Most people either love reality TV or hate it. Either way you are going to want to keep reading about the latest addition to the reality mix that premiered last Sunday Neale Bayly Rides (NBR). It is a 3 part series that documents a group of friends traveling on a motorcycle adventure that ultimately changes their life perspectives. If you missed the premier this past Sunday, no worries; these days between re-runs and on-demand you can quickly get caught up and ready to tune in to Part 2 airing this Sunday at 9pm (EST) on Speed channel. Whether you are a motorcyclist or not, this show will impact you in a humbling and positive way.
Neale Bayly is a motorcycle journalist that has traveled 45 countries over the past 35 years. A few years ago his travels landed him at an orphanage in Peru. Inspired by the children, Bayly formed Wellspring International Outreach, an organization dedicated to raising awareness, resources, and hope for abandoned children worldwide.
Neale’s journey changed his life to the point he was inspired to invite friends to ride with him, as a film crew documented the epic journey. Neale leads his 5 friends through the deserts and mountains of Peru. Beginning in Lima, the group encounters unbelievable challenges and create unforgettable memories along they way as they pass through the Ica Desert, Andes Mountains, and eventually arrive at the Hogar Belen Orphanage in Moquegua, Peru.
Tune in this Sunday at 9pm on the Speed Channel for Part 2 of Neale Bayly Rides, reality TV with heart! Get a taste of what drives motorcyclists to pack their bikes and depart for epic adventures of sight-seeing, meeting new faces, and making life long memories along the way.
By: Colin Busch
There was a big storm hammering up the east coast and as if on some sort of spiteful mission to ruin my plan of taking the long, twisty way…. it started dumping buckets as I was packing up my bike to leave on a long ride. Undaunted and wrapped in every bit of rain gear I own, I scrapped my sunny day route from North Baltimore to the Woodward Cave campsite in Mifflinburg Pennsylvania and begrudgingly hit the boring but more direct highway route. The first few hours were a forgettable blur of low visibility and moderately heavy traffic, but as I made it just north of Harrisburg PA and started heading west on 322 the rain and traffic lightened up and I was able to complete the rest of the ride without stress or incident.
A few well marked turns off the highway took me through some scenic backroads and directly to the campsite where I was greeted by Nancy from AltRider who was setting up the registration tent and handling the rider sign in. I parked my bike, shed my damp gear and hung out in the pavilion to have a snack and decompress.
I was a little bummed that I was too tired to ride to the EnduroCross expo/ race (featuring legendary Dakar Race Champ Jimmy Lewis as well as several other extremely talented ISDE riders!) which was being held a few miles up the road, but I was equally happy to stroll around, chat with some fellow riders and set up my camp.
At around 7pm there was a keg full of deliciously dark beer flowing and at 8pm a phenomenal dinner of smoked chicken, spinach, mac and cheese and salad was thoroughly enjoyed by all. After dinner there was an informal rider meeting where we were encouraged to team up in small groups based on skill level and sign up for the appropriate routes. As I was hoping to spend most of my ride time relaxing, stopping frequently and taking lots of pictures, I passed on the advanced and intermediate sheets and signed up for what was very tactfully described as the “scenic ride” group. Little did I know just how brilliant a move that would turn out to be….
Woke up early and delighted over clearer skies and absolutely perfect weather. After a hearty breakfast of fresh fruit, granola bars, bacon, eggs and cheese covered potatoes, the 70+ participants were summoned to the pre ride meeting where Jeremy from AltRider. We went over some rider safety pointers, trail rules and a few basic off road riding tips. We then separated into our skill based groups which were then sent out at appropriate time intervals to avoid getting bunched up on the trails.
The scenic group consisted of two husband and wife teams, Stephanie and Brooks and Kristin and Ryan, as well as Ryan’s brother Sean and yours truly, Colin. The skill level of our little group ranged from “I’m lazy and in no hurry” world traveler to “I’ve NEVER ridden off road” MSF instructor, so before we left we collectively shared a few pointers and reviewed some basic off road riding techniques. The most important thing we covered and all unanimously agreed upon is that we would go slow, stop as often as we wanted, help each other as much as needed and have as much fun as possible along the way.
And we were off. The first section was muddy as hell from the rain the day prior (It was so slippery that when I asked Jimmy Lewis about it at dinner later that night he described it as “unnerving peanut butter…”), but the proudly self-titled Team Turtle did what we set out to do: we took it slow and steady and made it through without a hitch. After 30 minutes or so of moto slip and slide, the slimy muck gave way to wonderfully groomed and well packed gravel trails, some interestingly challenging big, chunky, rocky downhill sections punctuated by sweeping curves and breathtaking scenery at all of the many overlooks. An hour or so in Team Turtle took our gained confidence and picked up the pace by a few MPH, but always took time to stop and smell the honeysuckle and pine.
There were a few minor oopsies along the way involving a dropped bike here and there, but the incidents were always handled by some quick teamwork followed by genuine encouragement to keep riding and, most importantly, keep smiling. The absolute stars of the show were Stephanie, who after only half a day of instruction took her BMW R1200GS Adventure to places that most experienced trail riders only dream of and Kristen, who after only a few minutes of the most basic pointers that morning was making light work of the roughest terrain with seemingly effortless aplomb.
At the approximate half way point of the ride, all the riders converged from their various routes and had a lunch of chicken or beef wraps, fresh salad, tons of fruit and lots of Gatorade and water at a State Forest picnic pavilion. During lunch some riders from other skill groups were asking around about “those guys from Team Turtle who are going slow, goofing off and having fun…”. As it turned out there were a few riders who felt they were in a little over their heads in the groups they chose to ride with, so after lunch Team Turtle nearly doubled in size! We broke up into two smaller packs and started out around five minutes apart, but when we all arrived back at the campsite for dinner that evening we all reconvened and cheerfully recounted the endless fun we all had along the way.
When all was said and done, riding with the scenic group allowed me to have a relaxing ride and stop to take in the sights and such, but more importantly, it allowed me to share in what I believe is the most important aspect of motorcycling: the unbridled joy of sharing good times with fellow riders. If giggling like a bunch of silly kids about the ride was the mission, we surely accomplished it that day!
After delicious whole roast pig dinner there was a prize ceremony, during which both Stephanie and Kristen were officially recognized by the folks at AltRider for their achievements in the area of “press on with a smile” and awarded with door prizes (well…. actually…….Kristen was more recognized for an incident involving an Amish family who witnessed the untimely end of one of their chickens that was crossing the road at the wrong moment in time, but that’s another story for another day…..).
After everyone settled down a bit and the second keg was tapped, the one and only Jimmy Lewis took the stage for a very down to earth and insightful audio visual overview of how an “average joe” managed to make his way to the top and leave an indelible mark on the world of hardcore, world class enduro racing. Everyone was pretty well worn from a day of excellent riding, so after an open floor, info packed Q&A session with Jimmy, it got pretty quiet very quickly and we all slept like…. well… like we had been riding off road all day then got stuffed with amazing food and beer!
All good things must come to an end, but when they do, sunshine and clear blue skies take the sting away and make us all look forward to next time! I spent the early morning wandering around the site saying goodbyes and trading email contact info with some great new friends. I packed up camp, threw everything on the bike and easily made my way home with a giant smile on my face knowing that the past weekend was only the beginning of many fun adventures for Team Turtle………..
Bottom line: Conserve the Ride 2013 was brilliantly organized, incredibly well planned, everyone in attendance of all skill levels had lots and lots of fun. Many thanks to the fine folks at AltRider for hosting and promoting such a fun and enjoyable event.
Especially big Kudos to the Seven Mountains Conservation Corps for not only mapping and pre-riding the routes, but also for running sweep rides on all the courses throughout the day to make sure everyone was having a safe, enjoyable time.!
See you all next year!
View Conserve the Ride 2013 Photo Album
When the motorcycle was invented they said “cool.” When the BMW “boxer” engine was created they said “awesome.” Both cool and awesome have been used to describe what Suprine Machinery is going to show us at Bob’s BMW on July 13th, and you’ll find “exciting” applies as well.
Join us to see the Exodus, a recumbent motorcycle that offers industry leading performance and ultra design. Designed to improve nearly every aspect of personal transportation, from 155+ top speed to 80+mpg fuel efficiency, the Exodus is based on Suprine’s concept of the “SPV”, the “Single Person Vehicle.” Suprine has discarded the traditional “horse-and-rider” approach to the motorcycle and has produced a two-wheel mid-engine design similar to what we see in Formula 1 auto racing. Suprine has combined many standard BMW parts, including a BMW 1200cc four-cylinder engine, with a bucket seat 7″ above the road, to create this never-before-seen ultra machine!
The public is invited to join us at Bob’s BMW Motorcycles on July 13th to experience the Exodus in person and meet several representatives from Suprine. Patrons wiil be able to view, critique, and make suggestions before this pre-production prototype is finalized for sale. John Chelen, the Chairman of Suprine, will join us to share Suprine’s vision for the future and hear what you have to say. The machine will be on display until 3pm and Mr. Chelen will be speaking at 11am.
Visit www.bobsbmw.com for more details.
Visit www.suprine.com for complete details on the Exodus including pictures, video, and more.
Mark your calendar: June 17th is Ride to Work Day. If you regularly ride your motorcycle to work, keep up the good work! If you typically find yourself walking by your motorcycle each morning to get into that gas guzzling 4 wheeled machine, this is a reminder to join motorcyclists worldwide and ride to work on Monday June 17th.
2013 marks the 22nd Annual International Motorcycle and Scooter Ride to Work Day. Motorcyclists are encouraged to ride to work “to show the positive value of motorcycles and scooters as transportation: they are economical, efficient, and a socially responsible form of mobility that saves energy and helps the environment.”
Make a detour on Monday and ride to Bob’s and enter to WIN a 2 Day Off-Road Adventure!
The BEST Sport-Touring Experience For ONLY $289 Per Month!*
Bob’s BONUS Ride Free in 2013 promo has been extended through July! Purchase any In-Stock 2013 K1600GT/GTL before July 31 and get:
FREE Maintenance thru 2013*
• 600 Mile Break in Service
• 3,000 Mile Oil Change
• 6,000 Mile Service
FREE BMW NAV IV GPS!
Tour confidently using your FREE BMW NAV IV GPS. Manufactured by Garmin, the most trusted name in GPS technology.
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Two years after its release, the K1600 continues to out-perform its competitors. According to Rider magazine in May 2013 the K1600, “Mr. Big Stuff,” won the comparison test. “When asked to choose only one bike, four out of five chose the K1600GT!”
Contact Bob’s TODAY to schedule a test ride on the award winning luxury sport-touring bike! Shop all K1600 GT/GTL colors and options, and enjoy unbeatable added value ONLY at Bob’s BMW! This offer ends July 31…ACT FAST while supplies last!
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*Scheduled maintenance is based on BMW service checklist. It does not include wear and tear items such as tires and brakes. All services in this promotion must be completed by December 25, 2013. A minimum of 600 miles is required for the 600 mile service, 3,600 mile minimum for 3,000 mile service and 6,600 mile minimum for 6,000 mile service. Offer cannot be combined with any other promotion. Listed monthly payment is based on $3,000 down, excludes taxes, tags, and applicable fees. 48 month term through 3asy ride financing. 3asy Ride is a retail installment sales contract with a balloon payment. Financing provided to well-qualified customers by participating BMW motorcycle dealers and assigned to BMW Financial Services NA, LLC or BMW Bank of North America. Rates are subject to change and are dependent upon credit approval. Contact a Sales representative for complete details.
Bob’s will be donating a portion of every helmet sale TODAY thru July 6th to the Claudia Mayer Cancer Resource Center in Howard County.
$50 donation made with the purchase of the NEW Schuberth PINK C3W Pro helmet.
$25 donation made with the purchase of ANY in-stock helmet.
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10% OFF any in-stock Kathy’s Bag liner now thru July 6th. Get a FREE BONUS shoulder strap when you purchase a set of 3 bag liners (2 side and 1 top case)…make transporting your things from the bike to your destination easier! Select colors, while supplies last.
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With any oil change completed now thru July 6th, receive a FREE oil filter for your next scheduled service! To serve as a reminder to come back in 3,000 miles, you will literally ride home with your complimentary oil filter this month! You MUST bring it back at the time of your next scheduled service or the deal is void.
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Woodcliff Lake, NJ – June 3, 2013… The BMW R 1200 GS has been named “Best of the Best” in the Motorcycles, Adventure/Touring category of Robb Report’s recently released June issue. The 25th annual edition of Best of the Best is the quintessential guide to the world’s finest new automobiles, yachts, hotels, watches, wines and more. It features more than 175 award winners plus a “Best of the Best” retrospective of perennial favorites.
When the all-new air/liquid-cooled 2013 R 1200 GS was introduced in March, it received kudos from motorcycle journalists worldwide, who already had high praise for its highly popular bestselling predecessor. The next generation GS – available in three packages and four colors – sets new benchmarks for on and off-road performance, safety, environmental impact, handling and design. It is sold through authorized BMW Motorcycle dealers for a Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $15,800.
September 21-22, 2013
Today thru July 1 you can enter to win a free 2 day off road adventure by visiting Bob’s BMW and filling out an entry form by coffee. Enter as often as you like, it’s FREE! One entry per visit to Bob’s BMW (and yes we will be emptying the box daily!)
Over the weekend, one lucky winner will learn:
- Advanced techniques for single track and obstacles
- How to transition off asphalt
- Fundamentals of straight lines, turning, body posture, and braking
- Essential outdoor survival skills
- And more!
Winner must be:
- Comfortable riding at the speed limit on public roads
- A GS Rider of Bob’s BMW*
Available September 21-22
*Must have purchased their dual sport bike from Bob’s BMW
Winner Announced July 1st. You do not have to be present to win.
Ride hosted by: Xplor-Int. Learn more at www.xplor-int.com.
Meet and Greet Dr. Gregory W. Frazier on June 22, 2013 at Noon.
Put it on your calendar to stop by Bob’s BMW on Father’s Day to hear from professional motorcycle adventurer Dr. Gregory W. Frasier who is the only motorcyclist in the world to have four times circumnavigated the globe solo by motorcycle. He has been described as "America’s #1 extreme motorcycle adventurer." No stranger to danger, his adventures around the earth include having been shot at by rebels, jailed by unfriendly authorities, bitten by snakes, run over by Pamplona bulls and smitten by a product of Adam’s rib. In 2005 Frazier completed his fifth motorcycle ride around the earth, helping a Parkinson’s patient as his pillion "Ride the Dream."
Frazier’s two wheel travels have taken him over 1,000,000 miles and he has literally "ridden a motorcycle to the ends of the earth:" Deadhorse, Alaska; Ushuaia, Argentina; North Cape, Norway; Cape Agulhas, South Africa; and Bluff, New Zealand. He is featured in the 2008 edition of Ripley’s Believe It or Not – The Remarkable Revealed. He continues today to actively pursue two wheel adventures at distant places on the planet as well as in North America.
On June 22, he will be at Bob’s BMW sharing his world adventures and showing off “Ugly Helga,” his well traveled (240,000 miles) 1981 R80G/S. Upon arriving to Bob’s, Frazier will have completed the first leg of his attempt at a sixth ride around the globe in conjunction with The Clancy Centenary Ride celebrating 100 years of motorcycling around the globe http://www.HorizonsUnlimited.com/clancyride
Joining Frazier will be Richard Livermore, his riding companion as he circles the globe a sixth time, and Geoff Hill and Gary Walker, who have been riding BMW GS’s from Ireland following much of the original Clancy route through Europe, Asia and now across the USA.
Get a group of buddies together and ride to Summit Point Race Track in West Virginia. Cheer on Bob’s sponsored S1000RR racer and 2012 Champion, Jeremy Cook as he races in the Champion Cup Series (CCS)!
Kick tires with Jeremy and his pit crew at Bob’s Hospitality Tent while enjoying complimentary snacks and refreshments in between races. Plus, check the GoKarts schedule and take a break in the day to go have some fun on the GoKart Track!
Dates for Bob’s Hospitality Tent:
Bob’s BMW offers a casual, friendly, and fun work environment as well as competitive pay and an excellent benefits package* including:
AT COST employee discount
PAID health insurance
PAID vacation, sick leave, and holidays
401(k) retirement plan
Dental, life, disability, and AFLAC insurance
Flexible medical and dependent savings accounts
*full-time employment only
MOTORCYCLE SALESPERSON (FULL-TIME)
If you love motorcycles and are a confident, energetic, highly motivated self-starter who enjoys selling, we have a rare opportunity for you on our motorcycle sales team. Earn $85K if you’re good, $100K+ if you’re great—your earnings potential is in your hands!
You must be a fast learner with a strong desire to succeed, enthusiastic about motorcycling (any brand), and dedicated to providing superior customer service. Excellent organization, computer, and communication skills are also required. Previous experience and/or a basic knowledge of motorcycles is a plus—but we hire personalities, not backgrounds. We’ll train you if you have what we’re looking for.
To learn more about and apply for this position, follow this link: http://www.careerbuilder.com/JobSeeker/Jobs/JobDetails.aspx?APath=22.214.171.124.0&job_did=JHT38R6MTM44B8ZGH91&showNewJDP=yes&IPath=QHKV0A
APPAREL SALES SPECIALIST (PART TIME)
Help riders identify and obtain the riding gear and apparel that would enhance their motorcycling experience. Applicants must be friendly, outgoing, and dedicated to providing superior customer service. Excellent organization, computer, and communication skills are required. Previous experience and a basic knowledge of motorcycles and technical riding gear of any brand are preferred. Hourly wage plus commission.
E-SALES ASSISTANT(PART TIME)
Assist a small team handling the online sales aspect of our business. Applicants must be self-motivated but also able to take direction. Must have exceptional attention to detail (proofreading/text editing), be proficient with PC and Mac, and be familiar with best practices in merchandising on the web and social media. Basic photography, photo editing and/or graphic design skills, experience posting to eBay, and interest or working knowledge of motorcycles or powersports industry preferred. Training and equipment provided. Flexible hours, hourly wage based on skills/experience.
Email resume and salary requirements to Suzanne.
A C3 or C3W for JUST $499 or get 2 (any combination) for ONLY $899! Hi Vis Colors and World Graphics included! Limited time only and while supplies last!
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*Reduced pricing applies to all colors except matte black. No special orders. Only in-stock inventory applies.
BMW Motorrad. Concept Ninety. On location (05/2013)
90 years of BMW Motorrad, 90 years of two-wheeled history – hardly another motorcycle manufacturer can boast such a longstanding and successful heritage as BMW. The BMW R 90 S likewise has cause to celebrate: the BMW Motorrad design icon turns 40 this year. As a tribute to both these anniversaries, the BMW Group is presenting a very special model at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2013: the BMW Concept Ninety. In partnership with the custom bike company Roland Sands Design, the BMW Motorrad design team has come up with an exclusive homage to the BMW R 90 S. Former motorcycle racer Roland Sands and his team are among the most in-demand partners in the custom bike scene. Their design standards and the technical finesse with which they implement their high-class custom and performance parts endow the BMW Concept Ninety with an exclusive and self-assured presence. This cooperative venture elevates both Roland Sands Design and BMW Motorrad Design to a new level.
40 years of the BMW R 90 S.
Back in 1973, BMW unveiled its flagship model in the “Stroke Six” range to the global public. Boasting a top speed of just over 200 km/h (124 mph), it was one of the fastest production bikes of its day and went on to claim numerous prizes in a variety of race series. Even when parked it radiated a powerful appeal: for the first time in the development process of a motorcycle, a designer had forged a successful alliance of form and function while creating the first motorcycle ever to feature a front fairing as standard. Together with its sporty tail end and striking Daytona Orange paintwork, it endowed the BMW R 90 S with an unmistakable identity. The design of this bike pointed the way forward, and it wasn’t long before other manufacturers were gracing their motorcycles with aerodynamically honed front and rear fairings. Today the erstwhile trendsetter is one of BMW’s design icons. “The BMW R 90 S hails from an era in which bikers were regarded as outlaws,” comments Edgar Heinrich, Head of BMW Motorrad Design. “There was something rebellious about it – it was fast, loud and wild. Pure emotion. And it has retained its fascination to this day.”
BMW Concept Ninety.
The BMW Concept Ninety resurrects this spirit of the emotionally charged superbike, translating the emotionality and inspiration of the earlier model into a contemporary guise. This is a modern reiteration of the traditional essence of the motorcycle: the harmonious unison of man and machine – pure and emotional. “Today BMW motorcycles stand for perfection and function. That is what we have worked hard to achieve and something we are very proud of,” says Ola Stenegard, Head of Vehicle Design BMW Motorrad. “But we want more than that. With the BMW Concept Ninety we want to show how reduced and pure an emotional BMW motorcycle can be.”
The BMW Concept Ninety takes to the stage as a sporty boxer with a battery of sophisticated details. Its basic proportions clearly take their cue from the forebear that inspired this concept: the fairing, tank, seat and tail instantly signal its family bond with the BMW R 90 S. The BMW Concept Ninety also picks up on the demarcation of the bike’s proportions that was a hallmark of the time. The upper ergonomic and aerodynamic bodywork is visually separated from the black engine and chassis. The bodywork is hand crafted from aluminium. Its brushed areas can be seen in the tinted areas of the front fairing and tank, as well as at the tail. The rich orange shade of the BMW Concept Ninety is also a nod to the legendary Daytona Orange paintwork of the BMW R 90 S.
The BMW Concept Ninety delivers a very sporty interpretation of the front fairing. But whereas halogen was technically cutting-edge in the BMW R 90 S era, contemporary LED elements light up the face of the BMW Concept Ninety, honouring its ancestor with a round headlamp design. Seamlessly mounted behind it, the dynamically shaped tank ensures an optimal connection between rider and machine. Further along, the tank and seat melt harmoniously into each other. A steadily ascending line from the handlebars to the tail creates a slight wedge shape, lending the BMW Concept Ninety an almost ready to attack stance when viewed from the side – like a sprinter about to explode into action. Below the bodywork sits the air-cooled flat-twin boxer engine. Entirely in black with contrast cut details this section of the bike symbolises concerted power, precision and performance. The mechanics and technology as a whole are purposely rendered visible and reflect a keen attention to detail.
Custom parts made by Roland Sands Design.
As the observer’s gaze gradually penetrates this motorcycle, more and more details are revealed. Many of the high-quality parts of the BMW Concept Ninety hail from custom bike specialists Roland Sands Design in California. In close collaboration with BMW Motorrad Design, the Roland Sands Design team designed and manufactured these parts specially for the BMW Concept Ninety. The mechanical parts and engine area, above all, bear the Roland Sands imprint. Particular attention was devoted to those elements typical of a boxer, and thus also of BMW, which were meticulously designed and elaborately finished. Key highlights include the front cover of the engine and the valve covers, that got painstakingly milled, as well as the exhaust system. The parts were milled using a contrast cut process, which strikes an alluring contrast to the black mechanical components. This technology was also applied to the rims, whose classic design recalls the racing triumphs of the BMW R 90 S in the 1970s. The machining and technical implementation of the parts, are state of the art – like all the details on the BMW Concept Ninety. “It was important for me to translate the special statement made by the BMW R 90 S into the present through the use of unique parts – employing emotional design and cutting-edge technology,” says Roland Sands of his approach to the bike. Likewise designed and made by Roland Sands are the brake and clutch controls, the Paralever arm and the air filter under the seat. All these meticulously manufactured individual parts blend smoothly into the form language of the BMW Concept Ninety.
“Everything just fits together perfectly: the BMW technology, the BMW heritage and our custom parts complement each other beautifully,” comments Roland Sands on the result of this collaboration. Edgar Heinrich adds: “The BMW Concept Ninety is sheer enjoyment in every respect – from the development of the idea to the sketching stage to the construction process. But above all when you’re riding it. It’s an absolute riding machine – just like the R 90 S was in its time.” Unlike other custom bikes, the BMW Concept Ninety can be – indeed begs to be – ridden. The motorcycle and all its components have been designed with top performance in mind.
Bob’s is excited to announce we will be giving away a FREE 2-Day Off-Road Adventure in Western Pennsylvania. Between June 1 and July 1 every time you visit Bob’s you can enter to win—YES you can enter as many times as you want—but only one entry per visit (and we will be emptying the box each day so don’t even try it!). The dates are set for September 21-22, so you must be available those days; the prize is non-transferable. Complete details will be listed on our website by June 1. Continue reading to learn more about this exciting opportunity…
Win an Off-Road Adventure
Xplor-Int. is a MSF certified and AMA sanctioned off-road training facility located just a couple hours away in Western Pennsylvania. The 2-day adventure combines skill building of the Basic Off-Road Course with advanced techniques for single track and obstacles, plus outdoor survival skills and camping tips. You’ll ride for two days on a combination of dirt, gravel, and bedrock roads, and camp overnight. The last half-day is spent wrapping up the concepts and giving you time to pack. If you are comfortable riding at the speed limit on public roads, you are ok to enter the drawing. And if you have taken any kind of training before, there are still plenty of skills to be learned and/or perfected!
The course enables riders to transition from the basics of off-road riding to the more complex techniques needed for multi-day trips on dual-sport machines. It teaches you skills that will enable you to transition from asphalt to double-track, single-track, and fire trails. You will also learn the fundamentals of straight lines, turning, body posture, and braking are combined to handle obstacles, stream crossings, and tight single-track. The course is intended to build confidence and break down barriers without destroying you and your gear.
You will be presented with real-world challenges so you can assess terrain and risk, then make good choices using the skills taught to you by the instructors. Xplor-Int. instructors have taken motorcycles into the world’s most challenging places, so you will learn from pros how to pack appropriately and manage your resources, as well as deal with emergencies. You’ll learn how to pack right, and how to ride your bike fully-loaded.
There are regular breaks throughout the day, and two breaks for meals each day which are cooked onsite. You’ll start riding at 8am and finish by 6pm, break for dinner, then continue with strategy sessions and a night ride.
Sounds pretty cool right?! All you have to do is fill out an entry form (or two or three or more!) next time you are at Bob’s and you could be the lucky winner. While we are working with Xplor to firm a couple dates exclusive just for our customers we thought it would be fun to send one of our own GS enthusiasts to check it out and report back! Check our website over the next couple of weeks for complete details and/or be the first in line at Bob’s June 1 to register to win! Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Ever rode like a racer? Can you honestly say that you’ve tested the limits of your machine, or even your own capabilities? Can you really get to know your bike without having to pay most of your attention to what other drivers are doing? If you answered “NO” to any of these questions, we’d like to take this opportunity to expand your motorcycling savvy and introduce you to Roger Lyle’s MotorcycleXcitement!
Roger Lyle hanging out at Bob’s BMW booth at Timonium Motorcycle Show
Roger Lyle’s MotorcycleXcitement is an array of highly skilled riders and racers who meet at real motorcycle race tracks like Summit Point raceway, home track of Bob’s BMW-sponsored racer Jeremy Cook. “Riders are given the chance to experience what it is like being a racer, but doing so at your own pace,” stated Jeremy when asked about the program. Jeremy is also a coach for MotorcycleXcitement and has enjoyed working with all skill-level riders.
The idea is to have riders of all makes and models paired up with professionals to become more acquainted with their machines and themselves as riders. Taking your bike to a professional track is a way to ride without concern for everyday hazards typically encountered on public roads such as other motorists suddenly stopping, vehicles pulling out in front of you, or vehicles going in opposite directions; not to mention the race track is clear of bumps, gravel, and other debris that could potentially be a real danger to a motorcyclist, especially when traveling at high speeds.
Typically when you think ‘race track’ you think of speed. While it’s true” track days” can be used to get that need for speed out of your system so you are not breaking the law on public roads, exceeding speed limits, and increasing the risk for you or someone else to be injured; they also are meant to familiarize the rider with their bike— How far can it lean? What is it like to brake hard going from 100+mph to 30 mph in a very short period of time? These are just a couple things the day will provide to you.
Once signed up, you’ll have access to “track days,” which are periods of time that riders have on the track with a professional. Riders are split up based on skill levels: Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced, and Racer (which requires authorized racing license.) Coaches will either follow you, critiquing you along the way or you follow the coach mimicking what they are doing. Either way coaches will speak to you one-on-one and provide you suggestions on ways to improve your skills.
Bob believes “track days” are the safe solution for the adrenaline junkies out there. This is one reason Bob’s BMW partners with MotorcycleXcitement each year to provide an exclusive day for the dealership and anyone who pre-registers to enjoy a day at the track. And this year Charlie Goss (Sales Advisor), Darryl Carmichael (Service Advisor), Lex O’brien (E-Content Manager), Brett Ricketts (BMW Certified Technician), and Jeremy Cook (sponsored S1000RR racer) will be packing up the trailer and heading to Summit Point on June 24th for Bob’s Track Day.
Registration fees include a pre-inspection of your bike the week before the actual track day, and orientation at Bob’s explaining what to expect; a full day of racing at Summit Point; lunch, cold beverages and snacks in between races; and a comfortable and shaded area to cool down and refuel in between races; plus a one year membership to MotorcycleXcitement which offers discounts on more “track days” and a free t-shirt. So head on over to Bob’s BMW, to start another chapter of your riding history!
Linda Crill tells her inspiring story in the pages of her just released book, Blind Curves. Linda is a former corporate executive who at age 57 loses her husband to cancer. She finds her world upside down for the next 18 months as she tries to move on, however despite all of the suggestions and advice from friends and experts, she still finds herself asking, “What Now?”
With no prior experience riding a motorcycle and only 30 days to learn Linda commits to a 2,500 mile motorcycle adventure down the Pacific Coast Highway. Changing out of her corporate suit and into motorcycle leathers, Linda’s world is immediately broadened. She meets people she never would have met, see’s things she never would have seen, and learns life lessons she never would have learned had she not embraced the unknown and leaned into the ‘blind curve’ life put before her.
Join us on June 8th for Women’s Day at Bob’s as we celebrate women riders. Hear the experience, strength, and hope of “One Woman’s Unusual Journey to Reinvent Herself and Answer: What now?”
Books will be available for sale and Linda will be available 10-noon to sign copies. The day is an effort to unite men and women riders in celebration of the growing female riding community. A tech session is scheduled for the day as well as an hour long group ride that Linda will be joining us on, riding her 2010 BMW F 650 GS she purchased right here at Bob’s BMW! The first 10 people to RSVP to for the group ride will get FREE admission to Iron Bridge Wine Company’s 10th Anniversary Celebration ($25 value!) which is where the ride will end. To RSVP for the group ride, email email@example.com
To get more details on Women’s Day and other upcoming events, please visit www.bobsbmw.com
In lieu of it being Motorcycle Safety Month, now is an opportune time to share details of Bob’s Safety Program with our eclub members. This effort is our way of stressing the importance of safe riding. One way you can increase safety on the road is by taking the Maryland Safety Foundation (MSF) Motorcycle Safety Courses.
Bob’s safety program was established last year to support the MSF’s primary objective to provide rider education and training. And now for the second year in a row, we are pleased to announce we are running it again. We want to personally thank the dedicated instructors that teach these courses and encourage new riders to get trained by such professionals. Continue reading to learn more about the financial rewards provided to active MSF instructors and recent graduates of the BRC…
The program rewards active MSF instructors and recent graduates of the BRC a 15% discount. In addition to the discount, graduates that purchase a new or used motorcycle at Bob’s BMW will receive a credit of $250 to apply towards the motorcycle purchase or to apply towards accessories for the motorcycle.
“The unfortunate reality is that motorcyclists don’t have the protection that cars do which is why riders must always be prepared, watch and predict what other vehicles are doing, and wear all the gear, all the time—ATGATT,” states Bob. What is so often referred to as an accident is actually an incident according to Law Enforcement Experts. The reality is that 9 out of 10 incidents occur not by accident but rather by complete ignorance, lack of proper training, or not practicing the skills learned through proper training. “This is why rider education is so important; through proper training and regular practice, the number of incidents on the road can be reduced,” states Bob who goes out to practice his skills every time he gets on a motorcycle.
Qualifying instructors and BRC graduates can apply the 15% discount towards apparel, parts, and accessories now thru February 28, 2014. The idea behind the program is elementary: lead by example. If instructors are wearing top-rated safety gear that they have been properly fitted for, their students will follow suit. Then, assuming the recent graduate of the BRC follows the example set by their instructor, the new rider is rewarded for taking the safety course with a 15% discount at Bob’s; which in a perfect world they will spend on properly fitted, head-to-toe riding gear!
On top of the 15% discount, when new riders purchase a new or used motorcycle they receive a $250 credit to use towards the purchase or towards accessories for the bike. It’s a win-win for everyone involved!
Not to mention, when anyone who is buying a motorcycle mentions who referred them, the person making the referral can receive a Bob’s BMW gift card up to $100! You can visit www.bobsbmw.com for complete details on the Safety program and all other programs now available at Bob’s BMW.
To qualify for the Safety Program, MSF Instructors must provide a copy of their current MSF ID card and class schedule for the 2013 courses they are teaching. Recent graduates of the BRC must bring in a copy of their course completion certificate. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month which is a nationwide initiative developed by The Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to remind drivers the importance of safely sharing the road with motorcyclists and to remind motorcyclists to make themselves visible to other motorists.
Bob sits on the board of the Maryland Motorcycle Safety Coalition and is an avid supporter of motorcycle safety awareness not just one time a year, but every day of the year. In an effort to help carry the message to everyone on the road, maybe you have seen one of Bob’s trailers riding around town with “Share the Road” graphics, or maybe you have seen the hillside banner which is visible from Route 32 that also states “Share the Road.” We have also spent some time on various military bases these past couple months supporting the motorcycle safety days and sharing important safety messages like “all the gear, all the time”—ATGATT.
When asked what he would like to share with readers Bob explained his theory regarding every motorcyclist’s responsibility, “practicing your skills every time you go for a ride is key to attaining and remaining proficient at all the skills needed to be a skilled motorist. Doing so will prevent you from being involved in an incident where you or your motorcycle could be damaged or injured.”
According to NHTSA, motorcycle fatalities have steadily increased over the past 14 years (with the exception of one year); in 2011, 14% of fatalities were motorcycle fatalities, totaling 4,612. Bob believes this does not have to be the case and we can turn this statistic around. NHTSA provides some key safety reminders to keep in mind while traveling on the roadways:
- Never drive while distracted
- Obey all traffic laws including being properly licensed
- Motorcycles have the same rights and privileges as all other vehicles on the road
- Never share a lane with a motorcyclist. Motorcyclists need a full lane width to maneuver
- Motorcycles are difficult to see at times. Always check your mirrors and blind spots
- It is difficult to judge a motorcyclists speed
- Always signal before changing lanes so motorcyclists can anticipate traffic flow
- Wait to be sure a motorcyclist is actually turning before you proceed. A motorcyclists may forget to turn off their turn signal.
- Allow 3-4 seconds when following a motorcyclist
- NEVER drink and drive. In 2011 9,878 people were killed in highway crashed involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a BAC of .08 or higher.
Motorcyclists must remember to:
- Combine hand signals with turn signals when changing lanes or making a turn
- Position yourself in the lane where you will be most visible to other drivers
- Always wear a DOT compliant helmet
- Always wear proper fitting riding gear from head to toe; preferably hi-visibility gear or something with a reflective trim.
Read the questions below and if you answer YES to any, there is a very good possibility you are not riding in properly fitted gear, making it more likely for an injury to occur if an accident were to take place:
- Does your helmet shake or move around while riding?
- Is your helmet 5 years or older since you or someone else started wearing it?
- Does your jacket and/or pants balloon up or beat you up while riding?
If you are unsure if your gear fits properly, simply ask one of our apparel specialists for full apparel assessment during your next visit.