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  1. #1
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    Dec 2021
    Monroe, NJ
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    M550I 2022

    new M550I


    I have decided to join the Beamer community and am in the process of buying a new M550I. My choices are to use a dealer two states away that has the exact build I want with the car being at the port awaiting a chip or order from my local dealer with a supposed 8-12 week wait. The out of state dealer says I should see the car within 2-4 weeks but with supply chain issues I am not sure either dealer knows for sure. i prefer to use my local dealer but an concerned about potential build delays. I would appreciate advice.

    I am also wondering if anyone has the M550 with the dynamic steering pkge and if it makes a difference. Also wondering if anyone has ordered w the spare tire option?


  2. #2
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    Welcome. Just an FYI…a Beamer/Beemer is a 2 wheeled BMW (aka the BMW Motorcycles). A Bimmer is a 4 wheeled BMW (sedan/Touring/SAV).


    Everyone knows a BMW is, mostly associated with a car, motorcycle or maybe even a vintage aircraft engine. Within the BMW community the terms Bimmer and Beemer (or Beamer) are commonly thrown around as slang. But do the two slang words mean the same thing? Where did these words come from and what do they mean? The term Beemer has a background worth learning to avoid confusing looks from BMW enthusiasts at your next local meet.

    What is the origin of Beemer?

    BMW manufactured motorcycles since 1923, a few years before BMW's first manufactured automobile in 1928. A "Beamer" or "Beemer" is accepted as the default slang term for a BMW motorcycle. The pronunciation is straight forward, Beam-Mer. The origin of this slang word has its roots in motorcycle racing in the 1930's with a British motorcycle manufacturer called BSA (Birmingham Small Arms Company).

    This company dominated the racing circuit and around the track, these motorcycles were simply called Beezers for short. The term results from a simple way to pronounce BSA as if it were a full word instead of an acronym. Once BMW motorcycles started to gain popularity in the world of motorcycle racing, the same form of pronunciation was adopted for the BMW acronym, thus creating the word Beemer.

    What is the origin of Bimmer?

    It took a lot longer for BMW automobiles to gain popularity to where society created its own slang word. However, the term "Bimmer" (pronounced Bim-Mer) became the default term for a BMW automobile with no real history of origin. The pronunciation is Bim-Mer. Perhaps the term was created specifically to differentiate BMW automobiles from BMW motorcycles. Whatever the reason, since Beemer has its roots in motorcycle racing Beemer is accepted as the default term for BMW motorcycles and Bimmer is the default term for the BMW automobile.

    Now you know the history, you can be the snob at BMW meets to correct everyone or be the one to go around and educate people of the difference.
    Last edited by Qsilver7; 12-24-2021 at 02:29 PM.
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  3. #3
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    Dec 2021
    Monroe, NJ
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    M550I 2022
    Thanks for the wonderful tip I will be more aware next time on the use of beamer............................................ .................

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