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
September 29th, 2014
Ride out to Maryland International Raceway for the 22nd Annual Fast by Gast Fall Nationals October 4th!
Meet up at Bob’s BMW (Jessup, MD) ready to depart by 10:30 a.m. Pro S1000RR Racer Jeremy Cook #81 will lead the ride to the event. Upon arrival you can relax and drop your gear off under Bob’s Hospitality Tent. Enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages, watch some of the fastest motorcycle drag races of the season, browse vendor midway, and meet racers through out the day like pro S1000RR drag racer Domonic Anderson. For more details on the day’s events visit http://www.mirockracing.com/
September 18th, 2014
Platinum Rollers MC hosts the longest standing bike night in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia (DMV) area EVERY Wednesday at the T.G.I. Friday’s in Greenbelt, MD. From 6pm-12a.m. Stop by and join hundreds of other attendees with and without motorcycles. The attached footage is ONLY the second half of the ride out. To learn more about the Platinum Rollers MC bike night, click here.
Bob’s BMW Motorcycles went out with Pro S1000RR racers Jeremy Cook and Domonic Anderson to support the club’s bike night and promote our upcoming event. Bob’s will be hosting its annual Oktoberfest Celebration and Rider’s Swap Meet. Saturday morning departing at 9:30 a.m., Domonic Anderson will be leading a ride to the event. If you’re not able to ride with us, stop by anytime until 4p.m.
Buy, sell, and trade your own motorcycle parts, accessories, apparel, etc. at Bob’s September 20. There is no fee to sellers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or visit www.bobsbmw.com From 9am-4pm, enjoy food, door prize giveaways, industry reps, storewide specials, and talk with both Jeremy Cook and Domonic Anderson, pro BMW S1000RR racers.
September 15th, 2014
-September 15 posted by Ride for Kids®
Beautiful skies and warm air accompanied more than 200 participants at the 23rd Baltimore-Washington Ride for Kids on Sept. 14. The event had raised $113,105 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation by ride time.
The event’s Stars were the seven local brain tumor survivors who led the ride from Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City: Gabriel, Maggie, Nick, Olivia, Paige, Ruxy and Yosef.
“Because of you all, we are finding inspiration which is leading to progress and hope,” Dr. Chetan Bettegowda of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine told the crowd. “There used to be dozens, now we have hundreds and thousands of people around the world working on research for pediatric brain tumors.”
As of Sept. 14, the individual, motorcycle club/chapter and motorcycle business with the most raised were Bob Henig ($22,775), GWRRA MD-B ($14,161) and Bob’s BMW ($33,568). The top non-motorcycle group was Team Gabriel ($6,790).
The event is still collecting donations online at www.rideforkids.org. Fundraisers will receive incentive credit through Oct. 14.
Joel Gladding won the drawing for a new Honda motorcycle, and a Cardo Scala Rider TeamSet went to Jimmy Tragle. Bruce Hill won a Tour Master gift card.
Thank you to the dedicated volunteers who organized the event. This year’s task force leaders were Tom Chicca and Marcy Rich.
September 15th, 2014
“Deranged, maniacal, demonic and negligent” were words used by the former AMA Motorcyclist of the Year, Bob Higdon, when he gave the official benediction at the start of an annual Big Dog Ride. He also included the words “aesthetic, pictorial, grandeur, supereminence and best-of-the-best.” Higdon closed his offering of pearls with, “You have a great thing going here with the Big Dog Ride. I hope none of you die!” and then mounted his BMW R80G/S and piloted it quickly in the opposite direction.
The 2014 Annual Running of the Dogs offered an opportunity to look inside the make-up of the new and old members of the unique fraternity of Big Dogs. While not a secret society, the Big Dog Adventure Ride does have some elements of membership not found in other adventure designed motorcycle events.
Founded on the concept of riding a large-displacement dual-purpose motorcycle to the event, off-loading luggage, and then riding some of the toughest trails and tracks found in the Lower 48, the core concept still exists. Original sponsor, BMW of Denver, accepted the eventual morphing of the event to welcome non-BMW bike entries. In 2014 entrants included KTMs, Kawasakis, Hondas and Suzukis, but all had to be 640cc or larger.
For three days the entrants bounced their motorcycles and themselves off rocks and trees, plowed through deep mountain streams and brown murky mud wallows, often dodging ATVs and errant 4×4 drivers over some of the highest passes in Colorado. While the wide range of large-displacement motorcycles offered an interesting mix for a tire kicker in the parking lot, it was the genetic elements of the entrants and their professional backgrounds that drew interest in 2014. Are there some genetic similarities that drew this group together to possibly hurt themselves and their motorcycles as they pushed adventure-riding envelopes to levels far away from posing at Starbucks on a Sunday morning with their ADV motorcycle?
One Big Dog wrote of the others that they are “down to earth, solid, self-aware, self-confident, hard-working, contributors…. men of integrity who share a passion for adventure motorcycle riding.” Within that definition was one self-proclaimed ditch digger, a man who worked for a county government operating equipment to literally dig ditches, and another who was a retired financial services executive. Others included the manager for a major manufacturing company, a national evangelist, educational technology sales representative, insurance broker, general building contractor, service engineer, writer, mechanic and a statistician.
A look at the geographic bases for some of the entrants found them piloting their motorcycles to Colorado from distant points such as California, Texas, Arkansas and Virginia, others from neighboring states Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico. One entrant, from Honolulu, flew from Hawaii to connect with his motorcycle in Seattle. He then rode two days to the event, off-loaded his travel gear and banged up himself and his Africa Twin for three days. He then repacked and rode back to Seattle, stashed his rare Africa Twin and flew back to Hawaii. Another first-time entrant, sponsored by Bob’s BMW, rode his fully-loaded BMW R1200GS Adventure from Virginia to the event start point in Buena Vista, Colorado, where he off-loaded his traveling gear and bounced off rocks, slid through mud and wobbled in sand as a new Dog. He then licked his wounds and humped the interstates back across America. A Happy Trails sponsored entrant from Michigan entered a stock 2006 Kawasaki KLR650 that had only a Happy Trails skid plate and “Nerf” or protection bars for his possible get-offs.
When asked what they thought contributed to their adventure riding genetics, one answer was, “I have always liked the ability to get away from the busy roads with my motorcycle, to explore and be closer to nature.” Another said, “I like pushing myself, taking risks, testing my riding skills with my road bike, but managing the risks.” A third proclaimed, “I bought this motorcycle for its advertised dual-purpose attributes, to be able to ride it on an interstate or a jeep trail. It cost me a fortune, more than I expected after I got it equipped, so I like to make it earn its money.”
Some of the entrants were budget conscious, as represented by the number of Kawasaki KLR650’s entered. Cited as “the least expensive ride to adventure,” several of the entrants admitted to owning expensive road bikes but using their KLRs for more aggressive riding away from cruiser territory. Kawasaki Motors Corp., USA rewarded all the 2014 entrants in the Big Dog Adventure Ride, not just Kawasaki KLR entrants, by sponsoring meals that included the annual Big Dog BBQ, a way to all the Big Dogs hearts, through their hunger after a hard day of riding, and their love of a good steak.
After 24 Big Dog events and numerous copies around the world, ranging from the Big Bird Ride in Japan to a Big Puppy Ride in the USA, the original Big Dog Adventure Ride remains unique. While the men who comprise the field of entrants have been cited as deranged, maniacal, demonic and negligent, they also enjoy the fraternity of like-mindedness, being pure adventure seeking motorcyclists while agnostic and accepting when it comes to the best motorcycle make or model for adventure riding or touring, a gene unique to their core.
An adventure riding whisper in the wind at the 2014 Big Dog Adventure Ride was the 2015 Annual Running of the Dogs would be the last. One veteran entrant lamented, “It would be like putting a trusted old dog down,” while another suggested, “There could be a last last?” The 2015 event is slated for August 9 – 12.
August 23rd, 2014
Visitors, customers and friends,It is now less than a month until the Baltimore-Washington Ride for Kids® event here in Howard County, Maryland. I would hope that most everyone reading our newsletter knows at least something about the Ride for Kids®, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation(PBTF) and our involvement with this fine organization.
Bob’s and I have been personally involved for over 20 years now. Bob’s has done substantial levels of FUNdraising with events like auctions, Galas and even two Ultimate Bike raffles (UBR1 & UBR2) and hundreds if not thousands of personal solicitations on my part and that of our staff. We’ve had customers donate motorcycles so we could fix them up, sell them and raise money through these efforts. Those donations generate a tax letter for that generous individual. We have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years and our grand total is much closer to the 1 million dollar mark than one half these days.
The need is great, the cause is good and the organization stands well above most other non-profits in the entire world in terms of how they manage the money and how little of what comes in is used for fundraising, management, salaries or general overhead.
I have been honored to serve on the PBTF Board of Directors for the last 6 or so years. I also serve on the local Task Force that hosts the event, one of 38 around the country this year. Thankfully none of my friends or neighbors, current or past employees or our own son are afflicted with this terrible disease.
So here’s the personal request: Please join me. Please ask a friend to join me as well. You’ll be part of a fine group of caring motorcyclists, riding all brands of motorcycles on September 14th for this event. If you’ve never been before you will be impressed and you will leave touched.
Sure I know that many of you will be busy or have another reason you cannot attend. That’s normal. So the next request I would make is to ask if you’d care to make a donation, right here, right now. Cash, check or credit card works.
For those who frequent the dealership, small donations can be placed in the containers by coffee or at the Service Reception desk. Larger amounts can be rung up on a credit card at the front counter with or without another purchase or even added to a Repair Order with part number RFK . We are happy to accept personal and business checks. In 2013 we accepted 63 individual donations this way in varying amounts from $100 to $2,500. September is usually the big month for in store and online donations.
My goal is to deliver at least $20,000 of my customer’s money to this year’s event, all of which helps fund research that will help find better treatments and a cure. So please help us make September the biggest month this year. We are honored to accept and deliver your generous donations.
If you desire to write a check or tender a credit card for $100 or more please let my staff know to inform me so I can thank you personally. Just earlier this week I was handed one for $500 from a long time customer who has watched what we have done over the years and has participated in the ride a few times as well.
I know that my business sells expensive toys so I also know that many of my customers have money available to support worthy causes. And I also know that the PBTF and RFK are not the only good causes out there asking for your money but this is truly one of the most worthy causes affecting children. They are rated one of the very best by Charity Watch and Charity Navigator every single year.
The lesson I have learned well over the years is that most people don’t give because no one has asked them to so I’m asking you to consider giving to this excellent organization. It will always be an honor to deliver your money if you cannot join us at this great event but the 50 mile police escorted back roads ride is very scenic, highly enjoyable and just one of the reasons you should consider attending. And if you do I hope you’ll let them know, when they ask you, if you wish to give your donation or fundraising efforts credit to your local motorcycle dealership, you’ll say yes and then tell them it is Bob’s BMW. You’ll also get personal recognition.
I would be pleased to sit and talk about any of this over coffee at any time; in person or on the phone.
A generous donation of any size can be securely made ONLINE TODAY!
Owner, Rider, Enthusiast
August 21st, 2014
With the cooler months just around the corner, it’s prime time to plan a nice weekend road trip. Not sure where to go? Bob’s can help. Year around Bob’s updates its website with rallies and events around the nation. Take a moment to see what’s coming up in the next couple of months, get your map out (or log into Google Maps), and start planning.
You will be able to find Bob this weekend at the Finger Lakes Rally in Watkins Glen, NY! Bob will be hosting a very special Sunday Ride and Brunch after a 2 year absence (Bob was not there) limited to between 12 and 18 people (waiting for OK from restaurant) at a brand new location with open menu choices, gourmet food and live Jazz music. It is one of the highest rated places to dine in the entire FLR region. The ride route will be nicer and a little longer than in the past and will depart just a little later as well. Those interested can call or email Bob on or before August 27 or find Bob at the rally to join this intimate and elite little group of ruthless fundraisers who might consider themselves to also be foodies.
Please remember wherever your next adventure takes you, to share your pictures with your favorite local dealer so we can then share them with our other customers via our website and social media sites. Not to mention, if you don’t have a Bob’s Road Crew cap, all you have to do is stop by and let any member of our staff know you are about to embark on an adventure and they will gladly provide you a hat and maybe even another surprise or two?! View Upcoming Rallies…
August 21st, 2014
Some of you may already be following good friend and customer, Jorge Serpa as he travels the Americas top to bottom, but for anyone who is not you can start today! His adventure is planned to last through March 2015 and Bob’s will be providing regular updates along his journey.
Jorge departed on August 3 from Washington D.C. on his BMW R1200GS (A.K.A. The Mule which was of course purchased here at Bob’s BMW!) on a pre-planned route to Ushuaia, the southern most city in the world. Total distance traveled is an expected 31,000 miles, from August to the early part of December (Part 1) and from December to late March 2015 (Part 2).
Part 1 covers the stretch from Washington D.C. to Alaska and then south to Panama City; and Part 2 goes from Panama down to Ushuaia and then back to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The trip was divided up this way for financial purposes. If not able to secure enough funds for the whole trip, upon reaching Panana he will return to D.C. via the southern states.
This is not Jorge’s first rodeo to say the least. He decided years ago he wanted to spend most of his time traveling the world by “alternate means of transportation” and has since done just that crossing the Atlantic from Brazil to the US on a 35′ sailboat; completing a Round the World journey via Amtrak trains, a container vessel, the Trans Mongolia, and Trans Siberia trains; driving on a motorcycle from Paris to Lisbon and then onwards to Guinea-Bissau, just to name a few! Every adventurer approaches their adventure differently and Jorge is a planner. Jorge sat down to plan the America’s route and itinerary on a day to day basis and took everything from financial challenges, to weather challenges, to landmarks he didn’t want to miss into consideration.
For instance, the areas to be covered during the time he travels Jorge identified three important weather conditions to take into consideration:
In addition to this Jorge researched ferry dates leaving AK and returning to the Lower 48 and decided well in advance which ferry makes most sense for his traveling purposes. His plan is to be on the September 8 ferry because the following September 22 ferry would mean being in Alaska well after the autumn frosts have started and to leave earlier than the 8th would only mean he would have more time to kill before entering Central America.
Will Jorge meet these key dates to stay on track? What unexpected challenges is he going to encounter? What beautiful sites is he going to see? Find out by following along Jorge’s journey…
An album has been created on Bob’s Facebook page and will be regularly updated or you can check out Jorge’s Facebook page to get a more live feed. You can learn more about the trip by visiting his website.
August 21st, 2014
Oktoberfest and Swap Meet Scheduled for September 20
Oktoberfest in September?! That’s right folks, just like the Germans have done for hundreds of years, Bob’s is celebrating Oktoberfest in September! We are especially pleased to announce, back by popular customer demand, WOLO gourmet food truck will be onsite serving a German themed menu!
Customers will also have the opportunity to meet and speak with product reps from the motorcycle industry, check out Bob’s sponsored racer, Jeremy Cook’s newest bike, shop incredible end of year specials, register to win amazing door prizes (you do not have to be present to win, just stop by to register!), AND buy-sell-trade at the annual customer swap meet! For the latest Oktoberfest updates as they come in, be sure to LIKE Bob’s BMW Facebook Page.
Interested in selling at this year’s swap meet?
Contact email@example.com to reserve a space…it is absolutely FREE! We do not charge sellers a commission of sales. We will also have a dedicated area for items to be donated or sold for benefit of the Ride for Kids®. Keep in mind the more sellers signed up, the more shoppers we attract for you so if you have any unwanted motorcycled related items you want to unload, this is a great opportunity to get in front of hundreds of fellow riders and make some money!
Track Day Rescheduled for October 6
If you were interested in participating in Bob’s annual track Day but the July date didn’t work for you, we’ve got some good news…track day has been rescheduled for October 6!
Track Days with Roger Lyle’s MotorcycleXcitment offers riders of all makes and models NOT just sport bikes, an opportunity to ride freely, as slow or as fast as you wish in a controlled and safe environment, practice skills, get better familiar with your bike and its capabilities, and get tips and pointers from professional coaches like Roger Lyle and Jeremy Cook!
August 21st, 2014
Bob's online ecommerce store continues growing in popularity thanks to its expanding inventory of products to shop and the constant new features and upgrades implemented to make the shopping experience the best and easiest it can be. The newest features we encourage everyone to take a moment to check out include the One-of-a-kind section, New Products section, Product Reviews available on each product page, and the microfiche updates.
Treasure-hunters and bargain-hunters agree: The “One-Of-A-Kind” section of our website has become the hot new ONLINE destination.
One-of-a-Kind is like a personal visit to Bob’s attic! Browse & buy from an ever-expanding and ever-changing selection of singular items: Used, New-Old-Stock, Modern, Vintage, Rare, Leftover, Collectible, Frivolous, or Just-Plain-Weird, parts, accessories, and apparel… you just never know what you may find!
New Products Just One Click Away
Easily check out the latest and greatest products under the ‘Featured New Products’ section on the right-hand sidebar of the ecomm homepage. This section changes regularly as new products are loaded onto the site, so be sure to check back regularly!
It’s easy to do and there is no login required! Next time you are browsing www.store.bobsbmw.com:
Although still in the works, we are excited to share we are working hard behind the scenes to add extra enhancements to the microfiche navigation as well as some additional and very useful information on parts to make the microfiche shopping experience as simple as 1-2-3! Stay tuned on that but in the meantime…