Harley Davidson – Common Terms Associated With Custom Bikes

For more than 100 years the name Harley Davidson has been closely associated with custom motorcycles. Certainly there are many Harley Davidson terms that are used by the creators of custom choppers today and which have been round for many years now. Below we take a look at just a few of these.

1. Big Twin – This particular term relates to the size of the engines being used in not just Harley Davidson Motorcycles but all custom choppers today. Although they are known as big twins the engine sizes vary from 883cc to ones as large as 1584cc.

2. Ape Hangers – This term relates to a particular style of handlebars which will be fitted to custom motorcycles. Unlike other handlebars these ones raise the hands of the rider to above the height of their shoulders.

3. Hardtail – This term in most often used for those motorcycles where the frame has no suspension. So the ride is much more rigid and a lot less comfortable. These types of motorcycles are not really suitable for being ridden any distance on.

4. Softail – This particular term is used to indicate that the motorcycle does have a suspension system but which is hidden from us seeing it. Normally the suspension is situated underneath the engine and provides you with a much smoother ride.

5. Low Rider – This is a term that was given to motorcycles where the riding position is considerably lower than would normally be found on a motorcycle in the 1970’s. There are many machines that will be classed as a low rider but one of the most well known of them all is the Harley Davidson Super Glider.