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How Many Motorcycles Do You Have?

markWhen the newest addition to Bob’s team, Mark Singer was asked “How many motorcycles do you have?” He responded, “Thirty One.”

To which he received a reply of, “Thirty One?!” And he confirmed, “Yes thirty one.”

Mark came on board as the new Finance and Insurance Manager back in December and smoothly transitioned into the Bob’s family. With 31 bikes, you can imagine all of the interesting stories he has to share with co-workers and customers!

Many of the bikes in his collection he has just stumbled upon; your definition barn find. To be told, “If you can get it out of here today, you can have it,” is music to any do-it-yourselfer’s ears!

In his collection are Hondas, Yamahas, Kawasakis, Suzukis, Harley Davidsons, a Jawa, and a Velorex Sidecar but no BMW!

Mark explained, “I simply have never come across a BMW. By no means am I not interested. I would love to get my hands on a late 70’s, early 80’s airhead. Perhaps a R100RS.” He adds, “If anyone would like to donate a BMW to my collection, I would gladly take it, love it, and care for it forever and ever (LOL)!”

At which point I laughed and said, “Im not sure how many are going to bite on donating a bike to you but I do know there is a 1979 gold metallic R100RS listed in Bob’s project bike inventory. ” Ten minutes later he was emailing Bob for more information!

With 31 motorcycles (and possibly 32 on the way), one might wonder how he chooses which to ride one day to the next? Mark said, “The simple answer is whichever is closest to the garage door! (LOL) But in all seriousness I keep them all in rotation to be sure no season goes by that I don’t enjoy each and everyone.”

He is currently turning wrenches on a 1982 Honda CBX, a 1974 Velorex sidecar, and a 1953 Harley Davidson Head Bobber. Next time you stop by the shop, be sure to say hello and see how his project bikes are coming along!

Welcome to the team Mark. It’s great to have you here!

Trade In Helmet Program – We’re Investing In Your Safety

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Is your helmet 5 years or older? Not sure how old your helmet is? All new helmets are required to have their production date stamped on them so if you can’t find the date, you definitely need a new one!

Based on extensive safety research and testing, all major helmet manufactures agree it is important to replace your helmet every five years. Over time, the material slowly loses its protective qualities. As time passes, the EPS (expanded polystyrene) foam, hardens and after about 5 years the materials are no longer able to protect you in the event of an impact. Those of you with children are probably familiar with this. Similar rules apply to the protective qualities in car seats.

IMG_3366.JPGNot to mention if you weren’t properly fitted for your helmet, you very well could be riding around in a helmet that does not even fit which as you can imagine will not protect you as it is designed to do if you were in an accident.

About Bob’s Helmet Trade-In Program
In an effort to help the riding community stay safe, any motorcycle helmet brought to Bob’s between March 1 and April 30, 2014 can be traded in to receive an on-the-spot rebate equivalent to 10% of the value of any new helmet purchase. This offer applies to in-store only and is valid only for motorcycle helmets. Helmets traded in will be destroyed and disposed of by Bob’s staff. The offer cannot be combined with any other offer.

Bob’s stocks helmets in a wide variety of brands, colors, styles, and price ranges. Start the season off right by taking advantage of Bob’s first ever Trade-In Helmet Program.

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NEW Feature to Bob’s Online Store

Screen shot 2014-02-25 at 4.19.41 PMHelp other shoppers make the most informed buying decision they can by leaving a product review on Bob’s Ecomm site.

Ever wonder how you used to ride without a particular product? Don’t keep that kind of valuable information to yourself, let other shoppers know about your favorite products and why they’re your favorite! If the BMW GS Dry glove really is waterproof and has kept your fingers dry and warm on more than one occasion, share that! Or maybe you’ve experienced the unfortunate and been involved in a motorcycle incident and if it weren’t for the gear you were wearing, the outcome would have been very different? Post this kind of information online! Hearing a specific jacket/pant/boot/helmet/glove saved your life sure would help a person make a decision that was torn between two products!

It’s like searching for a recipe online…Buffalo Chicken Dip A has a 4.5 star rating and 999+ reviews and Buffalo Chicken Dip B has a 2 star rating and 999+ reviews…the decision is so much easier and the user is so much happier in the end!

The best part is leaving a product review is easy 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

And one final step you can do to help fellow riders is to SHARE products with one another. After you leave a review, or if you come across a JUST IN product or ON SALE product, SHARE it with your friends on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, by email, and the list goes on…simply click SHARE found on the right hand side of the product page.

Happy Shopping!

Motorcycle Safety Training

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According to the Maryland MVA website, “more than 90% of motorcyclists involved in accidents had no proper training,” yet motorcycle safety training is not required (unless you are 18 years or younger) to obtain a motorcycle license in Maryland?

We want to be sure our customers are aware that although some states like Maryland, don’t require it, it is available for riders of all skill levels, not just beginners. The upside of the courses for beginners is that by taking the Basic Rider Course you avoid the dreadful MVA lines plus you become eligible for special savings both through BMW and Bob’s!

In Maryland there are 20 MVA licensed and approved training centers. Each center offers courses for all skill levels, such as Basic Rider Course (BRC) or the Alternate Basic Rider Course (ABRC). There is also the Advanced Rider Course, Basic Rider Course 2, and Returning Rider Course. Some training facilities such as the Rider School at Howard Community College offer exclusive courses like Total Control Riding Clinic; Prince George’s Community College offers a Motorcycle Maintenance course; and the Glen Burnie MVA is now offering a 3 wheeler course. Many of the training facilities offer unique courses in addition to the ones listed above. You can view the list of facilities below and visit their sites to find available courses near you.

Knowledge is power and in this case, according to the statistics provided by Maryland MVA, the knowledge learned in motorcycle training courses provide riders a 90% better chance of avoiding involvement in an accident.

Below is a list of some of the schools in Maryland as well as a couple in Northern Virginia. Residents in others states, can find similar lists, by visiting your states, MVA website.

Finally, to any of our readers who are licensed MSF instructors, please take a moment to provide a direct link to your schedule of classes on our facebook page.

Maryland

Allegany College of Maryland
Center for Continuing Education
12401 Willowbrook Rd, SE
Cumberland, MD 21052
www.allegany.edu/x963.xml
 
Anne Arundel Community College
101 College Parkway
Arnold, MD 21012
www.aacc.edu/motorcycle

Carroll Community College
1601 Washington Road
Westminster, MD 21157
www.carrollcc.edu/cetcourses/

Cecil College
One Seahawk Drive
North East, MD 21901
For information call: 410-392-3366
To register call: 410-287-1078
http://www.cecil.edu/Continuing-Education/Transportation-Licenses/Motorcycle-and-Boat/Pages/default.aspx

Chesapeake College
1000 College Circle
Wye Mills, MD 21679
http://www.chesapeake.edu/continuing_ed/motorcycle.asp

College of Southern Maryland
Continuing Education (ARR)
8730 Mitchell Road
La Plata, MD, 20646
http://www.csmd.edu/PersonalEnrichment/DriverTraining/Motorcycle/

Frederick Community College
7932 Opossumtown Pike
Frederick, MD 21702
www.frederick.edu/courses_and_programs/ce_motorcycle.aspx

Glen Burnie MVA
Motor Vehicle Administration Headquarters
6601 Ritchie Highway
Glen Burnie, MD 21062
Schedule of classes – Only
Registration Information
 
Hagerstown Community College
11400 Robinwood Drive
Hagerstown, MD 21742
www.hagerstowncc.edu/GoDrive/

Harford Community College
401 Thomas Run Road
Bel Air, MD 21015
http://www.harford.edu/Schedule/U_noncrweb.asp?SelectionType=4&GroupChoice=MO

Montgomery College
Business Training Center
12 South Summit Ave, 4th Floor
Gaithersburg, MD
www.montgomerycollege.edu/wdce/bits/motorcycle.html
 
Motorcycle Safety Academy
Seton Keough High School
1201 South Caton Ave
Baltimore, MD 21227-1072
443-743-3723
www.motorcyclesafetyacademy.com

Prince George’s Community College
301 Largo Road
Largo, MD 20774
http://www.smithsolutions.com/pgcc/transportation/ 
 
The Rider School at Howard Community College
10901 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia, MD 21044
http://riderschool.org
 
Safety Zone Riding School
21800 North Shangri-La Drive
Lexington Park, MD 20653-1570
http://www.safetyzoneriding.com/
 
Wor-Wic Community College
32000 Campus Drive
Salisbury, MD 21804
www.worwic.edu/academics/continuingeducation/motorcyclesafety.aspx

Northern Virginia

Alexandria
Northern Virginia Community College

(703) 845-6110
www.nvcc.edu/alexandria

Fairfax
Motorcycle Riding Concepts

(703) 491-9102
www.saddleupva.com

Round 2 Winners Of Bob’s Polar Bear Challenge

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Here are the high mileage Polar Bear results to date: (Round 3 check in is this weekend! Look for those results in our next newsletter):

ROUND 1

ROUND 2

Name
Mileage
Name
Mileage
Neftali C. 1882 Lisa H. 2776
Dennis M. 1684 Neftali C. 1665
Greg N. 1201 Martin C 1640
Martin C. 1044 Kelly V. 1350
Lisa H. 992 D. Hagans 1234
Ken M. 788 D. Hrenchir 918
Brian L. 602 Omar A. 863
Kelly V. 538 James P 764
Paul C. 316 Brian L. 664
David D. 312 Ted K. 522
Brian C. 245 G. Kerkeslager 494
Dawn D. 136 Paul C. 408
Janet C. 53 Janet C. 224
    Ken M. 220
    Dave M. 159
    Dawn D. 93

That’s right folks Lisa Hecker and Neftali Colon have done it again for the second month in a row! How are they doing this?

After speaking to both Lisa and Neftali, the simple answer to this question is they both love to ride! According to Lisa, she rides “for her mental wellbeing” which I know many of us can relate to! Like Bob’s trailers say, “Ride More. Stress Less.”

“With the proper gear, the colder temps don’t bother me,” states Lisa. And according to Neftali, riding year round is a must in his club. Neftali learned to ride 12 years ago and was taught by the same club he belongs to today, AMA Chartered riding club, Die Hard Ryders of Brooklyn, NY.

Long trips certainly help pack on the miles but for Neftali, most of his mileage is accumulated from riding locally and commuting to work. “I don’t drive much being that I enjoy how quickly I can get around on my bike. Sure does beat riding in a cage,” Neftali explains.

Lisa was able to get a great jump start for the cumulative portion of the challenge thanks to two trips planned to Virginia Beach in December along with commuting to and from work whenever possible and hunting for rally locations. As for January, her high miles were accumulated within just 6 days of riding! Lisa is part of Southern Maryland Adventure Riders which had a group ride coordinated for January that she participated in.

All of the participants are putting up a good fight and we are loving it! Dennis M. was just 198 miles short of first place for the men in January and with only 4 women eligible for Round 3, it’s anyone’s game! Not to mention riders are spread out among multiple states, some of which have been hit with snow harder than others…so take every opportunity you get to log some miles!
 
If you want to join the fun, it is not too late. Round 4 (March) registration is open February 28-March 28. You can still participate in the final round and who knows, you might have a big trip planned that month and will sweep the cumulative as well!

Reminder to Round 3 participants, check in is scheduled for this weekend, February 28-March 1.

New T-Shirts at Bob’s BMW

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CONCEPT NINETY CAFE RACER T-SHIRT

Screen shot 2014-02-19 at 12.21.59 PMThe BMW “Concept Ninety” was a custom cafe-racer styled bike built in 2013 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the iconic R90S. It was a stunning work of moto-art that thousands of enthusiasts wished they could own, though there was little chance of it ever being. Well, now at least, you can own a T-Shirt that bears an exciting image of it.

The big, colorful Concept Ninety image is on the BACK of the shirt while the front tastefully shows a roundel with the BMW Motorrad logotype.

The shirt is 100% cotton in Light Gray.
Sizes are Men’s/Unisex standard cut, M to XXL.

NOTE: Size XXL costs an additional $2.

Only $20

Click HERE to Purchase
 
 
 


R-NINE-T T-SHIRT

Screen shot 2014-02-19 at 12.25.11 PMFor BMW riders who want a bike with totally modern performance in a cool retro looking package, the R Nine T certainly fills the bill. And what a perfect way to celebrate BMW’s 90th anniversary! Now it’s a celebration you can wear in the form of this exciting T-shirt.

The big, colorful R Nine T image is on the BACK of the shirt while the front tastefully shows a roundel with the BMW Motorrad logotype.

The shirt is 100% cotton in Medium Gray.
Sizes are Men’s/Unisex standard cut, M to XXL.

Only $20

NOTE: Size XXL costs an additional $2.

Click HERE to Purchase

 
 
 
 


HP4 T-SHIRT

The ultimate high performance motorcycle can now be yours for just Twenty Bucks! Sorry, we mean a PICTURE of the ultimate high performance motorcycle. Seriously, you’ll be proud to own this exciting T-shirt showing the S1000RR in limited edition HP4 trim. Just wearing this T-Shirt makes you look faster!

The big, colorful HP4 graphic is on the BACK of the shirt while the front tastefully shows a roundel with the BMW Motorrad logotype.

The shirt is 100% cotton in Sky Blue.
Sizes are Men’s/Unisex standard cut, M to XXL.

Only $20

NOTE: Size XXL costs an additional $2.

Click HERE to Purchase

2014 BMW Motorcycle Sales Programs

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2014 Military Motorcycle Purchase Program
Effective: January 01 – December 31, 2014

This special program offers SAVINGS up to $750 to active members of the U.S. armed forces with the purchase of any new BMW motorcycle.

Active members include active duty (including activated Reservists) of the U.S. Air force, Army, Navy, Marines, National Guard, Coast Guard, Veterans Administration and those who have recently finished active service (within 12 months) with a current military identification card or are a key military contractor. A copy of Department of Defense form 214 may be necessary for those who recently have been discharged from active service.

BMW Model Series
Incentive Amount*
K-Series
$500 OFF
R-Series
$400 OFF
S-Series
$400 OFF
C, G and F-Series
$250 OFF

NOTE: HP4 model is not eligible.

Call 1.888.BMW.BOBS or 301.497.8949 to find out more about this program.

LET’S TALK TODAY!

This incentive may be combined with any other retail customer incentive* available at the time of purchase for a qualified model (unless specifically excluded in the incentive program rules), which is defined as any new, previously unregistered BMW motorcycle sold between the dates of January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. BMW Motorrad fleet, HP4 models, auction or official P2 dealer demonstrator units do not qualify!*May not be combined with Center Employee, BMW MOA / BMWRA / VBMWMO Club Offers, MSF Instructor, Ride Smart Rewards, Emergency Services or BMW Group Employee / Valued Vendor Purchase Programs. Motorcycles must be purchased through an authorized BMW Motorrad USA dealer like Bob’s BMW! BMW Motorrad USA reserves the right to make changes to the Program and/or terminate the Program at any time without prior notice.

MSF-2014

Ride Smart and Look Better Doing It!
Effective: January 01 – December 31, 2014

Take the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic RiderCourse and receive $500 in BMW Riders’ Apparel with the purchase of any new BMW motorcycle.

Call 1.888.BMW.BOBS or 301.497.8949 to find out more about this program.

LET’S TALK TODAY!

This incentive may be combined with any other monthly retail customer incentive* available at the time of purchase for a qualified model (unless specifically excluded in the incentive program rules), which is defined as any new, previously unregistered BMW motorcycle sold between the dates of January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. BMW Motorrad fleet, HP4 models, auction or official P2 dealer demonstrator units do not qualify! *May not be combined with other special purchase programs including BMW MOA / BMWRA / VBMWMO Club Offers, Military, Emergency Services, MSF Instructor, BMW Group Employee / Center Employee or Valued Vendor Purchase Programs. Motorcycles must be purchased through an authorized BMW Motorrad USA dealer like Bob’s BMW! BMW Motorrad USA reserves the right to make changes to the Program and/or terminate the Program at any time without prior notice.

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2014 Emergency Services Purchase Program

This special program offering SAVINGS up to $500 is available to those serving the community in the emergency services with the purchase of any new BMW motorcycle!

An Emergency Services employee must be employed at a recognized Public Authority at the time of the motorcycle delivery. A Public Authority is considered to be a Federal, State or Local Police Agency / Authority, Sheriff’s Department, FBI, DEA, NSA, US Border Patrol, DA, Port Authority Police, US Coast Guard, Fire Department / EMT (including both paid and active volunteer), US Public Health Services, NOAA, etc.

BMW Model Series
Incentive Amount*
K-Series
$500 OFF
R-Series
$400 OFF
S-Series
$400 OFF
C, G and F-Series
$250 OFF

Call 1.888.BMW.BOBS or 301.497.8949 to find out more about this program.

LET’S TALK TODAY!

This incentive may be combined with any other retail customer incentive* available at the time of purchase for a qualified model (unless specifically excluded in the incentive program rules), which is defined as any new, previously unregistered BMW motorcycle sold between the dates of January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. BMW Motorrad fleet, HP4 models, auction or official P2 dealer demonstrator units do not qualify!
*May not be combined with Center Employee, BMW MOA / BMWRA / VBMWMO Club Offers, MSF Instructor, Ride Smart Rewards, Military or BMW Group Employee / Valued Vendor Purchase Programs. Motorcycles must be purchased through an authorized BMW Motorrad USA dealer, such as Bob’s BMW!
BMW Motorrad USA reserves the right to make changes to the Program and/or terminate the Program at any time without prior notice.

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Ride Smart and Look Better Doing It!
Effective: January 01 – December 31, 2014

Take the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic RiderCourse and receive $500 in BMW Riders’ Apparel with the purchase of any new BMW motorcycle.

Call 1.888.BMW.BOBS or 301.497.8949 to find out more about this program.

LET’S TALK TODAY!

This incentive may be combined with any other monthly retail customer incentive* available at the time of purchase for a qualified model (unless specifically excluded in the incentive program rules), which is defined as any new, previously unregistered BMW motorcycle sold between the dates of January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. BMW Motorrad fleet, HP4 models, auction or official P2 dealer demonstrator units do not qualify! *May not be combined with other special purchase programs including BMW MOA / BMWRA / VBMWMO Club Offers, Military, Emergency Services, MSF Instructor, BMW Group Employee / Center Employee or Valued Vendor Purchase Programs. Motorcycles must be purchased through an authorized BMW Motorrad USA dealer like Bob’s BMW! BMW Motorrad USA reserves the right to make changes to the Program and/or terminate the Program at any time without prior notice.

BMW Motorrad Makes BMW Motorcycles Affordable For All

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Feed your restless today with zero down and no payments for 90 days on the new BMW motorcycle of your choice.

Call 1.888.BMW.BOBS or 301.497.8949 to find out more about this program.
90 Days to First Payment program is allowed on New BMW Retail and 3asy Ride contracts based upon approved credit.

LET’S TALK TODAY!

$0 down option available based upon approved credit. Interest will accrue during the 90 day period and is distributed throughout the entire loan period. All normal credit guidelines apply. Offer not available in PA.


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3asy Ride truly is easy with 3 being the magic number!

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✔ Lower monthly payments
✔ ZERO down payment option
✔ 90 days until first payment option

And after four years you have 3 easy options:

✔ Pay off the remaining balance and keep the bike
✔ Re-finance the remaining balance at a competitive rate
✔ Trade-in your motorcycle and upgrade to a brand new BMW of your choice!

3asy Ride Financing makes owning a BMW affordable. Bob’s BMW is authorized not only in Maryland, DC, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware, and West Virginia, but ALL 50 states to offer 3asy ride financing.

Call 1.888.BMW.BOBS or 301.497.8949 to find out more about this program.

LET’S TALK TODAY!

* 3asy Ride is a retail installment sales contract with a balloon payment. Financing provided to well-qualified customers by participating BMW motorcycle dealers and assigned to BMW Financial Services NA, LLC or BMW Bank of North America. Program not offered in NC, ND, NH, NV, PA, & WV. Sales price must be greater than $10,000 in HI, NJ, and MD. Subject to credit approval. Offer based on a non-promotional rate – rates subject to change on a monthly basis – see your BMW Motorrad sales representative for details

Bob’s Replica Shocks on Sale!

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CLOSEOUT! We’re down to our LAST FEW remaining replica shocks of this type.

Restore the correct appearance to your classic Beemer, and get performance that’s better than it was back in the day! Bob’s replica shocks feature characteristics that made “the look” so special, including the easy-to-use, 3-position preload adjusting lever. But these shocks are also rugged performers, completely rebuildable, and come with a limited one-year warranty.

RCS-1 (fits 1970-72 /5 SWB)
now $199 was $299SAVE $100
RCS-6 (fits 1979-84 R65 & R65LS)
now $159 was $259SAVE $100

Restore the correct appearance to your classic Beemer, and get performance that’s better than it was back in the day! Hurry to SAVE a HUNDRED BUCKS! When they’re gone, they’re GONE!

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Bob’s Gift Card…The Perfect Valentine!

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Don’t try to GUESS what your Valentine wants, give him/her the gift of choice…a Bob’s BMW gift card!

Gift cards can be purchased (buyer specifies dollar amount) and redeemed in person at our Maryland store, over the phone, or online using the card’s unique code located on the back of each card!

Purchase Today!

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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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