1. Twisting the Wick/Giving it the Berries/WFO

01.WFO

One of the big reasons we love motorcycles is the experience of acceleration they provide, and there’s only one way to get the most out of your bike. Twist that grip! While cars may have their pedal to the metal, nothing compares to the descriptive ways riders refer to opening those butterflies – think WFO (wide f**king open), pinned, stretching the throttle cables. While I’ve always associated “giving it the berries” with Project Swillmore editor, John Burns, my favorite euphemism for letting your bike’s engine get its ya-ya’s out would have to be “turning up the loud tap.” Until all motorcycles are electric, higher engine speeds and acceleration will be associated with a massive increase in volume – both in terms of sound and fuel consumption.