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Old 08-20-2008, 10:46 AM   #1
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Ok! I know its been discussed about a million times on this board before, but after attempting to explain the term “Squid” to someone who does not ride, it made me wondering if I was clear on the definition.

Squid 1a. Of course we have the dude on the bike that is wearing flip-flops and a wife beater, shorts and no helmet. Doing wheelies down the block weaving in and out of traffic, without any regard to his safety or the safety of others.

Squid 1b. And this one I later learned once I started riding and doing track days for a couple of years, that squid can also be the guy riding a 2009 or brand new top end bike with all the after market badass parts on it like Ohlins and Brembo’d out and all the whistles and bells. Top end leathers and helmet, and does not have the foggiest clue how to hold his line on the track missing all his apexes and swears he can take on Rosi himself on any track.

Anyway, if there is any other squid that I need to be aware of or, any other definition, please enlighten me.
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I think 1a is the easiest one to explain to people that dont ride though
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I think 1a is the easiest one to explain to people that dont ride though
Yeah, that the one I normally eplain.. Its just easier for them to understand
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A squid is an irresponsible motorcyclist. The term is derogatory and common among motorcyclists in North America.It is generally associated with a new or reckless motorcyclist seen riding erratically and/or beyond his or her capabilities, often without appropriate riding gear.

The origin of the word is varyingly attributed:

* A contraction of:
o "Squirrely" and "kid" (possibly taken from California surfing culture), or
o "Squished" and "kid", or
o "Squished" and "idiot"
o Also of note: "squidly girl" or "Squirrel"
* An acronym for:
o "Stupidly Quick, Underdressed, Ignorant and Dangerous", or
o "Stupidly Quick, Underdressed and Imminently Dead", or
o "Super Quick Until I Die"

Note: all of these are likely to be backronyms

* Derivative of U.S. military culture:
o Newly-inducted sailors based in San Diego in the '60s would sometimes buy an inexpensive two-stroke motorcycle for transportation while on shore, even if they had never ridden before. So, there were large numbers of unprotected, inexperienced "marine life" squirting through traffic in a hurry and leaving a trail of black "ink" (smoke) behind them.
o "Squid" was also a common derogatory term for sailors:
+ Recent inductees were called "squids" by more senior sailors, and
+ All sailors were called "squids" by Marines
* Based on similarity between the way a "squid" rides and an actual squid swims.
o Squids can appear unable to change direction while swimming without first coming to a near complete stop. However, once the squid does stop and change directions, it can very quickly accelerate back to its regular swimming speed. Beginning motorcyclists commonly have trouble negotiating turns, and must slow down to unnecessarily slow speed, while at the same time have a tendency to ride very fast on the straight sections of the road.
* Referring to the fact that the rider has a large, bulbous head (his helmet) with soft, fleshy bits dangling beneath it.

Often young, squids are identified by their reckless abandon (speeding, wheelies, stoppies etc.) and by their inappropriate attire (shorts, backwards ball caps, flip flops, wifebeater T-shirt, etc). The wearing of tank tops by "squids" was satirized by Ian Johnston who wrote a widely distributed article claiming the Corona tank top was safer than racing leathers.[1] A "squidly" rider eschews all or most of the protective gear worn by many riders (helmet, gloves, leather jacket, riding pants, and boots) and the social and legal norms of riding behaviour, and as such is looked upon with derision by experienced motorcyclists, who also refer to them as "organ donors", "Zip-Splats", "a Stillie", "Skin Crayons",[2] and "soon-to-be-ex-motorcyclists".

However, many squids are fully suited-up with helmet, jacket, gloves, etc. Being "squidly" has more to do with how a rider acts than by what he or she wears or rides.



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A squid is an irresponsible motorcyclist. The term is derogatory and common among motorcyclists in North America.It is generally associated with a new or reckless motorcyclist seen riding erratically and/or beyond his or her capabilities, often without appropriate riding gear.

The origin of the word is varyingly attributed:

* A contraction of:
o "Squirrely" and "kid" (possibly taken from California surfing culture), or
o "Squished" and "kid", or
o "Squished" and "idiot"
o Also of note: "squidly girl" or "Squirrel"
* An acronym for:
o "Stupidly Quick, Underdressed, Ignorant and Dangerous", or
o "Stupidly Quick, Underdressed and Imminently Dead", or
o "Super Quick Until I Die"

Note: all of these are likely to be backronyms

* Derivative of U.S. military culture:
o Newly-inducted sailors based in San Diego in the '60s would sometimes buy an inexpensive two-stroke motorcycle for transportation while on shore, even if they had never ridden before. So, there were large numbers of unprotected, inexperienced "marine life" squirting through traffic in a hurry and leaving a trail of black "ink" (smoke) behind them.
o "Squid" was also a common derogatory term for sailors:
+ Recent inductees were called "squids" by more senior sailors, and
+ All sailors were called "squids" by Marines
* Based on similarity between the way a "squid" rides and an actual squid swims.
o Squids can appear unable to change direction while swimming without first coming to a near complete stop. However, once the squid does stop and change directions, it can very quickly accelerate back to its regular swimming speed. Beginning motorcyclists commonly have trouble negotiating turns, and must slow down to unnecessarily slow speed, while at the same time have a tendency to ride very fast on the straight sections of the road.
* Referring to the fact that the rider has a large, bulbous head (his helmet) with soft, fleshy bits dangling beneath it.

Often young, squids are identified by their reckless abandon (speeding, wheelies, stoppies etc.) and by their inappropriate attire (shorts, backwards ball caps, flip flops, wifebeater T-shirt, etc). The wearing of tank tops by "squids" was satirized by Ian Johnston who wrote a widely distributed article claiming the Corona tank top was safer than racing leathers.[1] A "squidly" rider eschews all or most of the protective gear worn by many riders (helmet, gloves, leather jacket, riding pants, and boots) and the social and legal norms of riding behaviour, and as such is looked upon with derision by experienced motorcyclists, who also refer to them as "organ donors", "Zip-Splats", "a Stillie", "Skin Crayons",[2] and "soon-to-be-ex-motorcyclists".

However, many squids are fully suited-up with helmet, jacket, gloves, etc. Being "squidly" has more to do with how a rider acts than by what he or she wears or rides.



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Old 08-20-2008, 11:56 AM   #8
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I do believe he defined that quite well Watson!!! Ha! That'll teach you to ask a question round here!
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I do believe he defined that quite well Watson!!! Ha! That'll teach you to ask a question round here!
HA! Whats up Sean....wish all this rain would clear up so we could go act like a couple of squids and have some fun .....oops, i...mean...go ride, and stuff!
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I'm down bro.....let's just go anyway!!!! My neighbor told me that if you just wear a bandana around your face the rain won't bother you!!! I'll invite him and we can sart our own "squid club"!! Crash proof shades and bandanas FTMFW!!!!!
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I'm down bro.....let's just go anyway!!!! My neighbor told me that if you just wear a bandana around your face the rain won't bother you!!! I'll invite him and we can sart our own "squid club"!! Crash proof shades and bandanas FTMFW!!!!!
HA! lmao sweet!, I want the Wife Beater, some Board shorts, and my Astros Hat (backward ftw) and yeah go tearing up and down 518... i'm sure more will join in!
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I'm gunna put my ol lady on the back in her bikini and ride whoolies!!! We could attract lots of attention to help out out "look at me" egos! You don't think popo will give us any greef do you? Don't matter...we'll just run from them just so we can make it on TV! 15 minuites of fame, here we come!!!
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I'm gunna put my ol lady on the back in her bikini and ride whoolies!!! We could attract lots of attention to help out out "look at me" egos! You don't think popo will give us any greef do you? Don't matter...we'll just run from them just so we can make it on TV! 15 minuites of fame, here we come!!!
Nah! we're good with the Leo's, I know a guy, who knows a guy, who got some naked picture of a guy! think were good! have your ol' lady bring a friend, hadn't had a good seat cover on my bike in a long time!
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If that's the same pic of the guy that knows a guy that I've seen, then we're already in trouble! Not sure if my old lady has any friends that look good in a bikini, but I'm sure Skinny wouldn't mind riding 2 up with you!!! He can just ride nekid with a helmet...or we can give him tha pink mini!!
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If that's the same pic of the guy that knows a guy that I've seen, then we're already in trouble! Not sure if my old lady has any friends that look good in a bikini, but I'm sure Skinny wouldn't mind riding 2 up with you!!! He can just ride nekid with a helmet...or we can give him tha pink mini!!
He would be great on that pink mini! but the though of that dude naked on the back of my bike straight scares me!
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by the way....i now remember why you havnt had a seat cover on your bike in a while..................................its cause my dog ate your seat!!...... no really, he ate your seat!

anybody know where i can find a new seat? ha!
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by the way....i now remember why you havnt had a seat cover on your bike in a while..................................its cause my dog ate your seat!!...... no really, he ate your seat!

anybody know where i can find a new seat? ha!
NO....I want my seat back....thats it....I'm following Penut around your back yard till I get it all back!...
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on the second one.... if he's honestly trying to learn then kudos for him. Everyone has to start somewhere. As for someone out there talkin and being lapped by bikes until a straight away... thats straight poser-wannabe-scum.
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