August 21st, 2013
Greg Perticone was the winner of MotorcycleXcitement’s very generous donation to our Spring Open House—a FREE Track Day—that he redeemed earlier this month and has since told us all about the great experience it was!
This was the first time Greg has ever taken his Kawaskai Ninja ZX14R on the track. As excited as he was to learn he won the track day, he found himself just as nervous the day he arrived at the track. Not only had Greg never ridden on a track before, this was also his first time to the track!
Greg explained, “At first my wife and I were a tad stressed and uncomfortable due to having zero knowledge about the track and what to expect plus because we were out of town for Bob’s Track Day in June we did not see any familiar faces when we arrived. It was unfortunate we missed the group track day hosted by Bob’s…the orientation to meet fellow riders and become familiar with what to expect would have been very nice.”
Despite not seeing any familiar Bob’s BMW faces, everyone they spoke to was extremely kind and very willing to help out with any and all questions. The coaches were very knowledgeable and provided us with tons of hints, tips, and tricks. “Roger Lyle and his staff were outstanding. I had no idea I was going to have a coach work with me the entire day. It was fantastic and well surpassed my expectations,” reported Greg.
Among everything learned that day, the most useful thing he rode home with was his new insight on braking techniques. After 20 years of riding, when the coach told Greg, “Don’t use the back brake,” it was tough but he completely understood the importance of this technique.
Greg is now a member of MotorcycleXcitement and is planning to schedule many more trips to the track!
As mentioned above, Bob’s BMW coordinates at least one track day a year and we encourage all brands, all models to come check it out. These track days are not just about speed, they are also about learning more about yourself as a rider and the capabilities of your own bike.
Finally, Bob’s BMW is excited to share with you that MotorcycleXcitement has agreed to give away another FREE Track Day at our Oktoberfest and Celebration of BMW’s 90 years…be sure to stop by and register for this great giveaway!
August 21st, 2013
As supporters of the Ride for Kids® for the past two decades Bob’s continues to do everything possible to help get the word out and entice those who have never attended or may have missed the last few years to come out in full force for the 2013 event on September 22, 2013 at the Howard County Fairgrounds. The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation started and hosts the Ride for Kids® that raises money for medical research and family support of children with brain cancer, one of the deadliest forms of childhood cancer.
Each year Bob’s BMW donates sales of select motorcycles on its showroom floor, a portion of proceeds from events are donated, a jar is available all year long by coffee, and every year around this time the dealership begins soliciting donations at the counter with every purchase. You can donate a dollar or more and your name and donation amount is posted behind the counter to encourage others to follow suit and support the great cause.
This year, anyone who is planning to participate in the ride is encouraged to Join Team Bob’s BMW! Because the money we raise is a collaborative effort the entire team will be recognized. Even those of you who cannot ride on Sunday, September 22 can join the team, simply make a donation and it will be included in the team’s total.
As of today, Team Bob’s BMW is in 3rd place nationwide! We have raised $26,683.17! This means Team Bob’s BMW will already receive $4,540.00 in team gifts!! Please JOIN Team Bob’s BMW and help us reach our goal of $50,000. Again whether you can join the ride on the 22nd or not does not matter, you can still join the team by simply making an online tax-deductible donation TODAY!
August 21st, 2013
While attending the BMW National MOA Rally in July, Bob encountered a very interesting, home engineered and hand built BMW, the “Cycle-Pod” as the creator calls it. It is one of several he’s apparently constructed and ridden over the years.
The “Cycle-Pod” will have been ridden some 3,000 plus miles from its current home, Chilliwack, BC, Canada before it arrives at Bob’s Oktoberfest on September 21 where it will be retiring into Bob’s personal museum collection; this is the “bucket list” wish of the owner. He’s not ridden through 5 states on the eastern part of the US but has covered all the others including Alaska plus all of Canada on this amusing yet amazing machine. It appears to be amazingly functional right down to the sleeping quarters he pulls. Whether he and the machine have been to Mexico is unknown, but we will be sure to find out when he arrives on September 21.
Guests at Oktoberfest will have an opportunity to meet and speak with the owner of the “Cycle-Pod”, Phil Funnell who is a very interesting personality; he’s well-schooled in the ways of BMW and is a former BMW dealer. This was perhaps the most interesting machine at the BMWMOA National Rally this past July despite not being all shiny and laden with modern bling. There was constantly a crowd of admirers and ongoing conversation taking place and we are excited for the arrival celebration on September 21 at Bob’s.
Along the “Cycle-Pod’s” Final Journey across the US, it will be visiting various rallies, hopefully picking up travelers along the way. Would you be bold enough to ride this to a local event let alone cross country? Phil is and he hopes you will join him on this Final Journey.
If you spot the “Cycle-Pod” these next few weeks on the road or at a rally, please send us some spy shots! Email images and its location to firstname.lastname@example.org. And by all means, if you can join Phil in his Final Journey to retire the Cycle-Pod in Bob’s Vintage Museum, please do so!
August 21st, 2013
Mark your calendar for this very special event on September 21. The day is filled with fun:
Journey Through 90 Years of BMW History
BMW riders are encouraged to ride to the event and help us create a timeline of the past 9-decades of BMW motorcycle design. One bike from each decade will be recognized as the best bike on the lot from that decade and awarded a blue ribbon and very special Limited Edition 90 year BMW keepsake!
Special R90S Concours d’Elegance
It is also the R90S model’s 40 year anniversary! So if you have an R90S ride to Bob’s and display it in the exclusive concours set up just for this iconic machine.
Back by popular demand. Bring your bike and test its power. 1 run for $15 or 2 for $25.
No fee to set up! Simply arrive by 8:30 with all the parts/accessories/apparel and other cool motorcycle related goods you want to unload and set up in the area coned off specifically for swap meet sellers. Read more >>
Inside and out vendors will be set up to answer your questions and hand out some swag! Rider’s Insurance, MotorcycleXcitement, Schuberth (offering helmet demos all day!), Scala, KLIM, Rev’It!, Gerbings Heated Clothing, BMWBMW, Ohlins, and more.
Arrival Celebration of the “Cycle-Pod”
Meet and greet the “Cycle-Pod” creator, Phil Funnell. Phil and this very unique machine will have traveled 3,000+ miles to Bob’s BMW to retire it into Bob’s vintage museum. Read More>>
Food and Beer
Enjoy authentic German foods served by the Blue Knights. And this year guests (21 years or older) can enjoy complimentary German beer (while supplies last; non-alcoholic…safety first!).
Enter to win….it’s FREE! So far MotorcycleXcitement has donated a FREE Track Day, Rider’s Insurance is sponsoring $100 worth of Bob’s BMW Gift cards to be given away, and because it’s BMW’s 90 year anniversary ALL guests will receive very special BMW Motorrad Anniversary memorabilia, arrive early…when it’s gone, it’s gone.
August 12th, 2013
How to Enter
You can submit your video three different ways:
1) Email videos to email@example.com. Videos should be in .mp4 format.
2) Message your video to 410-812-5397.
3) Hand deliver or mail a DVD of your video to:
Bob’s BMW Motorcycles
ATTN: Hanna Creekmore
10720 Guilford Road
Jessup, MD 20794.
All eligible video submissions will be posted to:
How It Works
1) Shoot a creative 2-3 minute motorcycle related video. ANY brand motorcycle can be featured. Be creative. Have fun. Show off your skills. Make it exciting.
2) Submit your video to Bob’s BMW.
3) Share your video posted on Bob’s BMW YouTube Channel with friends.
4) Get the most views and WIN!
Bob’s created a simple instructional video and got 41,245 views! How many views can you get? Send in your video to find out!
How to Win
Make an awesome video that is motorcycle related, get your friends to view it on Bob’s BMW YouTube Channel, and WIN!
Once uploaded to YouTube, a Facebook post will be made on Bob’s BMW Facebook page(s) announcing a new submission and providing a link to that video.
The video that receives the most views on Bob’s YouTube channel by 11:59p.m. (EST) on September 20, 2013 wins the contest.
You are encouraged to promote your video to friends via your facebook account, twitter, etc. but please note the ONLY views that will count in this contest are the views your video receives on Bob’s BMW YouTube Channel
The official winner will be announced at Bob’s Oktoberfest on September 21, 2013.
There will be ONE winner and the maker of the winning video will receive their choice of $300 worth of GoPro Accessories! Plus, your video will be featured in Bob’s October newsletter giving you sole bragging rights to the contest!
All entries to Bob’s GoPro Video Contest must adhere to the following guidelines; by submitting a video you agree to these guidelines. Not following these guidelines can lead to disqualification.
1) Videos must be motorcycle related, prominently featuring a motorcycle(s), sidecar, trike, or off-road bike of ANY brand, make, and model. (Keep in mind Bob’s is primarily a BMW dealership so there’s a good chance videos featuring the BMW brand will get a few extra views by our customers!)
2) Videos may not exceed 3 minutes in length.
3) Contestant is responsible for securing all necessary rights, consents, and permissions from any third parties involved in the video.
4) You can work as a team but the video must be submitted under the name of ONE entrant. The prize package will be awarded to that person. How you choose to divvy up the prize package is up to you.
5) Worldwide entries are encouraged!
6) You must own the material you are submitting.
7) Entrants must be at least 18 years or older.
8) Videos may not include nudity, illegal activity, or dangerous stunts that result in harming yourself or others. We will not share videos that we depict as irresponsible behavior.
NOTE: The video contest is about capturing a fun, exciting, and/or memorable experience while riding. So be creative, show off your skills, but please always remember safety first and ATGATT–All the gear, all the time.
Contest Starts: August 15. Submissions will gladly be accepted in advance but will NOT be posted until 12:01 a.m. (EST) on August 15, 2013.
Submissions Due: September 15 by 11:59 p.m. (EST)
Contest/Voting Ends: September 20, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. (EST)
Winner Announced: September 21, 2013
IMPORTANT NOTE: The sooner to the contest start date you submit your video the better chance you have of winning because you will have more time to accumulate views. Views after 11:59 pm (EST) on September 20, 2013 will not count.
July 13th, 2013
Last year it was a motorcycle tour through Eastern Europe, the year before it was a cross country sidecar adventure, and this year Bob and Suzanne are headed to South Africa and want you to join them!
Owners of Ayres Adventures, Ron and Barbara were at this year’s Open House promoting the upcoming tour. They will be leading Bob’s group on this incredible 14-day motorcycle adventure scheduled for November 6-19, 2013. The trip takes riders along South Africa’s Cape Peninsula, Cape Town to Johannesburg. And there are just 4 spaces left.
The itinerary includes:
More details are available at www.ayresadventures.com, click on Africa and you will see exclusive dates reserved for Bob’s BMW. That link will give you all the answers to your questions. There are only four spots remaining so if South Africa is on your bucket list, now is your chance to check it off, and what better way to experience it than exploring it by motorcycle with a group of great folks!
You can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or go right to www.ayresadventures.com, but please, if you are interested, don’t delay; both Bob and Ayres Adventures will be at the National Rally this week recruiting riders to fill the empty spots so they won’t last long!
July 13th, 2013
It looks like this month is all about happy (and lucky) customers at Bob’s. In this final story we are excited to wish long time customer and friend, Glenn Strohm, safe travels as he departs the end of this month for an Alaska motorcycle adventure with Moto-Quest.
Glenn joined us to celebrate Bob’s 30 year anniversary this past November and left a lucky winner of a 10 day-Alaska Adventure with Moto-Quest. There is a funny story behind Glenn’s name being drawn as the Grand Prize Winner. His wife bought the ticket for Glenn as a birthday gift so the ticket was listed under her name, which also meant her name had been entered into the evening’s raffle of giveaways. When he checked in, I told him not to worry about switching out his wife’s name; if it was called I would vouch for him and darn if her name was not called!
Phil Freeman, owner of MotoQuest was here that evening to personally award and congratulate Glenn with his certificate to Ride the Best of Alaska.
Highlights of the 10 day tour include:
Glenn has agreed to share highlights of the trip and pictures he takes along the way with us when he returns which we will share with our readers in an upcoming newsletter.
For complete details on The Best of Alaska Tour and all other MotoQuest tours, you can visit www.motoquest.com
July 13th, 2013
You’ve got to play to win folks and at Bob’s there’s no catch, people really do win our contests! Just ask Randy Arvay who won a 2-Day Off-Road Adventure with Xplor-Int., paid in full by Bob’s BMW. Like so many of our winners, Randy’s reply when we told him he won was, “I never win anything!” Well Randy, now you have.
The contest ran during the month of June. Customers were encouraged to come in and fill out an entry form sitting by coffee as many times as they wanted and Randy did just that, three times! He saw the contest announced and decided to take advantage of the opportunity and come in to order a part he had been wanting for his 2013 F700GS, purchased earlier this year at Bob’s, and enter the contest; and hey why not enter again when he returned to pick up the part once it arrived, and maybe just one more time for good luck?! That’s what Randy did and he won!
On September 21 Randy will be riding to Western Pennsylvania to enjoy an exciting 2 day of off-road adventure led by a team of professionals at Xplor-Int…compliments of Bob’s BMW!
Xplor-Int. is a MSF certified and AMA sanctioned off-road training facility. They offer a 2-day adventure that combines skill building taught in the Basic Off-Road Course with advanced techniques for single track and obstacles, plus outdoor survival skills and camping tips. The course is filled with a combination of dirt, gravel, and bedrock roads and teaches riders basics of off-road riding as well as more complex techniques needed for multi-day trips on dual-sport machines. Skills are taught that enable riders to transition from asphalt to double-track, single-track, and fire trails. Xplor teaches the fundamentals of straight lines, turning, body posture, and braking in order to handle obstacles, stream crossings, and tight single-tracks. The course is intended to build confidence and break down barriers without destroying you and your gear.
Xplor-Int. instructors have taken motorcycles into the world’s most challenging places, which allows participants to learn off-road riding skills from experienced pros, plus learn how to pack appropriately, manage resources, as well as deal with emergencies.
Randy will be providing a full ride report along with pictures when he returns, which we will share with readers in the October newsletter. We also hope to announce exclusive dates reserved with Xplor-Int. for the GS Riders Of Bob’s BMW to travel and train as a group at their facility.
July 13th, 2013
Exciting news if you don’t already know…Bob’s service loaner fleet has been recently updated and includes seven different BMW models, four of which are 2013 models! The loaner fleet offers riders the convenience of riding in for service, dropping off, and turning right back around to ride to work, back home overnight or maybe for a long distance ride (as long as you return within 24 hours and with a full tank of gas). The fleet of service loaners now includes:
If you’ve purchased a bike at Bob’s with a factory warranty and/or Zurich’s Extended Warranty you can choose any of the seven models to enjoy and have some fun with while your motorcycle is being serviced. Customers who have purchased a Bob’s Advantage Certified Used Motorcycle also have access to the loaners when they bring in their bike for its first service.
It’s just another great benefit of being a Bob’s customer. In fact even if you did not purchase your bike at Bob’s, as long as it’s being serviced with us, the loaners are available to you to rent for a low price of just $75/day.
July 9th, 2013
For Immediate Release
Monday, July 1, 2013, Washington, DC
Suprine Machinery, Inc. is pleased to announce a special preview of the EXODUS, our breakthrough recumbent motorcycle, on July 13th, 2013, at Bob’s BMW, 10720 Guilford Road, Jessup, Maryland. Please see the Bob’s BMW web site, www.bobsbmw.com, for further information on this exciting event.
The Exodus will be on Bob’s showroom floor, surrounded by the wonderful current, historic and racing BMW motorcycles that Bob proudly displays there.
John Chelen, Chairman of Suprine, will make a presentation and take questions from the audience. Members of the audience will be permitted to sit in the Exodus if they make a small contribution to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) http://www.curethekids.org.
The Exodus breaks new ground on several fronts:
Engineered Design – The rider is seated in a bucket seat 7” above the ground within a mid-engine chassis.
Hybrid Exoskeleton – The rider and engine are surrounded by a hybrid space frame/roll cage.
Low and Streamlined – The Exodus is less than 43” high, the center of gravity is more than a foot lower than other motorcycles, and the frontal area is nearly 50% less than other motorcycles, all contributing to less wind resistance and better handling.
BMW Power and Parts – The Exodus is powered by a BMW 126hp DOHC 1200cc flat four with a driveshaft and monoshock; wear items are stock BMW components for easy maintenance.
Dramatic Performance – The Exodus accelerates from 0-60 in 4.1 seconds, with a top speed of 155+mph, over 80mpg at 55mph, and over 600 miles on a single tank of gasoline.