I had always named my motorcycles. My first Honda Pacific Coast PC800
was christened Jolly Roger,
because it was black and silver and looked like something a high-tech pirate would ride. I sold him when I got my first LT, a Canyon-Red '99. I never did name my first LT. Don't know why. It's just as well; I had to sell her when I got divorced to shore up the "Gregory Pius Legal Defense Fund."
Shortly thereafter I'd picked up my second PC800
, this time in bright fire-engine red. I called her Picanté
When I sold Picanté
to pick up my current steed--another 1999 Canyon-Red LT, I was so happy to finally be back in the saddle of the best tourer on the planet that I had to think long and hard for an appropriate name. I even delved into the Internet to look for inspiration on the baby-naming sites.
Believe it or not, it payed off. I knew I wanted a German name--what with our bikes being built in Berlin and all--but I didn't want anything cliché, like Brunhilde
or the like. This name had to be special.
When I came across Lorelei,
and read what the name meant
, I knew
I had my name:
Aura of risky allure.
The girl's name Lorelei is pronounced LOR-a-lye. It is of German origin. Place name: a rocky cliff on the Rhine river, dangerous to boat passage, has been poetically personified as The Lorelei, whose singing lures men to destruction. The name has an aura of risky allure.
Ladies and gentleman, I submit to you how better to describe the passion we commonly share? For all of us, it is not the aura of risky allure that drew us to our two-wheeled freedom-machines in the first place? How many times have we had to suffer the slings and arrows of "But it's so dangerous!
" from those too timid to themselves climb into the saddle? How many times have we laid it down; how many friends and acquaintances do we know who have been injured or killed engaging in the pastime we all enjoy so much that not only do we willingly participate in it, despite the obvious risks and dangers, but we positively cannot wait until we can mount up and hit the road again?
And that is why my 1999 Canyon-Red K1200LT is named Lorelei:
because she is the very personification of risky allure.