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    #1

    accelarator

    I know that for cars and those vehicles that have an "accelarator" / "gas pedal", we could say "press the accelarator". But what kind of word / phrase do English-speaking people use when they talk about motorcycles?
    I think "press the accelarator" doesn't make sense here.

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    #2

    Re: accelarator

    In BE we say 'rev up'.

    When our American friends wake up I'm guessing they'll say something like 'give her more gas'.

    (Note spelling of accelerator.)

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    Re: accelarator

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    In BE we say 'rev up'.

    When our American friends wake up I'm guessing they'll say something like 'give her more gas'.

    (Note spelling of accelerator.)

    Rover
    Give her more gas?!
    You mean a motorcycle is considered as something female?!

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    #4

    Re: accelarator

    Many people affectionately give their vehicles girls' names.

    Rover

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    #5

    Re: accelarator

    In a car, the speed is controlled by the accelerator pedal. The harder you push your foot down on the accelerator, the faster the car goes. Release the pedal and the speed decreases. On a motorcycle, the speed is controlled by the throttle that is built-in to the right handlebar grip. Twist the grip toward you and the speed increases. Relax your grip and the speed decreases.

    To increase speed on a motorcycle a driver would "roll the throttle" or "throttle up"!

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    #6

    Re: accelarator

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    When our American friends wake up I'm guessing they'll say something like 'give her more gas'.
    Interestingly (well, I think it's interesting), many British people 'step on the gas' and 'give more gas' when they are driving a car. This is because most driving instructors use 'gas' rather than 'accelerate/aceelerator' - it's sharper when you are giving instructions.

    The fuel we put into our cars, however, is petrol, not gas. I don't know what word is in common use for LPG.

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    Re: accelarator

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Many people affectionately give their vehicles girls' names.

    Rover
    Mine was called Mafalda (after the comic strips character). I miss her
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    #8

    Re: accelarator

    Quote Originally Posted by amigos4 View Post
    To increase speed on a motorcycle a driver would "roll the throttle" or "throttle up"!
    Do you turn the throttle in AmE?

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    #9

    Re: accelarator

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    Not being a motorcycle rider, I am unsure if this term is used. The more common terms are: push on the gas, step on the gas, give it more gas, give her (or 'er) more gas, put the pedal to the metal, and pour on the gas.
    If I remember correctly, you can also say "Floor it!"
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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