You Know You’re A Real Motorcyclist When…

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One piece leather suits, perpetually snotty noses, bugs in your teeth and anti-social miscreants for friends. Welcome to the exciting and glamorous life on two wheels… Let’s find out if you are a real motorcyclist.

You strongly prefer being the little spoon…

But you still hold on tight when you’re the big one.



It’s fairly routine to receive nude texts from your buddies…

But none of them are weird.



A “good” hair day looks like this…



Numb hands?

I got this.



This is your arch nemesis…

And they’re everywhere.



This is your church…


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  • akvamme

    i tried to fav these pics all over again. i think that probably makes me a motorcycle fanboy, at least…

    • Jordan K

      No, I think your 20 bikes make you a motorcycle fanboy ;)

  • grindz145

    Instragram is an investor in rideapart now? Awesome.

  • JC Maldonado


  • Blixa

    Great stuff. Makes me wish I had friends who ride. I’ve been missing out on the nude texts.

  • Jordan

    If it wasn’t for riding on early Sunday mornings I’d be in either one of two places: jail or church.

    I don’t see much of a difference between the two, either.

  • Caleb Barrett

    Why not just show the original photos? Why screenshots of some lame app?

    • sean macdonald

      Wes and I talked about it actually and liked the additional context brought to the story. These weren’t stock images or things we pulled out of the last week, these are parts of our lives that we share either privately on our own acct’s or publicly through our RA acct over extended amounts of time.

      • Will Mederski

        i have a feeling @calebbarrett:disqus wasn’t referring the app as much as to the lack of concern for aesthetics.
        there are ways to embed / directly link to an instagram image.
        claiming to have “talked about it” only makes this one of the worst editorial decisions i’ve seen on a moto-related blog.
        geesh. at least take screenshots from the browser version, not the app, that way half of the post isn’t unnecessary borders & lists of likes…
        lazy. just plain lazy.

      • Caleb Barrett

        That’s fair. I concede my point.

    • Wes Siler

      How is Instagram lame? If it wasn’t for that, I’d have to post the millions and millions of Wiley pictures on RideApart.

      • Damo Von Vinland

        I got one vote for instagram being lame.

        • RT Moto

          Nah man, Instagram is what you make of it. It’s pretty badass for discovering new things. Sure you could just do the same on the internet, but Instagram has a simplicity to suck you in and browse hundreds of photos from your phone as you sit bored while waiting for whatever it is that you wait for.

        • Kr Tong

          Instagram is only lame if you spent the decade before Instagram creating those filters yourself in photoshop, only for every mom and pornstar to now be able to do it.

    • BenVC

      I for one didn’t even know Rideapart was on Instagram. So I learned something

  • Cheeseville Husker

    IMO, if you ride, you’re real. I don’t think anyone is THE authority on real or not-real riders… it actually rings of snobbery or hipsterism.

    • sean macdonald

      thanks for taking something light and fun and trying to ruin it with a snobbish and hipstery comment.

      • Cheeseville Husker

        Lighten up. I was playing along. I thought it would be understood as Wes is always making fun of hipsters… sorry you didn’t get it sean. As usual, the web loses the tone. I enjoy the site and check as often as i can.

        • Wes Siler

          Actually, I kind of am a hipster.

          • Cheeseville Husker

            Now I’m really confused. I thought you couldn’t be a real hipster if you claimed to be a hipster?

            • Wes Siler

              It’s part of my 12 step program. Also, I’m sorry for hurting you.

              • Cheeseville Husker

                Ha! No apology necessary – I am not hurt.

                I still don’t buy your hipster claim – you care too much. Have a good one and keep the rubber side down.

                • grb

                  what a hipstery conversation…

          • sean macdonald

            no one wants to be called a hipster as bad as wes siler.

        • Matt Mason
          • Cheeseville Husker

            chive on!

          • shaun

            David Thorne is the best

          • roma258

            That had me giggling like a little girl at the desk. Brilliant!

  • alex

    you know your a motorcyclist when you take none of what is said in this post to be decidedly true at all.

  • msay

    Haters gonna hate.

    • Mr.Paynter

      Motorcyclists gonna motorcycle

  • Mr.Paynter

    Ha ha, not everyone’s motorcycling circle of friends is quite so glamorous, our converstaions are generally complaining about our bikes, talking about potential lottery-winning purchases and talking tech some of the time…

    • sean macdonald

      thats actually genius. we totally forgot the “complaining about not being able to find the problem”

  • Eric R. Shelton

    “You know what this is…”

    I smiled and happily shouted “knee puck!” and immediately thought, “so what?”

    Then I read “and it’s your most sincere wish wish that one day you’ll need one” and the little light went on over my head. Oh yeeeaaaah!

    Sometimes it’s nice to remember we’re something of a brotherhood based more on our aspirations than our abilities. I’m really loving what this site is becoming.

    • susannaschick

      I still haven’t even used my knee pucks. maybe by the time all my friends are elbow-dragging, I’ll get my knee down.

  • 80-watt Hamster

    Holy crap. Where was that freeway shot taken?

    • Piglet2010

      Edited image – notice that the same vehicles appear in the same pattern more than once, so the real number of lanes is less than shown.

  • Kr Tong

    This is my mortal enemy.

    • Piglet2010

      I had a wild turkey fly just over my head while I was on my morning commute.

      • McMike

        I had some Wild Turkey fly in my mouth just after my evening commute!

    • Michael Howard

      Hitting a deer is much more fun, trust me.

  • shwurr

    I loathe your disappearing scrollbar.

  • susannaschick

    You forgot- you’ll spend thousands on therapy to work through the PTSD rather than stop or even cut back on riding. ;-)

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  • Donnie Byers

    You forgot “You’re always broke.”

  • ThinkingInImages

    I realized the other day that my ratio of riding to street gear is tipping towards riding – again. I picked up a vintage leather jacket and vest the other day – riding gear. My daily cold weather jacket is a lined leather riding jacket – that I’ve never worn to ride. My best black leather boots? They can double as riding boots. So far this hasn’t affected my selection of furniture.