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Old 10-21-2009, 06:04 AM   #1
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Are you a motorcyclist or a biker?

Not sure what section to post this in. Mods move as you see fit...

A friend asked me the other day what the difference was between a biker and a motorcyclist. Hmm. I started thinking about that question.

Since buying my Uly a month or so ago, I've found myself wandering Harley shops a couple times. Truely, a world I never thought I'd be a part of. It's amazing how my local HD/Buell dealer has literally 2/3 of their sales floor full of fluff. Beer mugs. T-shirts. dew rags....

I've decided a biker is more like lots of Harley guys. Image. Fashion. Posing. Here today, gone tomorrow.

A motorcyclist rides for the sake of riding. Because it's fun. Because it's a part of them.

We have a street in Providence that is right near Brown University. In the summer, for god knows what reason, it is full of bikes. Mostly, cruisers, and, the mohawk on top of helmet sportbike guys. Hanging out. Popping wheelies on side streets. Making noise. General, wannabe hooliganism. I would guess most motorcyclists avoid places like Thayer street. It's full of bikers....

Thoughts?
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Old 10-21-2009, 06:07 AM   #2
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you forgot to mention most guys on Harleys look like pirates
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Old 10-21-2009, 06:28 AM   #3
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Biker - lifestyle is the focus.

Motorcyclist - riding is the focus.
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Old 10-21-2009, 06:30 AM   #4
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i know plenty of motorcyclists who hardly ride their $20,000 bmws.

i know a ton of stunters who ride 20,000mi a year...on clap-trap japanese sportbikes.

which do you think exhibits better bike control?

i'd stop trying to categorize folks, i stopped after being surprised few times.

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Old 10-21-2009, 06:31 AM   #5
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To me, "biker" is a lifestyle and "motorcyclist" is an interest, a hobby or even a passion. If, when you fill in the 'interests' section of your profile you've nothing to add other than "bikes 'n' stuff" then, well, you're a biker.

Not saying I'm right; just saying that's how I see it.
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Old 10-21-2009, 07:02 AM   #6
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Always a variety of perspective on this issue.

My POV: Biker=Rides long enough at one stretch to get dirty. The bike is the vehicle of choice every time. Other vehicles are used as the bike cannot be adapted and/or operated to serve the purpose of the moment.

Motorcyclist=poseur. From the French. Dilitant, hobbyist, effecting a ruse, usually becomes a candy-ass when the going gets a little interesting and bails out long before it gets tough. Dellusional most of the time.
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Old 10-21-2009, 07:10 AM   #7
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Always a variety of perspective on this issue.

My POV: Biker=Rides long enough at one stretch to get dirty. The bike is the vehicle of choice every time. Other vehicles are used as the bike cannot be adapted and/or operated to serve the purpose of the moment.

Motorcyclist=poseur. From the French. Dilitant, hobbyist, effecting a ruse, usually becomes a candy-ass when the going gets a little interesting and bails out long before it gets tough. Dellusional most of the time.
Interesting perspective. Basically, the same characterization I made, but, the two labels flip flopped. Like I said, I never really thought about this, until I was asked. I don't really worry about all this, I just ride my bike, and, laugh at the guys that stop at the state line to put their helmets on (we don't have a helmet law in RI)
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Old 10-21-2009, 07:37 AM   #8
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I prefer the term "Rider"

Bikers dress up in costumes... Be it Pirate or Aerostich And do not ride very much.

Bikers do not ride in the rain.

Bikers do not ride just to ride.

Bikers do not find themselves 300 miles from home when they went to the corner store.


Riders ride.

RIDE RIDE RIDE
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Old 10-21-2009, 07:42 AM   #9
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Old 10-21-2009, 08:16 AM   #10
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Heh. I always thought the difference between motorcyclist and biker was one takes less time to say and write.

I figure if you're taking the time to separate "us" from "them" to put walls around the cool camp...you're wasting riding time. That, and you're doing the same thing the people you're laughing at are doing.
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Old 10-21-2009, 08:23 AM   #11
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For me:

Bikers are the 1%ers.

Then there are people who own motorcycles. Aka poseurs.

Then there are motorcyclists. Aka riders.
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Old 10-21-2009, 08:43 AM   #12
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Motorcyclists wear less leather and wives/girlfriends are better looking.
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Old 10-21-2009, 09:18 AM   #13
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Today's bikers are just alot of guys that never got picked for teams in high school.
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Old 10-21-2009, 09:19 AM   #14
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I have a motorcycle that I like to ride. Am I a biker? Motorcyclist? I dont know. If they're wondering, I just tell people that I ride a motorcycle. They can label if they want, I dont give a shit. I can't hear them when I'm on my bike anyway.
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Old 10-21-2009, 09:21 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by DAKEZ
Bikers dress up in costumes... Be it Pirate or Aerostich And do not ride very much.

Bikers do not ride in the rain.

Bikers do not ride just to ride.

Bikers do not find themselves 300 miles from home when they went to the corner store.


Riders ride.

RIDE RIDE RIDE

All of the above..none of the above

AND

bikers use pedals
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