After I posted about getting Purple back, my aunt made a comment about how as a little girl I have always loved the color purple, only eating grape ice cream and purple gum. So, she thought I was still infuriated with the color purple. I didn’t actually seek out a bike that was purple but it kind of fell into our lap. Russ was looking for another TW200 for me since the first one we got had a bad CDI which was a common problem with 1987 model. A guy nearby where we lived was selling a 1991 TW200 on Craigslist and it was in good condition so we bought it. This bike became my baby. So Russ suggested that I come up with a handle so I can join the TW200 forum community.
So I decided to run with the color since I didn’t think I would be changing the look anytime soon. When I first started looking into name of characters that were purple. Upon research, I could only find a handful of characters that were purple; Barney (oh heck no!), Cheshire Cat (a tongue twister for me), Grimace (eh?), and the Purple People Eater (that is the one I decided on). So that became my handle which is kind of long-winded. Most people either call me Purple or PPE for short.
Since I christen the bike as Purple People Eater, I had to run with theme when I decided to give it a facelift. When I was looking for a vinyl wrap that has the color purple in it. I stumbled upon a website called MetroReStyling.com where they had a wrap that in a camo pattern and it was purple. It was damned tedious to put on but it was one of the best investment I ever did. That wrap has protected the plastic every time I have crashed on the bike (not that many, honest!).
Now, you’re probably wondering if I have given a name to my street bike as well. Of course I did, his name is Felix after Felix the Cat. I know that it sound weird to name my ride but I discovered that I was not alone. According to a Nationwide Insurance survey, plenty of drivers name their ride. They polled about 1,082 U.S. car owners and found that:
•Nearly 25% of U.S. car owners have a special name for their car.
•More than 31% were inspired by the vehicle’s color and appearance.
•At 36%, car owners between the ages of 18 and 34 are more likely to nickname their cars.
•Women are more likely to have a nickname for their cars than men — 27% vs. 17%
•About of out of four surveyed think of their car as a girl, with women more likely to have a “baby” girl. Such as “Eleanor” from the film Gone in 60 Seconds or the homicidal Chevrolet named Christine from the movie Christine.
•Men are more likely than women to name their car after a famous or historical person or a character in a movie.
So, do you have a name for your motorcycle or car? If so what is it?
11 thoughts on “Why do we give our ride a name?”
My current street bike is an old BMW R65, known as Black Betty, and my little Honda CT90 is Houdini cause it’s always good for an escape!
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I love it…great name for the bikes!
My GSA is the Beast but you knew that. My 03 ford 4/4 one ton diesel was given the name the war wagon.
Yep…your GSA is a beast compared to my little Tdub.
My Bandit is Bluey because…. well its blue
Sometimes the simplest name are the best!
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If it has wheels it has a name. I’ll just do the current sable of bikes or this might turn into a multiple page essay =D
(Mine): Z1000 – Nuke. The Mr. informed me it looked like a nuclear pumpkin when I brought it home.. KLR 650 – Frieda. No particular reason, she just seems to like it. TW200 – Littlefoot. A tiny thumper with a big heart.
(His): Large Harley that I can never remember the alphabet soup of letters of to tell people what it is – Rocky. Another name that just seems to fit the bike for no apparent reason. XT 350 – Weasel. Skinniest of all the bikes and most adept at finding a hole to nosedive into. KLR 650 – Patches. This one came in in theoretically functional condition and is still on the lift as we correct a host of undisclosed issues from previous owners.
Thank you for letting us share!
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Thank you for sharing with me all the names…Its funny how bikes have personality and we find names that fit them.
My TW is Gosling VIII – Gosling after Jim Goose’s bike in Mad Max, and 8 as it is my 8th bike. When I was in my 20’s I had bleached blonde hair much like The Goose did in the movie.
Sweet…that is a good name.
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