November 20th, 2013
The new BMW R1200RT raises the bar yet again for dynamic touring bikes.
Bob’s is currently taking pre-orders and deposits on the 2014 R1200RT which are expected to arrive on showroom floors in March 2014. If you want to be one of the first (or maybe even the first!) on one of these perfectly engineered and tastefully designed BMW motorcycles, contact sales today. Bikes will be delivered to customers nationwide in the same order orders were received. More information available below:
The RT has always been synonymous with supremely comfortable, highly dynamic touring on two wheels. With its latest rendering in the form of the R1200RT featuring a new drive unit and carefully honed profile, BMW Motorrad is once again showing how things are done when it comes to fusing effortless travel abilities with sporty performance.
More powerful boxer engine with larger centrifugal mass for even greater refinement and smoothness.
Derived from the boxer unit on the BMW R1200GS, the new engine produces a peak output of 92 kW (125 hp) at 7,750 rpm and its maximum torque of 125 Nm (92 lb-ft) at 6,500 rpm.
To ready them for use on the new R1200RT, the centrifugal masses of both the crankshaft and the alternator were increased, resulting in even smoother engine running. Comfort has been given an additional boost by using a longer secondary transmission ratio to keep the revs lower.
R1200RT-2014-012ASC and two riding modes as standard. Riding mode Pro with Hill Start Control as an ex-works option.
For optimum adaptation to the rider’s individual needs, the new R1200RT is equipped as standard with two riding modes along with Automatic Stability Control (ASC). The two riding modes, “Rain” and “Road,” allow the R1200RT to be adapted to most road conditions. The optional extra Riding mode Pro, meanwhile, includes the additional riding mode “Dynamic” plus the Hill Start Control function. The sporty nature of the R1200RT can be experienced to the full in “Dynamic” mode, while Hill Start Control helps to make light work of stopping and starting on an uphill slope.
Gear Shift Assistant Pro for smooth yet swift gear changing.
The BMW Gear Shift Assistant Pro that is available as an option ex-works represents a world first for production motorcycle manufacture. It enables upshifts and downshifts to be made without operation of the clutch or throttle valve in the load and rev speed ranges that are of relevance for riding, resulting not just in even greater comfort but in added dynamism, too.
Even more agile chassis offering superior handling precision and comfort. Dynamic ESA for optimum riding dynamics in any situation as an ex-works option.
The new R1200RT features a new, continuous main frame to give it even greater directional stability. And when fitted with the optionally available semi-active suspension BMW Motorrad Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment), the new R1200RT attains unprecedented levels of riding safety, performance and comfort, with the damping being automatically adapted to the prevailing conditions to suit the riding situation and the maneuvers being carried out.
R1200RT-2014-016Optimized comfort, streamlined aerodynamics, more dynamic bodywork and optional LED daytime running light.
Seating comfort and ergonomics have likewise been further improved for rider and passenger alike. The ergonomic triangle formed by the handlebars, seat and footrests has been lowered by 20 millimeters to make it even easier to reach the floor, something which shorter riders and passengers especially will appreciate when maneuvering or getting on and off the bike. Thanks to their outstanding comfort and effective wind and weather protection, BMW RT models have always been renowned for their excellent long-distance capabilities, now further improved by the addition of an optimized windshield. The front headlight assembly is based on the headlight design featured on the BMW Motorrad K1600 models and lends the new R1200RT a highly dynamic appearance. A safety-enhancing daytime running light can be fitted as an ex-works option.
Multifunctional instrument cluster with TFT colour display, BMW Motorrad Pro onboard computer and innovative audio controls.
The instrument cluster has undergone a complete makeover, with the new R1200RT now featuring a large 5.7-inch TFT color display to provide the rider with an even greater wealth of data. This is where the extensive information from the standard-fit BMW Motorrad Pro onboard computer can also be called up, for instance. The display is supplemented by the analog speedometer and rev counter dials. And for the ultimate in touring comfort, the list of available factory-fitted options includes an audio system with innovative operation via the multi-controller.
R1200RT-2014-005New color scheme in three appealing variants.
The model’s dynamism, class and comfort are brought to the fore by three new color compositions: Quartz blue metallic and Callisto grey metallic matt are combined with the contrasting colour Dark slate metallic matt, while the Ebony metallic finish forms an eye-catching contrast with Monolith metallic matt.
The highlights of the new BMW R1200RT:
November 6th, 2013
Help Bob’s BMW bring Comfort and Joy to Howard County. Every year during the holiday season Bob’s BMW collects donations to help the less fortunate and this year’s Holiday Drive will benefit local Howard County organizations: The Howard County Food Bank, Grass Roots Crisis Intervention Center(s), and the Domestic Violence Center. In order to make this a great success, we need your help!
We are accepting monetary, toy, food (including select household items and personal hygiene items), and warm hats, scarves, and gloves donations through December 21, 2013. Because it is the holiday season, organizations prefer new, un-opened items, and ask that they NOT be gift wrapped. For your convenience, monetary donations can be made online HERE. You can select which program you want your donation to benefit or select to divide your donation equally among them all.
The number of smiles we bring to Howard County depends on you. Check out the list of most needed items below, start gathering items TODAY, and bring them to Bob’s during regular business hours. The donation bin is located by coffee. Keep in mind that five ten-dollar items go further than one fifty-dollar item. The holidays are just around the corner, don’t delay!
Items we will be collecting:
November 4th, 2013
How much winter riding can you bear?
Join Bob’s first annual High Mileage Polar Bear Challenge. All brand riders are encouraged to join in the fun and all you have to do is ride…it’s that simple!
Round 1 begins in December. Prizes will be awarded to the male and female rider each month that logs the most miles in the time periods outlined below. Plus, at the end of the four rounds, both the male and female rider with the highest cumulative miles will be the Grand Prize Winners.
Each winner will receive winter riding gear provided by Gerbing and Rev’it who have agreed to sponsor the challenge. Not to mention bragging rights, a cool “Polar Bear Challenge” bike decal(s), and public recognition via eblasts, facebook, and print publications.
How To Register
Registration must be completed in person with the Service Department.
Registration is open during regular service department business hours, Tuesday-Friday 9am-6pm and Saturday 9am-4pm (see below for specific dates).
With the obvious intent of the challenge being to log as many miles as possible in a short period of time, each motorcycle will receive a FREE winter safety inspection by one of our certified technicians. We want participants to have fun and enjoy the competition but we want to do what we can to ensure everyone is safe in the process. With that said, each inspector holds the right to deny participation in the challenge if the bike is deemed unsafe for heavy winter riding.
How The Challenge Works
To accommodate schedules, each round’s registration will remain open throughout most of the month but keep in mind the sooner you register your starting mileage, the better chances you have in winning! If by any chance you are not able to check in during the check in dates listed below, we ask that you purchase a newspaper, hold it next to your odometer and email that image to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note: this means of check-in cannot be used on a regular basis.
You can participate in as many rounds as you like. You do NOT have to participate in every round but again, the more miles you officially check-in with us, the better your chances of being one of the grand prize winners!
In an effort to keep the challenge as fair as possible, registration and subsequent check-ins must be done in person, dates are listed below.
Questions? Email email@example.com
Round One – December
Round 2 – January
Round 3 – February
Round 4 – March
October 31st, 2013
FREE BMW Allround Gloves with purchase of BMW Airshell and BMW Boulder 2*.
Hurry…ends December 31st or while supples last! Offer is IN-STORE ONLY! Stop by today, ask for Margaret, and get a professional fitting on the spot!
Some sizes may already be sold out, and it’s first come-first serve on the few that remain.
Here’s a good looking, Hi-Viz style jacket that offers all the versatility and protection you want.
Some sizes may already be sold out, and it’s first come-first serve on the few that remain.
The Boulder 2 is a modern, slim fitting and sporty short-waisted jacket. Safe, comfortable, and stylish in Neon or Olive/Black.
|Retails for $79.00!
Allround gloves For all touring riders who value quality and pay attention to the price. The Allround glove is waterproof, pleasantly soft and stays warm during cooler temperatures as well.
The fleecy inside lining, the soft leather of the palm and the individual adjustability by means of Velcro fasteners make the glove a comfortable
*Expires December 31, 2013. Cannot be combined with any other offer. In-store only.
October 25th, 2013
In last month’s newsletter we shared the exciting news about Bob’s Service Department extending its trike conversion services to the Harley and Honda community. In that same article we mentioned that we would be converting a Magnesium Beige Metallic 2014 BMW K 1600 GTL into a trike and in this newsletter issue we are happy to announce this exciting project is underway!
The 2014 K 1600 GTL is in our possession and the project is scheduled to begin next week and be completed on or around November 5. We will share pictures with you as often as we can of the build process and will alert you as soon as it is complete. In the meantime, mark your calendars to come by and check it out in a couple of weeks. Anyone seriously interested in maturing from a bike to a trike can contact sales for complete details!
October 25th, 2013
Bob’s is proud to share with its customers that many of its staff have been dedicated employees for multiples of years. Next time you’re at Bob’s and see one of the people listed below, you might want to take a second to personally thank them for all of their years of hard work and commitment to make Bob’s BMW what it is today.
Lex, e-Commerce Manager…24 years
Bucky, Custodian…21 years
Dana, Bookkeeper…17 years
Steve, Master BMW Certified Diagnostician…13 years
Darryl, BMW Certified Service Advisor…11 years
Carter, Certified Sales Advisor…10 years
David G., Master BMW Certified Technician…8 years
Lorrie, Warranty Administrator…8 years
Erik, BMW Certified Service Advisor…7 years
Mattigan, BMW Certified Parts Advisor…7 years
Dave O, Shipping/Receiving…7 years
Jessica, Assistant Bookkeeper…6 years
Peter, Parts, Accessories, and Apparel Manager…5 years
A special shout out to two of our teammates that tied the knot last month: Congratulations to Jessica & Phong and Paris & Grace…may you live happily ever after!
October 23rd, 2013
On Saturday, November 9, one of Bob’s very own employees, Colin Busch, will be sharing exciting stories and breathtaking images from his 10-month solo motorcycle adventure through 14 South America countries.
Many of you may even know Colin. Before hitting the road, he was a technician in our service department and now after returning from his travels works as our internet sales specialist, advising and communicating with online e-comm shoppers. Colin is an avid rider (obviously!) with a genuine passion for BMW motorcycles and history. He is, as his name tag states, a “Textbook Gear Head.”
Colin’s presentation inspires listeners to follow their dreams and passions and put the money factor on the back burner. He proves you don’t need tens of thousands of dollars to enjoy traveling abroad, hell not even a GPS! If you have the desire (and a motorcycle!) that is all you need, everything else will fall into place along the way!
Take a sneak peak of the many photographs Colin collected over his 14-month journey.
October 23rd, 2013
BMW Motorrad recently released news on the all new water cooled 2014 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure and the never before mentioned, top secret 2014 BMW R nine T, a limited edition model celebrating BMW’s 90 year anniversary!
Bob’s is currently taking pre-orders and deposits on both models which are expected to arrive on showroom floors in March 2014. If you want to be one of the first (or maybe even the first!) on one of these perfectly engineered and tastefully designed BMW motorcycles, contact sales today. Bikes will be delivered to customers nationwide in the same order orders were received. Press releases from BMW Motorrad on both models, including specifications and images are below.
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – October 16, 2013…Created to mark “90 Years of BMW Motorrad,” the BMW R nineT radiates both purity and power. It skillfully blends the boxer engine’s iconic character and classic design traits of bygone motorcycle eras with cutting-edge technology and a modular concept that offers a wide range of customization opportunities.
The classic roadster bike is built for motorcycle enthusiasts who yearn for unadulterated, stress-free riding pleasure. When designing the nineT, terms such as “purist simplicity”, “emotion” and “authentic, traditional materials” were high on the list of priorities. Styling cues from old-school motorcycle production are united with the very latest drive and chassis components on the nineT to produce a sensational motorcycle that is just as adept at cruising serenely as it is powering down country roads.
Powered by a classic boxer engine.
Like BMW’s first-ever motorcycle – the legendary 1923 BMW R 32 – the new BMW R nineT is powered by a classic flat twin boxer engine which delivers quick acceleration from a standstill. This construction principle has been synonymous with unmistakable design, abundant torque delivery and inimitable acoustics for 90 years. The nineT employs the 1,170 cc air/oil-cooled boxer unit which produces 81 kW (110 hp) at 7,550 rpm and produces a maximum torque of 119 Nm (88 lb-ft) at 6,000 rpm.
Conceived for maximum customization.
The nineT pools together genes from 90 years of BMW Motorrad in a unique concept designed to appeal to customization fans. During each stage of the roadster’s development, focus was placed on enabling riders to tailor it to their personal preferences in a variety of ways. The choice of modifications ranges from BMW Motorrad genuine accessories to custom-made add-on or accessory parts from specialist customizers.
The ability to customize the nineT is largely due to its special frame concept. The tubular steel spaceframe that was specially developed for the nineT incorporates the boxer engine as a load-bearing element. The frame’s basic construction consists of a front frame section with integral steering head and a rear section with swingarm mounting.
The removable pillion frame allows the nineT to offer a stylish design whether riding two up or solo. With the aluminum tail cover available as a special accessory, the nineT has a look that is reminiscent of early café racers.
Exhaust positioned on left with twin silencers (mufflers) and customization options.
The exhaust system that runs down the left-hand side with two silencers (mufflers) placed one above the other is fully in keeping with the concept of a classic sporty roadster. There is room for customization here too, courtesy of the BMW Motorrad accessory range. Adding a real touch of technical finesse to the nineT, for instance, is the Akrapović unit made of titanium. By installing a short or long connecting pipe, the silencer can be mounted in either a lowered or a raised position, radically altering the appearance and character of the nineT.
Traditional chassis design combined with high-performance technology.
The telelever usually equipped on the boxer models from BMW Motorrad has been replaced on the BMW R nineT by an upside-down telescopic fork borrowed from the S 1000 RR superbike, resulting in a distinctly classic look paired with top-tier engineering. The rear suspension employs the paralever single-sided swingarm in conjunction with a central spring strut.
The housing for the rear axle drive includes three mounting points that can be used to attach a bracket for positioning the license plate and brake/tail light unit on one side. What’s more, the swingarm on the nineT is designed in such a way that a 17-inch wheel with a width of 6 inches can be substituted for the standard 5.5-inch-wide version, if permitted.
Designed as an out-and-out roadster, the nineT follows in the tire tracks of role models from the past by featuring wire-spoke wheels with black anodized alloy, non-flanged rims, black aluminum hubs and stainless steel spokes. Radial 4-piston monoblock brake callipers work in unison with floating 320 millimeter (12.6 inch) brake discs and BMW Motorrad ABS to provide definitive stopping power.
Pared-down design and hand-built character.
One of the overriding design objectives was to reduce the bodywork as much as possible to achieve a purist look. The attention to detail that consistently infused the work of the designers and engineers on the nineT is evident throughout.
The sides of the 18-liter (4.8 gallon) aluminum tank have been painstakingly brushed by hand and then coated. The aluminum plate with embossed nineT lettering on the right above the air intake duct is another example of the bike’s hand-built character.
The surfaces of many forged aluminum parts, including the yokes and the handlebar clamp bracket with BMW Motorrad lettering, have been glass bead-blasted and then given a natural anodized finish. The circular headlamp with the BMW emblem in the center of the bulb cover pays homage to previous role models from 90 years of BMW Motorrad.
A classic Black Storm Metallic paint finish with contrasting silver and metallic highlights was chosen to complement the character of the nineT.
Specially designed electrical system to allow plenty of scope for customization.
The bike’s electrical system has been specially configured for greater technical flexibility, facilitating the installation of alternative electrical components, such as headlights or turn indicators.
Highlights of the new BMW R nineT:
BMW R nineT – classic roadster with a powerful, customizable character.
To mark the company’s 90th anniversary, BMW Motorrad is presenting the BMW R nineT as a commemorative model for enthusiasts and customers alike. The nineT embodies the brand values of 90 years of BMW Motorrad and neatly sums up the company’s illustrious past with a unique concept, pure riding pleasure, a classic pure design, and a deliberate focus on the technical essentials. This is a classic roadster model exuding style and expressiveness — the perfect choice for anyone looking for a pure, unadulterated bike with thrilling on-road performance.
But there’s more to the BMW R nineT than being a BMW motorcycle with an unprecedented design. Besides its technical functionality, the BMW Motorrad development team also paid close attention to the emotional bond between man and machine – all in keeping with the principle that, apart from working flawlessly on a technical level, a motorcycle must also stimulate all of its rider’s senses, trigger strong emotions and provide non-stop thrills, whether it’s pulling up in front of a café or riding along country roads.
To this effect, the nineT employs definitive styling cues from past motorcycle eras – and yet this is no retro bike. Rather, it synthesizes state-of-the-art technical features from high-performance sports machines with classic principles derived from 90 years of BMW Motorrad, and applies them with compelling handcraftsmanship.
Ideally suited for customization.
Customization allows motorcycles to be tailored to the owner’s personal preferences. Possible enhancements range from the usual, original accessories to limited individual components or even one-off designs.
With the nineT, BMW Motorrad is appealing to the desire of many motorcycle enthusiasts who wish to be creative with their bike and modify it to suit their individual taste and intended use.
As a result, not only does the new BMW R nineT boast a particularly sophisticated overall concept that lends itself to being individually modified, it also includes some far-reaching technical provisions for undertaking further customization work beyond choosing from the extensive range of special equipment from BMW Motorrad.
As such, the nineT and its unique design concept revolutionize the interaction between rider and machine. For the first time, customers can become actively involved in designing their BMW, a process which entails far more than simply adding optional extras or special accessories, as is usually the case. Taking the existing central components of engine and chassis as a basis, the nineT rider has a wealth of options for individually customizing it as they please.
Spirited BMW Motorrad boxer engine with short secondary transmission ratio for dynamic riding pleasure.
For 90 years, the longitudinal twin-cylinder boxer engine and power transmission by means of a cardan shaft drive have been synonymous with BMW motorcycles. Consequently, there could be no other choice when it came to selecting the drive configuration for this project, which was, after all, initiated to commemorate “90 Years of BMW Motorrad”.
Ever since the first BMW motorcycle – the R 32 – made its debut in 1923, BMW Motorrad boxer engines have been renowned for unmistakable, rugged design, abundant torque delivery and an unrivalled sound. The BMW R nineT features the air/oil-cooled 1,170 cc boxer engine with a bore of 101 millimeters and a stroke of 73 millimeters that is already familiar on numerous BMW Motorrad models. Output peaks at 81 kW (110 hp) at 7,550 rpm, while maximum torque of 119 Nm (88 lb-ft) is generated at 6,000 rpm and the rev ceiling is set at 8,500 rpm.
The valves are installed in a radial arrangement in the combustion chamber and their timing is controlled by means of chain-driven double overhead camshafts (DOHC) for each cylinder. The valves are actuated by cam followers of a very lightweight design, making them ideal for higher rpm, while lightweight hemispherical shims are used for valve clearance compensation.
Power is transmitted to the rear wheel via the proven six-speed gearbox and the cardan shaft drive. In keeping with the dynamic character of the nineT, the secondary transmission ratio of the pinion and ring gear has been lowered for optimum accelerating power and the smoothest possible gear shifts.
Twin-pipe exhaust on left-hand side for inimitable boxer sound.
The exhaust system that runs down the left-hand side, with two silencers (mufflers) in blasted stainless steel positioned one above the other, fits perfectly with the notion of a classically designed, sporty roadster. Indeed, it is a design that has been used in similar form in the past, for example on sport and racing bikes in the ’60s and ’70s. The BMW R nineT also features an acoustic valve operated by an electric servomotor and opening and closing cables to deliver the deep resonant boxer sound that riders favor while remaining within legal sound limits.
The BMW Motorrad accessory range for the nineT offers customers various options for the exhaust system that allow the nineT to be adapted to personal tastes. Installing the Akrapović silencer/muffler in titanium with carbon heat shields, for instance, adds a special touch of technical finesse. There is also the option of lowering or raising the exhaust system by installing a short or long connecting pipe to the front silencer/muffler, opening up even greater possibilities for the bike’s styling and giving it more of a café racer or scrambler feel.
Modular frame concept for a host of possible variations.
The nineT features a specially designed frame concept that also permits customization. The previous frame design has been replaced by a completely, newly developed tubular steel spaceframe on the BMW R nineT, with a modular construction consisting of four components: a front main frame, a rear main frame, a frame end-piece as well as a pillion frame, which are all bolted to one another.
With its removable frame end-piece and pillion frame, the BMW R nineT offers customers plenty of possibilities for varying the visual appearance and character of the sporty roadster model to suit their preferences.
This is a bike built for keen performance, so the geometry of the nineT chassis has been configured first and foremost for superb handling and riding pleasure on winding country roads. The wheelbase measures 58.1 inches, the trail 4.04 inches and the steering head angle 64.5 degrees.
From a roadster for two to a sporty racer for one.
The BMW R nineT leaves the factory in the form of a classic, sporty roadster that can carry two people. Despite the low rider’s seat height (approx. 30.9 inches) and narrow straddle width, both rider and pillion passenger can be seated comfortably. The optional comfort rear seat provides both a larger seat area and extra cushioning for the passenger.
If sporty solo riding is on the agenda, the pillion frame can be removed by undoing its eight bolts. An aluminum tail cover can also be installed to complete the classic café racer look.
The custom rider’s seat with its slender, low-slung design combines with the classy nineT lettering to reveal the bike’s character as an uncompromising riding machine that has been pared down to the absolute essentials.
Classic wheel suspension featuring upside-down telescopic fork at the front and paralever at the rear.
The telelever front suspension usually installed on the boxer models from BMW Motorrad has been replaced on the BMW R nineT by a premium upside-down telescopic fork borrowed from the S 1000 RR superbike, producing an even more harmonious classic look and enabling more extensive chassis modifications to be carried out far more easily. Spring travel is 120 millimeters (4.7 inches).
Wheel location at the rear is by the proven paralever single-sided swingarm used on the remaining air/oil-cooled generation of boxer models. The task of wheel suspension and damping is performed by a central spring strut with a spring painted in white. The spring preload can be adjusted hydraulically with ease using a hand wheel made from forged aluminum, while the rebound damping is infinitely adjustable. Spring travel is likewise 120 millimeters (4.7 inches).
The housing for the rear axle drive incorporates an innovative feature for further customizing the nineT. The housing, as on the other boxer models, includes three mounting points that can be used, for example, to attach a bracket for positioning the license plate on one side together with the light unit. The nineT also has so much room between the silencers (mufflers) and swingarm that the standard 5.5-inch-wide 17-inch wheel can be replaced with a 6-inch-wide version. Such modifications, however, are dependent upon state and federal regulations.
Traditional wire-spoke wheels and high-performance brakes.
In traditional roadster fashion, the new BMW R nineT rides on high-quality wire-spoke wheels comprising black anodized alloy non-flanged rims, cast aluminum hubs, stainless steel spokes as well as tubed tires, size 120/70 ZR 17 at the front and 180/55 ZR 17 at the rear.
The 17-inch wheels and the tire sizes represent the state of the art for sporty motorcycles designed for performance riding, while the stainless steel wire spokes and the black hubs and rims evoke the trademark styling cues and flair of bygone eras from 90 years of BMW Motorrad.
This creates a stark contrast to the sophisticated high-performance twin-disc brake that is more than a match for the dynamic performance abilities of the nineT. Featuring radial 4-piston monoblock brake callipers, steel-braided brake lines and floating 320 mm (12.6 inch) brake discs, it ensures superior, fade-resistant stopping power even on the sportiest of rides. Braking power at the rear is provided by a 265 mm (10.4 inch) single-disc brake with twin-piston floating calliper. The nineT already comes equipped as standard with BMW Motorrad ABS, as do all BMW motorcycles.
Specially designed electrical system boosts scope for customization.
The electronics have undergone a thorough overhaul to allow more extensive modification of the nineT’s technology. For example, the parameters and interfaces in the bike’s electrical system have been configured to enable alternative electrical components, such as headlights or indicators, to be installed as required.
Separating the engine and vehicle wiring harnesses keeps the amount of work involved to a manageable level even when carrying out major modifications to the motorcycle. This is an important consideration for professional customizers.
Note – Modifications to the BMW R nineT may void your BMW Limited Warranty. Any technical modifications should comply with all applicable federal, state and local laws.
Design, workmanship and color scheme.
Pared down styling and hand-built character.
Whether with high- or low-mounted exhaust system, sporty aluminum tail cover or double seat – the nineT has many different appearances, but they are all equally compelling.
In silhouette, the BMW R nineT is the epitome of casual elegance. The boxer engine, compact fuel tank and lean tail-end styling are just some of the features that help to give this bike its classic BMW Motorrad roadster proportions.
One of the designers’ main goals was to give the body a pared-down, back-to-basics look. This focus on only the most basic design elements of the motorcycle allows the nineT to express stylish individuality using just a small number of additional crafted components. From every angle, the appearance of the nineT is defined by a mix of classic and modern motorcycle styling themes, combined with high-quality surface finishes.
The nineT’s classic round headlamp – the central focus of the front silhouette – projects a sense of maturity and poise. A powerful high-tech contrast is provided by the gold-anodized outer tubes in the upside-down forks, while the classic shape of the boxer engine helps to create lean overall lines.
The instrument cluster, comprising two classic round speedometer and tachometer gauges, is smoothly and harmoniously integrated into the overall front-end design. The simple styling of these gauges reflects the classic inspiration behind the nineT’s engineering, but at the same time incorporates the convenience and amenities of modern technology. For example, the nineT comes equipped with an onboard computer that shows key information – such as time of day, engaged gear, remaining range, trip mileage, servicing interval and average speed and fuel consumption – very clearly in a large, segmented display.
The 4.8-gallon aluminum tank and the aluminum plate with embossed nineT lettering over the air intake on the right-hand side are eye-catching elements. The nineT’s high standards of manufacturing quality are reflected in the meticulously hand-brushed and coated tank sides which accentuate the grain of the aluminum to full effect. The knee area can be further customized with optional classic-style rubber kneepads. Like the brushed aluminum tank surfaces, the air intake cover is naturally anodized and its finely brushed, high-tech surface neatly round out the styling in this area. The separate comfort rear seat cover is also made of aluminum, with a similar surface finish.
Attention to detail.
Many details draw attention to the nineT’s high-quality, hand-built character. For example, the yokes with their tapered bolt bosses and the tapered steering damper mount are superior forged aluminum parts with glass-bead-blasted and naturally anodized finish. Also made of aluminum, the clamp bracket for the tapered aluminum handlebars has embossed BMW Motorrad lettering, while the riveted model plate on the steering head – reminiscent of classic BMW motorcycle designs – is further evidence of the meticulous attention to detail that has gone into the development of the nineT.
References to historic forerunners from 90 years of BMW Motorrad manufacturing can be seen in the wire-spoked wheels with black rims and the headlamp with its sheet steel housing and BMW emblem centrally positioned on the bulb cover. An unusual feature is the vertical mounting of the headlamp by means of a meticulously finished aluminum bracket connected to the lower yoke. The nineT also boasts white turn signal lenses and an LED rear light.
The front fender is bolted by two forged brackets to the fork bases and is one of many details that exemplifies the nineT’s allegiance to classic motorcycle styling themes. Again, a glass-bead-blasted and naturally anodized finish demonstrates the high-quality workmanship of the nineT. Forged parts, such as the aluminum seat mount or the adjustment knob for the shock absorber, are likewise glass bead-blasted and naturally anodized.
The narrowed seat, too, boasts a high-quality, hand-built feel. It is trimmed with high-quality leather-effect material and edged with a contrasting white, hand-sewn double lap seam. On the left rear edge of the rider’s seat is a small fabric label with a blue nineT logo. Classic yet modern color scheme.
The new BMW R nineT is available in only one color scheme. Matching the character of the bike, this is based on classic black (Black Storm Metallic), with silver and metallic contrasts.
The classic, pared down elegance of the nineT is supported by black anodized components such as the frame and engine block. These contrasts and a high-tech look and feel are provided by the gold-anodized fork tubes and numerous aluminum surfaces with various grains. In the drivetrain area, the paralever swingarm and magnesium valve covers are accentuated in Granite Grey Metallic Matt.
The main body of the two-tone fuel tank of the nineT is finished in Black Storm Metallic, while its sides are meticulously brushed and coated in aluminum.
BMW Motorrad’s range of special accessories and rider accessories are specially tailored to the overall character of the nineT.
BMW Motorrad special accessories can be installed by authorized BMW Motorrad dealers or by customers themselves.
Rider’s Apparel and Vintage Collection.
Engine output and torque.
The New BMW R 1200 GS Adventure
Next-Generation Icon Of Large-Capacity Travel Enduros
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – October 7, 2013…The arrival of the new BMW R 1200 GS Adventure heralds the beginning of a new chapter in the success story of BMW Motorrad’s large, boxer-engine GS models that dates back more than 30 years. Since its debut in 2005, the big GS Adventure has been firmly established as the definitive machine for long-distance travel. It transports two-wheeled explorers to the farthest-flung corners of the world and allows them to keep pressing on when others have long since turned back.
The BMW R 1200 GS Adventure as the quintessential travel companion for expeditions and long-distance exploration.
The new R 1200 GS Adventure continues in this same tradition. Building on the dynamic performance characteristics and superb off-road and touring capabilities of the R 1200 GS, the latest BMW large capacity enduro provides the new, ultimate solution for globetrotters, travel enduro aficionados and touring riders with a passion for off-road action.
Designed, engineered and equipped for supreme globetrotting capabilities.
The big BMW GS Adventure is an icon among large-capacity travel enduros and has been a top choice for world travelers on long-distance tours, even to the remotest regions of the planet. No matter whether it is negotiating tarmac roads, gravel tracks or rough terrain, the large-capacity GS Adventure gets its riders safely to their destination. This both compelled and inspired BMW Motorrad to make the new R 1200 GS Adventure even better in every way.
Like the R 1200 GS, the Adventure is also built around a robust and torsionally resistant tubular steel spaceframe. However, it has a larger 7.9 gallon fuel tank (2.6 gallons more than on the R 1200 GS) to allow for an increased range, while the fuel tank itself is now made from lightweight aluminum. The R 1200 GS Adventure already comes equipped as standard with ABS, Automatic Stability Control (ASC), as well as the two riding modes “Rain” and “Road”, which enable the riding characteristics to be adapted to most road conditions. This considerably enhances its range of use while also providing a significant safety boost on slippery surfaces. Three additional riding modes can be added by ordering the optional Ride Modes Pro feature, which is accompanied by the Enduro settings for ABS and ASC for off-road riding. The three extra riding modes – Dynamic, Enduro and Enduro Pro (which can be activated with a coding plug) – make it possible to adjust the settings of both ASC and ABS and, if fitted, the semi-active suspension Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) to suit the specific requirements of off-road operation.
Besides new bodywork styling with an even stronger character, the globetrotting abilities and greater off-road expertise of the new R 1200 GS Adventure are clearly brought to the forefront by a new chassis set-up with an additional 0.8 inches of spring travel, increased ground clearance and a trailing arm with modified geometry for even better handling. A larger windshield with convenient hand-wheel adjustment, additional air flaps as well as hand guards greatly increase wind and weather protection. Wide enduro footrests, adjustable, reinforced foot-operated levers and completely restyled bodywork add the finishing touches to the look of the new R 1200 GS Adventure.
Highlights of the new BMW R 1200 GS Adventure:
• Based on the same versatile overall concept as the R 1200 GS, with spirited twin-
cylinder boxer engine and agile chassis, but with enhanced off-road prowess and
• Increased flywheel mass in the engine and additional vibration damper for even
smoother running and superior rideability.
• Spring travel 0.8 inches longer at front and rear compared to R 1200 GS.
• 0.4 inches more ground clearance than predecessor.
• Modified geometry of trailing arm for even sharper handling.
• Completely restyled bodywork in distinctly robust and masculine GS Adventure design.
• 7.9 gallon fuel tank with similar range to predecessor.
• ABS, ASC and two riding modes as standard.
• Three further riding modes available as factory option.
• Semi-active suspension Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) available as
• More comfortable height and tilt-adjustable rider seat.
• Large, adjustable windshield and air flaps.
• Wide enduro footrests.
• Adjustable, reinforced foot-operated levers.
• Robust engine and tank protection bar.
• Wide range of accessories and factory options.
The BMW R 1200 GS Adventure – an expert explorer and long-distance traveler.
For years, the Adventure versions of the large-displacement BMW GS boxer have been synonymous with travelling to distant lands, whether on tarmac roads, gravel tracks or unsurfaced trails. With the latest R 1200 GS Adventure bike, BMW Motorrad is taking this model line to the next level by offering the big GS in a version specially built for long-distance travel, increased off-road riding and harsh operating conditions.
Powerful boxer engine with increased flywheel mass for even smoother engine running and supreme off-road capabilities.
Like the R 1200 GS, the new R 1200 GS Adventure also features the newly developed twin-cylinder boxer engine with an output of 92 kW (125 hp) at 7,750 rpm and a peak torque of 125 Nm (92 lb-ft) at 6,500 rpm. The new power unit has a displacement of 1,170 cc, as did the engine on the previous model. It still relies on air/liquid cooling, but with water instead of oil as the cooling agent – the water’s higher heat absorption capacity ensures more efficient heat dissipation. With this system of precision cooling, as it is known, only the parts of the engine that are particularly exposed to thermal stress are cooled by the coolant. The engine continues to be air-cooled too, thereby preserving the characteristic appearance of the boxer unit and its ability to handle tough operating conditions.
The through-flow (intake/exhaust) is vertical for optimum cylinder charging and the engine housing incorporates the 6-speed gearbox as well as an oil-bath clutch with anti-hopping function. The secondary drive runs via the maintenance-free cardan shaft that is now positioned on the left-hand side.
The flywheel mass of the boxer engine’s crankshaft was increased by 2.1 lbs. on the new R 1200 GS Adventure. This results in even smoother engine running and is of particular benefit when riding off-road at low speeds and low revs, such as when negotiating tight trails. The running characteristics are further enhanced by an additional vibration damper between the gearbox output and the cardan shaft.
Thanks to the E-gas ride-by-wire system, the rider’s inputs are relayed by a sensor on the throttle twist grip directly to the engine management, which adjusts the opening angle of the throttle valve accordingly. This produces a significant improvement in the new power unit’s controllability and response, while the introduction of the standard riding modes further enables the rider to adapt the engine’s character to the situation at hand.
ASC and two riding modes as standard. Three additional riding modes available with optional Ride Modes Pro.
For optimum adaptation to the rider’s individual needs and the intended use, the new R 1200 GS Adventure comes equipped as standard with two riding modes along with Automatic Stability Control (ASC). The ride characteristics can be adapted to most road conditions with the help of the two standard riding modes, “Rain” and “Road”. Together with the ABS system, also standard, ASC substantially increases the range of use of the new R 1200 GS Adventure, while also providing a significant safety boost on slippery surfaces.
Three additional riding modes can be added by ordering the optional Ride Modes Pro feature, which is accompanied by the Enduro ABS and Enduro ASC for off-road riding. The three riding modes – Dynamic, Enduro and Enduro Pro (which can be activated with a coding plug) – make it possible to adjust the settings of both ASC and ABS and, if fitted, the semi-active suspension Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) to suit the specific requirements of off-road operation.
When riding on wet surfaces or in difficult grip conditions, the standard-fit “Rain” mode provides particularly gentle engine control and response characteristics to assist the rider. ABS operation is programmed for on-road use and the Automatic Stability Control (ASC) is triggered sooner than in “Road” mode. If the Dynamic ESA option is selected, damping of the front and rear spring struts is softer to suit requirements.
In “Road” mode, engine response is spontaneous and the control systems are set to ensure optimum performance on all roads. ABS is configured for on-road use and ASC provides optimum traction. If Dynamic ESA is fitted, the front and rear damping is controlled in the standard setting.
The new BMW R 1200 GS Adventure can really show off its sporty prowess out on the open road in Dynamic mode. The engine is tuned for direct throttle response, while restrained intervention by the ASC system enables the skilled rider to drift out slightly. ABS is once again configured for on-road use. If the optional Dynamic ESA is fitted, a firm damping set-up allows the motorcycle’s full potential to be unleashed.
The Enduro mode is ideal for experiencing the R 1200 GS Adventure on off-road terrain. The engine responds gently in this mode and corrective control by the ASC is more restrained, allowing the experienced rider to execute deliberate and controllable rear wheel slides. Operation of the ABS is optimized for loose surfaces and road tires, while Dynamic ESA shifts to a soft setting to suit the operating requirements.
More ambitious enduro riders can engage the Enduro Pro mode to tap into the full off-road potential of the new R 1200 GS Adventure. This riding mode – with its spontaneous engine response – is designed for use with knobby tires. Plus, when the footbrake lever is operated, the ABS function is deactivated at the rear and the optional Dynamic ESA switches to a firmer setting.
BMW Motorrad Dynamic ESA semi-active suspension: a factory option for optimum riding dynamics in any situation.
The semi-active suspension BMW Motorrad Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment) is designed to maximize ride safety and performance. Spring travel sensors at the front and rear monitor the vertical movements of the respective wheel suspension and collect additional data, allowing the damping to be automatically adapted to riding conditions and maneuvers. Dynamic ESA is integrated into the riding mode control concept.
Robust chassis with tubular steel bridge frame and longer spring travel for superior off-road capabilities.
The chassis of the new R 1200 GS Adventure is based on the all-new, continuous tubular steel bridge frame with a bolt-on rear frame featured on the R 1200 GS. The telelever at the front and the paralever at the rear have been re-engineered, resulting in a significant increase in torsional stiffness and ride precision compared to the predecessor model. The chassis’s geometry has been further refined to optimize handling. The R 1200 GS Adventure comes with an extra 0.8 inches of spring travel at the front (8.3 inches) and rear (8.7 inches) and 0.4 inches more ground clearance than its predecessor to make it even more suited for off-road riding. The new Adventure model is equipped with a steering damper as standard and also features a longitudinal control arm with specially adjusted geometry to further improve its handling characteristics. The center and side stands have been adapted to allow longer spring travel.
LED main headlight as factory option for even greater safety during daytime and night-time riding.
Like the R 1200 GS, the new R 1200 GS Adventure is equipped as standard with a halogen main headlight with optimized light output. For even greater illumination of the road ahead and safety, both day and night, an LED main headlight with daytime running light (low beam) is available as a factory option, featuring state-of-the-art LED technology, an ingenious cooling concept and a decondensation function.
Completely restyled bodywork including 7.9 gallon aluminum tank for ideal globetrotting abilities.
The new R 1200 GS Adventure’s bodywork and authentic design underscores its technical features and leadership as the ultimate enduro bike for world travel.
The fundamental architecture of the R 1200 GS has been retained for the Adventure version, with the characteristic flyline running in customary fashion from the GS beak over the fuel tank and seat to the functionally styled rear. Thanks to an even more distinctive composition of body and frame components, the new R 1200 GS Adventure uncompromisingly fulfills the high style standards expected of a globetrotter along with maximum robustness for optimum protection from wind and weather.
Compared to its predecessor, the new R 1200 GS Adventure now has a unique sense of lightness about it. This is mainly due to the open design of the tubular spaceframe which, together with the newly developed raised rear, makes it possible to see virtually right through the machine. The feeling of lightness expressed by the rear end gives added impact to the agile and dynamic character of the new Adventure model.
The vertical air flow through the new boxer engine produces a vertical flow of lines as well, starting from the cooling air intake in grained matt black and continuing via the kneepads on the redesigned, 7.9 gallon aluminum tank (R 1200 GS: 5.3 gallon tank) to the engine, conveying a sense of aerodynamic lightness. At the front, additional crash bars form a protective frame around the front section of the new R 1200 GS Adventure. Together with the standard hand protectors and the protective grills for the two restyled air intake ducts on the left and right, they give visual confirmation of the bike’s outstanding robustness and off-road prowess. Its increased everyday practicality is also reflected in more minor details, such as the storage compartment in front of the fuel filler cap for small items like change or road toll cards.
The undeniably high-class visual appeal of the new R 1200 GS Adventure is also rooted in its skillful blend of varying surfaces. Besides the select paintwork finishes and grains, numerous naturally anodized components such as the upper fork bridge and axle clamp blocks underline the high technical prowess of this globetrotting enduro bike.
New GS beak, optimized windshield, plus air flaps for even better wind and weather protection.
The GS beak with its more angular contours as well as a visually separate beak extension continues to radiate a sense of utmost resilience and supremacy. The extension has the additional effect of further improving spray protection. The tapered windshield – likewise purpose-developed for the Adventure – works in unison with two air flaps at the sides to improve the bike’s aerodynamic qualities. The windshield allows convenient, single-handed adjustment by means of a hand wheel and directs the airflow past the rider with little turbulence on fast legs of the journey, helping to reduce strain on the upper body at high speeds. The additional flaps, meanwhile, help to reduce draught effects in the kidney area.
Despite its large fuel tank, the R 1200 GS Adventure has a slim waist in the knee grip area, which does more than just add to the bike’s visual sense of lightness. Apart from offering wide thigh support, the seat has been made narrower at the front, giving the rider far more freedom of movement than on the predecessor model. It is adjustable for tilt and offers seat heights of 35 inches and 35.8 inches as standard.
Wider enduro footrests than on the R 1200 GS, together with adjustable foot-operated levers for the footbrake and gearshift, allow for the occasional change in requirements on the new Adventure, particularly when riding off road. It can be adapted to suit individual riding styles and habits as well as varying types of footwear.
The new R 1200 GS Adventure clearly signals its adventurous, globetrotting nature with a choice of new color schemes.
In Olive matt, the R 1200 GS Adventure emphasizes its long-distance touring qualities and exudes a particularly robust and strong character.
The BMW Motorrad brand color Alpine white lends the R 1200 GS Adventure a light look and underlines its off-road expertise.
Racing blue metallic matt offers a sporty appearance and accentuates its dynamic on-road performance abilities.
Optional equipment and special accessories.
BMW Motorrad offers an extensive range of optional equipment and special accessories for further customization of the new R 1200 GS Adventure.
Optional extras are integrated into the production process and supplied as factory options. Special accessories are retrofit items that can be added by BMW Motorrad dealers or customers themselves.
• Ride Modes Pro (three additional riding modes – Dynamic, Enduro and Enduro Pro –
plus the Enduro ABS and Enduro ASC add-ons for off-road riding).
• Semi-active suspension Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment).
• Navigation system preparation.
• Onboard computer Pro.
• Cruise control.
• Full-LED headlight.
• LED auxiliary lights.
• TPM (tire pressure monitor).
• Heated grips.
• Chrome-plated exhaust system.
• Anti-theft alarm system.
• Off-road tires
• LED auxiliary lights.
• Anti-theft alarm system.
• Aluminum cases.
• Inner bags for aluminum cases.
• Aluminum topcase.
• Inner bag for aluminum topcase.
• Water-resistant tank bag.
• Softbag 2, small.
• Softbag 2, large.
• HP sport silencer by Akrapović.
Ergonomics and comfort.
• Rally seat with luggage plate (seat height 35.2 inches).
• Tinted windshield.
Navigation and communication.
• BMW Motorrad Navigator V.
• Holder, cable and attachment kit.
Maintenance and technology.
• Onboard toolkit service kit.
October 23rd, 2013
Any adventure riders looking for some fun to have on Sunday, December 1 might want to check out the 60 mile dual sport ride in New Park, PA hosted by the Baltimore County Trail Riders. This “Blind Enduro” event is an annual event the Trail Riders host in an effort to raise money for the Star Community: A home and school for the disabled. A blind enduro race is not a contest of speed, but of consistency. Each rider completes the course 3 times and is timed. The rider with the most consistent time between 2 rides is the winner. The course is a single track through the woods and although not impossible for a GS bike, it would be difficult because of its size which is why in addition to Blind Enduro contest, a dual sport ride was mapped out and added to this year’s event.
The event takes place on private property; in fact it is on the grounds of Star Community. No permits are required and being on private property you will have the opportunity to enjoy some new, unchartered territory! New Park is about 1.5 hours away and the ride begins at 10 a.m. All the information will be posted on GS Riders Of Bob’s BMW facebook page. Anyone who signs up can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a complimentary t-shirt and cap to wear to the ride and represent Bob’s RoadCrew!
Before signing up, odds are you have some questions about the ride and to answer those questions we have arranged for Dave Larrabee, good friend and customer of Bob’s and who is a member of the Trail Riders organization to be at Bob’s on November 16. Dave will be stationed by coffee and donuts between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. ready to answer your questions and share more details with you.
October 23rd, 2013
After a lot of promoting and organizing, the Project Bike auction held on October 5 turned out to be a great success, raising approximately $3,431.42 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation! Raising this money was an added bonus to our ultimate goal which was to get as many bikes out of the warehouse so we could make room for motorcyclists who need a secure, climate controlled facility to store their bikes in the colder months (not everyone is a year around rider!).
We had 21 bikes heading towards the auction, two were sold during the week: a 1978 R100 with an R90/6 motor and a 1951 R51/3 basket case (a ton of interest on that), leaving 19 bikes for auction to approximately 35 bidders that arrived Saturday morning with the hopes of going home with a fun winter project and many did just that!
Of the 19 motorcycles another 8 bikes sold including: 1986 K100RS @ $300, 1988 K75 @ $600, 1990 K75S @ $1,000, 1964 R27 @ $2,200, 2003 K1200LTC @ $3000, 1973 R60/5 @ $2,500, 2001 R1100RT @ $1,900 and a 1985 R80S @ $2,850.
The K1200LTC was an outright donation from a generous client (yes it needed some work) with all net proceeds going to the PBTF and Ride for Kids. So a special thanks to Robert Nagle for donating this bike and a big congrats to the highest bidder, Thomas Rhodes!
We also want to thank auctioneer Steve Dance of Steve Dance Auctions who donated his time to lead the auction. If you are ever in need of an auctioneer, we highly recommend you contact Steve whose family owned business has been serving the community for nearly 100 years!
There is still a nice selection of project BMW’s to choose from if you or someone you know is on the hunt for a fun and rewarding project to keep them busy over the colder months. All of the bikes can easily be reincarnated with just a little TLC and time. Even if you aren’t a “do-it-yourselfer” any one of our certified technicians would be more than happy to take part in bringing one of these bikes back to life! Interested in seeing our selection of project bikes? Email or call (301-497-8949 ext. 501)