Boats get names. Fighter pilots name their airplanes. Babies get names. Pets get names. But I never really thought about naming a motorcycle. But once we bought our BMW K1200LT I noticed on some of the BMW message boards that the motorcycles had names. When we had out Suzuki C50T Boulevard we merely just referred to it as the “The motorcycle” or “The Boulevard”. That seemed simple enough. But BMW riders were naming their motorcycles and I’m sure they’re not the only ones who do it. We were trying to come up with names. “The Big Green Machine” was out, but “The Big German Lady” was a possibility. It was harder than you think to come up with a name. Did we want to come up with a name and then translate it into German?
Then one early one brisk morning we were headed up the road to meet some friends to go riding. We had the stereo, yes a radio station, playing in that nice BMW intercom. It was a classic rock station that we were listening to. Then Steppenwolf’s “Magic Carpet Ride” began playing. My head was moving with the music (luck for Donna I wasn’t singing) and we decided right then that we’d name our BMW K1200LT “The Magic Carpet”. For some reason it just fit and has been that way ever since.