Motorcycles are a form of recreation, an art form, and have come to represent more than just transportation. Motorcycle Clubs have become the largest international social club in the world with over 1 million members worldwide.
The most popular motorcycle clubs are The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club, Bandidos Motorcycle Club, Outlaws MC, Mongols MC, and Pagans MC. Each club is different but they all share common ideals such as brotherhood, charity work for their communities & families as well as law enforcement support.
This article will explore some of the phrases you may hear if you ever enter into a conversation about motorcycles or meet someone who rides one.
25 Motorcycle Sayings, Phrases & Slang
I’m rolling: this phrase means that the biker is going somewhere by motorcycle. This phrase may also be used in replacement of a full sentence such as “I’m rolling to…(the store, the bar, etc.)
You were right behind me, weren’t you?: Another way for a biker to identify another rider with this question is if they were to pass the same motorist again, chances are that rider may not remember what to look for. Therefore, this phrase would identify the other person as a fellow biker.
Don’t worry about me: If another biker says this to you it means that they’re able to take care of themselves and that you shouldn’t worry. However, if a non-biker says this to you then they’re likely trying to be macho or trying to prove something.
Put your bike on the stand: this phrase literally means for a rider to place their motorcycle up onto its kickstand (the arm that holds the bike up when it’s not being ridden) to prevent it from falling over. This phrase is often used in the following way, “Put your bike on the stand before you open that can of worms.”
Packing: this phrase means that a rider is carrying a passenger on their motorcycle. This phrase can also be used to mean transporting something or someone on the motorcycle.
Hitting the sauce: this phrase means that a rider is drinking alcohol, usually an alcoholic beverage like whiskey or vodka, etc. This term may also refer to drinking another type of drugs like marijuana or pain pills.
Bad to the Bone: this is a saying that is associated with motorcycle clubs that are anti-social, criminals, and affiliates. This term refers to outlaw bikers whose members have criminal records for drug trafficking activities, weapons charges, murder, etc.
Biker Babe: this phrase refers to any woman who rides a motorcycle whether or not she is an actual member of a club or just someone who enjoys riding motorcycles as transportation or for fun.
On the back: this means that one person has another person riding on their motorcycle behind them usually only in reference to short-distance travel like grocery shopping, running errands, etc. However, it can also refer to long-distance travel like traveling across the country or even by overnight trips.
Let’s take a ride: this phrase means that you and the person you’re speaking to should embark on a motorcycle adventure together. This may mean taking your motorcycle out for an extended trip or just going out for a quick spin around town.
Full Dresser: if someone is referring to their motorcycle they say this term because many people refer to motorcycles as male genitalia, usually in jest by bikers themselves. So when someone says “this is my full dresser”, it literally means it’s their fully dressed motorcycle, although some people really do have custom paint jobs.
Racking it: this phrase is unusual in that it means to place something or someone into a motorcycle’s storage compartment usually called a saddlebag. However, some people may be confused because the term “rack” often refers to strip clubs.
Pipes sound sweet: this phrase is used when referring to motorcycles that have custom aftermarket exhaust systems installed on them which make the motor emit more of a deep rumble or growl rather than the traditional squeaky clean motorcycle sounds associated with BMW’s and Harley Davidson motorcycles for example.
I’d rather ride my bike than…(fly, drive, etc.): another way to say you prefer riding your motorcycle over just about anything including other forms of transportation such as airplanes, cars, etc. Although when someone says this they just want to let you know that they enjoy riding motorcycles and would much rather ride than take another form of transportation.
Ride or Die: this term means that you are loyal to your motorcycle. When someone says this term they are basically saying that their motorcycle is the most important thing in their life and if they have to choose between their partner, family, etc. Or their motorcycles then they will always put their motorcycle first.
Shoot me down: this term means that you want to stop at a gas station but don’t want to let your motorcycle’s engine run while you’re pumping gas. This phrase is said as a reminder from one rider to another rider, typically when one of them stops at a gas station and the other doesn’t hear or understand the first person has stopped and is waiting for them.
Squid: this term refers to someone who overestimates their confidence than others which means they will not wear all of the protective gear such as helmets and jackets because they consider themselves extreme riders.
Scootin’: if someone uses this term they are referring to riding their motorcycle on two wheels, not using the kickstand of your motorcycle to balance on two wheels. This term is usually used by people who ride sport motorcycles or crotch rockets as a reference to their riding style and ability.
Gravel Bike: this phrase means a dirt bike that is not street legal and can only be ridden on off-road terrain. Commonly these bikes are referred to as enduros or enduro bikes as well as motocrossers as well if they actually do both types of riding rather than just one or the other.
Top Fuel: this term refers to top fuel dragsters which are specifically made for racing on a quarter-mile strip by hitting speeds up to and over 300 mph. Many people who ride motorcycles refer to their motorcycle as a top fuel even though it clearly isn’t capable of racing on a quarter-mile strip at high speeds.
Hog: this term is used very commonly by many Americans when referring to Harley Davidson motorcycles since they are the most popular brand in the country. Although some people may be offended by being called a hog or pig because they think that these terms are derogatory towards women, just like calling someone dude, mate, bro, etc. it’s not intended to be disrespectful rather than friendly banter between motorcycle lovers.
Bruiser: this term is used for motorcycles whose appearance makes them look tough or masculine like a “bad boy” motorcycle.
Ride the Elevator: this term refers to riding up and down hills without stopping or slowing down; cruising up and down all of the hills on your ride so you don’t have to stop at each one. This is usually done by experienced riders who are trying to get somewhere quickly or just for fun because it’s kind of tedious to stop at every hill no matter how small they are.
Bagger: this term is used to refer to motorcycles that have large fuel tanks, typically between 50-100 gallons which require side-saddle gas tanks since regular petrol tanks won’t fit into the space made available by these amounts of fuel.
Hooligan: this term refers to someone who rides their motorcycle recklessly; oftentimes these people will stand up on their seats while riding, popping wheelies and running red lights.