because you're too chicken supposedly to lean it over all the way now I did a whole video about why the concept of chicken strips is silly but in short they're just not a good measure of rider skill since you can simply lean the bike over way too far with bad body position instead of picking the bike up while you ride chicken strips good for eating bad for judging fellow riders all right guys that's gonna do it for today what do you think did you learn a few new terms today I know I definitely missed some so please leave a comment below and I'll make a part 2 if there's even more terms to put down and you guys already know this video wouldn't be complete without me mentioning our patreon it started out as our beginner bike giveaway and we've still got that going on we've got two brand-new motorcycles up for grabs to two 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34 Comments on "Common Motorcycle Terms and Slang – EXPLAINED"


  1. 3:17 it's called speed wabble. It has to do with the natural resonant frequency of your bike. You just need to change your speed by either breaking or hitting the throttle.

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  2. Be as loose as possible true, But sometimes you need to rip the throttle to lighten the load on the front as well. Not always. Hopefully yall learn when to do that without coming off

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  3. Man I've had 5 tank slappers and 2 were near death. Once at 250kmh on a bend and one was so violent at only 80kmh from a bump I broke my rearset heel guard from slamming my legs in to keep on the bike, and the whole front could move back and forth in the headstem it was god damn insane. I have no clue how I managed to stay on

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  4. We gotta come up with some seriously fast way to make this channel gain subs. We all need that TURBO BOOSA.

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  5. I’m an ATTGATT and ADV rider. Obviously I’m older than most of your squidlet subs. You forgot “organ donor” which is a squid who rides recklessly.

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  6. Just bought a drz 400 can’t wait to fall and permantly snap my legs in half and regret motorbikes and fall into depression until my early death by lung cancer from eating too many fag lollies.

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  7. That comparison of naked and faired goes to show ur editor is not a motorcyle guy…it was horrible at 7:14

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  8. yeah no on the tank slappers boys and girls, you dont "let up" and let it autocorrect, you hold it steady, not try to reverse it, theres a difference. speaking from experience.

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  9. You're wrong about mega dank nooner. Call it 12 o'clock but not nooner. Al Bundy coined that term years ago and it means having sex in the afternoon.

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  10. I high sided once … cracked my collarbone sprained brother ankles and wrists, bad concussion and just general pain. God that hurt

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  11. This is, hands down, the best video on tank slap and weave. I implore everyone who sees this comment to watch this because it could save your ass one of these days:

    https://youtu.be/fvsDIq3WwVA

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  12. Hey guys I’m looking for a decent set of gloves for riding my FZ07. I’m in MN so it can get a bit chilly in the morning on my ride to work but also decently hot on a Sunday ride. Looking for something with knuckle protection and full fingered. Any suggestions for some gloves ppl love would help. Thanks!

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  13. I watched the neighbor kid high side his 4 wheeler tonight. He popped up and yelled “I’m OK”, then he sat down on the 4 wheeler for 30 minutes before driving to the barn and going inside to pamper his bruised pride.

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  14. Multistrada Enduro! It is life. It’s is the way my child. It’s is the Alpha and the Omega. It is…the Italian Clydesdale.

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  15. I read in the early 2000s, that squid was a mashup of squirrely, and kid, referring to reckless and young, sportbike riders.

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