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