I’m one of those guys that likes personalized plates.
Heck this website is named after the plate for my 950.
So when I got the 690 I was naturally looking for something that would go along with AUFROAD. I tried to substitute the letter O for the number 0 but DMV won’t allow that. (see what I did there?)
So I started thinking along different paths.
I thought about the bike itself and what I was building it for. It was built towards the longer multi-day trips, while still being light and capable in the dirt. It’s no secret, I wanted it to go do some of the great Backcountry Discovery Routes.
So I started searching in the DMV database for available plates. This is the honest to god truth. It’s late at night, I’m on the DMV website and to search you first have to put in all your information including the VIN of the vehicle the plate is going for. I’m trying this, trying that, with all my thoughts coming up already taken when I thought… “RIDE BDR“. It’s succinct and to the point, right?
Low and behold it was available! So I pushed the confirmation button and ordered it!
The next day I went to go see if, like AUFROAD, I could get the domain name but it was taken. I wondered who had it – and even though I had been on the website hundreds of times I hadn’t remembered that it was
Honestly it was a bonehead move but in the end I think I really like it. I’d like to support the effort anyways and it’s not like I’m stealing it away from them, right?
My non moto neighbor came by and said with a puzzled voice… “Ride Bedder?”
It cracked me up, but those who know, know.
Tomm thinks I should add the .com under the plate just like I did with AUFROAD. I do too.
INTERESTING NOTE: For the record, it took almost a full year to get the plate in the mail. It wasn’t lost, it was because due to COVID they were incredibly behind in orders!
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