Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: California Gold Country
How come we don't have a cool acronym with which to refer to our steeds like so many other bikes do? Crotch rockets are particularly blessed this way, with the GSXR (gixxer), FZR (fizzer), VFR (viffer) and the uber-cool -- and my favorite -- ZR-X (z-rex). Even a BMW can get by on "beemer." I suppose a KLR could get in on the name game, but any rider calling his anemic single a "killer" would probably get laughed off the road.
Why couldn't Suzuki re-designate the DL models something else, maybe DLR....naaah, on second thought "dealer" or "diller" doesn't have much ring. How about DLX? At least that comes out to "deluxe," not very appropriate but at least prestigious. VXN (vixen) would be perfect, but I think the letters have to actually stand for something even if it's just corporate marketing-speak.
C'mon, help me out here. And Suzuki, too. Think how many sales they have lost because noobs googled "V-Storm" when they were thinking of buying a bike (if you are like me you use both V-Strom and V-Storm when searching fleaBay or CL), and nobody but owners use the DL designation.
2016 KTM 390 Duke
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