The story of Dunbar Euro-sports

January 27, 2015 was our 60th anniversary.

Dunbar Euro-sports is a different kind of motorcycle shop.  The business started in 1955 as G.C.Dunbar Motorcycle by George Dunbar.  Dunbar opened as a European specialty motorcycle shop to serve enthusiasts who wanted an alternative to what was commonly available.  He started selling and servicing such makes as BMW, DKW, Hercules, Moto Guzzi, Moto Morini, Sachs, Triumph, and Zundapp, with some brands coming and going from the market over the years, and some still sold and serviced today. Dunbar was always involved in different fashions of racing, from off-road to closed course competition. His shop sponsored the AAMRR Heavyweight Production Endurance Champion three years running (1975,1976,1977). by the late 70’s he became more involved in BMW twins race bike preparations.  Around that time Tom Fournier was working as a mechanic at Dunbar’s and became interested in racing.  Dunbar sponsored Tom, who raced sporadically in twin class.  He expanded to vintage racing when that sanction of racing became more popular. The bike has been semi-retired and is on display at the shop, Tom even “takes it racing” now and then.

Tom, in addition to the vintage racing, widened his racing career to race the ever popular Ducati that was also being sold at the shop. After a few years of racing both BMW and Ducati, Tom became the mastermind of the FB4 Race Team.  Some of his success includes, Tom winning the 1996 Lightweight Supertwin Championship at Daytona.

In the late 70’s Tom became owner of Dunbar’s changing the name to Dunbar Euro-Sports and eventually moving to the new location at 1600 Main St. Brockton, Mass.  The shop now boasts a state-of-the-art showroom with plenty of room for premier European motorcycles, BMW, Ducati and EBR.  There is a large service/ race prep area and full service parts and accessory and apparel department.  The shop, being a factory authorized BMW and Ducati dealer, has all the latest models and accessories for biker and rider.  Dunbar parts department also carries a full line of apparel and many more novelty items.

So if you are in the area or want a road trip, make Dunbar Euro-Sports of Brockton your next stop a nice place to visit or bench race with our enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff.  Or, the best place to purchase   your next “toy” and if you need goodies to make your next ride or race more enjoyable we can outfit you or your bike with the latest fashions and accessories.

You can call us any time at 508-583-4380 or visit www.dunbareurosports.com or send me an email with all your questions info@dunbareurosports.com

How to take care of your gloves

Glove Care

After riding, let your gloves breath and dry out. Do not store them in a closed container, jacket pocket, helmet or tank bag.

Also, it is recommended that you wash your gloves.

When you ride, all of the sweat, along with the oils, acids and salts contained in your sweat will soak into the leather. After a while this built up sweat contamination may cause the leather to fail prematurely.You should wash your gloves with soap and water to remove this sweat build up.

Rinse the gloves with clean water, do not use high presure. You may also let the gloves soak for awhile in clear water to loosen up and draw the sweat out of the gloves. Now wash the inside of the gloves with soap and water. Dilute soap in the water; do not apply soap concentrated directly into gloves. Regular antibacterial liquid hand soap works well. Allow the gloves to soak in the soapy water. Using your hands, work the inside surfaces of the gloves. Rinse and repeat as needed until you are satisfied that the gloves are clean. Rinse the gloves thoroughly. Do not twist or wring the gloves when wet;this may distort the shape and fit of the gloves. Use your fingers and hands, starting at the finger tips and working down, press or squeeze the water out of the gloves. You may place a small folded towel in the gloves and press the water out of the padding and Kevlar lining in the back of the gloves. Now allow the gloves to dry slowly. Do not place in direct sunlight or expose to high heat. Lying in front of a fan in the garage is a good place. Just before the gloves are completely dry, put the gloves on and shape them to your hand while damp. Remove the gloves, trying to keep this hand shape in the gloves. Allow to continue drying. After the gloves are completely dry, apply a good quality leather conditioner. This is very important.Properly treated and conditioned(oiled) leather will breathe and the internal micro fibers will move freely in the leather. Use a good quality leather conditioner that will allow the leather to breathe. Apply conditioner generously and rub into the leather. Allow the conditioner to soak into the gloves and reapply(you can do this in the sun). Wipe off any excess conditioner and make sure the gloves are not slick on the motorcycle controls.

You should do this at least once a year. More often if you sweat heavy, ride in a hot climate, notice salt rings(white stains)or discoloration from repeatedly being soaked with sweat, if the leather gets hard or stiff, or if you begin to notice a smell from the gloves.

Motorcycle Riders Quick Quiz

Question: Is the motorcycle riding task more about techniques of the hands and feet or skills of the eyes and mind?

Answer: The brain’s “Executive Functions” what a rider thinks about and prioritizes while riding -are paramount in maintaining an alertness to maintain appropriate safety margins.  Since crashes are usually caused by a combination of factors, a good rider is one who uses a strategy to minimize risk.  Riding safely and responsibly requires more than having the basic skills to ride from one point to another.

Four points approach for motorcycle safety.

1.Have basic skills.  It is important for riders to have automated the fundamentals of motorcycle operation, particularly as it relates to the basic skills of control operation and path of travel requirements.

2.Be perceptive.  It is important for riders to have a mental set of expectations for identifying not only possible collision trap, but escape paths for eluding possible mishaps.

3.Crash avoidance skills.  It is important for riders to have the ability to brake hard and/or swerve to avoid imminent crash situations.  Of course it is better to use good visual perception to respond ahead of time by creating time and space than it is to react to an emergency.

4. Riders behavior. Safe riding requires a safety minded attitude, which is a function of the mind.

But beyond the physical and perceptual skills of riding, a rider must possess a healthy regard for courtesy and cooperation in traffic combined with a strong value regarding the benefits of safety practices.

With all this ride safe and enjoy every moment of it.

All New Liquid Cooled R1200GS

We have excellent news, as the all new, next generation GS bass MSRP is aggressively positioned at $15,800.00. This is $350.00 below it predecessor, with the all new GS establishing a leap forward in technology, design, functionality and riding joy.

It all started 33 years ago with the introduction of the R80 G/S, the first even large displacement enduro motorcycle the world had ever seen.  The new R1200GS delivers on the same promise of that first GS, doing this better than ever.  It offers riders the possibility to excel on or off-road like never before, erasing any compromise that exists between two worlds. BMW invented the large displacement enduro segment and it has been perfecting it ever since. Now in its sixth generation, the new GS is the perfection of an icon, a motorcycle that sets an even higher benchmark.

The GS has always been the benchmark by which all other adventure bikes are measured.  The problem now for the competition is that the benchmark has just been significantly improved.

The German manufacturer has achieved the almost unthinkable by improving the already class-leading GS in almost every aspect. Some of the improvements are small steps, some large, but they all conspire to deliver a truly remarkable package.

The old GS was a legendary good bike, and the new bike is even better.  It’s taken over five years, and a million kilometers of testing to perfect it-but that’s exactly what they’ve managed to do.

We expect the first units to reach our dealership around the first week of March.