10 Types of Motorbikers

May 14, 2018 13 Comments

10 Types of Motorbikers

 

Every subculture is saturated with different kinds of personalities and temperaments. The biker subculture is no different. So, it’s time to ask the question, which one are you?

 

The Quitter

You’ll see this person on eBay or Craigslist with an ad that claims his wife didn’t approve of his brand new motorcycle, which is why he’s selling it for a really low price. Regardless if this is true or not, all you really care about is that he has the bike you want and you’d do anything to get it. Just make sure this fairly new, low-mileage bike lives up to your expectations in every respect.

 

The Newbie

This rider is both annoying and cute. Think of this rider as a newborn calf, still getting a feel for its legs and its surroundings. Don’t let their high energy levels weigh you down. You’ve been in their shoes before, so you’d understand how incredibly exciting and frightening the whole biker life is when you have absolutely no idea what to do or what to expect.

 

The Hardcore Commuter

Everything you’ll see in an Aerostitch catalog, this rider probably has it… along with a plethora of luggage in the market. It’s almost guaranteed that his bike will be a BMW sports tourer and he’ll ride in whatever weather, come hell or high water. He’ll only pause to rest or when it gets too difficult to see. Hardcore, I tell you.

 

The Adventurer

This rider scoffs at everyday heavy-traffic commutes. That’s not real riding to people like him. Real driving is getting from point A to point B by way of his motorcycle ONLY. Whether it’s the Eastern Islands or Salar de Uyuni, nothing is out of reach for this highly skilled rider. Unless you’re an Adventurer yourself, don’t even expect to run into one because… your life is too dull.

 

The DIYer

Also known as the MacGyver of the open road. This rider will rebuild not only their own forks but also their own engines when he has to. Every rider carries his or her very own emergency roadside repair kit, but the DIYer will most likely have the holy grail of repair kits. If you know what’s good for you, you’d make friends with one because he or she will be prepared for anything — gas tank leaks, chain tension adjustments, tire blowouts… you name it!

 

The Harley Fanatic

Whatever your problem with the brand is, don’t ever bring it up when you’re around this type of rider. He or she will defend it to the grave. For them, it’s all about the American legacy. Off the top of my head, there are at least three groups of Harley die-hards: the Sportster, the Big Twins, and the V-Rods. But I’m sure there are more of them than I care to admit.

 

The Die-hard Anglophile

This rider lives for the classic British hardware… exclusively. You can forget about anything else, including the modern Triumphs and Norton rebirths. No doubt, the vintage British bike look just oozes sex appeal, but I don’t really get why they keep using an easily cracked rubber. Seriously. Why can’t they appreciate the fact that there’s great quality rubber on the market nowadays?

 

The Moto Guzzi Devotee

These are the riders who will tell you that you’re not a real biker unless you ride a Moto Guzzi. They are their own special group of riders, but a lot of Serious Commuters and DIYers also belong to this mix. If they’re not working, they’re most likely out there riding. It’s safe to say they now have iron tushies.

 

The Poser

 

You don’t have to be a rider to meet one. These guys like to show off their shiny new toys, which is why you see them posing next to their motorcycles around biker bars and gas stations. All they want to do is flex. But, ride? Not so much.

 

The Squid

These guys just give other riders a bad name. They have no regard for personal safety, which is why they keep their helmets strapped to their pillion seat instead of their heads. They also have no regard for other people’s safety, which is why they pull dangerous stunts at just about any time and any place. They’re most likely riding an inline-four Japanese sportbike way too fast on public roads in the middle of rush hour traffic. They want to look cool, I get it. But nobody’s too cool for protective biker gear. Don’t be like these guys.


13 Responses

Doobie
Doobie

September 19, 2018

They also forgot one. The Sportbike rider. This is the guy who won’t go anywhere unless he’s dressed like a Mighty Morphin Power Ranger. He always looks ready for track day even if he lives nowhere near a track. He only brings the bike out when it’s guaranteed not to rain for the next 3 days, and can’t understand why anybody would want to be comfortable on a bike.

Doobie
Doobie

September 19, 2018

I’m definitely a hardcore commuter, but you wouldn’t catch me on a BMW if my life depended on it. Kawasaki Vulcans are my bike of choice. 15-18k per year, regardless of weather.

John Helgason
John Helgason

August 14, 2018

I started riding at the end of the 2nd WW at the age of seven and since have rode many different types of MC’s , Donasellies, moto guzzi, AJS,BSA, Snortin Nortons, Most of the Oriental bikes (Dirt and Road) and the last 50 years Harley Davidson. Because of physical limitations I now ride a Can Am Spyder. Don’t knock it till you ride one, they answer a need for many who continue to enjoy the wind in their hair. I laugh and cry today as I see younger riders not waving back on the road. Where has the Brother/Sisterhood gone and the basic sign of mutual respect for others who choose to experience the whole experience of the road. Pull your egos out of your ass, trust in letting go of your left grip for just a little bit and return the wave. Lets keep the tradition alive.Ride safe and enjoy the ride

Ron
Ron

August 14, 2018

I’ve been riding for 30 years and love being out on my bike, it doesn’t matter what kind of bike you ride, because it’s about the ride. just enjoy it while you can life is to short.

Pete
Pete

August 08, 2018

Haha your summary is very close to nailing it although I wouldn’t have put it so politely…..I like Richard have been riding for 50yrs or so…although I had the enforced break while the kids grew up
Starting on dirt bikes and progressing to the British Twins to the Jappa Sports until one through me which dictated it was time to get something more befitting my age
So then to BMW’s and now in my advancing years to HD…during this period I have met and rode and still do with all of the above….some of them very different
At the end of the day we all share the same interest but see the same things a bit differently…….how boring would it be if we were all the same!
If you ride I will ride with you…..well at least once anyway! LOL

Chipper Williams
Chipper Williams

July 18, 2018

I’m the type that would never refer to myself as a “Motorbiker”! LOL

Richard
Richard

July 17, 2018

You know I’ve been each of them at one time or another. I’ve been riding sense I was 7 years old and I’m 60 now and I’ve ridden about every thing you learn some thing about your self every time you get on a bike and on a different bike. so long as your riding I’ll ride with you.

John O'Rourke
John O'Rourke

July 17, 2018

After 32 yrs of riding, I was involved in a bad accident in 2010. My adventures with an over horse powered bike are just memories now as I ride an Electraglide. I still like the open air feeling but adhere to the speed limit now and seem to be always holding up traffic. Safety is my main concern now and if I take 10 more minutes getting somewhere, so be it! I’m not sure if I’ll be sticking to Harley if they move overseas, but I’ll ride til I can’t anymore.

Bill
Bill

July 04, 2018

Actually one without a bike at the moment but working on getting another one to get back out on the road once again.

Shea
Shea

June 26, 2018

I find the description for “Newbie” insulting; annoying and cute! I conquered one of my biggest fears at the age of 54 and learned to ride, I have a 95’ Harley Sportster and I have a new found freedom. I always new I would be competent and proficient at it but due to Boyfriends over the years feeling the need to let their egos do the riding left me fearful not to mention the Squids. I like being in control of my safety and destiny. I wear full gear which many long time Bikers probably find distasteful but it’s my comfort level not theirs that matters. I love riding and enjoy the hell out of it. I obey the rules of the road and respect everyone out there even if they don’t respect me. Let’s face it car drivers are idiots for the most part, but that makes me sharpen my skills all the more! Please redefine “Newbies”.

Glen Siwarski
Glen Siwarski

June 26, 2018

I have supported Harley Davison for well over 60 years, from ,y younger life through the present, I own and ride Harley Davison’s three in all. But since Harley Davison has chosen to move their Motorcycle manufactures over sea’s because of increase tax’s on extremely over priced Bike anyway… I never want to hear ever that HD Motors is going into bankruptcy. I have well over 75K in stock in Harley and at the end of this week I will sell it…. Fuck Harley and hope they fail; I will never purchase another Harley manufacture Mototbike… PS tell will G to Rick himself….

jack
jack

June 20, 2018

i am none of the above.I AM A SPORT BIKER.

Jay
Jay

June 20, 2018

I am an adventure rider, looking for new roads. Always exploring where roads go to. Then I enjoy putting a ride together for my friends and leading them on roads they have never been on.

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