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  • Do you name your bikes or cars?
  • dirkpitt74
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    So who names their bikes and/or cars?
    I don’t – but my Mrs thinks I’m odd for not doing that.
    Apparently her family have always named their cars etc. and I only found out the other day that she names her wheelchairs (only been together 13 years – every day’s a school day lol).

    She’s named my new bike ‘The Angry Wasp’ – Yellow/black and a really buzzy freehub!

    When we were kids in the 80’s my mate called his ‘racer’ Bess after Dick Turpin’s horse (who remembers the TV series?).

    So what do you call yours?

    IHN
    Full Member

    The little Mazda is called Heathcliffe, the campervan is called Clive.

    The bike’s don’t have names.

    chakaping
    Free Member

    I had a Big Hit that I called the Big Shit, as it was very heavy and I came to dislike it.

    Other than that, not really.

    finbar
    Free Member

    Not normally, but a girl I fancied (and who didn’t ride bikes) was very amused by the “Judy” emblazoned on the Rock Shox forks of my old Giant, so that was called Judy.

    Klunk
    Free Member

    my 1966 mk1 mini cooper s was call muhammad (it was coined by someone else though). Other than that no.

    patagonian
    Full Member

    Not in recent years but when my son was very young he used to name them based on the reg number……
    ULC = Uncle
    NPE = Nippy (appropriate as it was a Golf GTI)

    Recently got a new car and was devastated when the wife pointed out it said “knob” so had to go for a private plate 🙁

    nixie
    Full Member

    No other than my Elise which eldest daughter named Brum Brum way back when I used to take her to nursery in it.

    molgrips
    Full Member

    I don’t, of course – why would I?

    My youngest daughter likes to come up with names as a game, she doesn’t really use them. We decided on Ian for the Hyundai, because it sort of sounds like it, and she was rather pleased to learn that Mercedes is actually a girl’s name anyway and predates the car manufacturer.

    northernmatt
    Full Member

    Had a mini which was called Chuck (C160 HUK). Occasionally I refer to our Berlingo as The Donkey because it’s old, smells, and is a bit of a mess but it still keeps on going.

    weeksy
    Full Member

    does ‘5hitbox’ count ?

    spawnofyorkshire
    Full Member

    I’ve not named cars, but some bikes have acquired names
    Blue Stanton Slackline = Blue Steel
    Metallic beige Davinci Dixon = Goldmember
    Genesis road bike = Phil [Collins]

    Haven’t named my Orbea xc or NS enduro bikes yet

    BadlyWiredDog
    Full Member

    I don’t, of course – why would I?

    Because it’s vaguely whimsical and bikes and cars have their own character and resonance in your life I guess. No-one’s saying you have to, but if it gives someone pleasure, then that seems fair enough.

    My road bike is called Mog, partly because it’s a fast kitty and partly because it dates back to a particular point in my life and reminds me of someone.

    I guess personalisation of inanimate objects, maybe non-living objects, is slightly illogical, but it’s maybe a reflection of the emotions they stir in you. Or maybe it’s just shorthand to identify one of several bikes. But basically, why not?

    the-muffin-man
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    All our cars have had names – current cars…

    Ford Kuga = ‘John’
    Ford Fiesta = ‘Fred’
    Type R = ‘Gimp Mobile’ (this is what my 19yr old daughter calls my car!)

    Never named a bike though

    bfw
    Full Member

    I dont. My wife does generally. Eric the Escort when we met, Nigel 940 (Volvo), Flappy-flappy (Alfa 147 with a flappy gearbox), and then Herr-Flappy (A3 with a DSG gearbox)…

    I do name household items such as a hand blender Braun MR555 = Mr 555, Douglig is the Ikea bathmat

    stumpy01
    Full Member

    Bikes – nope.
    Cars – generally nope; the exception being our Citroen C3 Picasso which was named ‘The Shitroen’. Because it was…..shit.

    johndoh
    Free Member

    Never, ever. Unless you count calling my 15 yr old Mazda 3 ‘a shitbox’ as naming it.

    Murray
    Full Member

    No but my Eufy robotic vacuum cleaner is always called “Geufy” pronounced “Goofy”. My wife thinks I’m weird for talking to the vacuum cleaner, can’t think why.

    bikecurious
    Free Member

    Naming things isn’t really my bag. A mate had a black Orange hardtail (02?)he named Diane Abbott, along with a bright pink Orange 5 called uhhh baby p.

    nickc
    Full Member

    It depends. A while back I had a battered old diesel Clio that was called Eugene by the kids. It seems constantly on the verge of just expiring, but always managed to pull through  We had plenty of adventures in it, and it remains a fond memory, but since than they’ve been a bit bland really (too reliable) so they don’t have names

    fasthaggis
    Full Member

    Nope.

    Superficial
    Free Member

    Our son came up with ‘Yoda’ for our small clever car (Nissan Leaf) and ‘Chewie’ for the bigger stupid old ICE estate car. But we don’t really use the names.

    I do name household items such as a hand blender Braun MR555 = Mr 555, Douglig is the Ikea bathmat

    Our electric whisk is called Sammy after a rat called Sammy Whiskers (Peter Rabbit). My wife rolls her eyes. HARD.

    johnx2
    Free Member

    my 1966 mk1 mini cooper s was call muhammad

    it wouldn’t go to the mountain?

    I forget people’s names as it is without having to remember Bikey McBikeface of whatever as well.

    Rubber_Buccaneer
    Full Member

    I have only named a couple of my bikes and only on Strava because I was new to Strava and not sure it was a good idea to give actual details. So,

    Slack Alice is a Nicolai Ion GPI (Geometron with a gearbox) named because back in 2016 it’s geometry was considered ridiculously slack.

    Foxy is my Sick Wulfbaron named after Citizen Smith who wanted to be known as Wolfie but was always called Foxy by his girlfriend’s mum.

    ransos
    Free Member

    Cars no, bikes yes.

    Mason Definition = Perry
    Thorn Audax = Tracy
    Pinnacle Arkose = Rocky

    fazzini
    Full Member

    Not officially. We did refer to the C4 Grand Picasso as ‘the bus’ cos it was huge. I also referred more recently to a Vaux Insignia 4×4 estate as ‘the heap of sh1t’ after it ate its own engine 1 week after buying it.

    But nothing ever has a proper name like Bob

    BigJohn
    Full Member

    Not a car but I know a keyboard player called Ian. He has a Roland piano and he’s gaffer taped over the Ro and the d.

    Keva
    Free Member

    no it sounds stupid.
    Those that do name them, do you smash a bottle of champagne of over it on the maiden ride/drive to give you good luck? 🤣

    trail_rat
    Free Member

    wifes car is SPxx ORS or “spors”

    Spors being literal “fun” in scots gaelic

    our last berlingo came to us from a friend whos kids had always called it bob…. as we had two berlingos at the time it became bob so we could differentiate ….

    tpbiker
    Free Member

    My first car was a red Citroen BX which I named the Red Barron

    Never named a car or bike since then however

    Naming a bike would mean it’s harder to get rid of when I inevitably want to upgrade after 12 months

    SSS
    Free Member

    No, but Mrs SSS calls her Merida ‘Merry’

    uphillcursing
    Free Member

    A few bikes and cars get named here:

    Camper van was “Lizzie” cant remember why.
    Shitty Volvo 440 was called “Chitty”, made the oddest noises but never failed.
    A metallic gold Fiat Strada had a rather inappropriate name that should stay in the depths of time.
    The only bike I can think had a name was a MTB/Gravel frankenbike called “Frankie”.

    So from that list it seems only the really quirky ones get a name.

    EDIT: The Irobot mop is affectionately named “molly”. She is part of the family although the dog would rather she was not.

    scotroutes
    Full Member

    Bikes – no.
    Cars – no

    Campervan – yes. I’ve named ours Fanny, as in Fanny the Vanny. It has provided seconds of amusement on Facebook as I get to post stuff like “Fanny was a bit moist today” or “Out for a bit of Fanny action this weekend”.

    OwenP
    Full Member

    The kids do, I don’t, but I go along with their ideas or they don’t know what I’m talking about.

    I’d just go with manufacturer names, I.e. “The Golf” or “The Mini”. The only exception might be one of those cars where the name is so cringeworthy that I would HAVE to rename it, like that Kia Dad-Wagon “The Stinger”. That would have to be renamed (and de-badged with pliers).

    ransos
    Free Member

    no it sounds stupid.
    Those that do name them, do you smash a bottle of champagne of over it on the maiden ride/drive to give you good luck? 🤣

    Of course it’s stupid. Is everything you do sensible?

    crazy-legs
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    When we were kids, my aunt and uncle had 2 cars, both Ford Fiestas that apart from the number plate and a fractionally different shade of beige were identical.
    The end letters were NTY and NCE so it was either the naughty car or the nice car. To us, as small children, this was hilarious.

    boxwithawindow
    Full Member

    My Transit is called Rt. Hon. Clem Vandango III

    molgrips
    Full Member

    I’d just go with manufacturer names, I.e. “The Golf” or “The Mini”.

    For some reason I feel like a knob referring to ‘the Merc’ so we tend to go with black car and white car, or big car/little car; and sometimes fast car/slow car as a reference to the Italian Job.

    reluctantjumper
    Full Member

    The daily driver doesn’t have a name but anything I have for fun does get one eventually.

    The Mini is called Georgie thanks to the number plate G61 = GGI = Georgie.
    The Cotic Rocket is called Louise as it’s one hell of a ride but can get me into serious trouble for my skillset without any difficulty.
    The Canyon Neuron is called Gill after a girl I fancied back in school as it’s sort of plain but looks better and better the more you look at it.
    The Voodoo Hoodoo is called Ellie as the serial number sort of spells it out.

    Might as well have some fun as life’s far too crap on the whole!

    molgrips
    Full Member

    The Canyon Neuron is called Gill after a girl I fancied back in school as it’s sort of plain but looks better and better the more you look at it.

    I really thought that sentence was going to go in a different direction.

    GolfChick
    Free Member

    Nope I dont, it’s an inanimate object so therefore doesnt get itself a name other than ‘the yellow bike’ ‘the ebike’ ‘the big van’ etc. I often find myself wondering whether any of these objects have the forum/voice to be able to request gender reassignments and the like. What if daisy is more of a david?!

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