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Lee’s Arts On Display At Bob’s Open House

Lee’s sculptures.

Lee Hulteng is an artist Bob met earlier this year at a swap meet who designs metal sculptures out of old motorcycle and car parts. The uniqueness of these sculptures immediately caught Bob’s artistic eye. Not only is the overall concept of using recycled motorcycle parts a cool idea in itself, but many of the sculptures are more than just displays, they are functional; some are clocks, some offer storage, etc. To get an idea of Lee’s art you can visit his website, www.leesarts.com, but to see his work in person, join us April 27 at our Open House. Lee will be here with a full display of his work!

Not only is Lee’s art interesting, so is he! Lee got his “figure it out, make it work” approach from his father who was an engineer and got his artistic side from his mother, a talented artist and musician. In high school, after getting a reputation for having a steady hand, many of friends began turning to him to do custom brush work on their cars and motorcycles. He graduated junior college with an Associate of Arts degree in commercial art and went on to work as a freelancer, for ad agencies, at design studios, and for a local television station in his town. Later he became the staff artist of the Grand Forks Herald newspaper in North Dakota. Years later he landed in Maryland after being offered and accepting a job in Washington D.C. as senior illustrator for Knight Rider/Tribune News Service (now McClatchy Tribune).

If you visit his website, you will see his talent goes far beyond metal sculptures. In fact, his sculptures are more of a hobby. That is not to say the sculptures are armature by any means; just that the story telling and attention to detail in his illustrations is even more impressive!

Bob’s Newest Toy

Bob’s new toy!

Although still very much enjoying and getting many miles out of his 2007 R1200GS, after experiencing the all new 2013 water cooled R1200GS at the dealer launch in Morocco, Bob decided the time had come to upgrade his 2007 GS and pass along the keys to a very lucky customer looking to purchase a well taken care of, “Bob’s BMW Advantage Certified,” pre-owned motorcycle.

Having just ridden the 2013 R1200GSW, one might assume he emailed his Sales Manager from Morocco to request a 2013 GSW be put aside, but he didn’t. After 30 plus years in the business and after seeing the newest GS live up to everything the reviews have said; Bob knew customer demand was going to easily surpass BMW supply. And the last thing he would ever want to do is take the keys out of the hands of one of his customers…he would never live that down!

So long story short (too late!) upon his return, what was sitting on the showroom floor? A brand new 2012 R1200GS left from last year’s inventory in his favorite color scheme, Alpine White. Hence, the back story of how Bob chose to upgrade to a 2012 GS as opposed to the all new 2013 R1200GSW model.

The service department just finished customizing paint and adding on accessories, fully loading Bob’s newest toy making it ready for his next adventure and long route to work he frequently takes advantage of. In the coming images, you will see the installation of PIAA LED driving and fog light sets, front and rear Weiser LED turn signals, BMW Nav IV GPS, Hammerhead shift lever, Adventure foot pegs, Interphone iphone holder, Bob’s BMW engineered wrist wrest, GrabOn grip covers, and BMW Vario hard luggage, fitted with red Kathy’s bag liners to compliment the red in the alpine white color scheme and custom painted red Hepco & Becker engine guards.

This motorcycle is an all around great example of the fun you can have working with our parts, accessory, and service departments to customize your dream machine to make it an even bigger dream come true! If you’re looking to stand out from the crowd, stop by and speak with any of our parts and accessory specialists or technicians in service.

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Shop All Weekend Tax FREE!

Tax free at Bob's BMW

NO TAX on purchases in-store or shipped within Maryland April 12th thru April 15th.*

Tax deadline day is just around the corner, reminding many of us how nice it would be to STICK IT TO THE MAN! Bob’s wants to help…Friday, Saturday, Sunday, AND Monday any parts, accessories, or apparel purchased will be TAX FREE! If there is something you want and it isn’t in stock, simply place your order, pre-pay in full and still get it tax free!

Prior years our customers have saved over $10,000 during Bob’s tax-free days…surely you want a piece of that?! Stop by, call, email, fax, shop ONLINE, send us a message in a bottle, whatever! Just get it done and paid in full by Monday, April 15 and get it tax free!

*This offer applies to parts, accessories, and apparel paid in full in-store and/or being shipped within Maryland– with the exception of items that have been previously ordered or on an existing repair order. Sorry our no-tax offer does NOT apply to new motorcycles, used motorcycles, scooters, or sidecar rigs. Tax will appear on all invoices (required by law) but the equivalent amount will be deducted from the total.

Ride in Security like never before…with B.O.S.S.

Bob’s BMW proudly announces…
Bob’s Overhead Security System —or B.O.S.S.

Bob's BMW April Fool's DayIt’s a new high-tech safety solution that offers a multitude of enhanced safe-riding benefits exclusively for Bob’s customers who enroll in our great program!

It turns out that being the most prominent BMW dealership in the Washington DC area’s has its advantages!

In partnership with the U.S. Military at nearby Fort Meade, and the National Security Agency (NSA), whose top secret facility is only three miles from our dealership, Bob’s BMW has developed an amazingly effective peace time use for unmanned reconnaissance aircraft – or “drones.” These small, remote controlled aircraft are bristling with the latest high-resolution cameras, surveillance sensors, and listening devices. (We’re told to rest assured that they’re unarmed!) And now, Bob’s has a dedicated fleet of them whose sole purpose will be to circulate nationwide as our friendly, though unseen, “Eyes in the Sky!”

Imagine the peace of mind you’ll have knowing that our friendly drones are in the air at all times acting on your behalf. Yes, every time you ride, you’ll know that we’ve got your back!

By constantly monitoring travel conditions on the ground – to a degree of precision never before thought possible – the B.O.S.S. drone fleet will take the “guesswork” out of motorcycle riding by keeping track of constantly changing traffic and road conditions, as well as alerting you to the exact location of such dangers as severe storms, roads under construction, accidents, official checkpoints, and other police activity. You’ll even know where the potholes are – BEFORE you see them!

How does B.O.S.S. work? EASY! If you have had a BMW Nav IV or Garmin GPS unit installed on your bike at Bob’s in the last two years, or even if you bought it from Bob’s and installed it yourself, you are ALREADY “PLUGGED IN” to our surveillance system! That’s right, our Eyes in the Sky already know where you are – and WHO you are! But whether you have a GPS now or are planning on buying one soon, you’ll need to enroll in our program in order to actually utilize the benefits of this technology. Because when you’re a member of our Early Warning Safety Program, all the specific information you need to ride safely in today’s increasingly hostile traffic environment is delivered right to your on-board GPS unit – in real time as you ride!

How much, you ask? You’ll be AMAZED to learn that membership in Bob’s Overhead Security System is completely affordable.

Sign up for our Standard Early Warning Security Package, which includes all the incredible features described above, and you pay an unbelievably low…
$89.99 per month!

But that’s not all. Sign up for the Deluxe Early Warning Security Package and you’ll have the added peace of mind of being able to track the exact location of your family and friends at all times — PLUS you’ll be warned IN ADVANCE of potential “threats” such as mass political protests, undisclosed armaments in the hands of unfriendly militant groups, the presence of unauthorized chemical or biological weapons, and even clandestine meetings of known or extremist political organizations and anti-American subversives such as the A.C.L.U., all for only…
$119.99 per month!

Now you, as a Bob’s BMW Rider, can travel anywhere in these United States knowing that B.O.S.S. technology is at work to guarantee your Riding Pleasure!

Click HERE to sign up NOW!

New Water-Cooled BMW R1200RT Spied Testing

Appeared in Motorcycle News
March 22, 2013
By Andy Downes

New water-cooled BMW R1200RT

New water-cooled BMW R1200RT

A fleet of all-new water-cooled BMW R1200RTs have been spied carrying out road testing in the South of France ahead of the launch of the completely new bike in 2014.

The R1200RT is the current best-selling tourer in the UK but will be replaced next year and use the same all-new water-cooled 125bhp motor from the recently launched BMW R1200GS adventure bike.

The GS was completely re-engineered with not just a new boxer engine but also a new chassis and a single-sided swingarm, shaft drive and exhaust system.

Four new bikes have been spotted testing in France – handily the BMW test team opted to cover the bikes in garish black and white swirly decals which meant they were easily seen. If they had just been painted black it’s highly doubtful anyone would have noticed!

2014 BMW R1200RT

2014 BMW R1200RT

Spy shot of the BMW R1200RT[/caption]We can see from the images they bike has the new engine from the GS along with the swingarm and shaft drive unchanged. The exhaust has a different silencer to the GS but this may not be the fully-finished production version.

The front shots show the bikes have fitted, at least as an option, the adaptive headlights from the BMW K1600GT model which adjust the level and actually tilt with the bike as it corners to give a longer view up the road while the bike is leant over.

The front fairing is modified too with new plastics around the new lights. The side panels have new air-ducts which are sited next to the new twin radiators which are now an integral part of the cooling of the new engine.

Timonium Show Winners Announced

Timonium Motorcycle Show Winners Claim Their Prizes At Bob’s BMW

3 of five winners claim their prizes!

1. Jim Dunkerson of Pasadena, MD is the Grand Prize winner of a $400 shopping spree!
2. Tony Jordan of Baltimore, MD wins a $200 shopping spree!
3. Tony Bennett of Springfield, VA wins a $100 shopping spree!

Other winners not pictured: John Stumpf from Selinsgrove, PA won a $100 shopping spree and Lisa Gunnet of York, PA won a $200 shopping spree!

Jim Dunkerson

Tony Jordan

Tony Bennett

What’s Happening at Bob’s?

It’s that time of year again! Time to mark your calendars, put the rubber to the road and ride to Bob’s for some fun and exciting events starting with our Spring Open House and Season Kick Off on April 27th…

Jeremy CookLOOK at all our features! We will have a DYNO onsite so you can see how powerful your bike REALLY is; enter our CONCOURS with blue ribbons and trophies to hand out in 4 separate modern and vintage categories; a TECH SESSION on High Performance begins at 11 in the service department; Guest Speaker Dave Cwi talks about his HIGH MILEAGE adventures, then his venerable, odometer-abused bike will be inducted into the Bob’s Vintage Museum; Take a MUSEUM TOUR with Bob spotlighting some never before seen machines from his collection; Vendors including ÖHLINS will eager to show you their latest; You won’t go hungry because the Blue Knights will be serving PIT BEEF and beverages; Our sponsored S1000RR Racer Jeremy Cook will be here with his bike to meet and greet; Last but not least, In-Store, One-Day-Only SPECIALS on select apparel and accessories will be tempting you at every turn! And there’s more! Details on Open House and other 2013 events are available on our website, regularly updated as more is revealed.

Speaking of events, last year after seeing the growing popularity of our tech seminars, we have committed to hosting at least one seminar a month this year. We are always interested in ideas and topics. If you have a suggestion, please send to hanna.creekmore@bobsbmw.com

On another note, 2013 marks the year of the three year cycle when motorcycle apparel manufacturers update their product lines, so we have some very new and exciting riding gear in-stock for those of you always looking for the latest and greatest; which on the other hand also means that with all of the new coming in, we need to get the old out…so our PAA department has some great closeout specials!

Finally, anyone interested in a once in a lifetime adventure can contact bob@bobsbmw.com directly for details on a 14-day motorcycle tour of South Africa he and Suzanne have planned for November of this year with Ayres Adventure (whom will be here April 27 for Open House!).

Needless to say, as always…lots going on at Bob’s BMW, your #1 destination dealer!

A Superior Helmet Choice

Schuberth C3 Pro in pinkBased on the reviews online, it looks like Schuberth paid attention to customer feedback when designing the upgraded version of the C3 flip-up helmet, the C3 Pro—now available at Bob’s. The C3 Pro features a new spoiler helping to improve its aerodynamics, a new inner liner offering a better fit, and thanks to Schuberth’s wind tunnel tested design the C3 Pro is quieter than ever!

Sarah Schilke from Schuberth North America visited Bob’s in February to personally introduce and explain the upgrades to the helmet. The changes are subtle but once you test both helmets, no one can argue the newer version is superior. It is lighter, quieter, its visor and flip front is easier to use, and it is an overall better fit. Bob’s offers test rides with the C3 helmet and now with the C3 Pro in stock, we encourage you to come in and see the differences for yourself.

The better fitting inner liner is completely removable and washable. The new spoiler was designed and tested to prevent lift at speeds over 100 mph. At 60mph, the helmet is only at 82 decibels making it the world’s quietest helmet. It comes with a built in FM radio with better reception and range than its predecessor, allowing the SRC system to communicate with other systems up to half-a-mile away. And unlike other helmets that advertise anti-fog, the anti-fog feature in the C3 Pro really works offering better visibility for riders on colder days. Finally, as the inventor of the flip-up helmet, the new sun swivel visor feature offers great sun protection plus makes it convenient for riders wearing glasses.

The C3 Pro is available for men and women in gloss and matte black, white, silver, and Hi-Vis. As with the C3, Schuberth offers a women’s version of the C3 Pro, designed specifically with a woman’s facial structure in mind, plus the C3 Pro Women helmet will be available in pearl pink!

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Where in the World is Bob?

Where in the world is Bob? Attending the dealer launch of the 2013 water-cooled R 1200 GS in Marrakesh, Morocco that’s where!! Jealous?! We are too but be patient it won’t be too much longer until BMW’s latest innovative machine is here and available for test rides. According to BMW Motorrad these bikes should be arriving by the first of April (no joke!).

The introduction of the water-cooled R 1200 GS is taking BMW motorcycles in a new and exciting direction. With this new design, we can only assume it is just a matter of time before the R1200R and RT follow suit and become liquid cooled, closing one chapter in BMW history and beginning a new one!

Since 1994 this is the first complete redesign of BMW’s flat iconic twin engine and the design is nothing short of perfection:

  • Combined air/liquid cooling improves cooling efficiency and keeps engine temperature in check
  • Precision cooling (a technology used in Formula 1 racing) is directed primarily to the cylinder head where cooling is most critical allowing for a compact, light-weight radiator
  • Light weight radiators = better dynamics and more appealing design with less exposed, plus higher placement (great feature for an off-road bike!)
  • More horsepower (125hp) and torque and less fuel consumption (6% less!)
  • Airbox and intakes have higher placement which improves water crossing ability
  • Vertical flow from the airbox and cylinder intakes moving from the back to the top of the engine, improves engine response
  • Same length intake ports and injectors are now closer to the valves for optimal throttle response
  • For the first time a flat twin’s gearbox is integrated into the crankcase for enhanced torsional rigidity, a more compact power-train, and improved gear shifting
  • New 8-disc multi-plate wet clutch improves resistance to overheating
  • 3 ramps in the supporting plate and clutch drive for anti-hopping (slipper clutch) properties and to self energize clutch engagement, offering reduced clutch pull effort plus the clutch is more easily accessible simplifying and reducing maintenance costs
  • Improved gear shifting
  • Combined engine and gearbox chambers eliminate the need for a separate gearbox oil change, reducing costs of maintenance
  • Other Exciting Features

  • For the first time in GS history…cruise control!
  • New continuous tubular steel bridge type frame including a bolt on rear frame that can be easily replaced if damaged, as well as bolt on rear foot pegs that can be removed saving weight and preventing potential rear frame damage, plus reduced width in leg area improving handling and resulting in a better riding experience.
  • 5 ride modes: rain, road, dynamic, endure, and endure pro allowing for more fun and more safety with the push of a button
  • Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) adjusts to road condition in less than 10 milliseconds smoothing out the worst road or trail
    GPS preparation option that includes the mounting cradle, bracket, and BMW Multi-Controller. The cradle comes with a single key lock cylinder so no need for an additional key
  • Optional LED highlight for better visibility and more distinctive look
  • For a technical view of the engine’s build, watch this video.

    Feed Your Restless

    Feed Your RestlessIt’s not going to be hard to “Feed your Restless” in 2013 thanks to all of the new and exciting products 2013 has to offer! The new scooters are here, the special edition HP4 is available, the 90th anniversary R1200GSA, R1200RT, and R1200R have been unveiled, the F800GT model has been updated, the new water cooled R1200 GS is complete and on its way, the 30th anniversary K1300S was introduced, plus according to BMW Motorrad there is a new bike rumored to be introduced in June 2013!

    BMW Motorrad rolled out a national television advertising campaign called “Feed Your Restless” on March 1. The creative concept is intended to appeal to the heart and soul of motorcyclists and fuel their restlessness to ride.

    Each of the 3 commercials feature a specific BMW model segment. The first ad titled “Boots” spotlights the S 1000 RR, K 1300 S, and R 1200 R sportbikes. A group of friends go out for an overnight ride, land at a roadside motel which is the point the commercial begins: the riders are awakened by an alarm clock and all rush to get ready and back on the road.

    The second ad, “Cowboy Coffee” highlights the BMW R 1200 GS, F 600 GS, and R 1200 GSA enduro bikes on a dual sport ride. There is a mix of on and off-road riding and the commercial ends sitting around a campfire, planning the next day’s adventure.

    The final ad “Lunch” features the K 1600 GT and GTL touring bikes sitting outside a diner, while inside two couples impatiently wait to get their check so they can get back on the road.

    All of these ads are available on Bob’s Youtube channel or you can tune into ESPN, ESPN news, Discovery, Velocity, History, or H2 channels to see them.