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November 9, 2004, 07:52 PM

Common Motorcycle Terms:

Squid-There are many definitions of squid, but if you see someone riding in shorts and flip-flops they are more than likely a squid, most definitely if they are doing a wheelie through traffic. That's just one example, but that should give you a good idea.

Chicken Strips-This refers to the edges of the tires that have not come in contact with the road. The wider the strips, the less the bike has been leaned over. So the rider must be "chicken" to lean it over any further.

Tank Slapper-This is what you call it when the handlebars/clip-ons slap back and forth violently, sometimes even ripping out of your hands. One cause is the front end getting light (due to acceleration) while passing over a bumpy surface. An almost-highside can result in a tankslapper too.

Low Side-The preferable way to crash. When you lose traction while cornering and the tires do not regain traction. The bike simply slides away from you.

Tucking the front end- A form of lowside when the front tire loses traction, either when cornering or under hard braking.






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