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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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3 Day Sale at Bob’s BMW




*In-stock only. Discount taken from MSRP and cannot be combined with any other discount, coupon, or promotion. Some restrictions do apply. Sale ends September 3, 2016.





*Purchases must be paid in full to qualify. Discount taken from MSRP and cannot be combined with any other discount, coupon, or promotion. Some restrictions do apply. Sale ends September 3, 2016.



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*APR applies only on select models. APR covers 3asy Ride up to 48 months and conventional 60 month loans, and is subject to credit approval through BMW Financial Services. APR covers 3asy Ride up to 48 months and conventional 60 month loans, and is subject to credit approval through BMW Financial Services. Shopping Spree offer ends September 3, 2016. The shopping spree applies to accessories only, is only eligible with specified models, and varies by model. Shopping spree CAN be combined with current factory incentives and BMW purchase programs (i.e. military or emergency personnel); however it cannot be combined with exclusive Bob’s BMW programs (i.e. new rider, MSF coach). Please ask yours sales person for complete eligibility details and required documentation. Some restrictions do apply.
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*Shopping Spree credit ends September 3, 2016, applies to accessories only and is only eligible with specified models. It cannot be combined with exclusive Bob’s BMW programs (i.e. new rider, MSF coach). Please ask yours sales person for complete eligibility details. Some restrictions do apply.

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*Offers end August 31, 2016. 0.9% APR for qualified buyers through BMW Financial Services. APR covers 3asy Ride up to 48 months and conventional 60 month loans, subject to credit approval. APR is compatible with Factory and Loyalty/Conquest incentives. Loyalty/Conquest incentive available to current or former BMW customers and current non-BMW motorcycle owners. Trade in is not required. Specific financing terms based on credit approval. MOA Members must provide original voucher to redeem $500 off accessories-no photocopies, or reproductions will be accepted. Voucher has no cash value. Limit one per customer and purchase. Voucher must be completed in full. Shopping Spree applies to accessories only and is only eligible with specific 2016 models. It CAN be combined with current factory incentives, MOA incentives, and BMW purchase programs (i.e. military or emergency personnel); however it cannot be combined with exclusive Bob’s BMW programs (i.e. new rider, MSF coach). Please ask yours sales person for complete eligibility details and required documentation. Some restrictions do apply.

A Personal Invitation from Bob Henig

Visitors, Customers and Friends,

Bob Henig and Ride for Kids

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The Baltimore-Washington Ride for Kids® event here in Howard County, Maryland is just around the corner. I would hope that most of our customers know at least something about the Ride for Kids®, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation,(PBTF) and our involvement with this fine organization.

I have been personally involved for over 20 years now. Bob’s BMW has done substantial levels of FUNdraising with events like auctions, Galas, and even two Ultimate Bike raffles (UBR1 & UBR2) and hundreds if not thousands of personal solicitations on my part and that of our staff. We’ve had customers donate motorcycles so we could fix them up, sell them and raise money through these efforts. Those donations generate a tax letter for that generous individual. We have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years and our grand total is much closer to the 1 million dollar mark than one half these days.

The need is great, the cause is good and the organization stands well above most other non-profits in the entire world in terms of how they manage the money and how little of what comes in is used for fundraising, management, salaries or general overhead.

So here’s the personal request: Please join us. Please ask a friend to join us as well. You’ll be part of a fine group of caring motorcyclists, riding all brands of motorcycles on September 25th for this event. If you’ve never been before you will be impressed and you will leave touched. Complete details on the ride including registration is available ONLINE.

Sure I know that many of you will be busy or have another reason you cannot attend. That’s normal. So the next request I would make is to ask if you’d care to make a donation, right here, right now. Cash, check or credit card works.

For those who frequent the dealership, donations can be rung up on a credit card at the front counter with or without another purchase or even added to a Repair Order. We are happy to accept personal and business checks. September is usually the big month for in store and online donations.

If you desire to write a check or tender a credit card for $100 or more please let my staff know to inform me so I can thank you personally.

I know that my business sells expensive toys so I also know that many of my customers have money available to support worthy causes. And I also know that the PBTF and RFK are not the only good causes out there asking for your money but this is truly one of the most worthy causes affecting children. They are rated one of the very best by Charity Watch and Charity Navigator every single year.

The lesson I have learned well over the years is that most people don’t give because no one has asked them to, so I’m asking you to consider giving to this excellent organization. It will always be an honor to deliver your money if you cannot join us at this great event but the 50 mile police escorted back roads ride is very scenic, highly enjoyable, and just one of the reasons you should consider attending. And if you do I hope you’ll let them know, when they ask you, if you wish to give your donation or fundraising efforts credit to your local motorcycle dealership, you’ll say yes and then tell them it is Bob’s BMW. You’ll also get personal recognition.

A generous donation of any size can be securely made ONLINE TODAY!

Sincerely,

Bob@Bob’s
Bob Henig
Owner, Rider, Enthusiast

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

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Dear Friends,

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!

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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.

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