November 11th, 2014
There are many charities that say they support veterans, but sadly, too many charities fail to deliver the programs and assistance they promise. Of 42 veteran’s charities rated by CharityWatch in the Summer 2014 issue of their Rating Guide & Watchdog Report, 29 received D or F ratings (unsatisfactory or poor). That’s 69%!
There are several exceptions to this sad statistic. These fine organizations that serve veterans are rated A+ (excellent) by CharityWatch for their transparency and highly efficient practices, among other criteria:
Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. Fisher House Foundation also operates the Hero Miles program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members as well as the Hotels for Heroes program using donated hotel points to allow family members to stay at hotels near medical centers without charge. The Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses and children of fallen and disabled veterans. Click HERE to Donate
Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund provides support for the families of military personnel lost in service to our nation, and for severely wounded military personnel and veterans. The Center for the Intrepid serves military personnel who have been catastrophically disabled in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and veterans severely injured in other operations and in the normal performance of their duties. The National Intrepid Center of Excellence provides the most advanced services for advanced diagnostics, initial treatment plan and family education, introduction to therapeutic modalities, referral and reintegration support for military personnel and veterans with TBI and psychological health conditions. Click HERE to Donate.
Semper Fi Fund provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post 9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families, ensuring that they have the resources they need during their recovery and transition back to their communities. The Fund provides financial, emotional, and tiered support for our injured/ill service members and their families through the following programs: Family Support, Adaptive Housing, Adaptive Transportation, Specialized Equipment, Education and Career Transitioning, Rehabilitative Sports programs, and more. Click HERE to Donate.
For more information about veteran’s charities and informed charitable giving in general, visit www.charitywatch.org. CharityWatch is America’s most independent and assertive charity watchdog. Rather than merely repeat charities’ self-reported finances using simplistic or automated formulas, they delve deep to find the real story of how efficiently charities use your donations to fund the programs you want to support. Founded in 1992 as the American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP), CharityWatch continues to expose nonprofit abuses and advocate for your interests as a donor.
November 10th, 2014
This Veteran’s Day Bob’s BMW wants to say thank you to those who have served and are serving so bravely to protect our freedom. Detour to Bob’s today and enjoy tasty treats and coffee, and allow us to say thank you in person for all you have done and are doing to protect and serve.
While you’re here feel free to throw a leg over Bob’s 2003 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replica, custom painted by BMW North America (pictured above), and get your picture taken!
Want to give back to those who served? Take a moment to read WHICH Veteran Charities received A+ rankings in 2014.
November 5th, 2014
PLUS, Get $50 OFF any major service over $299 completed before check-out**
Included in Monthly Fee:
or Call 877-269-2627
*Prices varies by Model/Size. Call for pricing details.
**Min. 3 month storage to qualify.
November 4th, 2014
November 3rd, 2014
|Model||Savings||Bob's BONUS||Model||Savings||Bob's BONUS|
|C 600 Sport**||$600 OFF||FREE Fuel for ONE year!2||F 700 GS**||$600 OFF||FREE Fuel for ONE year!2|
|C 650 GT**||$400 OFF||FREE Fuel for ONE year!2||K 1600 GT**||$1500 OFF|
|F 800 GT**||$750 OFF||FREE Fuel for ONE year!2||K 1600 GTL**||$1500 OFF|
|F 800 GSA**||$750 OFF||FREE Fuel for ONE year!2||K 1600 GTLE**||$1250 OFF|
|F 800 GS**||$750 OFF||FREE Fuel for ONE year!2||R 1200 R**||$750 OFF|
|G 650 GS**||$500 OFF||FREE Fuel for ONE year!2||R 1200 RTW1||FREE BMW NAV 5
|Ride FREE 1 Year: Fuel & Service2|
|S 1000 RR**||$750 OFF|
*Estimated monthly payments based on MSRP less current factory to dealer incentives, 48 month contract, current APR, 30 days to first payment, and balloon payment due at the end of the term. Down payment, monthly payment, and other credit terms depend upon motorcycle model, state, applicant’s creditworthiness, amount financed, and length of contract term. This is not an offer of any particular purchase or financing transaction. Excludes assembly, handling, doc, taxes, title, tag, reg. fees, and accessories. Financing provided to well-qualified customers financing their purchase of new eligible BMW motorcycles by participating BMW motorcycle dealers and assigned to BMW Financial Services NA, LLC or BMW Bank of North America. The total amount financed must be greater than $10,000 in MD. Subject to credit approval. Offer based on a non-promotional rate – rates subject to change on a monthly basis. Ask your sales representative for details.
**Cannot be combined with any Special Sales Programs (Military, Emergency Services, Ride Smart Reward, MSF RiderCoach, etc.). Savings up to $1,500 expire November 30, 2014.
October 20th, 2014
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October 13th, 2014
How much winter riding can you bear?Bob’s BMW Motorcycles (Jessup, MD) is pleased to announce it has joined forces again with Gerbing Heated Gear for its 2nd Annual High Mileage Polar Bear Challenge! All brand riders are welcome and encouraged to join in the fun. All you have to do is ride…it’s that simple!
The contest begins December 2nd and runs through April 4th. All active participants will receive an exclusive Polar Bear Challenge t-shirt and cool bike decal. Monthly and cumulative high mileage male and female winners will be awarded $2,500 worth of prizes thanks to this year’s sponsor, Gerbing Heated Gear!
The first annual Polar Bear challenge was a great success with riders of all brands and models showing up to participate and coming from as far north as New York and as far South as North Carolina. Monthly high mileage winners Dennis Mcdougald, Kelly Valdez, Lisa Hecker, and Neftali Colon rode home with Gerbing G3 heated gloves, Rev’it Kelvin H20 gloves, Rev’it Tour Winter socks, Rev’it balaclavas. Grand prize winners and Polar Bear champions Lisa Hecker and Neftali Colon won Gerbing heated jacket liners!
Combined, Polar Bear riders traveled 95,800 miles during the most frigid months of the year! Of those total miles the current reigning champs, Neftali of New York traveled 12,234 miles on a 2007 Yamaha and Lisa of Maryland traveled 7,539 miles on her 2008 BMW R1200GS. Only time will tell how long they will hold this title!?!
This year Bob’s BMW will be inviting motorcycle clubs to join the challenge from near and far offering an option for riders outside of Maryland, D.C., and N. Virginia who are members of a charter motorcycle club to participate and submit mileage via club presidents. Anyone interested in getting more details can contact email@example.com and/or download Registration Forms and “How it Works” HERE.
How To Register
Registration and mileage check-in must be done in person* at Bob’s BMW Service Department, Tuesday-Friday 9am-5:30pm and Saturday 9am-3:30pm; no appointment necessary. (see below for specific dates).
Want to participate but not “local”? If you are a member of a chartered motorcycle club and are interested in participating, contact firstname.lastname@example.org directly for more details on how you can get involved and/or download Registration Forms and “How it Works” HERE.
How The Challenge Works
*Only riders outside of Maryland, D.C., and Northern Virgina who are chartered motorcycle club members are excused from in-person check-ins. Documentation showing club membership is required, in addition to cooperation from the club’s president to officially check-in and submit mileage.
Polar Bear Challenge Dates:
Round 1 – December
Round 2 – January
Round 3 – February
Round 4 – March
NOTE: Bob’s BMW is closed December 24-26 and December 31- January 1.
Questions? Email email@example.com or call toll free 800-269-2627.
Grand Prize: (2) Extreme Element Jacket and Pant
Total retail value is: $2,510
Anyone interested in more details can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll free 800-269-2627.
About Bob’s BMW:
Bob’s BMW Motorcycles located in Jessup, MD is one of the largest, most respected BMW motorcycle dealerships in North America, and the winner of several awards for overall dealer excellence, customer satisfaction, and community service. Bob’s impressive SuperStore, convenient to riders throughout the bustling Washington DC, Baltimore, and Northern Virginia region, is the destination of choice for Motorcycle enthusiasts from far and wide. Motorcyclists can choose from a huge selection of in-stock parts, apparel, and accessories. Plus an extensive inventory of new BMW Motorcycles that is the region’s largest by far, or browse a wide selection of ready-to-ride pre-owned motorcycles, both BMW and other brands as well.
October 13th, 2014
|Model||Savings||Bob's BONUS||Model||Savings||Bob's BONUS|
|C 600 Sport2||$600 OFF||FREE Fuel for ONE year!3||F 700 GS2||$600 OFF||FREE Fuel for ONE year!3|
|C 650 GT2||$400 OFF||FREE Fuel for ONE year!3||K 1600 GT||$1500 OFF|
|F 800 GT2||$750 OFF||FREE Fuel for ONE year!3||K 1600 GTL||$1500 OFF|
|F 800 GSA2||$750 OFF||FREE Fuel for ONE year!3||K 1600 GTLE||$1250 OFF|
|F 800 GS2||$750 OFF||FREE Fuel for ONE year!3||R 1200 R||$750 OFF|
|G 650 GS2||$500 OFF||FREE Fuel for ONE year!3||S 1000 RR||$750 OFF|
Call 1.888.BMW.BOBS or 301.497.8949 to get complete details on savings and programs. Certain restrictions do apply. Schedule a test ride on the bike of your dreams! LET’S TALK TODAY!
*Bob's Ride Free program includes free fuel for one year calculations based on U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration 2012 Statistics. Average motorcyclist travels 2,519 miles/year. BMW riders are not your average rider so Bob's is nearly doubling that stat and assuming 4,000 miles per year when calculating fuel expense! Customer will receive a $250 complimentary gas card. Free service must be completed within 12 months from delivery date or 6,000 miles, whichever occurs first. Prior sales, deposit on existing orders, or motorcycles ordered and/or in transit for a prior order do not qualify. Payment in full or execution of BMWFS loan contract must be completed by November 30, 2014. These offers from Bob's BMW cannot be redeemed as cash or combined with other special programs or incentives.
1.Offer ends December 31, 2014 and applies to in-stock 2014 R1200RTW's.
2. Factory to dealer incentives up to $1500 off cannot be combined with any Special Sales Programs (Military, Emergency Services, Ride Smart Reward, MSF RiderCoach, etc.) and expires November 30, 2014. Free GPS offer ends December 31, 2014.
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October 3rd, 2014
The Sand Ladies Jacket and Pants are sold separately but are the perfect match for one another in both features and functionality! For the seriously adventurous women, this four-season gear has been specifically designed and developed by the women in the REV’IT! design department!
The NEW GT-R Jacket is new classic in the making; a sport-touring jacket, with emphasis on the sport, that will appeal to a broad spectrum of seasonal riders. Its design and use of materials are directly derived from the new GT-R one piece suit, yet without the aggressive color blocking and logo positioning.
October 3rd, 2014
by Byron Wilson, Associate Editor
BMW adds another sport-touring entry to its lineup with the 2015 R1200RS, extending the lineage of the RS badge first introduced to the world in 1976 with the R100RS. The 2015 R1200RS is powered by the same water-cooled Boxer Twin found in BMW’s popular R1200GS, R1200GS Adventure and R1200RT. The RS comes with plenty of electronic aides including ABS, Automatic Stability Control and variable riding modes. A newly designed frame, sportbike-inspired suspension, reconfigured intake and exhaust system and smorgasbord of available touring accessories round out the new Boxer design.
The R1200RS sources the well-established 1170cc air/liquid-cooled Boxer engine, which claims the same peak power stats as the existing water Boxer engines (125 horsepower / 92 lb-ft torque). However, BMW promises an updated airbox, reshaped intake ducts and new rear silencer result in more low-end punch for the RS model.
Riders will be able to refine power delivery via two riding modes which come standard, “Road” and “Rain.” Automatic Stability Control is also standard, along with ABS. Riding mode Pro is optional, and includes “Dynamic” and “User” settings, along with Dynamic Traction Control instead of ASC. The Dynamic mode brings the R1200RS to its fullest potential, providing snappier throttle response and limited DTC intervention. The User mode allows riders to configure settings as they set fit. Another option is the Gear Shift Assist Pro system, which allows for clutchless shifting in “relevant load and rev speed ranges.”
BMW built a new chassis for the R1200RS, designing a tubular steel bridge frame which incorporates the engine as a self-supporting element. The R1200RS comes with a 45mm upside-down telescopic fork at the front, inspired by the kit used on BMW’s S1000RR. Out back is an EVO Paralever single-sided swingarm. Adjustments on both ends are made by the newest generation Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment system. Braking is handled by dual four-piston radial-mount calipers and 320mm discs at the front and a single two-piston floating caliper, 276mm disc at the back.
The R1200RS comes with an onboard computer system with three instrument cluster display options available. Full mode allows information to be arranged and displayed to the rider’s preference, with items like mileage, trip meter, range, engine temperature, speed, fuel consumption, tire pressure and more available. Sport mode provides a bar graph engine speed display and Tourist mode simplifies matters with onboard computer info left to the bottom two panels of the instrument screen. For even more information, riders can chose the optional Pro display which includes details like time to service date, ride timer, electrical system voltage and automatic trip recorder.
Available accessories include a Comfort Package, which comes with heated grips and chrome-plated exhaust. The Touring Package includes pannier holder, center stand, luggage grid and cruise control. Various seat options, windshield, backrests, alarm and luggage systems are also available.
The 2015 R1200RS will be available in two aesthetic styles, the Basic option a Lupin blue metallic/Light grey metallic with black frame and black-anodized brake calipers. The Style 2 option is Granite grey metallic matte/Black storm metallic with an Agate grey metallic frame and gold-anodized brake calipers.
Specs for the 2015 BMW R1200RS are listed below. MSRP is yet to be determined.
2015 BMW R1200RS Specs
Engine: 1170cc air/liquid-cooled Boxer Twin
Bore x Stroke: 101mm x 73mm
Compression Ratio: 12.5:1
Clutch: Anti-slip wet clutch
Gearbox: 6-speed constant mesh
Final drive: Cardan shaft
Frame: Tubular steel bridge frame, self-supporting engine
Front Suspension: 45mm upside-down telescopic fork
Rear Suspension: BMW EVO Paralever
Front Brakes: 320mm dual disc, dual four-piston radial calipers
Rear Brake: 276mm single disc, two-piston floating caliper
ABS: BMW Motorrad Integral ABS
Front Wheels: Cast Aluminum 3.50 x 17 inch
Rear Wheels: Cast Sluminum 5.50 x 17 inch
Front Tires: 120/70 ZR17
Rear Tires: 180/55 ZR17
Wheelbase: 60.24 inches
Seat Height: 32.3 inches
Weight: 520 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 4.8 gallons