Since the motorcycle's invention, riders have used it to declare their independence from conventionality, represented by riding more safely in an enclosed car. This became even more the case in America after the Vietnam War, when veterans who returned from the war took to the open road to escape -- or perhaps to express -- feelings of no longer fitting into society.
So it's only natural that the bike world has traditions and a language all its own, even if riding is just an enjoyable hobby, not a statement of outsiderhood. For example, do you know what "ape hangers" are, and how they change a bike? You've undoubtedly heard the word "chopper," made famous by customization businesses like West Coast Choppers -- but does that refer to any motorcycle or a specific type? What is "motorcycle armor"? And why do bikers wear gloves and boots? Is it just to look cool?
As with a long Saturday afternoon ride, there's a lot of ground to cover here, but we've got it covered, with a 35-question quiz. If the weather's too lousy to gear up and go ride, do the next best thing -- settle in and take our quiz! You can prove your motorcycle savvy, or learn a thing or two that will earn you respect at the rest stop or the bike shop. Enjoy!