Sometimes, riding a motorcycle is all about putting distance between you and the rest of the world. So, it’s fortuitous that in the crazy year of 2020, riding is the perfect form of social distancing to do your part in slowing a global pandemic. Who would have thought our favorite hobby would become so benevolent?
We motorcyclists have this unique silver lining to the global pandemic that’s wreaking havoc on people’s lives and the economy. Our hobby doesn’t have to stop in the face of the coronavirus. The pain the illness has caused should never be overlooked, but I also believe that recreation can keep us mentally stable and ready to deal with tough situations. I’ve been riding more than ever this year to relieve stress and since little other recreation is available.
Here are a few tips on how to safely social distance on your motorcycle:
- Plan your ride with friends over email and text, sharing maps and destinations, so lengthy conversations at meetups aren’t needed.
- Bluetooth communications helmet to helmet is a great option.
- When stopped, always keep 6 feet between you and others in your party, and don’t share gas pumps or tools.
- Pack water and snacks, or maybe a full lunch, to minimize the need to visit stores or restaurants.
- If you plan to gather with other riders, keep it outside and distanced.
- Many races and track days have been postponed, but if you do attend events, keep your group small and wear masks.
- For longer rides, consider camping with your own tent and gear.
- Get vaccinated for the flu to reduce risk for yourself and those around you.
- Ride solo! If you’ve been wanting to venture out on a ride alone, maybe for the first time, now is the perfect time to stretch yourself.
Also, a bandana or neck gaiter is the perfect simple and stylish way to protect your neck from wind and bugs, while also having a handy cloth to lift over your nose to keep your germs to yourself.
Motorcyclists—safely social distancing since the late 1800s!