Saturday, April 13, 2013

Biker or Motorcyclist?

In a motorcycle forum today, a discussion developed around the use of the word "biker". A lot of the folks seemed turned off by the word "biker" preferring to be referred to as a "motorcyclist". Some stated that the word is "a rather crude descriptive term, sometimes crass, and almost always viewed negatively."

While it's true that the stereotypical "outlaw biker" may come to the minds of the non-riding public and I applaud these folks for trying to change public perception, I've never been one to run away from mere words.

My response to them:

"Very true that it's sad that such a simple word can evoke such a range of feelings and perceptions from the non-riding public."

"I have no problem using the word or being referred to as a biker. I think it more aptly describes the connection I have with my bike and the deep feelings I have about riding."

"Plus it's kind of fun to describe myself as a biker and then see the confusion in people's faces when I blow the stereotype that they have in their minds." 

So, what are you? A biker or a motorcyclist?


  1. I really don't like the term biker, at least not for me. I think men use it more than women anyway. I just like using the term motorcyclist or rider as a general term

    1. Is it because of the stigma attached to the term "biker" or something else?

  2. Probably. Sounds hard. I have had a lot of people call me "biker chick" and for some reason it just doesn't jive with me. Its an "expectation" of something people imagine or have read about. I'm not that. Just a rider.

    1. I totally understand what you're saying. I just never thought of it that way before.

      Kinda funny. I usually reserve the term "biker chick" for those female riders that I have a deep admiration or loving reverence for.