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May-day May-day…Where did May go?!

May has come and gone and summer is just around the corner which means even more time to ride! Hopefully you were able to join us for some if not all of the festivities at Bob’s these last few weeks: Open House, Women’s Day, Vintage and Classic Day, tech sessions, and group rides. If not, no worries, we have plenty more on the calendar and even more to be announced.

Let’s Recap:

Open House

Bob's Open HouseOpen House was a bit chilly but being the true BMW riders our customers are, bikes steadily rolled in throughout the day. Visitors enjoyed speaking with the product reps and learning about all of the 2012 products. The line at the Schuberth van was non-stop with folks signing up to demo the C3 helmet. Food was served for the 11th year in a row by BlueKnights, who this year SOLD OUT of their newest menu item, pit beef.

Just about midway through the day, we unveiled the winning t-shirt design contest for our 30 Year Anniversary. Congrats to Brian Hagermann for submitting the winning design. The design is NOW available for sale ONLINE in short and long sleeve! We are very grateful for all the entries and are looking for ways to incorporate the other designs in our 30th celebration so if anyone has any ideas, let us know!

Images from Open House 2012


Women’s Day

Women’s Day we switched it up a bit this year and departed for the annual group ride in the a.m. Upon return, the group was greeted by our keynote speaker Linda Crill, speaking on “Voices of Female Riders,” and a table filled with beverages and snacks. Linda shared a great presentation showing the past to present including the infamous BMW ad (which hangs in the Ladies room at Bob’s!) “I just purchased my first aftermarket accessory. I think his name is Mike.”

Finally, after a tech session on Roadside Safety and Service led by Steve Slunt, the ladies began departing around 2 to enjoy the rest of the day riding!

Images from 2012 Women’s Day


Vintage and Classic Day

Vintage and Classic Day was unbelievable weather…so unbelievable PAA staff member, Mattigan McMichael stated, “Don’t get me wrong, I love riding but I have to say today is the perfect day to be in a kayak!”

Based on the number of folks kicking tires around Bob’s parking lot and checking out the vintage bikes that were riding in, it may have been nice on the water that day, but land was just as appealing on this perfect May day!

Customers filled the lot hoping for a chance to walk away with sole bragging rights for winning “Best in Show.” And this year’s proud winner was Adam Levin (pictured to the right on his single cylinder R/27)

Throughout the day, over 60 folks enjoyed touring Bob’s annex museum across the street led by BMW history buff, Paul Rubenson. Plus, guests enjoyed a tech session led by Dave Grunberger on Vintage Tune Up tips, and great food served by Wild Dog Gourmet Hot Dogs.

Images from Vintage and Classic Day 2012


Tech Sessions

Tech Sessions were mentioned above, Vintage Tune Up Tips and Roadside Safety and Service, both very informative for our customers and for Bob’s. Bob’s learned Steve is quite the ladies man! And Dave is wealth of information when it comes to vintage and classic, and restorations. So ladies, next time your bike needs service, Steve is your man and for anyone out there with a great barn find that you want to have some fun with, Dave will have all the answers for sure!

Images from 2012 Tech Sessions

If you would like to suggest a tech session topic, email hanna.creekmore@bobsbmw.com


Group Rides

Group Rides enjoyed by dozens this year have included the Women’s Day ride and a ride to British and European Classic Motorcycle Day. The annual ladies ride was led by Bob as it always is and was a great turnout! Bob took a group of 13 on some his favorite local roads. He was accompanied by numerous BMW’s but also a fine looking 1989 Honda GB500!

The most recent ride was to British and European Classic Motorcycle Day in Clarksburg, MD. Being the vintage and classic enthusiast he is, our tech Dave who led the Vintage Tech Session the day before, led this group ride. And from what was reported, led a very spirited ride!

Antonia Pernia shared on facebook, “Went on the group ride to Classic show today. Got my GSA airborne twice, and nearly peed myself in one turn, so I would consider it a great ride! More “Dave Rides” please!”

And to add to the excitement, our very own shipping and receiving manager, Greg Bartosz won third place in the German Vintage Class, riding his 1976 BMW R90/6 that he purchased at last year’s national rally in PA. PLUS, Service Manager Chris Buell was awarded honorable mention in the same class riding his 1973 R75/5! (Both just deciding that day to park their bikes in the judging area!)

Now Available in Maryland!

Thanks to the hard work and determination of your dealer of choice, Bob’s* BMW, Maryland will no longer be 1 of only 10 states that does NOT offer BMW’s 3asy Ride Financing Option. Since last year, Bob’s has been spearheading the campaign to get Maryland legislature to approve this financing option and as of June 1, it will be available!

This program is the most efficient and affordable way to make your dreams come true. It offers:

✔ Lower monthly payments when compared to conventional financing
✔ The option to buy with ZERO down payment, for buyers who don’t wish to tie up their available cash. However, a down payment can make your monthly payments even LESS
✔ 90 days until first payment option

3asy Ride truly is easy with 3 being the magic number! After you choose an eligible new BMW and get it on the road thanks to the above 3 easy steps, after four years you have 3 easy options:

✔ Pay off the remaining balance and keep the bike
✔ Re-finance the remaining balance at a competitive rate
✔ Trade-in your motorcycle and upgrade to a brand new BMW of your choice!

This financing option is a great alternative to traditional finance and is officially available in Maryland as of Friday, June 1 2012. Bob’s BMW is authorized not only in Maryland, DC, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware, and West Virginia, but ALL 50 states to offer 3asy ride financing.

If you have ever considered a BMW but thought price would not permit, you no longer have any excuses! BMW has now made it possible to ride the bike of your dreams at an affordable price! Contact Tim Smith directly with any questions.

*Bob’s is authorized in MD, DC, PA, VA, DE, WV…ALL 50 states!

Win Big!

BMW Motorcycle Owners of America is giving away 12 2012 BMW Motorcycles! We are talking about 12 chances to win a brand NEW 2012 BMW motorcycle plus over 50 second place prizes! Tickets are limited and on sale NOW! Cost is only $100 and that includes your admission to the 40th annual BMW MOA rally in Missouri this year! You have got to play to win people and the winnings are huge!

If you are not currently a member of the club, join TODAY so you can enter this amazing contest. And for those of you already members get your tickets while they last!!

More information on the SUPERSTAKES…

Bob’s Continues to Grow!

Enthusiasts from all over the world are choosing Bob’s BMW as their dealer of choice and to accommodate our fans worldwide, we are happy to welcome the newest members to the team: Fiona Gambino, James Eagen, Anthony Kiatta, Mike Collins, Chris Carter, and Dylan Day! Stop by at Open House and say hello!

Fiona has taken on the new Apparel Specialist position! She is here to get everyone fitted properly from head to toe so you can ride safe! And according to her, “Size Does Matter!” (Bob’s lets all of its employees have a little fun on their nametags!)

James Eagen, came to the “other side” of the counter to assist the parts team in handling the hundreds of orders, requests and questions we receive daily regarding our extensive inventory of parts and accessories. He is a BMW rider and enthusiast, just the way we like em’!

You can find Mike Collins and Chris Carter turning wrenches back in the service department Tuesday-Saturday! Due to the growing BMW community, Bob’s brought on extra support to ensure everyone’s bike is on the road and not stuck on a lift for an extended period of time. Plus…both Service Assistant positions were filled! Dylan Day and Christian Smith serve as an extra pair of hands for all of the techs! Dylan is a proud Harley rider…he is still young, he will be on a BMW before he knows it! And Christian Smith (so new to the team we don’t even have him in a shirt yet!) is attending school to become a State Policeman on days he is not with us.

Last but not least is Anthony Kiatta. With Bob’s online store becoming more and more popular every day, Anthony helps pick, pack, and ship packages in a timely manner. Anthony does not currently ride but he has plans to take the Basic RiderCourse as soon as he graduates high school this summer!!

Bob’s welcomes everyone! Thanks to all of our new customers we have been able to grow the Bob’s team!