Thursday, July 14, 2011

Service Options For BMW Riders Headed To Bloomsburg

Hermy’s BMW Extends Service And Operating Hours
For Epic Motorcycle Rally

With more than 10,000 riders converging on Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania for the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America’s Annual International Rally next week, Hermy's BMW — the landmark bike dealership in Port Clinton, Pa since 1963 — will be open 8 straight days, with extended service hours, to assist in any mechanical contingency. According to a statement issued by Herman “Hermy” Baver, the dealership’s General Manager, the extended schedule brackets the rally (July 21 - July 24, 2011) to assist riders experiencing mechanical contingencies en route to or departing from the event.

“MOA rallies have a reputation for attracting riders from across the country, and from Canada and Latin America,” said Baver. “Many BMW riders think nothing of taking a 2,500-mile run on a 40-year-old motorcycle. While the staggering majority of these bikes are in pristine condition and built to run for hundreds of thousands of miles, the occasional mechanical problem can arise. We want everyone headed to the Bloomsburg rally to know that we’re here, we’re open, and we’re ready to assist them.”

Hermy’s BMW (and Triumph) is located on Route 61 in Port Clinton, Pa (just north of I-78), approximately 65 miles south of the rally site. This location may be especially useful for riders coming up from the southern states. Any BWM rider passing through Pennsylvania is urged to load Hermy’s coordinates into their GPS and the dealership’s telephone number in their cell phone:

GPS Coordinates — 40 34' 51" N - 76 01' 27" W
Telephone — 610.562.7303

The extended operating hours are:

• Monday, July 18
9am - 6pm
• Tuesday, July 19
9am - 8pm
• Wednesday, July 20
9am - 6pm
• Thursday, July 21
9am - 8pm
• Friday, July 22
9am - 6pm
• Saturday, July 23
9am - 4pm
• Sunday, July 24
9am - 2pm
• Monday, July 25
9am - 6pm

“Not only have our hours been extended for rally week, but all maintenance and service schedules have been left wide open specifically to accommodate rally participants facing daily mileage deadlines,” said Baver. “There is nothing more reassuring to a rider confronting a mechanical problem far from home than knowing a certified mechanic — familiar with his machine — is standing by.”

In addition to extra hours and open service bays, Hermy’s has bolstered their inventory of replacement parts.

“We have been stocking up on the more common replacement parts, such as clutch cables, brake shoes, special bulbs, and tires for a wide range of late model and vintage BMW motorcycles,” added Baver. “We request any rider dealing with a mechanical contingency to call first, and let us know they’re on their way. And while we are happy to provide an extra margin of confidence for our extended BMW family, we urge every rider to make sure his or her motorcycle is in perfect running order before leaving for the Bloomsburg Rally.

The BMW MOA Rally officially convenes July 21 and runs through July 24, 2011, at the Fairgrounds, in Bloomsburg, Pa. This year’s program features a balance of technical seminars, riding technique sessions, and interactive participant presentations. Hermy’s BMW is thoroughly committed to the BMW Motorcycle Owners Of America, regional BMW riding clubs, and unaffiliated BMW riders. The dealership sponsors a series of “open house” breakfast and brunch events through the year. Their summer schedule for the 2011 riding season includes:

• July 23, 2011 — Team Rawhyde Free Off-Road Dirt Riding Clinic and Trail Ride
• August 12, 2011 — Autograph Session with Chris "Teach McNeil 3:00 to 6:00
• August 13th - BMW STUNT SHOW featuring Chris "Teach McNeil
(Showtimes - 11:00 - 2:00 - 4:00)

For more information, contact: Hermy’s BMW — 610-562-7303


Chris said...

Good to know! :) I'm gonna have to write this info down just in case.

I hope they paid $1000000 to be mentioned so prominently on your blog. ;)

Jack Riepe said...

Dear Chris (Luhman):

There is nothing more distressing than to suddenly have the bike start making a strange noise, or worse, come to a dead stop with strange warning light winking — especially when you are 450 miles away from home.

The folks at Hermy's understand concerns of riders who find themselves in these rare circumstances, and have taken strong measures to get that small percentage of riders back on the road.

It's reassuring to know you'll be able to get a voice on the phone on the Sunday or Monday following the rally.

I was paid with a wheelbarrow of Krugerrands.

I am so lookig forward to meeting you at the rally.

Fondest regards,

Steve Williams said...

Paid??? So much gold. You surely will buy a new K bike with the profits.

ADK said...

Certainly up to your usual evocative standards. I damned near cried at those GPS coordinates - touching I thought.

RichardM said...

Well, your blog now has the attention of the IRS. They are now trying to figure out the value of "wheelbarrow of Krugerrands."

See you next week...


Jack Riepe said...

Dear Steve:

It's never really a question of getting paid, so much as being appreciated. I put an average of 30 hours a week into Twisted Roads... Some weeks more. I like to provide Twisted Roads readers with the kind of entertainment they would find in a well-written magazine.

So far, I have been doing this as a kind of consuming hobby. But it is nice to know that there are folks out there who look for this blog often, and others who want to take a more active role in guaranteeing that it will appear as promised.

This is one of the greatest compliments that I have ever been paid. I love moto-writing, as much as I love my K75. And folks like Hermy's are making it possible for my love affair to become a viable romance.

I can hardly wait to see you in Bloomsburg.

Fondest regards,

Jack Riepe said...

Dear ADK (Chris Wolfe)

I took a long (25-minute) scalding hot shower this morning. My ass is very clean and there will never be a better time for you to kiss it.

I will call you shortly to find out if your plans for riding down here are as convoluted as Mike Cantwell's.

Fondest regards,

Jack Riepe said...

Dear Richard M.

If only that was the case...


Richard, I am looking so forward to meeting you this week. You were one of Twisted Road's first readers and one of the most dedicated.

Fondest regards,

BMW-Dick said...

Jack: I took your advice. I'm running the bike up to Hermy's for a last minute check before the hot trip. These guys are great; they were able to accomodate me with a first-thing-in-the-morning appointment on short notice. Thanks for the gentle reminder.

Unknown said...

Jack r:

I wished I had a Beemer, then I could get it serviced at Hermy's.

Have a good time at the Rally.

Riding the Wet Coast

Ken said...

After reading this post I can't help but wonder if you ride a BMW?