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    Thanks folks. My google searches were too specific. Of course, should have just searched the two suffixes. So the major difference is range, wet weight, ground clearance, and shock travel. Thought it was something like that. Way too practical compared to crotch rocket Race-Replica fads.

    I really appreciate the crib sheet of acronyms.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WWeldin View Post
    First letters: (prior to displacement numbers)

    R - indicates boxer motor, opposed twin cylinders
    K - 4 or 6 cylinder motors
    F - parallel twin, except F650GS '00 - '07 were single cylinder motors
    G - single cylinder motors
    S - sport bike with inline 4 cylinder motor


    Letters that follow the displacement numbers:

    C – Cruiser (HEY CHROMEHEAD!)
    CL/CLC - Cruiser, full dress touring
    CS – Classic Sport
    G/S – Gelδnde/Strasse Off-road/Street
    GS – Gelδnde Sport Off-road Sport (Enduro)
    GSA - Same as GS but with larger fuel tank
    GT – Gran Turismo or Grand Touring
    LS – Luxury Sport
    LT – Luxus Tourer (Luxury Tourer)
    R – Road or Roadster, typically naked
    RR – Racing Replica
    RS – Originally stood for Rennsport, but since 1976 has stood for Reisesport[40]
    RT – Reise Tourer (Travel Tourer)
    S – Sport
    ST – Strasse (Street) or Sport Tourer
    T – Touring
    Additionally, a bike may have the following modifiers in its name:

    A – ABS
    L – luxury
    P – police
    C – custom
    PD – Paris Dakar

    That is all I can think of for now. Hopefully, that may answer your original post.

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    except..

    early R's included single cyl bikes

    K's could have 3 cyl. K75

    S - i would hesistate to call an S1000XR a sport bike. it is more like a GS. the S should be for "Slant"...the configuration of the cyl's. the K1300/K1600 should be S1300/S1600


    as messed up as the BMW MC model designators are, they are way better than the totally non-nonsensical nomenclature for BMW cars/SUVs. sheeesh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mlytle View Post
    except..

    early R's included single cyl bikes
    You are correct. Generally R2*, such as R2, R3, R35, R4, R20, R23, R24. R25, R25/2, R25/3, R26, and R27, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lkraus View Post
    Cast wheels on the GS, wire spokes on the rugged GSA, to handle the speed bumps in the Starbuck's parking lot.
    Not quite true. My wethead GS has spoked wheels (and has never been in a Starbuck's lot).
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    Quote Originally Posted by AKsuited View Post
    Not quite true. My wethead GS has spoked wheels (and has never been in a Starbuck's lot).
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    So what was my R65 LS?
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    Quote Originally Posted by skibum69 View Post
    So what was my R65 LS?
    Little slow, but cute
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    It’s not so slow, it will do 75 mph all day every day which is plenty for a performance award as I found out in NY on my way to the MOA.
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