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Looking Back Over 2013

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Our team of certified sales advisors assisted over 350 riders last year, both current and new to the Bob’s family in their selection of new and used motorcycles—BMW’s, Harley-Davidsons, Hondas, Ducatis, Suzukis, Victorys, Kawasakis,  Vespas, Yamahas, Triumphs, Urals, Piaggios, Moto Guzzis, Can-Ams, Big Dogs as well as several sidecar rigs and trike conversions in the mix. Some were true antiques, others classics and a smaller number were what we call Project Bikes. Many of our patrons live nearby and we see them on a regular basis but others came from miles away, as far as Canada and Hawaii, wanting a greater adventure and more memorable experience when taking delivery of their motorcycle. The record for riding home from Maryland on a bike purchased from Bob’s now stands at approximately 4,600 miles!

img_5724Our team of certified apparel advisors helped customers in person and online to select the perfect riding gear for their needs and budget from great vendors including BMW, Olympia, Rev’it, KLIM, First Gear, Gerbings, Schuberth, Arai, Scorpion, Sidi, Shoei and many others. Some of that protective riding gear got used and we are so very thankful it was there to take care of them! Our team of parts and accessory experts provided electronic and personal guidance on accessory purchases from Airhawk, GoPro, Ohlins, PIAA, Cardo, RKA, P3, Kryptonite, J-Pegs, Clearview, ZTech, Garmin, Dow, Illium, R&G and dozens of other top level suppliers so worldwide adventures or simply the commute to work would be that much more enjoyable.

Our inventory and shipping team, in addition to insuring it’s all on the shelf when needed and then making it all go out on time and arrive as ordered, also helped our certified BMW parts experts deliver thousands of individual orders of genuine BMW parts plus countless reproductions and aftermarket replacements so our friends and customers here in the US and in dozens of other countries around the world could maintain, repair, refurbish and restore their motorcycles at home in their own garage or work space while hundreds and hundreds chose to bring their machines to us so our expert technicians could provide all the care they desired so they could simply go out and enjoy the ride. From crush gaskets to complete transmissions we’ve got everything you and your bike require to remain safe, roadworthy, comfortable and fun all year long.

In 2013 Bob and Suzanne hosted two very exciting group tours taking along with several dozen friends, customers and even some fellow dealers. They went to Morocco with Edelweiss Bike Travel and then to South Africa with Ayres Adventures for once-in-a-life-time group motorcycle adventures…LUCKY! The good news is if you were unable to join-in one of these adventures Bob is already planning a 2015 group adventure to Cuba! Anyone interested is encouraged to take the survey below so he can plan the best trip possible based on customer input…please serious inquiries only are asked to complete the survey.

Just before the 2013 Open House which turned out to be one of the biggest turnout yet, Bob and the team spent days updating the Vintage Museum, rotating in many new and never before seen bikes from Bob’s personal collection. We (Bob especially as the vintage BMW’s are his true passion) especially love sharing the machines, artifacts, memorabilia and other pieces of BMW history in the Vintage Museum with guests.

img_6132Customers helped us remain involved and engaged raising significant amounts of money for very worthwhile causes like the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation via the Ride for Kids ® events as well as support several other local non-profit organizations to help insure we are giving back to our community wherever possible. Throughout 2013, we were also able and happy to send out thousands of dollars in door prizes to BMW clubs all across the country because they too are part of our family!

Without people like you none of this would be possible. We do this because we want to, it’s our chosen profession and we do this so we can deliver the Ultimate Motorcycle Experience to as many people as humanly possible each year and have fun doing it because it is our passion. We hope that shows when you visit the dealership, shop online, and every time we speak or exchange an email!

We are in the works planning an exciting year ahead! Please stay tuned for our forecast on what’s in store for 2014 and may this year be the Happiest New Year for you, your friends, and family!

Sincerely,
Bob, Suzanne and the entire team at Bob’s BMW.

Join us this weekend at IMS DC!

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See You This Weekend At D.C. IMS!

Be sure to stop by the BMW Motorrad booth at the D.C. International Motorcycle Show this weekend,
January 10-12 at the Washington Convention Center! Speak to a Bob’s BMW representative in the booth
and ask for your exclusive event SAVINGS card for a future purchase at Bob’s BMW! All show attendees will receive this one-time, limited offer just for stopping by the booth and saying hello…

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If you have never been to an IMS show, you don’t want to miss this opportunity.
The International Motorcycle show is the best place to see the latest in gear, aftermarket parts and accessories, enjoy seminars, and see the all-new models from major manufacturers including:

BMW, Can-Am Spyder, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Indian Motorcycle, Kawasaki,
Star Motorcycles, Suzuki, Triumph, Victory Motorcycles, Yamaha, Zero Motorcycles

For a complete schedule of each day’s activities, click here.

*This limited offer expires March 31, 2014 and applies only to BMW apparel and accessories. It cannot be combined with any other existing discount, offer, or program. Limit one discount for accessories and one discount for apparel. Offer has no cash value. Original card with unique ID number must be presented at time of purchase. No duplicates or photo copies will be accepted. Online sales do NOT qualify.

We’re Open!

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Bob’s plans to open on time if possible on Friday January 3, 2014 but we won’t know what the morning brings weather and accumulation wise until we get our behinds out of bed, shovel our driveways, clear off our cars and head out. So if you are trying to reach us before 10:00 AM it’s justpossible that we are still clearing our own driveways or manicuring the dealership parking lot so the real crazies can make it in — they always do so we’ve got to have a spankingly clear parking lot — or perhaps not enough of the team have made it in yet to answer all the calls we have been getting lately for parts, accessories and gear. It’s always sunny and warm someplace that people need their BMW fix — and that’s what we are here to take care of.

Winner of Door Prize Announced

circuit-redThe winner of the helmet doorprize is Christopher Zeleznik from Alexandria, VA. Christopher won a NEW Scorpion EXO R2000 helmet!

Congratulations from everyone at Bob’s BMW Motorcycles!

New at Bob’s

New Online Feature: Chat Online
Bob’s is pleased to announce we now offer online chat support to customers shopping online for parts, accessories, and apparel. In addition to being able to call or email us with questions, now you can chat with one of our BMW certified parts and apparel advisors at any time during regular business hours. It’s a quick and easy way to get answers to your questions!

When you are browsing Bob’s BMW Online in the bottom right hand corner of your screen you will see a tab that says, “Questions? Contact us!” Simply click that tab and let us know how we can help.

We’ve had this new feature for just over a month and so far customers are loving it. Next time you are shopping online be sure to try it! And remember to use Promo Code FREESHIP now thru 12/23/13 to receive FREE Shipping NOW on orders $100 or over!

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We are now an authorized BMW HP parts dealer! These high-performance items fit the S1000RR and the HP4 and can be bought, installed, and serviced at Bob’s, another advantage that most BMW shops can’t offer.

Stay Connected With Bob’s Through Social Media
By now, we hope all of you who receive our newsletter are also fans of one or both of our Facebook Pages. Our main page, Bob’s BMW Motorcycles, has over 5,000 fans and our secondary page, GS Riders of Bob’s BMW, has been a little slow taking off but is growing day by day so if you are a GS rider or know any brand dual sport rider, be sure to LIKE the page and pass it along. Bob’s created these pages for the same reasons you have personal facebook pages, to stay connected with our friends; these pages are not used as a channel for selling. The pages are meant to help us keep motorcycle enthusiasts near and far updated with what’s going on at Bob’s and in the motorcycling world as a whole. They also serve to provide enthusiasts with an online resource to talk amongst each other, and is a place to share cool photographs, stories, videos, coordinate rides, and whatever else the user may like.

In addition to our facebook pages, we also have a Bob’s BMW Motorcycles Facebook group. Ugh—multiple pages, separate groups—how is anyone supposed to keep this stuff straight?! You will have to ask Mark Zuckerburg that; we just do our best to stay on top of it all so we are not left behind! Long story short, the group is more like a forum, managed and driven by its members (currently 630), whereas the two pages mentioned above are where we (the dealer that you LIKED) post regular updates and information. Try to think of it like this, you LIKE pages similar to being someone’s friend but you JOIN groups to become an active member of that group.

That’s all for Facebook, but did you know Bob’s also hosts its own YouTube Channel? The foundation is built and we have been loading videos periodically over the years. Our goal for 2014 is to start loading videos created at Bob’s on a more regular basis, but for now click here to subscribe and as videos are uploaded you will be notified.

How about instagram…do you have an account? Bob’s does! It is the newest addition to our online presence and so far we are loving it. Pictures speak a thousand words, especially in this industry so please be sure to tag us #bobsbmwmoto next time you find yourself posting a great picture you snapped while on the road or off-the-road!

Next on our social media to-do list is LinkedIn! Once we are set up and ready to get linked in with you, we will let you know!

How Much Winter Riding Can You Bear?

pb copyThis winter Bob’s BMW Motorcycles in Jessup, MD is hosting its first annual High Mileage Polar Bear Challenge, proudly sponsored by Gerbing and Rev’It! All brand riders are welcome and encouraged to participate.  This High Mileage Polar Bear Challenge is a cool and fun opportunity to do what we ALL enjoy best…ride…it’s that simple! With over 20 registered riders already, coming from states all around, we are looking forward to a winter of friendly competition. We will track miles on facebook and in our monthly newsletters so even those of you across the country can enjoy following along and cheer on your fellow riders.

The first round of the Challenge begins this month. Every month one male and one female rider will win prizes donated by the sponsors of the challenge, Gerbing Heated Gear and Rev’it! Plus, at the end of the four months, the male and female rider with the highest cumulative miles will be our Grand Prize Winners. Winners will receive great winter riding gear provided by our gracious sponsors and all participants will get bragging rights among fellow riders and an “I Survived Bob’s High Mileage Polar Bear Challenge 2013-2014” bike decal!

How To Register (There is still plenty of time!)
Registration must be done in person at Bob’s Service Department. Registration is open during regular service department business hours, Tuesday-Friday 9am-6pm and Saturday 9am-4pm (see below for specific registration and mileage check-in dates).

Each motorcycle will receive a FREE winter safety inspection by a certified technician at the time of registration. The idea is to have fun and enjoy a friendly competition but Bob’s want to do what it can to ensure everyone is safe in the process.

How The Challenge Works
To accommodate unpredictable winter weather and personal schedules, each round’s registration will remain open throughout most of the month but keep in mind the sooner you register your starting mileage, the better chances you have in winning! If by any chance you are not able to check in during the check in dates listed below, you are asked to purchase a newspaper, hold it next to your odometer and email that image to hanna.creekmore@bobsbmw.com. Please note this method of check-in will not be accepted on a regular basis.

PolarBearChallenge StickerYou can participate in as many rounds as you like. You do NOT have to participate in every round but again, the more miles you officially check-in at Bob’s, the better your chances are of winning some great winter riding gear!

A special note to out-of state participants: We want you to join in the fun and we understand the challenge that the added distance from us creates for you (or you could look at it as a benefit!); however, we still require registration to be completed in person. If you are unable to ride to Bob’s for the monthly check-in’s, you can still participate in the cumulative portion of the challenge as well as at least one monthly round (as mentioned above, checking-in via email is accepted just not on a regular basis). To qualify for the cumulative, you must register in person and then return for the final check in; at which point you will receive your “I Survived” bike decal!

Round One – December
Register your starting mileage between Dec 3-Dece. 28
Check-in your ending mileage January 2-January 4

Round 2 – January
Register your starting mileage between January 2-January 30
Check-in your ending mileage January 31-February 1

Round 3 – February
Register your starting mileage between January 31-February 27
Check-in your ending mileage February 28-March 1

Round 4 – March
Register your starting mileage between February 28 – March 28
Check-in ending mileage March 29-April 1

Finally, in Maryland every year the Maryland State Police hosts a Polar Bear Plunge to raise money for Maryland’s children and adults with intellectual disabilities. With our first annual Polar bear Challenge kicking off, we thought it would be fun to create a Bob’s BMW team to work together and raise money and/or have registered Polar Bear Challenge riders gear up and ride over to the event on January 25 at Sandy Point Park and represent Bob’s Polar Bear Riders!! Anyone interested in helping to get a team together, please email hanna.creekmore@bobsbmw.com

The 2014 K 1600GTL Trike

small-gtBob’s is always looking for ways to keep our customers happy and hopefully thankful to have us as their resource for everything motorcycling, so when new generations or styles come along, we always try to display the best examples of them to you. With the trend for trike motorcycles on the rise, Bob’s went to work and built a custom 2014 Magnesium Beige Metallic K 1600 GTL trike fully equipped with safety package: adaptive headlight, DTC, TPM; Luxury package: LED fog light, Electronic Suspension, Anti Theft Alarm; Bluetooth interface control; radio software; high seat; powerlet accessory; passenger armrests; topcase LED Brake Light; electric reverse; running boards; fully functional ABS, foot vents, stone guards.

We mentioned earlier this fall the trike build was in the works but are now happy to report the project is complete and ready for our customers to come and check it out! BMW Master Certified Technician Dave Grunberger really deserves a round of applause folks! While walking us around the finished product, Dave summed up this beast of a machine best by stating, “You’re looking at the best trike on the market, period. It handles perfectly (thanks to the extra wide front wheel), it looks amazing (check out the rear end with the custom horizontal tilted exhaust), it’s fast (just trust us…it’s fast!), it’s fun, and it’s comfortable. If you’ve gone from a bike to a trike or are considering doing so, look no further. The K1600GTL trike is luxury touring at its finest!

The trike is now on display and FOR SALE at Bob’s BMW! View images HERE!

Bob’s Brings Comfort & Joy to Howard County

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Help Bob’s BMW bring Comfort and Joy to Howard County. Every year during the holiday season Bob’s BMW collects donations to help the less fortunate and this year everything collected will be donated locally within Howard County to The Howard County Food Bank, Grass Roots Crisis Intervention Center(s), and the Domestic Violence Center. Here’s how you can help…

In addition to monetary donations that can be made online, you can also drop off the following items at Bob’s BMW through this weekend.

  • Toys – Small to medium sized for boys and girls, infants, toddlers, and tweens (only new and unwrapped toys will be accepted)
  • Non-perishable food including baby food and formula
  • Household items including dish soap, trash bags, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, sponges, Clorox wipes, windex, toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, Ziploc baggies
  • Personal Hygiene items including deodorant, baby wipes, disposable diapers, band aids, soap, OTC pain relievers, tooth brushes, tooth paste, disposable razors.
  • Heavy hats, scarves, and gloves for all ages
  • Gift cards from Target, Walmart, and Grocery Stores

The number of smiles brought to the faces of locals in need during this holiday season depends on you! Drop off as frequently as you like during regular business hours; the donation bin is located in the coffee area. Keep in mind 5 $10 items goes further than 1 $50 item. The holidays are just around the corner, don’t delay!

For those of you joining us this weekend for Holiday Cheer (December 21), bring an item and you will be entered to WIN the All New Scorpion EXO R2000 helmet!

Schuberth’s C3W Trade UP Program

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Attention: WOMEN riders and passengers!

Trade in your old, used helmet for a $150 credit toward the purchase of a NEW Schuberth C3W helmet! PLUS we will take a photograph of you wearing your old helmet, then another picture with your NEW helmet, and we’ll post it on Facebook!

Schuberth designs helmets specifically for women’s facial structures. Feel the difference for yourself and get fitted by one of our specialists TODAY!

Check out our online inventory!

Offer expires December 31, 2013.

Black Pie Day at Bob’s BMW!

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Stop by Bob’s on Black Friday for a slice of pie! It’s Black Pie Day!
Come for piece a pie and SAVE 10% OFF ALL APPAREL & ACCESSORIES!

Can’t make it Friday? No worries….the pie will be gone but the Savings continue ALL WEEKEND!
Hurry this delectable deal won’t last forever!

10% OFF ALL Apparel and Accessories this Friday! And even BIGGER discounts on these select items!

Nebo Ultra Socket Tool set
Reg: $27.95 Friday $19.95
Only 10 available!

BMW Digital tire gauge
Reg: $25.59 Friday $19.95
Only 25 available!

First Gear dry pack luggage
25 ltr: Reg 59.95 Friday $49.95
40 ltr: Reg 79.95 Friday $60.95
Only 5 of each size available!

BMW Vintage 5 poster set
Reg $29.95 Friday 19.95
Only 50 set’s available

Interphone motorcycle phone mounts: for IPhone 4 & 5 and Galaxy phones
Reg: $69.95 Friday $51.95
Only 10 of each style available!!

Hurry…only while supplies last

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Bob's BMW Motorcycles is one of the largest, most respected BMW dealerships in North America, and the winner of numerous awards for overall excellence, merchandising, customer satisfaction, and community service. Bob’s is well known throughout the world for the passion and professionalism they bring to this business and sport. Bob's impressive brick and mortar Retail store, Dealership and Vintage Museum, serving the bustling Washington DC — Baltimore — Northern Virginia – Suburban Maryland area as well as surrounding mid-Atlantic region is the destination of choice for BMW enthusiasts everywhere for over 30 years. Bob's is a National leader in sales and service of new and used BMW motorcycles along with clean used offerings from most all brands and Bob’s offers complete refurbishing and restorations on any year BMW built since 1950. Since the beginnings in 1981 Bob’s has won praise for their huge inventory of genuine BMW parts, Accessories, and Riding Gear for all riders plus casual Apparel. Their ability to deliver what customers need when they need it is unparalleled. Bob's also specializes in high quality Used BMW motorcycle parts and hard-to-find Vintage BMW parts and accessories. One visit, one phone call or a few mouse clicks opens up the whole world of BMW Motorcycles.

Bob’s BMW Motorcycles - 10720 Guilford Road - Jessup, MD - Phone: 301-497-8949