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Bob's BMW Gift CardStill not sure what to get your dad for Father’s Day? Bob’s has got you covered! Stop by this week and pick up a Bob’s BMW gift card…it’s sure to bring a smile to any rider’s face! You choose the dollar amount and let him do the shopping.

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FREE Rain Suit plus $250 OFF Helmets & Jackets!

FREE Rain Suit plus $250 OFF Helmets & Jackets!

Now thru July 31 with the purchase of any 2014 model listed below, Bob’s is offering $250 OFF helmets and jackets! Act before June 13, and Bob is throwing in a FREE rain suit—choose from BMW, Rev’it!, or FirstGear—up to a $160 value!

So while Bob’s BMW is singing “Rain, Rain, Go Away,” our customers are outside doing the rain dance with their fingers crossed hoping the forecast calling for rain the rest of the week does not change!

Eligible 2014 Models
Monthly Payments* ONLY at Bob’s**
G 650 GS
$99/month FREE Rain Suit plus $250 OFF Helmets & Jackets!
F 700 GS
$129/month FREE Rain Suit plus $250 OFF Helmets & Jackets!
F 800 GS
$149/month FREE Rain Suit plus $250 OFF Helmets & Jackets!
F 800 GSA $169/month FREE Rain Suit plus $250 OFF Helmets & Jackets!
C 650 GT $129/month FREE Rain Suit plus $250 OFF Helmets & Jackets!
*Estimated monthly payments include current BMW sales incentives, assume $750 down and a 48 month 3asy Ride Financing Option. 3asy subject to credit approval. Freight, Set-up, Doc, Taxes, Title & Tag fees, and accessories are additional. Offer based on non-promotional rate-rates subject to change. Current BMW savings cannot be combined with other special sales programs.

**To qualify for Bob’s rainy day promotion it must be raining at Bob’s during the sales process and/or at time of delivery; payment in full or a non-refundable $1,000 deposit is due by Friday, June 13. Any brand rain suit up to a value of $160 is applicable. This offer is non-transferable and cannot be redeemed as cash. Ask your sales representative for complete details on program eligibility and guidelines. Bob’s $250 helmet/jacket credit expires July 31, 2014 and cannot be combined with any other special sales program accept Bob’s rainy day promo.

2014 Picks from Bob’s BMW

SHOIE GT AIR HELMETS

SHOEI’s all-new stylish GT-Air makes it easier to adapt to the ever-changing conditions that Mother Nature places in our path. Features such as the convenient flip-down internal sun shield, free-flowing yet easily adjustable ventilation system, superior aerodynamics, and Pinlock Anti-Fog System ensure greater comfort and thus more time in the saddle than ever before.

REV’IT AIRWAVE PANTS

Rev’it! brings you Summer riding air mesh at its best: rugged and strong, yet soft and comfortable to the touch. Stay cool and safe at the same time. Fully equipped with CE-approved armor plus an attention to detail not usually found at such an affordable price. With a long side entry zipper, these pants can be put on and taken off in the blink of an eye – making the Airwave trousers the perfect summer commuter pants.

SCALA RIDER QZ SYSTEM

Whether you ride your motorcycle for business or pleasure, you need to stay connected at all times. The Qz allows you to safely and easily make and receive phone calls while riding, connect to your GPS and receive in-the-ear instructions, and tune into your favorite playlist.

Upgrade to the Q9 system and get helmet to helmet communication with up to 9 people!


BMW STREETGUARD WOMEN’S JACKET & PANTS

The new BMW StreetGuard jacket and pants (sold separately) offer flexibly equipped for all kinds of weather, from the heat of summer to the depths of winter, and numerous clever extras and comfort features that demonstrate detailed design and innovation. StreetGuard represents BMW’s premium touring apparel and is the first choice for riders who appreciate functionality as well as quality.

KLIM VENTED SOCK

The Klim Vented Sock is our most ventilated technical sock designed to wick moisture away from the skin allowing the foot to stay dry and comfortable. Strategically-placed soft mesh panels allow for maximum moisture removal. The Klim Vented Sock is best suited for aggressive riders and/or warmer conditions and works great for any rider looking for minimal bulk and maximum dryness.

BMW COOL DOWN VEST

You say it’s too hot to ride? Not anymore, with this new vest from BMW that uses evaporation to keep you cool The vest uses the HyperKewl system to lock in moisture. That moisture is stored in the material for up to 8 hours, providing a constant cooling effect through evaporation, reducing heat by around 11 to 22º F compared to the ambient temperature. Repeat the process as many times as necessary. And as you ride cool, your clothing stays perfectly dry! The ultra-lightweight garment fits comfortably beneath most summer-weight textile jackets.

REV’IT! CHRONOS GTX JACKET

The REV’IT! Chronos GTX takes highly functional gear to the next level. This two-in-one jacket is ideal for commuters, distance tourers, and day riders alike in all weather conditions during the warm and hot seasons.
Features include large air-mesh panels for optimal ventilation, excellent reflection, plenty of adjustability to fine-tune the fit, CE-approved ProLife® armor at the shoulders and elbows, and a comfort mesh lining.
SHOEI RF-1200

The NEW RF-1200 represents a big leap in SHOEI’s sport helmet evolution. Years of development, wind tunnel testing and on-track rider feedback have contributed greatly to this model’s emergence. We’ve tried it and we LOVE it!
REV’IT! PACIFIC H2O RAIN SUIT

When Rev’it! developed the PACIFIC H2O rain suit, one of their main goals was to make it easy to put on in just a few seconds – about the time it takes you to get soaked in a heavy shower. Mission accomplished. The solution lies not only in the long, diagonal front closure, but in the newly developed, non-stick, PVC-free coating on the inside of the Power Nylon outer shell. The result is a 100% waterproof, breathable, and very practical all weather companion that will meet the demands of any rider. Convenient features include a storage pocket on the upper leg. For safety, reflection panels on the shoulders and upper legs ensure great visibility.

KLIM ALTITUDE WOMEN’S JACKET

The Women’s Altitude Jacket is a fully functional, feature rich jacket that was, from concept to completion, specifically designed to fit the female form. This jacket promises to break new ground in women’s motorcycle apparel.

The Altitude Pant for Women is a proud new addition to the Klim lineup. The fit is, of course, designed specifically for women, but you get more than just fashion.

SCORPION SG3 GLOVES

SG3 GLOVES from Scorpion are the sport rider’s gloves with high performance features designed for the track, yet comfortable enough for the street. Best of all: Affordable!
BMW AIRFLOW LINE

When it’s hot out you want AirFlow.
For 2014, the famous two-piece summer suit, for warm weather is better than ever, includes a windproof cover jacket, and is available for men and women.

The lightweight summer gloves have excellent ventilation with leather in the palms and textile on back. Choose from 2 colors: Silver or black.

The airflow boots complete the famous line and are better than ever! You don’t have to sacrifice protection or good looks to ride in cool comfort with the Airflow boots.

Bob’s BMW Motorcycles Memorial Day Sale

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LIMITED TIME ONLY…Sale Ends May 31!

Get professionally fitted for your NEW Schuberth helmet—your comfort and safety depend on it.
Certified Apparel Specialists at Bob’s BMW are ready to personally assist you today!

Interested in the C3 helmet?
You can TEST RIDE this model today at Bob’s BMW and experience the Schuberth difference yourself!

*Sale ends May 31, 2014 at midnight (PST) or May 31, 2014 at 3:00 a.m. (EST). S2 graphics, Matte Black C3, and C3W not included.

2014 BMW K1600GTL Exclusive Review – First Ride

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Grand-Touring Luxury just got grander

By Kevin Duke May 21, 2014 2
Photos by: BMW and Mary Buch
2014 BMW K1600GTL Exclusive

I was on the glorious Pacific Coast Highway aboard the new K1600GTL Exclusive when I had a thought that might be controversial. I imagined that Soichiro Honda, if given the choice, would prefer to be riding BMW’s new flagship rather than his eponymously named company’s iconic Gold Wing.

Let’s not forget that Mr. Honda’s company had a rich history with inline six-cylinder engines long before the Gold Wing’s flat-Six debuted in 1988. It was under Soichiro’s guidance the RC165 was shown to the Grand Prix paddock in 1965, a six-cylinder moonshot to battle two-stroke machines in the 250cc class. The shrieking 250/6 blew eardrums and minds but, unfortunately, handled poorly and was unreliable. Then, with input from the legendary Mike Hailwood, the RC166 earned 10 victories in 10 races and the 1966 world championship. And the 1967 title, too.

Eleven years later, the CBX streetbike was unleashed, a 1047cc six-cylinder machine that made indelible impressions in the minds of every gearhead. Six cylinders laying in a row across the frame had been seen in a production motorcycle only once before (the Benelli Sei, produced in limited quantities beginning in 1972), and the CBX’s cylinders spilling out the sides and 24 valves sitting under its massively wide twin-cam cover screamed motorcycle like nothing else. Then, in 1981, Honda transformed the CBX into a sport-touring machine, complete with a relatively large fairing and hard-shell luggage.

And it’s that same formula for BMW’s K1600 platform, of which the GTL Exclusive is the latest iteration. Except the K16’s 1649cc inline-Six benefits from an undersquare bore/stroke ratio and packaging innovation that significantly narrows the engine (21.9 inches, just 2 inches wider than the old K1300’s four-cylinder motor) relative to the CBX’s, allowing cornering clearance despite 63% extra displacement the Honda could only dream of.

052014-2012-BMW-K1600GTL-exclusive-engineSo, while riding the BMW Exclusive on twisty heaven in the Big Sur area, leaning it over further than any Gold Wing (Honda’s contemporary luxo-tourer and a legend in its own right), I was guessing Soichiro would prefer the sportier dynamics and heavenly exhaust song more than the dowdier Honda.

The K1600 platform has impressed us from the moment we first threw a leg over the luxurious GTL and sportier GT – both large but definitely in charge. Its tuneful exhaust note and incredibly agile handling redefined what’s possible with a plus-1600cc motorcycle. In our testing, the GT first knocked down Kawasaki’s much cheaper Concours 14, then the GTL dethroned the venerable Gold Wing. Either K16 is pricey, but their riding experiences are supreme.

2012 BMW K1600GT Review

Diagram of 2014 BMW K1600GTL

While the GTL Exclusive will be sold in other markets, it’s built primarily for chrome-loving Americans. The Exclusive package also includes a unique color scheme based around four coats of Mineral White Metallic paint, the most expensive stuff from BMW’s car side. The luggage gets accents in Magnesium Metallic Matte, while the seat is a new Magnesium Silver color. The fuel tank is capped with a classy brushed-aluminum cover.

Now comes the Exclusive version of the GTL, slathered with every option previously available for the GTL (including ESA II, adaptive headlight, passenger armrests, heated seats and grips, driving lights, crash bars, luggage liners and more) plus a few new ones. “Industry Firsts,” says BMW, are Hill Start Control, backlit-illuminated indicator dials, and a radio film antenna embedded in the topcase lid. “There is no ugly stick,” notes BMW Motorrad USA’s product manager, Sergio Carvajal.

2012 BMW K1600GTL Review

Also, exclusive to the Exclusive is a new seat that is wider and longer in the passenger section, as well as a heated upper backrest and additional padding in the lumbar area. A navigation unit is the only option, although the bike is prepped for the seamlessly integrated and fully featured unit ($800 approx.).

Keyless Ride is another innovation on the GTL-E, using a proximity sensor in the key fob to operate/activate the ignition, fuel-filler cap, steering lock, alarm and luggage locks. The central locking system automatically deactivates when the ignition is switched on, so the fob never needs to be removed from your pocket.

2012 BMW K1600GT vs. 2011 Kawasaki Concours 14 ABS

BMW says the GTL-E has the most comprehensive level of equipment and technology available in any motorcycle, although it has not yet received BMW’s Dynamic Damping Control as seen on the company’s HP4 sportbike. Regardless, its ESA II suspension system is quite advanced and performs flawlessly. Rear preload is electrically adjustable for various loads, while damping can be switched from the handlebar between Comfort, Normal and Sport settings that make a real difference in the levels of control. Its Normal setting would be fine on its own, but it’s satisfying to have the option to tailor the ride to road conditions: loosen it up while super-slabbing or firm it when sport riding.

Sport riding is encouraged by the GTL-E, despite its 793-pound curb weight. Keep in mind that mass is 100-150 pounds less than a Gold Wing or Harley-Davidson touring rigs. The biggest BMW snaps into corners with shocking alacrity for a giant luxo-tourer, and its cornering clearance is far greater than anything in its class. The GTL’s only dynamic flaw is an awkwardness at speeds below 10 mph, forcing a rider to be extra attentive when riding at a crawl.

Check out the significant spec-chart advantages of the GTL-E over its class rivals. It boasts significantly more horsepower, more torque despite the smallest displacement, a much greater top speed (about 140 mph), the most rear-wheel suspension travel by far, the biggest fuel tank, and the lightest weight. The Gold Wing still rules in luggage space, while the H-D Electra Glide Ultra Limited has more load capacity.
Check out the significant spec-chart advantages of the GTL-E over its class rivals. It boasts significantly more horsepower, more torque despite the smallest displacement, a much greater top speed (about 140 mph), the most rear-wheel suspension travel by far, the biggest fuel tank, and the lightest weight. The Gold Wing still rules in luggage space, while the H-D Electra Glide Ultra Limited has more load capacity.
When piloting a large motorcycle, one of the most precarious situations is stopping it on an incline. Helping the big Beemer feel more manageable in this situation is its new Hill Start Control, seen also on BMW’s new R1200RT. Firmly pulling pulling the front brake lever when at a stop activates the rear-brake caliper to prevent the bike from moving until you’re ready to roll again. It automatically disengages when fed power through the clutch, greatly reducing what BMW terms “launch anxiety.” It’s a much-appreciated innovation.

2012 BMW K1600GTL vs. 2012 Honda Gold Wing Shootout

Braking performance from the partially integrated ABS system is exemplary, with firm lever feel and astounding braking power for such a heavy motorcycle. While the rear brake is partially linked to the front lever, the rear brake pedal operates independently, which is our preference.

Passenger comfort was one of the only areas the GTL came up short to its competitors, but the GTL-E appreciably closes that gap. I brought my wife, Carolyn, for our ride from the Los Angeles basin to Monterey and back, and she was transported in regal comfort.

I’ve never had a better experience on a seat, even on the Gold Wing,” she raved, although it must be said she hasn’t yet sampled the pillion accommodations on Harley’s touring bikes. Wifey praised the extra security and comfort provided by the armrests and lauded the generous amount of legroom. “I didn’t have a problem with stiff knees like on some other bikes.” She also liked how the armrests could be flipped up to access the bike’s grabrails when I was riding more aggressively, although she noted the narrow apertures could be a tight squeeze for large hands.

2014 BMW R1200RT Review – First Ride

2014 BMW K1600 GTL

The K1600 GTL Exclusive’s passenger accommodations gets two thumbs up from Duke’s wife, Carolyn. “It’s a luxurious motorcycle ride,” she says. “And the heated seats; total bonus!” With the windshield in its uppermost position as seen here, airflow over both rider and passenger is smooth, with no annoying backpressure.

Despite the plethora of comfort and technology features, any K1600 experience is highlighted by one of the most impressive engines in motorcycling history. The wonderful inline-Six is dichotomous, stoutly delivering 70% of maximum torque at just 1500 rpm but also screaming to a glorious top-end howl reminiscent of a 1960s Jaguar or Aston Martin Le Mans racer. It entices a rider to rev it out just to hear it sing, becoming especially tuneful above 6000 rpm to its 8500-rpm redline, even though spinning it up isn’t required for a swift pace.

The first twist of a K16’s throttle reveals negligible flywheel effect, the engine gathering revs rapidly. Turns out the flywheel effect is low mostly because the K16 doesn’t use a flywheel, instead relying on the smoothness inherent of six cylinders located inline. The lack of crankshaft inertia initially made getting moving from a stop a delicate balancing act until I learned to feel the light-effort clutch bite before I added revs, dramatically simplifying smooth take-offs. Additionally, the GTL’s transmission, while not as seamless as a sportbike, is probably the best gearbox on any plus-1600cc engine.

The engine’s ride-by-wire throttle can be set to three modes: Rain, Road and Dynamic. I enjoyed the snappier responses of Dynamic, especially when riding at a sporting pace. But Road mode is better for two-up riding, as adding or subtracting throttle is less abrupt. Dynamic Traction Control adds a security blanket to throttle application, with settings applicable to each ride mode.

The GTL-E’s audio system features both satellite and AM/FM radio, plus iPhone/iPod and music player integration. Audio quality through the four cockpit speakers drops significantly above 65 mph, and the lack of rear speakers leaves passengers with only whiffs of music at highway speeds. Music fans would be wise to pipe tunes to a Bluetooth headset.

Props must be given to BMW’s Multi Controller wheel located inboard of the left handgrip. Most functions can be set or toggled through with simple turns or pushes on the disc. It’s a huge advancement in controlling many electronic gizmos.

I averaged mpg numbers in the high 30s during our trip. Those with less of a hooligan bent should be able to get at least 40 mpg, yielding 280 miles or more between fills of the 7.0-gallon tank.

Conclusion

There is no other bike that can offer the GTL-E’s opulent comfort cruising at 80 mph (with standard cruise control) on the highway while also being able to scream up PCH at a pace faster than some sportbikers. And, in case you were wondering, a slipper clutch on a luxo-tourer can be beneficial. A Gold Wing or H-D tourer is better coordinated at low speeds, but the GTL-E is dynamically tops in every other environment. Harley’s FL line falls short in every performance metric.

Interestingly, BMW says the GTL has converted many Harley owners, more than Gold Wing riders. The theory behind it supposes the K16 doesn’t contradict what Harley-Davidson does well.

While the K1600GTL Exclusive’s MSRP of $29,950 might frighten away the proletariat, it could seem like a bargain to a bar-and-shield devotee who just shelled out $38,999 for a CVO Limited. And I’ll bet Soichiro-san would like it, too.

2014 K1600 GTL Exclusive overall scores

Sidecar Family

Custom Side car rigLongtime customer Lou Hartzell and girlfriend Diane Wood head off on a short 2,500 mile road trip to visit friends and family following the delivery of his new BMW K1600GTL with a high performance EZS Summit sidecar conversion built at Bob’s. Upon their return Bob’s will go over the entire rig one more time before they head home and start planning another season of road trips.

This is the second high performance sidecar rig Lou has acquired from Bob’s over the past fifteen years. The first was a 1999 K1200RS with ARMEC Tremola II sidecar also built by Bob’s on which he logged well over 110,000 miles. That rig regularly returned to Bob’s for scheduled service even though he does not live within 1,000 miles of Bob’s. It returned about a year ago to be thoroughly refurbished before being presented to his daughter in anticipation of his new rigs arrival and delivery. That’s what you call a sidecar family!

National Rally News: Showcase Your Motorcycle Alongside the BMW Powered GG Taurus

image0091After 30 plus years of participating as a vendor at the MOA International Rally, Bob’s BMW knows it is necessary to annually change up its display to keep it new and fresh so the rally continues to be fun and exciting for all those attending. So for Bob’s 2014 MOA rally display we have two BIG announcements. First, Bob’s is excited to announce the first and ONLY GG Taurus in the U.S. will be on display at Bob’s BMW booth, Main Vendor Building, Spaces 179-184! Rally-goers will have the opportunity to be one of the first to see this 3-wheeled, BMW powered machine. But wait there is more…

Your bike could be on display alongside this limited edition, incredible machine! If you are planning to attend this year’s rally July 24-27, “Rolling By The River” in St. Paul, Minnesota, and your bike was modified, customized, refurbished, or restored (partly or completely) at Bob’s or it was ‘thanks’ to Bob’s great inventory of parts and accessories that your bike is what it is today please contact us as soon as possible to join in on the fun we are planning.

The plan is to rotate the display of bikes at Bob’s booth multiple times each day so that we are not holding any one bike hostage too long—we want you to enjoy the rally to its fullest and we know that includes having your bike available to go out and enjoy some great riding! Our goal is to share with the new rally-goers the endless possibilities there are with BMW’s and the ability to bring any model back to life.

If you would like to feel like a celebrity at the rally, simply provide hanna.creekmore@bobsbmw.com with 2 good pictures of your bike (right and left), details of the work Bob’s has helped you with, your contact information including full name, phone number, email, and address, along with a short blurb on why your bike should be showcased in our display at this year’s MOA rally!

Bob’s BMW Extends Its Apparel Line

Fieldsheer JacketsBob’s Parts, Accessory, and Apparel department is always closely watching the industry to stay on top of the latest and greatest products made available by motorcycle apparel manufacturers, and we are excited to announce, both FieldSheer and Speed and Strength apparel is now available at Bob’s BMW. We have chosen select products from both manufacturers that offer safety and comfort along with style! Stop by today to check out Fieldsheer’s Adventure Touring Jacket and Pants in a variety of colors including hi-vis and Speed and Strength’s Speed Strong Jacket.

2014 R Nine T On Display at Bob’s for an Extended Period Of Time

R Nine TFor anyone who has not seen the stock 2014 BMW R Nine T, Bob’s is pleased to announce we will have one on the showroom floor for an extended period of time. These models are coming and going as soon as they come out of the crates across the world, but thanks to a very generous customer at Bob’s, he has agreed to display his at Bob’s until he returns from his travels in a couple weeks at which time he will take delivery of this hard to get model. Odds are you will not have a chance like this again, so if you want to be one of the few that can say they have seen the R Nine T in person and to snap some pictures (she is very photogenic!), stop by Bob’s before its gone.

In other R Nine T news, iconic fashion brand, GANT Rugger recently unveiled the completely customized and modified version of the 2014 BMW R Nine T, known as the “Brooklyn Scrambler.” Only 6 are being produced and will be sold in dealerships throughout France. Read More>>

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Motorcycle SafetyEvery year, May is dedicated to reminding motorists to share the road with motorcyclists. Bobs has always planed the safety of its customers and all who ride ahead of all else. As more bikes put rubber to the road motorists need to be more alert and motorcyclists need to be reminded how to ride smart and ride safe. Do your part as a motorcyclist and take a few minutes to read through General Guidelines For Riding A Motorcycle Safety provided by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

For many years, Bob’s BMW has helped spread the “Share The Road Message” via its 2 trailers and a 5′ x 40′ hillside banner visible from Route 32. This image will soon be converted to magnets and bumper stickers! Stay tuned.

To help other riders pass along the message, through the end of May, visitors to Bob’s BMW will receive a complimentary “Watch For Motorcycles” sticker. Ask any of our parts staff behind the counter.

Perfect Weather for a Perfect Open House

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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!

Watch Open House Video>>
View Open House Photos>>

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

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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!