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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.

    FAST TRACK Licensing

    If you are riding a motorcycle on the street and you do not have a Class M motorcycle license here is your opportunity to get one FAST. Some riders say they are not properly licensed because they perceive the licensing process to be inconvenient and time consuming. With FAST TRACK Licensing we have removed some of the administrative barriers to the licensing process. FAST TRACK Licensing is available for both two and three-wheeled motorcycles.

    FAST TRACK Licensing is conducted from April through September at selected Motor Vehicle Administration branch offices. See the list of locations at the bottom of this page. It is facilitated by certified Motorcycle Safety Program Instructors who are also certified to administer the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) knowledge and rider skill tests.

    A learner’s permit is not required and there is no 14-day waiting period. An applicant is not required to have an accompanying rider but is still expected to transport his or her motorcycle to the MVA branch legally. The MVA is not responsible for any violation obtained by an individual who fails to operate their vehicle in accordance with Maryland law.

    Applicants are expected to have already read and be familiar with the Motor Vehicle Administration Motorcycle Operators Manual, publication DL-001. This manual is also available at any MVA branch office. Applicants will first participate in a Study Hall where we will review the Test Yourself questions located throughout the manual and the sample knowledge test on page 38. Applicants will also be able to ask questions about the information in the manual. After the review the knowledge test will be administered.

    Applicants must answer 21 out of 25 questions correctly, or score 84%, to pass. Another feature of FAST TRACK Licensing is that if a rider fails the knowledge test he or she does not have to return the next day to retake the test. The applicant will be coached as to the correct answers for the questions missed and then a second, but different test, will be administered.

    After passing the knowledge test applicants will then be administered the on-cycle Rider Skill Test. An applicant’s motorcycle must be street legal. That means it is insured, registered and tagged. The applicant must present the vehicles current registration card and if the motorcycle is not registered in the applicant’s name will have to show proof that they have permission from the registered owner to use the motorcycle. The Examiner will inspect an applicant’s motorcycle to be sure that all the lights work and that there are no obvious equipment violations. An applicant is required to use a DOT compliant helmet and approved eye protection. If the applicant fails the riding test they will receive coaching on what they were assessed points for from the Examiner and then will be permitted to take the test again.

    After passing both tests an applicant will be given a FAST TRACK Completion Certificate. This Certificate is valid only at the branch where it is issued and for that day only. The applicant will present this certificate to an MVA licensing agent to get the Class M license added to his or her current license. The applicant will have to pay the appropriate fee. Applicants with a valid learner’s permit do not have to take the knowledge test and will not have to pay a fee to get the Class M license. If an applicant fails the riding test he or she will be issued a Class M learner’s permit.

    Applicants who fail the knowledge or skill test twice will be encouraged to participate in a formal rider training course and will not be allowed to participate in another FAST TRACK event in 2012.

    FAST TRACK Licensing is conducted by appointment only at the following MVA branch offices during regular business hours and is available only to Maryland licensed drivers over the age of 18. For 2012 we will be accepting requests for appointments online only. To view the flyer for the event and to make an appointment online click on the link of the location you want to attend. There is a link on the flyer to make an appointment.

    When you click on the link in the flyer an email will open. Enter the required customer information below and click “Send”. If you completed the process properly you will receive an auto-response from the Program confirming your appointment.

    The schedule will be posted by the beginning of March 2013.

    Walk-ins will be accepted as space permits. However, although every effort will be made to accommodate walk-ins, individuals without an appointment will not be guaranteed participation.

    If you cannot make your scheduled appointment please contact the Program by email at motorcyclesafety@mva.maryland.gov and put FAST TRACK Cancel In the Subject line, or by calling us at 443.572.8236 to cancel. Individuals who do not show up for their scheduled appointment may not be allowed to participate in another FAST TRACK Licensing event this year.

    By requesting an appointment you acknowledge that you have read and understand the information on this page concerning the FAST TRACK Licensing process.

    FAST TRACK Licensing is NOT a substitute for rider training and all participants are encouraged to enroll in a Basic Rider Course 2 after getting their license to update and refresh their riding skills. Applicants who cannot pass either the knowledge or the riding skills tests on the second attempt will be counseled to consider enrolling in a Basic Rider Course or an Alternate Basic Rider Course and will not be permitted to participate in another event during the current calendar year. Both courses will allow a rider to practice street riding skills and if they pass they will be issued a Motorcycle Safety Program Completion Certificate for the Class M license.

    * The riding test is designed to accommodate the traditional two-wheeled motorcycle trike conversion with two wheels in the rear and some of the newer factory trikes with two wheels in the rear, or front. However, it may not accommodate some three-wheeled motorcycles that are considered automotive conversions, or automotive hybrids. If you are not sure whether your 3-wheeler can be used in the riding skill test, please contact the Motorcycle Safety Program office before scheduling an appointment.

    2013 Vintage Motorcycle Festival at America’s Car Museum Selects BMW Motorrad as Featured Marque

    Iconic German motorcycle manufacturer marks 90th anniversary in 2013

    TACOMA, Wash. (March 4, 2013) – The Vintage Motorcycle Festival at LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM) has named BMW Motorrad as featured marque for the August 24-25, 2013 motorcycle event in Tacoma, Wash. The decision to feature the Munich-based motorcycle manufacturer coincides with the 90th anniversary of BMW Motorrad.

    “BMW is a motorcycle company that also builds cars. In fact, they were building motorcycles well before the cars came along,” said Bob Henig, president of Bob’s BMW in Jessup, Md. and a BMW collector who is serving as a judge at this year’s Vintage Motorcycle Festival. “BMWs have always had classic, clean styling which made for low-cost, easy maintenance, so people could really enjoy their motorcycles. The idea was that people should ride them more than they should have to shine them.”

    BMW Motorrad’s first motorcycle was the R32, which debuted in September 1923. The R32 was designed by Max Friz, the first chief engineer and design director for BMW AG, and includes many features that are still used on today’s BMW motorcycles.

    “That basic design – the horizontally-opposed, air-cooled engine, with a transmission coupled directly to the back of the engine, offset to the right, with a driveshaft to a beveled rear drive, is exactly the layout that you can buy today on a modern BMW,” said Peter Nettesheim, a private collector from Huntington, N.Y., who owns eight R32 bikes, including the oldest surviving one – the 22nd BMW motorcycle ever built, which still runs today.

    “When I have the R32 parked on the street, the first thing people want to look at is how the different mechanical systems work: the braking system, the throttle system, and anyone who knows BMW immediately recognizes the same basic layout as today’s bikes,” said Nettesheim, who will also be a judge at the Vintage Motorcycle Festival. “The quality of the fit and finish is something people are always impressed with for a 90-year old piece of equipment. BMW paid a lot of attention 90 years ago to quality, fit and finish, just as they continue to do today.”

    Like Nettesheim, Henig’s collection includes an R32. Henig’s is an unrestored 1925 R32, and he also owns a 1929 R57 and a 1943 R75 with a sidecar, among others.

    “BMW’s technology has always been at the forefront of the motorcycle industry, and their quality of build is remarkable,” said Henig. “I’m looking forward to coming to the Festival and sharing the knowledge and passion that I have for BMW motorcycles.”

    The Vintage Motorcycle Festival is one of the annual signature events at the 165,000 square-foot Tacoma museum. Along with the many BMWs, other motorcycles from famous makers will include Ducati, Triumph, Norton, Harley-Davidson, Indian and European marques from bygone eras.

    The festival’s main event on Saturday, Aug. 24 will include judged classes and awards, a swap meet, trials motorcycle demonstrations, panel discussions and music. A scenic motorcycle ride launching from ACM’s plaza and traveling along Pacific Northwest roads is slated for Sunday.

    The inaugural event in 2012 attracted more than 200 motorcycles and 2,000 enthusiasts to ACM’s Haub Family Field. Best of Show was a 1963 Norton Atlas owned by Ron Rumbolz of Fife, Wash., which is now on display at the museum.

    About America’s Car Museum
    State Farm Presents LeMay – America’s Car Museum, which opened June 2, 2012 in downtown Tacoma, Wash., explores how the automobile has fulfilled a distinctive role at the core of the American experience and shaped our society. The spacious Museum with rotating exhibits is designed to be the centerpiece for automotive history as well as an educational center and library. The campus, located adjacent to the Tacoma Dome, contains a 3.5-acre show field, theatre, café, banquet hall and meeting facilities. For more information on museum hours, becoming an ACM member, volunteer opportunities or to make a donation, visit .

    Welcome Invasion: British Motorcycles in America, 1940-1980

    Hershey, PA (February 27, 2013) The Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) Museum is proud to announce the exhibit, “Welcome Invasion: British Motorcycles in America, 1940-1980.” The exhibit will open Friday, March 15th and run through Thursday, October 17th, 2013.

    North American motorcyclists, many having learned to ride on Harley-Davidsons and Indians, eagerly took to and purchased the comparatively light-weight, fine handling and powerful English brands. Racers in particular valued the compact size, technical innovations, and excellent power output of now-classic competition motorcycles by AJS, Triumph, BSA, Matchless, Norton, and Royal Enfield. The British marques were accepted as “real” motorcycles by American riders, and even today are respected by even the most ardent proponents of American motorcycles.

    The exhibit, informally called “British Invasion,” will present the British motorcycle as both aesthetic object (art) and as material culture (possessing meaning and a story). British Invasion will also interpret British motorcycles through an investigation of: 1) Technical innovations (such as Edward Turner’s parallel twin design); 2) The positive response by American buyers (why they were popular); and, 3) The eventual implosion of the British motorcycle industry in the 1970s. To assist in placing the British motorcycle within its context, period dealer signs, movie and popular music posters, and quotes by motorcycle commentators will be displayed. Additionally, visitors can examine “The Literature” table, holding examples of some of the primary literary texts addressing motorcycle studies.

    A selection of the show-winning motorcycles on display in the British Invasion are: 1948 Triumph Speed Twin with sidecar; 1956 Ariel Square Four; a hand-built 1970 Cheyney-BSA off-road racer; a very rare 1955 T100R factory racer; a bevy of pristine 1960s Triumph twins; and the signature British performance bikes of the 1970s, to include a 1971 BSA B50MX, 1974 Norton Commando, 1974 Triumph Trident, and a custom 1974 Triumph/BSA Hurricane street-drag creation. Supporting the exhibit will be period motorcycle gear and collectables.

    Please join the AACA Museum in enjoying an exhibit of some of the most beautiful motorcycles in America, in one of America’s premier motor museums! Museum patrons can also enjoy the museum’s newest display Porsche Style & Design which showcases more than 20 air and water cooled models as well as prototypes. There are also other household and personal items also designed Porsche that are in display as part of this Porsche Style & Design exhibit.

    The Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, a member of the Smithsonian Institution Affiliations Program, displays beautifully restored automobiles, buses and motorcycles in unique life-like scenes representing the 1900’s – 1980’s in a cross-country journey from New York to San Francisco. The AACA Museum, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, is celebrating 10 years as one of the nation’s largest automotive museums. Special exhibits change several times a year and focus on a variety of eras and types of vehicles. The AACA Museum is located just off Route 39, one mile west of Hersheypark Drive in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Regular admission $10, seniors age 61 and older $9, juniors age 4-12 $7, children age 3 and under are FREE. To celebrate our 10th Anniversary, Admission will be just $10 for two guests every Tuesday through 2013. The Museum is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM and select evening hours during the summer months. For further information, please call 717-566-7100 or visit www.AACAMuseum.org.

    Timonium Motorcycle Show

    The show just opened and we already have a crowd at Bob’s booth! Stop by this weekend and join us.

    Timonium Fairgrounds
    2200 York Road
    Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093

    10am – 9pm Friday & Saturday
    11am – 6pm Sunday

    Main Show Facility: Lower building filled with most 2013 motorcycle brands and models available from Europe, Asia and America plus hundreds of exhibitors displaying and selling everything the aftermarket industry has to offer for the two-wheel enthusiast. The show also hosts the largest custom, antique and vintage motorcycle competition show on the east coast. Show attendees can meet master bike builders and TV celebrities like Vinnie and Cody regulars on Discovery Channel’s popular 10 year run of “American Chopper”; Jim Wubben unveiling his latest tribute bike to the world on Saturday, Emilio Rivera from FX’s hot “Sons of Anarchy” series and David Uhl, the ‘Norman Rockwell’ of Harley-Davidson artists, who will bring his Colorado studio and paint live at the Timonium Bike Show feature area, and Heather Ziehl Mrs. Maryland. Check out the International Bikini Team finals, tattoo contests, live radio broadcasts, ‘Hot Cougar Hunt’, The original 1966 Batmobile and many other cool activities and events all three days. Visit cycleshow.net.

    Exhibition Hall: Upper building addition to the Timonium Motorcycle Show houses the ‘Super SWAPMEET’ and the lowside Magazine Garage-Built Vintage Motorcycle Expo. Activities include workshops, seminars and hands-on machine tool technique demonstrations geared to the garage-built Café Racer, Bobber, Chopper and Drag Bike crowd. Tons of used parts and bikes on display for sale, swap or trade.

    Admission for Adults: $15.00
    Children 10 – 15 Years: $5.00
    Under 10 are FREE with paying adult

    Go to www.cycleshow.net to print out $5.00 off admission discount coupons good on adult admission. $10.00 discount tickets can be purchased in advance at any Pete’s Cycle location in Baltimore, Severna Park or Bel Air, Bob’s BMW in Columbia or Harley Davidson of Baltimore in White Marsh. Free admission Friday to anyone wearing a U.S. Military Uniform! For more information call 410-561-7323, visit www.cycleshow.net or email info@cycleshow.net.

    Win a Bike and Cure the Kids!

    Honda donated a CBR1000RR which Gregg DesJardins transformed into a unique machine. The finished bike was unveiled at the San Mateo IMS show, and you can purchase chances to win this cool bike at Bob’s BMW through April 30.

    Tickets will be available at the Ride for Kids booth directly next to the Bob’s BMW space in the main building at the Timonium Show. Raffle tickets are just one for $5 or five for $20. No purchase is required to win. See the Official Rules for complete details.

    The drawing will be held at the headquarters of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) and the Ride for Kids® in Asheville, North Carolina on Monday May 6, 2013.

    Stop by Bob’s BMW or get tickets online: www.rideforkids.org

    Thank You!

    We are pleased to announce that Bob’s Food Drive brought in 215 lbs of food and $60 in cash donations for the Maryland Food Bank. Those of you that brought in 10+ items were entered into a drawing for a gift card.

    Congratulations Jerry Larner of Ellicott City, MD! And thanks to everyone who donated to the Maryland Food Bank.

    Bob’s BMW Customer Takes 1st Place in the BMW GS Trophy East Coast Qualifier

    Vote for Dan!

    Congratulations to customer and friend, Dan Farson of McLean, VA who took first place in the East Coast qualifying round of the 2012 BMW GS Trophy event held in Spartenburg, South Carolina September 21-23. Six finalists were chosen from the East Coast (another 6 from the West Coast) based on a series of competitions held over 3 days. The next round is scheduled for November in South America where 19 countries will compete for the 2012 GS Trophy.

    In order to secure one of the spots on the USA Team finalists have been entered into an online competition through BMW Motorrad USA.

    This is where Bob’s BMW and Mr. Dan Farson need our e-club members help! With 2 very simple and quick clicks of a button, you can help Dan become one of the elite GS riders representing not only the USA but Bob’s BMW! How cool is that?! Simply click HERE and vote for DAN FARSON.

    Before you vote for Dan, you may be asking yourself, well who is Dan Farson? Well what makes this story even cooler is when you close your eyes and think of a GS rider, you probably envision a 30 something year old, not a man that just retired from the US Navy after 35 years of active duty!

    Dan began riding off-road and enduro back in the 70’s in Southern Ohio, A.M.A District 11. He continued riding over the years, always having both a street and dirt bike or one dual sport at his disposal. His first BMW was a 1971 R75/5 that he rode from 1980-1984; he then moved onto a 1984 BMW R100RT from 1984- 2010; which he then bought a 2010 BMW F800GS from Bob’s.

    Between May and September of 2010 Dan was able to get about 2,000 miles on the F800 before being sent to Tripoli, Libya to serve as the US Defense Attache. He made arrangements to ship the bike and finally it arrived to Tripoli in January 2011. Unfortunately by the time, the Libyan government was able to issue a plate, the revolution had kicked off and before he had a chance to ride it there, he and his family were evacuated, and he were forced to leave the motorcycle in Tripoli. Finally in May 2012 the bike was returned to Dan and he was able to get back on it with just enough time to reacquaint himself with the bike for the GS Trophy event!

    To get more details of what Dan went through over the 3 day competition, you can visit BMW Motorrad

    But most importantly we want to be sure that the #1 East Coast Finalist makes it onto the USA Team and represents in South America in November…he clearly earned his spot placing #1 among 40 something other participants! To ensure Dan proceeds to the next round please visit the below link and…

    VOTE FOR DAN FARSON!!!