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World Travelers on Urals Arriving in Jessup on Jan. 3!

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leavinghomefunktion UralsJust last week Bob’s BMW learned of the leavinghomefunktion project and was instantly intrigued. After speaking with the world travelers they were able to coordinate a last minute detour to Bob’s BMW on January 3, just days before they reach their final destination in New York.
 
Assuming everything falls into place perfectly (i.e. no surprise breakdowns!), the group of 5 traveling on 4 Urals are expected to arrive at Bob’s this Tuesday to share their exciting 2 year adventure with YOU!
 
We understand this is short notice but it’s an awesome opportunity! We hope you can help us welcome the creators of the leavinghomefunktion project on January 3, 3pm, at Bob’s BMW! Check Bob’s Facebook Page for updates.

LEAVINGHOMEFUNKTION: PRESS RELEASE

leavinghomefunktion has been printing its tracks throughout the European, Asian and N. American continents with the image of x4 wobbling Ural 650s with sidecars. The leavinghomefunktion project is formed by an international group of 5 artists: Kaupo Holmberg (EST), Elisabeth Oertel, Johannes Foetsch, Anne Knoedler (DE), and Efy Zeniou (CY) who have over the past 2 years packed their lives and belongings into their 2×1 meter sidecars.

leavinghomefunktionThe group opted for the longest way to the West – one which crosses the entire East. Initiating this type of expedition meant exchanging their everyday comforts with the opportunity of learning from a diversity of social, economical and geographical conditions. Through this project they attempt to underline the importance of opening up to new input, shifting through different points of view and seeing the world through their own eyes – something which largely relies on the local reactions and forms of reception. A great point they find in such an adventure is learning how to adapt and integrate with daily lives in foreign territories and pushing their boundaries in ways which would expand their world views both physically and mentally.

Their decision was to use the unreliable 80s/90s Ural 650. This choice in vehicle was backed up by the idea of self integration: These bikes can be spotted in some of the most remote and unexpected regions of the world and thereforethey would be easy to find spare parts for and to repair – not to mention breaking the ice with local residents. Through this journey with old-timers they have had a wider chance of encountering how local settlements adapt as well as influence their daily environments. During the short bursts of time spent with locals they record how they work together to overcome communication barriers, find solutions and exchange knowledge through personal stories. While experimenting with documentation techniques they attempt to explore understandings of “territories” which are generally received and understood through mass and social media.

40,000 KILOMETERS IN 4 STAGES

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STAGE 1 – Crossing Europe and into Eurasia which finalized with their
1st wintercamp in the Caucasus region.

STAGE 2 – Crossing the Republic of Georgia,Russia, Kazakhstan, Siberia, Altai, Mongolia and the Russian Far East. Managing “The Old Road of Bones” left the group curious about how much they could push their boundaries further which led them to their 2nd wintercamp in Canada where they kickstarted preparations for The Kolyma Challenge.

STAGE 3 – The Kolyma Challenge was their most peculiar adventure so far. This took place in the remote regions of Sakha and Chukotka – extreme landscapes which are inaccessible to the average landway vehicle. By transforming their Urals with pontoons and propeller drives they opened up new ways for coming in contact with the isolated settlements found along the 1600 km Kolyma river. Having completed their waterway travels in Chukotka they re-transformed their Urals with an un-foldable trailer bridge which enabled them to manage the reoccurring river crossings that were expected throughout the undomesticated tundra.

STAGE 4 – The group has recently landed in Alaska and will continue to huff and puff all the way to New York City. Before Xmas is upon us they will shift from the Northern Lights where the lonely buffaloes roam to the concrete jungles of a glimmering traffic which never sleeps! This last stage is expected to be full of local surprises as the leavinghomefunktioners push their Old Soviet bikes through a highly westernized context.

EVERY LITTLE PUSH COUNTS

URALS in waterThey sleep under the stars, or in the rain – even between swamps if need be. When the taiga and the tundra turns into a city they get to know the hospitality of friends of friends of friends…which makes the world a bit less stranger. Their main financial objective is to keep the Ural with a pulse (i.e spare parts and fuel) and for the travelers to continue collecting,processing and editing all the information which the Ural brings their way. The project is like the perfect backdrop whether you are into Huckleberry Fin, Kafka or the Beats but keeping in business for them means keeping in touch with reality at a different level. Parallel to a life on the 3-wheeler they host live presentations, develop crowdfunding campaigns, produce marketing material and correspond with book publishers, bloggers, newspapers, tv channels and magazines. Their wheels keep running through online supporters which contribute with small donations in exchange for some unique gifts from their landway adventure. To enable supporters to access the leavinghomefunktion piggy bank and give the artists a little push in their creative efforts the group has created a PATREON page www.patreon.com/leavinghomefunktion where people can give adonation and receive a unique set of gifts from the road.

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SENA TECHNOLOGIES GETS SMART…HELMETS

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Motley Moto visited with SENA at the 2016 AIMExpo in Orlando, FL. We were able to get hands on with the upcoming SENA SMART HELMETS as well as get a glimpse of some upcoming products. SENA announced the IRC HELMET just before last year’s AIMExpo but they still have not hit the market. Hoping to see these in the wild soon. This motorcycle helmet is the first in the world with Intelligent Noise Control ™. This technology was designed by riders, for riders and offers “noise-canceling headphones” to keep riders “calm, alert, and focused.” Available in three colors: Glossy Black, White, and Matte Black.

Another nice product announcement is the Cavalry Half-Helmet. This is a half helmet with Bluetooth built into the helmet allowing riders to communicate through the intercom, listen to GPS directions, and more using HD speakers and a mic with Advanced Noise Control™ technology.

For a selection of current SENA accessories to enhance your ride, visit Bob’s BMW online store.

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BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100: The Great Escape

BMW Press Release
October 11, 2016

In 2016, its centenary year, the BMW Group is looking further into the future than ever before and developing a series of Vision Vehicles to address people’s mobility needs in about three decades from now. Its solutions are based on the assumption that mobility is set to become increasingly multifaceted and connected.

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The Great Escape

“The BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 embodies the BMW Group’s vision of biking in a connected world – an analogue experience in a digital age. Motorcycling is about escaping from the everyday: the moment you straddle your bike, you are absolutely free. Your bike is The Great Escape,” says Edgar Heinrich, Head of Design at BMW Motorrad, outlining the core principles underlying his brand’s Vision Vehicle.

The BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 stands for the ultimate riding experience. Liberated from the need to wear a helmet and protective clothing, the rider is able to enjoy the forces. Acceleration, wind and nature as in touch with the surrounding world, savouring every moment. The design of the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 represents the essence of the motorcycle: the perfect synthesis between human and machine. Every detail is of the highest quality and the design incorporates all the most striking visual aspects of BMW Motorrad bikes across the ages. These elements, however, have a contemporary twist, both visually and in terms of function.

The iconic elements in the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 make it immediately recognisable as a “genuine BMW” and include the black frame triangle, white lines and classic, boxer engine forms. The bike itself, however, is powered by a zero-emissions solution.

The BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 unites the past of the BMW Motorrad brand with its future and is a powerful expression of both.

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The frame triangle – a classic icon reinvented

The black frame triangle of the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 is a deliberate reference to the first ever BMW motorcycle, the R32, made in 1923. On the vision bike, however, it has been reinterpreted to form a functional sculpture linking the front and rear wheels with a dynamic sweep. Bearings and joints are nowhere to be seen; instead the frame appears as a single, integrated whole.
Viewed from the side, the frame of the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 lends it the character of a naked bike, with ergonomics to match and a seat in the roadster position. The clever arrangement of surfaces protects the rider from wind and weather as effectively as a full fairing. The surface of the frame is covered in matt black textile, its silky sheen and fine lines highlighting the characteristic forms and representing a contemporary reinterpretation of this classic BMW detail. The BMW logo is optimally displayed on the dark frame. It is illuminated in the familiar blue and white colours while driving.

Flexframe – frame-assisted steering

The Flexframe appears as a single, integrated whole that extends from the front to the rear wheel of the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100. Being flexible, it allows the bike to be steered without the various joints found on today’s motorcycles. Turning the handlebar adjusts the entire frame, changing the direction of the bike. The amount of strength needed to steer depends on the situation: at standstill, the Flexframe allows a light steering whereas at higher speeds it remains very rigid.

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Powertrain – inspired by the BMW boxer engine

In the middle of the triangle frame sits a style feature and historical reminder: the power unit. Designed and created in the image of the traditional BMW boxer engine, it actually consists of a zero-emissions drive unit. Its outward appearance changes depending on the circumstances: when the bike is resting, the power unit is compact, extending outwards only when the bike sets off, to enhance aerodynamics and protect the rider from the elements. Its polished aluminium finish confirms the superior quality of this component.

Minimalist form, maximum quality of details

The slender-looking BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 clearly expresses its qualities as a riding machine. The front is minimalist in design and enhanced with high-quality details. Integrated into the frame above the front wheel is a large metal reflector incorporating the two vertically positioned, U-shaped elements that make up the daytime running light. It also acts as a wind deflector and, in combination with the small, integrated windshield, helps to optimise the air flows.

Body elements such as the seat, upper frame cover and wings are made of carbon.

Beneath the seat shell, two fine, red, illuminated strips form the rear light and indicators – picking up on the typical double-C form of the rear lights on today’s BMW Motorrad bikes – but with a new, futuristic twist.
Damping is provided by the tyres, whose variable tread actively adjusts to suit ground conditions and ensure the best possible grip in any situation.

Analogue elements in the digital age

Overall, displays, cables and buttons are a rare sight on the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100. But amid the clear forms of its front is one element that immediately stands out: a red rocker-switch on the right-hand end of the handlebar. This obviously mechanical element blocks or releases the throttle grip and is a homage to the analogue days of original biking.
The hand levers with their outward-facing joints are also a reminder of days gone by.

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What kind of world will be home to the motorcycle of the future?
“Normally, when we develop a motorcycle, we tend to think 5 to 10 years in advance. On this occasion, we looked much further ahead and found the experience especially exciting. There are some very attractive prospects. I firmly believe the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 sets out a coherent future scenario for the BMW Motorrad brand,” explains Edgar Heinrich.
When designing the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100, the team was thinking decades in advance. In tomorrow’s world, connectivity and digitalisation will be all-encompassing. Most vehicles will be driverless, and life will be organised largely by digital services. More and more of the world’s population will be living in urban areas.
Digital technologies for an analogue experience

Building on the benefits of the digital world, the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 takes the analogue riding experience to a completely new level. The unique sensation of freedom is made possible by intelligent connectivity between rider, bike and the outside world – a combination that also allows the prediction of critical situations on the roads. In conjunction with the active assistance systems, these connected elements help keep riders of the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 in complete control of their ride. As well as anticipating what lies ahead and alerting the user when action is needed, they offer active rider protection and will consign the helmets and body protectors of today to the history books.

“Self-balancing” – active, intelligent assistant systems

In certain situations, the active assistance systems of the future will also enhance stability and safety by automatically balancing the motorcycle, both out on the road and when stationary. Novice riders will benefit from additional guidance in all riding situations and from a bike that will never tip over.
The BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 rights itself while even stationary, remaining upright when the rider has dismounted. The balancing systems also work out on the road to ensure a particularly agile and dynamic riding experience with even lighter handling, which seasoned riders will appreciate, and all the benefits of assistance systems to enhance their capabilities even further. The BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 helps every biker become more proficient and enjoy an even more positive riding experience. Every trip becomes a journey of freedom, from beginning to end.

The Digital Companion – Connected. Ubiquitous. Discreet.

When combined, the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 bike and the special rider’s gear that has been designed to accompany it form a single functional unit:
a Digital Companion that provides the situational information and active support the rider needs. But because biking is essentially about the experience, the Digital Companion remains in the background: though constantly active, it works away unnoticed until required to issue an alert via the user interface or provide active assistance, for instance. Unless the rider or circumstances require it, the Digital Companion remains silent.

“A key point with the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 was to make sure the constant digital presence doesn’t undermine the analogue riding experience. The display and operating concept works so subtly that the rider can enjoy an entirely natural biking experience, trusting the bike completely and enjoying complete freedom and ease. As interface designers, our job is to deliver the right amount of the right information at the best possible time and place,” explains Holger Hampf, Head of User Experience at the BMW Group.

The visor – the right information at the right time

Information exchanges between rider and bike take place largely via the visor. This essentially consists of a pair of data glasses that extends across the wearer’s entire field of vision. As well as providing wind protection, it shows relevant data in one of four designated display areas. These are controlled by the rider’s eye movements: looking up or down changes the content that appears, and looking straight ahead switches the information off completely, leaving the rider to focus even more fully on biking experience. Information is only projected onto the visor on request, or to alert the rider to the fact that action is needed.

“The bike has the full range of connected data from its surroundings and a set of intelligent systems working in the background, so it knows exactly what lies ahead. By collating the data it has gathered, it can suggest ideal lines and banking angles, or warn riders of hazards ahead,” Hampf continues. When suggesting lines and angles, the Digital Companion appears in the lower third of the field of view, represented by an upturned triangle from which two horizontal lines extend outwards. Like the display in an aeroplane cockpit, this symbol indicates the current banking angle and ideal lines. If the bike’s current position does not match what is suggested, the rider can correct it as necessary. If he or she responds too late or not at all, the bike will correct itself. The Digital Companion’s advice not only helps novices to learn more about what they and their bikes can do. It also supports experienced riders by allowing them to challenge themselves and continuously improve their skills.
Looking upwards activates the rear-view function in the visor, allowing the rider to see what is going on on the road behind. Lowering the eyes to normal levels opens a menu from which the rider can select an option by pointing a finger. Looking further down opens the map view showing the rider’s chosen route.

Smart.Active. Flexible – rider’s equipment

The rider’s gear accompanying the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 is integral to the unique overall experience. In classic black and white, the airy suit enhances the sense of freedom and is both fashion statement and weather-wear. Depending on conditions, it warms or cools the user. While the diagonal zipper across the chest is reminiscent of traditional motorcycle clothing, the flexible, banded structure of the suit and shoes is inspired by the muscle areas of the human body and provides body support and relief whenever needed.

At higher speeds, the neck section inflates to provide extra support for the upper vertebrae and improve overall comfort. Variable openings offer additional ventilation. Unlike present-day suits, however, the futuristic outfit for riders of the BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 offers no safety features, because the bike’s intelligent assistance systems make them superfluous. Instead, sensors in the suit keep track of the wearer’s pulse rate and body temperature and provide the right level of heat or cold. The suit also delivers navigation instructions via the vibrating elements in the arms and legs, and alerts the rider when the banking angle is becoming critical. Rider and machine form a single functional unit to offer a more intense riding experience than ever before. Edgar Heinrich sums up: “The BMW Motorrad VISION NEXT 100 unites the best of both worlds – digital and analogue – for the ultimate emotional experience: The Great Escape.”

Now or Never Sale 50% OFF!

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SAVINGS JUST GOT BIGGER!

NEW markdowns and NEW items have been added to the Now or Never Sale List—most items NOW 50% OFF, some more than 50% OFF, and most below dealer cost!

This is the largest sale in Bob’s BMW history. Prices on your favorite brands have never been so low so get what you want and get it NOW before it’s gone forever! Quantities on sale items are limited and inventory is going fast so don’t delay.

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The LARGEST Sale in Bob’s BMW History!

GOING on NOW!

Bob’s Now or Never Sale started yesterday and the phones are already ringing off the hook! We compiled pages of products in preparation for tomorrow’s Swap Meet—items that are 40% OFF, some even more than 40% OFF, and many BELOW dealer cost!*

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Whatever items have not already sold will be available at tomorrow’s Swap Meet and Oktoberfest Celebration but be sure to arrive early, prepared with your shopping list in hand because this stuff is going fast and once it’s gone, it’s gone forever!

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Joe Southard Joins Bob’s BMW as the New GM!

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Joe SouthardBob and Suzanne are very happy to announce the hiring of Joe Southard as the new General Manager of Bob’s BMW Motorcycles. For the past 35 years, the Bob’s BMW’s mission has been to provide the riding community with a complete ownership experience that consistently exceeds expectations. With Joe on board we plan to polish the Ultimate Motorcycling Experience to an even brighter sheen and make our red carpet even plusher for our customers, all while striving to make Bob’s BMW an even better place to work.

Bob & Suzanne knew they had found the perfect fit for this position when they met Joe.

Solid Background – with 15 years of leadership in retail, sales, merchandising, and operations Joe has the skills to raise the bar at Bob’s. He has proven results in implementing strategy and operational best practices, building effective teams, and creating and maintaining a positive and energetic working environment.

Candor and Caring – Joe sincerely cares about helping the customer, helping the business, and helping the employees. He has the unique ability to communicate what you need to hear, not just what he thinks you want to hear, in a genuine and kind manner.

Passion for Motorcycling – a lifelong rider and enthusiast, Joe fits right in. He enjoys working on his four Nortons just as much as he enjoys riding them and we’re sure there is a BMW in his future. No matter where he has lived— Minneapolis, Detroit, Nashville, Buffalo, Baltimore—he has always strongly connected with the motorcycling community.

If you find yourself wondering, what about Bob? The hope is now with Joe on board we will be able to get Bob out of his office more so we can all see him even more around the dealership, across the street at the new museum, and hanging out at rallies and other motorcycling events!

So the next time you stop by the dealership, please be sure to introduce yourself to Joe and give him a warm welcome!

BMW Riders Who Register For Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride By June 15 To Receive Free Gift

Sisters' Centennial RideWoodcliff Lake, NJ – June 1, 2016…BMW riders who register to participate in a leg or the whole route of the upcoming Sisters’ Centennial Motorcycle Ride by June 15, will receive a free gift from the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America (MOA). The three-week cross-country motorcycle adventure for women, presented by BMW Motorrad USA, commemorates the 100th anniversary of Adeline and Augusta Van Buren’s historic motorcycle ride across the United States.

In 1916 – three years before women had the right to vote – the Van Buren sisters set out on a bold journey: to prove that women could be military motorcycle couriers. Their transcontinental ride made the Van Buren sisters a brave, adventurous inspiration for young women across the nation. One hundred years later, modern women riders are following in their tire tracks with the same spirit and determination.

Beginning July 3 in Brooklyn, New York (where the Van Buren sisters commenced their journey in 1916) and concluding July 23 with a group ride into San Francisco, CA, the Sister’s Centennial Motorcycle Ride will raise awareness and funds for two women’s charities: Final Salute, Inc., a national women’s veteran’s organization, which provides temporary and permanent housing for the over 500,000 homeless female veterans in the U.S.; and the Women’s Coalition of Motorcyclists, which supports scholarships to increase the number of female instructors and coaches for road, dirt and track motorcycle rider training.

“We encourage BMW Riders to participate in all or part of the journey,” commented Sarah Schilke, National Motorcycle Manager, BMW Motorrad USA. “Motorcyclists all over the country are enthusiastic about this coast-to-coast celebration of female pioneers, but we recognize that not all are able to commit for the entire three-week event. That’s why event organizers are offering local riders the option of joining the group for one to three days, allowing them to share the road and event experience with us. As one of the event sponsors, the BMW MOA has generously offered to reward BMW riders who participate in all or part of the event with a special gift.”

Day Rider Registration Option

The day rider option includes riding with the “main” group of riders, a route sheet of the day’s ride, rider support, dinner with the group and a commemorative T-Shirt. This registration option is for a maximum of three days. Riders wanting to join the event for four or more days would need to register differently. The day rider option does not include tolls, fuel, hotel rooms or entry fees to museums or other venues. Separate payment is required for those items.

The extended family of the Van Buren sisters will be on the ride, including Adeline’s grandson Dan Ruderman, great-granddaughter Sofié Ruderman and great-grandson Skyler Ruderman. Nieces and nephews of the Van Burens will also be on the ride, including Robert Van Buren, great nephew of the sisters as well as his daughter Sarah Van Buren, great-great-niece of Adeline and Augusta.

The ride route will follow the Van Burens’ 1916 route as closely as possible, often along the Lincoln Highway. Combining scenic routes, community events, and important stops along the Van Burens’ own journey, the route is designed to facilitate both safe and adventurous touring as well as the courage and capability of women as cross-country motorcycle riders.

Women, and men, have additional shorter-duration options for participation, including attendance at the Launch Party in Springfield, MA, July 4, 2016, and the Grand Finale Party in San Francisco July 23rd. A Meet & Greet registration option in Carson City, NV on July 22nd allows riders to join the cross-country participants on the final leg of the trip, where the group crosses the iconic Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco.

For registration information and options, visit the event website at www.SistersMotorcycleRide.com.

For more information on the history-making Van Buren sisters, visit: www.sistersmotorcycleride.com/womens-motorcycle-ride-inspiration and www.VanBurenSisters.com.

BMW Motorcycle Owners of America

The BMW Motorcycle Owners of America is comprised of a network of 32,000 BMW motorcycle enthusiasts representing all 50 United States, 10 Canadian provinces, and seven continents. who started with the same spark for motorcycling that you did. Its history dates back over 40 years to five friends who formed a motorcycle club to stay in touch with each other.

Membership is $40 per year and includes numerous benefits. For more information about the BMW MOA and member benefits, visit: http://www.bmwmoa.org/.

BMW Group In America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; Designworks, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 and X4 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 341 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 153 BMW motorcycle retailers, 126 MINI passenger car dealers, and 36 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

Information about BMW Group products is available to consumers via the Internet at: www.bmwusa.com

Bob’s BMW Vintage Motorcycle Museum Grand Opening

MAY 19, 2016
BMW Motorcycle Magazine

Bob Henig’s new museum of vintage motorcycles will be unveiled on Saturday, May 21, from 10am-3pm at 10630 Riggs Hill Rd. Suite Y (across the street from Bob’s BMW Motorcycles) in Jessup, Maryland. The Grand Opening is free to the public and showcases over 65 vintage and classic BMW motorcycles, sidecars, riding gear, memorabilia, art and more that Bob has collected over the years.

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museum5-570x379“I’ve always collected things and always enjoyed sharing what I collect,” says Henig, who first opened a vintage museum in his dealership in 1999. Now he has moved his motorcycles and accessories collection from his home storage and dealership to a new 3,600-square-foot space covering two floors of a separate building. The museum contains BMW models dating from 1925 to the present day, restored or not. In a few cases, motorcycles are still in their shipping crates. Plus Steib sidecars, cases of manuals, advertising art and even a child’s tricycle version of one classic model, are on display.

Some of the unusual pieces are a 1913 Indian (one of two non-BMW motorcycles featured), two 1940s BMW models used in World War II, a “kneeler” that set a land speed record of 132mph, and a 2001 special edition C1, designed to be ridden without needing a helmet.

Bob’s BMW Motorcycle Museum expands its collection

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Bob Henig, owner of Bob’s BMW in Jessup shows off some of his vintage motorcycles.

The Baltimore Sun
by Lane Page

You won’t smell the exhaust or hear the engines roar — Bob Henig’s BMW Motorcycle Museum in Jessup is not interactive — but it’s not hard to imagine yourself wearing aviator goggles with the wind in your hair.

If anyone does ride these bikes, it is their owner, as he rotates some in and out of display.

Creating a museum wasn’t Henig’s excuse to start collecting motorcycles; it’s the other way around — “a hobby run amok,” he says.

“I’ve always collected things and always enjoyed sharing what I collect,” says Henig, who first opened his vintage museum in 1999. “It’s just stuff, unless I get to share it.”

This month he’ll be sharing a lot more. More than 65 motorcycles, accessories and riding gear have been moved from home storage and his dealership across Guilford Road to two museum floors dedicated to BMW bikes, art and history. A grand opening on May 21 will unveil some 3,600 square feet of vintage bikes, Steib sidecars, cases of manuals, advertising art and even a child’s tricycle version of one classic model.

BMW models dating from 1925 to the present are on display, restored or not. In a few cases, they were never taken out of the shipping crate.

Some, like the 1913 Indian (one of two non-BMW motorcycles in Henig’s collection), may conjure memories of silent movies, while two 1940s BMW German models are reminiscent of World War II, in which they were indeed used.

Another bike, the Kneeler, was built without a seat but with a sidecar for an outrider and was designed for straight speed — it set the land record of 132.45 miles per hour. In contrast, the 2001 semi-enclosed, special-edition BMW C1 was considered the safest bike on the road and designed to be worn without a helmet.

Visitors can also see race-winning bikes, a high-tech 1989-90 Autobahn Blaster and the 1954 Agusta motorized unicycle.

“There are only a few truly extraordinary BMW motorcycle collections here in the United States, and Mr. Henig’s museum would be on that list,” says Jim Hopkins, a fellow collector of BMW bikes and memorabilia.

Like Henig, Hopkins saw a BMW bike in high school and never forgot it. Decades later, he purchased that very model.

“BMW motorcycles,” he says simply, “are works of art.”

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