Arrive Cape Town, South Africa on November 6 and depart Johannesburg, South Africa – November 19.
Experience an ADVENTURE of a lifetime! Ride South Africa’s Cape Peninsula with Bob and Suzanne this November.
The itinerary includes:
• Stay overnight in Cape Agulhas – where the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet
• Spend a night at a wine and ostrich farm in a 4 star Cape Dutch Country House
• Stay 2 nights “on the waterfront” in Knysna – South Africa’s most popular vacation resort
• Enjoy an authentic Zulu cultural experience in Kwa-Zulu Natal Province
• Ride the beautiful Swazi mountains and stay at a mountaintop resort in Piggs Peak
• Spend 2 nights “on safari” in a 5-star game lodge inside Kruger National Park
For more information and to book your trip go to www.ayresadventures.com.
Authentic GS Adventure Experience in a Mid-Size Motorcycle
Woodcliff Lake, NJ – May 2, 2013… Building upon a track record of success in the large-capacity and mid-size enduro segments, BMW Motorrad proudly offers the new F 800 GS Adventure. Based on the dynamic, off-road-oriented F 800 GS, the Adventure model offers an optimal combination of agility, touring practicality and off-road capability. Following the tradition of the popular boxer-engined GS Adventure models, it provides off-road-oriented touring aficionados, world travellers and endure fans with an authentic GS Adventure experience in the mid-size segment.
The F 800 GS Adventure is powered by the liquid-cooled 798 cc four-valve twin-cylinder engine featured on the F 800 GS, with electronic fuel injection, closed-loop catalytic converter and six-speed transmission. Delivering maximum power of 63 kW (85 hp) at 7,500 rpm, and with maximum torque of 83 Nm (61 lb/ft) at 5,750 rpm, this engine impresses with quick and lively response, powerful torque and low fuel consumption.
Engineered and equipped for world travel.
Like the F 800 GS, the Adventure model features a robust, torsionally resistant tubular steel frame, while the rear subframe is reinforced to accommodate the larger, 24-liter tank (6.3 gallons) (8 liters (2.1 gallons) more than the F 800 GS model), which increases the bike’s range. Like the F 800 GS, the Adventure model is equipped with ABS as standard, while further safety and performance-enhancing systems – Automatic Stability Control (ASC) and Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) – are available as factory equipped options, and in the case of ASC, also as a dealer installed special accessory. These features position the BMW F 800 GS Adventure, along with the F 800 GS, as the safest mid-size touring enduro on the market.
The new F 800 GS Adventure is also available with Enduro mode as part of a package featuring ASC as a factory option.. At the push of a button, the rider can increase the slip threshold of the ABS and ASC systems when heading off-road, for an even more dynamic riding experience with improved acceleration and braking on loose terrain.
The F 800 GS Adventure boasts new, masculine bodywork that underscores its globetrotting abilities, while a new, very comfortable bench seat, a larger windscreen for improved protection against the elements and hand protectors also support this image. Other new standard features on the F 800 GS Adventure include wide enduro footrests, an adjustable, reinforced foot brake lever, an engine protection bar and a pannier rack which also functions as a tank protection bar.
Highlights of the new BMW F 800 GS Adventure compared to the F 800 GS:
• Based on the same versatile overall concept as the F 800 GS, with powerful twin-cylinder engine and agile suspension, but with enhanced off-road and globetrotting abilities.
• Robust and masculine GS Adventure bodywork styling.
• Balanced proportions, despite large rear tank.
• Larger, 24-liter (6.3 gallons) fuel tank (+ 8 liters/ + 21. gallons).
• Extended range (by approx.100 miles).
• ABS as standard, ASC as a factory-fitted optional extra or as a special accessory.
• Enduro mode as a new optional extra, in combination with ASC.
• Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) as a factory-fitted optional extra.
• Reinforced rear subframe.
• More comfortable bench seat.
• Large windscreen.
• Wide enduro footrests.
• Adjustable, reinforced foot brake lever.
• Engine protection bar.
• Pannier rack also serves as a tank protection bar.
• Wide range of dealer installed special accessories and factory options.
Key technical differences at a glance:
BMW F 800 GS Adventure BMW F 800 GS
Tank volume: 6.3 gallons 4.2 gallons
Standard seat height: 35.0 in 34.6 in
Low seat height: 33.9 in 33.5 in
Low Suspension option: no yes, 32.3 in
DIN unladen weight: 505 lbs 472 lbs
Max load: 496 lbs 507 lbs
L / W / H: 90.7/36.4/57.1 in 90.6/36.2/53.0 in
55 mph 55mpg 62 mpg
Model Characteristics and Design
BMW GS Adventure is a byword for the finest in two-wheeled exploration.
For many years, the Adventure versions of the large BMW GS boxer bikes have been discovering far corners of our planet and pressing on where others have turned back. With the arrival of the F 800 GS Adventure, BMW Motorrad offers this same concept for the mid-size enduro segment for the first time – and just like the boxer-engined GS Adventure models, the newcomer is also built for increased off-road riding and operation under the harshest conditions.
High-torque, smooth running parallel-twin engine.
Just like the F 800 GS, the new F 800 GS Adventure uses the extremely compact two-cylinder engine inclined forward at an angle of 8.3 degrees with a displacement of 798 cc and four valves per combustion chamber. Equipped with electronic fuel injection, closed-loop catalytic converter and a six-speed gearbox, the engine excels with its quick throttle response, acceleration and low fuel consumption. Its system of balancing masses using a swivelling connecting rod that compensates for first and second-order inertia forces is the only one of its kind to be installed on a standard production bike. Valve actuation is by means of double overhead camshafts and speed-resistant rocker arms. Output of the liquid-cooled engine is unchanged at 63 kW (85 hp) at 7,500 rpm, with a peak torque of 83 Nm (61 lb-ft) at 5,750 rpm.
Robust chassis with reinforced rear frame and ABS as standard.
The chassis of the new F 800 GS Adventure is based on the proven concept used on the F 800 GS, featuring a robust, torsionally stiff steel frame in tubular construction with the engine integrated as a load-bearing element. The steering head connection via gusset plates and the one-piece double-strut swing arm made of diecast aluminum is unchanged. The only difference is that the rear frame in square steel tubing has been strengthened to allow for both the 8-liter/2.1 gallon increase in fuel tank capacity and the more rigorous demands on the bike’s off-road abilities. ABS already comes equipped as standard on the new F 800 GS Adventure, as it does on all BMW production motorcycles.
The new, extra-light and compact two-channel Bosch 9M BMW system featured on the F 800 GS is also included. It comes equipped with inlet valves that can be infinitely adjusted for even better response as well as wheel sensors that automatically monitor the distance between sensor and sensor wheel. ABS can be deactivated at the press of a button if the rider so wishes – ideal for riding in off-road terrain.
Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) as a factory equipped option.
The list of factory equipped options includes a unique feature for the mid-size enduro segment in the form of Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA). This allows the rider to conveniently adjust the rebound damping of the rear spring strut in the same way as on the F 800 GS with a simple push of a button on the left handlebar panel, even while on the move. Depending on the damping mode selected – “Comfort”, “Normal” or “Sport” – the electronic control unit determines and sets the appropriate damping rate. This is done by means of a small, light stepper motor on the shock
absorber, while a corresponding symbol appears in the instrument cluster display. The spring
preload, on the other hand, is adjusted manually using an easily accessible hand wheel.
Automatic Stability Control (ASC) with new Enduro mode available as a factory equipped option.
A unique feature of BMW’s mid-size enduro segment is the Automatic Stability Control (ASC) system on the F 800 GS. This anti-slip control function regulates the amount of engine drive torque transmitted as a function of the friction coefficient between the road surface and the rear tire. This has the effect of preventing the rear wheel from spinning, thereby enhancing traction and handling safety. Riders can disengage the system by pressing a button, even on the move.
The new F 800 GS Adventure is the world’s-first mid-size bike to offer an Enduro riding mode as an option with ASC. When changing from roads to rougher terrain, a handlebar control enables the rider to simply switch to Enduro mode and thereby activate an ASC and ABS setting that has been specially tuned for off-road riding. In this mode, the ASC and ABS control logic is modified to delay intervention. The slip threshold is increased, resulting in improved acceleration and stopping power on loose surfaces at the same time as making the riding experience even more dynamic and active. The Enduro mode can only be ordered in conjunction with the optional ASC in the Enduro package, although ASC is available also on its own.
New styling and extended equipment features.
The new F 800 GS Adventure underscores its credentials as an enduro bike eminently suited to world travel as well as a safe and dependable means of exploring even the remotest regions of the planet with a host of specialized equipment features.
The introduction of the new F 800 GS Adventure clearly signals what its name promises. It takes its cue from the large boxer GS Adventure models by adopting the same authentic, and robust look. The characteristic GS styling continues to stand out clearly from all angles.
When it comes to ergonomics and comfort, the new F 800 GS Adventure further demonstrates its globetrotting capabilities with a seat that is more comfortable and slightly higher than the F 800 GS, making longer day rides even easier to cover. A lower seat can be selected as an accessory. Meanwhile, an enlarged windscreen provides even better protection from the elements, while sturdy hand protectors and adjustable brake and clutch levers are also standard..
Suitability for off-road use is further enhanced by widened enduro footrests with vibration-damping rubber tops that can be removed for riding off-road. The adjustable rest for the foot brake lever allows for optimum operation of the rear-wheel brake when the rider is in a standing position off road.
The severe operating conditions often encountered in rough terrain prompted the reinforcement of the foot brake lever and the inclusion of an engine protection bar plus the pannier racks that double as protection bars for the enlarged fuel tank. Its capacity of 24 liters/6.3 gallons means that it holds 8 liters/2.1 gallons more than the F 800 GS, increasing the bike’s range by around 100 miles.
Optional equipment and accessories for a wide range of personalization.
BMW Motorrad offers its customary extensive range of optional equipment and accessories for further personalization of the new F 800 GS Adventure.
Options are factory equipped while accessories are retrofit items that can be added by BMW Motorrad dealers or customers themselves.
• Automatic Stability Control (ASC).
• Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA).
• Low seat.
• Center stand.
• Comfort package: onboard computer, heated grips, center stand.
• new: Enduro package: ASC, Enduro mode.
• new: Off-road tires.
• new: LED Fog Lights. .
• Anti-theft alarm system.
• Active Package: LED Fog Lights, ESA
• Automatic Stability Control (ASC).
• new: LED Fog Lights.
• Anti-theft alarm system.
• Add-on spoiler (small and large) for hand protectors.
• Add-on windscreen spoiler, large.
• new: Tinted windscreen.
• Case Holder, large, for aluminum topcase.
• Aluminum case.
• Inner bags for aluminum case.
• Aluminum topcase.
• Waterproof tank bag.
• Softbag Sport, small.
• Softbag Sport, large.
• Enduro rear bag.
• Akrapovic sports silencer.
Ergonomics and comfort.
• Wind deflector set.
• Heated handlebar grips.
• Low seat.
• Splash guard extension, rear.
Navigation and communication.
• new: BMW Motorrad Navigator Adventure.
• Holder for navigation system, cable and accessory set.
• Function pouch for Navigator.
Maintenance and technology.
• Service tool kit.
• Center stand.
The new F 800 GS Adventure also signals its adventurous nature through two new colors.
In Sandrover matt, the F 800 GS Adventure stakes its claim to adventure riding. Racing red, on the other hand, lends the F 800 GS Adventure a particularly light and sporty look while accentuating its dynamic qualities.
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International Female Ride Day© is a global campaign for women motorcyclists who own, ride or have access to a motorcycle or scooter. The day invites women to “JUST RIDE”.
By participating and riding on this globally synchronized united day, women underline and demonstrate their passion, ability and enthusiasm for motorcycling. Women participants are role models contribute to the activity by building awareness of female motorcyclists. This worldwide, synchronized unified presence further demonstrates through every cultures and in one language the fun and enjoyment females of all diversities share in this wonderful activity, in all its forms/variations – of motorcycling!
The event occurs on the first Friday of May each year. Women participate by simply being on their motorcycle to “JUST RIDE” …
- to work
- to meet a friend(s)
- to a fitness class
- to their local motorcycle retailer
- to a country road
- to take an off road or track day course
- to a shopping mall
- to your friends charity event and so on.
The day invites women to be on a motorcycle. It is not an organised ride nor is it a ride for charity. There has no directive so to speak, other then simply getting on your motorcycle, scooter or trike. It’s a simple action designed not to dilute the events core message- of highlighting women motorcyclists!
It isn’t surprising however, that numerous women’s groups are organized to JUST RIDE on the first Friday in May. Clubs, groups, organisations or solo- women incorporate their own purpose or theme. Often these events include a fund raiser of their local preferred charity or simply solidify camaraderie!
This campaign was introduced by Vicki Gray director of MOTORESS to ensure the growth of women in motorcycling. The only request is that women get out on their motorcycle, scooter or trike and “JUST RIDE”!
Motorcycles of all brands, types, styles, capacities and forms. Motorcycles for street, off road/dirt or scooter, sport, duo-purpose, cruiser, touring, trike or ATV.
This is one day devoted to women riders! Women of all ages and all experience levels demonstrating their personal passion, pleasure and camaraderie, unified in a globally synchronized action – together in the activity of motorcycling- around the world!
For more information, click HERE.
If Bob could have three wishes for the shop, one would be a larger facility for many reasons but one reason in particular being additional space to expand the Vintage BMW Museum. Until that wish is granted, Bob will work with the space he has and keep the displays updated as often as he can with new and exciting machines for visitors to enjoy. An change to the museum is currently in the works and expected to be unveiled the day of Open House, April 27th. He and museum curator, Paul Rubenson will be available the day of Open House to walk visitors through the museum and share the history of the BMW motorcycles on display.
Bob’s Vintage Museum.
Currently the museum has 3 sections: the first includes a variety of motorcycles up to 1969; the second section is the psychedelic and colorful 70’s; and the final section includes “conversational” motorcycles that have unique and fun back stories.
Bob ‘s passion is for the black and aluminum era, so one might argue the museum currently weighs a bit heavy on that period of motorcycles. As museum curator, Mr. Rubenson reminded Bob that in order to include models manufactured in the 80’s and 90s, two decades currently not represented, some of those beautiful black and aluminum machines must be rotated out.
And so the museum update begins! On Open House, April 27th, Bob and Paul will unveil the newest bikes and take visitors on a journey from 1923 all the way into the 90’s! For those who are not familiar with Bob’s personal collection, it is quite extensive so the question still becomes which models from the 80’s and 90’s to publically display?
Mr. Rubenson explains, “many of the bikes in Bob’s collection have amazing stories behind them, but to be museum worthy, bikes must fit three criteria. First, the bike must be attractive. Next it needs to be original; no customizations or modifications. Third, if it is not original it should be 100%, perfectly, and authentically restored. There are many bikes in Bob’s collection that are a hoot to look at and have interesting back stories to read about but unfortunately due to lack of space they cannot have a permanent place in the museum. Instead those bikes are saved for event days and are brought to the museum just for the day to spotlight.”
A prime example of this is the K1100LT we are “inducting” into Bob’s collection at this year’s Open House. Iron butter, Dave Cwi will be joining us at Open House to turn his bike over to Bob’s collection and share exciting stories of his many encounters riding hundreds of thousands of miles on this reliable machine.
So in summary, Bob’s is updating the Vintage Museum with newer and very cool motorcycles and wants you to be the first in line to see them on April 27! Not to mention all of the other fun and exciting things going on that day including an onsite DYNO machine to test your bike’s power and performance, a bike show with an award presentation including ribbons and trophies, tech session, guest speaker, food, prizes, one day specials, and lots of on-site vendors!
As business grows, so does our team of fun and friendly motorcycle enthusiasts! Bob’s is happy to welcome our new Service Assistant, Chris Coogen, and Jim Leitholf, our new Parts/Apparel/Accessory Specialist. With that said, Bob’s is also pleased to announce we are looking to fill two more positions: Apparel Sales Specialist and E-Sales Assistant.
If you like shopping here you will love working here even more, just ask our newest employees who have both been loyal Bob’s BMW customers for years. Jim used to visit the shop across the street and every time would say to his self, “what a cool place this would be to work.” I suppose that is how he came up with, “Living the dream” as his one-liner on his name tag. (Bob lets all of his employees have a little fun with their name tags). So now, after years of serving on the Anne Arundel Police Department, Jim suits up in the morning, hops on his 2004 R1150GS and rides to Bob’s to provide the same exceptional customer service he received as a customer on the other side of the counter!
Our new Service Assistant, Chris is another long-time customer. After years of teaching math, science, and computers to middle school children, he decided it was time for a career change and shifted gears towards another passion of his…BMW motorcycles, specifically /5’s! Chris will be assisting technicians in the service department to help them to provide your bikes the best service possible.
As for the newest positions available, below is a description of each.
- 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. Applicant must be self motivated but also able to take direction. Must have exceptional attention to detail (proof reading/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 at hourly wage. Perfect for web design or ecomm major.
Help us spread the word so we can fill these positions as soon as possible. Perhaps you are the perfect person for the job or maybe you know who the right person is…we pay for referrals! Anyone interested can complete a Bob’s Application and send it directly to Suzanne.email@example.com or call her at 301-497-8949 ext. 211.
For the second year in a row Altrider is hosting a dual sport ride that is within riding distance from Bob’s BMW! And what is even cooler is the proceeds help to preserve land for off-road riding which as you all know, we don’t have much of in our region, so it is a great cause to be a part of!
Riding distance from Bob’s BMW.
The cost is $225 per rider and includes nightly entertainment, a keg of beer at the campsite, five meals including a pig roast, slideshow presentations, prizes, and of course off-road seminars and GPS routed rides for all skill levels.
GS Rider of Bob’s BMW, Michael White stated, “I went to the ride last year. It was awesome. Lots of different types of terrain and a nice mix of riders.”
Should you decide to partake in this epic off-road adventure you can pre-register online. Then mark your calendar and get you and your bike ready to head to Woodward Caves Campground on June 7th. Arrive, get settled in, and enjoy your first evening by the campfire eating, drinking, and getting to know your fellow riders! Be sure to pace yourselves Friday evening because Saturday is going to be a fun-filled and very exciting day of riding through “diverse terrain, including stunning forests surrounded by lush foliage, narrow bridges, sand crossings, and never-ending gravel and rock.”
Throughout the day, seminars will be held teaching off-road riding techniques and mid-way through the day, you will stop for a scenic lunch at Hyner Run State Park. The day ends with a pig roast accompanied by ice cold beer awaiting you back at the campground. That evening you will enjoy a prize ceremony along with an exciting presentation from a surprise guest.
When you wake up Sunday, grab some breakfast, tour the largest cave in Pennsylvania, located right at the campground, or get an early start back to your home base, it’s your call.
Off-road riding is so limited in our region which is why Bob’s is always thrilled to share cool events like this one, that provide GS riders opportunities to get their bikes dirty and have some fun.
If you know of an upcoming dual sport adventure, training course, or group ride, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to provide as many resources to our customers as possible. GS Riders of Bob’s BMW Facebook page is a great source for GS enthusiasts to share information with one another and of course you can always check our events calendar for both Bob’s events as well as other events hosted in the region.
Finally, if you decide to register for this or any other adventure throughout the year, email email@example.com so you can represent Bob’s BMW to the fullest!
Register for Conserve the Ride 2013