What Are the Top 10 Biker Nicknames?

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According to RacerXOnline.com, the 10 best biker nicknames are "Hurricane," "Showtime," "Magoo," "Dogger," "Jammer," "The Little Professor," "Junkyard Dog," "Bomber," "Rollerball," and "Chicken." Each of these nicknames comes from a real person, and each has a story behind it.

The best nicknames always have a tale, and are ideally bestowed upon the recipient by another person. For example, biker Jeff Matiasevich, nicknamed "Chicken," once killed a chicken when he was young. The name stuck as a result of his casual and humorous riding style. The nickname "Rollerball" was appropriate for Canadian biker Ross Pederson, who was said to be a fearsome and competitive racer.

Sometimes a biker's roots have as much to do with his nickname as his riding style. For example, John Dowd, nicknamed "Junkyard Dog," had a salvage yard as his family business. Gary Bailey's nickname, "The Little Professor," was born from his mastery of the vehicle; he was a precision rider with textbook-perfect technique.

Nicknames often come from a simple play on words or abbreviated version of a person's name. These can be clever in their own right, but they can lack the charm of a nickname with an origin story. These are also more likely to come from the person himself than to be awarded by others.