August 11th, 2014
Dear Past Ride for Kids® VIP Escorts,
I hope riding motorcycles and some level of fundraising for our upcoming event has been a healthy part of your year so far. As the local Task Force Member responsible for getting VIP Escorts signed up for what is sure to be an amazing Ride for Kids® on Sunday, September 14, 2014 I’m reaching out with my annual invitation. If for any reason you know you can’t attend or be a VIP Escort but still want to be involved please go to this link: Ride for Kids and make an online donation crediting myself or another participant in the event you may know. Every dollar counts and it all helps to fund the research that has already led to great new treatments and will one day find a cure.
Please note that our start and end point has changed back to TURF VALLEY RESORT located at 700 Turf Valley Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042 which is still convenient to Interstate 70 and US Routes 40 and 29. Please also not that we also had a date change and our ride will be held Sunday, September 14, 2014. It’s great to be back to our original Ellicott City host location which is perfect for connecting to the great back roads for another new and exciting route.
This year I will only be confirming the first 10 three wheelers (sidecars or trikes) and the first 10 touring machines with trunks, backrests or armrests for the older kids, siblings or parents. For that reason I need a you to let me know as soon as possible if you are available to take on this very important role and commit the time required. Those who wait too long may not be able to participate as a VIP Escort.
Attached is the VIP Escort form to complete; you’ll be handed this form when you arrive unless you complete it in advance (DO NOT SIGN IT YET!) and bring it with you. The form helps insure that every motorcycle, trike, sidecar and rider involved is up to the task of properly representing the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation as a VIP Escort for a Ride for Kids® event. All of us are responsible for the safety and pleasure of these special kids and their families.
I am only sending this out via email this year so if you know someone who would like to volunteer their services that may not have participated before please forward this to them as well. Contact me immediately if you have questions by email or call me during normal business hours at my dealership at 301-497-8949 x218 and please RSVP before August 31, 2014. After that date I may not be able to get you approved for this year’s event.
For your RSVP email place the words “VIP ESCORT” in the subject line.
The email in which you RSVP to me must contain the following details on separate lines:
FIRST & LAST NAME
CURRENT HOME MAILING ADDRESS
CURRENT EMAIL ADDRESS
CELL PHONE NUMBER SO WE CAN REACH YOU NO MATTER WHAT
YEAR, MAKE AND MODEL OF YOUR MOTORCYCLE, TRIKE OR SIDECAR RIG
NUMBER OF SEATS AVAILABLE ON YOUR MACHINE & ANY LIMITATIONS FOR PASSENGER SIZE
APPROXIMATE NUMBER OF MILES YOU’VE RIDDEN DURING THE PAST 12 MONTHS
FINALLY, PLEASE CONFIRM THAT EVERYTHING ON YOUR MACHINE IS SAFE & ROADWORTHY AT THIS TIME
These last few items are very important:
Once you’ve agreed to accept this responsibility you should arrive early enough to get checked in, complete or turn in paperwork, sign the releases (must be done with a witness) and be assigned a VIP passenger AT LEAST 30 MINUTES BEFORE THE RIDE LEAVES AT 9:30 AM.
I urge you to arrive between 7:30 and 8:00 AM on Sunday morning (09/22/2013) so this can be accomplished in an ENJOYBALE AND UNRUSHED MANNER. And please be patient, this event is all volunteer run; we place the wellbeing of the children, their parents and siblings first.
VIP passengers are assigned based on the PBTF guidelines; the youngest kids will generally be placed in sidecars and these sidecars will be at the front of the ride, next will be older kids, siblings and parents in sidecars or on larger touring bikes or trikes with roomy back seats. The decision to accept or decline a vehicle or escort for this ride rests solely with the event team.
We cannot guarantee that every VIP Escort will have a passenger. When requested and where possible we will keep a parent and child together in a sidecar equipped for two persons or grant a repeat ride to someone you’ve developed a relationship with on past Ride for Kids® events.
FINALLY, DO NOT FORGET YOUR VALID MOTORCYCLE OPERATORS PERMIT, INSURANCE INFORMATION AND VEHICLE REGISTRATION CARD; YOU CANNOT BE A VIP ESCORT AT THIS OR ANY RIDE FOR KIDS® WITHOUT HAVING THAT INFORMATION WITH YOU AT THE EVENT.
With the greatest respect for what you help us do,
Baltimore-Washington Ride for Kids® Task Force
Board Member, Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation
For more details on this event go to:
August 6th, 2014
$100 INSTANT CREDIT NOW plus $50 GIFT CARD LATER
Now through September 30, 2014, purchase $1,000 in Original BMW Motorcycle Equipment and receive a $100 instant credit PLUS a $50 gift card for you or your riding buddy to use at a later visit to your Authorized BMW Motorrad dealer. Bonus gift card can be used for any BMW Original Part, Accessory or Service visit.
*The $50 gift card must be used by December 31, 2014 and redeemed at Bob’s BMW for motorcycles purchased in August and September.
Online sales do not qualify. Offer is not valid in combination with any other retail offer from BMW Motorrad USA.
July 31st, 2014
By Janene Holzberg, For The Baltimore Sun
“This will be the second-most-memorable trip I’ve taken,” Bailey said from the porch of the rancher she’s called home for nearly 45 years as the adventure got underway July 18. “The first was a ride on the Concorde from London to Dulles [International Airport] in 1988.”
Henig told his passenger that the excursion on scenic back roads to visit her close friends in Sykesville just might top her pricey flight on the now-retired supersonic transport that traveled at more than twice the speed of sound.
“I’m hoping by the time I bring you back, it’ll be close as to which trip was more fun,” the Columbia resident told her, quickly adding that they’d only be traveling at 45 mph or so.
Henig practically had to take a number and get in line to see who would be the first to escort Bailey. She said a TV reporter and motorcycle enthusiast she met when she served on a judicial nominating commission years ago was the first to egg her on.“It all started with Dick Gelfman,” Bailey said of the retired WJZ newsman, who is known for organizing Ride Across Maryland, a fundraiser for breast cancer research. Bailey remains in contact with him and his wife, Lenore Gelfman, a Howard County Circuit Court judge.
Henig began encouraging Bailey to take a ride in his sidecar seven or eight years ago after “we kept showing up at the same places,” she said. Bailey has been a member of the Howard County Police Advisory Council since it was formed in 1992 by then-Police Chief James Robey, who appointed her. Henig is on the board of the county police foundation, so their paths often cross.
Robey, an Elkridge Democrat who retired in 2014 as a state senator and previously served two terms as Howard County executive, said he wasn’t surprised to learn of the unusual trip but wondered with a laugh “why Millie wasn’t the driver.” “She’s so active, and she knows everybody. This is why she has stayed alive as long as she has,” he said, noting that she still drives a car. “She’s one gutsy lady.”
Bailey, who claims to know “two-thirds of the people in Columbia,” attributes her longevity to a busy schedule, a healthy diet and not worrying about things she can’t control. A former manager for the Social Security Administration and a widow with no children, she has served on numerous boards of county nonprofits and organizations over the years.
Running Brook Elementary School students call her their “Guardian Angel” for her fundraising efforts there, and she runs a group that sends homemade cookies to American troops overseas. “This is going to be a surprise for my adopted grandkids,” Bailey said before the pair set off. “They know I’m coming, but they don’t know how.” Henig assured his passenger that she was in for “a spaceship-smooth kind of ride” in his $75,000 Duetto, of which there are only 31 in the world. The manufacturer had hoped to build 100, but BMW stopped making the K1100 motorcycle that tows the rig, he said. He owns five other sidecars and 70 motorcycles, including a motorized unicycle.
As Henig flicked an electric switch to lift the sidecar’s hood and helped make Bailey comfortable, longtime neighbor Barbara Bryan happened to walk up the street with granddaughter Leah Williams. “I’m so glad I got to see this,” said the retired nurse, who’s known Bailey for 42 years. “Nothing gets by Millie. Her mind is so fast. This is amazing for her.”
When the pair arrived 50 minutes later at the home of Julie and Ken Girardini, the couple said they were caught off-guard by the sight of their friend, whom they assumed would be arriving in her Ford Focus. “It was quite a shock, definitely, but she was having a ball and was all smiles,” Julie Girardini said. “Millie is always willing to try something new.”
Bailey said afterward that the ride was “just wonderful.”
She’s tried other unusual conveyances, she said, like the time she unhappily rode a camel in Morocco. She did enjoy riding an elephant in Thailand, though. Henig said Bailey was “the perfect passenger,” riding with her face shield up and a contented expression that “put a smile on my face all day.” So is Bailey done with adventurous modes of transportation? “Oh, I wouldn’t say that,” she said. “Something exciting might come along, so I can’t rule anything out.”
Click HERE for more photographs and a video of the ride.
July 11th, 2014
My New Book FORKS and How Bob’s BMW Kept Me Going Around The World
By: Allan Karl
Those of you who know me remember, and for those of you I’ve yet to meet, I spent three years traveling around the world alone on my 2005 F650GS Dakar. While I’ve delivered a few presentations at Bob’s BMW, there are lot of stories, adventures and lessons that never made it into those presentations.I share many of these stories and lessons—plus hundreds of more photos and delicious recipes from each of the 35 countries I traveled in my new book FORKS—A Quest for Culture, Cuisine, and Connection. It’s a big book—coffee-table size and packed with info—including my packing list, maintenance and parts used over three years.
What many people don’t remember — and what I will never forget—is how instrumental Bob’s BMW was in getting me some of those parts which are difficult to find in the vast plains of Patagonia or the wild savannah of the Serengeti in Tanzania. Where other part vendors refused or were unable to ship parts to the remote ends of the earth, Bob’s always came through.
One particular challenge came when my battery would no longer hold a charge. I was in the Andes Mountains in Bolivia. After making phone calls, taking taxis and busses to nearly every battery and motorcycle parts supplier in Bolivia, I called on Bob’s BMW. Unlike a clutch cable, fork seals or steering head bearings (all parts I needed during my trip) batteries are considered hazardous materials. Bob’s didn’t hesitate and quickly processed the special paperwork and customs documentation required. That battery made it to Bolivia and I was able to get on with my journey.
When I finally returned to the United States, I retrieved my bike from the Port of Baltimore. For the first time in three years, my trusty Dakar was back on U.S. soil. Yet before I made my journey across these United States to my home in California, I again relied on Bob’s to do a complete maintenance and check—preparing me once again for the long journey—where I rode only backroads, never a freeway, highway, interstate or turnpike. As I did all over the world, I wanted to take a slower and closer look at my own country.
If you haven’t picked up a copy of FORKS, you can order a copy on my website (I’ll sign it) or you can save a few bucks and order from Amazon. No matter where you buy your copy, be sure to give me a shout out and let me know what you think.
Hope to see you on the road, or at Bob’s BMW, soon!
July 11th, 2014
Reminder to our e-news readers and any other motorcyclists out there you’d like to share this with… registration is now open for Bob’s BMW 2015 Cuba trip scheduled for March 2-14, 2015. After reading through the below information, if you are at all interested, you are encouraged to contact us TODAY. As you well know windows of opportunity around Cuba can close quickly, not to mention the paperwork that must be processed, so do not delay!
Bob’s BMW has partnered with MotoDiscovery to create a 12-day motorcycle adventure through Cuba, an exclusive opportunity to explore a country rarely visited by outsiders…at least not legally. The tour will be led by Christopher Baker, a Cuba travel expert and award-winning author. This tour is more than your typical motorcycle adventure, this is an opportunity to travel back in time and experience the culture through people-to-people interaction with locals. You will ride through the Cuban countryside, stopping along the way to meet natives and make friends, and learn about Cuban history.
Bob’s BMW: People to People Cuba 2015
March 2-14, 2015
Cuba is a country that has long been off limits to visitors from the USA. Even after a half century of embargos, political saber rattling and intense debate, Cuba–a mere 90 miles from our shores—is as controversial as ever. But we choose to push politics aside and now MotoDiscovery is able to provide legal travel to Cuba for the U.S. motorcycle touring enthusiast.What makes this possible? You must be licensed by the US government or have access to a license that permits travel to Cuba. The licensed program must involve a full schedule of educational based activities that promote meaningful interaction with the people of Cuba as mandated by US Treasury Department and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
For MotoDiscovery, “people to people” (P2P) is nothing new. Wherever we ride in the world, we regard these encounters as fundamental to the travel experience. And in this country, where in so many respects the clock stopped in 1959, making friends is easy, made even easier because we will be traveling by motorcycle.
This itinerary has been designed exclusively for Bob’s BMW and friends and is unlike anything on the MotoDiscovery program. Cuba is on the brink of change. As we all know, windows of opportunity have been known to close when it comes to Cuba. But today we can ride Cuba thanks to MotoDiscovery, which received an OFAC “people-to-people license” in 2012. Cuba is on the cusp of major change, and there is no better time to experience it than now.
Suggested Date: March 2 – 14, 2015
Day 4. Cienfuegos – Depart Havana via the Autopista, lightly traveled main highway running the length of the island. In route we’ll stop near Matanzas at Australia to engage with engineers who maintain (P2P) a still functional steam train that serviced the former sugar mill. From here we make our way to (P2P the Guama crocodile breeding center to learn about ecology and conservation. Then ride along the coast to Playa Giron, (P2P), sight of the Bay of Pigs invasion, to visit the museum dedicated to the battle. Continue to Cienfuego. Dinner at El Lagarto then (P2P) enjoy a welcome reception and exchange with community members at a neighborhood Committee for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR).
DOES NOT INCLUDE
• Airfare or transportation to start of tour in Miami
• Emergency medical evacuation insurance
• Alcoholic beverages
• Tips for staff or special services
PRICES: (double occupancy)
Rider renting F700 or F800GS BMW….8,975 USD
Passenger or participant in support vehicle….6,789 USD
Single occupancy supplement (anyone in a single room)….940 USD
TERMS, CONDITIONS, etc.
• Reservations with deposits for the required minimum of 10 fully paid persons should be received by no later than 60 days prior to the tour date.
• Additional people may be added after this time based on ability to obtain visas and other circumstances.
• All participants must have a current passport with six month validity.
• A 1,500 Euro security/damage deposit is required when renting a motorcycle.
Participants will be advised on the regulations related to travel for US citizens and will be obligated to comply with OFAC rules concerning mandatory participation in scheduled people to people (P2P) activities.
Participants are required to sign statements of this understanding.
What do you think? Sounds pretty amazing right?! If you are seriously interested in joining us, email firstname.lastname@example.org for further discussion.
MotoDiscovery serves in the capacity of “advertiser” of Cuba travel, legally permitted as stated in USA Office of Foreign Assets Control Guidelines. Any travel to Cuba promoted by MotoDiscovery will be authorized and legal for USA citizens under the license held by Antilles TravelLLC. No. CT-2013-299634-1.
July 11th, 2014
Mods and Rockers began in the early-mid 1960’s among British youths. Rockers developed a “macho biker gang image, wearing clothes such as black leather jackets” and Mods “adopted a pose of scooter-driving sophistication, wearing suits and other clean-cut outfits.” These two British sub-cultures were complete polar opposites; everything from the clothes they wore, to the music they listened to, to their overall personalities and viewpoints. There was an urban split among the two groups that often resulted in brawls and even riots. It was thanks to the spotlighted media coverage surrounding the battling groups, the term “moral panic” was coined by sociologist Stanley Cohen.
Fast forwarding to today, credit is given to the Rockers for giving birth to the legendary term, “Café Racer,” one of motorcycling’s most recent and biggest crazes where youths race from pub to pub, sometimes “pulling the ton” (going 100mph) to see who has the fastest café racer.
It’s an interesting point in motorcycling history which groups of motorcyclists around the country are bringing back as a unique way to rally vintage and retro motorcycles and scooters. So again, please help Bob’s BMW support this fun and local motorcycling event on August 23!
July 11th, 2014
The Annual Running of the Dogs, Big Dog Adventure Ride 2014, is scheduled for August 11-13 in the wild mountains and terrain of Buena Vista, Colorado. If you can clear your calendar for these days and ride out to Colorado, Bob’s BMW will take care of the rest!
The days will be spent riding back and forth across the Rocky Mountains leaving tire marks on trails and tracks that were the #1 choice by entrants when asked where to go in 2014. Should you choose to embark in this adventure, you will be joining a fraternity of Big Dogs described in the past as “crazed,” “demented,” and “wild!”
For more information, contact email@example.com.
July 11th, 2014
The staff at Bob’s BMW gathered in July to celebrate Designer and Ecomm Manager, Lex O’brien’s 25 year anniversary at Bob’s BMW and here is what Bob had to say…
Suzanne then chimed in with this:
“So many words to describe Lex…
Those of you who have had the pleasure of interacting with Lex over these past 25 years, know everything mentioned above plus more is all true about Lex…he is a true asset to Bob’s BMW and one we hope to celebrate again and again in the future!
So who will be next to celebrate 25 years at Bob’s BMW?! Could it possibly be one of the newest members to our team such as Azure Carr or Stephanie Moreno, our new Certified Apparel Specialists? Or perhaps Tony Rouse or Patrick Ardnt, our newest Parts, Accessories, and Apparel team members? Or maybe Jovan Saunders, our new BMW certified technician? Only time will tell! In the meantime, next time you visit Bob’s please be sure to welcome Azure, Stephanie, Tony, Patrick, and Jovan to the Bob’s family and congratulate Lex on 25 years and counting!
June 20th, 2014
• Up to 20% OFF Select In-Stock Mesh Apparel
• Additional 10% off Already Reduced Summer Apparel
• Helmet Trade In: Instant 10% rebate equivalent to the value of ANY new helmet
• JUST IN: OGIO Hydra Packs/Backpacks…Get 10% OFF
• $25 OFF Bob’s Track Day on July 14
• Everyday low pricing on tires like Michelin’s Pilot Power 3
Bob’s BMW is an Authorized HP Parts Dealer.
For more information ask any available sales representative.
*One-day only discounts cannot be combined with other discounts or coupons. Valid June 21, in-store only.
June 16th, 2014
First and foremost, anyone that will be in attendance should be sure to visit our booth in the Main Vendor Building, Spaces 179-184. By simply providing us your email address, Bob’s will give you a gift in return…here’s a hint: it has wheels!
Secondly, if your bike was modified, customized, refurbished, or restored (partly or completely) at Bob’s BMW or it was ‘thanks’ to Bob’s great inventory of parts and accessories that your bike is what it is today please contact us about displaying your bike in our booth. The plan is to rotate the display of bikes multiple times each day so we can share with the new rally-goers the endless possibilities there are with BMW’s and the ability to bring any model back to life. Interested? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with 2 good pictures of your bike (right and left), details of the work Bob’s has helped you with, your contact information including full name, phone number, email, and address, along with a short blurb on why your bike should be showcased in our display at this year’s MOA rally!
And finally, if you missed the first and ONLY GG Taurus in the U.S. on display at Bob’s Open House, you will have another opportunity to be one of the first to see this 3-wheeled, BMW powered machine at Bob’s Booth at the rally!