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It appears that some people have given their bike a specific unique name, and some call their bike by its model name or brand name.  I've nicknamed some of my vehicles, but nothing with a truly unique character.  My Ninja 650R was the Little Red Ninja, not too imaginative but everyone would know what I meant.  When this bike was about 10 years old I also started to call her my Old Girl (Doctor Who reference).  But I only used that name if the other person would be certain of the context.

My new Ninja 400 has so far just been the Ninjette.  But that name has been generally applied to the smallest Ninja from when the model used to be a 250.  So it's not unique to this particular bike.

So I'm curious about the reasons riders give their bikes a unique name.  I get that it's fun, but is there something more behind the name?
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I've only named one of mine.  The 2001 BMW R1150GS earned the Terminator label.  It was responsible for several small critters reaching end of life.  Squirrels, a couple rabbits, a raccoon (Wooo, that was a BIG thump) and a few baby prairie dogs out in Utah.  It tried to take out a couple deer, but they swerved properly out of the way.  I honestly thought about getting critter stickers to keep score on the tank.
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Kermit cuz you suggested it

I'm glad to have been of assistance.  Sometimes it's easier to come up with an idea for someone else than it is for myself.   

I guess that I'm curious about why riders have chosen to name their bikes?   I sometimes personify my bikes, but it's mostly for my own amusement.   So I'm just wondering about what other riders think about naming their bikes.
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My bikes all have the same first name. The. The Harley,The Tuono,The CRF,The YZ,ect.
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My bikes all have the same first name. The. The Harley,The Tuono,The CRF,The YZ,ect.

This. I'm unsentimental. They're just tools. Like most of us. :D
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My first street bike was a 1980 KZ 750, it earned the name "The Infamous Kawasaki" after I walked away from a 100 mph+ traffic stop without a ticket.  Other than that the only one I've named was my '02 1200S Bandit, which I started calling Suzi Q after a drunken garage session with some riding buddies. I think Creedence blasting out on the ol' CD player had something to do with it.

The rest of them have just been the Beemer or the Trophy or the Sporty or the K bike etc.
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My bikes all have the same first name. The. The Harley,The Tuono,The CRF,The YZ,ect.

This. I'm unsentimental. They're just tools. Like most of us. :D

Understandable.  It's a practical outlook on life.  But I'm consciously trying to go the other way (where appropriate) in order to ward off turning into a grumpy old man.  :gerg:   It's maybe also a bit of a reaction to almost all of the adults from my childhood having died.  I might be succeeding because a nephew told me that I'm the only adult he knows who likes to have fun.
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I've probably had 30+ bikes but my newest is the only one I've named - Big Mike. My oldest brother Mike, died this past January. He was a rider many years ago. He had no wife or kids, so my siblings and I each received a portion of his small estate. I got almost enough to buy a bike. I bought a new 2019 Honda CRF450L. It's the only brand new street-legal bike I've ever had. He would've approved.


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When we had four VFRs, it was the 94, the 97, the 98, and the 99. Then we got another 99 - the 48 state bike. The 98 died. The 94 became Grandma. The 48-state became the Work Girl. The other 99 became the Play Girl. Grandma and the 97 got sold.

My R1150RT was named Gretel - with the non-parenthetical 'e'. My ST4 was named Stanley - ugliest Ducati evar. The current SV650 is Suzy Blue.

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... named Gretel - with the non-parenthetical 'e'...
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I know what you did there. <3 :D
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... named Gretel - with the non-parenthetical 'e'...
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I know what you did there. <3 :D

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the Triumph speed3  was the wobbling goblin
I could go on and on, too many were named
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I've probably had 30+ bikes but my newest is the only one I've named - Big Mike. My oldest brother Mike, died this past January. He was a rider many years ago. He had no wife or kids, so my siblings and I each received a portion of his small estate. I got almost enough to buy a bike. I bought a new 2019 Honda CRF450L. It's the only brand new street-legal bike I've ever had. He would've approved.


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That's a great way to remember him.
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the Triumph speed3  was the wobbling goblin


For those goblin-eye headlights?
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My bikes all have the same first name. The. The Harley,The Tuono,The CRF,The YZ,ect.

This. I'm unsentimental. They're just tools. Like most of us. :D

Oh it's not that. I am emotionally attached to my stuff. I don't go so far as to anthropomorphize them.
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Kim bonds with her stuff but tends to be more of a terms of endearment person.  Her FJ was baby or honey or beautiful. I tend toward more ironic or literal like beast or monster or thumper. Kermit is the first bike I have given a proper name.
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the Triumph speed3  was the wobbling goblin


For those goblin-eye headlights?
The grinch green colour more than anything.
VIVA EL STINKO

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Anthropomorphication seems to be a human tendency.  Not to threadjack my own thread, and I'm not an expert in the area, but it's fascinating how people from diverse cultures throughout history frequently believed that an object could be inhabited by a protective spiritual presence.  This particularly happened with weapons and tools.  Modern psychology appears to support a theory of how this could have been perceived. 

I experienced this on a ride once years ago.  Dusk was approaching in a rural area, and I was alert for deer.  There was an area where the farmer had not hayed the ditch.  I was covering my breaks and scanning for trouble.  But there was this blur in front of me that coalesced like a sci-fi special effect into a deer immediately in front of my bike. I went to do an emergency stop only to find that I already was doing a hard break.  I didn't know why my bike was already breaking but I didn't hit the deer. This felt weird and lead me to some light research.

There is a phenomenon where the subconscious can cause the body to react correctly to an event before the conscious mind can perceive and analyze the situation.  It happens more often in fast-moving stressful situations where the individual has training and experience such that the needed reaction does not require conscious analysis.   A warrior, for example, might parry an enemy's sword before his conscious mind has determined that there is a threat. Based on this, the warrior might reach the conclusion that something other than himself caused him to parry, and one assumption may be that the warrior's sword did this on it's own or influenced his actions.  This would explain how I reacted to the deer before my conscious mind could determine that the blur was a deer.  And there's a lot of interesting reading on how the mind fills in blank spaces in our senses which likely explains the sci-fi effect I perceived.
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That's an interesting thought, I know from a purely pragmatic view machines are just that, machines. However if you share adventures with and get a lot of pleasure from a machine then I think anthropomorphizing it is a natural human trait. I've owned over 30 bikes in my life and each one has quirks that could be defined as a personality trait I suppose so I think there's some validity.

I always bless my bikes with beer for good luck and honestly some of them do have names. However I look at it like they do in pagan cultures, where an object tells you its war name but it's kept secret between you and the object and the Gods and can never be told. I probably ate too many mushrooms when I was a kid so that may explain it.

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I have read somewhere, maybe here, that one should never anthropomorphize a machine.













They don't like it.  8)

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Anthropomorphication seems to be a human tendency.



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Anthropomorphication seems to be a human tendency.



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I think that I'd intended to write "Anthropomorphication seems to be a general tendency," but this worked out better.   ;)
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I'm guilty of this. The wifes old Hurricane was The Cupcake (custom paint lent itself...). My prior ride was the Geeper or the Almighty GPZ. The current ZRX has earned it's moniker via multiple trench runs up and down I25...

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So, insomnia reared its ugly head, and my jumbled mind just came up with this sequence.

I have a black Ninjette.  Black Ninjette sounds like a comic book superhero from the era where any superhero with African heritage had to have the word Black in the character's name.  Noir is French for black.  Isn't Noire the feminine version?  Ninjette Noire sounds like a real name.  A Prairie Home Companion features stories about a private eye named Guy Noir.  Ninjette Noire could be a mysterious femme fatale.  If I named my bike Ninjette Noire, I'd have to make up some Raymond Chandler styled detective stories to go with the name.  That's a lot more work than I want to do.

I should just go back to bed.
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I have read somewhere, maybe here, that one should never anthropomorphize a machine.


They don't like it.  8)

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All of my cars and bikes have had names. My RS is Roxy. Why? Well I have a strict OCD rule that the name starts with the first letter of the make or model. So, Roxy (RS) is sassy and fun so the name works for me. Don't ask me why, it's just what I have always done. I don't have some unusual attachment to things, I just like them having a name that sets them apart from others. Plus, I paid for it so I can name it anything I want.
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Since nobody asked for it, I'm going to threadjack and give you the opening of the Mystery of the Black Ninja. Narrated by Humphry Bogart's ghost:

It was only two in the afternoon when she walked into the bar.  She was wearing Channel's latest little black dress, a single strand of silvery pearls, and an attitude that said you should play nice with me 'cause I won't play nice with you.  A black clutch highlighted her red nails.  It was just large enough to conceal a .22.

She scanned the room looking for a set of challenging eyes. She found mine.  I knew she was trouble, and not the good kind.  That's when I met Ninjette Noire.
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In an unrelated topic, chicken nuggets.

I like chicken nuggets.  But would Chicken Nuggets be a good name for a bike?  Which bike?  And why?   :beerchug:
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All of my cars and bikes have had names. My RS is Roxy. Why? Well I have a strict OCD rule that the name starts with the first letter of the make or model. So, Roxy (RS) is sassy and fun so the name works for me. Don't ask me why, it's just what I have always done. I don't have some unusual attachment to things, I just like them having a name that sets them apart from others. Plus, I paid for it so I can name it anything I want.

I like strict OCD rules.  My wife doesn't.
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In an unrelated topic, chicken nuggets.

I like chicken nuggets.  But would Chicken Nuggets be a good name for a bike?  Which bike?  And why?   :beerchug:

Chicken Nuggets? No. Not a good name for a bike. Chicken Strips? Still marginal, but better.

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My cold's still here, but I'm feeling a little less puddin' headed today.  Did I inadvertently name my bike a couple of days ago?

Ninjette Noire, femme fatale of an unwritten, and slightly motorized, Raymond Chandler novel.
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My bikes all have the same first name. The. The Harley,The Tuono,The CRF,The YZ,ect.

This. I'm unsentimental. They're just tools. Like most of us. :D

That's me.  The Bandit, the XR(650), and Tracker, and the '75 (XS650).  That said, I talk to her(the B12) when I'm getting hot in the twisties or going fast.  Well, I talk to myself, like I'm talking to her, and we're doing the dance.
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I don't normally name them but my Mom called the Yamaha 'the dumbbike' and I haven't been able to break the habit.

The others are called the RT and the Guzzi. They have all been 'you bitch' at some point when being cantankerous.
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After a well done series of mountain road corners I will reach over and pat the tank as you would a dog's head when they're a good dog. :D
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After a well done series of mountain road corners I will reach over and pat the tank as you would a dog's head when they're a good dog. :D

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my Mom called the Yamaha 'the dumbbike'

There's gotta be a story there.
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My bikes since the early '90s have all been named Goddard. In the Star Trek: TNG episode where Scotty shows up from the original series, the episode ends with Scotty taking off to tour the universe alone in a shuttle on "long term loan." That shuttle was the Goddard.

Thanks to there being lots of folks who are even geekier than me, I found the shuttle's Starfleet registration number online and put it on one bike (my old '86 Connie 10).  NCC-1701-D/04. 
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my Mom called the Yamaha 'the dumbbike'

There's gotta be a story there.

Moms, bikes. That's probably the whole story.  ;)
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Star Trek geek zone:
My bikes since the early '90s have all been named Goddard. In the Star Trek: TNG episode where Scotty shows up from the original series, the episode ends with Scotty taking off to tour the universe alone in a shuttle on "long term loan." That shuttle was the Goddard.

Thanks to there being lots of folks who are even geekier than me, I found the shuttle's Starfleet registration number online and put it on one bike (my old '86 Connie 10).  NCC-1701-D/04.

Umm...

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my Mom called the Yamaha 'the dumbbike'

There's gotta be a story there.

Moms, bikes. That's probably the whole story.  ;)

Pretty much.
Her reasoning was basically that it was louder and less pretty than the German one.
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A buddy had a Ninja with a KX500 engine in it. He called it Frankenbike. It was notorious for injuring it's riders.