May 17th, 2013
Xplor-Int. is a MSF certified and AMA sanctioned off-road training facility located just a couple hours away in Western Pennsylvania. The 2-day adventure combines skill building of the Basic Off-Road Course with advanced techniques for single track and obstacles, plus outdoor survival skills and camping tips. You’ll ride for two days on a combination of dirt, gravel, and bedrock roads, and camp overnight. The last half-day is spent wrapping up the concepts and giving you time to pack. If you are comfortable riding at the speed limit on public roads, you are ok to enter the drawing. And if you have taken any kind of training before, there are still plenty of skills to be learned and/or perfected!
The course enables riders to transition from the basics of off-road riding to the more complex techniques needed for multi-day trips on dual-sport machines. It teaches you skills that will enable you to transition from asphalt to double-track, single-track, and fire trails. You will also learn the fundamentals of straight lines, turning, body posture, and braking are combined to handle obstacles, stream crossings, and tight single-track. The course is intended to build confidence and break down barriers without destroying you and your gear.
You will be presented with real-world challenges so you can assess terrain and risk, then make good choices using the skills taught to you by the instructors. Xplor-Int. instructors have taken motorcycles into the world’s most challenging places, so you will learn from pros how to pack appropriately and manage your resources, as well as deal with emergencies. You’ll learn how to pack right, and how to ride your bike fully-loaded.
There are regular breaks throughout the day, and two breaks for meals each day which are cooked onsite. You’ll start riding at 8am and finish by 6pm, break for dinner, then continue with strategy sessions and a night ride.
Sounds pretty cool right?! All you have to do is fill out an entry form (or two or three or more!) next time you are at Bob’s and you could be the lucky winner. While we are working with Xplor to firm a couple dates exclusive just for our customers we thought it would be fun to send one of our own GS enthusiasts to check it out and report back! Check our website over the next couple of weeks for complete details and/or be the first in line at Bob’s June 1 to register to win! Questions? Contact email@example.com
May 16th, 2013
Roger Lyle’s MotorcycleXcitement is an array of highly skilled riders and racers who meet at real motorcycle race tracks like Summit Point raceway, home track of Bob’s BMW-sponsored racer Jeremy Cook. “Riders are given the chance to experience what it is like being a racer, but doing so at your own pace,” stated Jeremy when asked about the program. Jeremy is also a coach for MotorcycleXcitement and has enjoyed working with all skill-level riders.
The idea is to have riders of all makes and models paired up with professionals to become more acquainted with their machines and themselves as riders. Taking your bike to a professional track is a way to ride without concern for everyday hazards typically encountered on public roads such as other motorists suddenly stopping, vehicles pulling out in front of you, or vehicles going in opposite directions; not to mention the race track is clear of bumps, gravel, and other debris that could potentially be a real danger to a motorcyclist, especially when traveling at high speeds.
Typically when you think ‘race track’ you think of speed. While it’s true” track days” can be used to get that need for speed out of your system so you are not breaking the law on public roads, exceeding speed limits, and increasing the risk for you or someone else to be injured; they also are meant to familiarize the rider with their bike— How far can it lean? What is it like to brake hard going from 100+mph to 30 mph in a very short period of time? These are just a couple things the day will provide to you.
Once signed up, you’ll have access to “track days,” which are periods of time that riders have on the track with a professional. Riders are split up based on skill levels: Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced, and Racer (which requires authorized racing license.) Coaches will either follow you, critiquing you along the way or you follow the coach mimicking what they are doing. Either way coaches will speak to you one-on-one and provide you suggestions on ways to improve your skills.
Bob believes “track days” are the safe solution for the adrenaline junkies out there. This is one reason Bob’s BMW partners with MotorcycleXcitement each year to provide an exclusive day for the dealership and anyone who pre-registers to enjoy a day at the track. And this year Charlie Goss (Sales Advisor), Darryl Carmichael (Service Advisor), Lex O’brien (E-Content Manager), Brett Ricketts (BMW Certified Technician), and Jeremy Cook (sponsored S1000RR racer) will be packing up the trailer and heading to Summit Point on June 24th for Bob’s Track Day.
Registration fees include a pre-inspection of your bike the week before the actual track day, and orientation at Bob’s explaining what to expect; a full day of racing at Summit Point; lunch, cold beverages and snacks in between races; and a comfortable and shaded area to cool down and refuel in between races; plus a one year membership to MotorcycleXcitement which offers discounts on more “track days” and a free t-shirt. So head on over to Bob’s BMW, to start another chapter of your riding history!
May 16th, 2013
Linda Crill tells her inspiring story in the pages of her just released book, Blind Curves. Linda is a former corporate executive who at age 57 loses her husband to cancer. She finds her world upside down for the next 18 months as she tries to move on, however despite all of the suggestions and advice from friends and experts, she still finds herself asking, “What Now?”
With no prior experience riding a motorcycle and only 30 days to learn Linda commits to a 2,500 mile motorcycle adventure down the Pacific Coast Highway. Changing out of her corporate suit and into motorcycle leathers, Linda’s world is immediately broadened. She meets people she never would have met, see’s things she never would have seen, and learns life lessons she never would have learned had she not embraced the unknown and leaned into the ‘blind curve’ life put before her.
Join us on June 8th for Women’s Day at Bob’s as we celebrate women riders. Hear the experience, strength, and hope of “One Woman’s Unusual Journey to Reinvent Herself and Answer: What now?”
Books will be available for sale and Linda will be available 10-noon to sign copies. The day is an effort to unite men and women riders in celebration of the growing female riding community. A tech session is scheduled for the day as well as an hour long group ride that Linda will be joining us on, riding her 2010 BMW F 650 GS she purchased right here at Bob’s BMW! The first 10 people to RSVP to for the group ride will get FREE admission to Iron Bridge Wine Company’s 10th Anniversary Celebration ($25 value!) which is where the ride will end. To RSVP for the group ride, email firstname.lastname@example.org
To get more details on Women’s Day and other upcoming events, please visit www.bobsbmw.com
May 16th, 2013
In lieu of it being Motorcycle Safety Month, now is an opportune time to share details of Bob’s Safety Program with our eclub members. This effort is our way of stressing the importance of safe riding. One way you can increase safety on the road is by taking the Maryland Safety Foundation (MSF) Motorcycle Safety Courses.
Bob’s safety program was established last year to support the MSF’s primary objective to provide rider education and training. And now for the second year in a row, we are pleased to announce we are running it again. We want to personally thank the dedicated instructors that teach these courses and encourage new riders to get trained by such professionals. Continue reading to learn more about the financial rewards provided to active MSF instructors and recent graduates of the BRC…
The program rewards active MSF instructors and recent graduates of the BRC a 15% discount. In addition to the discount, graduates that purchase a new or used motorcycle at Bob’s BMW will receive a credit of $250 to apply towards the motorcycle purchase or to apply towards accessories for the motorcycle.
“The unfortunate reality is that motorcyclists don’t have the protection that cars do which is why riders must always be prepared, watch and predict what other vehicles are doing, and wear all the gear, all the time—ATGATT,” states Bob. What is so often referred to as an accident is actually an incident according to Law Enforcement Experts. The reality is that 9 out of 10 incidents occur not by accident but rather by complete ignorance, lack of proper training, or not practicing the skills learned through proper training. “This is why rider education is so important; through proper training and regular practice, the number of incidents on the road can be reduced,” states Bob who goes out to practice his skills every time he gets on a motorcycle.
Qualifying instructors and BRC graduates can apply the 15% discount towards apparel, parts, and accessories now thru February 28, 2014. The idea behind the program is elementary: lead by example. If instructors are wearing top-rated safety gear that they have been properly fitted for, their students will follow suit. Then, assuming the recent graduate of the BRC follows the example set by their instructor, the new rider is rewarded for taking the safety course with a 15% discount at Bob’s; which in a perfect world they will spend on properly fitted, head-to-toe riding gear!
On top of the 15% discount, when new riders purchase a new or used motorcycle they receive a $250 credit to use towards the purchase or towards accessories for the bike. It’s a win-win for everyone involved!
Not to mention, when anyone who is buying a motorcycle mentions who referred them, the person making the referral can receive a Bob’s BMW gift card up to $100! You can visit www.bobsbmw.com for complete details on the Safety program and all other programs now available at Bob’s BMW.
To qualify for the Safety Program, MSF Instructors must provide a copy of their current MSF ID card and class schedule for the 2013 courses they are teaching. Recent graduates of the BRC must bring in a copy of their course completion certificate. Questions? Contact email@example.com.
May 16th, 2013
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month which is a nationwide initiative developed by The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to remind drivers the importance of safely sharing the road with motorcyclists and to remind motorcyclists to make themselves visible to other motorists.
Bob sits on the board of the Maryland Motorcycle Safety Coalition and is an avid supporter of motorcycle safety awareness not just one time a year, but every day of the year. In an effort to help carry the message to everyone on the road, maybe you have seen one of Bob’s trailers riding around town with “Share the Road” graphics, or maybe you have seen the hillside banner which is visible from Route 32 that also states “Share the Road.” We have also spent some time on various military bases these past couple months supporting the motorcycle safety days and sharing important safety messages like “all the gear, all the time”—ATGATT.
When asked what he would like to share with readers Bob explained his theory regarding every motorcyclist’s responsibility, “practicing your skills every time you go for a ride is key to attaining and remaining proficient at all the skills needed to be a skilled motorist. Doing so will prevent you from being involved in an incident where you or your motorcycle could be damaged or injured.”
According to NHTSA, motorcycle fatalities have steadily increased over the past 14 years (with the exception of one year); in 2011, 14% of fatalities were motorcycle fatalities, totaling 4,612. Bob believes this does not have to be the case and we can turn this statistic around. NHTSA provides some key safety reminders to keep in mind while traveling on the roadways:
Motorcyclists must remember to:
Read the questions below and if you answer YES to any, there is a very good possibility you are not riding in properly fitted gear, making it more likely for an injury to occur if an accident were to take place:
If you are unsure if your gear fits properly, simply ask one of our apparel specialists for full apparel assessment during your next visit.
May 14th, 2013
Join us May 18, 2013 from 9am-4pm for Bob’s Vintage and Classic Day.
Every year, the day before the British and European Bike Show in Clarksburg, MD, Bob’s likes to invite Vintage and Classic enthusiasts out to kick off the fun-filled weekend! So crank up your precious OLD-TIMER and ride to Bob’s rain or shine for a fun filled day:
Wild Dog Gourmet Hot Dogs onsite from 10-2.
Vintage Judging Tips Tech Seminar
Join our seminar at 11am in the museum to find out if your Vintage Bike is blue ribbon worthy?! Here to teach the seminar will be one of the British and European Classic Motorcycle Day Judges, Paul Rubenson, to teach you what judges are looking for as they walk around hundreds of bike studying them so closely. RSVP TODAY!
Bob’s Official BMW Expert Quiz
Think you are a BMW expert? You can find out by taking Bob’s Official BMW Expert Quiz. Try to answer all the questions without using your smart phone! You can look at nearby beemers but not all the parts are on the surface to find. The quiz will be posted all day in the museum. Person with the most correct answers will win a prize (TBD)…Good luck!
The Vintage Museum has just been updated! Stop by and explore and learn about the new machines on display! If you have any questions, you can ask Paul, Bob’s Museum Curator and he will have all the answers!
May 14th, 2013
Men and Women unite in celebration of the growing female riding community. Ride to Bob’s and help us celebrate on June 8 from 9am-4pm.
10am-Noon – Linda Crill will be returning for the second year in a row, this year with her JUST RELEASED book, Blind Curves: One Woman’s Unusual Journey to Reinvent Herself And Answer: What Now? She will share highlights from her 2,500 mile jaunt down America’s Pacific Coast Highway just 1 month after learning to ride! Get a copy of Blind Curves following the discussion and Linda will be available to personally sign your copy!
11am – General Maintenance and Roadside Safety Tech Session. Write down your service and maintenance questions – ask us ANYTHING!— drop them in the drop box, and Master Technician Steve Slunt will pull questions and answer them all face to face!
Noon-3pm – Group Ride to Iron Bridge Wine Company. First 10 riders to RSVP get free admission to Iron Bridge’s 10th Anniversary Celebration ($25 value!). Enjoy great food, fine wines, and fun among friends! RSVP for Group Ride TODAY!
May 14th, 2013
Arrive Cape Town, South Africa on November 6 and depart Johannesburg, South Africa – November 19.
Experience an ADVENTURE of a lifetime! Ride South Africa’s Cape Peninsula with Bob and Suzanne this November.
The itinerary includes:
• Stay overnight in Cape Agulhas – where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet
• Spend a night at a wine and ostrich farm in a 4 star Cape Dutch Country House
• Stay 2 nights “on the waterfront” in Knysna – South Africa’s most popular vacation resort
• Enjoy an authentic Zulu cultural experience in Kwa-Zulu Natal Province
• Ride the beautiful Swazi mountains and stay at a mountaintop resort in Piggs Peak
• Spend 2 nights “on safari” in a 5-star game lodge inside Kruger National Park
For more information and to book your trip go to www.ayresadventures.com.
May 7th, 2013
Authentic GS Adventure Experience in a Mid-Size Motorcycle
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – May 2, 2013… Building upon a track record of success in the large-capacity and mid-size enduro segments, BMW Motorrad proudly offers the new F 800 GS Adventure. Based on the dynamic, off-road-oriented F 800 GS, the Adventure model offers an optimal combination of agility, touring practicality and off-road capability. Following the tradition of the popular boxer-engined GS Adventure models, it provides off-road-oriented touring aficionados, world travellers and endure fans with an authentic GS Adventure experience in the mid-size segment.
The F 800 GS Adventure is powered by the liquid-cooled 798 cc four-valve twin-cylinder engine featured on the F 800 GS, with electronic fuel injection, closed-loop catalytic converter and six-speed transmission. Delivering maximum power of 63 kW (85 hp) at 7,500 rpm, and with maximum torque of 83 Nm (61 lb/ft) at 5,750 rpm, this engine impresses with quick and lively response, powerful torque and low fuel consumption.
Engineered and equipped for world travel.
Like the F 800 GS, the Adventure model features a robust, torsionally resistant tubular steel frame, while the rear subframe is reinforced to accommodate the larger, 24-liter tank (6.3 gallons) (8 liters (2.1 gallons) more than the F 800 GS model), which increases the bike’s range. Like the F 800 GS, the Adventure model is equipped with ABS as standard, while further safety and performance-enhancing systems – Automatic Stability Control (ASC) and Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) – are available as factory equipped options, and in the case of ASC, also as a dealer installed special accessory. These features position the BMW F 800 GS Adventure, along with the F 800 GS, as the safest mid-size touring enduro on the market.
The new F 800 GS Adventure is also available with Enduro mode as part of a package featuring ASC as a factory option.. At the push of a button, the rider can increase the slip threshold of the ABS and ASC systems when heading off-road, for an even more dynamic riding experience with improved acceleration and braking on loose terrain.
The F 800 GS Adventure boasts new, masculine bodywork that underscores its globetrotting abilities, while a new, very comfortable bench seat, a larger windscreen for improved protection against the elements and hand protectors also support this image. Other new standard features on the F 800 GS Adventure include wide enduro footrests, an adjustable, reinforced foot brake lever, an engine protection bar and a pannier rack which also functions as a tank protection bar.
Highlights of the new BMW F 800 GS Adventure compared to the F 800 GS:
• Based on the same versatile overall concept as the F 800 GS, with powerful twin-cylinder engine and agile suspension, but with enhanced off-road and globetrotting abilities.
• Robust and masculine GS Adventure bodywork styling.
• Balanced proportions, despite large rear tank.
• Larger, 24-liter (6.3 gallons) fuel tank (+ 8 liters/ + 21. gallons).
• Extended range (by approx.100 miles).
• ABS as standard, ASC as a factory-fitted optional extra or as a special accessory.
• Enduro mode as a new optional extra, in combination with ASC.
• Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) as a factory-fitted optional extra.
• Reinforced rear subframe.
• More comfortable bench seat.
• Large windscreen.
• Wide enduro footrests.
• Adjustable, reinforced foot brake lever.
• Engine protection bar.
• Pannier rack also serves as a tank protection bar.
• Wide range of dealer installed special accessories and factory options.
Key technical differences at a glance:
BMW F 800 GS Adventure BMW F 800 GS
Tank volume: 6.3 gallons 4.2 gallons
Standard seat height: 35.0 in 34.6 in
Low seat height: 33.9 in 33.5 in
Low Suspension option: no yes, 32.3 in
DIN unladen weight: 505 lbs 472 lbs
Max load: 496 lbs 507 lbs
L / W / H: 90.7/36.4/57.1 in 90.6/36.2/53.0 in
55 mph 55mpg 62 mpg
Model Characteristics and Design
BMW GS Adventure is a byword for the finest in two-wheeled exploration.
For many years, the Adventure versions of the large BMW GS boxer bikes have been discovering far corners of our planet and pressing on where others have turned back. With the arrival of the F 800 GS Adventure, BMW Motorrad offers this same concept for the mid-size enduro segment for the first time – and just like the boxer-engined GS Adventure models, the newcomer is also built for increased off-road riding and operation under the harshest conditions.
High-torque, smooth running parallel-twin engine.
Just like the F 800 GS, the new F 800 GS Adventure uses the extremely compact two-cylinder engine inclined forward at an angle of 8.3 degrees with a displacement of 798 cc and four valves per combustion chamber. Equipped with electronic fuel injection, closed-loop catalytic converter and a six-speed gearbox, the engine excels with its quick throttle response, acceleration and low fuel consumption. Its system of balancing masses using a swivelling connecting rod that compensates for first and second-order inertia forces is the only one of its kind to be installed on a standard production bike. Valve actuation is by means of double overhead camshafts and speed-resistant rocker arms. Output of the liquid-cooled engine is unchanged at 63 kW (85 hp) at 7,500 rpm, with a peak torque of 83 Nm (61 lb-ft) at 5,750 rpm.
Robust chassis with reinforced rear frame and ABS as standard.
The chassis of the new F 800 GS Adventure is based on the proven concept used on the F 800 GS, featuring a robust, torsionally stiff steel frame in tubular construction with the engine integrated as a load-bearing element. The steering head connection via gusset plates and the one-piece double-strut swing arm made of diecast aluminum is unchanged. The only difference is that the rear frame in square steel tubing has been strengthened to allow for both the 8-liter/2.1 gallon increase in fuel tank capacity and the more rigorous demands on the bike’s off-road abilities. ABS already comes equipped as standard on the new F 800 GS Adventure, as it does on all BMW production motorcycles.
The new, extra-light and compact two-channel Bosch 9M BMW system featured on the F 800 GS is also included. It comes equipped with inlet valves that can be infinitely adjusted for even better response as well as wheel sensors that automatically monitor the distance between sensor and sensor wheel. ABS can be deactivated at the press of a button if the rider so wishes – ideal for riding in off-road terrain.
Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) as a factory equipped option.
The list of factory equipped options includes a unique feature for the mid-size enduro segment in the form of Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA). This allows the rider to conveniently adjust the rebound damping of the rear spring strut in the same way as on the F 800 GS with a simple push of a button on the left handlebar panel, even while on the move. Depending on the damping mode selected – “Comfort”, “Normal” or “Sport” – the electronic control unit determines and sets the appropriate damping rate. This is done by means of a small, light stepper motor on the shock
absorber, while a corresponding symbol appears in the instrument cluster display. The spring
preload, on the other hand, is adjusted manually using an easily accessible hand wheel.
Automatic Stability Control (ASC) with new Enduro mode available as a factory equipped option.
A unique feature of BMW’s mid-size enduro segment is the Automatic Stability Control (ASC) system on the F 800 GS. This anti-slip control function regulates the amount of engine drive torque transmitted as a function of the friction coefficient between the road surface and the rear tire. This has the effect of preventing the rear wheel from spinning, thereby enhancing traction and handling safety. Riders can disengage the system by pressing a button, even on the move.
The new F 800 GS Adventure is the world’s-first mid-size bike to offer an Enduro riding mode as an option with ASC. When changing from roads to rougher terrain, a handlebar control enables the rider to simply switch to Enduro mode and thereby activate an ASC and ABS setting that has been specially tuned for off-road riding. In this mode, the ASC and ABS control logic is modified to delay intervention. The slip threshold is increased, resulting in improved acceleration and stopping power on loose surfaces at the same time as making the riding experience even more dynamic and active. The Enduro mode can only be ordered in conjunction with the optional ASC in the Enduro package, although ASC is available also on its own.
New styling and extended equipment features.
The new F 800 GS Adventure underscores its credentials as an enduro bike eminently suited to world travel as well as a safe and dependable means of exploring even the remotest regions of the planet with a host of specialized equipment features.
The introduction of the new F 800 GS Adventure clearly signals what its name promises. It takes its cue from the large boxer GS Adventure models by adopting the same authentic, and robust look. The characteristic GS styling continues to stand out clearly from all angles.
When it comes to ergonomics and comfort, the new F 800 GS Adventure further demonstrates its globetrotting capabilities with a seat that is more comfortable and slightly higher than the F 800 GS, making longer day rides even easier to cover. A lower seat can be selected as an accessory. Meanwhile, an enlarged windscreen provides even better protection from the elements, while sturdy hand protectors and adjustable brake and clutch levers are also standard..
Suitability for off-road use is further enhanced by widened enduro footrests with vibration-damping rubber tops that can be removed for riding off-road. The adjustable rest for the foot brake lever allows for optimum operation of the rear-wheel brake when the rider is in a standing position off road.
The severe operating conditions often encountered in rough terrain prompted the reinforcement of the foot brake lever and the inclusion of an engine protection bar plus the pannier racks that double as protection bars for the enlarged fuel tank. Its capacity of 24 liters/6.3 gallons means that it holds 8 liters/2.1 gallons more than the F 800 GS, increasing the bike’s range by around 100 miles.
Optional equipment and accessories for a wide range of personalization.
BMW Motorrad offers its customary extensive range of optional equipment and accessories for further personalization of the new F 800 GS Adventure.
Options are factory equipped while accessories are retrofit items that can be added by BMW Motorrad dealers or customers themselves.
• Automatic Stability Control (ASC).
• Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA).
• Low seat.
• Center stand.
• Comfort package: onboard computer, heated grips, center stand.
• new: Enduro package: ASC, Enduro mode.
• new: Off-road tires.
• new: LED Fog Lights. .
• Anti-theft alarm system.
• Active Package: LED Fog Lights, ESA
• Automatic Stability Control (ASC).
• new: LED Fog Lights.
• Anti-theft alarm system.
• Add-on spoiler (small and large) for hand protectors.
• Add-on windscreen spoiler, large.
• new: Tinted windscreen.
• Case Holder, large, for aluminum topcase.
• Aluminum case.
• Inner bags for aluminum case.
• Aluminum topcase.
• Waterproof tank bag.
• Softbag Sport, small.
• Softbag Sport, large.
• Enduro rear bag.
• Akrapovic sports silencer.
Ergonomics and comfort.
• Wind deflector set.
• Heated handlebar grips.
• Low seat.
• Splash guard extension, rear.
Navigation and communication.
• new: BMW Motorrad Navigator Adventure.
• Holder for navigation system, cable and accessory set.
• Function pouch for Navigator.
Maintenance and technology.
• Service tool kit.
• Center stand.
The new F 800 GS Adventure also signals its adventurous nature through two new colors.
In Sandrover matt, the F 800 GS Adventure stakes its claim to adventure riding. Racing red, on the other hand, lends the F 800 GS Adventure a particularly light and sporty look while accentuating its dynamic qualities.
May 3rd, 2013
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