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Bob’s BMW One-Of-A-Kind R1200GS Rallye & RnineT Scrambler

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Bob’s One-Of-A-Kind 2018 BMW R1200GS Rallye

 


The R1200GS Rallye is a continuation and refinement of the strong heritage of the GS namesake. The name of this iconic motorcycle comes from the German words Gelande and Strasse, which roughly translates into street and dirt. While the new R1200GS models excel fantastically on the asphalt, there are a few modifications and refinements needed to really excel when hitting the dirt.

There are a few details that separate the GS Rallye from a standard 1200GS, beyond the red, white, and blue livery. The Rallye comes equipped with stiffer suspension rebound and longer travel, and the dynamic suspension adjustment is more tuned to compensate for the forces at play when both wheels leave the ground. The Rallye also comes with radiator guards, which are critical in protecting the sensitive screens from rock impacts. While these features are great for an occasional fire road, a more intrepid rider needs to take the necessary steps to protect their machine so here’s what we did…

One of the most critical aspects of an off-road motorcycle is the tires. So Bob’s BMW did away with the stock Michelin Anakee 3 tires and their 90/10 street/dirt bias, and fitted the Rallye with the Anakee Wilds. These are a very aggressive 50/50 tire with a tread block pattern that allows for ample channeling of dirt, mud, sand, and other debris. However even with such an aggressive tread pattern the casing of the tire is reinforced to provide stable and predictable handling on twisty back roads.

The next addition to the Rallye was some crash protection. For those with an affinity for the boxer motor know that the compromise of the wonderfully low center of gravity is the vulnerability of horizontally opposed cylinders off road. We negated this by adding on the BMW crash bars to protect the cylinders from impact, and added a bash plate for the boxer’s undercarriage as well.

The 1200GS has a gorgeously designed and wonderfully bright headlight, but its beauty could be easily tarnished by an errant rock. That’s why we also added on a headlight guard that fits in perfectly under the angles of the dark tinted Rallye windscreen. To go one step further, the Rallye was outfitted with adjustable hand guards, since the riders hands are much more susceptible to impact than plastic. These guards go one step further than just standard protection however. While in stock form they block the cold wind from blowing over the controls. But upon removing the center panel the rider is able to get airflow through the guards in warmer conditions without sacrificing protection.

One of the key principles of riding off road is being able to get up onto the pegs. Doing so gives the rider much more control in situations of compromised traction and tight low-speed maneuvering. Doing so requires ample grip on the pegs, but if the trip to the trails covers a great distance the metal teeth of an enduro peg can grow uncomfortable. The pegs we installed from BMW created a brilliant solution to this problem. In the center of the pegs are rubber inserts to maintain comfort, but once the rider stands up and shifts their weight the inserts retract into the peg allowing for better grip.

The Rallye seat is is contoured to allow the rider to easily shift around their body positioning for off road maneuvers, and the two-tone black and white pattern adds to the gorgeous design of the bike. For a final aesthetic touch the Vario cases were custom painted to match the Lupin Blue paint of the Rallye, which really accentuates how fantastic this bike looks.

If you’ve always wanted to get behind the bars of an R1200GS but were afraid about taking it off the beaten path then look no further. We’ve done all the work to create a GS that is ready for whatever Mother Nature can throw at you.


Bob’s One-Of-A-Kind BMW R9T Scrambler

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Images of 2017 BMW R9T Scrambler at Bob’s BMW

 
 

The evolution of BMW Motorrad and the bikes that have rolled off the line in Berlin has been a story of incredible progress and change. From it’s inception, the Boxer engine and the creative minds behind it have represented a fine balance between mechanical simplicity and cutting edge technological innovation. The bullet proof carbureted and air cooled boxers of the past paved the way for incredible progress in terms of performance and an electronic hand in the riding experience. However this push towards modern technology has shifted away from some of the classic soul and character of the BMW Boxer. It’s with the R Nine T Scrambler that Motorrad was able to combine modern innovation and the ethos of the original boxer into one machine.

Upon first sight the strongest characteristics of the Scrambler are its strong visual lines. The boxer engine sits in a trellis frame, allowing the iconic boxer footprint to stand out. The gas tank is sculpted with gentle contours that create indents for the rider’s knees. Our decision to paint the tank a matte black further highlight its figure, with every line catching the light in an arresting manner. The cylinder heads and valve colors are painted to match as well, in with the same shade of black as the engine case and swing-arm. Even the speedometer was painted, to ensure that the bike has a strong visual flow and a sense of continuity. The now black headlight harkens back to the R100s of the past, a round headlight bucket with a a minimalist profile. The stock seat has been replaced with a Roland Sands Design seat that follows the flow of its OEM counterpart, while wearing a jet black finish that promises to develop a lovely patina to one lucky rider. To provide a subtle degree of contrast we left the handlebars and footpeg brackets the stock silver to help set off the deep and rich tones surrounding them. Nothing on this bike is extravagant or flashy, and the coat of black paint furthers this sense of simplification. Even the stock mirrors and their large footprint were done away, replaced with the slender profile of a pair of Rizoma bar-end mirrors made of CNC cut aluminum with a glossy black finish. Pictures don’t do the fit and finish of this bike justice, and it truly deserves to be seen in person.

As much as the aesthetics of a motorcycle are held in high regard, they remain secondary to how the motorcycle rides. When you swing a leg over and turn the key on the scrambler, theres an immediate sensation not found on a more overtly technical motorcycle. The engine rumbles to life with a a droning pulse as the two oil-cooled pistons eagerly await the first crack of the throttle. With a set of high-mounted pipes that come stock from Akaprovic, the exhaust note comes in the form of an urgent bark that burbles back down to idle. The Air/Oil cooled engine of the R Nine T still maintains the rich low end torque of the original boxer, but with a throttle response that is immensely sharp and responsive. Even the slightest twist of the wrist sends the Scrambler surging forward with aplomb. Once in motion the bike is an absolute joy to ride thanks to the time-honored characteristics of the boxer. The low center of gravity makes easy work of low speed maneuvering and traffic. When the roads open up and yield flowing curves, the bike deftly dips into every corner and holds a solid line aided by it’s rear monoshock configuration. This bike truly nails the vintage aesthetic without compromising safety or performance. ABS and Traction control intervene in the most tasteful manner, softening those sudden stops and keeping the rear end from breaking free. BMW Motorrad truly has a winner with this platform, by incorporating their cutting edge innovation into a show stopping package that evokes a rich lineage of motorcycling without compromising progress.

Timonium Motorcycle Show

Timonium Show tickets at Bob's BMW

The biggest and best indoor motorcycle show in the Mid-Atlantic region is just around the corner! The Timonium Motorcycle Show kicks off Friday, February 9 and goes through Sunday, February 11.

You can get your tickets to the show in advance at Bob’s BMW at a discounted rate–ONLY $10 (reg. $18). 

The show offers you an opportunity to check out new 2018 models from various manufacturers, an aftermarket upgrade area, custom and vintage competition, Travel, Touring, and Adventure section that includes the world’s most famous Adventure Riders like Lisa & Simon Thomas, Lois Pryce, Austin Vince, Steph Jeavons, and Motorcycle Tour experts like Ayres Adventures, Beach’s Motorcycle Adventures, and MORE!

WHAT’S NEW AT THE TIMONIUM MOTORCYCLE SHOW

Virtual Reality Test Rides

Virtual Reality Rides Bob's BMW

This year, at the Timonium Motorcycle Show attendees will be able to experience the thrill of two wheels without even leaving the fairgrounds! All weekend long, Bob’s BMW Motorcycles will be offering FREE Virtual Reality Test Rides at its booth in the Main Hall.  

Whether or not you have a motorcycle license, does not matter. This opportunity offers non-riders the ability to see what the fun is all about and what they’re missing!

You will literally be sitting on the motorcycle with a virtual reality headset that will provide a massive field of view and your choice of an exciting on-road, off-road, or track experience. Upon selecting which type of ride you want to take, your virtual reality ride will begin and you will experience all the reasons to ride: the view, the sound, the thrill, excitement and exhilaration! While nothing can replace the real feel of taking an actual motorcycle out for a test ride, these virtual reality rides are the next best thing.

No sign up is required, just visit Bob’s BMW Motorcycles in the Main Hall and tell one of the friendly faces with a Bob’s shirt on, you would like to take a virtual reality test ride on a 2018 BMW Motorcycle!

 

Display from The Vintage BMW Motorcycle Museum 

vinatgeThe Vintage BMW Motorcycle Museum at Bob’s BMW is excited to display a dozen special machines from a collection of over 90 ultra-rare BMW Motorcycles, at the 2018 Timonium Motorcycle Show.

A BMW from every decade from the 1920’s when BMW produced its very first motorcycle thru the 2000’s will be represented in this NEW show display.

The 1925 R32 to be displayed is one of just 3,090 produced between 1923 and 1926 in BMW’s Berlin factory and one of just sixty-four documented examples known to exist today. This machine was previously owned by Butler & Smith, the US Importer for BMW, from the early 1950’s until late 1980.

Museum owner, Bob Henig, Museum Curator Paul Rubenson, and Vintage BMW expert Patrick Arndt will be available all weekend to answer questions, discuss the distinct features of the bikes, and share details about BMW Motorrad’s history and its unique place in the motorcycle world.

Stop by Bob’s BMW TODAY to get your discounted Timonium Show tickets!

TFT Display & Connectivity Seminar

TFT Display & Connectivity Seminar

Visit Bob’s BMW on Saturday, January 27 at 11am for an in-depth, interactive, and hands-on seminar about the all new TFT display and Connected App.

This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to work with ALL the functions of BMW Mottorad’s new TFT display and connected app.

You will learn:

  • The features and capabilities of the TFT display and Connected App
  • How to pair your smart phone, helmet/comm system, and TFT display
  • How to work with the Navigation function
  • How to make and receive phone calls
  • Benefits of synching a BMW Nav VI to the TFT display
  • How to download BMW’s FREE Connected App and the additional options it offers in combo with TFT display.
  • BONUS: Introduction to Rever. REVER is the trending app connecting riders worldwide.3 LUCKY WINNERS will receive a 1-year PREMIUM subscription to REVER!

About the TFT Display & Connected App
The new TFT display, currently on the 2018 R1200GS/GSA (in-stock TODAY!) and expected to be part of the all-new 2018 F750GS and F850GS, replaces the traditional instrument cluster. It provides motorcyclists with an innovative and intuitive solution for daily navigation, making and receiving phone calls, playing music, and retrieving riding related information like tire pressure, fuel consumption, speed, and revs, through a clear 6.5” TFT display!

On top of this, riders can download the FREE BMW Motorrad Connected App. This new app offers smartphone-based navigation with turn by turn arrows, and tracks riding statistics, logs your routes, and offers the ability to load images from your rides so you can later share with other riders. It will even save the location of where you parked so you can easily get back to your bike!

This seminar will begin at 11am. Light refreshments (coffee and pastries) will be provided and all guests can enter to WIN a Premium subscription to REVER!

Lucky Blue Envelopes

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Based on customer feedback, we are very excited to announce local* online and phone order customers are NOW eligible to receive Lucky Blue Envelopes!

NOW each time you visit, call, or place an online order of $25 or more in January you will receive a Lucky Blue Envelope. All envelopes contain a fantastic prize including multiple grand prizes like:

  • FREE t-shirts and hats
  • FREE desk toys- small and large
  • FREE oil & filter change for your Beemer
  • FREE books and DVD’s
  • FREE BMW posters
  • $50 gift cards
  • Service coupons
  • A brand new set of tires for any BMW
  • A professional bike detailing
  • $10 and $25 accessory and apparel coupons
  • And much, much more!

Per the instructions on the back of your lucky blue envelope, you must bring the unopened envelope(s) back to Bobs’ BMW in February to reveal its contents and to redeem your prize. And remember, each envelope contains a prize so EVERYONE is a WINNER!

*One envelope per visit. Customers in MD, VA, D.C., PA, and DE. Prizes awarded upon return visit in February. One redemption per visit. Gift cards and show tickets not included.

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Now or Never Sale is Back & Starts TODAY!

Now or Never Sale at Bob's BMW

The Biggest Sale Of the Year Is Going On NOW!

The BIGGEST markdowns of the year on overstock and closeout apparel from all the major brands! Shop Jackets, Pants, Boots, Gloves, Helmets and MORE in-store and online.

With prices this low and quantities limited to in-stock only, you better act NOW or you may NEVER see it again!

SIDI Boot Clearance

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The NEW Schuberth C4 is Here!

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Labor Day Sale Extended!

Labor Day Sale at Bob's BMW

Labor Day Motorcycle Sale


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