Motorcycling in a Pandemic

Remember when you could just get on your bike and run down to your favorite place to get that awesome burger that was only *200 miles* away? Those were the days when you could just ride and be free everywhere you went but times have changed for some and riding isn't exactly what it used to be.

Motorcycling in a Pandemic

Introduction

Remember when you could just get on your bike and run down to your favorite place to get that awesome burger that was only 200 miles away? Those were the days when you could just ride and be free everywhere you went but times have changed for some and riding isn't exactly what it used to be.

Photo by Harley-Davidson / Unsplash

We have to keep distance from one another when in public places. I guess that really hasn't changed by being on a motorcycle as we are normally about six feet apart within our lane when riding staggered and with a good helmet afixed to your head. If you don't have a full face helmet, it may be a good time to purchase one or find a way to wrap your face for extra protection.

Even with all the protections in place, there are still activities I will not personally attend.

Things Not to Do

  • Motorcycle Rallies
  • Restaurants
  • Large group rides
  • Nickleback concerts

A good number of events present a greater risk than if you were to ride around your own town. Some may even point to Sturgis as the start of a new epicenter for Covid-19 and they could be right.

South Dakota confirmed 124 COVID-19 cases tied to the Sturgis Rally as of Sept. 8, and other states have reported at least 290 people in 12 states testing positive after attending the rally. - USA Today

This is in stark contrast to reports that stated this led to 250,000 more Americans being infected with Covid-19 but without proper precautions, it very well could.

Smart Ideas

  • Find a route that starts and stops at the same location.
  • Wear all your gear (Not a pandemic thing but still a smart thing)
  • Bring a face mask that covers your mouth and nose just in case you need to stop somewhere.
  • Enjoy the bliss of what solo riding can bring you.

I'm sure there are hundreds of other ideas out there but these are the ones I live by for the moment. One this is for sure; motorcycle riding and events have changed.


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