Every year at this time, we at Bob’s BMW like to inspire the generosity of our customers. Our “Comfort & Joy” program is designed to make it easy for you to help those in need. This year we’re asking for monetary donations to support a very worthy cause, the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center which serves individuals and families in crisis here in Howard County, MD, and nearby communities.
Donate securely online today and Bob’s BMW will MATCH donations received* so together we can make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate! Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
Quantity of 1 = $5. The “quantity” entered is your donation in multiples of five dollars. For example, select quantity of 5 in your shopping cart to donate $25.
*Donations up to $2500 will be matched by Bob’s BMW! Though donations from this page are restricted to $100 per order, we strongly encourage you to CALL us if you’re interested in donating a larger amount.
When the 95 Express Lanes open, motorcyclists can use the Express Lanes anytime without paying a toll.
You can travel toll-free on the 95 Express Lanes 24 hours a day, seven days a week and you do not need an E-ZPass® on your motorcycle to take the Express Lanes.
If you already have an E-ZPass on your motorcycle, you can leave it in place when you travel on the 95 Express Lanes. The system will detect that you’re traveling via motorcycle and not charge you a toll.
The Express Lanes end north of Edsall Road. Standard HOV rules will apply on I-395:
As a motorcyclist, you’ll be able to head north on the 95 Express Lanes and continue on to the I-395 HOV lanes no matter the time of day
You need three people in the car (including you) and your E-ZPass® FlexSM set to HOV mode to travel toll-free on the 95 Express Lanes
E-ZPass Flex works like a standard E-ZPass on all other Virginia toll roads and wherever E-ZPass is accepted – regardless of the position of the switch
Prepare now so you’re ready to take the 95 Express Lanes when they open.
The transition from HOV lanes to express lanes system will bring added benefits for motorcyclists – including relief from the current bottleneck at Dumfries where the HOV lanes end and access to new locations in Stafford County, Tysons Corner and Ft. Belvoir.
There are many charities that say they support veterans, but sadly, too many charities fail to deliver the programs and assistance they promise. Of 42 veteran’s charities rated by CharityWatch in the Summer 2014 issue of their Rating Guide & Watchdog Report, 29 received D or F ratings (unsatisfactory or poor). That’s 69%!
There are several exceptions to this sad statistic. These fine organizations that serve veterans are rated A+ (excellent) by CharityWatch for their transparency and highly efficient practices, among other criteria:
Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. Fisher House Foundation also operates the Hero Miles program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members as well as the Hotels for Heroes program using donated hotel points to allow family members to stay at hotels near medical centers without charge. The Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses and children of fallen and disabled veterans. Click HERE to Donate
Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund provides support for the families of military personnel lost in service to our nation, and for severely wounded military personnel and veterans. The Center for the Intrepid serves military personnel who have been catastrophically disabled in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and veterans severely injured in other operations and in the normal performance of their duties. The National Intrepid Center of Excellence provides the most advanced services for advanced diagnostics, initial treatment plan and family education, introduction to therapeutic modalities, referral and reintegration support for military personnel and veterans with TBI and psychological health conditions. Click HERE to Donate.
Semper Fi Fund provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post 9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families, ensuring that they have the resources they need during their recovery and transition back to their communities. The Fund provides financial, emotional, and tiered support for our injured/ill service members and their families through the following programs: Family Support, Adaptive Housing, Adaptive Transportation, Specialized Equipment, Education and Career Transitioning, Rehabilitative Sports programs, and more. Click HERE to Donate.
For more information about veteran’s charities and informed charitable giving in general, visit www.charitywatch.org. CharityWatch is America’s most independent and assertive charity watchdog. Rather than merely repeat charities’ self-reported finances using simplistic or automated formulas, they delve deep to find the real story of how efficiently charities use your donations to fund the programs you want to support. Founded in 1992 as the American Institute of Philanthropy (AIP), CharityWatch continues to expose nonprofit abuses and advocate for your interests as a donor.
This Veteran’s Day Bob’s BMW wants to say thank you to those who have served and are serving so bravely to protect our freedom. Detour to Bob’s today and enjoy tasty treats and coffee, and allow us to say thank you in person for all you have done and are doing to protect and serve.
While you’re here feel free to throw a leg over Bob’s 2003 BMW R1100S Boxer Cup Replica, custom painted by BMW North America (pictured above), and get your picture taken!
*Estimated monthly payments based on MSRP less current factory to dealer incentives, 48 month contract, current APR, 30 days to first payment, and balloon payment due at the end of the term. Down payment, monthly payment, and other credit terms depend upon motorcycle model, state, applicant’s creditworthiness, amount financed, and length of contract term. This is not an offer of any particular purchase or financing transaction. Excludes assembly, handling, doc, taxes, title, tag, reg. fees, and accessories. Financing provided to well-qualified customers financing their purchase of new eligible BMW motorcycles by participating BMW motorcycle dealers and assigned to BMW Financial Services NA, LLC or BMW Bank of North America. The total amount financed must be greater than $10,000 in MD. Subject to credit approval. Offer based on a non-promotional rate – rates subject to change on a monthly basis. Ask your sales representative for details.
**Cannot be combined with any Special Sales Programs (Military, Emergency Services, Ride Smart Reward, MSF RiderCoach, etc.). Savings up to $1,500 expire November 30, 2014.
When it’s frigid, wet and blustery outside..stay warm for hours ANYWHERE with Gerbing. For over 40 years Gerbing has been developing cordless and rechargeable self-heating technology to overcome the cold. Whether you are hunting, skiing, hiking, or attending a football game, Gerbing Thermovelocity Protection™ delivers the highest performance and most distinctive designs in the outerwear market.
Plus right now buy any Softshell or Fleece Jacket or Vest (available in Mens and Womens) get a FREE spare 7V Battery…a $39.99 value! NOW thru October 31.
Bob’s BMW Motorcycles (Jessup, MD) is pleased to announce it has joined forces again with Gerbing Heated Gear for its 2nd Annual High Mileage Polar Bear Challenge! All brand riders are welcome and encouraged to join in the fun. All you have to do is ride…it’s that simple!
The contest begins December 2nd and runs through April 4th. All active participants will receive an exclusive Polar Bear Challenge t-shirt and cool bike decal. Monthly and cumulative high mileage male and female winners will be awarded $2,500 worth of prizes thanks to this year’s sponsor, Gerbing Heated Gear!
The first annual Polar Bear challenge was a great success with riders of all brands and models showing up to participate and coming from as far north as New York and as far South as North Carolina. Monthly high mileage winners Dennis Mcdougald, Kelly Valdez, Lisa Hecker, and Neftali Colon rode home with Gerbing G3 heated gloves, Rev’it Kelvin H20 gloves, Rev’it Tour Winter socks, Rev’it balaclavas. Grand prize winners and Polar Bear champions Lisa Hecker and Neftali Colon won Gerbing heated jacket liners!
Combined, Polar Bear riders traveled 95,800 miles during the most frigid months of the year! Of those total miles the current reigning champs, Neftali of New York traveled 12,234 miles on a 2007 Yamaha and Lisa of Maryland traveled 7,539 miles on her 2008 BMW R1200GS. Only time will tell how long they will hold this title!?!
This year Bob’s BMW will be inviting motorcycle clubs to join the challenge from near and far offering an option for riders outside of Maryland, D.C., and N. Virginia who are members of a charter motorcycle club to participate and submit mileage via club presidents. Anyone interested in getting more details can contact firstname.lastname@example.org and/or download Registration Forms and “How it Works” HERE.
How To Register
Registration and mileage check-in must be done in person* at Bob’s BMW Service Department, Tuesday-Friday 9am-5:30pm and Saturday 9am-3:30pm; no appointment necessary. (see below for specific dates).
Want to participate but not “local”? If you are a member of a chartered motorcycle club and are interested in participating, contact email@example.com directly for more details on how you can get involved and/or download Registration Forms and “How it Works” HERE.
How The Challenge Works
All participants must complete the Rider Registration Form. This can be completed Online or you can download and print the form.
The male and female rider with the most miles traveled each round wins. The male and female with the most cumulative mileage are the grand prize winners. See prize list below.
If either male or female class has less than 5 participants, the classes will be combined and the top 2 high mileage riders, monthly and cumulatively will receive prizes.
You can participate in as many rounds as you like and/or the cumulative portion.
Mileage check-in must be done in person* at Bob’s Service Department Tuesday-Friday 9am-5:30pm and Saturday 9am-3:30pm; no appointment necessary.
Each participant is allowed one excused in-person check in and can submit mileage via email by purchasing a newspaper, holding it next to your odometer, and emailing that image to firstname.lastname@example.org.
T-shirt sizes will be collected during registration so you can receive your shirt at your next check-in.
Bike decals will be distributed at Round 4 mileage check-in.
Within 5 business days after a round ends, results will be posted and shared. Winners will be contacted directly to redeem prizes.
*Only riders outside of Maryland, D.C., and Northern Virgina who are chartered motorcycle club members are excused from in-person check-ins. Documentation showing club membership is required, in addition to cooperation from the club’s president to officially check-in and submit mileage.
Polar Bear Challenge Dates:
Round 1 – December
Registration open December 2 – December 23
Round 1 mileage check-in December 27 – December 31
Round 2 – January
New Entrants: Register starting mileage January 2 – January 30
Round 2 mileage check-in January 31 – February 4
Round 3 – February
New Entrants: Register starting mileage February 4 – February 27
Round 3 mileage check-in February 28 – March 4
Round 4 – March
New Entrants: Register starting mileage March 4 – March 28
Final mileage check-in March 31 – April 4
NOTE: Bob’s BMW is closed December 24-26 and December 31- January 1.
Anyone interested in more details can email email@example.com or call toll free 800-269-2627.
About Bob’s BMW:
Bob’s BMW Motorcycles located in Jessup, MD is one of the largest, most respected BMW motorcycle dealerships in North America, and the winner of several awards for overall dealer excellence, customer satisfaction, and community service. Bob’s impressive SuperStore, convenient to riders throughout the bustling Washington DC, Baltimore, and Northern Virginia region, is the destination of choice for Motorcycle enthusiasts from far and wide. Motorcyclists can choose from a huge selection of in-stock parts, apparel, and accessories. Plus an extensive inventory of new BMW Motorcycles that is the region’s largest by far, or browse a wide selection of ready-to-ride pre-owned motorcycles, both BMW and other brands as well.
Call 1.888.BMW.BOBS or 301.497.8949 to get complete details on savings and programs. Certain restrictions do apply. Schedule a test ride on the bike of your dreams! LET’S TALK TODAY!
*Bob's Ride Free program includes free fuel for one year calculations based on U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration 2012 Statistics. Average motorcyclist travels 2,519 miles/year. BMW riders are not your average rider so Bob's is nearly doubling that stat and assuming 4,000 miles per year when calculating fuel expense! Customer will receive a $250 complimentary gas card. Free service must be completed within 12 months from delivery date or 6,000 miles, whichever occurs first. Prior sales, deposit on existing orders, or motorcycles ordered and/or in transit for a prior order do not qualify. Payment in full or execution of BMWFS loan contract must be completed by November 30, 2014. These offers from Bob's BMW cannot be redeemed as cash or combined with other special programs or incentives. 1.Offer ends December 31, 2014 and applies to in-stock 2014 R1200RTW's. 2. Factory to dealer incentives up to $1500 off cannot be combined with any Special Sales Programs (Military, Emergency Services, Ride Smart Reward, MSF RiderCoach, etc.) and expires November 30, 2014. Free GPS offer ends December 31, 2014. 3. View Details.
The Sand Ladies Jacket and Pants are sold separately but are the perfect match for one another in both features and functionality! For the seriously adventurous women, this four-season gear has been specifically designed and developed by the women in the REV’IT! design department!
The NEW GT-R Jacket is new classic in the making; a sport-touring jacket, with emphasis on the sport, that will appeal to a broad spectrum of seasonal riders. Its design and use of materials are directly derived from the new GT-R one piece suit, yet without the aggressive color blocking and logo positioning.
BMW adds another sport-touring entry to its lineup with the 2015 R1200RS, extending the lineage of the RS badge first introduced to the world in 1976 with the R100RS. The 2015 R1200RS is powered by the same water-cooled Boxer Twin found in BMW’s popular R1200GS, R1200GS Adventure and R1200RT. The RS comes with plenty of electronic aides including ABS, Automatic Stability Control and variable riding modes. A newly designed frame, sportbike-inspired suspension, reconfigured intake and exhaust system and smorgasbord of available touring accessories round out the new Boxer design.
The R1200RS sources the well-established 1170cc air/liquid-cooled Boxer engine, which claims the same peak power stats as the existing water Boxer engines (125 horsepower / 92 lb-ft torque). However, BMW promises an updated airbox, reshaped intake ducts and new rear silencer result in more low-end punch for the RS model.
Riders will be able to refine power delivery via two riding modes which come standard, “Road” and “Rain.” Automatic Stability Control is also standard, along with ABS. Riding mode Pro is optional, and includes “Dynamic” and “User” settings, along with Dynamic Traction Control instead of ASC. The Dynamic mode brings the R1200RS to its fullest potential, providing snappier throttle response and limited DTC intervention. The User mode allows riders to configure settings as they set fit. Another option is the Gear Shift Assist Pro system, which allows for clutchless shifting in “relevant load and rev speed ranges.”
BMW built a new chassis for the R1200RS, designing a tubular steel bridge frame which incorporates the engine as a self-supporting element. The R1200RS comes with a 45mm upside-down telescopic fork at the front, inspired by the kit used on BMW’s S1000RR. Out back is an EVO Paralever single-sided swingarm. Adjustments on both ends are made by the newest generation Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment system. Braking is handled by dual four-piston radial-mount calipers and 320mm discs at the front and a single two-piston floating caliper, 276mm disc at the back.
The R1200RS comes with an onboard computer system with three instrument cluster display options available. Full mode allows information to be arranged and displayed to the rider’s preference, with items like mileage, trip meter, range, engine temperature, speed, fuel consumption, tire pressure and more available. Sport mode provides a bar graph engine speed display and Tourist mode simplifies matters with onboard computer info left to the bottom two panels of the instrument screen. For even more information, riders can chose the optional Pro display which includes details like time to service date, ride timer, electrical system voltage and automatic trip recorder.
Available accessories include a Comfort Package, which comes with heated grips and chrome-plated exhaust. The Touring Package includes pannier holder, center stand, luggage grid and cruise control. Various seat options, windshield, backrests, alarm and luggage systems are also available.
The 2015 R1200RS will be available in two aesthetic styles, the Basic option a Lupin blue metallic/Light grey metallic with black frame and black-anodized brake calipers. The Style 2 option is Granite grey metallic matte/Black storm metallic with an Agate grey metallic frame and gold-anodized brake calipers.
Specs for the 2015 BMW R1200RS are listed below. MSRP is yet to be determined.
2015 BMW R1200RS Specs
Engine: 1170cc air/liquid-cooled Boxer Twin
Bore x Stroke: 101mm x 73mm
Compression Ratio: 12.5:1
Clutch: Anti-slip wet clutch
Gearbox: 6-speed constant mesh
Final drive: Cardan shaft
Frame: Tubular steel bridge frame, self-supporting engine
Front Suspension: 45mm upside-down telescopic fork
Rear Suspension: BMW EVO Paralever
Front Brakes: 320mm dual disc, dual four-piston radial calipers
Rear Brake: 276mm single disc, two-piston floating caliper
ABS: BMW Motorrad Integral ABS
Front Wheels: Cast Aluminum 3.50 x 17 inch
Rear Wheels: Cast Sluminum 5.50 x 17 inch
Front Tires: 120/70 ZR17
Rear Tires: 180/55 ZR17
Wheelbase: 60.24 inches
Seat Height: 32.3 inches
Weight: 520 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 4.8 gallons
Ride out to Maryland International Raceway for the 22nd Annual Fast by Gast Fall Nationals October 4th!
Meet up at Bob’s BMW (Jessup, MD) ready to depart by 10:30 a.m. Pro S1000RR Racer Jeremy Cook #81 will lead the ride to the event. Upon arrival you can relax and drop your gear off under Bob’s Hospitality Tent. Enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages, watch some of the fastest motorcycle drag races of the season, browse vendor midway, and meet racers through out the day like pro S1000RR drag racer Domonic Anderson. For more details on the day’s events visit http://www.mirockracing.com/
Platinum Rollers MC hosts the longest standing bike night in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia (DMV) area EVERY Wednesday at the T.G.I. Friday’s in Greenbelt, MD. From 6pm-12a.m. Stop by and join hundreds of other attendees with and without motorcycles. The attached footage is ONLY the second half of the ride out. To learn more about the Platinum Rollers MC bike night, click here.
Bob’s BMW Motorcycles went out with Pro S1000RR racers Jeremy Cook and Domonic Anderson to support the club’s bike night and promote our upcoming event. Bob’s will be hosting its annual Oktoberfest Celebration and Rider’s Swap Meet. Saturday morning departing at 9:30 a.m., Domonic Anderson will be leading a ride to the event. If you’re not able to ride with us, stop by anytime until 4p.m.
Buy, sell, and trade your own motorcycle parts, accessories, apparel, etc. at Bob’s September 20. There is no fee to sellers. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details or visit www.bobsbmw.com From 9am-4pm, enjoy food, door prize giveaways, industry reps, storewide specials, and talk with both Jeremy Cook and Domonic Anderson, pro BMW S1000RR racers.
Beautiful skies and warm air accompanied more than 200 participants at the 23rd Baltimore-Washington Ride for Kids on Sept. 14. The event had raised $113,105 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation by ride time.
The event’s Stars were the seven local brain tumor survivors who led the ride from Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City: Gabriel, Maggie, Nick, Olivia, Paige, Ruxy and Yosef.
“Because of you all, we are finding inspiration which is leading to progress and hope,” Dr. Chetan Bettegowda of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine told the crowd. “There used to be dozens, now we have hundreds and thousands of people around the world working on research for pediatric brain tumors.”
As of Sept. 14, the individual, motorcycle club/chapter and motorcycle business with the most raised were Bob Henig ($22,775), GWRRA MD-B ($14,161) and Bob’s BMW ($33,568). The top non-motorcycle group was Team Gabriel ($6,790).
The event is still collecting donations online at www.rideforkids.org. Fundraisers will receive incentive credit through Oct. 14.
Joel Gladding won the drawing for a new Honda motorcycle, and a Cardo Scala Rider TeamSet went to Jimmy Tragle. Bruce Hill won a Tour Master gift card.
Thank you to the dedicated volunteers who organized the event. This year’s task force leaders were Tom Chicca and Marcy Rich.
Having made multiple runs across the globe, round-the-world adventurer Dr. Frazier imparts some of his motorcycle traveling wisdom in his monthly Dr. Frazier Rides column.
“Deranged, maniacal, demonic and negligent” were words used by the former AMA Motorcyclist of the Year, Bob Higdon, when he gave the official benediction at the start of an annual Big Dog Ride. He also included the words “aesthetic, pictorial, grandeur, supereminence and best-of-the-best.” Higdon closed his offering of pearls with, “You have a great thing going here with the Big Dog Ride. I hope none of you die!” and then mounted his BMW R80G/S and piloted it quickly in the opposite direction.
The 2014 Annual Running of the Dogs offered an opportunity to look inside the make-up of the new and old members of the unique fraternity of Big Dogs. While not a secret society, the Big Dog Adventure Ride does have some elements of membership not found in other adventure designed motorcycle events.
Founded on the concept of riding a large-displacement dual-purpose motorcycle to the event, off-loading luggage, and then riding some of the toughest trails and tracks found in the Lower 48, the core concept still exists. Original sponsor, BMW of Denver, accepted the eventual morphing of the event to welcome non-BMW bike entries. In 2014 entrants included KTMs, Kawasakis, Hondas and Suzukis, but all had to be 640cc or larger.
For three days the entrants bounced their motorcycles and themselves off rocks and trees, plowed through deep mountain streams and brown murky mud wallows, often dodging ATVs and errant 4×4 drivers over some of the highest passes in Colorado. While the wide range of large-displacement motorcycles offered an interesting mix for a tire kicker in the parking lot, it was the genetic elements of the entrants and their professional backgrounds that drew interest in 2014. Are there some genetic similarities that drew this group together to possibly hurt themselves and their motorcycles as they pushed adventure-riding envelopes to levels far away from posing at Starbucks on a Sunday morning with their ADV motorcycle?
One Big Dog wrote of the others that they are “down to earth, solid, self-aware, self-confident, hard-working, contributors…. men of integrity who share a passion for adventure motorcycle riding.” Within that definition was one self-proclaimed ditch digger, a man who worked for a county government operating equipment to literally dig ditches, and another who was a retired financial services executive. Others included the manager for a major manufacturing company, a national evangelist, educational technology sales representative, insurance broker, general building contractor, service engineer, writer, mechanic and a statistician.
A look at the geographic bases for some of the entrants found them piloting their motorcycles to Colorado from distant points such as California, Texas, Arkansas and Virginia, others from neighboring states Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico. One entrant, from Honolulu, flew from Hawaii to connect with his motorcycle in Seattle. He then rode two days to the event, off-loaded his travel gear and banged up himself and his Africa Twin for three days. He then repacked and rode back to Seattle, stashed his rare Africa Twin and flew back to Hawaii. Another first-time entrant, sponsored by Bob’s BMW, rode his fully-loaded BMW R1200GS Adventure from Virginia to the event start point in Buena Vista, Colorado, where he off-loaded his traveling gear and bounced off rocks, slid through mud and wobbled in sand as a new Dog. He then licked his wounds and humped the interstates back across America. A Happy Trails sponsored entrant from Michigan entered a stock 2006 Kawasaki KLR650 that had only a Happy Trails skid plate and “Nerf” or protection bars for his possible get-offs.
When asked what they thought contributed to their adventure riding genetics, one answer was, “I have always liked the ability to get away from the busy roads with my motorcycle, to explore and be closer to nature.” Another said, “I like pushing myself, taking risks, testing my riding skills with my road bike, but managing the risks.” A third proclaimed, “I bought this motorcycle for its advertised dual-purpose attributes, to be able to ride it on an interstate or a jeep trail. It cost me a fortune, more than I expected after I got it equipped, so I like to make it earn its money.”
Some of the entrants were budget conscious, as represented by the number of Kawasaki KLR650’s entered. Cited as “the least expensive ride to adventure,” several of the entrants admitted to owning expensive road bikes but using their KLRs for more aggressive riding away from cruiser territory. Kawasaki Motors Corp., USA rewarded all the 2014 entrants in the Big Dog Adventure Ride, not just Kawasaki KLR entrants, by sponsoring meals that included the annual Big Dog BBQ, a way to all the Big Dogs hearts, through their hunger after a hard day of riding, and their love of a good steak.
After 24 Big Dog events and numerous copies around the world, ranging from the Big Bird Ride in Japan to a Big Puppy Ride in the USA, the original Big Dog Adventure Ride remains unique. While the men who comprise the field of entrants have been cited as deranged, maniacal, demonic and negligent, they also enjoy the fraternity of like-mindedness, being pure adventure seeking motorcyclists while agnostic and accepting when it comes to the best motorcycle make or model for adventure riding or touring, a gene unique to their core.
An adventure riding whisper in the wind at the 2014 Big Dog Adventure Ride was the 2015 Annual Running of the Dogs would be the last. One veteran entrant lamented, “It would be like putting a trusted old dog down,” while another suggested, “There could be a last last?” The 2015 event is slated for August 9 – 12.
It is now less than a month until the Baltimore-Washington Ride for Kids® event here in Howard County, Maryland. I would hope that most of our customers know at least something about the Ride for Kids®, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation(PBTF) and our involvement with this fine organization.
I have been personally involved for over 20 years now. Bob’s has done substantial levels of FUNdraising with events like auctions, Galas and even two Ultimate Bike raffles (UBR1 & UBR2) and hundreds if not thousands of personal solicitations on my part and that of our staff. We’ve had customers donate motorcycles so we could fix them up, sell them and raise money through these efforts. Those donations generate a tax letter for that generous individual. We have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years and our grand total is much closer to the 1 million dollar mark than one half these days.
The need is great, the cause is good and the organization stands well above most other non-profits in the entire world in terms of how they manage the money and how little of what comes in is used for fundraising, management, salaries or general overhead.
I have been honored to serve on the PBTF Board of Directors for multiple years. I also serve on the local Task Force that hosts the event, one of 38 around the country this year. Thankfully none of my friends or neighbors, current or past employees or our own son are afflicted with this terrible disease.
So here’s the personal request: Please join us. Please ask a friend to join us as well. You’ll be part of a fine group of caring motorcyclists, riding all brands of motorcycles on September 24th for this event. If you’ve never been before you will be impressed and you will leave touched.
For those who frequent the dealership, donations can be rung up on a credit card at the front counter with or without another purchase or even added to a Repair Order. We are happy to accept personal and business checks. September is usually the big month for in store and online donations.
My goal is to deliver at least $20,000 of my customer’s money to this year’s event, all of which helps fund research that will help find better treatments and a cure. So please help us make September the biggest month this year. We are honored to accept and deliver your generous donations.
If you desire to write a check or tender a credit card for $100 or more please let my staff know to inform me so I can thank you personally.
I know that my business sells expensive toys so I also know that many of my customers have money available to support worthy causes. And I also know that the PBTF and RFK are not the only good causes out there asking for your money but this is truly one of the most worthy causes affecting children. They are rated one of the very best by Charity Watch and Charity Navigator every single year.
The lesson I have learned well over the years is that most people don’t give because no one has asked them to so I’m asking you to consider giving to this excellent organization. It will always be an honor to deliver your money if you cannot join us at this great event but the 50 mile police escorted back roads ride is very scenic, highly enjoyable and just one of the reasons you should consider attending. And if you do I hope you’ll let them know, when they ask you, if you wish to give your donation or fundraising efforts credit to your local motorcycle dealership, you’ll say yes and then tell them it is Bob’s BMW. You’ll also get personal recognition.
I would be pleased to sit and talk about any of this over coffee at any time; in person or on the phone.
A generous donation of any size can be securely made ONLINE TODAY!
With the cooler months just around the corner, it’s prime time to plan a nice weekend road trip. Not sure where to go? Bob’s can help. Year around Bob’s updates its website with rallies and events around the nation. Take a moment to see what’s coming up in the next couple of months, get your map out (or log into Google Maps), and start planning.
You will be able to find Bob this weekend at the Finger Lakes Rally in Watkins Glen, NY! Bob will be hosting a very special Sunday Ride and Brunch after a 2 year absence (Bob was not there) limited to between 12 and 18 people (waiting for OK from restaurant) at a brand new location with open menu choices, gourmet food and live Jazz music. It is one of the highest rated places to dine in the entire FLR region. The ride route will be nicer and a little longer than in the past and will depart just a little later as well. Those interested can call or email Bob on or before August 27 or find Bob at the rally to join this intimate and elite little group of ruthless fundraisers who might consider themselves to also be foodies.
Please remember wherever your next adventure takes you, to share your pictures with your favorite local dealer so we can then share them with our other customers via our website and social media sites. Not to mention, if you don’t have a Bob’s Road Crew cap, all you have to do is stop by and let any member of our staff know you are about to embark on an adventure and they will gladly provide you a hat and maybe even another surprise or two?! View Upcoming Rallies…
Some of you may already be following good friend and customer, Jorge Serpa as he travels the Americas top to bottom, but for anyone who is not you can start today! His adventure is planned to last through March 2015 and Bob’s will be providing regular updates along his journey.
Jorge departed on August 3 from Washington D.C. on his BMW R1200GS (A.K.A. The Mule which was of course purchased here at Bob’s BMW!) on a pre-planned route to Ushuaia, the southern most city in the world. Total distance traveled is an expected 31,000 miles, from August to the early part of December (Part 1) and from December to late March 2015 (Part 2).
Part 1 covers the stretch from Washington D.C. to Alaska and then south to Panama City; and Part 2 goes from Panama down to Ushuaia and then back to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The trip was divided up this way for financial purposes. If not able to secure enough funds for the whole trip, upon reaching Panana he will return to D.C. via the southern states.
This is not Jorge’s first rodeo to say the least. He decided years ago he wanted to spend most of his time traveling the world by “alternate means of transportation” and has since done just that crossing the Atlantic from Brazil to the US on a 35′ sailboat; completing a Round the World journey via Amtrak trains, a container vessel, the Trans Mongolia, and Trans Siberia trains; driving on a motorcycle from Paris to Lisbon and then onwards to Guinea-Bissau, just to name a few! Every adventurer approaches their adventure differently and Jorge is a planner. Jorge sat down to plan the America’s route and itinerary on a day to day basis and took everything from financial challenges, to weather challenges, to landmarks he didn’t want to miss into consideration.
For instance, the areas to be covered during the time he travels Jorge identified three important weather conditions to take into consideration:
Leaving Alaska still with riding appropriate weather
Avoiding as much as possible the rainy season in Central America
Doing as much as possible of Tierra del Fuego and the southern Andes in late Summer.
In addition to this Jorge researched ferry dates leaving AK and returning to the Lower 48 and decided well in advance which ferry makes most sense for his traveling purposes. His plan is to be on the September 8 ferry because the following September 22 ferry would mean being in Alaska well after the autumn frosts have started and to leave earlier than the 8th would only mean he would have more time to kill before entering Central America.
Will Jorge meet these key dates to stay on track? What unexpected challenges is he going to encounter? What beautiful sites is he going to see? Find out by following along Jorge’s journey…