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    Default (Motorbike) common in Br (motorcycle) common in Am Is this True?

    Motorbike is more common in British
    while motorcycle is more common in America.

    Is this true?
    and which one YOU like to use?

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    Default Re: (Motorbike) common in Br (motorcycle) common in Am Is this True?

    I, a speaker of BrE and former motorcyclist, use both. 'Motorbike' is slightly more informal.
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    Default Re: (Motorbike) common in Br (motorcycle) common in Am Is this True?

    I hear both in BrE, but would say that motorbike is more common. (Not a motorcyclist)

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    Default Re: (Motorbike) common in Br (motorcycle) common in Am Is this True?

    As a speaker of AmE and also a former biker, I fully agree with 5jj.

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    Default Re: (Motorbike) common in Br (motorcycle) common in Am Is this True?

    Quote Originally Posted by love-you-mom View Post
    Motorbike is more common in British
    while motorcycle is more common in America.

    Is this true? The term? Yes.
    and which one YOU like to use? Regardless of what I like to see/hear, in the U.S. the term "biker" is frequently used to refer to or describe one who rides/drives a motorcycle. The term "bike" might be heard in an exchange between two "bikers" but the term "motorbike" is seldom if ever used to describe/refer to the vehicle itself. A "motorbike" in the U.S. is or was a bicycle with a motor attached. but hardly, if ever, seen these days.


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