Snack slang: When a grocery list becomes a Harley parts-shopping trip

A friend recently posted up a front fender on Instagram, and captioned it with “Candy canes.”

The odd part is that I didn’t need the picture to know what he was talking about.

It would take a million years to write down all the slang names Harley parts have acquired over the years, but quite a few pieces have earned their names from food.  This is a goofy little list of items that have gotten their monikers from some humble snacks. It is kind of funny to see the influence our lunch boxes have had on our bikes. (Remember the beer cans from this article?) Let’s go through the pantry and see what else we can find.


Waffle grips: The pattern is pretty self-explanatory.

PopsiclePopsicle pedal: This also doesn’t need much explanation. When this pedal came out in 1963, it had to be differentiated from the previous bicycle-style kick pedals somehow, right?

Juice brakes: A fairly common term for a hydraulic (as opposed to mechanical) brake system.


Pie slice and banana caliper: Both items are found on AMF-era Harleys. Pie-slice calipers were found on 35mm front forks, and bananas could be found perched atop square swingarms.

Hamburger drum: Drum-type brake found on early Sportster front ends.

Cabbage cutter

Cabbage cutter: A popular name for the fender trim found on earlier dressers. Sure does look a lot like the old cabbage mandolin, doesn't it? Also known as the "cheese grater," since we're all food-centric on this article.

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PorksterCandy canes: Here's yet another type of tasty-sounding fender trim found on older Harleys.

Porkster: Colloquial name given to widened aftermarket Sportster fuel tank, hence the name.

Ham can

Ham can: The air cleaner introduced in the 1970s, so named due to its resemblance to the container a tinned ham comes in.


Baloney-cut: Synonym for "slash-cut," usually referencing muffler ends.

Limp sausageLimp-sausage taillight: A family-friendly nickname for a classic aftermarket piece made famous by Sparto.

Twinkie: Pejorative nickname for the Twin Cam engine.

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