September 15th, 2014
-September 15 posted by Ride for Kids®
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.
September 15th, 2014
“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.
August 21st, 2014
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:
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…
An album has been created on Bob’s Facebook page and will be regularly updated or you can check out Jorge’s Facebook page to get a more live feed. You can learn more about the trip by visiting his website.
August 21st, 2014
Oktoberfest and Swap Meet Scheduled for September 20
Oktoberfest in September?! That’s right folks, just like the Germans have done for hundreds of years, Bob’s is celebrating Oktoberfest in September! We are especially pleased to announce, back by popular customer demand, WOLO gourmet food truck will be onsite serving a German themed menu!
Customers will also have the opportunity to meet and speak with product reps from the motorcycle industry, check out Bob’s sponsored racer, Jeremy Cook’s newest bike, shop incredible end of year specials, register to win amazing door prizes (you do not have to be present to win, just stop by to register!), AND buy-sell-trade at the annual customer swap meet! For the latest Oktoberfest updates as they come in, be sure to LIKE Bob’s BMW Facebook Page.
Interested in selling at this year’s swap meet?
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a space…it is absolutely FREE! We do not charge sellers a commission of sales. We will also have a dedicated area for items to be donated or sold for benefit of the Ride for Kids®. Keep in mind the more sellers signed up, the more shoppers we attract for you so if you have any unwanted motorcycled related items you want to unload, this is a great opportunity to get in front of hundreds of fellow riders and make some money!
Track Day Rescheduled for October 6
If you were interested in participating in Bob’s annual track Day but the July date didn’t work for you, we’ve got some good news…track day has been rescheduled for October 6!
Track Days with Roger Lyle’s MotorcycleXcitment offers riders of all makes and models NOT just sport bikes, an opportunity to ride freely, as slow or as fast as you wish in a controlled and safe environment, practice skills, get better familiar with your bike and its capabilities, and get tips and pointers from professional coaches like Roger Lyle and Jeremy Cook!
August 21st, 2014
Bob’s BMW partnered with MotoDiscovery to obtain a special permit granting 20 motorcyclists into Cuba for a 12 day “People to People” motorcycle adventure. This is an exclusive opportunity to explore the country rarely visited by outsiders.
The tour will be led by Christopher Baker, a Cuba travel expert and award-winning author. This tour is more than your typical motorcycle adventure, this is an opportunity to travel back in time and experience the culture through people to people interaction with locals. You will ride through the Cuban countryside, stopping along the way to meet natives and make friends, and learn more about Cuban history.
MotoDiscovery serves in the capacity of “advertiser” of Cuba travel, legally permitted as stated in USA Office of Foreign Assets Control Guidelines. Any travel to Cuba promoted by MotoDiscovery will be authorized and legal for USA citizens under the license held by Antilles TravelLLC. No. CT-2013-299634-1.
August 21st, 2014
Bob’s BMW is an avid supporter of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation and has taken special pride for over twenty years to help raise awareness of this cause. Bob personally has participated in the Ride For Kids® each year, been a VIP escort in the ride, and for the past six years has been a board member. Throughout the year he takes every chance gets to bring attention to the cause and raise money whenever possible.
This year’s motorcycle ride will depart and end at Turf Valley located at 700 Turf Valley Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042 which is convenient to Interstate 70 and US Routes 40 and 29. Complete details on the ride are available online.
If for any reason you know you can’t attend but still want to be involved please go to Ride for Kids® and make an online donation crediting Bob Henig or another participant in the event you may know. Every dollar counts and it all helps to fund the research that has already led to great new treatments and will one day find a cure.
Hope to see you there!
P.S. Anyone who has been a VIP escort in the past and wants to do so again, please email Bob@bobsbmw.com directly.
Send your friends a video reminder of the upcoming Baltimore/Washington ride.
August 13th, 2014
Get 15% OFF MSRP on ANY Rev’it! Apparel we have in stock.*
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Why Rev’it? Because we LOVE it! WATCH THIS VIDEO to see our own Service advisor Darryl Carmichael talk about his Rev’it! gear and why he likes it best!
*This Bob’s BMW Sale event runs from 12:01 AM, August 11th through 11:59 PM, August 17, 2014 only. All in-stock Rev’it! brand apparel is 15% Off MSRP, first come first serve, while supplies last. This offer may not be combined with any other discount or offer.
June 13th, 2014
Just days after arriving home from a very unique motorcycling adventure, creator of Miles By Motorcycle, Bob’s good friend and long time customer, Yermo Lamers stopped by grinning ear to ear to fill us in on the details of the exciting trip he had just returned home from.
By mere coincidence, Yermo found himself joining an industry invite-only ride that had been in the planning for the past 3 years and that will forever be noted in motorcycling history, Cannonball’s Trail Centennial Ride.
While we could pass along the stories shared with us via this newsletter and drop names of all the motorcycling legends he rode with, it would be a disservice to both you and Yermo, which is why we invited Yermo to host a Saturday session at Bob’s BMW so you can personally hear all about the adventure straight from the horse’s mouth.
So mark your calendars to join us on July 26 at 11am. Yermo will be at Bob’s sharing:
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.
February 25th, 2014
Bob’s BMW and The Howard County Arts Council present Road to the Arts…12 art sculptures have been placed throughout Howard County in an effort to integrate art into the community and for the month of March Bob’s BMW is challenging ALL local motorcyclists to ride to as many of these ARTsites, take a selfie in front of the sculpture, submit your images, and you will be entered to WIN gift certificates to local Howard County restaurants…there will be SEVEN drawings!
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NOTE: The sculpture, “Getting the Band Back Together,” at North Laurel Community Center is now a skate border and tricyclist sculpture.