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    98smokinjoe
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    Where did the term "squid" come from

    A few buddies and me were talking the other night about the post about riding squid, and nobody could come up with where the term came from.
    Just wanted to know if anyone could enlighten us.

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    Jason R
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    Squids go fast in a straight line but are slow side to side. I donno about the rest.

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    Passer of Harps Array Scheme's Avatar
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    I've heard it's a combo of 'Squirly kid'. Who knows though.

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    Entertainment Poster Guy Array rearwheelrider's Avatar
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    Originally posted by Scheme
    I've heard it's a combo of 'Squirly kid'. Who knows though.



    I've heard that the term came from the fact that people look like squids when they're sliding down the road with their arms and legs flailing about.
    I hardly doubt that's where the term came from...just the version i heard.... i'd sure love to hear the right one though
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    Whach u talkn bout Willis Array smokedvw's Avatar
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    Yeah I have no clue either


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    Ride to you limits Array clutch's Avatar
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    Originally posted by Scheme
    I've heard it's a combo of 'Squirly kid'. Who knows though.
    Scheme is COrrect you win a prize

    Allot of Acrinims for bikers come from believe it or not the Harley-Davidson Culture

    SUQirly kID SUQID
    RUB
    Rich urban biker Biker with more money than brains...

    1%r
    A name for the 1% of bikers who are really bad trouble makers

    Apes, Ape Hangers or Hangers

    Refers to very tall, somewhat wide handlebars - usually seen on choppers.

    Brain Bucket, Skid Lid, etc..

    What else but a helmet.

    Cage or Cagers

    Cagers are those who sit in 4-wheeled metal cages when traveling from one place to another.

    Chopper

    Generally could mean several things. If a brother takes his ride and leaves it mostly stock & just trims it down with accessories such as drag bars closed in lighting system and the list goes on - it could be called a chopper. But technically chopper means extending the length of the bike and making it a totally customized bike built just for you (forks have been "chopped" & extended). This generally means cutting and changing the dimensions of the frame. changing the ride height and adding parts built to fit that bike.

    Crotch Rocket

    Speed bike - Ninja, Kujo, HariCary, etc. Also known as the first stage of bike trash left alongside the highway because a 100 mph RUB hit a 35 mph Cager because he was a SQUID and trying to show off what he didn't have - experience.

    Evo or Evolution

    Introduced in 1984 the Evo was the most radical change Harley motors had seen. With aluminum cylinders as well as new aluminum heads designed to decrease oil leakage. Side-squish combustion chambers and flat pistons. A new lower end designed for electronic ignition for better spark control. All these changes came about as a result of higher big-brother emission standards. which the shovel just did not seem to be able to handle. The Evo was proven to be the most reliable and maintenance free v-twin until the release of the Twin-88.

    Flat Head

    Harleys manufactured from 1930-1948. They moved the valves to opposite sides of the combustion chamber for more power which was needed in the heavier motorcycles. Which where reminiscent to what we see today.

    Four Wheelers - see "Cage".

    HOG

    Technically refers to Harley Owners Group. Also used to refer to Harley's in general.

    Knuckle Head

    Introduced in 1936. The valves in the knucklehead were moved to the top of the combustion chambers and made in 61 cubic inches. In 1937 Harley incorporated the first dry sump oil system. Harley also offered a 74 cubic inch engine in 1941. The knuckle received it's nickname by the appearance of the heads which look similar to the top of a hand.

    Long Fellow

    refers to the Harleys first few year models. Long fellows came equipped with a single cylinder motor till 1909. They then came with the option of a v-twin which was not a very popular motor. It relied on suction to open the intake valve. Which proved very unreliable. In 1911 they equipped the v-twin with the more reliable mechanical pushrods for the intake and exhaust valves.

    One Percenter

    Comes from a government study done in the 60's/70's that showed only 1% of bikers were actually trouble makers & outlaws.

    Pan Head

    Introduced in 1948. Received its nickname because its valve covers look like an upside down cake pan. The Panhead didn't change much from the knuckle in internals. But it came equipped with aluminum heads. Again for more power for the growing weight of the motor cycles. It also dispersed the heat better. in 1955 Harley modified the pans by installing a quieter more efficient lower end. Pans were also the first v-twin to come with an electric starting system in 1965.

    Rice

    Asian-built motorcycles.

    Road Rash

    The extreme rash and removal of flesh that the human body experiences when scraped against blacktop at high speeds & prolonged distances.

    RUB

    Rich Urban Biker - usually referring to inexperienced riders or those with "Trophy Bikes".

    Scooter

    Yeah, it's ok to call yer bike this - especially if you're around the old guys.

    Shovel Head

    Introduced in 1966 with new heads which worked better with the upgraded lower end. The shovel also came with hemispheric combustion chambers. Which they had already introduced in the Sportster in 1957. The shovel came in a 74 incher and an 80 incher. It received it name for the look of a coal shovel.

    SQUID

    Squirrelly Young Kid - usually on a crotch rocket, often a RUB looking for a serious case of Road Rash.

    Trophy Bike

    Refers to a bike that usually sits in the garage without being ridden, so the owner can claim that he/she "rides" a certain brand of bike. Old, low mileage bikes.

    Twin-88

    Refers to Harley's current 88 cubic inch engine model.

    Wrenching

    Working on your bike - maintenance, adding chrome, etc..


    I hope this helps

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    solutions
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    here's one heard
    Super Quick Underdressed Imminently Dead

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    Ride to you limits Array clutch's Avatar
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    Originally posted by solutions
    here's one heard
    Super Quick Underdressed Imminently Dead
    How long did it take you to think that one up?

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    Shylock
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    This is what I heard:

    Stupidly
    Quick,
    Under dressed
    Immanently
    Dead

    Seems to ring true...

    And here's a history lesson for y'all. Back in the days when Harley could actually compete in races - when they won, they would put their racing team's mascot on the gas tank for the victory lap. You guessed it, a little pig. That's how the term Hog / Hawg got associated with Harleys

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    Whach u talkn bout Willis Array smokedvw's Avatar
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    thanks for all the detail!


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    Not Hanging Out Here Array Sailor's Avatar
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    clutch - you've got a couple of repeats in there...and too much to read by the way.
    I ride purely, and only, because it is fun.

    I ride because I love freedom, independence, and the movement of the ground beneath me.

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    Ride to you limits Array clutch's Avatar
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    Originally posted by Sailor
    clutch - you've got a couple of repeats in there...and too much to read by the way.
    Sorry,
    Cut n paset from the Biker Linguistic book.....
    plus I figured sinece people are throwing arround the Lingo with out knowing the Def.'s I'd pass on a few just incase someone might be "SUB" and say the wrong thing to the wrong person

    SUB
    Stupid
    Unexperiences
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    Shylock
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    "Unexperiences"????


    Ummm ok... is that like inexperienced?

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    Ride to you limits Array clutch's Avatar
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    Originally posted by Shylock
    "Unexperiences"????


    Ummm ok... is that like inexperienced?
    hey biker lingo not harvard grammar school

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    I always thought a squid was...well...we've all seen what a squid thown on the ice at an NHL game looks like. I thought a squid was someone who rides with no gear and risks ending up looking like that. ???????????????
    I came to my own conclusions though.
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