Well Col and I have made it out on 1 ride this year which was the day before the country went into lockdown as Covid-19 was here. We had been advised by the Government to stay indoors but thought as the Sun was out and was the perfect day for a ride, plus I wanted to test the bike after changing the brake pads and adding some K&N filters and giving it a service.
Not sure if the self isolationg rules applied to being out on a motobike or not we checked with a couple of motoring websites who said it was still acceptable as you would be more than 2 Mtrs apart and not to head to anywhere that could be crowded.
All the cafe's and shops had been told to close so decided by phone we would meet up in the street and head of towards Cleobury Mortimer and take our own drinks with us.We headed off on a reasonably quite road but after a while came across many people out and about in cars obviously not following the governments guidelines. Four lads in a Mini, 3 caravaners off to escape the madness of the empty shelved supermarkets and people out for the day to enjoy a day by the river.
The carpark as usual was empty so we stopped and drank a coffee from my Army supplies flask (Web-Tex 5* EDSBK recommended)
Now Col is my best friend and we see quite alot of each other but we were practicing social distancing sat over 2 mtrs apart and got talking about bike related things such as road trips and how this is all affecting what we do with the Motorbikes.
The main thing we thought of that is a worthy point about riding under the current restrictions is if you were to have an incident RTA related, the ambulance would come and collect you if you survived only to take you to the hospital which has the Covid virus then putting you at extra risk, also the staff could be better used treating the poor people with the virus than having to deal with a motorcyclist who went for a sneaky ride out which went wrong.
Next we got talking about road trips for this year. We had planned a trip to Ireland as we have not been there and they have so many road race circuits we can look at..and Guiness.
We dont know if that is completely off the table, we have a back up plan of a ride to Devon in the south of England. But its all on hold due to Covid.
The whole ride was more cautious than usual partly as its the 1st ride of the year, but with the disease the world is changing even if its only temporary, but now on the Governments advice we are Staying home.
The Biking race calender is postponed/cancelled including the TT so theres no new stuff to watch.
The Ride for life event is postponed/cancelled and as the year goes by I dare say more events will be cancelled aswell.
So what can you do to get your biking fix..? Well it depends some suppliers of bits are open, some aren't, if they are open you could get new trick bits and fit those, like heated handle grips, a great investment.
For me its do the little jobs such as remove things and clean and polish the bits you dont get to see very often... well until my cleaning supplies run out.
Its times like this I load up the videos from the go pro camera and reminiss. Good Luck Everyone.
Stay safe especially if your out on a motorbike wherever you are in the world.