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Anyname
04-22-2010, 01:51 AM
I was riding my R80 today and got to thinking about why BMW would choose to single out the high beam indicator for labeling in German ("Fernlicht"). The other indicators appear equally or even more worthy of bi-lingual labeling but they are English only. Are German market high beam indicators bilingually labeled in English?

There are doubtless many other BMW mysteries, what are your favorites?

m0rbid45
04-22-2010, 03:10 AM
Can not really answer that for ya as my 1150 GSA is all in engrish. Now if you can tell me why my German German Shepherd is by lingual that would really help out. :-)

Petvet
04-22-2010, 03:14 AM
Can not really answer that for ya as my 1150 GSA is all in engrish. Now if you can tell me why my German German Shepherd is by lingual that would really help out. :-)

Well, I hope it is bilingual not by lingual! If it is by lingual you are going to have to see me.

Mine is bilingual because it Schutzhund trained. ;):D:D

35634
04-22-2010, 04:20 AM
I have never heard of a good reason they didn't put the engine head on the RIGHT side and the shaft on the left when they designed the first K bikes.

fracture
04-22-2010, 11:59 AM
I have never heard of a good reason they didn't put the engine head on the RIGHT side and the shaft on the left when they designed the first K bikes.

Since the shafts were on the right side before, that is how the K bikes would be. They were not going to change.

Ken F
04-22-2010, 12:08 PM
Back in the mid-fifties when "forign cars" were just beginning to show up here, I remember Dad showing an almost new Volkswagen bug (which had been brought back from Germany by a soldier) to an elderly lady. On the ignition switch was the word Fahart. She became so offended that she walked away and would not say another word to him!

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Peter_Krynicki
04-22-2010, 05:44 PM
What was the last year you could start any BMW motorcycle with your own bike's "key?" Even with the right kind of nail?

marchyman
04-22-2010, 06:42 PM
/5 used the spike. /6 had a key. Fork locks took a key on both (and on the preceding /2 models).

mXarad
04-22-2010, 07:25 PM
Which way do you turn the forks on a K75
to use the forklock?

tinytrains
04-23-2010, 05:06 AM
Which way do you turn the forks on a K75
to use the forklock?

To the right. The lock is on the left and is not reachable with bars turned left.

Scott

mXarad
04-23-2010, 01:33 PM
To the right. The lock is on the left and is not reachable with bars turned left.

Scott

I think of this as a quirk. Most general literature says "turn a bike's bars
left to get more stability;" it increases the lean angle. The K75 is known
for being a leaner and turning the bars left just increases that. The
forklock is a clear indication that turning to the right is the proper action.
mXa

lkchris
04-23-2010, 03:18 PM
Because it's better than "flasher."

Charlie_K
05-09-2010, 06:50 PM
On my '94 RT the momentary switch to flash the high beam headlight was labeled in German. I've forgotten the German word but the English translation was "light horn." I guessed it was in German since that's not common usage in English.