22 Motorcycle Words and Phrases and My Take on Them…
ATGATT – “All The Gear All The Time”, refers to always wearing appropriate safety gear every time that you kick your leg over the motorbike (i.e. helmet, jacket & pants with padding, gloves, boots, etc.); can be used as “ATGATT’ed”, as in the process of putting on your gear
Bushwacking – finding new trails and/or terrain, creating new trails, or going off-trail (not on posted lands or at official off-road parks/areas though, that is illegal!)
Dab – when riding in squirrely terrain the time comes when you need to drop a boot off the foot peg and use the Earth to help you balance before gravity brings the whole thing crashing down, that is what dabbing is, not that arms in the air B/S
Dispersed – referring to camping in remote locations generally with little or no amenities, sometimes for a small fee or no fee; some State and National Forests will have specific camping locations that contain only a fire ring, picnic table and/or a vault toilet (or nothing but a clearing), sometimes the guidelines for the area will allow camping in any location as long as you are so far off the road, please review posted criteria and restrictions before venturing out
Dual Sport – Plated, street legal, off-road style motorcycle that can tackle pavement (albeit not very comfortably) but is more at home on the ugly (read beautiful) trails of the world
Enduro – long haul motorbikin’ on off-road courses with obstacles, usually in stages, with time restrictions
Farkle – “Fancy Accessory Really Kool Likely Expensive” or a combination of “Function” and “Sparkle”; add-on accessory for a motorcycle that gives pizzazz but also provides a specific function (maybe only in the eyes of the specific rider); example of items include heating gear, cup holders, GPS mounts & units, etc.; also can be used as “farkling”, “farkled”, “farkler(s)”
Motorcycle (AKA Motorbike, Motor-Scooter, 2-Wheeled Rocket, Hog, Freedom Finder, Twisty Tackler, Iron Horse, Iron Pony, Iron Steed, Dos Ruedas, Friend & Companion, etc.) – two wheeled contraption, gasoline or electric powered, that many people form a bond with while exploring the varied terrain of the world
“On the Toad” – Gabe’s auto-corrected text to his family when he was ready to ride out one day, now used specifically for the launch of each ride
Rubber – fancy talk for a motorcycle tire; definitely another rabbit-hole, hot-topic item among riders; comes in an array of flavors from straight street to 50/50 to dirt and everything in between
“You’ll Be Fine” – the official, unofficial motto of LSAMC (compliments of Brian); when in doubt about a particularly sketchy track that lays ahead, use this motto and send your buddy onward to check it out before you go. You can never be too safe…
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