In the grand scheme, dogs and motorcycles have a lot in common. They both growl and grumble, they’re both reliable as long as you treat them well, and they can both be the only companion you need on an adventure. Some are built for speed while others are built for comfort. Some have a commanding figure while others are trim and simple. Some have big, booming pipes while others are nearly silent. There are tons of traits they can share from the way they look to the way they act, and because of it, make perfect fodder for cross-naming that will leave them both paying tribute to one another with no lack of respect to either party.
Motorcycle Inspired Dog Names in Pop Culture
Some people were born to ride — and sometimes dogs are meant to join them. But for Chopper, an 8-year-old Boston Terrier, it’s not just about the riding, it’s about the companionship that comes with it.
Since he was about three months old, Chopper has been riding motorcycles. Mark Shafer, a resident of San Diego, put him on a bike of his own when he was still a puppy and could tell almost instantly that the dog would be just like him — magnetized to motorcycles. He even got Chopper a little motorized bike of his own, one that would allow him to cruise low and at safe speeds while still enjoying the thrill of the ride.
As soon as he was old enough to ride regularly, Shafer had already picked out the perfect outfit for him: a doggy Harley Davidson vest (stitched with San Diego, of course) and a pair of white riding goggles, which he adorns before climbing into the special seat Shafer had designed for him so they could both safely ride his normal motorcycle when tooling around the city or stopping at various facilities. But Shafer didn’t just ask Chopper to join him on rides. He asked him to join him in a field he had been volunteering in for quite some time: therapy. As a therapy dog, Chopper quickly found his place, as his mild, easy-going temperament and loving personality helped put a smile on nearly everyone he came to meet. In no time, he was regularly joining Shafer in his visits to various hospitals, hospices, and even charity events, bringing joy to those who needed it most.
Eventually, there was such a demand for his presence after Shafer had received numerous requests to have Chopper come meet patients and their families, that the duo decided to embark on a West Coast therapy tour (although he’s so popular, they’ve received requests from all over the country). Upon visiting each family, Chopper appeared in his quintessential attire, though Shafer removes his goggles when interacting with people one-on-one. The tour ended up quite successful, except for one large roadblock.
Once returning from tour, Shafer received notice from Pet Partners, a nonprofit that insures and evaluates therapy animals, that Chopper’s license would be suspended for breaking the rules on the “no costume” policy. Days later, they took his license away entirely, stating that costumes are not appropriate for therapy visits “for the safety of clients and the animals”. Although Shafer didn’t need a license for Chopper to be used as a therapy dog, it largely hindered his ability to get Chopper into hospitals and other large organizations that use that basis as a requirement.
Since then, however, Shafer and Chopper have continued their therapy work while attempting to find a less restrictive organization to register with. It seems the paperwork is entirely unnecessary when a fun, loving dog is allowed to interact with and bring joy to those who truly need it. License or not, Chopper will continue to do fantastic work giving the ‘bad boy’ look a “good boy” name.
Motorcycle Inspired Dog Name Considerations
There are numerous ways you can go about giving your dog an appropriate motorcycle inspired name, but we’ve got a few suggestions of how to make the process easier. First, make a list of your dog’s most obvious traits, such as their looks, origin, personality and quirks. As you run through our list (or come up with some of your own), see which names or ideas jump out the most or most consistently.
One of the easiest ways to go is to match them up with a bike of a similar origin. For instance, if you have an Italian breed such as a Greyhound or Cane Corso, you could name them Ducati, Gilera, Aprilia or Bimota after Italian manufacturers.
You could work on size or build as well. Many Harley Davidsons are known to be robust, commanding figures, so if you have a Dogue de Bordeaux or Great Dane, giving them the names Harley, Davidson, Hydra or Hog would be perfectly suitable. The same works in reverse. If you have a trim dog like a Doberman or a Pharaoh, Africa or Ninja would work just as well.
Feel free to get as creative as you like. If your dog’s growl or bark reminds you of your favorite bike or one of a specific type, roll with a name inspired by that idea. If they tend to rear up like a motorcycle with an overpowered engine, find a bike name that represents the same. There’s no limit to what you can come up with, so rev up your brain and kick it into gear!