Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 56
  1. #1
    staring at the mountains superdex's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Denver, CO
    My Bikes
    1x9 mtb commuter, Blue Racing Ac4AL w/Record, Scattante Al w/Centaur/Veloce mix, Bianchi CUSS, Kona Paddy Wagon SS
    Posts
    3,405
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I've lived in a handful of places my adult life (Florida, California, Texas, now Virginia), and I've never EVER seen the propensity of vanity plates as I do here. From "PRAYNOW" to "U IDIOT" to "TKEITEZ" and "5PMYET" it's easily 50%+ of the plates here. Virginia has a Parrothead license plate, which makes the "5PMYET" all the more appropriate, but come ON people!

    That being said, do you have a vanity plate? What's it say? Story?




    (okay, I had one in Texas, "PUK FAN" -- hockey-related, not bulemic --I had to explain it to the woman at the DMV in Austin when I ordered it )

  2. #2
    Bike rider Elisdad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    SW Chicago suburbs
    My Bikes
    Redline D460, Redline Monocog Flight 29er, IRO Rob Roy, Specialized P1
    Posts
    353
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    My dad got a vanity plate back when I was in high school. He got our last name on the plate. Ithe rest of the family all thought it was a bad idea and we never drove that car if possible. I think that vanity plates such as that are a bad idea. Just my two cents.

  3. #3
    Gravel for Breakfast
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Inside my scabs
    My Bikes
    Jake
    Posts
    1,486
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Only ever seen one that was inspired:

    H20U8N4

    If you can't dope it out, I'll explain it later. For now, muse if you must.
    Sin after sin I have endured, but the wounds I bear are the wounds of love.

  4. #4
    Huachuca Rider webist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Southeastern, AZ
    My Bikes
    Fuji CCR1, Specialized Roubaix
    Posts
    4,273
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I don't have a vanity plate per se. However, in AZ we are only required to have a rear plate. My front plate speaks to my pride at being retired from the U.S. Army.
    Just Peddlin' Around

  5. #5
    dangerous with tools halfbiked's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    minneapolis
    My Bikes
    fat, long, single & fast
    Posts
    4,502
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I was cursing my parents' vanity plates that time I heard them over the police radio...

  6. #6
    Member effulgent's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Downtown Dallas, TX
    Posts
    36
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I used to have a vanity plate with "WRD AL Y" on it. Yes, I was (and am) a big "Weird Al" Yankovic fan.



    This "special" license plate from Texas is pretty cool. I've been thinking about getting this custom plate for my VW New Beetle, but with no vanity letters on it, just a state-issued number. Here's the description of the plate:


    Share The Road License Plate

    Two plates are issued to passenger cars or light trucks. A fee of $30 is charged in addition to the regular registration fee and other applicable fees. The application and specialty license plate fee are submitted to the Vehicle Titles and Registration Division.

    The department shall deposit $22 of the $30 application fee to the credit of the share the road account in the state treasury to be used only by the Texas Education Agency to support the activities of a designated nonprofit organization whose primary purpose is to promote bicyclist safety, education, and access through education and awareness programs; and training, workshops, educational materials, and media events.

  7. #7
    Senior Member va_cyclist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Ashland, VA
    Posts
    1,344
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I agree, I see more of these in Virginia than any other state I've lived in.

    VA is soon to adopt a new "share the road" plate as well:

    http://www.bikewalkvirginia.org/images/plate7.jpg



    Quote Originally Posted by konageezer
    H20U8N4
    Water You Waitin' For

    Here's one that made me laugh (saw it in "Autoweek"):

    NVW55V

    (read it upside-down)
    Last edited by va_cyclist; 06-02-05 at 12:33 PM.

  8. #8
    Senior Member LordOpie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Denver
    My Bikes
    2006 custom Walt Works roadie, 2003 Fuji Finest (road), 2002 Giant Iguana (mtb), 1986 BMW K75 (motor)
    Posts
    3,698
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm callin you out I'm switchin my plates
    (please enjoy)

  9. #9
    Belt drive! vtjim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Burlington, Vermont
    My Bikes
    2011 Trek Soho DLX
    Posts
    2,615
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Well, first of all, I'd never have vanity plates because that bubba I blew by in my WRX might see my car and key it later...

    Second, I've always thought it would be funny to get this plate...

    AVOVOOM

    Think of what it would be in a rear-view mirror.

  10. #10
    staring at the mountains superdex's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Denver, CO
    My Bikes
    1x9 mtb commuter, Blue Racing Ac4AL w/Record, Scattante Al w/Centaur/Veloce mix, Bianchi CUSS, Kona Paddy Wagon SS
    Posts
    3,405
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    It's become quite the running joke with my girlfriend and I. We'll come up on a car with a vanity plate, and she tries to figure it out before I tell her what it is. It's amazing what people have come up with, especially considering there are sooo many that anything remotely common will have to be all hax0red in spelling. Vanity plates are ubiquitous enough that I've been asked what my plate means -- and it's not a vanity plate!

    One thing I don't get: If you're going to get a vanity plate (a scant $10 extra here in Va, probably explains a lot), why repeat the badging on the car? Like "BLAK50" on a (black) Mustang for instance. I just shake my head.

  11. #11
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Posts
    165
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The best I've encountered was "4RE ETR" on a yellow Viper.

    BR

  12. #12
    Senior Member LordOpie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Denver
    My Bikes
    2006 custom Walt Works roadie, 2003 Fuji Finest (road), 2002 Giant Iguana (mtb), 1986 BMW K75 (motor)
    Posts
    3,698
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by vtjim
    Well, first of all, I'd never have vanity plates because that bubba I blew by in my WRX might see my car and key it later...

    Second, I've always thought it would be funny to get this plate...

    AVOVOOM

    Think of what it would be in a rear-view mirror.
    uhh, how often do you drive backwards at traffic speeds?

  13. #13
    dangerous with tools halfbiked's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2004
    Location
    minneapolis
    My Bikes
    fat, long, single & fast
    Posts
    4,502
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Favorite vanity plate ever:

    All Black late 70s Trans AM. T-tops, silver and gold accents, the works.

    the plate was just 'AWESOME'



    That dude thought he was the grand poobah of muscle car drivers.

  14. #14
    Chronic Tai Shan ofofhy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    PHL
    My Bikes
    '74 Fuji SRS
    Posts
    1,115
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by LordOpie
    uhh, how often do you drive backwards at traffic speeds?
    Uhhh... If it's on the front license plate???

    The two best plates I have seen are :

    MMNMNNMM

    4AA44A4A
    From Craig's List: IF its a singlespeed that means----all the other parts are broken cut off and dumped...dont buy singlespeeds, the bikes will make your balls fall off

    * no -- it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

  15. #15
    eert a ekil yzarc SpiderMike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Location
    Pasadena TX
    My Bikes
    many bikes
    Posts
    2,559
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    see them alot here in the Houston area.

    Mustang with Saleen body package. Plate read "Hottie". Not so attractive bleach blond got out.

    "IAM4U" - taurus, driven by someone's grandmother

    Best of them all. Black Honda, all tunered out. Plates read "KOOL OO".

  16. #16
    Member effulgent's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Downtown Dallas, TX
    Posts
    36
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I saw one the other day that said "UR DADY". It made me laugh.

  17. #17
    eert a ekil yzarc SpiderMike's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Location
    Pasadena TX
    My Bikes
    many bikes
    Posts
    2,559
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by MERTON
    whats the "OO" part for?
    When I saw it, I was with my wife and buddy. We all agreed that it read out as one word, I.e. KOOLOO, where the OO sounds out like just a long O. Guess its funny if you know a little spanish.

  18. #18
    No pain, no gain. PainTrain's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    California's Gold That's Amazing!
    My Bikes
    Trek 7100, Windsor Fens
    Posts
    513
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by konageezer
    Only ever seen one that was inspired:

    H20U8N4

    If you can't dope it out, I'll explain it later. For now, muse if you must.
    I would've thrown in a 'W' but maybe that state only allowed 7 characters.

    TBAG4U

  19. #19
    Senior Member LordOpie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    Denver
    My Bikes
    2006 custom Walt Works roadie, 2003 Fuji Finest (road), 2002 Giant Iguana (mtb), 1986 BMW K75 (motor)
    Posts
    3,698
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by ofofhy
    Uhhh... If it's on the front license plate???
    oh right, some states require that.

  20. #20
    2-Cyl, 1/2 HP @ 90 RPM slvoid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Location
    NYC
    My Bikes
    04' Specialized Hardrock Sport, 03' Giant OCR2 (SOLD!), 04' Litespeed Firenze, 04' Giant OCR Touring, 07' Specialized Langster Comp
    Posts
    15,765
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    How often would you get pulled over if your license plate said, "C0P K1LR", "TAL1B4N", or "B1N L4D3N".

    BTW: True story from Snopes.com

    Allowing motorists to obtain personalized plates provides them with an opportunity to obtain something distinctively unique, something that commands far more attention than the usual humdrum string of letters and digits. Sometimes, though, one's choice of license plate can command an unexpected and undesirable form of attention.

    In 1979 a Los Angeles man named Robert Barbour found this out the hard way when he sent an application to the California Department of Motor Vehicles requesting personalized license plates for his car. The DMV form asked applicants to list three choices in case one or two of their desired selections had already been assigned. Barbour, a sailing enthusiast, wrote down "SAILING" and "BOATING" as his first two choices; when he couldn't think of a third option, he wrote "NO PLATE," meaning that if neither of his two choices was available, he did not want personalized plates. Plates reading "BOATING" and "SAILING" had indeed already been assigned, so the DMV, following Barbour's instructions literally, sent him license plates reading "NO PLATE." Barbour was not thrilled that the DMV had misunderstood his intent, but he opted to keep the plates because of their uniqueness.

    Four weeks later he received his first notice for an overdue parking fine, from faraway San Francisco, and within days he began receiving dozens of overdue notices from all over the state on a daily basis. Why? Because when law enforcement officers ticketed illegally parked cars that bore no license plates, they had been writing "NO PLATE" in the license plate field. Now that Barbour had plates bearing that phrase, the DMV computers were matching every unpaid citation issued to a car with missing plates to him.

    Barbour received about 2,500 notices over the next several months. He alerted the DMV to the problem, and they responded in a typically bureaucratic way by instructing him to change his license plates. But Barbour had grown too fond of his plates by then to want to change them, so he instead began mailing out a form letter in response to each citation. That method usually worked, although occasionally he had to appear before a judge and demonstrate that the car described on the citation was not his.

    A couple of years later, the DMV finally caught on and sent a notice to law enforcement agencies requesting that they use the word NONE rather than NO PLATE to indicate a cited vehicle was missing its plates. This change slowed the flow of overdue notices Barbour received to a trickle, about five or six a month, but it also had an unintended side effect: Officers sometimes wrote MISSING instead of NONE to indicate cars with missing license plates, and suddenly a man named Andrew Burg in Marina del Rey started receiving parking tickets from places he hadn't visited either. Burg, of course, was the owner of a car with personalized plates reading "MISSING."

    Nonetheless, some motorists still choose personalized plates destined to land them in similar trouble. Jim Cara of Elsmere, Delaware, found that out the hard way when he selected the phrase "NOTAG" for the license of his Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle in 2004:

    Jim Cara wanted a vanity license tag that would make people laugh.

    But when he chose "NOTAG" for the plate on his Suzuki Hayabusa, a sleek blue and silver motorcycle with a speedometer that reaches 220 mph, the joke backfired.

    The new tag arrived Saturday under an avalanche of Wilmington parking violations.

    "All the traffic tickets say, 'Notice of violation. License number: no tag,'" Cara said.

    City computers, talking to state Division of Motor Vehicles computers, had finally found an address for ticketed vehicles that lacked license tags: Cara's home in Elsmere.

    "I messed up the system so bad," Cara said. "I wonder if they can put me in jail or something?"

    He has received more than 200 violation notices. The mail carrier came twice on Saturday. Cara opened a few. They ranged from $55 to $125 for violations such as meter expirations.

    Cara, 43, who works for the American Motorcycle Association, said he's been a lifelong prankster. This time, though, "the cleanup is going to be worse than the joke," he said.
    Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Harvey collected a few more similar tales from readers in August 2004:

    "A few days ago, you printed a bit about people getting notices of unpaid parking tickets on vehicles with license plates NOTAG and NO PLATE," wrote Richard Turner of Beverly Hills.

    He recalled thinking, "It would be cute to have VOID as my license plate. It was cute for a few years, until I started getting the unpaid parking ticket notices. Apparently, 'void' tickets got keyed into computers as valid tickets, but with my plate. Although I got all the tickets dismissed, I ditched the plates."

    And Ralph August of Westchester says a friend encountered the same barrage of strangers' parking tickets after he put an UNKNOWN plate on his car. The DMV took UNKNOWN away from him.

  21. #21
    Up there! AdrianB's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Adelaide, Australia
    My Bikes
    Specialized Sequoia x 2
    Posts
    436
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Ih8cars
    Visit http://www.rooview.com.au a personal, independent and honest restaurant guide for South Australia!

  22. #22
    Senior Member va_cyclist's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Ashland, VA
    Posts
    1,344
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    This one stuck in my head -- I saw it every day at work for a while on a white Mazda 929.

    1ABAJAG

  23. #23
    In Memory of One Cool Cat Blackberry's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Charlottesville, VA
    My Bikes
    Lemond Victoire, Cannondale.Mountain Bike, two 1980s lugged steel Treks, ancient 1980-something Giant mountain bike converted into a slick tired commuter with mustache handlebars, 1960-something Raleigh Sports
    Posts
    2,723
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    My dad had one: UNIROK (translated: You & I Are Okay). Not a bad sentiment, even though I thought it was kind of dorky at the time.
    Dead last finish is better than did not finish and infinitely better than did not start.

  24. #24
    Prefers Aluminum Sprocket Man's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Location
    Honolulu
    My Bikes
    Wife: Trek 5200, C'dale Rush Feminine, Vitus 979 Me: Felt S25, Cervelo Soloist, C'dale Killer V500, Miyata Pro (fixie)
    Posts
    2,672
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Vanity plates that could be deemed obscene aren't allowed here, so I was amused when I saw one that got by the censors: "4K Q"

  25. #25
    ambassador of good will *new*guy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    NOVA
    My Bikes
    many.
    Posts
    2,020
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    NOPLATE is awesome. ASSMAN... only Kramer can pull that off, even if it's backwards.

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •