It wasn’t until we bought the BMW that I heard of the concept of naming your motorcycle. You know, like naming a boat. Not all BMW riders do it but they seem to do it more than riders of other brands. I had seen a post on a BMW forum where someone had asked “How do you come up with your bike’s name?” The general consensus was that it will come to you. I think that if you have to think about it, it’s the wrong name.
For example, here’s how our BMW K12ooLT got its name:
Not long after we got it, we were headed up the road one morning to meet some friends for a ride. We were headed up the road and I had the radio on when the song that came on the radio was Steppenwolf’s “Magic Carpet Ride”. My head and shoulders were moving with the music. Then almost simultaneously we said to each other something like “That’s it! That’s what we’ll call the motorcycle, The Magic Carpet.” It just seemed right as it takes us on journeys that are sometimes magical.
Sometimes the name is something as simple as “The Bike” too. A friend of our recently bought a new Victory Cross Country Tour. It’s a really nice motorcycle and it’s big. But the horn sounds like a little “meep meep” horn. I said it sounded like the Roadrunner from the cartoon. Because of that one comment, he’s started calling his new Victory “The Roadrunner”!
Sometimes a name just jumps out and grabs you.