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But what is the meaning of the knuckles? And their origin (I'm guessing European)?

I know they represent the "fighter" part of our rides (brass knuckles), but I'd be interested in knowing why they've been adopted so universally amongst 'fighter builders.
 

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That's my understanding as well.
 

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sanitys said:
that and think about it, what would a "street fighter" have on them most likely, brass knuckles, the real question is, where the term street fighters orginally came from.
The UK I think... someone coined it in a brit customs mag back in the 80s or 90s, I remember reading about the first "streetfighters". Then again, the style itself goes back to cafe racers in the 50s and 60s.
 

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The term streetfighters came from the bikes being designed to destroy the streets, instead of a track or dragstrip or showroom.
 

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sanitys said:
that and think about it, what would a "street fighter" have on them most likely, brass knuckles, the real question is, where the term street fighters orginally came from.
I don't think I've ever owned brass knuckles, but I do always carry a knife. The size of the knife has varied over the years, but I've been having one since my teens. These days, I mostly have a Leatherman.

Well, thanks for the clarification on the knuckles, guys. It's funny, because I saw them in some issues of Streetfighter mag from the late '90s that I got on eBay recently, so perhaps their origin was right there in my face.
 

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Knuckles > Brass Knuckles > Streetfighters > Fighting Streets > Danger of riding bikes on the streets


In a nut shell.
 

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:knucks: and :streetfighters: both kick ass! there you have it!
 

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Tommy Pantsdown said:
Knuckles > Brass Knuckles > Streetfighters > Fighting Streets > Danger of riding bikes on the streets


In a nut shell.
Makes perfect sense. Believe me, I've always ridden my bikes like they were streetfighters, fully-faired or not :rock: Combat commuting can give you almost as big of a thrill as canyon carving (trust me, I've done both). It's no coincidence, then, that I've been wanting to build a streetfighter since I started riding.
 

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I once met someone at a gas station, I walked there and saw their bike. I said, "Hey, nice gixxer." and after talking they said, "So what you ride?" and I said, "Oh, I've got this white old GS with a straight pipe that I ride to work" and they said, "Dude! I'm the guy in the white Stratus R/T who always lets you in when you're flying past everyone."

Traffic jams are weird like that.
 

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haelo said:
I once met someone at a gas station, I walked there and saw their bike. I said, "Hey, nice gixxer." and after talking they said, "So what you ride?" and I said, "Oh, I've got this white old GS with a straight pipe that I ride to work" and they said, "Dude! I'm the guy in the white Stratus R/T who always lets you in when you're flying past everyone."

Traffic jams are weird like that.
That's cool, down here they honk and scream, flash their lights and give me the finger. I mean, most don't do anything at all, but when I do get a reaction, that's usually it. Every once in a while, someone lets me go by. I do my best to wave my thanks (if I'm not going past a crucial point) and shake my head at the rest. Stay stuck in traffic, ya dimwits; I'll be where I'm going and they'll still be sitting there.
 

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Actually, the origin of the term "streetfighter" in reference to Motorcyclists supposedly goes back to post WWII when cafe racers came about.

The pilots who were coming home from war were adrenaline junkies in the UK and European Ally nations. A lot of them likely had post traumatic war syndrome, though that wasn't known at the time.

Anyhow, these guys were used to flying dangerous missions with no regard to safety and having drunken fun in the interims... thus, cafe racers came about. The newly returned home soldiers would buy bikes because bikes were fast, fun, and dangerous. They would modify the shit out of them to make them faster and they would run them like there was no tomorrow. The fad took off with the youth and a culture was born when it blended with rock and roll music.

These guys were fighter pilots. That was their life. They were no longer piloting bombers, and now they piloted these modded up streetbikes.... so there were references to them being called "street fighters" in some UK papers.

I'll try to find the article about it. It was the weirdest thing. There were actually examples of articles from the period where they were referred to as that.

(In the US we didn't have the need for bikes that were designed to maneuver the curvy streets like in Europe. We had long straight stretches of open road. The same type of soldier returned home here, picked up a Harley instead of a BSA/Triumph/Norton/Vincent and they'd cut everything off of it (chopping? ;)) to make it quicker and lighter for speed. They had no need for the handling though. Thus came about the roots of bobbers and choppers.)

At least that's from what I've read around....
 
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