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Secret Biker Slang You Should Know If You Aren't A Total Waxer  

Donn Saylor
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List Rules Bikers only: vote up the terms you and other members of motorcycle clubs actually use regularly.

Bikers and motorcyclists have a language all of their own. While certain biker slang terms made their way into mainstream vernacular ("the heat" = police, "ink" = tattoo, "rubber" = tire), most terms from biker culture remain isolated on the road. If you're new to biking, the dialect can be more than a little confusing, and shows like Sons of Anarchy don't fully explain anything. You'll need a motorcycle slang cheat sheet to fully understand. 

The world's first motorcycle was developed in 1867 and powered by steam. In 1885, the first gas-powered bike was unveiled, and within the next couple of decades, bikes became the preferred mode of travel for countless enthusiasts. As years passed, motorcycles garnered more and more fans, and the language native to biking culture expanded exponentially. 

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Organ Donor
Organ Donor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Secret Biker Slang You Should Know If You Aren't A Total Waxer
Photo: Mattsmith569/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Meaning: A motorcyclist who chooses not to wear a helmet.

Use It In A Sentence: Mike just ran down to the corner store, but he left his helmet at home. What an organ donor. 

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Squid
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Meaning: A derogatory term for a novice rider with too much confidence and not enough brains. A squid is usually instantly recognizable by their lack of appropriate riding gear. They drive foolishly and recklessly.

Use It In A Sentence: Check out that squid, riding without a helmet or jacket and constantly revving his engine.

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Canyon Carving
Canyon Carving is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Secret Biker Slang You Should Know If You Aren't A Total Waxer
Photo: Fuchs Robert/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY 3.0

Meaning: A riding style; fast and intense on winding roads.


Use It In A Sentence: Let's take our bikes out canyon carving. I've been practicing on some really curvy roads.

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Back Warmer
Back Warmer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Secret Biker Slang You Should Know If You Aren't A Total Waxer
Photo: Arpingstone/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Meaning: A person riding on the back of a motorcycle. Historically, a biker chick riding on the seat behind the driver.


Use It In A Sentence: Mary Ann is the back warmer whenever she and her husband go on motorcycling trips.
 

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