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BMW Motorrad USA to Debut New R 1200 RT-P Police Motorcycle

BMW Police bikes

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.

To register for the event, contact Eva Dudzik at Eva.DD.Dudzik@bmwna.com or +201-802-4513. For more information, visit: www.bmwmc.net.

BMW Motorrad is the leading provider of authority motorcycles worldwide and has supplied motorcycles to over 550 agencies in the USA.

Are you Attending the National Rally?

Bob's BMW at the BMW MOA Rally 2012

BMW MOA Rally 2012

Some reminders for those of you heading to the 2014 “Rolling By The River” rally in St. Paul Minnesota, July 24-27:

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 hanna.creekmore@bobsbmw.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!

Finding Cannon Ball’s Trail

Cannon Ball Trail posterJust 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:

Bob’s BMW Joins the Growing #Selfie Phenomenon

Selfie with Jeremy Cook

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:

  • Log into or create an instagram account and begin following #bobsbmwmoto.
  • Next, you need to find Jeremy, at which point you have 2 selfie options. You can either:
    • Snap a selfie of you and jeremy or
    • Snap a selfie of just yourself but be sure either Bob’s tent or trailer is in the background
  • Upload your selfie and hashtag #FunWithJeremyCook, #BobsBMWMoto, #S1000RR
  • Get the most likes and win a Moose Race Rolling Bag, the perfect piece of luggage for traveling.

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!

Download a Jeremy Cook Poster

Upcoming Jeremy Cook Appearances:

To learn more about Jeremy, check out the S1000RR Fans web page, under the Community section of Bob’s website.

Bob’s 2014 HP Shootout
June 21
DYNO runs all day and FREE Sport Bike Tech Session at 11.

Summit Point Race Track (WV)
June 28-29
Visit Bob’s Hospitality Tent. Races all weekend.

Ft. Meade Red, White, and Blue Celebration (Ft. Meade Parade Grounds).
July 3
Fireworks, Rides, Games, Food, and fun for the family. Open to the public.

Bob’s Track Day at Summit Point Race Track (WV)
July 14
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
July 19-20
Races all weekend.

Summit Point Race Track (WV)
August 23-24
Visit Bob’s Hospitality Tent. Races all weekend.

New Jersey Motorsports Park
September 6-7
Races all weekend.

First AMA Race at New Jersey Motorsports Park
September 13-14
This is what Jeremy is shooting for, so again, cheer him on and show your support!

Virginia International Speedway
September 20-21
Races all weekend.

In Search of a Bike

Bob Henig on a vintage motorcycle

Bob sitting on old BMW twin engine.

Yes, that’s really Bob sitting on a very unique old BMW twin, a bike Bob hopes someone out there will be able to assist him in finding. That photo of Bob was back in the days before Bob’s BMW, when it was called Bob’s Used Parts.  And judging by the t-shirt he’s wearing it’s even before he moved the operation to Jessup so this is likely circa 1983. Bob was attending an event in New Hampshire called Mayday Madness hosted by the Vintage BMW Owners Club (VBMWO) which was a 2 day Vintage BMW bike gathering, campout and flea market. This was well before the internet.
 
While Bob attended this event many times over the years both selling and acquiring items or just as an enthusiast he only saw this machine show up one time and the owner would not share any contact information. Bob does recall handing over a business card to that nice man who agreed to the photo you see here. Bob has told the staff here about this unique bike many times and he’d still love to acquire it to share in the Vintage Museum at Bob’s BMW so if you know who owns it, where it might be garaged or in some manner can get him information that leads to the acquisition we know there would be a generous finder’s fee involved. Email bob@bobsbmw.com if you have any information to share.

Cuba Baby!

Bob's BMW Cuba Trip

Video of Cuba TripWhose coming with us?! The dates are booked, March 2-14, 2015. Bob invites you to join him and MotoDiscovery on 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.

Christopher P Baker

Photographs by Christopher P Baker

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.      
 

ITINERARY
Suggested Date: March 2 – 14, 2015

Overlook of Havana

View of Havana

Day 1. Arrive Miami – The tour commences with the rendezvous in Miami. Arrivals should be scheduled in time for a 5 p.m. briefing. Topics covering riding in Cuba, expectations of OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control / US Treasury Dept.) safety, etc, will be covered. Dinner to follow. Sofitel Miami Airport
 
Day 2. Havana – expect to leave hotel as early as 5 a.m. (depending on flight schedules) for Miami Airport. Arrival Havana (about 40 minutes in the air) where we’ll be transferred to El Aljibe for your first Cuba dining experience. Check into the hotel, pick up the bikes and then a short ride along the Malecon, ocean boulevard for a cultural encounter (P2P) at the Fuster community art project; then to the home (P2P) and workshop of Luis Enrique González, president of Cuba’s harlista (Harley-Davidson) club to learn about motorcycle maintenance in Cuba. Return to hotel and then dinner at La Guardia. (P2P); an invited guest will join us for dinner.
 
Guitar Players in Cuba

Guitar Players in Cuba

Day 3. Havana – After breakfast (P2P) prominent architect and urban planner Miguel Coyula will educate us about the history of Havana and the challenges that the city’s contemporary urban planners face. A visit to the (P2P) H. Upmann cigar factory will teach you everything you ever wanted to learn about one of Cuba’s most noted exports and traditions. Ride to the edge of town where you’ll experience an encounter with young students and teachers at the (P2P) San Antonio de Los Baños School of Arts. Lunch at Il Divino (P2P), a private restaurant where we’ll meet the owners and learn of how private restaurants are a fresh development in Cuba society. Continue to (P2P) Museo Hemingway, the former home of Ernest Hemingway, for an exchange with the museum director and staff. Return to hotel, then dinner at one of Havana’s finer private restaurants with invited guest (P2P).


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).
 

Horse Buggy Ride

Horse Buggy Ride

Day 5. Trinidad – Ride to Trinidad, stopping en route at (P2P) the Botanical gardens for a guided walk; and the adjoining Pepito Tey former sugar processing community (P2P) for a fascinating exchange with historian Nancy Robaina about this American founded empire. On arriving Trinidad—the most authentic and complete Spanish Colonial town in the country—enjoy lunch. Then walk the colonial city accompanied by city historian (P2P) Nancy Benitez, including a visit with artist Lazaro Neiba (P2P) to learn about artistic creativity, expression, and training. Dinner at La Guitarra, where we’re joined by a Cuban guest (P2P). You’ll be encouraged to walk the cobblestone streets, follow the sounds to witness and participate in the passion of Cuban dance.  This town is probably, well deserving of two nights.  NOTE: Accommodations in Trinidad will be in casa particulares (P2P) home stays.
 
Day 6. Trinidad – Layover day. This morning gather with the local fire department (P2P). Then meet with entrepreneur Julio Munoz (P2P), Cuba’s “horse whisper,” to learn about his Proyecto Diana teaching humane equine training to Cubans. Lunch will be at Finca del Chino, allowing for interaction (P2P) with campesino (peasants). Mid-afternoon, ride to Tope de Collantes in the Sierra Escambray, and stop to visit (P2P) coffee growers along the way.  You’ll have dinner with our hosts (P2P) at the private homes, allowing for interaction to fulfill the people to people requirements. The town invites evening explorations.
 
Countryside in Cuba

Mountains in Cuba

Day 7. Camaguey – Departing Trinidad we ride through Valle de los Ingenios, stopping at the (P2P) Hacienda Iznaga to engage with lace makers and conservationists involved in restoring the “Valley of the Sugar Mills.” We happen to know Cuba’s motocross champion; we’ll visit with him (P2P) in Sancti Spíritus to talk motorcycles! After lunch the ride takes us through Ciego de Ávila to Camagüey, where we’ll hop in “bicitaxis” (P2P) to engage with freelance taxistas while exploring the colonial city center. Then to the hotel, check in and invite local hunters to join us at Paladar 1800 for dinner (P2P) and share with the group the sport, conservation, gun ownership laws, etc. related to hunting in Cuba.
 
Day 8. Holguin – Departing the hotel we’ll stop in Minas at the violin factory (P2P) for an exchange on production of traditional musical instruments; then ride to San Basilio and join up with the cowboys (P2P) at Rancho King, where lunch will be served inviting the vaqueros to join us (P2P). Arriving our destination, we’ll settle in and be joined this evening by members of the local Harlista club (P2P), who proudly show off their pre-1959 motorcycles.
 
Mural of Che in Cuba

Mural of Che

Day 9.  Baracoa – On the road to the far eastern tip of the island, an educational stop will be arranged at (P2P) Biran, birthplace of Fidel Castro. Then ride via Mella and Mensura to Salto de Mayari, high amid pine forests, where we’ll meet with environmentalist (P2P) and enjoy lunch. Continue to Parque Natural Alejandro Humboldt (P2P) for an exchange with park rangers. Dinner at a paladar (private restaurant), with a presentation (P2P) by city historian, Alejandro Hartman.
 
Day 10. Guantanamo – A brief exploration of town includes a stop for a chocolate fix and learning exchange (P2P) at the Casa de Chocolate and a meeting (P2P) with artists at the Casa de la Cultura. This region of Cuba is known for its unique legacy of pre-Columbian indigenous culture; we journey to the village of Guirito, where the indigenous community members (P2P) teach us the traditional music and dance known as Kiriba & Nengon. After lunch here, ride to Guantánamo via the La Farola switchback mountain road to meet with English-speaking Cubans and former U.S. Naval Base employees in the (P2P) British West Indies Welfare Center. Dinner followed by music and dance performance (P2P) with Tumba Francesca.

GS motorcycle in Cuba

Cuban CountrySide on a GS

Day 11. Santiago – After breakfast the ride takes us to the site of (P2P) the famed Spanish American War battle of San Juan Hill, where we learn about this seminal event from a local historian and composer. We then explore (P2P) El Morro castle with a local guide. After lunch the group visits with Leonardo Matanzas and (P2P) his private motorcycle training school. After settling into our hotel we’ll be joined at dinner by (P2P) members of a local motorcycle club.
 
Day 12. Santiago – A presentation on the Afro Caribbean Santeria religion (P2P) by historian Carlos Lloga Dominquez will follow breakfast. Afterwards, specialists in revolutionary history will explain the key moments of the Cuban Revolution, launched at Moncada Barracks (P2P) in 1953; and the life of nationalist hero José Martí while visiting his mausoleum at the Cemetery Santa Ifigenia (P2P), where we also witness the changing of the guard. Ride to lunch, then to Parque Bacanao to visit with (P2P) artista Pedro Jorge Pozo and with (P2P) Santeria priest Gil Clemente Rios at El Oasis. The day’s people to people activities are wrapped up with a visit (P2P) to the Museo of the Cuban Spanish American War. A final dinner is sure to be a fiesta!
 
Day 13. Fly out to Miami – transfers to the airport for flight Santiago-Miami
 
Map of Cuba

Map of Cuba

INCLUDES:
• Round trip airfare Miami – Cuba
• Cuba Travel visa
• Accommodations for 12 nights (double occupancy)
• Dinners on travel days, all breakfasts and occasional lunch
• Numerous people to people educational activities
• Support/luggage van & driver
• Licensed Cuba tour guide
• Riding Tour Guide
MotoDiscovery representative
• Necessary airport transfers
• Museum entrances
• Maps
MotoDiscovery apparel gift
• Pre-tour information packet
• Fuel for rental motorcycle
• Selection of F800GS and 700GS BMW rental motorcycle

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 bob@bobsbmw.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.

23rd Annual Ride to Work Day

Ride to Work 2014

Bob’s BMW supports Ride to Work Day this Monday, June 16th. For more information about this event, go to http://www.ridetowork.org.

Jeremy’s Schedule and Results

Date Race Results
April 5-6 Jennings GP, FL Results
April 12-13 Carolina Motorsports, NC Results
May 3-4 New Jersey Motorsports Park, NJ Results
May 24-26 Summit Point Raceway, WV Results
June 28-29 Summit Point Raceway, WV Results
July 19-20 New Jersey Motorsports Park, NJ Results
August 23-24 Summit Point Raceway, WV Results
September 6-7 New Jersey Motorsports Park, NJ Results
September 20-21 Virginia International Raceway, VA Results

Perfect Gift for Dad

Bob's BMW Gift CardStill not sure what to get your dad for Father’s Day? Bob’s has got you covered! Stop by this week and pick up a Bob’s BMW gift card…it’s sure to bring a smile to any rider’s face! You choose the dollar amount and let him do the shopping.

Not local? Buy Online TODAY!

FREE Rain Suit plus $250 OFF Helmets & Jackets!

FREE Rain Suit plus $250 OFF Helmets & Jackets!

Now thru July 31 with the purchase of any 2014 model listed below, Bob’s is offering $250 OFF helmets and jackets! Act before June 13, and Bob is throwing in a FREE rain suit—choose from BMW, Rev’it!, or FirstGear—up to a $160 value!

So while Bob’s BMW is singing “Rain, Rain, Go Away,” our customers are outside doing the rain dance with their fingers crossed hoping the forecast calling for rain the rest of the week does not change!

Eligible 2014 Models
Monthly Payments* ONLY at Bob’s**
G 650 GS
$99/month FREE Rain Suit plus $250 OFF Helmets & Jackets!
F 700 GS
$129/month FREE Rain Suit plus $250 OFF Helmets & Jackets!
F 800 GS
$149/month FREE Rain Suit plus $250 OFF Helmets & Jackets!
F 800 GSA $169/month FREE Rain Suit plus $250 OFF Helmets & Jackets!
C 650 GT $129/month FREE Rain Suit plus $250 OFF Helmets & Jackets!
*Estimated monthly payments include current BMW sales incentives, assume $750 down and a 48 month 3asy Ride Financing Option. 3asy subject to credit approval. Freight, Set-up, Doc, Taxes, Title & Tag fees, and accessories are additional. Offer based on non-promotional rate-rates subject to change. Current BMW savings cannot be combined with other special sales programs.

**To qualify for Bob’s rainy day promotion it must be raining at Bob’s during the sales process and/or at time of delivery; payment in full or a non-refundable $1,000 deposit is due by Friday, June 13. Any brand rain suit up to a value of $160 is applicable. This offer is non-transferable and cannot be redeemed as cash. Ask your sales representative for complete details on program eligibility and guidelines. Bob’s $250 helmet/jacket credit expires July 31, 2014 and cannot be combined with any other special sales program accept Bob’s rainy day promo.

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