Use the nouns bicycle and motorcycle. Cycle to work or ride your motorcycle.
I avoid using the work bike and always qualify the verb ride.
2007-03-09 07:22 pm (UTC)
+1 on verb "cycle".
Yeah, guess I'll have to ditch the word "bike", as much as I love it.
2007-03-09 07:24 pm (UTC)
Here in England, “motorbike” is reasonably common when there is potential confusion.
The real old-timers from the 40's and 50's who rode Harleys on and off road call motorcycles "motors" and look at you with a jaundiced eye if you call them "bikes".
There's also "motorbike" and "pushbike". Of course, you'd probably sound funny saying "pushbike" in the US but here in NZ it's used as a convenient disambiguator.
On that note, I pushbiked to work from our new place yesterday for the first time. Now there's a whole new dimension: hills.
Just call the motorcycle "the bmw" and the bike "the canondale" (or whatever).
As in, I rode my BMW to work today.
Even if you get an M5 sedan, "ride" makes it pretty clearly the bmw bike.
Might get tricky if the bicycle is mainly built from parts.
2007-03-09 07:36 pm (UTC)
Name them! Well, at least maybe name the motorcycle. "Sofast" is one idea....
i associate the word "bike" with "bicycle" before i associate it with "motorcycle."
since the motorcycle is a bmw f650gs, i'd go with something like "f650."
How about the verb "pedal" to describe transit by bicycle?
2007-03-09 07:54 pm (UTC)
Give your bicycle and your motorcycle their own names. My Camaro's name is Cameron, the Scion's name is Satchel and Larry's Miata's name is Mischa. I'd tell you the names of all our household appliances, but I don't want to bore you further. :)
i agree with 'pedal' for your bike and 'ride' for your motorclickee.
though, frankly, i say 'bike' and 'ride' for both, and let the presence or absence of a leather jacket and helmet provide the context.
you can lane split on the motorcycle.. you should be going faster then traffic.. or rather after a year of the motorcycling you'll be rocketing past traffic :-D
2007-03-09 09:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, maybe in a year. For now, not so much with the confidence.
Hmmm. How about beemer? I don't think beemered over works though. I tend to call mine my 'moto'. I motored over works alright, although just saying 'rode' works fine if you're wearing a biker jacket ;)
One of the reasons to buy a BMW is that you get to refer to it as such whenever you mention it! But remember, a "bimmer" is a car -- the bike's a "beemer".
I'd have suggested "cycling", "pedaling" and "motorbiking", but it seems that other people were faster. ;)