May 15th, 2014
Longtime customer Lou Hartzell and girlfriend Diane Wood head off on a short 2,500 mile road trip to visit friends and family following the delivery of his new BMW K1600GTL with a high performance EZS Summit sidecar conversion built at Bob’s. Upon their return Bob’s will go over the entire rig one more time before they head home and start planning another season of road trips.
This is the second high performance sidecar rig Lou has acquired from Bob’s over the past fifteen years. The first was a 1999 K1200RS with ARMEC Tremola II sidecar also built by Bob’s on which he logged well over 110,000 miles. That rig regularly returned to Bob’s for scheduled service even though he does not live within 1,000 miles of Bob’s. It returned about a year ago to be thoroughly refurbished before being presented to his daughter in anticipation of his new rigs arrival and delivery. That’s what you call a sidecar family!
May 15th, 2014
After 30 plus years of participating as a vendor at the MOA International Rally, Bob’s BMW knows it is necessary to annually change up its display to keep it new and fresh so the rally continues to be fun and exciting for all those attending. So for Bob’s 2014 MOA rally display we have two BIG announcements. First, Bob’s is excited to announce the first and ONLY GG Taurus in the U.S. will be on display at Bob’s BMW booth, Main Vendor Building, Spaces 179-184! Rally-goers will have the opportunity to be one of the first to see this 3-wheeled, BMW powered machine. But wait there is more…
Your bike could be on display alongside this limited edition, incredible machine! If you are planning to attend this year’s rally July 24-27, “Rolling By The River” in St. Paul, Minnesota, and your bike was modified, customized, refurbished, or restored (partly or completely) at Bob’s or it was ‘thanks’ to Bob’s great inventory of parts and accessories that your bike is what it is today please contact us as soon as possible to join in on the fun we are planning.
The plan is to rotate the display of bikes at Bob’s booth multiple times each day so that we are not holding any one bike hostage too long—we want you to enjoy the rally to its fullest and we know that includes having your bike available to go out and enjoy some great riding! Our goal is to share with the new rally-goers the endless possibilities there are with BMW’s and the ability to bring any model back to life.
If you would like to feel like a celebrity at the rally, simply provide email@example.com with 2 good pictures of your bike (right and left), details of the work Bob’s has helped you with, your contact information including full name, phone number, email, and address, along with a short blurb on why your bike should be showcased in our display at this year’s MOA rally!
May 15th, 2014
Bob’s Parts, Accessory, and Apparel department is always closely watching the industry to stay on top of the latest and greatest products made available by motorcycle apparel manufacturers, and we are excited to announce, both FieldSheer and Speed and Strength apparel is now available at Bob’s BMW. We have chosen select products from both manufacturers that offer safety and comfort along with style! Stop by today to check out Fieldsheer’s Adventure Touring Jacket and Pants in a variety of colors including hi-vis and Speed and Strength’s Speed Strong Jacket.
May 15th, 2014
For anyone who has not seen the stock 2014 BMW R Nine T, Bob’s is pleased to announce we will have one on the showroom floor for an extended period of time. These models are coming and going as soon as they come out of the crates across the world, but thanks to a very generous customer at Bob’s, he has agreed to display his at Bob’s until he returns from his travels in a couple weeks at which time he will take delivery of this hard to get model. Odds are you will not have a chance like this again, so if you want to be one of the few that can say they have seen the R Nine T in person and to snap some pictures (she is very photogenic!), stop by Bob’s before its gone.
In other R Nine T news, iconic fashion brand, GANT Rugger recently unveiled the completely customized and modified version of the 2014 BMW R Nine T, known as the “Brooklyn Scrambler.” Only 6 are being produced and will be sold in dealerships throughout France. Read More>>
May 15th, 2014
Every year, May is dedicated to reminding motorists to share the road with motorcyclists. Bobs has always planed the safety of its customers and all who ride ahead of all else. As more bikes put rubber to the road motorists need to be more alert and motorcyclists need to be reminded how to ride smart and ride safe. Do your part as a motorcyclist and take a few minutes to read through General Guidelines For Riding A Motorcycle Safety provided by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.
For many years, Bob’s BMW has helped spread the “Share The Road Message” via its 2 trailers and a 5′ x 40′ hillside banner visible from Route 32. This image will soon be converted to magnets and bumper stickers! Stay tuned.
To help other riders pass along the message, through the end of May, visitors to Bob’s BMW will receive a complimentary “Watch For Motorcycles” sticker. Ask any of our parts staff behind the counter.
May 15th, 2014
The sky was the perfect shade of blue and the temperatures hovered around low-mid 70’s at Bob’s BMW on April 26…another successful Open House in the books; some even suggest the best yet! Watch Video>>
Scott Keimig, BMWBMW President said, “In my 20 years of attending Bobs Spring Open Houses, I thought your April open house was the best that I recall. Perfect weather, nice selection of vendors (my favorites: visiting Ayres Adventures, Tex from Gerbing, Sarah from Schuberth, the Parks’ from Road Runner magazine, and Lou.) Very tasty food, and most of all your placing the club table in a primo position to collect foot traffic. Speaking on behalf of BMWBMW, we really do appreciate your continual support over the years, make that decades.”
Thanks to all the riders and passengers and even the passerbyers that joined us, thanks to all of the vendors that participated, and a special thanks to Rider Insurance for sponsoring the event for the second year in a row!
We received rave reviews about the Gourmet Food Truck, Wolo (“We Only Live Once.”) we had on-site. Long time friends and Bob’s Ambassadors, Bob and Donna Torche contacted us the next week stating, “We wanted to let you know that the Food Truck at the Open House this past Saturday was off the hook AWESOME!! We split the Brisket sandwich with fries…yummy! Best food truck cuisine we’ve had in a very long time — or maybe ever…???”
Door prizes this year included a BMW GS Dry Women’s Jacket won by Lynne Moore (Laytonsville, MD); BMW GS Dry Men’s Jacket won by Jim Kay (Columbia, MD); Scala Rider Q3 MultiSet won by Karey Lesche (Millville, NJ); KLIM folding spectator chair won by Dan Kenney (Mechanicsville, MD); $50 Bob’s BMW gift cards won by Dave Larrabee (Annapolis, MD), Jerry Donovan (Beltsville, MD), and Gregory Petchel (Alexandria, VA); Road Runner Subscription packages won by Leif Taylor (Hanover, MD), Brent Firestone (Long Beach CA), and Glenn Miller (Virginia Beach, VA); Gift Certificate to Cassies Cookies won by Jerry Larner (Ellicott City, MD); Alpine Star Rolling Bag won by Steve Donald (Columbia, MD); One-of-a-kind t-shirt created by Artist Renee Tantillo, won by Todd Berry (Arlington, VA); and Free Admission to The 5th Annual Charm City Mods Vs. Rockers Show won by Richard Hayes (Alexandria, VA). Congrats to all!
We did experience one hi-cup which we were sorry to announce to the crowd, particularly the dozens of sport bike riders in line but around 1pm the DYNO began experiencing technical difficulties and had to shut down…it seems it couldn’t handle all of the power coming from the BMW S1000RR’s
The good news is the DYNO will be returning to Bob’s BMW so anyone who was unable to run their bikes at Open House can come back by Saturday, June 21; same price $15 each or 2 for $25. Arrive early to get tickets and reserve your place in line, plus at 11am a Sport Bike Maintenance and Customization Tech Session will begin. The session will include tips and suggestions from our experts on ways to modify and enhance your high performance bike, and some great accessory options that will simply make it look good!
Thanks again to all and be sure to check the online calendar for more exciting events coming this year at Bob’s BMW!
May 14th, 2014
On April 14, 2014 NHTSA announced BMW North America is recalling model variants of 2005-2011 R1200 models; 2005-2012 K1200, K1300, and K1600 models; 2010-2011S1000RR models; and 2006-2010 HP2 models. Affected models could develop cracks in the flange resulting in a fuel leak and will either need the fuel pump flange reinforced, or the entire pump replaced. The service will take up to 2 hours to complete (at Bob’s BMW) and will of course be covered under warranty.
BMW North America will be notifying owners directly and/or you can call Bob’s Service Department for a VIN check. Personally, Bob’s BMW has sold over 900 affected units so you are encouraged to contact us immediately if your bike fits the above mentioned years and models for a VIN check. Please note where you purchased your bike does not matter. If you are on the road reading this and near Bob’s BMW, Bob’s Service Department is able and willing to help. To date we have serviced and corrected approximately 100 (give or take) affected bikes and we are continuing to schedule appointments.
Finally, if by chance you own one of the affected bikes and had work done to your fuel pump previous to this recall being announced, you are encouraged to contact us to review your work order as some parts may be eligible for reimbursement.
Read the official NHTSA recall notice>> http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/owners/SearchResults?searchType=ID&targetCategory=R&searchCriteria.nhtsa_ids=13V617000
April 16th, 2014
Exclusively at their 2014 Open House, Bob’s BMW will introduce the incredible GG Taurus, a BMW powered, 175 HP, three wheeled, street legal creation from Switzerland that will be available for your personal inspection.
The GG Taurus is sure to create immediate lust and outright drooling by every two, three or four wheeled enthusiast that sees it in person. Tell your friends, even those who do not ride motorcycles, to join you on April 26 at Bob’s. And yes, you will be able to touch it, sit on it and even have your photo taken while in the saddle to share with your friends on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other Social Media sites.
Built by Swiss company Grueter and Gut Technik, or GG for short, the Taurus is a high performance hammerhead trike, a fascinating vehicle with a bold design and even more impressive build quality that conceals a heart thumping 1,293cc German inline powerplant. If you’ve ever seen the Ferrari Yellow Duetto sidecar rig that Bob owns, rides and shares frequently this was designed and is built by the same company.
Until now it has never before seen on US streets. The Taurus is now available for the first time through a small number of select dealers of which Bob’s is the first. The big-bore engine is capable of developing 175 bhp at 9,250 rpm and 140 Nm of torque at 8,250 rpm, while being coupled with a 6-gear transmission along with suspension, brakes and tires worthy of a formula track car.
The Taurus weighs in at a very nimble 875lbs (without fuel or rider) and has a massive 9 gallon fuel tank to provide a vast cruising range. With a top speed of almost 140 mph, this is one fast trike that all of your friends, neighbors and co-workers will be seriously envious of.
The GG Taurus is the most exclusive 3 wheeler on the planet. This is the Ferrari of bikes and will only be owned by a select few. It is customizable so each owner’s GG Taurus will be exclusive to him or her. This 3-wheeled bike is truly a revolution that will turn heads anywhere and everywhere for the next few decades.
White Glove, Red Carpet delivery is offered with every purchase.
We know you want some technical details before you see it:
April 15th, 2014
It was a long winter but many of our customers didn’t let that stop them from having fun with the team at Bob’s BMW, and winning some great prizes along the way! Riders came from near and far to participate in our first annual “Road to the Arts” and “High Mileage Polar Bear Challenge.”
High Mileage Polar Bear Challenge
The Polar Bear Challenge was a 4-month high mileage challenge that attracted over 30 riders, locally and out of state. We were thrilled with level of interest and look forward to doing it again next year! Thanks to all that participated and a big thanks to Rev’it USA and Gerbing Heated Gear for sponsoring the challenge and donating such great prizes each month including two additional grand prizes for the male and female cumulative high mile riders. Congratulations to all who survived this year’s Polar Bear Challenge! We hope to see you and many more next year for the 2nd annual event. The 2013-2014 winners and reining champs until next year are:
Road to the Arts
Bob’s motorcycle version of “Road to the Arts” originated from the efforts of Howard County Arts Council to integrate art within the community by placing sculptures throughout the county every year. The contest challenged motorcycle riders—all makes and models—to visit Bob’s BMW located in Jessup, MD, pick up a “Road to the Arts” map provided by the council, visit as many ARTsites listed on that map, take a selfie in front of each sculpture, and email their pictures in for a chance to win a gift certificate to a local restaurant. A minimum of 6 ARTsites had to be visited, and riders’ “selfies” had to show them in motorcycle gear, and in front of the sculptures. Eligible participants were entered into a drawing to win $50-$100 gift certificates donated by the BEST restaurants in Howard County: Aida Bistro, The Iron Bridge Wine Company, The Kings Contrivance, Frisco tap House and Brewery, Café de Paris, and Portallis.
Thirteen riders participated this year and with the contest running in March, a month that had two snowstorms, Bob’s is looking forward to an even bigger turnout next year! This year’s lucky winners were:
|Craig Dyson||$75 gift certificate to Café de Paris|
|George Van Mater||$50 gift certificate to The Kings Contrivance|
|Janet Conley||$50 gift certificate to Aida Bistro|
|Jeff Eaby||$50 gift certificate to RANAZUL|
|John Cioccio||$100 gift certificate to The Iron Bridge Wine Company|
|John Dicarlo||$100 gift certificate to Portallis|
|Jonathan Tan||$100 gift certificate to Frisco tap House and Brewery|
April 15th, 2014
This local 2-day workshop is a great resource for riders wanting to develop more confidence and expert riding skills. Creator, Jim Ford takes a max of 5 riders per workshop on a journey through the Appalachian Mountains.
“It’s not about riding fast. Instead Jim slows you down and introduces—layer by layer—skill by skill—The Art of Riding Smooth. Being smooth means heightened awareness, and a relaxed presence of mind. Being smooth means safety and fun at any speed especially through curves. Essentially The Rider’s Workshop is a study of confidently motorcycling mountain curves.”
Workshops are available now through October and include 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner, 1 night lodging, 2 days instruction over 450 miles, 2-way radio and ear-bud rental, and a full course syllabus. Follow the link below for available workshop dates and be sure to mention Bob’s BMW referred you!