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I've always used "rider" to mean motorcyclist. "Biker" has always had a negative connotation to me.
I grew up around a lot of good old boy bikers, so it has never been a negative label to me.
 

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Oh, and on the back bumper of my car it says "PLEASE SEE BIKERS!" in big ass yellow decals. I get waves from bikers motorized and pedaled. ;)
 

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Yeah, the Oxford is softening the definition somewhat from what I think of when I hear "biker" and my mind fills in the rest as "biker gang" rather than "biker group".
 

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The group I ride with from another site calls ourselves "motorcycling enthusiasts" to distinguish ourselves from traditional "bikers". Little more respectable for a group of consultants, oil execs, bankers, IT pro's, sales managers, etc. Like it or not, once you say "biker", the image most often brought up is not someone riding a Nomad, KLR, or BMW.
 

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oil execs, bankers, IT pro's, sales managers, etc
And then there are these types who dress up on weekends to look like the traditional "Biker" thug type on their nice big HD's. ..


I call myself a "Rider"

Never really thought about it much, but I am aware of all the different stereotypes...
 

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And then there are these types who dress up on weekends to look like the traditional "Biker" thug type on their nice big HD's. ..


I call myself a "Rider"

Never really thought about it much, but I am aware of all the different stereotypes...

I knew a doctor like that...spent $30k on a Road Glide and didn't even have his motorcycle licence yet. Rode the bike to the MSF I was taking, nearly dropped it going over a speedbump in front of the class. Was more worried about scuffing up his new boots and jacket than he was about himself. :brick:

I asked him if he had his donor card filled out yet. He didn't appreciate the humor in it.
 

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Hey! Lay Off...

I ride... I belong to a group; the Human Race, a subset of humanity that rides around on a KLR. I dress up in funny armored clothes and ride through puddles and gravel. If I needed to validate my self worth then I would ride a BMW. Or a Harley....

Anonymous ;)
 
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