August 21st, 2014
Some of you may already be following good friend and customer, Jorge Serpa as he travels the Americas top to bottom, but for anyone who is not you can start today! His adventure is planned to last through March 2015 and Bob’s will be providing regular updates along his journey.
Jorge departed on August 3 from Washington D.C. on his BMW R1200GS (A.K.A. The Mule which was of course purchased here at Bob’s BMW!) on a pre-planned route to Ushuaia, the southern most city in the world. Total distance traveled is an expected 31,000 miles, from August to the early part of December (Part 1) and from December to late March 2015 (Part 2).
Part 1 covers the stretch from Washington D.C. to Alaska and then south to Panama City; and Part 2 goes from Panama down to Ushuaia and then back to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The trip was divided up this way for financial purposes. If not able to secure enough funds for the whole trip, upon reaching Panana he will return to D.C. via the southern states.
This is not Jorge’s first rodeo to say the least. He decided years ago he wanted to spend most of his time traveling the world by “alternate means of transportation” and has since done just that crossing the Atlantic from Brazil to the US on a 35′ sailboat; completing a Round the World journey via Amtrak trains, a container vessel, the Trans Mongolia, and Trans Siberia trains; driving on a motorcycle from Paris to Lisbon and then onwards to Guinea-Bissau, just to name a few! Every adventurer approaches their adventure differently and Jorge is a planner. Jorge sat down to plan the America’s route and itinerary on a day to day basis and took everything from financial challenges, to weather challenges, to landmarks he didn’t want to miss into consideration.
For instance, the areas to be covered during the time he travels Jorge identified three important weather conditions to take into consideration:
In addition to this Jorge researched ferry dates leaving AK and returning to the Lower 48 and decided well in advance which ferry makes most sense for his traveling purposes. His plan is to be on the September 8 ferry because the following September 22 ferry would mean being in Alaska well after the autumn frosts have started and to leave earlier than the 8th would only mean he would have more time to kill before entering Central America.
Will Jorge meet these key dates to stay on track? What unexpected challenges is he going to encounter? What beautiful sites is he going to see? Find out by following along Jorge’s journey…
An album has been created on Bob’s Facebook page and will be regularly updated or you can check out Jorge’s Facebook page to get a more live feed. You can learn more about the trip by visiting his website.
August 21st, 2014
Oktoberfest and Swap Meet Scheduled for September 20
Oktoberfest in September?! That’s right folks, just like the Germans have done for hundreds of years, Bob’s is celebrating Oktoberfest in September! We are especially pleased to announce, back by popular customer demand, WOLO gourmet food truck will be onsite serving a German themed menu!
Customers will also have the opportunity to meet and speak with product reps from the motorcycle industry, check out Bob’s sponsored racer, Jeremy Cook’s newest bike, shop incredible end of year specials, register to win amazing door prizes (you do not have to be present to win, just stop by to register!), AND buy-sell-trade at the annual customer swap meet! For the latest Oktoberfest updates as they come in, be sure to LIKE Bob’s BMW Facebook Page.
Interested in selling at this year’s swap meet?
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a space…it is absolutely FREE! We do not charge sellers a commission of sales. We will also have a dedicated area for items to be donated or sold for benefit of the Ride for Kids®. Keep in mind the more sellers signed up, the more shoppers we attract for you so if you have any unwanted motorcycled related items you want to unload, this is a great opportunity to get in front of hundreds of fellow riders and make some money!
Track Day Rescheduled for October 6
If you were interested in participating in Bob’s annual track Day but the July date didn’t work for you, we’ve got some good news…track day has been rescheduled for October 6!
Track Days with Roger Lyle’s MotorcycleXcitment offers riders of all makes and models NOT just sport bikes, an opportunity to ride freely, as slow or as fast as you wish in a controlled and safe environment, practice skills, get better familiar with your bike and its capabilities, and get tips and pointers from professional coaches like Roger Lyle and Jeremy Cook!
August 21st, 2014
Bob’s BMW partnered with MotoDiscovery to obtain a special permit granting 20 motorcyclists into Cuba for a 12 day “People to People” motorcycle adventure. This is an exclusive opportunity to explore the country rarely visited by outsiders.
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 more about Cuban history.
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.
August 21st, 2014
Bob’s BMW is an avid supporter of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and has taken special pride for over twenty years to help raise awareness of this cause. Bob personally has participated in the Ride For Kids® each year, been a VIP escort in the ride, and for the past six years has been a board member. Throughout the year he takes every chance gets to bring attention to the cause and raise money whenever possible.
This year’s motorcycle ride will depart and end at Turf Valley located at 700 Turf Valley Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042 which is convenient to Interstate 70 and US Routes 40 and 29. Complete details on the ride are available online.
If for any reason you know you can’t attend but still want to be involved please go to Ride for Kids® and make an online donation crediting Bob Henig 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.
Hope to see you there!
P.S. Anyone who has been a VIP escort in the past and wants to do so again, please email Bob@bobsbmw.com directly.
Send your friends a video reminder of the upcoming Baltimore/Washington ride.
August 13th, 2014
Get 15% OFF MSRP on ANY Rev’it! Apparel we have in stock.*
You know Bob’s has a huge inventory—but don!t wait—Sale ENDS at midnight, Sunday, Aug 17th.
Shop ONLINE to get 15% OFF with Promo Code REVSUMMER (enter Promo Code at checkout)Shop in our STORE to get 15% OFF and get a friendly expert fitting from Azure or Stephanie.
Either way, shop TODAY to get the best selection!
Why Rev’it? Because we LOVE it! WATCH THIS VIDEO to see our own Service advisor Darryl Carmichael talk about his Rev’it! gear and why he likes it best!
*This Bob’s BMW Sale event runs from 12:01 AM, August 11th through 11:59 PM, August 17, 2014 only. All in-stock Rev’it! brand apparel is 15% Off MSRP, first come first serve, while supplies last. This offer may not be combined with any other discount or offer.
June 13th, 2014
Just days after arriving home from a very unique motorcycling adventure, creator of Miles By Motorcycle, Bob’s good friend and long time customer, Yermo Lamers stopped by grinning ear to ear to fill us in on the details of the exciting trip he had just returned home from.
By mere coincidence, Yermo found himself joining an industry invite-only ride that had been in the planning for the past 3 years and that will forever be noted in motorcycling history, Cannonball’s Trail Centennial Ride.
While we could pass along the stories shared with us via this newsletter and drop names of all the motorcycling legends he rode with, it would be a disservice to both you and Yermo, which is why we invited Yermo to host a Saturday session at Bob’s BMW so you can personally hear all about the adventure straight from the horse’s mouth.
So mark your calendars to join us on July 26 at 11am. Yermo will be at Bob’s sharing:
May 15th, 2014
Every year, May is dedicated to reminding motorists to share the road with motorcyclists. Bobs has always planed the safety of its customers and all who ride ahead of all else. As more bikes put rubber to the road motorists need to be more alert and motorcyclists need to be reminded how to ride smart and ride safe. Do your part as a motorcyclist and take a few minutes to read through General Guidelines For Riding A Motorcycle Safety provided by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
For many years, Bob’s BMW has helped spread the “Share The Road Message” via its 2 trailers and a 5′ x 40′ hillside banner visible from Route 32. This image will soon be converted to magnets and bumper stickers! Stay tuned.
To help other riders pass along the message, through the end of May, visitors to Bob’s BMW will receive a complimentary “Watch For Motorcycles” sticker. Ask any of our parts staff behind the counter.
February 25th, 2014
Bob’s BMW and The Howard County Arts Council present Road to the Arts…12 art sculptures have been placed throughout Howard County in an effort to integrate art into the community and for the month of March Bob’s BMW is challenging ALL local motorcyclists to ride to as many of these ARTsites, take a selfie in front of the sculpture, submit your images, and you will be entered to WIN gift certificates to local Howard County restaurants…there will be SEVEN drawings!
How It Works
NOTE: The sculpture, “Getting the Band Back Together,” at North Laurel Community Center is now a skate border and tricyclist sculpture.
October 23rd, 2013
Any adventure riders looking for some fun to have on Sunday, December 1 might want to check out the 60 mile dual sport ride in New Park, PA hosted by the Baltimore County Trail Riders. This “Blind Enduro” event is an annual event the Trail Riders host in an effort to raise money for the Star Community: A home and school for the disabled. A blind enduro race is not a contest of speed, but of consistency. Each rider completes the course 3 times and is timed. The rider with the most consistent time between 2 rides is the winner. The course is a single track through the woods and although not impossible for a GS bike, it would be difficult because of its size which is why in addition to Blind Enduro contest, a dual sport ride was mapped out and added to this year’s event.
The event takes place on private property; in fact it is on the grounds of Star Community. No permits are required and being on private property you will have the opportunity to enjoy some new, unchartered territory! New Park is about 1.5 hours away and the ride begins at 10 a.m. All the information will be posted on GS Riders Of Bob’s BMW facebook page. Anyone who signs up can contact email@example.com to receive a complimentary t-shirt and cap to wear to the ride and represent Bob’s RoadCrew!
Before signing up, odds are you have some questions about the ride and to answer those questions we have arranged for Dave Larrabee, good friend and customer of Bob’s and who is a member of the Trail Riders organization to be at Bob’s on November 16. Dave will be stationed by coffee and donuts between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. ready to answer your questions and share more details with you.
September 23rd, 2013
More than 350 people attended the ride, which started on a cool, cloudy morning at the Howard County Fairgrounds in West Friendship, Md. The event’s Stars were local brain tumor survivors Paige, Olivia, Theodora and Nicholas.
“When I first got involved there was little interest in pursuing a cure of pediatric brain tumors,” Johns Hopkins researcher Dr. Chetan Bettegowda told the motorcyclists. “Now as a direct result of the funds you all raise, there have been great strides in the treatments for this disease.”
The individual, motorcycle club/chapter and motorcycle business with the most raised were Bob Henig ($30,868), R&T Motorcycle Club ($15,300) and Bob’s BMW ($18,439).
Thomas Pfarr won the drawing for a new Honda CBR250R and Henry Winokur won a Bell motorcycle helmet. Tom Chicca won a Dunlop tire.
Thank you to the dedicated volunteers who organized the event. The 2013 task force leaders were Tom Chicca and Marcy Rich.
We are still collecting online donations! Fundraisers will receive incentive credit through Oct. 22.