PDA

View Full Version : What does the "R" stand for?



dwyer12180
09-22-2009, 08:31 PM
A friend asked what the R stands for in R100, R1200GS, etc.

I know it is German for something to do with the horizontally opposed engine, but I forget (if I never knew). Can someone fill me in??

Thanks --- Scott
1973 R75/5 Toaster

184480
09-22-2009, 09:02 PM
I think it originally stood for "Rad", which means motorcycle in German. Though the "R" has morphed into standing for 2 cylinder boxer motorcycles.

darrylri
09-22-2009, 10:09 PM
It does stand for Rad, but rad literally means wheel. It happens to be the second half of Motorrad (motorcycle), however, and that's where the connection to motorcycles comes from. A Fahrrad ("drive wheel") is a bicycle, and Rad can also be used for that, but BMW doesn't generally make bicycles (I know they have sold some in the past).

lkchris
09-23-2009, 09:14 PM
Well, it originally stood for "rad" or "motorrad" but today it stands for boxer twin.

In contrast to F and K, obviously.

35634
09-23-2009, 11:42 PM
wouldn't that be "RRRRRroxer rwin?"

Pauls1150
08-08-2012, 09:50 PM
Duuuude! That's rad! :rocker

roborider
08-08-2012, 09:53 PM
Hey Paul,

What's the icon symbol you have?

Rob

hexkopf
08-08-2012, 10:10 PM
Dude is this it: http://satanssidekick.deviantart.com/art/Satanic-Cross-275365626

*gulp*

wezul
08-08-2012, 10:17 PM
Hey Paul,

What's the icon symbol you have?

Rob

http://wezul.smugmug.com/Other/Misc/i-jDnwbrt/0/O/blueoystercultlogo4.jpg

Blue Oyster Cult

regularrider
08-09-2012, 02:39 AM
I believe the "R" stands for Reise and means
Trip or journey in German.

Joe,
R1200RT / uncomfort seat option.

roborider
08-09-2012, 03:43 AM
Blue Oyster Cult. I knew I'd seen it but just couldn't place it. Thanks.

R1200RClassic
08-09-2012, 04:47 AM
Hey Paul,

What's the icon symbol you have?

Rob

one of the best and most underrated bands of all time..... "more cowbell!" :wave

Pauls1150
08-09-2012, 05:02 AM
Rob - see also: http://www.bmwmoa.org/forum/showthread.php?t=47015&highlight=oyster

It's also the Greek symbol for Chronos, and (I think) astrologers use it to designate Saturn.
'Nuf said...

wezul
08-09-2012, 10:36 AM
http://wezul.smugmug.com/Other/Misc/morecowbell/519803457_NPQrX-O.jpg

darrylri
08-09-2012, 12:58 PM
Well, it originally stood for "rad" or "motorrad" but today it stands for boxer twin.

In contrast to F and K, obviously.

Yes, in contrast to F, G, K and S. K was from Kompact Drive, the name given to the drivetrain of the flying brick bikes and now carried over to the "wedge" drivetrain. F came from the original name of the single F650, now G650, bike -- the Funduro. G comes after F, is all I can figure. S is probably super dooper.

BMW over it's 90 years of motorcycle production has never been particularly consistent about model names. But the marketers have really messed things up in the last 15 years or so. Sure, it's not as bad as HD, which has used every letter of the alphabet except Q, I believe, but this whole F650 F700 F800 twin business (and hey, the new maxi scooters too) makes the numbers as incomprehensible as they were back in the 20s and 30s (R32/R37/R39, R42/R47, R52/R57/R62/R63, R11/R16, R12/R17). At least then it was clear that the numbers were abstract.

Lee
08-09-2012, 01:11 PM
This link gives a good explanation of the different letters, including S, RS, RT, LT, and GS.

http://big-diesel.blogspot.com/2008/11/whats-in-name-bmw-explains.html

henzilla
08-09-2012, 07:16 PM
as does this Brit site:
http://www.bmbikes.co.uk/bmwmodels.htm




Designation /Meaning


S
Sport

R
Roadster

RS
Reisesport

RT
Reisetourer

LT
Luxustourer

GT
Grand Turismo

GS
Gelande Strasse

ST (R1200ST)
Sporttourer

ST (F650ST)
Strasse

CS (R100CS)
Classicsport

CS (F650CS)
Scarver

jforgo
08-10-2012, 04:40 AM
The old Germanic rune "Rad" pertains to riding or journey. The wheel idea got mixed in because of the Latin root "radius" for circles and such. And the relationship of wheels and circles to some forms of travel is obvious. But this is a Germanic, not Latin, word. Riding often referred to travel via horse. Perhaps we riders are all modern mechanized horsemen, in a sense.

wezul
08-10-2012, 11:10 AM
Perhaps we riders are all modern mechanized horsemen, in a sense.

Indeed.
Giddyap!

SteveAikens
08-11-2012, 01:32 AM
I waiting to see home much longer this thread can last.......

http://www.nmpcs.com/images/dog_hourglass_small%5b1%5d.gif

Guenther
08-11-2012, 02:55 AM
With some input from friends over at www.boxer-forum.de it seems the "R" was chosen to distiguish the motorcycle engines from the airplane engines that BMW built since the early days. And it seems indeed R="Rad" short for Kraftrad (=powered two-wheeler).

Also it was said that "K" = "Kart" was the internal code name for the "bricks" and "F" = "Funduro (germish by BMW haha).

After that things went downhill as this one-letter scheme was taken over by marketing guys at BMW. :groovy

/Guenther

Mike_Philippens
08-14-2012, 08:49 PM
Who cares what the designation is or what it means/supposed to mean? I couldn't care less if my R850RT was called the Q32WW or whatever. As long as it rides good.