What do you call yours?

Jester

Well travelled
Location
Northants, UK
On various threads, especially travel ones, people mention the names of their bikes, so I was wondering what, and why, people have called them that. My current ones are:

Himalayan-Hannah-after a former work colleague who also had prominent peaks [and will kill me if she ever found out I said that]

900 Hornet [919 in the states] -Lisa-after a woman I used to teach diving with who was both fun and reliable

CB500-Rebecca-after a redhead friend as the bike is red

Tracer 9-at the moment Beaker-as in Tracey Beaker kids books and TV show, plus it is slightly ridiculous-the name not the bike!
 
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Stig57

Well travelled
Location
Wigan
My first 7 bikes where all called Kath after a girl I went to school with who was also a close friend.
Some of the others (though not in any particular order) :
XS650 - Lissandra (freer of men - married to a hippy nut job at the time and the bike was my mental health safety net)
'94 Sporster - Abeni (apparently the name means 'We looked for her. Look ! We got her' in an African language but I can't remember which. I'd wanted a XL since I was at school. 'We' at this time included my second wife, who is unfortunately no longer with us, who was an absolute rock.
Guzzi Ev - Sophia (long legged Italian girl)
Guzzi Griso - Madeline ( gorgeous with big jugs - you have to be of a certain age to figure out who this bike was named after)
Guzzi California Special Sport - Conesuala (wife likes T.Rex)
Guzzi T3 - Deborah (more T.Rex)
Triumph Thunderbird Sport - Nellie (after my grandmother)
Kawasaki W800 - Sally (after the other grandmother)
2000 XL1200S - Anastasia (resurrected - 'cos I'd rebuilt it from a blinged up wreck)
Enfield 350 Classic - Mel

I've always named my bikes. They are part of who I am and are more to me than just a machine.
 

m1ckDELTA

Well travelled
On various threads, especially travel ones, people mention the names of their bikes, so I was wondering what, and why, people have called them that. My current ones are:

Himalayan-Hannah-after a former work colleague who also had prominent peaks [and will kill me if she ever found out I said that]

900 Hornet [919 in the states] -Lisa-after a woman I used to teach diving with who was both fun and reliable

CB500-Rebecca-after a redhead friend as the bike is red

Tracer 9-at the moment Beaker-as in Tracey Beaker kids books and TV show, plus it is slightly ridiculous-the name not the bike!
"Pasang"

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RTD

Well travelled
Location
Baltimore
There’s probably a fascinating character study in those who name vehicles vs those who don’t.... I never have done it. No shade on those who do (the missus named her bike, all the cars, computers, everything). For me it never felt right, which is probably weird because I love giving pets ordinary people names; Dave, Gary, etc. Nothing cooler than running into a random dog named Kevin.
 

Cpt.Sparkles

Well travelled
Location
Martian
The bike is now "No-H" It used to be Sara but I met a human Sarah and she doesn't like to be confused with the bike.
Car is BFF (Black Ford Focus)
Truck is "Hillbilly" (Homemade wooden bed w/ banjo in the gun rack, 6" well casing for bumper. Looks like it came off the set of Deliverance.)
 

Laserman

Well travelled
Staff member
I always give a name to vehicles that have earned my trust. They also have a _song_ attributed to them. I tend to keep vehicles a long time, so I consider them a companion, or a partner on my travels. Whether on the road or at work, I am one with my machine - we work together.

It took my Himalayan 6 months to earn a name, but there is no doubt in my mind that she has earned it. She has proven herself and I can depend on her! I named my Himalayan "Toto" for several reasons. I bought her on 2/2, Feb 2nd, which also happens to be be my dog's birthday. His name is "Otto" and everytime I wrench on "Toto", he is right there acting as supervisor. He also loves to ride - he does so in a dog carrier that fits perfectly in my Wald basket. Toto will tote some stuff, too, and bless any rain that aint near us.

Ray Manzarek was the keyboardist for The Doors. He co-founded The Doors with Jim Morrison and released several solo albums after Jim died. Manzarek's final solo album was in 2006 and among that album's tracks was the epic instrumental "Too Close To The Sun". Back in late July and August it was over 100F nearly every day here and this song became Toto's:

 
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Splinter

Well travelled
Location
Buenos Aires
I don't name my bikes either, but if I had to, I would call each of them, Horse, because they take me wherever I want to go without complaining. Especially true when they are fed and watered regularly :)
If I had to name our 15 year Honda Jazz/Fit, it would be called The Shed.
 

Caspice

Well travelled
Location
Here and There
I typically consider my bikes as feminine and references to she, her, or my girl are common....as long as she is running well. If she starts acting up...then the terms of endearment get replaced with more colourful language 🤬
 
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Daggerdancer

Getting there...
Location
Kentucky
On various threads, especially travel ones, people mention the names of their bikes, so I was wondering what, and why, people have called them that. My current ones are:

Himalayan-Hannah-after a former work colleague who also had prominent peaks [and will kill me if she ever found out I said that]

900 Hornet [919 in the states] -Lisa-after a woman I used to teach diving with who was both fun and reliable

CB500-Rebecca-after a redhead friend as the bike is red

Tracer 9-at the moment Beaker-as in Tracey Beaker kids books and TV show, plus it is slightly ridiculous-the name not the bike!
 
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