What started as a one-off silhouette quiz has turned into a regular feature of OilySmudges’ activity on Twitter. Whilst I’ve resisted documenting the mechanics of how the silhouette quiz works for a while now, lest it crumble to dust under close scrutiny, I think the time has finally come to create, not rules exactly but rather some helpful guidelines to help newcomers and old hands alike to get the most out of it.
How does the Silhouette Quiz work?
We kick-off around 7 pm in the UK and usually wrap up around two hours later. The initial tweet will be of a silhouette of a classic motorcycle, like the one below from Silhouette Quiz No. 46. We ask that you re-tweet this tweet before replying with your first answer so that we can spread the word about the Silhouette Quiz across Twitter.
What do we mean by “a classic motorcycle”?
For the purposes of the silhouette quiz, any motorcycle launched 15 years or more ago is eligible. Also, I try to only use images of standard production motorcycles (i.e. nothing modified with aftermarket components).
Do you have any tips on how to do this?
People use various clues to identify potential answers. One of our regulars can tell the make of a motorcycle from the mirrors alone. No one is quite sure how. The biggest clues are probably the wheels (not the wire ones though), the engine outline and the shape of the fuel tank and seat cowl/tail unit (or, indeed, the absence of a tail unit).
How does the quiz work?
I reply to every answer individually and you can have as many attempts as you like. If you correctly identify the motorcycle, I will let you know via Direct Message (DM) in Twitter. However, I can only do this if your Twitter account is following mine.
During the silhouette quiz, I make a list of those who guess correctly and, at the end of the evening, I tweet a list of all the winners followed by a tweet naming the classic motorcycle in question with both the silhouette image and the photo it was created from.
The whole thing is very informal but experiencing it will give you a far better understanding than anything I could write here.
One more thing: it’s supposed to be fun. So come and join in with the rest of the guys and girls next Monday.
I look forward to seeing you there…