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The Americas: Top to Bottom

Jorge with R1200GS imageSome 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.

Jorge imageThis 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:

  1. Leaving Alaska still with riding appropriate weather
  2. Avoiding as much as possible the rainy season in Central America
  3. Doing as much as possible of Tierra del Fuego and the southern Andes in late Summer.

Jorge imageIn 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.

Important Event Reminders and Updates

Oktoberfest and Swap Meet Scheduled for September 20
Oktoberfest imageOktoberfest 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?
WOLO Foods imageContact hanna@bobsbmw.com 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 Day imageTrack 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!

For more information on this fun-filled day contact lex@bobsbmw.com and/or download a registration form today.

What’s New on Bob’s Online Ecommerce Store?

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Bob's online ecommerce store continues growing in popularity thanks to its expanding inventory of products to shop and the constant new features and upgrades implemented to make the shopping experience the best and easiest it can be. The newest features we encourage everyone to take a moment to check out include the One-of-a-kind section, New Products section, Product Reviews available on each product page, and the microfiche updates.

One-of-a-Kind Section
Treasure-hunters and bargain-hunters agree: The “One-Of-A-Kind” section of our website has become the hot new ONLINE destination.

One-of-a-Kind is like a personal visit to Bob’s attic! Browse & buy from an ever-expanding and ever-changing selection of singular items: Used, New-Old-Stock, Modern, Vintage, Rare, Leftover, Collectible, Frivolous, or Just-Plain-Weird, parts, accessories, and apparel… you just never know what you may find!

New Products Just One Click Away
Easily check out the latest and greatest products under the ‘Featured New Products’ section on the right-hand sidebar of the ecomm homepage. This section changes regularly as new products are loaded onto the site, so be sure to check back regularly!

Bob's BMW Online Store

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Product Reviews
Help other shoppers make the most informed buying decision they can by leaving a product review on the ecomm site.

It’s easy to do and there is no login required! Next time you are browsing www.store.bobsbmw.com:

  1. Search for your favorite product
  2. Click on the product
  3. Scroll down below the product description and click ‘Write Review’


Go above and beyond and SHARE products with one another. Simply click the SHARE button found on the right hand side of the product page to let your friends know about must-have products!

Microfiche Updates
Although still in the works, we are excited to share we are working hard behind the scenes to add extra enhancements to the microfiche navigation as well as some additional and very useful information on parts to make the microfiche shopping experience as simple as 1-2-3! Stay tuned on that but in the meantime…

Start Shopping Today!

Ride Cuba: Only A Few Spots Remain For Bob’s BMW 2015 Motorcycle Adventure

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Horse Buggy Ride in Cuba

There’s no time left to think about it. If you’ve been contemplating joining Bob, Suzanne, and 18 others on this once in a lifetime motorcycle adventure, now is the time to decide because ONLY 6 spots remain!

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.

Video of Cuba TripClick HERE for a gallery of images, complete details, and to sign up today!

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.

Baltimore Washington Ride for Kids® is Right Around the Corner

Bob Henig and Ride for Kids

Bob Henig and Paige

This is not only an announcement but also a personal invitation from Bob to join the Baltimore/Washington Ride for Kids® on Sunday, September 14, 2014. Anyone who has participated in the past will tell you just how much of an amazingly gratifying experience it is to be a part of.

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.

The Rev’it! Summer Sale is on NOW!

Rev'it sale at Bob's BMWGet 15% OFF MSRP on ANY Rev’it! Apparel we have in stock.*
You know Bob’s has a huge inventory—but don!t wait—Sale ENDS at midnight, Sunday, Aug 17th.

Shop ONLINE to get 15% OFF with Promo Code REVSUMMER (enter Promo Code at checkout)

Stephanie and Azure at Bob's BMW

Stephanie and Azure

Shop in our STORE to get 15% OFF and get a friendly expert fitting from Azure or Stephanie.

Either way, shop TODAY to get the best selection!

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.

Be a VIP Escort at the Ride for Kids on September 14, 2014!

Dear Past Ride for Kids® VIP Escorts,

Bob Henig and Ride for KidsI hope riding motorcycles and some level of fundraising for our upcoming event has been a healthy part of your year so far. As the local Task Force Member responsible for getting VIP Escorts signed up for what is sure to be an amazing Ride for Kids® on Sunday, September 14, 2014 I’m reaching out with my annual invitation. If for any reason you know you can’t attend or be a VIP Escort but still want to be involved please go to this link: Ride for Kids and make an online donation crediting myself 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.

Please note that our start and end point has changed back to TURF VALLEY RESORT located at 700 Turf Valley Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042 which is still convenient to Interstate 70 and US Routes 40 and 29. Please also not that we also had a date change and our ride will be held Sunday, September 14, 2014. It’s great to be back to our original Ellicott City host location which is perfect for connecting to the great back roads for another new and exciting route.

This year I will only be confirming the first 10 three wheelers (sidecars or trikes) and the first 10 touring machines with trunks, backrests or armrests for the older kids, siblings or parents. For that reason I need a you to let me know as soon as possible if you are available to take on this very important role and commit the time required. Those who wait too long may not be able to participate as a VIP Escort.

Attached is the VIP Escort form to complete; you’ll be handed this form when you arrive unless you complete it in advance (DO NOT SIGN IT YET!) and bring it with you. The form helps insure that every motorcycle, trike, sidecar and rider involved is up to the task of properly representing the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation as a VIP Escort for a Ride for Kids® event. All of us are responsible for the safety and pleasure of these special kids and their families.

I am only sending this out via email this year so if you know someone who would like to volunteer their services that may not have participated before please forward this to them as well. Contact me immediately if you have questions by email or call me during normal business hours at my dealership at 301-497-8949 x218 and please RSVP before August 31, 2014. After that date I may not be able to get you approved for this year’s event.

For your RSVP email place the words “VIP ESCORT” in the subject line.
The email in which you RSVP to me must contain the following details on separate lines:

FIRST & LAST NAME
CURRENT HOME MAILING ADDRESS
CURRENT EMAIL ADDRESS
CELL PHONE NUMBER SO WE CAN REACH YOU NO MATTER WHAT
YEAR, MAKE AND MODEL OF YOUR MOTORCYCLE, TRIKE OR SIDECAR RIG
NUMBER OF SEATS AVAILABLE ON YOUR MACHINE & ANY LIMITATIONS FOR PASSENGER SIZE
APPROXIMATE NUMBER OF MILES YOU’VE RIDDEN DURING THE PAST 12 MONTHS

FINALLY, PLEASE CONFIRM THAT EVERYTHING ON YOUR MACHINE IS SAFE & ROADWORTHY AT THIS TIME

These last few items are very important:

Once you’ve agreed to accept this responsibility you should arrive early enough to get checked in, complete or turn in paperwork, sign the releases (must be done with a witness) and be assigned a VIP passenger AT LEAST 30 MINUTES BEFORE THE RIDE LEAVES AT 9:30 AM.

I urge you to arrive between 7:30 and 8:00 AM on Sunday morning (09/22/2013) so this can be accomplished in an ENJOYBALE AND UNRUSHED MANNER. And please be patient, this event is all volunteer run; we place the wellbeing of the children, their parents and siblings first.

VIP passengers are assigned based on the PBTF guidelines; the youngest kids will generally be placed in sidecars and these sidecars will be at the front of the ride, next will be older kids, siblings and parents in sidecars or on larger touring bikes or trikes with roomy back seats. The decision to accept or decline a vehicle or escort for this ride rests solely with the event team.

We cannot guarantee that every VIP Escort will have a passenger. When requested and where possible we will keep a parent and child together in a sidecar equipped for two persons or grant a repeat ride to someone you’ve developed a relationship with on past Ride for Kids® events.

FINALLY, DO NOT FORGET YOUR VALID MOTORCYCLE OPERATORS PERMIT, INSURANCE INFORMATION AND VEHICLE REGISTRATION CARD; YOU CANNOT BE A VIP ESCORT AT THIS OR ANY RIDE FOR KIDS® WITHOUT HAVING THAT INFORMATION WITH YOU AT THE EVENT.

With the greatest respect for what you help us do,

Bob
Bob Henig
Baltimore-Washington Ride for Kids® Task Force
Board Member, Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation

For more details on this event go to:
http://pbtf.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=1680&pg=entry#.U-fsHPldUmM

Registration for Escort Ride

Extras for your bike. Extra for you.

BMW motorcycle gift card

$100 INSTANT CREDIT NOW plus $50 GIFT CARD LATER

Now through September 30, 2014, purchase $1,000 in Original BMW Motorcycle Equipment and receive a $100 instant credit PLUS a $50 gift card for you or your riding buddy to use at a later visit to your Authorized BMW Motorrad dealer. Bonus gift card can be used for any BMW Original Part, Accessory or Service visit.

*The $50 gift card must be used by December 31, 2014 and redeemed at Bob’s BMW for motorcycles purchased in August and September.
Online sales do not qualify. Offer is not valid in combination with any other retail offer from BMW Motorrad USA.

Have sidecar, will travel for 96-year-old ‘Millie’ Bailey

By Janene Holzberg, For The Baltimore Sun

Millie and Bob getting ready for the ride.

Millie and Bob getting ready for the ride.

Vivian “Millie” Bailey is once again up to her well-polished trick of not acting her age. With one quick phone call from her home in Running Brook, the 96-year-old community activist recently arranged to check off an entry that’s been on her to-do list for a long time: take a ride in a motorcycle sidecar. Bob Henig, owner of Bob’s BMW in Jessup, was not only willing, he also owns the perfect sidecar rig for the journey — a bright-yellow GG Duetto manufactured in 1997 in Switzerland, one of only two on the continent.

“This will be the second-most-memorable trip I’ve taken,” Bailey said from the porch of the rancher she’s called home for nearly 45 years as the adventure got underway July 18. “The first was a ride on the Concorde from London to Dulles [International Airport] in 1988.”

Henig told his passenger that the excursion on scenic back roads to visit her close friends in Sykesville just might top her pricey flight on the now-retired supersonic transport that traveled at more than twice the speed of sound.
“I’m hoping by the time I bring you back, it’ll be close as to which trip was more fun,” the Columbia resident told her, quickly adding that they’d only be traveling at 45 mph or so.

Henig practically had to take a number and get in line to see who would be the first to escort Bailey. She said a TV reporter and motorcycle enthusiast she met when she served on a judicial nominating commission years ago was the first to egg her on.

Duetto Sidecar rig

Millie riding in Bob Henig’s yellow sidecar.

“It all started with Dick Gelfman,” Bailey said of the retired WJZ newsman, who is known for organizing Ride Across Maryland, a fundraiser for breast cancer research. Bailey remains in contact with him and his wife, Lenore Gelfman, a Howard County Circuit Court judge.

Henig began encouraging Bailey to take a ride in his sidecar seven or eight years ago after “we kept showing up at the same places,” she said. Bailey has been a member of the Howard County Police Advisory Council since it was formed in 1992 by then-Police Chief James Robey, who appointed her. Henig is on the board of the county police foundation, so their paths often cross.

Robey, an Elkridge Democrat who retired in 2014 as a state senator and previously served two terms as Howard County executive, said he wasn’t surprised to learn of the unusual trip but wondered with a laugh “why Millie wasn’t the driver.” “She’s so active, and she knows everybody. This is why she has stayed alive as long as she has,” he said, noting that she still drives a car. “She’s one gutsy lady.”

Bailey, who claims to know “two-thirds of the people in Columbia,” attributes her longevity to a busy schedule, a healthy diet and not worrying about things she can’t control. A former manager for the Social Security Administration and a widow with no children, she has served on numerous boards of county nonprofits and organizations over the years.

Running Brook Elementary School students call her their “Guardian Angel” for her fundraising efforts there, and she runs a group that sends homemade cookies to American troops overseas. “This is going to be a surprise for my adopted grandkids,” Bailey said before the pair set off. “They know I’m coming, but they don’t know how.” Henig assured his passenger that she was in for “a spaceship-smooth kind of ride” in his $75,000 Duetto, of which there are only 31 in the world. The manufacturer had hoped to build 100, but BMW stopped making the K1100 motorcycle that tows the rig, he said. He owns five other sidecars and 70 motorcycles, including a motorized unicycle.

As Henig flicked an electric switch to lift the sidecar’s hood and helped make Bailey comfortable, longtime neighbor Barbara Bryan happened to walk up the street with granddaughter Leah Williams. “I’m so glad I got to see this,” said the retired nurse, who’s known Bailey for 42 years. “Nothing gets by Millie. Her mind is so fast. This is amazing for her.”

When the pair arrived 50 minutes later at the home of Julie and Ken Girardini, the couple said they were caught off-guard by the sight of their friend, whom they assumed would be arriving in her Ford Focus. “It was quite a shock, definitely, but she was having a ball and was all smiles,” Julie Girardini said. “Millie is always willing to try something new.”

Bailey said afterward that the ride was “just wonderful.”
She’s tried other unusual conveyances, she said, like the time she unhappily rode a camel in Morocco. She did enjoy riding an elephant in Thailand, though. Henig said Bailey was “the perfect passenger,” riding with her face shield up and a contented expression that “put a smile on my face all day.” So is Bailey done with adventurous modes of transportation? “Oh, I wouldn’t say that,” she said. “Something exciting might come along, so I can’t rule anything out.”

Click HERE for more photographs and a video of the ride.

Three Years. Five Continents. One Motorcycle.

My New Book FORKS and How Bob’s BMW Kept Me Going Around The World
By: Allan Karl

Allan Karl's Book called FORKS.

Those of you who know me remember, and for those of you I’ve yet to meet, I spent three years traveling around the world alone on my 2005 F650GS Dakar. While I’ve delivered a few presentations at Bob’s BMW, there are lot of stories, adventures and lessons that never made it into those presentations.

Allan Karl motorcycle adventure writer.

Allan Karl author of Three Years. Five Continents. One Motorcycle.

I share many of these stories and lessons—plus hundreds of more photos and delicious recipes from each of the 35 countries I traveled in my new book FORKS—A Quest for Culture, Cuisine, and Connection. It’s a big book—coffee-table size and packed with info—including my packing list, maintenance and parts used over three years.

What many people don’t remember — and what I will never forget—is how instrumental Bob’s BMW was in getting me some of those parts which are difficult to find in the vast plains of Patagonia or the wild savannah of the Serengeti in Tanzania. Where other part vendors refused or were unable to ship parts to the remote ends of the earth, Bob’s always came through.

One particular challenge came when my battery would no longer hold a charge. I was in the Andes Mountains in Bolivia. After making phone calls, taking taxis and busses to nearly every battery and motorcycle parts supplier in Bolivia, I called on Bob’s BMW. Unlike a clutch cable, fork seals or steering head bearings (all parts I needed during my trip) batteries are considered hazardous materials. Bob’s didn’t hesitate and quickly processed the special paperwork and customs documentation required. That battery made it to Bolivia and I was able to get on with my journey.

When I finally returned to the United States, I retrieved my bike from the Port of Baltimore. For the first time in three years, my trusty Dakar was back on U.S. soil. Yet before I made my journey across these United States to my home in California, I again relied on Bob’s to do a complete maintenance and check—preparing me once again for the long journey—where I rode only backroads, never a freeway, highway, interstate or turnpike. As I did all over the world, I wanted to take a slower and closer look at my own country.

If you haven’t picked up a copy of FORKS, you can order a copy on my website (I’ll sign it) or you can save a few bucks and order from Amazon. No matter where you buy your copy, be sure to give me a shout out and let me know what you think.

Hope to see you on the road, or at Bob’s BMW, soon!

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Bob's BMW Motorcycles is one of the largest, most respected BMW dealerships in North America, and the winner of numerous awards for overall excellence, merchandising, customer satisfaction, and community service. Bob’s is well known throughout the world for the passion and professionalism they bring to this business and sport. Bob's impressive brick and mortar Retail store, Dealership and Vintage Museum, serving the bustling Washington DC — Baltimore — Northern Virginia – Suburban Maryland area as well as surrounding mid-Atlantic region is the destination of choice for BMW enthusiasts everywhere for over 30 years. Bob's is a National leader in sales and service of new and used BMW motorcycles along with clean used offerings from most all brands and Bob’s offers complete refurbishing and restorations on any year BMW built since 1950. Since the beginnings in 1981 Bob’s has won praise for their huge inventory of genuine BMW parts, Accessories, and Riding Gear for all riders plus casual Apparel. Their ability to deliver what customers need when they need it is unparalleled. Bob's also specializes in high quality Used BMW motorcycle parts and hard-to-find Vintage BMW parts and accessories. One visit, one phone call or a few mouse clicks opens up the whole world of BMW Motorcycles.

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