BMW Motorrad achieves its best overall result so far in the MOTORRAD magazine readers’ vote Motorcycle of the Year 2016. Victory in five categories and a total of nine podium places.
With victories in the categories Sports Bikes, Touring/Sport Touring Bikes, Enduros/Supermotos, Crossovers and Modern Classics as well as two second and three third places, BMW Motorrad achieved its best result so far in MOTORRAD magazine’s 18th Motorcycle of the Year 2016 readers’ vote, which encompassed 208 motorcycle models.
“All of us at BMW Motorrad are thrilled by this result. Once again I would like to thank the MOTORRAD readers warmly for their vote and the trust they have placed in us. Once more this amazing response shows that we provide optimum products for our customers in nearly all the categories we are represented in. This result is a strong validation of our development work up to now – which we will continue with determination to be able to offer our motorcycle fans the best BMW motorcycle in each market segment,” said BMW Motorrad Director Stephan Schaller.
The BMW S 1000 RR took first place for the second time in a row in the Sports Bikes category with 23.4% of the readers’ vote. The participating MOTORRAD readers once more honored the outstanding combination of high performance, high active riding safety thanks to Race ABS and Dynamic Traction Control DTC as well as the optional electronically controlled suspension Dynamic Damping Control DDC.
In the Crossover category, the BMW S 1000 XR took first place with an outstanding 26.7% of the votes. MOTORRAD readers were won over by its fascinating mix of dynamic sports-oriented riding characteristics, excellent sports touring qualities and individual design.
When it came to vote on the best Touring/Sports Touring Bike, BMW Motorrad scored a double success. As in the previous year, the R 1200 RS came first thanks to its excellent all-round qualities with regard to dynamic riding, sportiness and touring suitability. It received 24% of the votes. In third place in this class as in 2015 was the R 1200 RT, the established travel tourer of the BMW Motorrad range for the last 30 years.
The “subscription” winner, as it were, in the Enduros/Supermotos class is the R 1200 GS / Adventure with 23.4% of the votes, its eighth win in this category since 2009. The big GS finds the readers’ great approval thanks to its unique long-haul adventure travel character and the fun it provides riding on country roads and off the beaten track.
BMW Motorrad achieved victory number five with the R nineT and the R nineT Scrambler in the Modern Classics category. Just over 30% of readers voted in favor of the the unrivaled mix of classic design, lifestyle, state-of-the-art technology and sporty dynamic riding from the new world of BMW Motorrad Heritage.
As in 2015, BMW Motorrad took places two and three in the Naked Bikes category with the unfaired BMW R 1200 R flat twin and the sports-oriented four-cylinder S 1000 R. The C 650 Sport/C 650 GT took second place in the Scooter category.
The award ceremony was held on 14 March 2016 in Stuttgart, Germany. Nearly 52,200 readers took part in the 18th readers’ vote on the Motorcycle of the Year, which is considered to be the most important motorcycle and scooter readers’ choice in Europe. Well over 750,000 readers have participated in the polls since 1999.
This Saturday Roger Lyle of MotorcycleXcitement will be at Bob’s BMW presenting:Track Days: Start to Finish, Everything You Need To Know!
Whether you’re an expert or newbie—you don’t want to miss this! Get all of your questions answered and share your experiences with other riders. Ride away feeling confident, amped up, and ready for your first track day of 2016!
This event is FREE and open to all makes and models so grab your friends and ride to Bob’s BMW March 26! Seminar begins at 11AM.
Honest. Untamed. Air-cooled. Feel the wind, lean into every curve and experience the freedom in every mile you ride – the BMW R nineT Scrambler empowers you to do your own thing. Tough, unconventional, and against established standards. Made for true characters who want their bike to be pure and minimalistic.
See, hear, feel. The unique sound of the R nineT Scrambler is a real attention grabber. The classic 1200 cc boxer engine and its high-positioned dual silencer give the bike a powerful voice.
Compared to the R nineT, the handlebars are placed higher and the comfortable seat is repositioned. This ensures a confident and relaxed seating position for every rider. In combination with the slightly longer spring travel, you’ll overcome rough spots with ease.
No limits. Dual sport tires, a high exhaust system, and a relaxed, upright riding position help the Scrambler keep riding where the pavement ends. The 19-inch front wheel, the analog tachometer, a purist steel tank in monolith metallic matte and other unique details turn the Scrambler into a high-quality classic. And with just a few steps you can give the R nineT Scrambler your own individual touch.
Pure Scrambler. Pure BMW Motorrad. The R nineT Scrambler is at the highest level in matters of safety, reliability and quality. Standard ABS and optional ASC provide extra safety.
Make your statement with the R nineT Scrambler.
2016 BMW G 310 R
Pearl White Metallic
Strato Blue Metallic
Riding pleasure. The BMW G 310 R is the essence of riding pleasure. It was built for pulsing cities and those who simply love riding motorcycles. It is maneuverable, easy to handle and sporty at the same time. Whether you’re a tall or small rider, you’ll immediately feel at home on the BMW G 310 R! The bike is lightweight, yet a real powerhouse with its 313 cc engine. Get to work, the next hot spot or out of the city safely and reliably on the G 310 R. Premium quality, excellent workmanship and extraordinary technology ensure intense riding pleasure.
Good genes. Good looks. Good looks unmistakably run in the family – the G 310 R clearly carries the S 1000 R genes. The sporty headlight fairing with powerful headlight, dynamic fuel tank trim and typical roadster proportions transform it into an eye-catcher on the street. The G 310 R is light and strong. The sporty seat emphasizes the roadster dynamic and gives the bike an unmistakable motorsport look. The gold anodized fork and brake calipers emphasize the workmanship of the machine.
Another highlight is the detailed aluminum swing arm. The design ensures lightness and the struts offer stability. Wide tires grip to the road – providing confident riding pleasure.
Light, strong and maneuverable. The G 310 R doesn’t take second place. The single-cylinder, four-stroke 313 cc engine and range of features help to ensure this. The tilt of the cylinder to the rear and the cylinder head that has been rotated 180° lowers the center of gravity and shifts it in the direction of the front wheel. Because of this, the G 310 R is more agile and easier to control. The low and longer swing arm ensures even more stability, without unnecessarily increasing the wheelbase. Ride in confidence with standard ABS, a standard feature on all BMW motorcycles since 2013. Good looks, powerful drive and less than 350 lbs. fully fueled, with the G 310 R you can simply enjoy motorcycling.
Everyone wants to ride it. Ride stress-free and relaxed through the streets with the G 310 R. Even in the big-city hustle and bustle, you’ll ride with confidence thanks to the successful layout of all of the control elements. The ergonomic layout of the handlebars, footrest and control elements ensure a superb riding sensation. The G 310 R offers the right seat for all riders, providing stability. On any surface, the geometry and spring and damper tuning make it an agile city-hopper. Whether riding in heavy city traffic, commuting to work or just getting out of the city on the weekend, with the G 310 R you’ll want to ride on!
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BY ALISA CLICKENGER ON FEB 23, 2015
Motorcycle & Powersports News
One part motorcycle dealership, one part vintage motorcycle museum and one part online/mail order new, classic, vintage and used motorcycle parts store, Bob’s BMW located in Jessup, Maryland, adds up to a 100 percent successful dealership.
Store owner Bob Henig started out modestly by selling used BMW motorcycle parts from his garage in 1981 (the days before e-anything). Now Bob’s BMW is one of the largest, most respected BMW dealerships in North America with nearly $10 million in annual sales.
Bob’s BMW has won numerous awards for overall excellence, merchandising, customer satisfaction and community service. The dealership’s recipe for success is Bob’s careful combination of sales and service of new and used BMW motorcycles, complete refurbishing and restorations on any year BMW built since 1950, great service and a passion for the BMW brand that Henig has parlayed into a world-class collection of BMW motorcycles and paraphernalia.
Henig may do several things within his dealership that are out of the ordinary, such as operating a thriving mail order business at his location and assigning every customer a singular mechanic with whom he builds a one-on-one relationship, yet each is incredibly well thought out – and successful. Henig treats the trade-in process like science and has developed a winning formula to maximize profits and create a win-win situation for his customers.
Henig has come up with a proprietary formula that he’s shared with other dealers in his 20-Group, and with 15 percent of the dealership’s revenue derived from the sale of used bikes, people listen. Other outside-the-box thinking includes Henig’s directive that every department in the dealership be fiscally responsible, ensuring that each department is in the black and not relying on another department’s success to carry them.
Not Everything is About the Bottom Line
“I’ve always believed that dealerships should be fun. They should be a good place to get information,” says Henig. The dealership’s coffee area walls are covered with interesting and up-to-date motorcycling articles from newspapers and industry magazines. The same is true in the men’s room. There is a waiting lounge in the service department, which Henig has declared as a “no sell zone.” It is purely for customers to relax in and take some down time while their bike is being serviced. “You cannot be selling to the customer all the time,” says Henig.
Bob’s BMW escapes the seasonal “hire and fire” cycle by focusing on the service department’s winter work business, incentives on PG&A sales and tightening their belts a bit. They’ve developed programs like the Polar Bear Challenge, which encourages customers to put on the miles even in the chilly season. They also encourage and assist customers with restorations and rebuilds during the winter months.
“I don’t think you can have long-term customers without long-term employees, and you cannot have long-term employees without taking care of them,” says Henig. “We work really, really hard finding ways to level out this business in the months that are traditionally slow.”
The proof is in the people: Lex O’Brien, Bob’s BMW e-commerce content manager, has been with the dealership for 25 years. Every employee gets full health benefits, 100 percent company paid.
Service While You Wait
Rain, shine or snow, every Saturday Bob’s BMW offers “while you wait” repair service. Customers line up on a first-come, first-serve basis, some so eager that they line up two hours before the dealership opens. Seeing this kind of customer enthusiasm led to the dealership setting up a coffee service table outside the night before. When the first customers arrive all they have to do is press the power button for their morning cup of joe. Morning entertainment comes in the form of other customers in line until the shop opens for business. In warmer weather there’s even a self-service bike wash station complete with an amusing vintage illustration.
For efficiency’s sake, the dealership also puts out service cards that customers fill out while waiting their turn. On these cards customers record billing details, motorcycle information and what type of service is required. Customers that arrive on Saturdays with more intense service needs are sometimes asked to wait until the “quickies” are served. Handled well and with clear communication, this has never been a problem for the dealership. Their service department is then closed on Sunday and Monday, which the dealership has found actually improves efficiency and customer communication.
Vintage BMW Museum
Bob’s officially opened as a BMW motorcycle dealership in 1990 and they’ve always had BMW items on display. Henig is an avid collector of BMW motorcycles, memorabilia and wall art. Out of more than 75 motorcycles in the public collection, only three have any type of modification or minor restoration. Because of Bob’s penchant for unrestored, original motorcycles, many of his display motorcycles serve as benchmarks for customers doing their own restorations.
“We offer the museum up as a tool for our customers. Everybody’s idea of what a restoration is will be different. These [vintage]motorcycles we have on display serve as a benchmark for how the machines were when they came off the assembly line,” says Henig. There are currently around 75 bikes and 5 sidecars on display between what’s on the dealership floor and their space across the street, including an original, unrestored 1925 R32, which was BMW’s first production model.
Dealership as a Destination
In addition to the BMW motorcycle and memorabilia museum, Bob’s goes out of its way to cultivate cross-customer relationships. They’ve worked hard to make the dealership a place where BMW enthusiasts can go to get information, and they enjoy bringing their customers together. “We want people to feel as at home as they do at a Starbucks,” says Henig. “We go through a lot of coffee around here.”
Bob’s hosts a variety of evening programs such as tech sessions, informational seminars and presentations from world travelers. The dealership maintains a Facebook page that connects riders with local rides. It also hosts hospitality days at track days as well as CCS and ASRA Motorcycle Races. The dealership has partnered with the Howard County Arts Council for a “Ride the Road to Art” program that got a larger number of customers riding and exploring real art installations within their local community.
In the fall, the dealership puts on an open house and annual swap meet. Closest to Henig’s heart is the annual Baltimore/Washington Ride for Kids. Bob’s BMW has been helping the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation raise money for over 20 years now, Henig himself bringing a high performance sidecar rig and providing rides to some of these special kids.
“A lot of what we’ve done here has been shaped by the needs and wants of our customers,” says Henig, who now wants to build a retail complex of associated and complementary businesses that are not all owned by the dealership. Sounds like Bob’s BMW might just dominate the retail scene in the Washington, DC metro area, which would be no small feat. Then again, that might not be such a bad thing coming from a company whose owner gets teary-eyed when he talks about his practiced ability to keep a wig on a small child while helping them don and doff a motorcycle helmet.
American Honda donated a NEW 2017 Acura NSX sports car and split the proceeds between the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) and Camp Southern Ground, started by Zack Brown the musician at the Barrett-Jackson car auction in Scottsdale on Friday night. The car was auctioned for $1,200,000 on Friday night so the PBTF will receive $600,000!
NASCAR racing team owner Rick Hendrick paid $1.2 million for this stunning car, VIN 001, to benefit the 2 children’s charities the PBTF and Camp Southern Ground.
Please join us in expressing our gratitude to American Honda President Takuji Yamada, Susie and everyone at Acura!
These organizations have a tremendous impact in our local community as well as the public safety community. Grassroots serves our community with crisis intervention hotline programs, walk-in counseling, the Mobile Crisis Team, Day Resource Center, Homeless Shelter and much more. ICISF trains individuals in critical incident stress management and this training is the basis for our Critical Incident Stress Management Teams here in Howard County and around the world that respond to crisis situations and disasters, aiding our public safety employees in the aftermath.
These are very worthy non-profit organizations that need our help to continue to grow and expand their services. Bob’s BMW is a current and ongoing partner of Grassroots so we are thrilled to help promote this motorcycle ride fundraising event! We hope you will join us in this great event!
All participants will get a short sleeve event t-shirt and lunch. Pre registration is $25/Rider & $15/Passenger or you can register for $30/Rider & $20/Passenger the day of the event. Ride begins at Howard County Public Training Center at 9 a.m. sharp!
As 2015 comes to an end we find ourselves smiling as we reflect back on all the successes we’ve achieved and all the fun we’ve shared this past year with customers.
Year after year we continue to invest time and resources in training and educating our staff along with picking and choosing the right products to stock our shelves with so we can continue to deliver The Ultimate Motorcycling Experience. We do this because we love it—it’s our passion—and YOU deserve it.
Without your continued support, we would not be celebrating 35 years of excellence in 2016! Your loyalty as a customer and your confidence to choose Bob’s BMW for all your motorcycling needs are very much appreciated. You truly are more than a valued customer; you are a member of the family!
We have exciting plans for 2016 filled with everything motorcycling and we invite you to join us in our new year’s resolution to #RideMoreStressLess
Happy New Year! Let’s make it a year to remember!
Bob, Suzanne, and the entire team at Bob’s BMW.
Bob’s BMW is an official collection center for Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center so if you are local, please on your next visit to Bob’s BMW bring in microwavable meals (not frozen!) and pop-top soups/stews to be donated to families in emergency shelters.
To learn more about Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center and/or make a monetary donation online today, CLICK HERE.
Not local? Another charity Bob’s BMW has supported for decades is The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Each year this organization hosts motorcycle rides throughout the nation. You can make a donation online and be part of the solution to the problem of childhood brain tumors.
We had a very busy Saturday answering hundreds of calls from customers placing phone orders, due to our e-commerce site being down. A special thanks to all who called Saturday and placed orders in lieu of waiting for the e-commerce issues to be resolved.
Our IT department has been working around the clock with our server host to resolve all of the issues. We appreciate everyone’s patience and we offer our sincerest apologies for the inconvenience this very unexpected issue may have caused.
The site is back up and ready to receive orders. To make good to all of our customers, Bob’s exclusive Black Friday Deals* are extended thru Friday, December 4, 2015 at midnight EST.PLUS every single order will contain an extra thank you gift from Bob’s for your patience and patronage. SHOP NOW
We will continue testing the site to ensure all features and functionality are working properly. Should you experience any challenges placing an online order, CALL 1.888.BMW.BOBS or 301.497.8949 ext. 504.
We are more than happy to take calls, assist customers, and fulfill orders the old fashioned and personal way, via the telephone, during regular business hours Monday-Friday 9AM-6PM and Saturday 9AM-4PM. After hours, please leave a message at ext. 504 and we will return your call promptly.
Owner, Rider, Enthusiast
P.S. We also had a large number of visitors to the dealership on Saturday who stopped by for coffee, tasty pastries and of course wonderful deals on hundreds of great products. We hosted two large group tours of the new Vintage Museum including visitors from several other countries. We will have regularly scheduled museum hours coming soon.
*KLIM Blade & Altitude Jacket sale ends November 30, 2015.
The riding season never ends at Bob’s BMW with the largest selection of heated gear in the Mid-Atlantic region. Stay warm on and off the bike and ride all year long! Buy NOW and SAVE 15%!
New technology now allows for cordless heated gear, making it a great gift for anyone during the cold winter months, especially for snow shoveling season! Give the perfect gift this season to your loved hunter, hiker, football fan, soccer mom, etc., and SAVE 15% at Bob’s BMW!
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Join us for the annual Baltimore/Washington Ride for Kids. Bob has been helping the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation raise money for over 20 years now and this year will be no different! Get complete details on the charity event and how you can get involved at Ride for Kids website.
Keep in mind, you don’t have to wait until September. Donations are graciously accepted all year long Donate Today!
Interested in volunteering? Ride for Kids is always looking for volunteers at the event to help with registrations, parking, and much more. As well as riders with sidecars to be VIP escorts! Email Ellen directly for details.
My sidecar rig and I are ready once again to participate in the 2015 Baltimore-Washington Ride for Kids event on September 27 at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Maryland. With your help and participation it’s going to be our best event ever so be sure to join me and hundreds more.
The unknowing observer may have perceived mayhem prevailing during the Annual Running of the Dogs during the 2015 Big Dog Adventure Ride, but entrants went away lusting for more of the organized motorcycle adventure chaos.
Billed as the “Transcendental Last Starting Big Dog Adventure Ride,” the 25th event added an extra day of high altitude ground pounding to celebrate a quarter century of the fraternity of like-minded big displacement dual-sport aficionados pushing themselves and their motorcycles to extreme limits.
The event started in Golden, Colorado where veteran Big Dog entrant and owner of Wolfman Luggage Eric Hougen sponsored a Welcome Party for the 2015 entrants. Multi-year entrants spent the evening recounting wild events of years past while newbie entrants listened in awe. For example, a large crowd listened to the tale from a Texas Kawasaki KLR650 rider who lost the track on a high speed dirt road in Wyoming, rode down into the barrow ditch running alongside and was bounced off the back of his motorcycle at speed, doing a double back flip in the air before landing in softening sage brush. After the story was told several newbies expressed doubt until a veteran Big Dog stepped forward and verified the recounting by saying he saw the whole episode because he was following the KLR rider, but managed to stay on the road while the KLR vectored off, riderless through the desert.
Day 1 – Day 3 found entrants topping some of the toughest mountain off-road passes in Colorado. Red Cone, Webster and Mosquito Passes all saw Big Dog entrants mounted on 640cc or larger motorcycles cross over them, some during severe mountain rain storms. Each night the tired and broken Dogs would return to their base camp in Silverthorne, Colorado, where Kawasaki USA had established a welcome and media center for entrants manned by volunteers from Grace Moto Adventures.
2015 Big Dog Ride
Like a good Boy Scout, this Big Dog demonstrated his tire plugging skills after finding a two-inch long nail stuck in his rear tire.
One entrant wrote after Day 2, riding with a group of advanced riders that topped a mountain only to turn around and ride back down. “I was flabbergasted. Surely I thought we were going somewhere. I did not throw a helmet or kick rocks, but I was plenty astounded. I had led the way up and target fixated on a two-and-a-half foot deep rain gully in which I promptly stuck my front wheel and crashed. That was bike pickup number one at 12,000 feet. Of course, that then necessitated starting on a steep pitch and getting cross-threaded a second time. Then, I helped a Big Dog from Wisconsin pick up his bike (twice) and found him an off piste route around the trail so he could get up. Then I walked down and picked up another downed Dog’s bike, and walked it up, using the throttle and others steadying the bike through the worst part. Well winded and beaten, I stumbled up a quarter mile to where everyone was enjoying the view. So, yeah, I was a wee bit surprised when told that everyone was now ready to go back down. It was a ‘whoa cowboy . . .’ moment.”
Another new Dog expressed surprise when he opened his Rider’s Kit and could not find routing instructions for the next days nor GPS coordinates or downloading information for his GPS. He asked a veteran Big Dog, “How will we know where we are going if we don’t have maps or a guide to lead us? I know we stick with a group, but aimless wandering seems to invite the risk of getting lost.”
The veteran Dog looked at the newbie and said, “Now where would the adventure be if we mapped everything from the get-go? If you’re looking for us to make you lunch on the side of the trail or put a foil covered chocolate on your pillow at night, you’ve signed up for the wrong adventure. Stick with your group and you’ll be fine, nobody gets left on the mountain.”
Old and new BMW models competed evenly over some of the more difficult sections of the event.
That night after a fun day of adventure the newbie Dog had to admit the apparent mayhem was really well organized and wildly fun. When a veteran Dog from New York who owns a chocolate making company gave out individual plastic wrapped Big Dog chocolates designed with a dogs paw on one side and the Big Dog logo on the other, the newbie Dog said, “OK, I get it now. These chocolates are well earned Big Dog chocolates, not wrapped in foil or put on my pillow.”
Not to be left out of the celebration, BMW of Denver hosted evening entertainment. The founding sponsor of the Big Dog Ride offered two multi-media presentations by entrants. The first, “Across Russia Dodging Babushkas On A BMW,” was by veteran Big Dog David Rankine, who shared his adventure across from South Korea to Europe via Russia. The second presentation, “Cambodia – The Long Hard Big Dog Way Around And Down,” was presented by John Harkins and recounted his self-guided ride through Cambodia with “no agenda and no fixed time.”
Another fixture in the Big Dog activities was Bob’s BMW of Jessup, Maryland. Bob’s sponsored two entrants in the 2015 event and gave away gift packages and discount certificates worth $1000 to lucky recipients needing replacement parts for their BMWs.
Several factors contributed to the possibility of the 2015 Big Dog Adventure Ride being the last. According to one of the organizers, Clem Cykowski from BMW of Denver, “Our core group of BMW riders are not getting any younger. What we did with a R80G/S or R100GS is beyond some of our brittle older bones now, plus the motorcycles have evolved in weight. As was once said, ‘A man’s got to know his limitations,’ and for some of us muscling 600 pounds of 100 plus horsepower is beyond our limitations. That said, these modern adventure models have abilities none of us could have dreamed of when we started the Big Dog Ride 25 years ago.”
To some traditionalists like Ed Russell, his BMW R100GS carried the BMW flag.
Another factor has been the increased traffic in the mountains favored by the Big Dog entrants. In the early 1980’s, when the Big Dog Ride was being born, there were few events designed for big dual sport motorcycles meant to be ridden to the event and then used in the event. Over the years, with the increased interest in motorcycle adventure touring and adventure riding, numerous copies of the Big Dog Ride have spawned, some organized by motorcycle tour companies as packaged training courses while others are manufacturer sponsored adventure rides.
What continues to separate the Big Dog Adventure Ride from the other adventure ride events is the camaraderie of the entrants, the big displacement motorcycle adventure seekers who comprise the fraternity of Big Dog members. It remains a select order of elite adventure seekers not bound to a single brand or model of motorcycle, but bound by the commonality of their pushing personal envelopes with like-minded motorcycle adventurists.
The spirit of the Big Dog entrants can be seen in the wide range of adventure model motorcycles entered in the event each year. While the most common model motorcycles remain the BMWs, the second most common have become the Kawasaki, and specifically the KLR650 models. Often a BMW owner will have a KLR650 as their off-road motorcycle, choosing to use the BMW for their road work and the less precious (expensive) Kawasaki for their dirt work. Other entrants profess to be “adventure motorcycle agnostics,” claiming not to know which brand, make or model is best for adventure riding, choosing to pursue their adventures on models ranging from an electric Zero to a monster Victory.
Some of the early entrants and their support crew prior to dirtying themselves and their motorcycles over wet and muddy passes like Red Cone and Webster on Day 1.
Kawasaki USA hosted the Big Dogs with a sponsored BBQ of two-inch thick T-bone steaks and served as base camp hosts for the event.
From KTM to Victory, the fraternity of Big Dogs has always been about the camaraderie of the entrants.
A first on the Big Dog Adventure Ride was an entrant with his riding companion, a little dog, on the back.
The history of the Big Dog Adventure Ride can be found on their website From there adventurists can see how the event morphed from a weekend of off-road adventure riding for strictly BMW enthusiasts to the modern group of motorcycle adventure seekers less brand specific and more tied together by their fraternal belief that any motorcycle can be used for adventure riding.
Whether the 2015 Big Dog Adventure Ride was truly the last event or the Big Dog Ride rises from the ashes like a phoenix and morphs further like several Dogs wished, entrants in the 2015 event agreed it had been their best
As the Big Dogs were cutting through their two-inch thick T-bone steaks during their traditional BBQ, a KTM rider stopped to point out to the Suzuki entrant sitting next to him, “Kawasaki sure knows the way to a Big Dogs heart by sponsoring these Big Dog steaks, but it’s the organizers who make this memorable by having a violinist wander through our midst while playing Beatles songs.”
Valerie Thompson fastest female motorcycle racer with 201.2 mph pass at inaugural Colorado Mile Speed Competition
(Watkins, CO) – September 9, 2015 – Seven-time land speed record holder Valerie Thompson became the first female member of the Colorado Mile 200 MPH Club with a top speed pass of 201.2 mph on her Quicksilver Powersports Lubricants/CTEK sponsored BMW. Thompson premiered an Iron Horse Motorcycles prepared motorcycle with an all-new hand built racing engine provided by BMW Motorrad, the first of its kind to see competition in the US.
The Colorado Mile, presented by US Mile Racing, is a new competition for the 2015 land speed racing schedule. The event is held at Front Range Airport in Watkins and is Colorado’s first one-mile speed event. US Mile Racing also hosts the Texas Mile where Thompson dominated in 2014 with a personal best speed of 217.7 mph.
Thompson made a total of 11 runs on the one-mile course during the three-day speed festival, taking special care to break-in the custom built BMW racing engine and all-new high performance exhaust system. Denver’s high attitude provided its typical challenges thrown at every racing team manager and tuner.
“Valerie is a true champion and fierce competitor, so we decided to provide her with a S 1000 RR Stage 3 HP Race engine, specifically the ‘Power Motor’ variant. This is the first time we have imported a Stage 3 engine to the US from the BMW HP race shop in Munich. Producing 215 hp from 999 cc, it’s the same engine specification BMW Motorrad offers teams participating in the FIM WSBK series,” said Mike Hernandez, Manager BMW Motorrad Parts and Accessories.
“This was our first competition after several months of event cancellations at Bonneville. In addition to the BMW engine, we were testing a new Akrapovic exhaust system and other new equipment,” said Thompson. “The 8300+ foot elevation near Denver is much higher than where we normally compete, so we knew optimal performance would be a real challenge. Despite that handicap, we learned a lot and I know the Quicksilver Powersports Lubricants BMW will go much faster at other venues. I’m very excited about our next race on the salt,” said a confident Thompson.
Thompson’s next competition will be the prestigious Mike Cook’s Bonneville Shootout September 17-21, featuring the world’s fastest streamliners and motorcycles.
Bob will be repeating his successful and very enjoyable Ride-2-Brunch-2-Do-Good event at the Finger Lakes BMW Rally over the Labor Day weekend again this fall. The ride and brunch is small, intimate and tickets are limited and must be purchased in advance.
Last year there were 15 participants for the inaugural event and is limited to just 17 so it is first RSVP, first paid and first to have fun and do good. The cost remains at $100 per person and this excellent brunch at one of the highest rated dining establishments in the entire Finger Lakes Region includes the participants choice of 1 appetizer, a salad, a seasonal entrée, dessert, coffee, any non-alcoholic beverages and if they wish one glass of wine, beer or champagne.
The event begins with a very enjoyable and spirited 75 minute (+-) ride starting at 9:30 AM sharp that uses beautiful secondary roads between the Rally location at Watkins Glen State Park and the Stonecat Café in the little town of Hector, New York. There is live Jazz music playing while we dine, converse and otherwise enjoy ourselves.
All net proceeds from this FUNdraiser are donated to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation® through their annual Ride for Kids® event which Bob participates in and escorts one of the Star kids in his sidecar. That event will be held on Sunday, September 27 in Ellicott City, Maryland should you be interested in joining us there too.
Additional donations can also be handed to Bob but outright contributions are always welcome. If you can’t join Bob please go to the link below and support the great work the PBTF® does. The PBTF® is a federally registered 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization. Bob and Bob’s BMW are fast approaching the $30,000 target for FUNdraising by 9-26-15 but we are not there yet; you could be the one to make that happen.
The full disclosure: Bob is a longtime supporter, fundraiser, past RFK® event leader and currently serves as a member of the PBTF BOD. He’s thankful that neither his immediate or extended family or any of his fantastic staff and their families have a child affected by this terrible disease.
To join the fun and fundraising event email or call Bob at the details below his signature or stop by the dealership with your check or credit card; any of the staff can accept payment and a positive RSVP if he’s not there.