May 16th, 2016
The Baltimore Sun
by Lane Page
You won’t smell the exhaust or hear the engines roar — Bob Henig’s BMW Motorcycle Museum in Jessup is not interactive — but it’s not hard to imagine yourself wearing aviator goggles with the wind in your hair.
If anyone does ride these bikes, it is their owner, as he rotates some in and out of display.
Creating a museum wasn’t Henig’s excuse to start collecting motorcycles; it’s the other way around — “a hobby run amok,” he says.
“I’ve always collected things and always enjoyed sharing what I collect,” says Henig, who first opened his vintage museum in 1999. “It’s just stuff, unless I get to share it.”
This month he’ll be sharing a lot more. More than 65 motorcycles, accessories and riding gear have been moved from home storage and his dealership across Guilford Road to two museum floors dedicated to BMW bikes, art and history. A grand opening on May 21 will unveil some 3,600 square feet of vintage bikes, Steib sidecars, cases of manuals, advertising art and even a child’s tricycle version of one classic model.
BMW models dating from 1925 to the present are on display, restored or not. In a few cases, they were never taken out of the shipping crate.
Some, like the 1913 Indian (one of two non-BMW motorcycles in Henig’s collection), may conjure memories of silent movies, while two 1940s BMW German models are reminiscent of World War II, in which they were indeed used.
Another bike, the Kneeler, was built without a seat but with a sidecar for an outrider and was designed for straight speed — it set the land record of 132.45 miles per hour. In contrast, the 2001 semi-enclosed, special-edition BMW C1 was considered the safest bike on the road and designed to be worn without a helmet.
Visitors can also see race-winning bikes, a high-tech 1989-90 Autobahn Blaster and the 1954 Agusta motorized unicycle.
“There are only a few truly extraordinary BMW motorcycle collections here in the United States, and Mr. Henig’s museum would be on that list,” says Jim Hopkins, a fellow collector of BMW bikes and memorabilia.
Like Henig, Hopkins saw a BMW bike in high school and never forgot it. Decades later, he purchased that very model.
“BMW motorcycles,” he says simply, “are works of art.”
April 11th, 2016
THE LATEST: BMW MOTORRAD NEWS
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Wes Fleming from BMWMOA
BMW Motorrad achieves its best overall result so far in the MOTORRAD magazine readers’ vote Motorcycle of the Year 2016. Victory in five categories and a total of nine podium places.
With victories in the categories Sports Bikes, Touring/Sport Touring Bikes, Enduros/Supermotos, Crossovers and Modern Classics as well as two second and three third places, BMW Motorrad achieved its best result so far in MOTORRAD magazine’s 18th Motorcycle of the Year 2016 readers’ vote, which encompassed 208 motorcycle models.
“All of us at BMW Motorrad are thrilled by this result. Once again I would like to thank the MOTORRAD readers warmly for their vote and the trust they have placed in us. Once more this amazing response shows that we provide optimum products for our customers in nearly all the categories we are represented in. This result is a strong validation of our development work up to now – which we will continue with determination to be able to offer our motorcycle fans the best BMW motorcycle in each market segment,” said BMW Motorrad Director Stephan Schaller.
The BMW S 1000 RR took first place for the second time in a row in the Sports Bikes category with 23.4% of the readers’ vote. The participating MOTORRAD readers once more honored the outstanding combination of high performance, high active riding safety thanks to Race ABS and Dynamic Traction Control DTC as well as the optional electronically controlled suspension Dynamic Damping Control DDC.
In the Crossover category, the BMW S 1000 XR took first place with an outstanding 26.7% of the votes. MOTORRAD readers were won over by its fascinating mix of dynamic sports-oriented riding characteristics, excellent sports touring qualities and individual design.
When it came to vote on the best Touring/Sports Touring Bike, BMW Motorrad scored a double success. As in the previous year, the R 1200 RS came first thanks to its excellent all-round qualities with regard to dynamic riding, sportiness and touring suitability. It received 24% of the votes. In third place in this class as in 2015 was the R 1200 RT, the established travel tourer of the BMW Motorrad range for the last 30 years.
The “subscription” winner, as it were, in the Enduros/Supermotos class is the R 1200 GS / Adventure with 23.4% of the votes, its eighth win in this category since 2009. The big GS finds the readers’ great approval thanks to its unique long-haul adventure travel character and the fun it provides riding on country roads and off the beaten track.
BMW Motorrad achieved victory number five with the R nineT and the R nineT Scrambler in the Modern Classics category. Just over 30% of readers voted in favor of the the unrivaled mix of classic design, lifestyle, state-of-the-art technology and sporty dynamic riding from the new world of BMW Motorrad Heritage.
As in 2015, BMW Motorrad took places two and three in the Naked Bikes category with the unfaired BMW R 1200 R flat twin and the sports-oriented four-cylinder S 1000 R. The C 650 Sport/C 650 GT took second place in the Scooter category.
The award ceremony was held on 14 March 2016 in Stuttgart, Germany. Nearly 52,200 readers took part in the 18th readers’ vote on the Motorcycle of the Year, which is considered to be the most important motorcycle and scooter readers’ choice in Europe. Well over 750,000 readers have participated in the polls since 1999.
March 24th, 2016
This Saturday Roger Lyle of MotorcycleXcitement will be at Bob’s BMW presenting:Track Days: Start to Finish, Everything You Need To Know!
Whether you’re an expert or newbie—you don’t want to miss this! Get all of your questions answered and share your experiences with other riders. Ride away feeling confident, amped up, and ready for your first track day of 2016!
This event is FREE and open to all makes and models so grab your friends and ride to Bob’s BMW March 26! Seminar begins at 11AM.
Annual membership, first track day, & leather rentals ONLY $225 ($350 value!)
Also, be sure to check out Bob’s NEW SPORT BIKE SECTION, you can’t miss it! Race suits, leathers, helmets, boots, gloves, jackets, accessories, AND MUCH MORE!
March 7th, 2016
2016 BMW R NINET SCRAMBLER
Honest. Untamed. Air-cooled. Feel the wind, lean into every curve and experience the freedom in every mile you ride – the BMW R nineT Scrambler empowers you to do your own thing. Tough, unconventional, and against established standards. Made for true characters who want their bike to be pure and minimalistic.
See, hear, feel. The unique sound of the R nineT Scrambler is a real attention grabber. The classic 1200 cc boxer engine and its high-positioned dual silencer give the bike a powerful voice.
Compared to the R nineT, the handlebars are placed higher and the comfortable seat is repositioned. This ensures a confident and relaxed seating position for every rider. In combination with the slightly longer spring travel, you’ll overcome rough spots with ease.
No limits. Dual sport tires, a high exhaust system, and a relaxed, upright riding position help the Scrambler keep riding where the pavement ends. The 19-inch front wheel, the analog tachometer, a purist steel tank in monolith metallic matte and other unique details turn the Scrambler into a high-quality classic. And with just a few steps you can give the R nineT Scrambler your own individual touch.
Pure Scrambler. Pure BMW Motorrad. The R nineT Scrambler is at the highest level in matters of safety, reliability and quality. Standard ABS and optional ASC provide extra safety.
Make your statement with the R nineT Scrambler.
2016 BMW G 310 R
Riding pleasure. The BMW G 310 R is the essence of riding pleasure. It was built for pulsing cities and those who simply love riding motorcycles. It is maneuverable, easy to handle and sporty at the same time. Whether you’re a tall or small rider, you’ll immediately feel at home on the BMW G 310 R! The bike is lightweight, yet a real powerhouse with its 313 cc engine. Get to work, the next hot spot or out of the city safely and reliably on the G 310 R. Premium quality, excellent workmanship and extraordinary technology ensure intense riding pleasure.
Good genes. Good looks. Good looks unmistakably run in the family – the G 310 R clearly carries the S 1000 R genes. The sporty headlight fairing with powerful headlight, dynamic fuel tank trim and typical roadster proportions transform it into an eye-catcher on the street. The G 310 R is light and strong. The sporty seat emphasizes the roadster dynamic and gives the bike an unmistakable motorsport look. The gold anodized fork and brake calipers emphasize the workmanship of the machine.
Another highlight is the detailed aluminum swing arm. The design ensures lightness and the struts offer stability. Wide tires grip to the road – providing confident riding pleasure.
Light, strong and maneuverable. The G 310 R doesn’t take second place. The single-cylinder, four-stroke 313 cc engine and range of features help to ensure this. The tilt of the cylinder to the rear and the cylinder head that has been rotated 180° lowers the center of gravity and shifts it in the direction of the front wheel. Because of this, the G 310 R is more agile and easier to control. The low and longer swing arm ensures even more stability, without unnecessarily increasing the wheelbase. Ride in confidence with standard ABS, a standard feature on all BMW motorcycles since 2013. Good looks, powerful drive and less than 350 lbs. fully fueled, with the G 310 R you can simply enjoy motorcycling.
Everyone wants to ride it. Ride stress-free and relaxed through the streets with the G 310 R. Even in the big-city hustle and bustle, you’ll ride with confidence thanks to the successful layout of all of the control elements. The ergonomic layout of the handlebars, footrest and control elements ensure a superb riding sensation. The G 310 R offers the right seat for all riders, providing stability. On any surface, the geometry and spring and damper tuning make it an agile city-hopper. Whether riding in heavy city traffic, commuting to work or just getting out of the city on the weekend, with the G 310 R you’ll want to ride on!
February 26th, 2016
Open six days a week, stop by Monday-Saturday to test ride a NEW BMW or any PRE-OWNED MOTORCYCLE (all brands)! Speak with our expert team of certified specialists about our HUGE in-stock inventory of parts and accessories, and riding gear for men and women!
February 26th, 2016
Bob selectively accepts bikes and the occasion car in his quest to raise awareness and money as a member of the local PBTF sponsored Ride for Kids event and as a member of the BOD.
Of special note is the sign on his trailer which has hauled easily 60 other Fiats over the years to also be returned to the road.
To learn more about the PBTF and its mission go to the website at www.curethekids.org
February 19th, 2016
BY ALISA CLICKENGER ON FEB 23, 2015
Motorcycle & Powersports News
One part motorcycle dealership, one part vintage motorcycle museum and one part online/mail order new, classic, vintage and used motorcycle parts store, Bob’s BMW located in Jessup, Maryland, adds up to a 100 percent successful dealership.
Store owner Bob Henig started out modestly by selling used BMW motorcycle parts from his garage in 1981 (the days before e-anything). Now Bob’s BMW is one of the largest, most respected BMW dealerships in North America with nearly $10 million in annual sales.
Bob’s BMW has won numerous awards for overall excellence, merchandising, customer satisfaction and community service. The dealership’s recipe for success is Bob’s careful combination of sales and service of new and used BMW motorcycles, complete refurbishing and restorations on any year BMW built since 1950, great service and a passion for the BMW brand that Henig has parlayed into a world-class collection of BMW motorcycles and paraphernalia.
Henig may do several things within his dealership that are out of the ordinary, such as operating a thriving mail order business at his location and assigning every customer a singular mechanic with whom he builds a one-on-one relationship, yet each is incredibly well thought out – and successful. Henig treats the trade-in process like science and has developed a winning formula to maximize profits and create a win-win situation for his customers.
Henig has come up with a proprietary formula that he’s shared with other dealers in his 20-Group, and with 15 percent of the dealership’s revenue derived from the sale of used bikes, people listen. Other outside-the-box thinking includes Henig’s directive that every department in the dealership be fiscally responsible, ensuring that each department is in the black and not relying on another department’s success to carry them.
Not Everything is About the Bottom Line
“I’ve always believed that dealerships should be fun. They should be a good place to get information,” says Henig. The dealership’s coffee area walls are covered with interesting and up-to-date motorcycling articles from newspapers and industry magazines. The same is true in the men’s room. There is a waiting lounge in the service department, which Henig has declared as a “no sell zone.” It is purely for customers to relax in and take some down time while their bike is being serviced. “You cannot be selling to the customer all the time,” says Henig.
Bob’s BMW escapes the seasonal “hire and fire” cycle by focusing on the service department’s winter work business, incentives on PG&A sales and tightening their belts a bit. They’ve developed programs like the Polar Bear Challenge, which encourages customers to put on the miles even in the chilly season. They also encourage and assist customers with restorations and rebuilds during the winter months.
“I don’t think you can have long-term customers without long-term employees, and you cannot have long-term employees without taking care of them,” says Henig. “We work really, really hard finding ways to level out this business in the months that are traditionally slow.”
The proof is in the people: Lex O’Brien, Bob’s BMW e-commerce content manager, has been with the dealership for 25 years. Every employee gets full health benefits, 100 percent company paid.
Service While You Wait
Rain, shine or snow, every Saturday Bob’s BMW offers “while you wait” repair service. Customers line up on a first-come, first-serve basis, some so eager that they line up two hours before the dealership opens. Seeing this kind of customer enthusiasm led to the dealership setting up a coffee service table outside the night before. When the first customers arrive all they have to do is press the power button for their morning cup of joe. Morning entertainment comes in the form of other customers in line until the shop opens for business. In warmer weather there’s even a self-service bike wash station complete with an amusing vintage illustration.
For efficiency’s sake, the dealership also puts out service cards that customers fill out while waiting their turn. On these cards customers record billing details, motorcycle information and what type of service is required. Customers that arrive on Saturdays with more intense service needs are sometimes asked to wait until the “quickies” are served. Handled well and with clear communication, this has never been a problem for the dealership. Their service department is then closed on Sunday and Monday, which the dealership has found actually improves efficiency and customer communication.
Vintage BMW Museum
Bob’s officially opened as a BMW motorcycle dealership in 1990 and they’ve always had BMW items on display. Henig is an avid collector of BMW motorcycles, memorabilia and wall art. Out of more than 75 motorcycles in the public collection, only three have any type of modification or minor restoration. Because of Bob’s penchant for unrestored, original motorcycles, many of his display motorcycles serve as benchmarks for customers doing their own restorations.
“We offer the museum up as a tool for our customers. Everybody’s idea of what a restoration is will be different. These [vintage]motorcycles we have on display serve as a benchmark for how the machines were when they came off the assembly line,” says Henig. There are currently around 75 bikes and 5 sidecars on display between what’s on the dealership floor and their space across the street, including an original, unrestored 1925 R32, which was BMW’s first production model.
Dealership as a Destination
In addition to the BMW motorcycle and memorabilia museum, Bob’s goes out of its way to cultivate cross-customer relationships. They’ve worked hard to make the dealership a place where BMW enthusiasts can go to get information, and they enjoy bringing their customers together. “We want people to feel as at home as they do at a Starbucks,” says Henig. “We go through a lot of coffee around here.”
Bob’s hosts a variety of evening programs such as tech sessions, informational seminars and presentations from world travelers. The dealership maintains a Facebook page that connects riders with local rides. It also hosts hospitality days at track days as well as CCS and ASRA Motorcycle Races. The dealership has partnered with the Howard County Arts Council for a “Ride the Road to Art” program that got a larger number of customers riding and exploring real art installations within their local community.
In the fall, the dealership puts on an open house and annual swap meet. Closest to Henig’s heart is the annual Baltimore/Washington Ride for Kids. Bob’s BMW has been helping the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation raise money for over 20 years now, Henig himself bringing a high performance sidecar rig and providing rides to some of these special kids.
“A lot of what we’ve done here has been shaped by the needs and wants of our customers,” says Henig, who now wants to build a retail complex of associated and complementary businesses that are not all owned by the dealership. Sounds like Bob’s BMW might just dominate the retail scene in the Washington, DC metro area, which would be no small feat. Then again, that might not be such a bad thing coming from a company whose owner gets teary-eyed when he talks about his practiced ability to keep a wig on a small child while helping them don and doff a motorcycle helmet.
Bob’s BMW 10720 Guilford Road Jessup, MD (301) 497-8949
Accessories: Rizoma, Ikon, Rev’It!, Klim, Shoei, Akrapovic
February 15th, 2016
January 31st, 2016
American Honda donated a NEW 2017 Acura NSX sports car and split the proceeds between the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) and Camp Southern Ground, started by Zack Brown the musician at the Barrett-Jackson car auction in Scottsdale on Friday night. The car was auctioned for $1,200,000 on Friday night so the PBTF will receive $600,000!
NASCAR racing team owner Rick Hendrick paid $1.2 million for this stunning car, VIN 001, to benefit the 2 children’s charities the PBTF and Camp Southern Ground.
Please join us in expressing our gratitude to American Honda President Takuji Yamada, Susie and everyone at Acura!
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January 29th, 2016
Registration / Staging / Refreshments at 8am * Kick Stands Up & Wheels Turning at 9am
Bob’s BMW is the proud “Chief” Sponsor of the second annual Riding with the Heroes. The Howard County Police Department and Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services are hosting this motorcycle ride to benefit Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center and the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF).
These organizations have a tremendous impact in our local community as well as the public safety community. Grassroots serves our community with crisis intervention hotline programs, walk-in counseling, the Mobile Crisis Team, Day Resource Center, Homeless Shelter and much more. ICISF trains individuals in critical incident stress management and this training is the basis for our Critical Incident Stress Management Teams here in Howard County and around the world that respond to crisis situations and disasters, aiding our public safety employees in the aftermath.
These are very worthy non-profit organizations that need our help to continue to grow and expand their services. Bob’s BMW is a current and ongoing partner of Grassroots so we are thrilled to help promote this motorcycle ride fundraising event! We hope you will join us in this great event!
All participants will get a short sleeve event t-shirt and lunch. Pre registration is $25/Rider & $15/Passenger or you can register for $30/Rider & $20/Passenger the day of the event. Ride begins at Howard County Public Training Center at 9 a.m. sharp!