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Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run

In 2010, a tradition as old as most of the motorcycles involved was revived. Riders traveling on motorcycles built before 1916 traveled from coast to coast of the United States of America, starting in New York and ending in San Francisco. Two years later, in 2012, another run was organized, only this time for motorcycles pre-1930 which allowed BMW’s to enter the race!. These “Cannonball Endurance Runs” were inspired by E.G. Baker, also known as “Cannonball.”

Cannonball Route

Baker worked as the Superintendent of a motorcycling tire testing department in the early 1900’s. At this job, Baker completed fast, long distance rides and was able to do so without experiencing fatigue like most others who were unable to keep up with his pace.

In 1912, he completed his first endurance ride on a 2-speed Indian traveling 14,000 miles in three months from Florida to Cuba, to Jamaica, and then to Panama. After finishing this ride, Baker decided it was time to attempt to break the transcontinental record. In 1913 he rode a 7 hp, 2-speed electric model twin Indian. He covered 3,378 miles in 11 days, 12 hours, and 10 minutes earning him the nickname “Cannonball.” According to reports, “Cannonball” Baker completed 140 timed long distance rides; 126 which were coast to coast.

Which brings us back to 2010 when a group of motorcycle enthusiasts decided it was time to invite all makes and models of motorcycles built before 1916 to gather and partake in an “epic adventure of man and machine.” Riders averaged 300 miles a day and traveled with crews on routes through national parks, along great lakes, rivers, mountain ranges, and more. This was an endurance run where one rider and one machine would claim victory. Unfortunately for BMW enthusiasts, the race was not open to BMW’s as the first BMW was not built until 1923.

However two years later in 2012 the Cannonball Endurance Run returned, only this time for makes and models pre 1930! And you know what that means? This year BMW joined the race! Collector Jack Wells entered a 1929 BMW R11 that is being ridden by Norm Nelson, #23. Joseph Gimpel, #62 is riding a 1928 R62, and Darryl Richman, #52 is riding a 1928 R52.

Team 23 is made up of 9 individuals: Norm Nelson, Rider and Wrench; Jack Wells, Entry Owner and Support Vehicle Pilot; Bill Robinson, Team Manager; Larry Meeker, Road manager; Alan Singer, Web master; Chris Alley, Chief Tech; Bill Botkin, tech; Ed Miller, technical Advisor; and John Duss, Legal Advisor. You can read ride reports from the road by visiting http://cannonball23.home.comcast.net/~cannonball23/

Team 62 is made up of 3 individuals: Rider, Joe Gimpel, and his long time friend and another handy person that Joe has known and worked with. More details on this team are available at http://www.motorcyclecannonball.com/index.php?option=com_sobipro&pid=55&sid=130:62-Joseph-Gimpel&Itemid=109

Team 52, also known as Team Boxer Rebellion has dozens of sponsors and support. A full list is available at http://darryl.crafty-fox.com/ and/or you can get ride reports and details on this team.

On September 7, 2012 70 total riders on Harley Davidson’s, BSA’s, Triumphs, Henderson’s, Indians, BMW’s, Rudge’s, and a Velocette, Invinvcible JAP, and Sunbeam started a 2-week journey coast to coast across the United States riding motorcycles built before 1930. The ride started in New York and will end in San Francisco. Most days are 300 miles or less, with shorter distances on the start and finish days. It is a scenic route, avoiding interstate highways, with stopping points at museums and hosted lunch stops.

As of September 18, Team 23 was in 5th place, Team 62 is in 32nd, and Team 52 is in 41st, among 70 total riders. The race ended September 23 and final results are now posted http://www.motorcyclecannonball.com/

Bob’s BMW salutes the BMW teams for their determination and enthusiasm. Traveling coast to coast on vintage and classic bikes is sure to be a challenge but we know if any brand can do it, it’s BMW! Perhaps next year, a Bob’s BMW ambassador can represent on one of Bob’s personal machines in his museum, or even better, maybe Bob himself will join the next Cannonball Endurance Race!

Greetings E-club Members!

We hope September has treated you well. Overall it has been perfect riding weather: clear skies, cool temperatures, with a light breeze. Some showers and tornado watches here and there but for the most part a great riding month!

Oktoberfest

Oktberfest at Bob’s!

Bob and Suzanne returned from The Kings and Castles Tour with many exciting stories and photographs that will be featured in next month’s newsletter. While the bosses were away, we had some fun at the store offering prices so low on apparel we had to wait till Bob was out of the country to advertise! Hopefully you were able to come by and check it out. We also hosted a BONUS 2 topic tech session this month that was a great success. Both topics were suggested by customers…thanks again for your input!

Coming up this weekend is our Annual Oktoberfest, Swap Meet, and Fall Open House. We will have vendor reps here to speak with you directly about the newest products. The Blue Knights will be serving authentic German Food from 10-3 plus delicious apple cider to get us all in the autumn spirit.

As done in the past, we are offering spaces on the lot for anyone interested in selling apparel, parts, and other STUFF including motorcycles! If you want to get rid of things that have been sitting around, taking up space, September 29 is the day to do it and there is still time to sign up. Last year a Triumph motorcycle sold by noon! Contact hanna.creekmore@bobsbmw.com in advance to reserve a spot and get complete details.

Also just around the corner is Bob’s official 30 Year Anniversary Celebration! Tickets for the November 3 event will go on sale October 1. Tickets are limited and expected to go quickly so don’t delay. Details of the event are available on the events page of the website.

If you have been debating a bike purchase this year, all 2012 in-stock models come with a manufacturer discount up to $1,200 now thru October 31 so NOW is the time to upgrade! Complete details are on the web or you can speak to any of our sales team for details.

Enjoy the delightful autumn riding weather and be sure to stop in next time you are out for a ride.

Ride Safe,

The Team at Bob’s

BMW R7 Wins Best-in-Class at Pebble Beach Concours

One-of-a-kind art deco concept from 1930s honored at world’s most prestigious concours d’elegance

The BMW R7 motorcycle won best-in-class in the Motorcycle class at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The award was received by Karl Baumer, Head of BMW Group Classic.

“The BMW R7 is one of the most extraordinary motorcycles in our collection,” noted Baumer upon receiving the award. “We are delighted that the effort to bring the BMW R7 to the Pebble Beach Concours was rewarded with Best in Class for Motorcycles.”

The 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance featured motorcycles from Germany. On the cusp of its 90th year of motorcycle production it was only natural that BMW would feature prominently.
The BMW R7 motorcycle was created in 1934 at the height of the art deco movement which heavily influenced its design. It was created as a concept but never put into production making this R7 the only one of its kind in the world. It had not been seen for nearly 70 years when it was discovered in 2005 whereupon it was painstakingly restored by BMW Group Classic. It is now a part of BMW Group Classic’s extensive collection of significant BMW cars and motorcycles.

BMW Group In America
BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; DesignworksUSA, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 338 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 139 BMW motorcycle retailers, 114 MINI passenger car dealers, and 32 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

Information about BMW Group products is available to consumers via the Internet at: www.bmwgroupna.com.

Looking for Places to Ride?

MD Tourism Maps

If you’re ever looking for somewhere to ride, look no further! Stop by Bob’s and ask for the most recently updated (and free!) Maryland Scenic Byways map. The map was just released this month and offers 18 different scenic byways and unique destinations across the state of Maryland…that means 18 weekend adventures! Some of the routes lead to historic places like Harriet Tubman’s Underground railroad, or the escape route of John Wilkes booth; other routes take you along mountain trails, rivers, thick forests, green countryside, horse farms, and more. And best of all, along the way, you can stop to enjoy old small town main streets, shops, and local eateries.

Bob was invited to last week’s event in Ellicott City to share with guests how useful maps like this one are to motorcyclists. Every year Bob’s go through cases of similar maps, handing them out to visitors from out of state that without them would never have the chance to enjoy the scenic roads of Maryland. Even Bob’s regular, local customer’s take advantage of the maps that provide a pre-defined route leading to great destinations.

The maps are here and available to all…ask for the newest scenic byway map next time you are in, pick a route and enjoy a day of riding!

Pictures taken day of the map’s release

Bloomingdale’s Chooses BMW as the Perfect Fashion Accessory!

Bob’s F800R at Bloomingdales.

Tuesday, August 14 select dealers nationwide, including Bob’s BMW, rolled BMW’s on the showroom floor of Bloomingdale’s. Bob personally delivered an F800R to the Bloomingdale’s in Chevy Chase, MD. Bloomingdale’s decided a BMW motorcycle is the perfect accessory to show off its 2012 Men’s Fall Fashion; after all the BMW roundel is known for its quality, design, and performance—very similar to Bloomingdale’s brand image.

The men’s fall fashion catalog has been released in which the motorcycle is featured. Plus, Bloomingdale’s is running a sweepstakes now thru September 16 giving away two R1200R Classics, one of the hardest models in the country to get today. And our very good friend Chris “Teach” McNeil will perform on 3rd avenue in front of the New York Bloomingdale’s to help kick off the infamous fashion week!

Bob’s addition to Bloomingdale’s sweepstakes…if you find yourself at the Chevy Chase Bloomingdale’s, have some fun and snap a picture in front of the bike, EMAIL it to us, and if your picture is chosen by the staff as the most creative, win a Bob’s hoodie…the perfect prize for the cooler weather around the corner!

Ride for a Great Cause—Ride for Kids®

Bob and Paige.

Every year Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation® (PBTF) hosts events around the country in an effort to raise money and raise hope for children and families affected by this deadly disease. This year’s Ride for Kids® comes to the Baltimore/Washington area on September 23 and Bob’s BMW is extending a personal invite to come on out and help us set fundraising records!

Hundreds of motorcyclists on all brands gather for a police escorted ride, in which “local stars” (local children the foundation has helped) get to enjoy a VIP ride along. As a rider, the more money you raise the more premiums like cool hats, shirts, backpacks, and jackets, you will receive! (minimum of $35 ride entry fee).

Bob receiving award for past fundraising efforts.

For the past 18 years, Bob’s BMW has made it a top priority to support the cause and the annual Ride for Kids® event. Bob helps lead hundreds of motorcyclists in his 1994 Duetto sidecar, along with a “local star” named Paige who is a pediatric brain tumor survivor that has ridden with Bob for the past 4 years. Bob has participated in many fundraising initiatives throughout the years, but holds this one very near and dear to his heart. What Bob and so many others admire about this particular cause is the money you raise goes where it claims to go; and in this case, that is towards research and family support for those affected by pediatric brain tumors.

Last year, typical of most years, Bob attended three other Ride for Kids® events nationwide. This year in preparation of the 30 year anniversary Kings and Castles Tour scheduled in September, he was unable to attend other rides, however pushed hard all year long looking for ways and opportunities to raise money specifically for the Baltimore/Washington ride!

Donations at Bob’s BMW.

A donation bin has been available all year long by coffee for any visitor interested in supporting the cause and as the date gets closer, the dealership recognizes donors of $5 or more. Your name and donation total is posted to the wall behind the counter on a special Ride for Kids Motorcycle shaped cut out. This is going on now so stop by anytime!

For those able to spare a few more dollars and/or are looking for a little more instant gratification on top of doing a good deed, Bob has select motorcycles available which ALL proceeds will go to the Ride for Kids. One of the bikes this year is a BRAND NEW (6 miles) 2010 Honda Sabre. Also included in this elite group where proceeds go to the foundation are a 1997 BMW Ural Sidecar Rig, 2009 Honda ST1300 ABS, 1985 BMW K100RS with Pichler, and a 2001 BMW R100RTP.

The day of the ride, September 23 you can meet at Bob’s bright and early and ride to Turf Valley Resort for early registration to secure a spot close to the front…no one likes to be stuck in the middle of the pack! Especially a pack with hundreds of riders!

There are many ways to get involved and we hope you take a moment to do so:

Give a donation online or donate at Bob’s next time you are here
Sign up to Volunteer
Register for the Ride
Early Registration Group Ride

August Newsletter

Greetings E-club Members,

August has been a busy month as we prepare to bid Bob and Suzanne farewell and safe travels on their 2 week motorcycle tour with a group of 14 others through Eastern Europe in celebration of our 30 year anniversary. When the cat’s away the mice will play…Stay tuned to hear about a fun and exciting promotion we have planned while the bosses are out of the country!
 
 
Thanks for the Feedback!

We received great feedback via facebook and last month’s newsletter on tech session topics. A special thanks to Yermo Lamers and Yun Lung Lang for the suspension setup suggestion; and Scott Hammond for suggesting a tutorial on connecting accessories to your CAN-bus system.

Next month’s session is scheduled for September 15 at 11 am and will be a BONUS session, covering the above 2 suggested topics: The Secrets of Suspension Tuning and “Power Block” Accessory Wiring!
 
 
GS Enthusiasts

Join GS Riders of Bob’s BMW Reminder to all of the GS riders out there…Bob’s has a dedicated facebook page for your convenience in coordinating off-road rides and adventures!

Currently a ride is being coordinated by customer, Joseph Stelmack. Tentative for October 6-7, an adventure is planned to Taskers Gap & Peters Mill Run in Virginia. Camping can be done in nearby Shenandoah/Skyline Drive or Little Fork campground. The current plan is to depart Saturday afternoon, camp, and ride on Sunday. OHV permits are required.

If you are interested in the ride, you can join GS Riders of Bob’s BMW and contact Joe directly.
 
 
Door Prize Winners Announced

Bob’s gave away a total of 50 prizes at the 2012 BMW National MOA rally back in July. Finally, all of the winners have been contacted. We mailed out the prizes to 49 (1 lucky person won an ultimate door prize package PLUS a door prize) VERY excited folks. Congratulations to…

Ann Gast

LARRY ARNOLD New Philadelphia, OH Legal Speeding Park-N-Move
JOHN ANDERSON Kansas City, MO 530 LED PIAA Light Set
MARY ELLEN BOLTON Columbus, TX Set of Kathy’s Bag Liners
JOE DAVIS Grand Junction, CO Pillion Airhawk Seat Cushion
MARY DROEGE Kansas City, MO Cruiser Airhawk Seat Cushion
ERIC DUGUIN Set of Kathy’s Bag Liners
ANN GAST Morengo, WI Olympia Airglide Jacket
JOHN GREGORY Morgantown, WV Set of VaVaVroom T-Shirts
TED KNAB Stevensville, MD Olympia Airglide Jacket
DON LITTLE Apl, AE Set of VaVaVroom T-Shirts
STEVE MARTIN Inidanapolis, IN Set of VaVaVroom T-Shirts
MIKE MAY ST. Louis, MO $500 Edelweiss Bike Travel Gift Certificate
RICK RUBENACKER Davisburg, MI Scala G9 Intercom System
JEFF SCARANGELLA Bellwood, PA Cruiser Airhawk Seat Cushion
DON SHAPTON Thompsonville, MI Legal Speeding Helmet Assisted Radar Detection
ROBERT SMITH Minneapolis, MN Set of VaVaVroom T-Shirts
RICH STOLLER Keller, TX Set of VaVaVroom T-shirts
RICH WACKERLE Hudsonville, MI Scala G9 Powerset Intercom System
EVERETT WILLIAMS Swisher, IA 530 LED PIAA Light Set

Ultimate Door Prize Winners:

Steve Martin


DAN ANDREWS FT. Meyers, FL
NIKKI ASHLAND Klemme, IA
MIKE BISHOP Bovey, MN
LEROY BRAXDALE Kerrivale, TX
DOUGLAS CHRISTIE Ferndale, MI
PATRICK DALLAS Oriental, NC
BRUCE DAVIDSON Arlington, TX
MIKE EVERLEY Lincoln, NE
ROBERT FOLKS Roberts, WI
DORIT GALBUFFALO Grove, IL
BRUCE GALLAGHER New York, NY
JOAN GEHR New Holland, PA
JOHN GILDEE Hagerstown, MD
BEAU GRANTHAM Viers, FL
ALAN HENDERSON Madison, MS
ARLENE HETZER Urbana OH Ultimate Door Prize Winner PLUS Set of Kathy’s Bag Liners
MIKE HOWIE Rochester, IL
JAMES JONES Baxter, TN
HERB KONRAD Deptford, NJ
BRET MOYE MT. Vernon, IN
KEITH MUIR Denver, CO
IAN PFEFFER Omaha, NE
MARY POHL Palm Coast, FL
SCOTT PRUE Brampton, ON
GARY TRULL Fridley, MN
JOHN VORCHAK ST. Louis, MO
LEVI WADE Midwest City, OK
BRIGITTE WAGNER Schiller Park, IL
STEVE WRAN Bargersville, TN
TELSA RUSOR Louisville, KY

See photographs of some of the winners and other rally pics!
 

Thanks for all of the continued support. We hope everyone has enjoyed the summer. Continue to ride safe into Autumn!

The Team at Bob’s

Kudos to Bob’s Service Department

Bob's BMW Service Department

Award Winning Service

The BMW warranty is one of the best in the industry: 3 years or 36,000 miles! Riders get this amazing warranty when purchasing a new BMW to cover certain issues that may arise. The million dollar question is what exactly is covered under this warranty? If you ever have this question, no matter where you live, near or far, there is only one place to go and that’s to Bob’s BMW! And here’s why…

This past month, as part of BMW USA’s quality assurance protocol, Bobs BMW Service department underwent and passed a warranty audit with flying colors! BMW USA reviewed every warranty claim within the past 12 months, a total of $35,000 worth of claims, and all but $198 passed according to warranty guidelines.

What this means is Bob’s Service Department knows the BMW warranty like the back of its hand. If an issue arises that you believe to be covered under your BMW warranty, Bob’s is your resource to get it taken care of hassle free!

Remembering Ride for Kids Co-Founder Dianne Traynor

Dianne Traynor

Dianne Traynor

On July 20, 2012 Ride for Kids President and Co-Founder, Dianne Traynor passed away at age 67 after a long illness. Dianne Traynor helped to establish what has grown to be the world’s largest philanthropic organization, The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, dedicated to curing the deadliest form of childhood cancer, and is a charity near and dear to Bob’s BMW and countless others.

It was because of Mrs. Traynor and her late husband, Mike Traynor’s hard work and dedication that for the past 18 years Bob’s BMW has had the gratification of actively participating to help raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to go towards research of this deadly childhood disease.

Mrs. Traynor grew up in Atlanta and attended the University of Georgia. After working as a teacher and accountant for many years and overcoming a personal struggle with breast cancer in the 80’s, she and her husband began the Ride for Kids program in 1984; a program which eventually evolved into the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.

The accomplishments and achievements of Mrs. Traynor are countless as is the impact the Foundation has had on so many lives. A life that Mrs. Traynor and her efforts touched and one that Bob’s BMW is very familiar with is a young lady by the name of Paige. Paige is a pediatric brain tumor survivor. She joins Bob in his sidecar year after year to raise money for the foundation that helped save her life. Just last year she and Bob rode for the Baltimore/Washington area’s 20th Ride for Kids and helped to raise over $200,000.

The local ride this year is scheduled for Sunday September 23 and will certainly be a very special ride for many as we use the day to not only raise money for childhood brain tumor research but as we pay tribute to the co-founder of this amazing foundation.

Anyone interested in making a donation in Dianne’s memory can do so at www.curethekids.org