I had a wonderful moment of delight this week when we bought a new (to us) motorcycle.
We call our 2001 Honda Sabre Shadow 1100 our Trusty Steed. He is our special bike, the one we cruise around California and Idaho on. But he’s showing his mileage. Tim has been looking for another Sabre Shadow to replace Trusty Steed. He finally found one this week… and they accepted his offer, to our delight. We drove the trailer down to Fullerton on Thursday to pick it up.
We have a thing about naming our vehicles… Tim’s dual cab, 8 foot bed, F350 diesel truck is enormous and so we named him Clyde (for Clydesdale). Contrast that with our little Toyota IQ who we’ve called Tina, for tiny Toyota. And then our yellow and black Honda Turbo is named Bumblebee… self-explanatory. So before we even picked up the new bike I thought about what to name him. And it came to me in a flash… John Steed.
Do any of you remember Patrick Macnee? I do with some delight.
He was so sophisticated, dapper and competent. Nothing phased him. And for some reason that made him quite sexy. Of course some of the sexy could be attributed to Emma Peal, played by Diana Rigg.
When we brought the bike home, it was clear that John Steed was the perfect name. He (the bike) is elegant and subtle in his color, and sexy in his lines.
He has subtle flames on his front fender and tank, a deep metallic gray.
Tim had a some work to do before putting our Trusty Steed up for sale. He changed seats (we have a custom seat), took off the windshield to put on our new Steed and cleaned up the old Steed. Actually Trusty Steed’s only three years older than John Steed, but he has 35,000 miles and John only has 2,500 (much to Tim’s delight).
Tim is still cleaning and polishing our weathered gentleman, Trusty Steed, so that someone will come and give him a nice new home. In the meantime, John Steed is waiting for new registration and plates so we can ride him.
For a few weeks we will be riding Bumblebee as we anticipate with delight cruising on John Steed. Tell me, do you name your vehicles?
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