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BMW R1200GS Tells The Story Of An American Fighter Pilot

About General Charles G. Boyd
“Charles Graham Boyd is a retired four-star general of the United States Air Force. Boyd is a highly decorated combat pilot who served in Vietnam; and is the only Vietnam War prisoner of war (1966-1973) to reach the four-star rank.”

  • Flew F100s and F105s in SE Asia during Vietnam War
  • Shot down on April 22, 1966 while on his 105th mission
  • POW for 2,488 days in various prisons in North Vietnam. Released from Vietnam prison on February 12, 1973 as part of Operation Homecoming
  • Final assignment was as Deputy Commander in Chief, U.S. European Command, Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany.


2008 BMW R1200GS
This 2008 BMW R1200GS was a gift to General Boyd. The bike was designed to replicate that of a fighter plane, spotlight the General’s air force career, thank him and honor him for the sacrifices he made for his country, and celebrate his extraordinary will to survive. Not only did the General survive 7 years as a Vietnam POW, he fought and survived a diagnosis of Stage 4 cancer. When he was diagnosed, he told the doctors, “I don’t kill easy.” And, indeed he did not. After beating the cancer, to celebrate his victory, in the fighter pilot tradition of doing a “Victory Roll” after shooting down an enemy, Boyd invited his motorcycle buddies to join him on a Victory Roll Ride. At the start he was presented with this machine you see on display today.

355th Fighter Wing
“The 355th Fighter Wing has earned a heroic combat lineage. During the Vietnam War the 355th Fighter Wing was one of the first to see combat, and employed the F-105 and A-7 in thousands of missions against targets across North Vietnam.”

 

 

510th Fighter Squadron
The 510th Fighter Squadron provides combat airpower on demand to U.S. and NATO combatant commanders as well as the National Command Authority in order to meet National Security objectives. At the start of the Vietnam War, the 510th was located at Clark AB in Philippines, later relocated to Bien Hoa AB, Vietnam, the birth place of the “BienHoa Buzzards”.  In Vietnam, the 510th flew over 27,200 combat missions.

 

 

 

MEET AUTHOR ELSPETH BEARD ON THE FINAL LEG OF HER U.S. BOOK TOUR

Lone Rider – The First British Woman to Motorcycle Around the World

Meet Author Elspeth Beard on the final leg of her U.S. Book Tour

Austin, Texas – October 25th, 2018 – In 1982, 23-year-old Elspeth Beard left her family and friends in London and set off on a 35,000-mile solo motorcycle journey around the world. Her adventure—spanning the course of two years and crossing over four continents—took her through deserts, mountain ranges, and war ravaged countries. Along the way, she faked documents to cross borders, fended off sexual attacks, evaded biker gangs and corrupt law enforcement convinced she was trafficking drugs, survived brutal crashes and life-threatening illnesses, and had fallen in and out of love. By the time she and her 1974 BMW R60/6 motorcycle returned to England two years later, she was 30 pounds lighter and decades wiser. This is the coming-of-age story of a young woman on a journey—and the bike that carried her through it all.

 

Upon her journey’s conclusion and return home to London in 1984, Elspeth Beard stored all evidence of her journey—journals, tapes, and photos—into a cardboard box in the back of a cupboard where they remained for more than 30 years. Now over four decades after her journey, Beard’s story has been brought to light and finds new meaning within today’s contemporary context. Charting the globe at a time when solo-female journeys were neither common nor celebrated, Elspeth Beard reflects on the challenges she faced as a woman on the road, with vivid presence, honesty, and wit. Lone Rider is not only the culmination of Beard’s journey on her bike, but her journey beyond her bike through life.

 

Previously published in the UK, Lone Rider made its debut to the US in June. This captivating book charts Beard’s progress around the globe in richly descriptive chapters that reflect on her experiences, from “Pretty Boys and Biker Gangs: New Mexico to California,” to “Bell Helmet For a Burka: Iran to Istanbul.” The book is accompanied by stunning full-color original photographs taken by Beard throughout her journey, capturing scenes such as riding alongside camels on the roads of Rajasthan, India, mending a punctured tire in the middle of the Pakistani desert abyss, and the expectant day before she set off on her two-year adventure. In 320 pages, Lone Rider tells the complete story of a woman’s round-the-world journey on her bike, from charts of fuel purchased and maintenance serviced, to accounts of love, loss, struggle, and freedom.

ELSPETH BEARD’S EAST COAST TOUR SCHEDULE

November 5th Union Garage – NY

November 7th   BMW Motorcycles Charlotte – NC

November 9 -11th Expo East – Reeb Ranch, Hendersonville – NC

November 14th Velocity Cycles – Mechanicsburg – PA

November 17th Bob’s BMW – Jessup MD (CLICK HERE for complete event details)

2018 FALL OPEN HOUSE & SWAP MEET



JOIN THE FUN!
Summer has been a blast but we are ready to kick off the BEST riding season in the Mid-Atlantic with one of our BEST events of the year: 
Bob’s 2018 Fall Open House & Swap Meet, featuring BMW Ambassador Shawn Thomas and World Traveler Neale Bayly!

The day is FREE and open to all riders. The more the merrier so consider bringing your non-riding friend along to show them what motorcycling is all about! 


Check out what we have planned…


SELLERS
Spaces are FREE! Start cleaning out your garages and gathering your spare parts, accessories you no longer use, and riding gear that’s just lying around. Set up shop at Bob’s BMW and earn some extra gas money for the good riding weather ahead! If it’s motorcycle related, goods for any year, make or model, bring it with you! Even motorcycles for sale are welcome. 

Email hanna@bobsbmw.com to reserve a space. 

BUYERS
Attention bargain hunters!! Sellers will be set up and ready for business at 9am when gates open. Consider bringing your bike in for while-u-wait service to get early access to the swap meet! 

SHAWN THOMAS, BMW AMBASSADOR
You have likely seen Shawn Thomas on dealer TV screens promoting BMW products and/or promoting Rawhyde Adventures during his time there as a lead instructor. It was in 2004 when Shawn began his career as a BMW dealership employee, and took to the sport of Adventure riding. 13 years later Shawn has traveled the world offering tours and training focused on motorcycles, parts, and apparel.

He will be at Bob’s Open House hosting mini-clinics throughout the day discussing ride mode electronics, connectivity, adventure apparel, ergonomics for adventure riding and MORE!


NEALE BAYLY, JOURNALIST & PHILANTHROPIC ADVENTURE RIDER
 
Neale Bayly took three average riders on a trip of a lifetime to Peru where they faced unbelievable challenges through the deserts and mountains, but found it all worth it when their journey led them to an orphanage. 

The entire trip was filmed by a TV crew to create Neale Bayly Rides and we are thrilled to announce Neale will be riding to Bob’s Open House to meet and greet customers and share about his past and upcoming BMW motorcycle adventures (one coming up as soon as November 2018)! 

 

TEST RIDE YOUR DREAM BIKE
Arrive early and head straight to the demo tent to sign up to ride as many models in our demo fleet as you like! Models include but are not limited to the BMW K1600 Bagger, S1000RR, G310R, G310GS, R1200GS, and MORE! These are group led rides beginning at 9am and ending at 3pm. Spaces fill quickly so don’t delay. 

NOTE: Riders must have proper attire for test rides including, DOT approved helmet, gloves, long pants, jacket, and over the ankle boots. You must be present at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled departure. You can sign up and then come back or stick around and enjoy all the fun we have planned.

BOB’S VINTAGE BMW MOTORCYCLE MUSEUM
The museum is FREE and will be open until 2pm for guests to explore. Bob’s two floor motorcycle museum, conveniently located across the street from the dealership and in walkinig distance, dates back to 1923 and is filled with over 60 vinitage, classic, and one-of-a-kind motorcycles, as well as historic art and advertisements, apparel, parts, and more.

Museum Curator, Paul Rubenson will be available to walk you through BMW Motorrad history and answer your all of your questions. Food and drinks are not permitted. Photographs are welcome! 

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SPEAK WITH THE MANUFACTURERS
Take this opportunity to speak directly with representatives from major brands in the industry like Arai, BMW, Cardo Scala, Rev’it!, SKENE Lighting and MORE!

Learn about the latest and greatest products that are coming soon or that have just been released and are in-stock TODAY like the all new Cardo Scala Communication Systems! See product demos, get technical questions answered about your personal equipment, and grab some swag from the tables! 

Stay tuned for complete list of vendors. 

 

FOOD
Our good friends from Kommie Pig BBQ Chicken & Ribs will be returning with a delicious menu! All while-u-wait service customers eat FREE! Simply ask for your food ticket when checking in your bike. View Menu>>

SALES & DOOR PRIZES
Check your inbox for door prize and sale announcements! 

Schuberth C4 vs. Shoei Neotec 2

     

               Schuberth C4            VS.           Shoei Neotec 2

Two Top-Of-Line Modular Helmets! Which is right for you?

Below is a comparison between the Shoei Neotec 2 and the Schuberth C4. Both modular helmets are excellent options providing premium safety and comfort, but without knowing the features of each, it is not easy to decide which is right for you. So lets begin…

SHELL & WEIGHT
Both the Neotec 2 and C4 are made from fiberglass; the C4 is 100% fiberglass and the Neotec 2 is a fiber glass mixture called Advanced Interfrated Matrix (AIM). The Shoei weighs slightly less than the Schuberth. However the Schuberth comes with the speaker and mic built in whereas the Neotec does not so once you add the SENA communication system to the Shoei, weight is just about the same.  

SOUNDPROOFING
Schuberth helmets are known for their quiet aerodynamic design and the C4 conitnues this tradition. Both helmets are designed to prevent air flow through the lower area of the helmet. The Shoei is euipped with a Vortex Generator in the chin zone that not only prevents the entry of air but also reduces noise considerably. Plus, it has a double rear spoiler, wind tunnel tested, that minimizes turbulence at high speeds making it great for not only touring but also sport bike riders.  

SCREEN
Both come with Pinlock anti-fog lense and anti-scratch treatment. Neither require special tools to remove the screen; both are easily removable. The Neotec 2 visor is not as high or wide as the C4 visor but the Neotec does have a carved edge that the C4 does not, allowing it to fit as tightly as possible agianst the helmet shell helping with soundproofing. One interesting side note is that the C4 does offer the possiblity of changing the sun visor depending on the type of light. 

CHIN BAR OPENING SYSTEM & CLOSURE
The Shoei offers a 2-click system so that once the chin bar is lifted, it can be pushed back one more time for a second click providing a bit of a locking mechanism. Both incorporate a micrometric retention system making them very quick and easy to operate.

VENTILATION
While both helmets have a sophisticated ventilation system, the Neotec 2 offers an extractor in the rear that the C4 does not. Both have air inlets in the upper zone and chin zone. 

INSIDE 
Interior padding in both helmets is removable and washable. The Schuberth interior is anitbacterial and fast drying and has been optmized for those that wear glasses. The Shoei was built with padding in the area of the ears which reduces external noise. 

WARRANTY
Both have 5 year warranties, however the Schuebrth you must register. Otherwise it is only a 2 year warranty. 

PRICE & COLOR
Price is very reasonable for this style helmet especially considering the quality offered to protect your body’s most important part! Both come in a variety of colors, some of which will make the base price go up a bit.The Shoei Neotec 2 starts at $699.00 and the Schuberth C4 starts at $749.  For a limited time only, call 301-497-8949 and ask about Bob’s exclusive offer on the Schuberth C4!

THE WINNER
The reality is you cannot go wrong with either of these premium flip-up helmets! Questions about sizing? Call 301-497-8949 to speak with one of our apparel specialists TODAY!

BOGO Shirt Sale

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Stock up on T-Shirts & SAVE!
Not all motorcycle apparel is made for riding. CELEBRATE our riding culture with stylish Motorrad T-Shirts and exclusive designs from Bob’s!
Purchase ANY regular priced t-shirt and get a Bob’s exclusive tee 50% OFF!
Use promo code BOGOSHIRT at checkout!

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August AltRider Special

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AUGUST SPECIAL: GIFT WITH EVERY ALTRIDER PURCHASE ($35 value!)

Thru August 31, ONLY at Bob’s BMW, when you purchase ANY AltRider accessory you will receive a complimentary AltRider T-Shirt and sticker, plus an AltRider branded firestarter to IGNITE YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE!

Simply toss your firestarter in your pack, set out on your journey, and easily ignite your campfire at night for more relaxation time! Enter promo code FREEGIFT at checkout to redeem your special gift!Bob’s BMW offers a full range of AltRider’s premium accessories to protect and enhance your BMW: skid plates, engine guards, headlight covers, side stand feet, waterproof luggage and MORE! Shop NOW>>

Use promo code FREEGIFT to redeem your gift with purchase!
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Deals Hotter Than July

All month long get a FREE Tinted Face Shield (retail value up to $89!) with the purchase of any regular priced Arai, Shoei, or Schuberth Helmet*
When shopping online, enter promo code FREESHIELD at checkout to redeem your free tinted shield!

*Promotional tinted shields include PN 0209940500, 820135, 990004706(7). Shoei Neotec and GT-Air helmet purchases eligible for Cortec Helmet Bag, PN 8213230500. Sale helmets not eligible. Additonal exclusions may apply. Cannot be combined with other discounts.



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SHOP ARAI
SHOP SCHUBERTH  SHOP SHOEI
Exclusive offer thru July 31 at Bob’s BMW on BMW Riding Suits!
Purchase the jacket and pants and SAVE up to $200 at checkout. 
No promo code required! Simply add products to your cart to SAVE!
BMW Enduroguard Suit
SAVE $200
at checkout!
BMW GS Dry Suit
SAVE $100
at checkout!
BMW Rallye Suit
SAVE $150

at checkout!

 

BMW Venting Suit
SAVE $100
at checkout!
BMW Tourshell Suit
SAVE $100
at checkout!
BMW Sport Suit
SAVE $150
at checkout!

15% OFF Flash Sale!

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Visit Bob’s BMW TODAY or use promo code FLASH15 online to get 15% OFF one
regularly priced part, accessory, or piece of apparel but don’t delay this offer is ends
Saturday, June 30*

*Offer applies to regular priced, in-stock parts, accessories, and apparel. Cannot be combined with additional discounts and is limited to one redemption per person.
Sale items, motorcycles, service and select brands including Progressive, Schuberth, and FirstGear. Offer ends 11:59pm EST June 30, 2018.

JUNE SALE: GET ROAD TRIP READY!

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Summer is here and so are great deals on all your road trip essentials! Now thru
June 30 SAVE on regularly priced Luggage & Bag Liners, select Tool Kits, & MORE!

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*Already reduced luggage, luggage accessories, racks, mounting brackets, and select brands including but not limited to FirstGear are
not eligible for discount. Additional exclusions may apply. Cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions.

WebpagePromo-Tools
*Cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions.
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*Cannot be combined with other discounts or promotions.

Memorial Day Sale

Red-White-Blue-SALE
In-store and online. Savings based on pre-tax spend. Motorcycles and Service not included. Sale items not eligible.
Cannot be combined with other discounts or offers. Select products from the following brands and manufacturers
chosen not to participate include but are not limited to BMW, Schuberth, Progressive, Arai, First Gear, Rev’it,
Wunderlich, KLIM. Offer ends 11:59pm May 28, 2018.

Call 301-497-8949 for complete details.