July 16th, 2013
July 12, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: James Holter
Phone: (614) 856-1900, ext. 1280
Carmichael, Hamel, McDonald, Renfrow and Traynors compose AMA Motorcycle Hall Of Fame Class of 2013
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — With voting completed for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2013, the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce the inductees who will be formally elevated to the Hall of Fame: multi-time AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross champion Ricky Carmichael, multi-time desert racing champion Danny Hamel, K&N co-founder Norm McDonald, multi-time roadracing champion Randy Renfrow and Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation founders Mike and Dianne Traynor.
“The Greatest of All Time, an AMA and Baja racing standout, a well-known industry business veteran, a multi-talented AMA roadracer and a visionary couple of motorcyclists who started the Ride for Kids program and raised millions of dollars from fellow riders — I can’t think of a more wide-ranging and well-deserving class of inductees,” said Jeffrey V. Heininger, chairman of the AMHF, which oversees the Hall of Fame.
“Each member of the Class of 2013 has made a lasting impact on the world of motorcycling, rising to the highest levels in their endeavors, whether in competition, business or helping others less fortunate,” Heininger said. “It’s an honor to welcome them to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame family, and we look forward to celebrating their achievements at this year’s induction ceremony, Oct. 18-19, in Las Vegas.”
Potential AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers are considered in eight categories, each focused on a specific area of achievement: Ambassadors & Industry, Design & Engineering, Dirt Track, Leadership & Motorcycle Rights, Motocross & Supercross, Off-Road, Roadracing and Specialty Competition.
The Class of 2013 was selected by a voting procedure that included ballots cast by living Hall of Fame members, members of the AMA and AMHF boards of directors, and members of, and advisers to, the Hall of Fame category committees. The current total number of eligible voters is more than 250.
The selection of the 2013 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame inductees is the culmination of a comprehensive review of the procedures and makeup of the Hall of Fame nominating processes and committees. The revisions institutionalize the integrity of the nominating process, from application through induction, into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2013:
Ricky Carmichael has more combined AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross National wins than any other rider in history. From 1997 to 2006, Carmichael won a championship series title each year. In 2002, he recorded the first perfect season in AMA motocross history by earning 24 straight moto victories for 12 overall wins in the premier class — a feat he repeated in 2004.
Carmichael, who was traveling in Europe, said through a text relayed via his mother, Jeanie, “This is for all of the people who helped me get to where I am, and the sponsors that gave me the support to do the job I needed to do. And also, this is for all my fans who supported me through the journey.”
Jeanie added: “This is very honorable for Ricky. He has devoted his life to this sport and now he is recognized for all this achievement. To think that he is being recognized by his peers for this special respect, it is amazing and frankly, emotionally, very moving.”
Danny Hamel accomplished much as an off-road racer: five-time AMA Hare and Hound national champion, Baja 1000 and 500 overall winner and more. Between 1977 and 1995, Hamel was the only rider ever named both as the AMA Amateur Athlete of the Year and AMA Amateur Sportsman of the Year in the same year. He died in June 1995 while racing the Baja 500 when a car strayed onto the road that was part of the course and Hamel collided with it.
“Danny would be speechless with this news,” said Hamel’s friend, Mike Hodges. “He’d walk away, give a very loud ‘Hoo-Ray’ and he’d savor the moment.”
Norm McDonald has been an ambassador for motorcycling his entire life as a racer, promoter, teacher, sponsor and advocate for motorcyclists’ rights and safety. In 1957 he opened K&N Motorcycles — a motorcycle shop — with Ken Johnson. By 1965, they created K&N Engineering and in 1966 the K&N Air Filter was introduced. Over the years McDonald sponsored hundreds of racers, with more than 30 of them going on to the national level.
McDonald was at a loss for words when he heard the news: “When John Ulrich told me I was nominated, I was shocked,” McDonald said. “Now, with this news, I am honored and numb.”
Randy Renfrow began his pro roadracing career in 1981. He won the AMA 250 Grand Prix championship in 1983, the AMA Formula One title in 1986 and the AMA Pro Twins Series championship in 1989. He was known for his ability to be competitive on any type of machinery, from diminutive 250 Grand Prix bikes all the way up to AMA Superbikes, and he excelled in nearly every class of professional motorcycle roadracing. In all, he won 17 AMA Nationals in four different classes. Renfrow died in 2002 in a non-racing accident.
Said his brother, Shawn: “My brother was a lifelong supporter of the AMA and AMA Pro Racing. If he were here today he’d say this is his highest honor.”
Mike and Dianne Traynor co-founded the Ride for Kids motorcycle charity program and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. They began the Ride for Kids in 1984 to raise funds for childhood brain tumor research. With tens of millions of dollars raised since 1984, motorcyclists have helped the PBTF become the world’s largest non-governmental source of funding for childhood brain tumor research. Mike Traynor died in 2009 and Dianne Traynor died in 2012.
Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation board member Larry Little, vice president and general manager of the Marketplace Events Motorcycle Group, said the organization was touched by the news.
“Like so many, I am overjoyed that Mike and Dianne Traynor have been recognized for their immeasurable impact on both the medical and motorcycling communities,” Little said. “They committed their lives to eliminating children’s brain tumors, and along the way they simultaneously raised positive awareness about motorcyclists and motorcycling. Their legacy will long live on as the foundation they created grows ever closer to finding a cure for one of the deadliest forms of childhood cancer. On behalf of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, Ride for Kids volunteers and the young brain tumor patients we serve, our thanks to the Hall of Fame members for recognizing Mike and Dianne’s contributions and for selecting them to join the Hall of Fame.”
The class of 2013 will be officially inducted on Friday, Oct. 18, during the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legends Weekend in a star-studded gala at Las Vegas’ Green Valley Resort & Casino, with tickets available to the general public. Also featured at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony are two Hall of Fame Legends — existing members of the Hall of Fame whose lifetime accomplishments are highlighted. The 2013 Legends are: Mark Blackwell, a pioneering racer in American motocross, a six-time AMA championship race team manager and a well-respected executive in the motorcycle industry; and Torsten Hallman, a four-time World Motocross champion who was instrumental in introducing the sport of motocross to America and founded the Thor brand.
Also part of the weekend’s activities is the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Dave Mungenast Memorial Legends Reception on Saturday, Oct. 19, where the class of 2013, the 2013 Legends and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers from previous years will be honored and interviewed on-stage in a relaxed setting that allows fans and friends to get up close and personal with motorcycling’s heroes.
Tickets are on sale now at www.motorcyclemuseum.org. Price is $140 for Friday night’s induction ceremony, and $20 for Saturday’s reception, which includes a continental breakfast. Additionally, rooms at the Green Valley Ranch can be reserved now for a special rate at https://resweb.passkey.com/Resweb.do?mode=welcome_gi_new&groupID=19471407 or by calling (866) 782-9487 and using the code GCIAMHF.
The AMA Legends Weekend is a fundraiser for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, located on the AMA campus in Pickerington, Ohio, and overseen by the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation. The mission of the AMHF is to celebrate, elucidate and preserve the rich tradition of motorcycling in America. For more information, please visit www.motorcyclemuseum.org.
About the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation
Founded in 1990 by the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, the goal of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum is to tell the stories and preserve the history of motorcycling. Located on the campus of the American Motorcyclist Association in Pickerington, Ohio, the Museum’s three major exhibition halls feature the machines and memorabilia of those who have contributed notably to the sport. The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to motorcycling, including those known for their contributions to road riding, off-road riding and all categories of racing, as well as those who have excelled in business, history, design and engineering. More information can be found at www.motorcyclemuseum.org.
July 13th, 2013
Last year it was a motorcycle tour through Eastern Europe, the year before it was a cross country sidecar adventure, and this year Bob and Suzanne are headed to South Africa and want you to join them!
Owners of Ayres Adventures, Ron and Barbara were at this year’s Open House promoting the upcoming tour. They will be leading Bob’s group on this incredible 14-day motorcycle adventure scheduled for November 6-19, 2013. The trip takes riders along South Africa’s Cape Peninsula, Cape Town to Johannesburg. And there are just 4 spaces left.
The itinerary includes:
More details are available at www.ayresadventures.com, click on Africa and you will see exclusive dates reserved for Bob’s BMW. That link will give you all the answers to your questions. There are only four spots remaining so if South Africa is on your bucket list, now is your chance to check it off, and what better way to experience it than exploring it by motorcycle with a group of great folks!
You can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or go right to www.ayresadventures.com, but please, if you are interested, don’t delay; both Bob and Ayres Adventures will be at the National Rally this week recruiting riders to fill the empty spots so they won’t last long!
July 13th, 2013
It looks like this month is all about happy (and lucky) customers at Bob’s. In this final story we are excited to wish long time customer and friend, Glenn Strohm, safe travels as he departs the end of this month for an Alaska motorcycle adventure with Moto-Quest.
Glenn joined us to celebrate Bob’s 30 year anniversary this past November and left a lucky winner of a 10 day-Alaska Adventure with Moto-Quest. There is a funny story behind Glenn’s name being drawn as the Grand Prize Winner. His wife bought the ticket for Glenn as a birthday gift so the ticket was listed under her name, which also meant her name had been entered into the evening’s raffle of giveaways. When he checked in, I told him not to worry about switching out his wife’s name; if it was called I would vouch for him and darn if her name was not called!
Phil Freeman, owner of MotoQuest was here that evening to personally award and congratulate Glenn with his certificate to Ride the Best of Alaska.
Highlights of the 10 day tour include:
Glenn has agreed to share highlights of the trip and pictures he takes along the way with us when he returns which we will share with our readers in an upcoming newsletter.
For complete details on The Best of Alaska Tour and all other MotoQuest tours, you can visit www.motoquest.com
July 13th, 2013
You’ve got to play to win folks and at Bob’s there’s no catch, people really do win our contests! Just ask Randy Arvay who won a 2-Day Off-Road Adventure with Xplor-Int., paid in full by Bob’s BMW. Like so many of our winners, Randy’s reply when we told him he won was, “I never win anything!” Well Randy, now you have.
The contest ran during the month of June. Customers were encouraged to come in and fill out an entry form sitting by coffee as many times as they wanted and Randy did just that, three times! He saw the contest announced and decided to take advantage of the opportunity and come in to order a part he had been wanting for his 2013 F700GS, purchased earlier this year at Bob’s, and enter the contest; and hey why not enter again when he returned to pick up the part once it arrived, and maybe just one more time for good luck?! That’s what Randy did and he won!
On September 21 Randy will be riding to Western Pennsylvania to enjoy an exciting 2 day of off-road adventure led by a team of professionals at Xplor-Int…compliments of Bob’s BMW!
Xplor-Int. is a MSF certified and AMA sanctioned off-road training facility. They offer a 2-day adventure that combines skill building taught in the Basic Off-Road Course with advanced techniques for single track and obstacles, plus outdoor survival skills and camping tips. The course is filled with a combination of dirt, gravel, and bedrock roads and teaches riders basics of off-road riding as well as more complex techniques needed for multi-day trips on dual-sport machines. Skills are taught that enable riders to transition from asphalt to double-track, single-track, and fire trails. Xplor teaches the fundamentals of straight lines, turning, body posture, and braking in order to handle obstacles, stream crossings, and tight single-tracks. The course is intended to build confidence and break down barriers without destroying you and your gear.
Xplor-Int. instructors have taken motorcycles into the world’s most challenging places, which allows participants to learn off-road riding skills from experienced pros, plus learn how to pack appropriately, manage resources, as well as deal with emergencies.
Randy will be providing a full ride report along with pictures when he returns, which we will share with readers in the October newsletter. We also hope to announce exclusive dates reserved with Xplor-Int. for the GS Riders Of Bob’s BMW to travel and train as a group at their facility.
July 13th, 2013
Exciting news if you don’t already know…Bob’s service loaner fleet has been recently updated and includes seven different BMW models, four of which are 2013 models! The loaner fleet offers riders the convenience of riding in for service, dropping off, and turning right back around to ride to work, back home overnight or maybe for a long distance ride (as long as you return within 24 hours and with a full tank of gas). The fleet of service loaners now includes:
If you’ve purchased a bike at Bob’s with a factory warranty and/or Zurich’s Extended Warranty you can choose any of the seven models to enjoy and have some fun with while your motorcycle is being serviced. Customers who have purchased a Bob’s Advantage Certified Used Motorcycle also have access to the loaners when they bring in their bike for its first service.
It’s just another great benefit of being a Bob’s customer. In fact even if you did not purchase your bike at Bob’s, as long as it’s being serviced with us, the loaners are available to you to rent for a low price of just $75/day.
July 9th, 2013
For Immediate Release
Monday, July 1, 2013, Washington, DC
Suprine Machinery, Inc. is pleased to announce a special preview of the EXODUS, our breakthrough recumbent motorcycle, on July 13th, 2013, at Bob’s BMW, 10720 Guilford Road, Jessup, Maryland. Please see the Bob’s BMW web site, www.bobsbmw.com, for further information on this exciting event.
The Exodus will be on Bob’s showroom floor, surrounded by the wonderful current, historic and racing BMW motorcycles that Bob proudly displays there.
John Chelen, Chairman of Suprine, will make a presentation and take questions from the audience. Members of the audience will be permitted to sit in the Exodus if they make a small contribution to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) http://www.curethekids.org.
The Exodus breaks new ground on several fronts:
Engineered Design – The rider is seated in a bucket seat 7” above the ground within a mid-engine chassis.
Hybrid Exoskeleton – The rider and engine are surrounded by a hybrid space frame/roll cage.
Low and Streamlined – The Exodus is less than 43” high, the center of gravity is more than a foot lower than other motorcycles, and the frontal area is nearly 50% less than other motorcycles, all contributing to less wind resistance and better handling.
BMW Power and Parts – The Exodus is powered by a BMW 126hp DOHC 1200cc flat four with a driveshaft and monoshock; wear items are stock BMW components for easy maintenance.
Dramatic Performance – The Exodus accelerates from 0-60 in 4.1 seconds, with a top speed of 155+mph, over 80mpg at 55mph, and over 600 miles on a single tank of gasoline.
July 5th, 2013
Randy Arvay is the lucky WINNER of an Off-Road ADVENTURE Ride!
Randy, a Maryland rider who purchased his F700GS here earlier this year, was thrilled to learn that he will be attending the exciting 2-Day Adventure Ride on Sept 21 and 22 to represent Bob’s BMW. Watch our website and a future eBlast for photos and the full story of Randy’s great ride.
June 21st, 2013
Special SALE on Schuberth Helmets for a LIMITED TIME!
From now until midnight on June 30th, Schuberth is slashing prices on all styles and colors of C3 and C3W helmets (except the matte black finish) to ONLY $529. You SAVE up to $229!
But there’s MORE! When you but an S2 model – any color or graphic style – at the regular price, you can get the Schuberth SRC-S2 Communication System (regularly $429) for ONLY $100! You SAVE $329 when you get the S2 helmet and SRC System together!
June 17th, 2013
Enter for your chance to win a five-day, four-night trip for two to the 2013 FIM Superbike World Championship in Leguna Seca, California, September 26 through September 30, 2013 including:
For full details, rules and to enter, visit: CASTROLSUPERBIKESWEEPS.COM
June 12th, 2013
Last month we announced we are giving away a 2-Day Off-Road Adventure to one lucky customer. You can enter to win as many times as you like throughout June simply by visiting Bob’s and filling out an entry form by coffee. The box will be emptied daily, so no double entries or you will be disqualified.
Xplor-Int. is a MSF certified and AMA sanctioned off-road training facility located just a couple hours away in Western Pennsylvania. They offer a 2-day adventure that combines skill building taught in the Basic Off-Road Course with advanced techniques for single track and obstacles, plus outdoor survival skills and camping tips. You’ll ride for two days on a combination of dirt, gravel, and bedrock roads, and camp overnight. The last half-day is spent wrapping up the concepts and giving you time to pack. If you are comfortable riding at the speed limit on public roads, you are ok to enter the drawing. And if you have taken any kind of training before, there are still plenty of skills to be learned and/or perfected!
The course enables riders to transition from the basics of off-road riding to the more complex techniques needed for multi-day trips on dual-sport machines. It teaches you skills that will enable you to transition from asphalt to double-track, single-track, and fire trails. You will also learn the fundamentals of straight lines, turning, body posture, and braking are combined to handle obstacles, stream crossings, and tight single-track. The course is intended to build confidence and break down barriers without destroying you and your gear.
You will be presented with real-world challenges so you can assess terrain and risk, then make good choices using the skills taught to you by the instructors. Xplor-Int. instructors have taken motorcycles into the world’s most challenging places, so you will learn from pros how to pack appropriately and manage your resources, as well as deal with emergencies. You’ll learn how to pack right, and how to ride your bike fully-loaded.
There are regular breaks throughout the day, and two breaks for meals each day which are cooked onsite. You’ll start riding at 8am and finish by 6pm, break for dinner, then continue with strategy sessions and a night ride.
Sounds pretty cool right?! While we work with Xplor to firm a couple dates exclusive just for our customers we thought it would be fun to send a GS rider of Bob’s BMW to check it out and report back and all you have to do to be that lucky person is fill out an entry form (or two or three or more!) next time you are at Bob’s! Questions? Contact email@example.com