July 11th, 2014
My New Book FORKS and How Bob’s BMW Kept Me Going Around The World
By: Allan Karl
Those of you who know me remember, and for those of you I’ve yet to meet, I spent three years traveling around the world alone on my 2005 F650GS Dakar. While I’ve delivered a few presentations at Bob’s BMW, there are lot of stories, adventures and lessons that never made it into those presentations.I share many of these stories and lessons—plus hundreds of more photos and delicious recipes from each of the 35 countries I traveled in my new book FORKS—A Quest for Culture, Cuisine, and Connection. It’s a big book—coffee-table size and packed with info—including my packing list, maintenance and parts used over three years.
What many people don’t remember — and what I will never forget—is how instrumental Bob’s BMW was in getting me some of those parts which are difficult to find in the vast plains of Patagonia or the wild savannah of the Serengeti in Tanzania. Where other part vendors refused or were unable to ship parts to the remote ends of the earth, Bob’s always came through.
One particular challenge came when my battery would no longer hold a charge. I was in the Andes Mountains in Bolivia. After making phone calls, taking taxis and busses to nearly every battery and motorcycle parts supplier in Bolivia, I called on Bob’s BMW. Unlike a clutch cable, fork seals or steering head bearings (all parts I needed during my trip) batteries are considered hazardous materials. Bob’s didn’t hesitate and quickly processed the special paperwork and customs documentation required. That battery made it to Bolivia and I was able to get on with my journey.
When I finally returned to the United States, I retrieved my bike from the Port of Baltimore. For the first time in three years, my trusty Dakar was back on U.S. soil. Yet before I made my journey across these United States to my home in California, I again relied on Bob’s to do a complete maintenance and check—preparing me once again for the long journey—where I rode only backroads, never a freeway, highway, interstate or turnpike. As I did all over the world, I wanted to take a slower and closer look at my own country.
If you haven’t picked up a copy of FORKS, you can order a copy on my website (I’ll sign it) or you can save a few bucks and order from Amazon. No matter where you buy your copy, be sure to give me a shout out and let me know what you think.
Hope to see you on the road, or at Bob’s BMW, soon!
July 11th, 2014
Reminder to our e-news readers and any other motorcyclists out there you’d like to share this with… registration is now open for Bob’s BMW 2015 Cuba trip scheduled for March 2-14, 2015. After reading through the below information, if you are at all interested, you are encouraged to contact us TODAY. As you well know windows of opportunity around Cuba can close quickly, not to mention the paperwork that must be processed, so do not delay!
Bob’s BMW has partnered with MotoDiscovery to create a 12-day motorcycle adventure through Cuba, an exclusive opportunity to explore a country rarely visited by outsiders…at least not legally. 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 about Cuban history.
Bob’s BMW: People to People Cuba 2015
March 2-14, 2015
Cuba is a country that has long been off limits to visitors from the USA. Even after a half century of embargos, political saber rattling and intense debate, Cuba–a mere 90 miles from our shores—is as controversial as ever. But we choose to push politics aside and now MotoDiscovery is able to provide legal travel to Cuba for the U.S. motorcycle touring enthusiast.What makes this possible? You must be licensed by the US government or have access to a license that permits travel to Cuba. The licensed program must involve a full schedule of educational based activities that promote meaningful interaction with the people of Cuba as mandated by US Treasury Department and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
For MotoDiscovery, “people to people” (P2P) is nothing new. Wherever we ride in the world, we regard these encounters as fundamental to the travel experience. And in this country, where in so many respects the clock stopped in 1959, making friends is easy, made even easier because we will be traveling by motorcycle.
This itinerary has been designed exclusively for Bob’s BMW and friends and is unlike anything on the MotoDiscovery program. Cuba is on the brink of change. As we all know, windows of opportunity have been known to close when it comes to Cuba. But today we can ride Cuba thanks to MotoDiscovery, which received an OFAC “people-to-people license” in 2012. Cuba is on the cusp of major change, and there is no better time to experience it than now.
Suggested Date: March 2 – 14, 2015
Day 4. Cienfuegos – Depart Havana via the Autopista, lightly traveled main highway running the length of the island. In route we’ll stop near Matanzas at Australia to engage with engineers who maintain (P2P) a still functional steam train that serviced the former sugar mill. From here we make our way to (P2P the Guama crocodile breeding center to learn about ecology and conservation. Then ride along the coast to Playa Giron, (P2P), sight of the Bay of Pigs invasion, to visit the museum dedicated to the battle. Continue to Cienfuego. Dinner at El Lagarto then (P2P) enjoy a welcome reception and exchange with community members at a neighborhood Committee for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR).
DOES NOT INCLUDE
• Airfare or transportation to start of tour in Miami
• Emergency medical evacuation insurance
• Alcoholic beverages
• Tips for staff or special services
PRICES: (double occupancy)
Rider renting F700 or F800GS BMW….8,975 USD
Passenger or participant in support vehicle….6,789 USD
Single occupancy supplement (anyone in a single room)….940 USD
TERMS, CONDITIONS, etc.
• Reservations with deposits for the required minimum of 10 fully paid persons should be received by no later than 60 days prior to the tour date.
• Additional people may be added after this time based on ability to obtain visas and other circumstances.
• All participants must have a current passport with six month validity.
• A 1,500 Euro security/damage deposit is required when renting a motorcycle.
Participants will be advised on the regulations related to travel for US citizens and will be obligated to comply with OFAC rules concerning mandatory participation in scheduled people to people (P2P) activities.
Participants are required to sign statements of this understanding.
What do you think? Sounds pretty amazing right?! If you are seriously interested in joining us, email email@example.com for further discussion.
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.
July 11th, 2014
Mods and Rockers began in the early-mid 1960’s among British youths. Rockers developed a “macho biker gang image, wearing clothes such as black leather jackets” and Mods “adopted a pose of scooter-driving sophistication, wearing suits and other clean-cut outfits.” These two British sub-cultures were complete polar opposites; everything from the clothes they wore, to the music they listened to, to their overall personalities and viewpoints. There was an urban split among the two groups that often resulted in brawls and even riots. It was thanks to the spotlighted media coverage surrounding the battling groups, the term “moral panic” was coined by sociologist Stanley Cohen.
Fast forwarding to today, credit is given to the Rockers for giving birth to the legendary term, “Café Racer,” one of motorcycling’s most recent and biggest crazes where youths race from pub to pub, sometimes “pulling the ton” (going 100mph) to see who has the fastest café racer.
It’s an interesting point in motorcycling history which groups of motorcyclists around the country are bringing back as a unique way to rally vintage and retro motorcycles and scooters. So again, please help Bob’s BMW support this fun and local motorcycling event on August 23!
July 11th, 2014
The Annual Running of the Dogs, Big Dog Adventure Ride 2014, is scheduled for August 11-13 in the wild mountains and terrain of Buena Vista, Colorado. If you can clear your calendar for these days and ride out to Colorado, Bob’s BMW will take care of the rest!
The days will be spent riding back and forth across the Rocky Mountains leaving tire marks on trails and tracks that were the #1 choice by entrants when asked where to go in 2014. Should you choose to embark in this adventure, you will be joining a fraternity of Big Dogs described in the past as “crazed,” “demented,” and “wild!”
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 11th, 2014
The staff at Bob’s BMW gathered in July to celebrate Designer and Ecomm Manager, Lex O’brien’s 25 year anniversary at Bob’s BMW and here is what Bob had to say…
Suzanne then chimed in with this:
“So many words to describe Lex…
Those of you who have had the pleasure of interacting with Lex over these past 25 years, know everything mentioned above plus more is all true about Lex…he is a true asset to Bob’s BMW and one we hope to celebrate again and again in the future!
So who will be next to celebrate 25 years at Bob’s BMW?! Could it possibly be one of the newest members to our team such as Azure Carr or Stephanie Moreno, our new Certified Apparel Specialists? Or perhaps Tony Rouse or Patrick Ardnt, our newest Parts, Accessories, and Apparel team members? Or maybe Jovan Saunders, our new BMW certified technician? Only time will tell! In the meantime, next time you visit Bob’s please be sure to welcome Azure, Stephanie, Tony, Patrick, and Jovan to the Bob’s family and congratulate Lex on 25 years and counting!
June 20th, 2014
• Up to 20% OFF Select In-Stock Mesh Apparel
• Additional 10% off Already Reduced Summer Apparel
• Helmet Trade In: Instant 10% rebate equivalent to the value of ANY new helmet
• JUST IN: OGIO Hydra Packs/Backpacks…Get 10% OFF
• $25 OFF Bob’s Track Day on July 14
• Everyday low pricing on tires like Michelin’s Pilot Power 3
Bob’s BMW is an Authorized HP Parts Dealer.
For more information ask any available sales representative.
*One-day only discounts cannot be combined with other discounts or coupons. Valid June 21, in-store only.
June 17th, 2014
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – June 17, 2014…On July 9th, BMW Motorrad USA will host an exclusive sneak-preview for the new R 1200 RT-P police motorcycle at 10 am (PST) at the DoubleTree Hotel (located at 100 The City Drive) in Orange, California. Frank Stevens, BMW Motorrad USA Authority Program Manager, will present BMW’s latest generation authority motorcycle and provide a complete overview of its mission-specific features developed exclusively for the police community, including a new power platform along with an enhanced lighting system and wet clutch. Refreshments will be served.
“The event will give agencies throughout the country a unique, one-time opportunity to view the bike in person and provide BMW with valuable feedback on the features and options they value before the motorcycle goes into production and is officially launched in October,” commented Stevens.
BMW Motorrad is the leading provider of authority motorcycles worldwide and has supplied motorcycles to over 550 agencies in the USA.
June 16th, 2014
First and foremost, anyone that will be in attendance should be sure to visit our booth in the Main Vendor Building, Spaces 179-184. By simply providing us your email address, Bob’s will give you a gift in return…here’s a hint: it has wheels!
Secondly, if your bike was modified, customized, refurbished, or restored (partly or completely) at Bob’s BMW or it was ‘thanks’ to Bob’s great inventory of parts and accessories that your bike is what it is today please contact us about displaying your bike in our booth. The plan is to rotate the display of bikes multiple times each day so we can share with the new rally-goers the endless possibilities there are with BMW’s and the ability to bring any model back to life. Interested? Email email@example.com with 2 good pictures of your bike (right and left), details of the work Bob’s has helped you with, your contact information including full name, phone number, email, and address, along with a short blurb on why your bike should be showcased in our display at this year’s MOA rally!
And finally, if you missed the first and ONLY GG Taurus in the U.S. on display at Bob’s Open House, you will have another opportunity to be one of the first to see this 3-wheeled, BMW powered machine at Bob’s Booth at the rally!
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:
June 13th, 2014
What exactly is a #selfie? For starters it is one of the most popular hashtags being used these days. But by definition, a selfie is a picture taken by oneself using a handheld device (usually a smart phone) that is then uploaded onto a social media platform.
So now the bigger question, what’s the point? Who knows?! What was the point of big hair, stonewashed jeans, and high tops in the 80’s? Self-expression? Maybe, or maybe just because it was the current trend. People take selfies for every reason under the sun: they are bored, to document and communicate to friends where they are and what they are doing, they happen to look good that day so figure why not or maybe they want to get someone’s attention, they need a new profile picture, and the list goes on. Everyone’s reasoning for jumping on the #selfie bandwagon is different, including why Bob’s BMW has joined the craze.
Our intention is to increase awareness of Jeremy Cook, Bob’s BMW S1000RR sponsored racer, by launching a year-long promotion called #FunWithJeremyCook. Since 2011 when Bob’s began sponsoring Jeremy, each year the team puts our heads together to think of ways we can help Jeremy get more exposure as a BMW motorcycle racer, a privateer with an end goal to race alongside the big dogs in AMA. So, thanks to a wonderful suggestion offered up by Bob’s Service Advisor Darryl, the #FunWithJeremyCook selfie contest is underway!
Here’s how it works:
A final note in an effort to motivate those of you like myself who avoid pictures like the plague: next time you find yourself surfing the web, google “Worst Selfies Ever” but be prepared, some of what you see will be shocking! The point is, the odds of your #FunwithJeremyCook selfie ever ending up on this page are slim to none, so come on and have some fun with Bob’s BMW and help us cheer on Jeremy Cook #81!
Upcoming Jeremy Cook Appearances:
To learn more about Jeremy, check out the S1000RR Fans web page, under the Community section of Bob’s website.
Ft. Meade Red, White, and Blue Celebration (Ft. Meade Parade Grounds).
Fireworks, Rides, Games, Food, and fun for the family. Open to the public.
Bob’s Track Day at Summit Point Race Track (WV)
All makes and models welcome to participate. Put yourself and your bike to its limits in a safe and controlled environment, plus get tips from the pros. Sign Up TODAY!
New Jersey Motorsports Park
Races all weekend.
New Jersey Motorsports Park
Races all weekend.
Virginia International Speedway
Races all weekend.