August 18th, 2015
Watkins Glen, NY | September 4-7, 2015
Bob will be repeating his successful and very enjoyable Ride-2-Brunch-2-Do-Good event at the Finger Lakes BMW Rally over the Labor Day weekend again this fall. The ride and brunch is small, intimate and tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance.
Last year there were 15 participants for the inaugural event and is limited to just 17 so it is first RSVP, first paid and first to have fun and do good. The cost remains at $100 per person and this excellent brunch at one of the highest rated dining establishments in the entire Finger Lakes Region includes the participants choice of 1 appetizer, a salad, a seasonal entrée, dessert, coffee, any non-alcoholic beverages and if they wish one glass of wine, beer or champagne.
The event begins with a very enjoyable and spirited 75 minute (+-) ride starting at 9:30 AM sharp that uses beautiful secondary roads between the Rally location at Watkins Glen State Park and the Stonecat Café in the little town of Hector, New York. There is live Jazz music playing while we dine, converse and otherwise enjoy ourselves.
All net proceeds from this FUNdraiser are donated to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation® through their annual Ride for Kids® event which Bob participates in and escorts one of the Star kids in his sidecar. That event will be held on Sunday, September 27 in Ellicott City, Maryland should you be interested in joining us there too.
Additional donations can also be handed to Bob but outright contributions are always welcome. If you can’t join Bob please go to the link below and support the great work the PBTF® does. The PBTF® is a federally registered 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization. Bob and Bob’s BMW are fast approaching the $30,000 target for FUNdraising by 9-26-15 but we are not there yet; you could be the one to make that happen.
The full disclosure: Bob is a longtime supporter, fundraiser, past RFK® event leader and currently serves as a member of the PBTF BOD. He’s thankful that neither his immediate or extended family or any of his fantastic staff and their families have a child affected by this terrible disease.
To join the fun and fundraising event email or call Bob at the details below his signature or stop by the dealership with your check or credit card; any of the staff can accept payment and a positive RSVP if he’s not there.
April 1st, 2015
If you’re helmet is worn out, more than five years old, been dropped, crashed, passed down from a friend, or never properly fitted in the first place, it is’nt safe…PERIOD. NOTE: All new helmets are required to have their production date stamped on them so if you can’t find the date, you definitely need a new one!
Based on extensive safety research and testing, all major helmet manufactures agree it is important to replace your helmet every five years. Over time, the material slowly loses its protective qualities. As time passes, the EPS (expanded polystyrene) foam, hardens and after about 5 years the materials are no longer able to protect you in the event of an impact. Those of you with children are probably familiar with this. Similar rules apply to the protective qualities in car seats.
Not to mention if you weren’t properly fitted for your helmet, you very well could be riding around in a helmet that does not even fit which as you can imagine will not protect you as it is designed to do if you were in an accident.
About Bob’s Helmet Trade-In Program
In an effort to help the riding community stay safe, any motorcycle helmet brought to Bob’s during the month of April 2015, can be traded in to receive an on-the-spot rebate equivalent to 10% of the value of any new helmet purchase. This offer applies to in-store only and is valid only for motorcycle helmets. Helmets traded in will be destroyed and disposed of by Bob’s staff. The offer cannot be combined with any other offer.
Bob’s stocks helmets in a wide variety of brands, colors, styles, and price ranges. Start the season off right by taking advantage of Bob’s Trade-In Helmet Program. Choose from Bob’s great selection of helmets and get the proper fitting you deserve from an industry expert.
January 23rd, 2015
November 23rd, 2014
November 14th, 2014
Article from 95 Express Lanes
November 14, 2014
When the 95 Express Lanes open, motorcyclists can use the Express Lanes anytime without paying a toll.
You can travel toll-free on the 95 Express Lanes 24 hours a day, seven days a week and you do not need an E-ZPass® on your motorcycle to take the Express Lanes.
If you already have an E-ZPass on your motorcycle, you can leave it in place when you travel on the 95 Express Lanes. The system will detect that you’re traveling via motorcycle and not charge you a toll.
The Express Lanes end north of Edsall Road. Standard HOV rules will apply on I-395:
Prepare now so you’re ready to take the 95 Express Lanes when they open.
The transition from HOV lanes to express lanes system will bring added benefits for motorcyclists – including relief from the current bottleneck at Dumfries where the HOV lanes end and access to new locations in Stafford County, Tysons Corner and Ft. Belvoir.
November 13th, 2014
November 3rd, 2014
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|C 600 Sport**||$600 OFF||FREE Fuel for ONE year!2||F 700 GS**||$600 OFF||FREE Fuel for ONE year!2|
|C 650 GT**||$400 OFF||FREE Fuel for ONE year!2||K 1600 GT**||$1500 OFF|
|F 800 GT**||$750 OFF||FREE Fuel for ONE year!2||K 1600 GTL**||$1500 OFF|
|F 800 GSA**||$750 OFF||FREE Fuel for ONE year!2||K 1600 GTLE**||$1250 OFF|
|F 800 GS**||$750 OFF||FREE Fuel for ONE year!2||R 1200 R**||$750 OFF|
|G 650 GS**||$500 OFF||FREE Fuel for ONE year!2||R 1200 RTW1||FREE BMW NAV 5
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*Estimated monthly payments based on MSRP less current factory to dealer incentives, 48 month contract, current APR, 30 days to first payment, and balloon payment due at the end of the term. Down payment, monthly payment, and other credit terms depend upon motorcycle model, state, applicant’s creditworthiness, amount financed, and length of contract term. This is not an offer of any particular purchase or financing transaction. Excludes assembly, handling, doc, taxes, title, tag, reg. fees, and accessories. Financing provided to well-qualified customers financing their purchase of new eligible BMW motorcycles by participating BMW motorcycle dealers and assigned to BMW Financial Services NA, LLC or BMW Bank of North America. The total amount financed must be greater than $10,000 in MD. Subject to credit approval. Offer based on a non-promotional rate – rates subject to change on a monthly basis. Ask your sales representative for details.
**Cannot be combined with any Special Sales Programs (Military, Emergency Services, Ride Smart Reward, MSF RiderCoach, etc.). Savings up to $1,500 expire November 30, 2014.
October 20th, 2014
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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.