Apparently the Oxford dictionary had a less than flattering description of a biker and changed it to motorcyclist. It involved someone who had long hair, dirty jeans and belonged to a gang. Pfffft Oxford you have no idea what a motorcyclist is. I heard about this a couple of days ago, so thought I would investigate it for myself and low and behold when you go to the Oxford Online dictionary and search motorcyclist it doesn't have a definition anymore, just states it is a noun. Hmmm I wonder if one of the dirty jean wearing long haired bikers paid them a visit and erased their data base.
I have had a few experiences, albeit minor where someone has judged me because I ride a motorcycle. The other day whilst out riding with my Moto Mama friends we met at a local Timmies before we went off riding. I was starving so I went in and was standing in a long line waiting to order a breaky sandwich. I am pretty undertall so I tend to blend in with the crowd in the line even wearing my hi viz traffic vest and moto gear. Anyway a few people back there were two women standing there chatting about this and that and one of them looks out the window where all my friends were gathered and gave a snort and said in a rather derisive tone "The bikers are out." Well I don't know about you, but I know a snide comment when I hear one. So after I got my lovely little snacky I walked by and gave her a nod and said, "Yes we are, have a nice day." She didn't quite know what to do when I said that, I chuckled to myself as I walked away. She was left there gawping as I strolled out of Timmies.
I personally like to be referred to as a motorcyclist. I am definitely not a RUB (rich urban biker) in fact I would call myself a PUB (poor urban biker) . We also face stereotyping and judgement from other motorcyclists because of the types of bike ridden or the type of gear worn, belonging to a club or not. Also coming from the perspective of a female motorcyclist at times some of the comments that are made are so off the wall that you are left looking at the person as if they have been dropped from the mother ship and you are shaking your head thinking "Really?!"
Frankly, I could care less what someone rides whether it be a Japanese bike, cruiser, sport bike, adventure bike or scooter. What I do care about is how well a person rides and how much pride they take in their road craft.
Here are my questions to all of you:
1) What do you prefer to be called? Motorcyclist? Biker? Rider?
2) Do you associate any negative connotations to the words motorcyclist or biker?
3) Have you had experiences where you have been stereotyped or character judged because you ride?