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

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love-you-mom

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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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I, a speaker of BrE and former motorcyclist, use both. 'Motorbike' is slightly more informal.
 

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

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

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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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