Exploring the World of Bikers: Passion and Purpose

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A two-wheeled vehicle mobilized by an engine is known as a motorcycle, and the person riding it is a biker. Gottlieb Daimler first invented the combustion engine, which was added to the bicycle in 1885. Since then, numerous developments have been made, and today, this two-wheeler is the favourite vehicle on the road, helping to cover short and long distances.

It is a favourite in sports and for people known as bikers who ride for a group or purpose. Bikers are passionate about motorcycle riding and travel miles in a group.

A biker group is found in every country as a club, biking for a cause. They earn their living through personal jobs and contribute to society by helping people, attending charity events, and raising money for awareness and multiple causes. They travel with bikes for their happiness and love for the environment. Having many members in the group and working in diverse areas, they use specific terminology. Let’s learn about some biker terms and meanings.

1. Biker Terms and Meaning

1.1. Clubs

Motorcycle clubs are categorized into RCs, MAs, and MCs. They all have a common thread: they are part of a brotherhood community, loyal to each other, and work towards a common goal. They are affiliated with a specific motorcycle association with a defined subculture. A rider must identify the type of group they want to be a part of and understand the group’s terms, conditions, and purpose. 

1.1.1. RCs

Riding clubs are groups that are made for biking purposes only. Bikers interested in occasional riding can join this group by registering or signing up online. Their goal can be to ride only to have a good time, learn new things, and experience new areas. One can be a part of this group for a while, according to their wishes, by renting or buying a bike until they need it, and later, they can sell it. One can join fundraising and other helpful activities. 

These groups don’t have a specific purpose. Some examples of such associations are the Shadow Riders, HOG, and Goldwing Road Riders Association. They belong to a respectable group that works for society and enjoys their well-being. One can connect with such groups to learn about motorcycling rules and regulations. These groups differ from MCs in many ways, but one can still learn much from RCs.

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1.1.2. MAs

A motorcycle association is a group that has a specific purpose behind its affiliation. The members associated may not be riders but be a part of the motorcycle community for the same purpose. Such people help the association in other ways and benefit the association in many ways. One example of such an association is the American Motorcycle Association, one of the most significant associations in the world.

The Christian Motorcycle Association and other motorcycle associations with interests that are geographic or ethnic. The Latin American Motorcycle Association (LAMA) and the Modified Motorcycle Association are a few more to add. These groups have a membership based on several criteria for the association, where members must have a goal of common interest in the group.

1.1.3. MCs

MC Club, the master of ceremonies, is a motorcycle organization with members who are allies of a common goal. They are the most respected people in the bikers’ organization. They demonstrate commitment and self-discipline, which are rare in modern society. They are proud of their organization, brotherhood, and goal and work hard to earn the respect of being a part of that community. 

The organization chooses members who behave appropriately and learn and follow the protocols during their probationary period. Those who don’t respect their fellow members and don’t respect themselves don’t find a place in the group. If they meet all the expectations, they are awarded badges and become part of the club. They portray a positive image of their group in public and behave with discipline.

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1.2. Ergonomics

Ergonomics is the study and design of the seat where the biker sits. It considers the correct positioning and structure of the seat according to the human body. The design is made so the seat is narrow in the front and more comprehensive at the back to support the bottom, aligning with the knees and placing the feet straight below.

This positioning comforts the biker and allows them to ride the bike properly. Sports bikes have forward-leaning ergonomics, while cruisers have laid-back ergonomics.

1.3. Cruisers

Cruiser bikes were found in the 1970s, where the seat on the bike is lower-positioned and has a laid-back style. They are street bikes suitable for long distances if the street has a flat surface. They have large displacement engines with good torque efficiency. They are less fuel-efficient, the engine produces vibrations, they have low ground clearance, and they are expensive to maintain. Royal Enfield has cruiser bikes, namely Hunter, Bullet, and Meteor.

1.4. Edge Trap

An edge trap is a raised edge of bumps or cracks on the road that runs parallel to the biker. The bike’s front wheel comes into contact with the crack, which may disbalance the wheel. It has momentum towards the crack, and the center of gravity continues to follow, but the bike wheels do not.

For example, raised pavement construction edges, road stripping edges, and train tracks come in between as hazards; the biker should approach them straight.

1.5. Anti-Lock Braking System

ABS, the anti-lock braking system, is a sensor that senses the traction during braking and brakes to prevent tire lockup. When a wheel does not turn, the ABS detects the problem and releases the pressure on the brake, preventing a skid. ABS helps as a component added to the braking system that locks the wheel lockup.

This system helps accelerate braking and stopping and is a safety system that prevents the vehicle’s wheels from locking during heavy braking.

2. Summary

Bikes are a passion, an addiction, and a reflection of self-image for some individuals. They live for a purpose and take continuous, small initiatives to fulfill it.

They help people in need, provide first aid, help with transportation, raise funds, help in charities, raise awareness for bike safety rules, promote better community understanding, promote legislation affecting motorcycles, and promote friendship. There are numerous causes, and the love and respect for biking and bikers never end. 

Last Updated on by Khushahal Malakar

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