With social distancing orders in place to prevent the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the start of motorcycle season looks and feels different. Many early season events are being canceled or postponed to later dates and some dealerships have closed until further notice.
Additionally, the group rides you were planning are now off the table due to the ban on large gatherings. Nevertheless, you can still enjoy a ride under the following conditions.
Take a Solo Ride
The big question among motorcycle enthusiasts is, “Can I still ride?” The short answer is “yes” – if you keep a few factors in mind. For instance, riders are advised to avoid crowded routes and heading out in groups. Essentially, you’re free to enjoy the backroads solo.
Shelter-in-place rules don’t require you to stay indoors all the time. As one provision, you can participate in solo activities outdoors, as long as you keep six feet away from other people.
If you are feeling healthy and want to get some riding time in, keep these safety tips in mind:
- Wear hand and face protection.
- Stay away from crowded areas.
- Strategically time your ride to avoid busy routes.
- Don’t travel far – aim for 30 to 60 minutes.
- Keep up-to-date on restrictions in your area, as well as neighboring communities.
- If you have COVID-19 symptoms, don’t go out for a ride.
- Avoid attending pop-up events, where the disease can be easily spread.
Riding with Friends
While large group rides are not recommended, you can ride with a couple friends – as long as you adhere to social distancing rules. Everyone should wear a face covering and avoid touching each other’s bikes. When you stop for a break, make sure to keep your distance.
It’s always a good idea to have extra protection in spring, whether it’s rain gear or additional layers. Thinking ahead to reduce the spread of Coronavirus, wear a pair of gloves while riding and filling up at the pump.
When you return home, thoroughly disinfect your gear, including your bike, gloves, helmet and any items you touched along the way. Also wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
Avoid Taking Risks
Our hospitals are currently overcrowded and experiencing shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE). Now more than ever it’s important to avoid risks on the road that could lead to an accident. Follow the rules, ride defensively and make yourself visible to other drivers who may not be expecting to see your bike.
How have you been adapting to quarantine? Tell us about your experience and share solo rides on our Facebook page.