GoogleCustom Search

Motorcycle Glossary of Terms


Please e-mail us if you have a glossary term suggestion to add to our motorcycle glossary:

Watt - A unit for expressing electrical power. Watts = volts x current.

Weekend Warrior - Saturday/Sunday motorcycle rider.

Wheelbase - Distance from the centre of the front wheel to the centre of the rear wheel.

Wheelie - Occurs when too much throttle is applied or you 'slip' the clutch causing the fornt wheel to rise in the air.

Wide Line - common term for an early MacCadless frame.

Wiring harness - Describes the electrical wires running the length of the motorcycle and enclosed in tape or plastic sheathing. Wiring coming off the main harness is usually referred to as a sub harness.

Write -off - describes a vechicle that has been involved in an accident that is beyond economical repair and is no longer roadworthy. We recommend that you do not buy a bike that has been written off as it may be unstable and handle poorly.

WSB - World Superbike Championship.