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Perfect Weather for a Perfect Open House

Open House at Bob's BMW
Bob's BM Open HouseThe sky was the perfect shade of blue and the temperatures hovered around low-mid 70’s at Bob’s BMW on April 26…another successful Open House in the books; some even suggest the best yet! Watch Video>>

Scott Keimig, BMWBMW President said, “In my 20 years of attending Bobs Spring Open Houses, I thought your April open house was the best that I recall. Perfect weather, nice selection of vendors (my favorites: visiting Ayres Adventures, Tex from Gerbing, Sarah from Schuberth, the Parks’ from Road Runner magazine, and Lou.) Very tasty food, and most of all your placing the club table in a primo position to collect foot traffic. Speaking on behalf of BMWBMW, we really do appreciate your continual support over the years, make that decades.”

Thanks to all the riders and passengers and even the passerbyers that joined us, thanks to all of the vendors that participated, and a special thanks to Rider Insurance for sponsoring the event for the second year in a row!

We received rave reviews about the Gourmet Food Truck, Wolo (“We Only Live Once.”) we had on-site. Long time friends and Bob’s Ambassadors, Bob and Donna Torche contacted us the next week stating, “We wanted to let you know that the Food Truck at the Open House this past Saturday was off the hook AWESOME!!  We split the Brisket sandwich with fries…yummy!  Best food truck cuisine we’ve had in a very long time — or maybe ever…???”

Door prizes this year included a BMW GS Dry Women’s Jacket won by Lynne Moore (Laytonsville, MD); BMW GS Dry Men’s Jacket won by Jim Kay (Columbia, MD); Scala Rider Q3 MultiSet won by Karey Lesche (Millville, NJ); KLIM folding spectator chair won by Dan Kenney (Mechanicsville, MD); $50 Bob’s BMW gift cards won by Dave Larrabee (Annapolis, MD), Jerry Donovan (Beltsville, MD), and Gregory Petchel (Alexandria, VA); Road Runner Subscription packages won by Leif Taylor (Hanover, MD), Brent Firestone (Long Beach CA), and Glenn Miller (Virginia Beach, VA); Gift Certificate to Cassies Cookies won by Jerry Larner (Ellicott City, MD); Alpine Star Rolling Bag won by Steve Donald (Columbia, MD); One-of-a-kind t-shirt created by Artist Renee Tantillo, won by Todd Berry (Arlington, VA); and Free Admission to The 5th Annual Charm City Mods Vs. Rockers Show won by Richard Hayes (Alexandria, VA). Congrats to all!

We did experience one hi-cup which we were sorry to announce to the crowd, particularly the dozens of sport bike riders in line but around 1pm the DYNO began experiencing technical difficulties and had to shut down…it seems it couldn’t handle all of the power coming from the BMW S1000RR’s ;)

The good news is the DYNO will be returning to Bob’s BMW so anyone who was unable to run their bikes at Open House can come back by Saturday, June 21; same price $15 each or 2 for $25. Arrive early to get tickets and reserve your place in line, plus at 11am a Sport Bike Maintenance and Customization Tech Session will begin. The session will include tips and suggestions from our experts on ways to modify and enhance your high performance bike, and some great accessory options that will simply make it look good!

Thanks again to all and be sure to check the online calendar for more exciting events coming this year at Bob’s BMW!

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NHTSA Announces Fuel Pump Recalls On Select Model and Year BMW Motorcycles

BMW Motorcycle Recall

On April 14, 2014 NHTSA announced BMW North America is recalling model variants of 2005-2011 R1200 models; 2005-2012 K1200, K1300, and K1600 models; 2010-2011S1000RR models; and 2006-2010 HP2 models. Affected models could develop cracks in the flange resulting in a fuel leak and will either need the fuel pump flange reinforced, or the entire pump replaced. The service will take up to 2 hours to complete (at Bob’s BMW) and will of course be covered under warranty.

BMW North America will be notifying owners directly and/or you can call Bob’s Service Department for a VIN check. Personally, Bob’s BMW has sold over 900 affected units so you are encouraged to contact us immediately if your bike fits the above mentioned years and models for a VIN check. Please note where you purchased your bike does not matter. If you are on the road reading this and near Bob’s BMW, Bob’s Service Department is able and willing to help. To date we have serviced and corrected approximately 100 (give or take) affected bikes and we are continuing to schedule appointments.

Finally, if by chance you own one of the affected bikes and had work done to your fuel pump previous to this recall being announced, you are encouraged to contact us to review your work order as some parts may be eligible for reimbursement.

Read the official NHTSA recall notice>> http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchResults?searchType=ID&targetCategory=R&searchCriteria.nhtsa_ids=13V617000

Small-Displacement BMW Motorcycles Debuting in 2015

tvs-draken-conceptI had to check the date on when we last talked about BMW and TVS partnering up to build small-displacement motorcycles together, and it looks like it was almost exactly a year ago. In that timeframe, the two companies have been quietly working, but rumors have started to heat-up as to when we could see a sub-500cc BMW motorcycle.

A cynic’s response might be that BMW doesn’t want to be perceived as late to the small-displacement party, especially since its sub-500cc machines won’t be ready until Q3/Q4 of 2015.

With Honda, Kawasaki, and KTM already debuting their 250cc & 300cc models, and Yamaha & Triumph set to debut 250cc machines shortly, it seems the only manufacturer without a small-displacement offering either available or in the works is Ducati.

Focusing our attention back on BMW though, it seems the first BMW machine could be a rebadged TVS, with the Indian company recently showing its Draken concept (shown above), which features a 250cc single-cylinder engine that makes just under 40hp.

“I know we have been silent on the TVS (Motor Company) and BMW since we had the tie-up. (the first product) It is going to be ready by the second half of next calendar year. All the work is under progress,” said TVS Motor Company Chairman Venu Srinivasan.

BMW and TVS are expected to brand their co-built machines separately, and for different markets. The BMW-branded machines will come to Europe and North America, while the TVS machines will go to India, Asia, and other emerging markets.

With KTM’s partnership with Bajaj helping the Austrian company surpass BMW Motorrad as the largest European motorcycle manufacturer, the German company’s new line with TVS should reverse that trend.

Increasingly the future of the motorcycle industry is happening in India and Southeast Asia, and it seems like just about every manufacturer has some sort of strategy in place for that reality.

International Female Ride

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helmets-2014-inclStart your shopping list right NOW by browsing our online inventory. If you don’t see it online, it does NOT mean we don’t have it in-store! We do our best to keep online inventory up-to date but with new products arriving daily, it’s not always easy. Perfect example, JUST-IN, Speed and Strength AND Field Sheer apparel is now available at Bob’s! It’s not online yet but it’s on the showroom floor!

Stop by Bob’s BMW TODAY and TOMORROW (May 2 and 3) and get 15% OFF all women’s apparel, including helmets and sale items. Gentlemen, open your wallets, you too can buy gear for the women in your life! While you’re here be sure to fill out a registration form at the coffee station for a chance to WIN a Bob’s BMW gift card!

15% discount valid May 2 and 3. Discount cannot be combined with any other discounts except as noted in promotion. Includes in-stock merchandise and select special orders. Winner of door prize will be contacted directly. You do NOT have to be present to win but you must visit Bob’s to register.

Introducing the Incredible GG Taurus

Exclusively at their 2014 Open House, Bob’s BMW will introduce the incredible GG Taurus, a BMW powered, 175 HP, three wheeled, street legal creation from Switzerland that will be available for your personal inspection.

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The GG Taurus is sure to create immediate lust and outright drooling by every two, three or four wheeled enthusiast that sees it in person. Tell your friends, even those who do not ride motorcycles, to join you on April 26 at Bob’s. And yes, you will be able to touch it, sit on it and even have your photo taken while in the saddle to share with your friends on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other Social Media sites.

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Built by Swiss company Grueter and Gut Technik, or GG for short, the Taurus is a high performance hammerhead trike, a fascinating vehicle with a bold design and even more impressive build quality that conceals a heart thumping 1,293cc German inline powerplant. If you’ve ever seen the Ferrari Yellow Duetto sidecar rig that Bob owns, rides and shares frequently this was designed and is built by the same company.

Until now it has never before seen on US streets. The Taurus is now available for the first time through a small number of select dealers of which Bob’s is the first. The big-bore engine is capable of developing 175 bhp at 9,250 rpm and 140 Nm of torque at 8,250 rpm, while being coupled with a 6-gear transmission along with suspension, brakes and tires worthy of a formula track car.

The Taurus weighs in at a very nimble 875lbs (without fuel or rider) and has a massive 9 gallon fuel tank to provide a vast cruising range. With a top speed of almost 140 mph, this is one fast trike that all of your friends, neighbors and co-workers will be seriously envious of.

The GG Taurus is the most exclusive 3 wheeler on the planet. This is the Ferrari of bikes and will only be owned by a select few. It is customizable so each owner’s GG Taurus will be exclusive to him or her. This 3-wheeled bike is truly a revolution that will turn heads anywhere and everywhere for the next few decades.

White Glove, Red Carpet delivery is offered with every purchase.

We know you want some technical details before you see it:

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Get Involved at Bob’s BMW!

It was a long winter but many of our customers didn’t let that stop them from having fun with the team at Bob’s BMW, and winning some great prizes along the way! Riders came from near and far to participate in our first annual “Road to the Arts” and “High Mileage Polar Bear Challenge.”
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High Mileage Polar Bear Challenge
The Polar Bear Challenge was a 4-month high mileage challenge that attracted over 30 riders, locally and out of state. We were thrilled with level of interest and look forward to doing it again next year! Thanks to all that participated and a big thanks to Rev’it USA and Gerbing Heated Gear for sponsoring the challenge and donating such great prizes each month including two additional grand prizes for the male and female cumulative high mile riders. Congratulations to all who survived this year’s Polar Bear Challenge! We hope to see you and many more next year for the 2nd annual event. The 2013-2014 winners and reining champs until next year are:

Round
Name
Mileage
December Neftali C. 1,882
December Lisa H. 922
January Neftali C. 1,665
January Lisa H. 2,776
February Dennis M. 2,083
February Lisa H. 1,028
March Neftali C. 7,778
March Kelly V. 5,045
Cumulative Neftali C. 12,234
Cumulative Lisa H. 7,539

Road to the Arts
1235178_631135726960320_1248716361_nBob’s motorcycle version of “Road to the Arts” originated from the efforts of Howard County Arts Council to integrate art within the community by placing sculptures throughout the county every year. The contest challenged motorcycle riders—all makes and models—to visit Bob’s BMW located in Jessup, MD, pick up a “Road to the Arts” map provided by the council, visit as many ARTsites listed on that map, take a selfie in front of each sculpture, and email their pictures in for a chance to win a gift certificate to a local restaurant. A minimum of 6 ARTsites had to be visited, and riders’ “selfies” had to show them in motorcycle gear, and in front of the sculptures. Eligible participants were entered into a drawing to win $50-$100 gift certificates donated by the BEST restaurants in Howard County: Aida Bistro, The Iron Bridge Wine Company, The Kings Contrivance, Frisco tap House and Brewery, Café de Paris, and Portallis.

Thirteen riders participated this year and with the contest running in March, a month that had two snowstorms, Bob’s is looking forward to an even bigger turnout next year! This year’s lucky winners were:

Winner
Prize
Craig Dyson $75 gift certificate to Café de Paris
George Van Mater  $50 gift certificate to The Kings Contrivance
Janet Conley $50 gift certificate to Aida Bistro
Jeff Eaby   $50 gift certificate to RANAZUL
John Cioccio  $100 gift certificate to The Iron Bridge Wine Company
John Dicarlo  $100 gift certificate to Portallis
Jonathan Tan $100 gift certificate to Frisco tap House and Brewery

The Rider’s Workshop

jim-ford-talkingThis local 2-day workshop is a great resource for riders wanting to develop more confidence and expert riding skills. Creator, Jim Ford takes a max of 5 riders per workshop on a journey through the Appalachian Mountains.

“It’s not about riding fast. Instead Jim slows you down and introduces—layer by layer—skill by skill—The Art of Riding Smooth. Being smooth means heightened awareness, and a relaxed presence of mind. Being smooth means safety and fun at any speed especially through curves. Essentially The Rider’s Workshop is a study of confidently motorcycling mountain curves.”

Workshops are available now through October and include 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner, 1 night lodging, 2 days instruction over 450 miles, 2-way radio and ear-bud rental, and a full course syllabus. Follow the link below for available workshop dates and be sure to mention Bob’s BMW referred you!

Schedule of Rider’s Workshops

Contact:
Jim Ford
866-767-6900
www.ridersworkshop.com

Off to the Races

Photo by Lisa Theobald

Photo by Lisa Theobald

It’s that time of the year again! Jeremy Cook, Bob’s S1000RR racer is back in full force this year and planning to do everything he has to, to ensure he races his first AMA race this year! Anyone not familiar with AMA Pro racing, it is just as impressive as it sounds…it is the #1 professional motorcycling racing organization in the country and our very own Jeremy Cook will be riding along side (hopefully in front of!) this elite group of racers.

Until that time comes, he will travel on weekends from track to track along the east coast, as far as Florida racing in the Champion Cup Series. Summit Point Race Track is the closest to Bob’s BMW and is considered Jeremy’s home track. He will be racing 3 weekends at Summit Point starting with Memorial Day Weekend and then June 28-29 and August 23-24. If you have never been to the track, let alone a race event, be sure to mark your calendars and check it out this year, track side at Bob’s BMW Hospitality Tent.

The hospitality tent provides you the opportunity to hang out with Jeremy and his team along with other spectators, enjoy complimentary sandwiches, beverages, and snacks, and even take part in a tour of the facility, led personally by Jeremy where he will explain how things work at the track and just what exactly is going on. Be sure to arrive by 10 a.m. if you are interested in the tour, there are strict check-in and starting times Jeremy cannot be late for!

Please be advised the hospitality tent is free of charge but there is a fee to enter Summit Point Race Track. The cost along with details of all the other great features and things to do at Summit Point including an amazing go kart track are available online.

One last important note, this year Bob’s BMW will be running an Instagram Selfie contest around Jeremy. Complete details on the contest are coming soon but in the meantime whenever you run into Jeremy, snap a selfie with him or by yourself (just be sure Bob’s BMW’s tent or trailer is behind you!), post it to Instagram #bobsbmwmoto # funwithjeremycook #motorcycling and you could be the lucky winner of a Moose Racing Rolling Bag! The selfie with the most instagram likes will win. Stay tuned for complete contest details.

Also coming soon, is a “Sport Bike Riders” page under the Community section of our website. Jeremy’s schedule will be posted here along with race reports, images, and some great resources for the sport bike community. As soon as it’s live we’ll let you know!

NO SALES TAX on Select MOTORCYCLES!

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Breaking News On TAX FREE Days At Bob’s BMW…

On April 14, 2014 at 8:58 a.m. Bob announced for the first time ever in Bob’s BMW history,

“NO SALES TAX on Select MOTORCYCLES April 14th thru April 17th!*”

Has Bob gone nuts? No sales tax on motorcycles? This is NOT a joke, don’t delay on this never before seen offer available ONLY at Bob’s BMW! Now through April 17 the following New and Pre-Owned Motorcycles are TAX FREE:

Year, Make, Model
Color
Stock Number
Maroon 009323
Black
641513
Blue
L46182
Crystal Grey
N46886
Grey
U45313
Pearl White
019091
Red
V96527
2009 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS Dark Red 021844
2011 Yamaha FZ1 Silver 008260
**NEW** 2013 BMW K1600GT Dark Graphite X81607
**NEW** 2013 BMW K1600GT Dark Graphite X81608


Tax free offer applies ONLY to the above mentioned units and is available in the following states: Maryland, Virginia, D.C., Pennsylvania, Delaware, and West Virginia. Offer cannot be combined with Bob’s New Rider Program. It can be used in combination with current factory savings and BMW purchase programs. Ask your sales representative for complete details on program eligibility. Payment in full or a non-refundable $1,000 deposit is due by April 17, 2014.

P.S. The original email advertising no sales tax on parts, apparel, and accessories purchased in-store or shipped in Maryland thru April 17th STILL applies. This unbelievable offer of savings on select motorcycles is in addition to the original offer!

Looking for a Dream Job?

Screen Shot 2014-04-14 at 12.13.20 PMLook no further. With the season in full speed ahead, Bob’s is looking to add an additional apparel specialist to the team so we can be sure customers are getting “The Ultimate Shopping Experience!” every time they visit the store.

Peter Meade, Bob’s Parts, Apparel, and Accessory Manager has been offered and accepted a job in California from Perusa, an investor in the Schuberth brand, to assist them in bringing over a new line of motorcycle apparel from Germany and introducing it to the states. Although he will be greatly missed, we are thrilled to hear he will be assisting the motorcycle apparel industry in growing in the States! So YES this means we currently have a huge opportunity available at Bob’s BMW. But be prepared…the chosen candidate has some big shoes to fill! Farewell and best of luck to you Peter!

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Bob's BMW Motorcycles is one of the largest, most respected BMW dealerships in North America, and the winner of numerous awards for overall excellence, merchandising, customer satisfaction, and community service. Bob’s is well known throughout the world for the passion and professionalism they bring to this business and sport. Bob's impressive brick and mortar Retail store, Dealership and Vintage Museum, serving the bustling Washington DC — Baltimore — Northern Virginia – Suburban Maryland area as well as surrounding mid-Atlantic region is the destination of choice for BMW enthusiasts everywhere for over 30 years. Bob's is a National leader in sales and service of new and used BMW motorcycles along with clean used offerings from most all brands and Bob’s offers complete refurbishing and restorations on any year BMW built since 1950. Since the beginnings in 1981 Bob’s has won praise for their huge inventory of genuine BMW parts, Accessories, and Riding Gear for all riders plus casual Apparel. Their ability to deliver what customers need when they need it is unparalleled. Bob's also specializes in high quality Used BMW motorcycle parts and hard-to-find Vintage BMW parts and accessories. One visit, one phone call or a few mouse clicks opens up the whole world of BMW Motorcycles.

Bob’s BMW Motorcycles - 10720 Guilford Road - Jessup, MD - Phone: 301-497-8949