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2021 BMW R1250GS Review

2021 BMW R1250GS Review

By: Scott Bradley

Of all the bikes that BMW makes the boxer-powered GS has attracted a near cult-like following and for good reason. The GS is a perfect example of versatility. You can cover expansive distances on asphalt or arduous terrain covered in dirt and gravel. With each new generation of the bike, BMW somehow manages to take an already brilliant bike and finds a way to improve upon it. The 2021 R1250GS shows exactly that, a refinement upon perfection.

In my 6 years of riding I’ve experienced most bikes in the GS lineup. From 650 singles and 700 Twins to Hexhead/water-boxer 1200s and the 850GS I currently own, I have a fair amount of seat time with the GS series. BMW’s R1200GS model engine really set a benchmark for the category of big bore ADV machines. The water-cooled twin pushes out aggressive torque with incredible smoothness without the agricultural nature of the oil cooled models. It also upped the ante with more advanced ride modes and varying degrees of traction control. The 1250 engine has really taken things to the next level. With the addition of variable valve timing known as Shiftcam, the engine has gained about 10 horsepower while growing even smoother. Shiftcam is essentially a two-stage cam lobe, shifting from minimal valve lift in the low end to a high lift profile in the upper rev ranges. This creates much more responsive and tractable power in the low end while giving a top end rush of power above 5,000 rpm. The difference was markedly noticeable while navigating through stop and go traffic. With a featherweight twist of the throttle the bike glides along and throttle inputs in Dynamic Mode feel organically connected to the intensity of input. Eager hands beware, as it’s exceptionally easy to send the front wheel airborne (yes even with traction control on). Once up to speed, the bike cruises on the highway unlike any boxer I’ve ridden before. Anyone familiar knows that the boxer is known for glassy smoothness while laying down highway miles, but the 1250 engine barely even feels like its running at 70mph! But rest assured, if you need a sudden burst of power to make an evasive maneuver there’s enough power on tap to leap forward and get out of dodge. Without any shaft jacking or lateral torque transfer like the boxers of old, this engine sets a precedent for refined power.     

With all this power at hand, it’s only right to have a suspension method that’s up to the task. One of the reasons I’ve always loved the 1200s is the Tele-lever suspension. Instead of telescopic forks, the front end utilizes a singular shock coil in an A-Frame type linkage. This suspension has been a staple in all of the R bikes since the mid 90’s, but the 1250 handles better than ever. With fully electronic suspension in both the front and rear the bike is making thousands of calculations a minute to adjust both dampening and rebound on the fly. It’s even able to compensate for additional luggage or a passenger on the back with no manual alterations required. While riding through the twists and turns of Rock Creek Parkway in Washington, DC the bike feels as though there’s a magnet holding it to the ground. In both graceful sweepers and tight curves it gripped the road with steadfast certainty. And when the asphalt grew uneven the GS floated overtop completely unbothered.

I’m also pleased to see the new 1250’s coming equipped with the Michelin Anakee Adventure tires. The 19-inch front wheel has always struck the perfect balance between on-road performance and overcoming obstacles. The 70/30 tread pattern of the Anakee handles like a confidently inspired set of street rubber, yet the deep grooves and blocky tread pattern shows promise for a foray into the dirt.

Mechanical innovation isn’t the only new addition found in the 1250GS. The TFT dash opens up an incredible amount of new functionality to the bike. The amount of ride modes are now up to seven, from a fuel efficient Eco mode to the tire shredding torque of Dynamic Pro. The rider is now able to dial in which modes to keep on tap and even allows calibration of each individual aspect of the mode. With the wonder wheel, it’s possible to adjust the amount of ABS and Traction Control independently to create a custom profile that best fits your riding style. The bike status menu in the dash also keeps tabs on critical information, telling you how far over or under your tire pressure is in relation to spec for your current load. My favorite feature by far is the TFT integration with smartphones and helmet Bluetooth systems. With all three devices linked together the bike will display whatever music is playing inside your helmet with album art and all. To change songs all you need to do is jog the wonder wheel to the right, no more taking your hand off the bars to hit skip. The smartphone integration also brings some engaging ride tracking tools to the table. With the Ride Connected app you can keep tabs on ride stats such as maximum lean angle, acceleration in G force, and even geotag photos along the completed ride route.

While most of the features on the 2021 R1250 have already been out for about a year or two, there are some new additions to this model year that have finally carried over from BMW’s touring models. The biggest change is the corner adaptive headlight from the K1600 series. This incredible safety feature allows the headlights to turn with the bike as it leans through corners. Doing so keeps the road ahead better illuminated and helps avoid the dreaded outrunning of the light. With better visibility, the chance of encountering unexpected obstacles is greatly reduced. Those who ride through the winter months will be happy to hear that the 1250 has finally gained heated seats! After walking out to a frosty saddle on many a winter morning, I can say that I’ve been spoiled with the heated seat and it will be hard to go back to that cold seat on the 850. I’m also quite thrilled to see the return of the Triple Black color scheme in this model year. The jet black paintwork glistens in the sun, and is complimented wonderfully by the Option 719 parts on the engine.

The number 719 carries some historical weight in Berlin. The number signifies specially machined and ornately crafted components that give the bike a gorgeous piece of adornment. The valve covers alone take more than half a day to create, and the efforts truly show in the stepped ridges of shimmering silver and glistening black.

Out of all the boxer powered GS’ that have come out of Berlin, I personally think this is the most beautiful, capable and is certainly the most powerful. BMW has set a gold standard that the rest of the industry is taking note of.

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Count on Bob’s To Do It Right: Coronavirus Update

Effective December 18, 2020

Bob’s BMW remains committed to providing a healthy work environment while doing our best to provide you with an enjoyable and complete shopping experience.

The number of customers in the showroom areas are limited to 15 at one time, so please consider scheduling an appointment in advance for the best possible customer experience. 

Please respect these guidelines while in or on Bob’s BMW property:
Maintain physical distance of at least 6-feet between you and others.
Wear a mask that covers both your mouth and nose.
Wash your hands thoroughly before/after touching surfaces, trying on apparel, etc.

You are welcome to browse the showroom, but please wash your hands before and after touching any parts, apparel, or motorcycles, and minimize your touching as much as possible. This helps us to properly disinfect the dealership and contents.

In between every customer visit Bob’s BMW associates are cleaning and disinfecting work areas, and twice each day associates are disinfecting common areas, door handles, etc. We also have a professional cleaning company come in three times a week for a deep clean. Our goal is for you and our staff to feel comfortable and confident when in our dealership. 

Bob’s BMW closely follows every guideline and recommendation outlined in the Maryland Roadmap to Recovery, plus has successfully identified and implemented additional methods to create a clean and safe shopping experience. Bob’s BMW is proud to announce its most recent layer of protection against COVID-19 and other airborne viruses and germs: the installation of a state-of-the-art Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) system.

The UGVI system is similar to those used in hospitals and surgery centers for air purification. It kills 99% of all germs and viruses as air passes through the HVAC system. The technology uses UV-C light, which is particularly effective at killing airborne pathogens. Not only does this technology help eliminate viruses and germs in the air we breathe, but also on most surfaces within the air-treated environment such as clothing, carpeting, and hard surfaces like desks, merchandise, and in Bob’s BMW’s specific case, motorcycles.

Thank you for your patience, cooperation, and patronage as we continue to navigate these challenging times. The outpouring of support we’ve received from the motorcycling community warms our hearts, keeps us going, and is very, very much appreciated.

Bob’s E-Commerce is operating at near warp speed; we’re shipping hundreds of orders daily around the corner, around the region, and across the country.

For New and Used Motorcycle Sales please call 301-497-8949 x 501, for Service x 502, for Parts, Accessories, Riding Gear, and Casual Clothing x 504.

December Savings

Treat Yourself This Holiday Season!

It’s time to pull the trigger on that special item you’ve been wanting. Buy now and SAVE 15% plus get shipping for free, regular exclusions apply. Offer valid thru December 31. Cannot be combined with additional discounts. Motorcycles, service labor, gift cards, sale items, and manufacturers choosing not to participate are not eligible. Brands and products not eligible include Touratech USA, Ohlins, Schuberth, Wunderlich, and GS-911. 

Black Friday 2020

The sale you’ve been waiting all year for has arrived! Get 20% off your entire parts, accessory, and apparel purchase now thru Cyber Monday* Plus get FREE SHIPPING, no minimum! 

*Motorcycles, service labor, gift cards, sale items, and the following manufacturers and products are not eligible: Touratech USA, Ohlins, Schuberth, Wunderlich, and GS-911. Cannot be combined with additional discounts or offers. Offer ends November 30, 2020 at 11:59pm (EST). 

2020 Thanksgiving Message

2020 Thanksgiving Message

For the past 5 years, Bob’s BMW has been closed on both Thursday and Friday to focus more on the true spirit of Thanksgiving—our families, friends, and riding motorcycles—instead of hitting the shopping malls (#optoutsideon2wheels). Hosting our Black Friday group ride and lunch with the 40 or so people who join us each year has been a lot of fun, and the festive atmosphere at the dealership on Saturday has been the best way to kick off the holiday season.  So we’re sticking with those plans this year, but with a few adjustments.

Bob and others on the Bob’s team will still be riding on Friday, but we will not be leading a group ride.  Who knows what roads we’ll be enjoying? We encourage you to explore some beautiful roads on your own and enjoy smiles and miles on two wheels or three or even four.

Eventually you’ll want to grab some food and if you’re in our general area, consider joining Bob and others around 12-12:30 for lunch at Cured in downtown Columbia, MD*.  We will be seated separately but some conversation will be possible—Cured is ready for as many of us that can make it, all with proper spacing and ventilation.  And there’s a huge covered parking garage where your bike or car will be safe and with more fresh air should you wish to kick tires after lunch.

The dealership will be open on Saturday with while-you-wait service, a showroom full of great new and used bikes, the best selection of great riding gear, useful accessories for all models, and casual wear in the region. And yes, stuff will be on sale including our legendary online temptations.

We continue to follow all safety protocols and our facility is protected by a UVGI air purification system, so you can count on a safe shopping experience at Bob’s. To ensure everyone gets the best possible customer care, we still encourage making an appointment in advance to talk seriously about motorcycle purchases (selling and trades too) and head-to-toe professional riding gear fittings.

*If you choose to join us for lunch, please let the Cured staff know in advance by calling them up at (667) 786-7111 and letting them know if you’re 1 person or more and that you’re part of the Bob’s BMW family. This way, as our ungroup grows, they can sit us adjacently enhancing our collective fun. Please wear a face covering in all areas of the restaurant unless eating/drinking. And, anticipating that you’ll enjoy the food and service, please be generous with your gratuity; these past few months have been very hard for restaurants and their staff.

All of us at Bob’s BMW wish you and yours a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!  

 

Holiday Hours
Thursday, Nov. 26 – Friday, Nov. 27                      CLOSED
Thursday, Dec. 24 – Saturday, Dec. 26                  CLOSED
Thursday Dec. 31 – Saturday, Jan. 2                      CLOSED

Review of the 2021 BMW R18

Review of the 2021 BMW R18

By: Scott Bradley

As the figurehead of the BMW brand, the boxer engine has made leaps and bounds in terms of innovation and refinement. From the humble beginnings of the R32 to the R1250GS, each iteration has gained performance, technological improvement, and the smoothness that the flat twin is known for. There has always been a market for the nostalgia of the original airhead, with its visceral and organic feel, but without the headache of tuning and maintaining  carburetors. The R18 has perfectly filled that gap in the Motorrad lineup, straddling the line between modernity and heritage.

From the moment you lay eyes on it the R18 may look completely foreign to a motorcycle bearing the blue and white roundel, but it actually harkens back to the Pre-War R5. The First Edition R18 is absolutely jaw dropping, with beaming chrome and a jet black tank adorned with white pin-striping. Throwing a leg over it is also a pleasant surprise for the vertically challenged as it’s 27 inch seat height is the lowest in the BMW lineup. Behind the bars is a view of the massive cylinder heads, which surprisingly are push rod actuated.

The bike, as a whole, does a wonderful job of integrating old technology with modern innovation. It has an exposed drive shaft yet it is fuel injected and utilizes a single plate dry clutch but has ABS and traction control. The bike has a single gauge speedometer showing a digital tachometer in an LCD read out and I didn’t find myself longing for anything beyond it. The sparse layout in front of the handlebars gives you a much more stripped down riding experience with nothing to focus on but the road ahead.

Firing the bike up is an extraordinary departure from the traditional fuel injected boxer engine. With a flick of the starter the engine rumbles to life as the massive pistons make their nearly four inch stroke. The entire bike comes alive with an eager vibration, as if the bike is raring to leap forward. Gone is the agricultural clunk from the gearboxes of old when the R18 gets rolling, as it smoothly slips into gear. The bike pulls away effortlessly as the single plate dry clutch gives instant bite and responsiveness. Riding the R18 feels like dancing the waltz with a pugilist. Rolling along the engine is hardly breaking a sweat, even when its purring along at 70mph at 2500rpm. But as soon as you crack the throttle Dr. Jekyll becomes Mr. Hyde, as a brutish 118 ft lbs of torque rockets you forward with earth shaking intensity. The bike is an absolute riot off the line, like being propelled out of a slingshot. Although the power is immense, it isn’t obnoxiously loud. The bike is smooth when it wants to be but with an instantaneous snap of the throttle, you’ll be burning rubber. The fishtail exhaust contains the catalytic converter that tames the 1800cc into a muted roar, but rest assured the OEM option Vance & Hines slip on’s will unleash a raucous if you feel so inclined. When it comes time to bring the R18 to a stop, the brakes work with great efficacy and don’t jar you with a sharp engagement zone.

Riding the bike on the highway was one of the greatest surprises. Given the absence of any fairing I was expecting to be rattled with wind buffering. The ergonomics and geometry of the frame keep you low and out of the wind, but maintains that blissful sense of openness that only a naked bike can bring. With its long wheel base the R18 is also rock solid at speed, even with the turbulence of a passing semi truck. Getting off the freeway and into the city brought even more surprises. At 761 lb wet, one might think muscling the bike through Washington DC might be a challenge, but believe me when I say this bike is exceptionally light on its feet!

While rolling through the chicanes of Rock Creek Park, it became quite clear that this bike handles far below its weight class. This is thanks to the low center of gravity the flat twin is known for, as well as exceptionally taught and compliant suspension. Not once did I feel the bike buck or wallow through the turns, just point it where you want to go and the R18 feels like its on rails.

When the curves end and the traffic snarl begins the other benefit of the boxer becomes very apparent. Even with its 1.8 liters of displacement and no radiator in sight, not once did I feel the engine roasting me. Those enormous cylinders dissipate the heat with ease, aided by an oil cooler behind the front wheel.  Even the frequent urban rider will have an absolute blast on this bike and it will absolutely turn heads at every corner.

One of the first questions I heard when the R18 was first announced was, “who is this bike for?” I think this bike is for everyone! A GS rider can appreciate coming off their tall perch and enjoy its low slung stance. As a 6’3 rider of an F850GS, I was incredibly comfortable with the ergonomics and never felt cramped. A rider coming off a bike like the silky smooth K1600 will crack a smile when they feel the unabashed pull of a big twin. Even a rider of an S1000R will love that exhilarating rush that only a big bore engine with stump pulling torque can provide. And if you still don’t believe me, come take a test ride to see for yourself!

Veterans Day 2020

On this day, Bob’s BMW would like to pause to thank all those who so bravely serve our country. We want to extend a special thanks and take a moment to recognize the accomplishments of a fellow rider, enthusiast, long-time customer of Bob’s BMW, friend, and honorable member of the military, Colonel Glen Michael Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.

Army Col. Audra L. Taylor, division chief, Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) states, “His career is truly great in scope and accomplishment. Fitzpatrick was there when the country needed him most during both war and peacetime. He ensured the military had access to the blood products it needed, carried out groundbreaking research, and worked with the international blood banking community to create synergy which benefitted the warfighter. ASBP owes him profound gratitude.” 

After four decades of service and major contributions to his country including serving in key capacities in Operations Desert Shield and Storm, the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, and the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, Colonel Fitzpatrick was awarded the ASBP Lifetime Achievement Award this year. 

Highlights of Colonel Fitzpatrick’s Career Include:

  • Commissioned on graduation from the ROTC program at Colorado State University
  • Earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University
  • Began his Army career in 1975 as a medical field specialist with the 629thMedical Clearing Company 
  • Served as blood bank Chief at Madigan Army Medical Center from 1983-1985, and then laboratory manager at Tripler Army Medical Center from 1985-1988
  • Provided oversight in the planning and distribution of blood support for Operations Desert Shield and Storm while serving as Joint Blood Program Officer for the US European Command from 1988-1991
  • Provided blood support for emergencies like the 1998 air show disaster at Ramstein Air Base as well as for NASA Space Shuttles and special forces operations
  • Directed research and development for advanced blood products at the Armed Services Blood Program Office from 1996-1999
  • Served as the director of ASBPO from 1999-2003 where he was responsible for coordinating and maintaining an adequate blood supply for the Department of Defense
  • Retired from active duty in 2003 but continued a military blood connection on the civilian collection agency side as Chief Policy Officer and Chief Operating Officer for America’s Blood Centers 
  • Currently president and director of clinical research and development for biotechnology company, Cellphire, Inc.
  • Continues to serve as a mentor and research advisor for ASBP Specialist in Blood Banking Fellowship 

Under each of these roles, Colonel Fitzpatrick accomplished a long list of achievements ranging from developing the plan for modernizing the frozen blood program, coordinating with other agencies for funding and development of hemoglobin-based oxygen carriers, fibrin bandage, cryopreserved platelets, and lyophilized platelets; to developing and implementing all DoD policies regarding blood collection, distribution, storage, and transfusion; and completing tasks like testifying before congress and the FDA, obtaining federal permission to fly blood products across the nations when all civilian aircraft was grounded after 9/11, and much, much more.

Today, in between his current professional roles, Colonel Fitzpatrick rides! His motorcycle collection includes a 1985 BMW K100, R67/2 sidecar rig, R1200C, and most recently the all-new R18!

Bob’s BMW is honored to know and call Colonel Fitzpatrick a member of the Bob’s BMW family. It is our pleasure to serve him and the thousands of other veteran riders. Here’s to Veterans Day 2020!

 

40 Years of GS – A Month Long Celebration

In honor of “40 Years of GS”, Bob’s BMW invites riders worldwide to partake in an exciting month long, three-part celebration! The fun begins October 1st with a motorcycle scavenger hunt and virtual motorcycle show, and ends November 1st with a FREE Grand Finale virtual event featuring GS Ambassadors and Experts from around the world!

Riders can choose to participate in some or ALL of the fun. Eligible participants will receive limited edition “40 years of GS” collectibles and a chance(s) to WIN two very exciting Grand Prize Giveaways*

Questions? Contact hanna@bobsbmw.com

 

Worldwide GS Motorcycle Show – #showusyourGS

This is your opportunity to show off your GS to riders worldwide for a chance to win one of a kind “40 Years of GS” collectibles and a hand-made trophy built from recycled motorcycle parts! So, if you think your GS motorcycle has what it takes to WIN in one of six categories post at least two pictures of your ride on Facebook and/or Instagram and tag the images accordingly: 

  • Dirtiest – #showusyourdirtyGS
  • Most Original – #showusyouroriginalGS
  • Highest Mileage – #showusyourhighmileageGS
  • Customized – #showusyourcustomGS
  • Most Stickered – #showusyourstickeredGS
  • Most Farkled – #showusyourfarkledGS

Rules and Eligibility: 

  • Photos must be posted on Facebook and/or Instagram no later than 4:00pm EST October 31, 2020
  • A bike may only be entered into a single class
  • A minimum of two pictures must be posted
  • Photos must be tagged with the individual class hashtag (see above) PLUS #40yearsofGS and #bobsbmwmoto and #showusyourGS
  • Winners will be announced November 1st at 3:30pm EST LIVE on Facebook and ZOOM. 

Questions? Email hanna@bobsbmw.com

 
Motorcycle Scavenger Hunt – 40 Years. 40 Places. 40 Points.

During the month of October, riders of all makes, models, and styles are invited to adventure through the DMV region, collecting points along the way that will earn them a chance(s) to WIN A Two-Day On or Off- Road Training Course at the BMW Performance Center. This price includes the rental of an all new BMW motorcycle and overnight accommodations!

Earn just 40 points and automatically win a bundle of limited edition “40 Years of GS” collectibles and get entered to win the grand prize. For every 3 additional points over 40 points your name will be entered AGAIN to win the grand prize! The more points you earn, the more chances you have to WIN!

How It Works
To earn destination points, you must take a picture of yourself as directed in the scavenger hunt instructions. To earn donation and bonus points, you must submit copies of your receipts. Riders can submit documentation (receipts and pictures) in person at Bob’s BMW any Wednesday or Saturday in October from 10am-4pm. 

  • Destinations = 3 points
  • Donations = 5 points for every $40 donation towards Feeding America
  • BONUS Activities = 10 points each

Winners will be announced LIVE on Facebook and ZOOM during our Grand Finale event on Sunday, November 1 at 3:30p.m.

Download PDF of Scavenger Hunt

Questions? Email hanna@bobsbmw.com

 
Grand Finale Virtual Celebration

The event BMW enthusiasts around the world have been waiting for…a day of everything GS! On November 1st, starting at Noon EST, participants pre-registered (it’s FREE!) will log into our ZOOM room for a day filled with BMW history, knowledge, and adventure presented by some of the most re-known GS Ambassadors and Experts in the industry:

12:00PM – Welcome Message from Trudy Hardy at BMW NA and Bob Henig LIVE from The Vintage BMW Motorcycle Museum in Jessup, MD 

12:30PM – The History of the BMW GS, Since 1981 presented by Hans Muth, designer of R90S, R100RS, R80GS, R65LS and more.

1:00PM – The Engineering and Tech Specs of Today’s GS presented by Aaron Rankin of BMW Performance Center

1:30PM – 40 Years on a GS presented by Helge Pedersen, author of 10 Years on Two Wheels and operator of Adventure Touring company, GlobeRiders.

2:30PM – Competing on a BMW GS presented by Jocelin Snow, competitor and host of GS Trophy, and major contributor of NEBDR.

3:00PM – Having Fun With GS’s Since 1981, presented by Dr. Gregory W. Frazier, world traveler six times around the globe by motorcycle, successful BMW roadracer, and a prolific adventure author of dozens of books and hundreds of magazine articles. NOTE: The original 1981 heavy modified R80G/S known as “Ugly Helga” that traveled around the world resides at The Vintage BMW Motorcycle Museum in Jessup, MD.

3:30PM – Winners of the social media contest, scavenger hunt, and main event announced by Bob.

A link with login information will only be provided to those that pre-register so don’t delay. It’s FREE!

Sign up TODAY!

All registered participants will be entered to win the Grand Prize Giveaway: A Limited Edition BMW Competition Rallye Suit! 

Questions are being collected in advance. Please email hanna@bobsbmw.com

*Prizes hold no cash value, are non-transferable, and are subject to change based on availability. Substitute prizes will hold equal or greater 

The Arrival of the 2021 BMW R18

The 2021 BMW R18 Has Arrived!

After four long years developing the new R18, the biggest opposed-twin engine BMW is here! This big boxer represents the core of the brand and introduces BMW to the world of big cruisers with 1800cc’s.

Watch the R18 Coming Out of The Crate>>

The Essence of the R18

  • Unique history and brand story
  • Consistently high torque and linear power development for perfect control
  • Ultra-emotional look, feel, and sound with easy options for modifications and customizing
  • Attention to every detail and high quality workmanship; built in Berlin
  • First class handling and comfortable cruising

Tech Specs

Design Air/Oil-cooled four-stroke opposed twin boxer
Bore x stroke 107 mm x 100 mm
Displacement 1,802 cc
Rated Power 91 hp at 4,750 rpm
Max. torque 116 lb. ft at 3,000 rpm
Compression ratio 9.6 : 1
Fuel grade Premium Unleaded
Valve gear OHV
Valves per cylinder 4
Intake/exhaust diameter 41.2 mm / 35.0 mm
Throttle valve diameter 48 mm
Engine management BMS-O
Emission control Controlled 3-way catalytic converter, compliant with the EU-5 emissions standard

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Single piece luggage is still available at Bob’s. However for the shopper looking for a complete luggage set, we’ve got you covered! EVERYTHING you need that’s normally sold separately, is now bundled together as one. We even install the locks for you, keyed to your preference. Want to SAVE? Check out our DELUXE kits that include matching liners from Kathy’s Journey Designs. Upgrade to our deluxe kit and SAVE 10%!

Fighting Smart Against CoronaVirus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 7/30/2020

How a local Howard County business is using existing technology to fight the battle against Coronavirus.

Ultra-violet light has been successfully  killing airborne pathogens for more than a century, which is why Bob Henig, owner of Bob’s BMW Motorcycles, opted to install UVGI lights throughout the dealership’s HVAC systems to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus.

Jessup, MD: Bob’s BMW Motorcycles remains committed to providing the healthiest, safest, and most comfortable work environment while doing its best to provide customers with an enjoyable and complete shopping experience.

Like countless other small businesses in today’s world, Bob’s BMW Motorcycles has explored ways to help its employees and patrons feel safe and comfortable in these unusual times. In addition to closely following every guideline and recommendation outlined in the Maryland Roadmap to Recovery, Bob’s BMW has successfully identified and implemented additional methods to create a clean and safe shopping experience. Bob’s BMW is proud to announce its most recent layer of protection against COVID-19 and other airborne viruses and germs: the installation of a state-of-the-art Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) system.

According to owner Bob Henig, “Bob’s BMW had a unique advantage. Many business operations don’t have standalone facilities and/or they share HVAC systems, while other businesses rent their spaces and have little if any control over facility changes or investment decisions. As a small business owner that owns my facility, I didn’t think twice about installing a UVGI system into the dealership. In fact it was something we were considering even before Coronavirus hit.”

The UGVI system is similar to those used in hospitals and surgery centers for air purification. It kills 99% of all germs and viruses as air passes through the HVAC system. The technology uses UV-C light, which is particularly effective at killing airborne pathogens. Not only does this technology help eliminate viruses and germs in the air we breathe, but also on most surfaces within the air-treated environment such as clothing, carpeting, and hard surfaces like desks, merchandise, and in Bob’s BMW’s specific case, motorcycles.

“The likely barrier to other businesses following suit will be cost, but the proven effectiveness of UGVI is worth the investment,” shares Bob Henig.

Hanna Creekmore, Marketing and Communications Manager of Bob’s BMW Motorcycles, adds “The best part about the UVGI system is that it works in the background to provide the extra layer of protection to the safety measures we currently have in place. It’s reassuring that our staff and customers are as safe as they can possibly be while working in and visiting the dealership, and it helps restore a sense of normalcy.” 

 

2020 Summer Service and Gear Offers

 

Schedule Your Service TODAY to SAVE!

  1. $25 OFF Advantec BMW Motorrad Oil Change (Offer Code: SUMMEROIL) – Includes up to 5 quarts of oil. Offer limited to one coupon per VIN number. Does not include sale tax, hazardous waste fee, or other dealer charges. Cannot be combined with Service offer, or other in-store specials. Not retroactive. Must present when scheduling service; service must be completed by . 8/31/20 expiration. 
  2. $50 OFF any Service over $250 (Offer Code: SUMMERSERV) – Eligible to be used for any service with the exception of an Advantec BMW Motorrad Oil Change service. Offer limited to one coupon per VIN number. Does not include sales tax, hazardous waste fee, or other dealer charges. Cannot be combined with additional offers or discounts. Not retroactive. Must present when scheduling service; service must be completed by . 8/31/20 expiration. 
  3. $100 OFF any purchase of BMW Rider’s Gear over $500 (Offer Code: SUMMERGEAR) – In-store ONLY! Offer can be combined with Oil Change and/or Service offer. Sale items not included. Offer limited to one coupon per VIN number. Must present coupon code at time of purchase. Not retroactive. Expires 8/31/20.

Call 301-497-8949 TODAY to schedule your service. 

 

Count On Bob’s To Do It Right

Effective Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Bob’s BMW remains committed to providing a healthy work environment while doing our best to provide you with an enjoyable and complete shopping experience.

The number of customers in the showroom areas are limited to 15 at one time, so please consider scheduling an appointment in advance for the best possible customer experience. 

Please respect these guidelines while in or on Bob’s BMW property:
+ Maintain physical distance of at least 6-feet between you and others.
+ Wear a mask that covers both your mouth and nose.
+ Wash your hands thoroughly before/after touching surfaces, trying on apparel, etc.

You are welcome to browse the showroom, but please minimize touching as much as possible. This helps us to properly disinfect the dealership and contents.

Thank you for your patience, cooperation, and patronage as we continue to navigate these challenging times. The outpouring of support we’ve received from the motorcycling community warms our hearts, keeps us going, and is very, very much appreciated.

Current Showroom and Service Hours:
Tuesday – Friday 9 am to 6 pm, Saturday 9 am to 4 pm

Bob’s E-Commerce is operating at near warp speed; we’re shipping hundreds of orders daily around the corner, around the region, and across the country.

For New and Used Motorcycle Sales please call 301-497-8949 x 501, for Service x 502, for Parts, Accessories, Riding Gear, and Casual Clothing x 504.

COVID-19 Update: Effective March 15, 2020

Effective Friday, May 15, 2020

Bob’s BMW continues to operate under the following cautionary measures and will continue to ask customers to call in advance to schedule an appointment. Bob’s is committed to providing a healthy work environment while doing our best to provide our customers with an enjoyable and complete shopping experience.

Please respect these guidelines while in or on Bob’s BMW property:
+ Practice a minimum of 6-feet social distancing and no groups over 3 people
+ Limit the number of customers to 6 at one time
+ Wear a face mask covering your mouth and nose
+ Use elbows or a tissue to open doors, pour coffee, etc.
+ Thoroughly wash your hands before/after touching surfaces

If you do not call in advance to schedule an appointment, we will do our best to find a team member to assist you. You must be accompanied by a team member while browsing the showroom. One of our ongoing responsibilities is to keep track of what’s been touched so we can properly sanitize the dealership and contents every day for everyone’s health.

Current Showroom and Service Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday 9 am to 4 pm

Bob’s E-Commerce is operating at near warp speed; we’re shipping hundreds of orders daily around the corner, around the region, and across the country.

For New and Used Motorcycle Sales please call 301-497-8949 x 501, for Service x 502, for Parts, Accessories, Riding Gear, and Casual Clothing x 504.

Customer Appreciation Month

Get A FREE Gift With ANY Purchase thru May 31

We are so grateful to still have our physical and virtual doors open. Thank you for your continued support. We appreciate you and are declaring “May” Customer Appreciation Month! Together, through these difficult times, we will #RideItOut

Now thru May 31 get a free gift with any purchase:

Gifts hold no cash value and cannot be transferred or substituted. Limit one per customer. Offer valid thru May 31, 2020 on online parts, accessory, and apparel purchases.

If your purchase does not qualify you to redeem a #RideItOut T-Shirt please consider adding one to your cart. Bob’s BMW is donating $1 to Feeding America for every #RideItOut T-Shirt we sell. Learn More>> 

We hope you enjoy your complimentary gift and continue to choose Bob’s BMW as your dealer of choice.

Thank you! 

Latest COVID-19 Updates:

Per the Governor of Maryland we must all agree to follow these guidelines in order to provide a healthy working environment while doing our best to provide our customers with an enjoyable and complete shopping experience.

+ Keep a 6’ social distance and no groups over 4 people
+ Wear a face mask covering your mouth and nose
+ Use elbows or a tissue to open doors, pour coffee, etc.
+ Thoroughly wash hands before/after touching surfaces

Bob’s is open for business by appointment so we can all manage social distancing, protect everyone’s health, and provide the best possible customer service levels.  Saturday while-you-wait services may be limited.

If you do not have an appointment, please come in and check with one of our staff immediately. We will do our best to find a team member that is available to assist you. You must be accompanied by a team member while browsing the showroom. One of our ongoing responsibilities is to keep track of what’s been touched so we can properly sanitize the dealership and contents every day for everyone’s health.

New showroom and service hours:
TUESDAY – SATURDAY 9 AM TO 4 PM

Bob’s BMW E-Commerce is operating as normal; we’re receiving and shipping hundreds of orders daily around the corner, the region and the country.

For New and Used Motorcycle Sales please call 301-497-8949 x 501, for Service x 502, for Parts, Accessories, Riding Gear and Casual Clothing x 506


March 24th,

To Our Customers and Friends:

First, I hope everyone reading this is healthy and that many of you have found time for a motorcycle ride or several over the past few weeks. We’re fortunate as riders to have one of the best tools for managing stress on the planet—plus you get to practice perfect social distancing while doing so, protective gear and all!

These are challenging times for everyone. This virus and its impact on our lives, families, friends, communities, careers, and businesses will test us all in some manner. But together as a community of motorcycle riders and good humans we can ride out this storm.

While we do not get to make all the decisions regarding what we can and cannot do right now since many are handed to us by state and local officials, rest assured that all of us at Bob’s BMW will do everything we can to be here for you and your motorcycle. We are fortunate to be designated an essential business so we can continue to serve your motorcycling needs. 

Please note the following important changes to our operations:

Visiting Bob’s
In order to comply with current guidelines, all visits must be by appointment only. Please call 301-497-8949 to schedule service work on your bike (ext. 502), to select and purchase a new or used motorcycle (ext. 504) or riding gear, parts, and accessories (ext. 506).

All of us at Bob’s will do our best to make you feel as welcome as always.  A hearty thank you and big smile will have to replace the handshakes and hugs for the immediate future as we remain diligent in practicing social distancing and ask that you do the same.

You can feel safe when visiting. We clean and sanitize our facility several times a day and have done so for several weeks. Between customer appointments we sanitize ourselves, the doors, restrooms, common surfaces like the coffee counter, and even motorcycle grips and gas tanks.

Our hours have changed slightly. We still open at 9 am but will close at 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday.

Online Orders
Keep the orders coming (thank you for your patronage)! Our 24/7 e-commerce operation continues to process orders just as quickly as ever. We are still here for you and shipping out packages!

I’d like to share a new slogan I believe all motorcyclists can use thanks to our friends at the Motorcycle Industry Council: We will “RIDE IT OUT” together. Consider including #RIDEITOUT when posting anything motorcycling related. I’m confident that both motorcyclists and our neighbors who may not ride bikes will instantly get the overall intent.

Finally, I personally and publically want to extend a BIG THANK YOU to our dedicated staff who have continued to serve the large and seemingly growing number of new and existing customers who have been calling, scheduling, and purchasing new and used motorcycles, and lots of other stuff from Bob’s these past few weeks. Thank you for your big smiles, commitment, and dedication. You give all of us great hope, strength, and confidence that we all will really RIDE IT OUT together.

Thank you for your continued support,

Bob@Bob’s

Owner, Rider, Enthusiast, Husband, Father, Community Member, and Collector 

Providing Essential Service

DEALERSHIP SPOTLIGHT, BY MOTORCYCLE INDUSTRY COUNCIL (MIC)

The service center and police bikes inside Bob’s BMW in Jessup, Maryland.

Bob’s BMW in Jessup, Maryland, provides an essential service to law enforcement as well as to local farmers. RideReport recently spoke with owner Bob Henig over the phone.

Q: Bob, do you work with many law enforcement vehicles? 

A: We have 30 to 35 police bikes that we are responsible for servicing. Currently, the Maryland State Police and about seven Maryland counties, plus the Maryland-National Capital Park Police, rely on Bob’s BMW for all their needs. Last week, we were notified that we were awarded a statewide, three- to five-year bid to provide police motorcycles to any department or jurisdiction in Maryland that wants to purchase these motorcycles, thus shortening these departments’ time frames measurably.

Q: That’s quite a fleet. But how often do they really need service? 

A: Just this past Thursday, we had three police officers in here getting their motorcycles worked on. These police officers are out there using their motorcycles and, on an ongoing basis, there hasn’t been a week where one, if not more, police motorcycles have come in here because of scheduled service. Or they might get a nail in a tire and need a replacement immediately. These past three weeks, there has hardly been a day when there hasn’t been an officer at our shop needing our assistance. 

Q: We’ve heard from some powersports retailers who only sell parts and accessories that they have been asked to remain open by law enforcement, too. Why is that?

A: All powersports dealers – new and used bikes or just the parts, accessory and riding gear operations – typically sell heated gear, gloves, technical underlayers, and a variety of things law enforcement use daily. Having multiple retailers open can be necessary because officers need to be able to go and get replacement riding gear or parts when and where it’s convenient to them. They may get a flat tire, or they need a new face shield when they are out working and not near their usual shop. 

Q: Has social distancing made any difference?

A: Instead of having officers work side by side in a car, with motorcycles, they can have their social distancing. Perhaps it’s possible that during this health crisis, motorcycle use in the U.S. might start expanding. When there’s an incident, arrival times can be quicker for police officers or EMS on motorcycles, especially when traffic is an issue.

Also, one of our customers – he’s not a motor officer, he’s a helicopter pilot for a regional police department – he was in here the other day picking up a battery for his personal bike, and he was in full uniform. It’s because he often rides his motorcycle to and from work. He uses it for commuting, as do thousands of our customers, because motorcycles are efficient and can save on fuel. The average BMW gets over 40 mpg. 

Q: How else have you seen motorcycles used for work? 

A: We have about a dozen customers who are in farming, or who keep livestock, or who have to tend to orchards, and they use motorcycles and ATVs to do their jobs. I’ve had several customers use a modified GS (model motorcycle) to inspect their fields, or miles of fences, or to go check on their animals. And they need service and parts for their vehicles. 

Q: Anything else you’d like to add? 

A: There’s a whole social world on a motorcycle that doesn’t exist in a car. When motor officers patrol hiking and bike paths or neighborhoods, or manage large events, they can be more easily seen as a friendly and supportive part of their community. 

The team here at Bob’s is proud to be able to serve our law enforcement officers and the greater community. We’re not only a community connected through motorcycling, we’re a community helping one another.

And, if we follow the rules from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), listen to our highly experienced health professionals and to all our hard-working elected officials trying to save as many lives as possible, I believe we can all ride it out together. We must work as one gigantic community.

This Q&A was edited for brevity and clarity.

BMW R 18 Celebrates Its World Premiere

On Friday, April 3 2020, the new BMW R 18 will celebrate its long-awaited world premiere. BMW Motorrad will officially present the announced production bike featuring the Big Boxer for the cruiser segment.

This world premiere will take place LIVE on BMW’s Facebook Page at 8pm Central European Time, 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific. Leading up to the premiere, you can follow along @BMWMotorradUSA on Facebook and Instagram as we count down to the reveal.

Immediately after the unveiling, initial information about the motorcycle including photos, videos and the configurator will be activated on www.bmw-motorrad.com/r18countdown.

BMW is setting aside 180 units of the R 18 Launch Edition. These early production bikes will be available exclusively for pre-orders which will be fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis. You can pre-order the Launch Edition R 18, by visiting https://pre-order.bmwmotorcycles.com/#/pre-order/R18, starting Friday, April 3.

If you are one of our customers hoping to be among the 180 riders in the US to receive this limited edition BMW Motorcycle, you MUST visit the designated URL: https://pre-order.bmwmotorcycles.com/#/pre-order/R18 to reserve your space. While Bob’s BMW is very excited to roll out the red carpet to deliver the bikes upon their arrival, we are unable to reserve or place the pre-orders for you. If you have any questions about the bike or the pre-order the process, contact us immediately so you do not miss this very exciting opportunity!  

About The Concept R18

The BMW Concept R18 is a new prototype flat-twin engine – the highest capacity boxer motorcycle ever produced. Simply named ‘Concept R 18’, this pure, stripped-down, raked-out bike gives more than a hint of what’s coming – in the cruiser segment. Clearly an exciting bridge between the aforementioned ‘hommage’ bike and the forthcoming series production motorcycle, the Concept R 18 has presence, attitude and promise in equal measures. The focus is the huge boxer engine – physically much larger in size than the 500cc version used in the hommage showbike, and designed to make a real statement. The spoked wheels have been chosen (21” front and 19” rear) to match the considerable proportions and the overall stance of this latest showbike which exudes attitude and presence. The modified front end and fishtail exhaust contribute to its custom, hand-made feel.

Low and long, raked out and understated, the Concept R 18 is a thing of beauty, with its polished aluminum cylinder covers, subtle color treatment to the motor, teardrop tank and fork, and areas of pin-striping with golden yellow tint in the deep, layered paint treatment. There are only three metal surface treatments used – either blasted, painted or polished – to give a clean, authentic atmosphere for the bike, while the iconic Metzeler-branded RILLE tires have a custom-made tread pattern and special color treatment on the sidewalls.

Anyone familiar with BMW bikes from the ‘50s will recognize the Pagusa-style seat, with embossed logo and hammered area on the leather. Open shaft-drive, cantilever rear suspension, a twin-Solex carburetor from a BMW 2002 car, a 1950s Bosch-inspired LED headlight mounted between the fork legs, no visible switchgear – the list goes on. And a walk around the Concept R 18 (as the motor’s plaquette proudly states) includes many surprises. For sure, it’s the continuation of a story that started with the R 5 Hommage.

Virtual Garage Happy Hour!

Zoom with Bob’s BMW Sunday, March 29 at 4pm EST
#stayintouchwhilestayingaway

Missing your riding buddies? Need to escape from your significant other but can’t leave the house? Bob’s BMW has you covered!

You and all of your friends (feel free to share meeting ID 625-762-7466) are cordially invited to a Virtual Garage Happy Hour hosted by Bob Henig at his home garage this Sunday at 4pm! Grab a beer, glass of your favorite liquor, cup of coffee, etc. head to your garage or just grab a seat on your couch and meet up online with fellow riders and enthusiasts from all over for a video teleconference tour of Bob’s Home Garage.

Bob will pick one or two bikes from his collection to talk about and then we will open the happy hour up to hear from other riders and to learn how you have been incorporating motorcycling into your daily lives of the new social distancing norm. 

There is no cost to use ZOOM. You don’t even have to create an account to participate in a ZOOM meeting!

There are additional instructions and a summary of how to use ZOOM HERE>>
    1. Just download the ZOOM app to your phone or computer
    2. Click Join Meeting
    3. Enter Meeting ID# 625-762-7466 or copy and paste this link in your browser* >> https://us04web.zoom.us/j/6257627466
    *Google Chrome recommended

If this works out the way we hope it does, we look forward to others sharing their garages with us! 

See you on Sunday! 

Important Note: Being our first ZOOM meeting, we are limiting the number of spaces in an effort to keep the process as seamless as possible. The meeting room will be open starting at 3:45pm EST so arrive early to join the fun!  

A SPECIAL COVID-19 MESSAGE FROM BOB & BOB’S BMW

Latest COVID-19 Updates:

Per the Governor of Maryland we must all agree to follow these guidelines in order to provide a healthy working environment while doing our best to provide our customers with an enjoyable and complete shopping experience.

+ Keep a 6’ social distance and no groups over 4 people
+ Wear a face mask covering your mouth and nose
+ Use elbows or a tissue to open doors, pour coffee, etc.
+ Thoroughly wash hands before/after touching surfaces

Bob’s is open for business by appointment so we can all manage social distancing, protect everyone’s health, and provide the best possible customer service levels.  Saturday while-you-wait services may be limited.

If you do not have an appointment, please come in and check with one of our staff immediately. We will do our best to find a team member that is available to assist you. You must be accompanied by a team member while browsing the showroom. One of our ongoing responsibilities is to keep track of what’s been touched so we can properly sanitize the dealership and contents every day for everyone’s health.

New showroom and service hours:
TUESDAY – SATURDAY 9 AM TO 4 PM

Bob’s BMW E-Commerce is operating as normal; we’re receiving and shipping hundreds of orders daily around the corner, the region and the country.

For New and Used Motorcycle Sales please call 301-497-8949 x 501, for Service x 502, for Parts, Accessories, Riding Gear and Casual Clothing x 506


To Our Customers and Friends:

First, I hope everyone reading this is healthy and that many of you have found time for a motorcycle ride or several over the past few weeks. We’re fortunate as riders to have one of the best tools for managing stress on the planet—plus you get to practice perfect social distancing while doing so, protective gear and all!

These are challenging times for everyone. This virus and its impact on our lives, families, friends, communities, careers, and businesses will test us all in some manner. But together as a community of motorcycle riders and good humans we can ride out this storm.

While we do not get to make all the decisions regarding what we can and cannot do right now since many are handed to us by state and local officials, rest assured that all of us at Bob’s BMW will do everything we can to be here for you and your motorcycle. We are fortunate to be designated an essential business so we can continue to serve your motorcycling needs. 

Please note the following important changes to our operations:

Visiting Bob’s
In order to comply with current guidelines, all visits must be by appointment only. Please call 301-497-8949 to schedule service work on your bike (ext. 502), to select and purchase a new or used motorcycle (ext. 504) or riding gear, parts, and accessories (ext. 506).

All of us at Bob’s will do our best to make you feel as welcome as always.  A hearty thank you and big smile will have to replace the handshakes and hugs for the immediate future as we remain diligent in practicing social distancing and ask that you do the same.

You can feel safe when visiting. We clean and sanitize our facility several times a day and have done so for several weeks. Between customer appointments we sanitize ourselves, the doors, restrooms, common surfaces like the coffee counter, and even motorcycle grips and gas tanks.

Our hours have changed slightly. We still open at 9 am but will close at 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday.

Online Orders
Keep the orders coming (thank you for your patronage)! Our 24/7 e-commerce operation continues to process orders just as quickly as ever. We are still here for you and shipping out packages!

I’d like to share a new slogan I believe all motorcyclists can use thanks to our friends at the Motorcycle Industry Council: We will “RIDE IT OUT” together. Consider including #RIDEITOUT when posting anything motorcycling related. I’m confident that both motorcyclists and our neighbors who may not ride bikes will instantly get the overall intent.

Finally, I personally and publically want to extend a BIG THANK YOU to our dedicated staff who have continued to serve the large and seemingly growing number of new and existing customers who have been calling, scheduling, and purchasing new and used motorcycles, and lots of other stuff from Bob’s these past few weeks. Thank you for your big smiles, commitment, and dedication. You give all of us great hope, strength, and confidence that we all will really RIDE IT OUT together.

Thank you for your continued support,

Bob@Bob’s

Owner, Rider, Enthusiast, Husband, Father, Community Member, and Collector