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Could it be that manufacturers actually naming their bikes again?

Discussion in 'Moto Club' started by fnfalman, Sep 19, 2005.

  1. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    Is it me or I'm just imagining things, but it seems like manufacturers are returning to the naming of model lines instead of alphanumeric designations?

    I don't know about you guys, but model names are neater than alphanumerics. I mean, how can something like CBR-RR, FZR-R, XLHR, VRSC, R1150R, 999R, F4, ZZR, ZRX, ad nauseaum, thrill you?

    Give us Lightning, Thunderbolt, Street Rod, Katana, Hurricane, Ninja, Rockster, Roadster, Corsaro, Mille, Tuono, Blackbird, Hayabusa, Brutale, Speed Triple, Commando, Black Shadow, Monster, Eight Ball, Hammer...

    "What do you ride?"

    "A Fireblade!"

    Wouldn't that be cooler than this reply, "CBR-1000RR"? Say "RR" often enough and you can try out for a part of the seals & sea otter show at Sea World.

    Of course, some names are too stupid to be had. CityX is one of them. Vegas is another.
  2. whogasak47

    whogasak47 JPFO-GOA

    Sep 1, 2005
    N E Louisiana
    In my case Bandit 1200 beats Suzuki gsf1200K1 by a mile
    Some of my Favs: All good Bikes to own or Ride
    Triumph: Bonneville,Tiger and Trophy
    Norton: Commando
    Suzuki: X6 Hustler,Titan
    Honda: 305 Superhawk,Dream Touring
    Indian: Scout, Chief
    Kawasaki: 500 Mach 111,mach 4
    Yamaha: Big Bear Scramblers

    Numbers are for engineers and bankers. Names are for Bikeriders
    Good Luck and Ride Safe

  3. TimP

    TimP 1 Proud Infidel

    Jan 17, 2003
    I hate to say it, but HD, has good names. Fatboy, Lowrider, Wideglide, V-Rod.

    I do kinda hate saying I have a YZF-600R. Yamaha Blackhawk just sounds cooler.
  4. NMGlocker

    NMGlocker BOOM headshot

    Jun 29, 2001
    New Mexico
    Remember that commercial?
    (Hurricanes were all hype....... but it was still a cool commercial)
    And who could forget the Hodaka "Combat Wombat", "Dirt Squirt", "Super Rat", "Road Toad", "Super Combat"?
    Talk about cool names.
  5. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

    Oct 23, 2000
    California & New Mexico, US
    Not to mention SuperDuke.;)

    If and when the damn thing gets over to the US, I'd buy one and have somebody paint a picture of John Wayne on it or something.
  6. gixxer11

    gixxer11 bbrrraaapppppp!

    Jan 11, 2005
    in the garage
    I just end up saying nickmanes for them, or shortening them, like Gixxer, F2, F3, F4, double R 6, 9,29,54, grand, Can-a-tuna 6,7,11, Kaw 7R, 9R, etc. Heard about a Hayabusa 600 coming out based on the '04 Gixxer 6 motor. That bothers me, cause I hear what you are saying. I mean "Hayabusa" means something, now it's just generic.
  7. Jtemple

    Jtemple Geek

    Jan 13, 2002
    I used to have a Dirt Squirt. Cool bike!
  8. epsylum

    epsylum Boolit Hoze

    Sep 4, 2004
    Racing Capital, USA
    John Wayne with a cape ;)

  9. F14Scott

    F14Scott Luggage CLM

    Sep 13, 2001
    Katy, TX
  10. newlyg23

    newlyg23 "BEER BREAK!"

    Mar 3, 2005
    central Illinois
    Had me a "Combat Wombat" Who in H*** races an MX bike with steel fenders and gas tank? Uhhh guess that was me.;Y
  11. gixxer11

    gixxer11 bbrrraaapppppp!

    Jan 11, 2005
    in the garage
    I'm thinking of naming my oil-cooled Gixxer "FUK-A-BUSA";f
  12. TheBelly


    Jan 1, 2004
    my first bike was a can-o-tuna. . .

    Now it's hard to NOT call my new bike what it really is.

    NOT a can-o-tuna ;f

    YZF-750 I named it Maggie.
  13. Compy

    Compy CompensateWhat?

    Feb 28, 2000
    Neither here nor there
    I'm glad they are paying engineers to make the bikes better rather than marketing pogues to name them better.
  14. TheBelly


    Jan 1, 2004
    I agree with Nosferatu. . .

    A better bike is WELL worth having to stumble over the letter/number combination.

    Besides, saying all those numbers is kinda fun sometimes.

    here's maybe a good offset of this, but to illustrate a valid point: German engineers put a pen holder in the new VW Beetle. The PR guys turned it into a flower vase.

    It's all in how you use it: I don't think that Rossi, Hayden, or Haga are going to mind riding too much in the new Kawa-onda butt-rocket IF they win the races. They'll say that the bikes run good and that they have good engineers. Call it a dirt ninja, spud-wanker, whatever.

    Fast is Fast.
  15. quinch

    quinch Turgid Member Millennium Member

    Aug 9, 1999
    Oh sweet Jesus, how hard is it to peruse a dictionary?
    I sure hope it doesn't chop $1.2m out of the R&D budget.
  16. TheBelly


    Jan 1, 2004
    If they generated more sales, I bet it'd get a bigger budget for the R&D people.