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Rider, driver, biker, bikie or motorcyclist?

Rider, driver, biker, bikie, motorcyclist or even cyclist are used for the person who sits in the front seat of a motorcycle, holds the handlebars and operates the throttle, brake and clutch.

But what is the correct term?


I usually used the term “rider” which seems to be the most popular here in Australia and many other countries.

However, anyone in or on any vehicle is riding. That doesn’t suggest they are in control.

In fact, the pillion could be a rider was well. (Or is that passenger?)

To indicate that the person is actually in control of the motorcycle, they surely have to be driving it.

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How about the term “Wild Hogs”?


So are they really a driver?

I see this a lot in mainstream media, particularly in the US.

Perhaps it is a misnomer, or maybe it is more correct than calling them the rider.

After all, the term “drive” can refer to urge or motivation, operating and controlling the direction and speed of a motor vehicle, travelling on wheels, and propelling or carrying by force in a specified direction.

Bikie and biker

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New York Redrum motorcycle club

Then there are the terms “biker” and “bikie”.

In the US, a member of an outlawed motorcycle club such as the notorious Hell’s Angels is referred to as a biker. In Australia, they are bikies.

But these terms are also misused by the general public to refer to anyone who rides/drives a motorcycle.

Some riders in Australia, particularly cruiser riders, can refer to themselves as bikers which would give the totally wrong impression to visiting Americans.

Meanwhile, Yanks think bikie sounds ridiculous and a little childish when referring to big, tough motorcycle club members.


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Then there is the term “motorcyclist” which just seems twee, nerdy, scientific or technical.

The “ist” ending can also make a word derogatory.

The official meaning of “ist” is a follower of a distinctive practice, system, or philosophy, typically a political ideology or an artistic movement.

So we have an artist, communist, capitalist, socialist, etc.

Does a motorcyclist really fit in with that crowd?

Motorcyclist is also a term used in official documents, research papers, etc.

We often hear from police, the government and other safety Nazis about how motorcyclists are more likely to die in crashes.

I don’t particularly like the term as it is sounds too much like “cyclist” which is a term most people use for someone who rides a bicycle.

In the US, a cyclist can also be the person who rides/drives a motorcycle!

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Is this also a scooterist?

The term is also too close to scooterist which is a whole other debate as is the correct term for our vehicle: “motorcycle”, “bike” or “motorbike”?

How do you refer to motorcycle riders? Leave your comments below.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Wire trap offender faces jail time

The offender who strung wire at neck height across a Queensland forestry trail to “trap” riders faces a three-year jail sentence if caught.

Gympie trail rider Ben Bird, 25, says he could have been decapitated if he was riding any faster when he hit the wire in Amamoor State Forest earlier this week.

Luckily Ben was only travelling about 15km/h when he hit the wire trap.

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Ben’s neck scars

“Normally in that spot of the track it’s a flat straight. I could be going up to 60 to 70km/h there,” he says.

“The wire had been tied in a slip knot so when you hit it, it pulls tighter.”

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Ben with the wire used in the trap

Man trap offence

The offender who set the wire “man trap” could face up to three years in jail.

Queensland Police are investigating with the Department of Environment and Science as the offence took place in a state forest.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Environment and Science says they take public safety matters in national parks and state forests “extremely seriously”.

“Rangers work closely with QPS to patrol national parks and any instances of dangerous and illegal behaviour will be dealt with,” she says.

“It is an offence under the Forestry Regulations to do something that interferes with the health and safety of a person.”

It is also an offence under the Criminal Code 1899 – Section 327, namely “setting mantraps”, with a maximum sentence of three years.

Police are appealing for anyone with information on the offence to contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24 hours a day.

Riders vulnerable

Motorcyclists have long been vulnerable to “man traps” such as rope or wire strung across a road, and oil or tacks strewn on the road surface.

Sometimes it is done by misguided and angry residents trying to slow down or deter riders in their area.

The last time we heard of a similar incident was in December 2015 when a Perth rider hit a rope strung across a forest trail.

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Lawson bears the scars of the rope trap

Lawson Mills, 19, believed it was set by “skylarking teenagers”.

Luckily the rope was not tied off at both ends, although he still suffered severe rope burns on the neck.

Other cases involve a Sunshine Coast farmer throwing oil on a road to stop speeding riders and tacks deliberately thrown on a Brisbane road shoulder to puncture the tyres of riders. (Edge or shoulder filtering is legal in Queensland only.)

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com