More confusing British terminology:

jaydee75

VIP MEMBER
Joined
Jul 2, 2012
Messages
889
Country flag
I'm working on an AJS, the manual often refers to the "off side".
Which side is this and why is it called that?
Jaydee
 

L.A.B.

Moderator
VIP MEMBER
Joined
Nov 20, 2004
Messages
18,458
Country flag

"Nearside or N/S

Nearside, sometimes indicated as N/S refers to the nearside of a vehicle when driving on a UK road, so the side of the vehicle which is closest to the kerb. This side is, therefore the passenger’s side of the vehicle when driving a right-hand drive vehicle on a UK road.

Offside or O/S​

Offside, sometimes indicated as O/S refers to the offside of a vehicle when driving on a UK road, so the side of the vehicle which is furthest from the kerb. This side is, therefore the driver’s side of the vehicle when driving a right-hand drive vehicle on a UK road."

Therefore, assuming the manual was intended for British riders then, "offside" is the right-hand side of the bike.
 

L.A.B.

Moderator
VIP MEMBER
Joined
Nov 20, 2004
Messages
18,458
Country flag
I always thought it was from horse riding.

Yes, it offside is also the left right side of a horse. :)
 
Last edited:

texasSlick

VIP MEMBER
Joined
Jan 2, 2013
Messages
3,572
Country flag
I always thought the "off side" was the side one got off a horse ...... that is the left side, and this carried over to motorcycles.

Then the "off side" would be the same as the "on side"

Slick
 

L.A.B.

Moderator
VIP MEMBER
Joined
Nov 20, 2004
Messages
18,458
Country flag
So its the left side of a horse but the right side of a m/c ???
Jaydee

No, sorry I was thinking of nearside and what it says in the horse link:

"The horse's left is his near side, the right his off side."
 

marshg246

VIP MEMBER
Joined
Jul 12, 2015
Messages
2,314
Country flag
Both sides of a horse should be left........

......left well alone! Temperamental beasts, and too big to argue with.
When I was 16 we visited some relatives of my father I didn't know. I was 6' tall and weighed about 220 so not meek. My father thought it would be good for me to spend some time with my cousins doing farm work. Next thing I know I'm climbing on the back of a work horse so tall I could not see over his back. Off we went through the fields for about an hour and then we started rounding up a bunch of work horses for shoeing. Of course, the whole trip was all about making sure I knew how clueless I was.

Trust me, riding a 1500+ pound horse with a bunch of Alabama "good ol boys" is not for the faint of heart! Then trying to control each leg of each horse as you dig out the crap and pull the old shoe is not fun or easy! That's the job they gave me, they did the fitting and shoeing. At least they had pity and gave me a mild mannered, easy to control horse and at least it wasn't the first time I rode a horse.
 
Top