Motorcycles vs. Lockdown
LLike the rest of the world, we went from planning things, working, and living our lives to a great screeching halt. The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus meant the time between being out on the road with our testing crew to hiding out at home most of the time was shockingly short.
First, we here at Cycle World and the Bonnier Motorcycle Group wish you, your friends, and your family health and safety. We hope by the time this issue is out, that we can begin to see a path toward resolution and solid plans to get back some version of normal life while keeping everyone safe.
The motorcycle business is getting hit pretty hard (along with most businesses), while motorcycling itself remains a savior. Many places, it is still OK to ride— and what a time for it. Take extra care if you are able to get on two wheels, as the medical system doesn’t need any extra load.
We expect the desire to ride and the unique qualities of motorcycling —an individual activity that can be enjoyed as a group—give it strength as we eventually come out the other side of this. For our part, we are continuing to produce a large volume of good work on our websites, and are finding ways to produce our regular videos. Thanks to Senior Editor Justin Dawes, we’ve been doing daily lockdown video recommendations also, to help pass the time and keep our moto enthusiasm alive.
It has been heartening to see the motorcycle industry rally to assist with the crisis in so many ways. Cycle Gear, 100%, Fox, Kawasaki, Honda, Vanson Leathers, and many more have all taken action and made donations or shifted manufacturing capability to making equipment for healthcare workers. Roland Sands started the #coronavirusbikebuildoff on social channels, and the results have been entertaining. Check cycleworld.com for a story by our man in the digital trenches, Andy Cherney.
And we have to hand it to Makoto Endo for doing the work to handpaint our cover in his Brooklyn studio. We originally had him scheduled to paint the 2020 Suzuki Katana live in our Irvine, California, photo studio, but travel became difficult. Then we tried to get it done live someplace in the New York area. Nope! Finally, he did a knockout job in his home studio working from high-res images we sent to him. His live work is remarkable, the finished product is amazing and dynamic, and he is happy to do commissions. So if you want your motorcycle immortalized, look him up at makotoendo.net.
We never thought we’d miss our commute, but of course this is simply a product of our locked-down times. Riding to and from someplace every day is one of the better ways to improve the need to work for a living. Forget your troubles, relax your mind before and after a productive day. A good motorcycle that makes you feel good is everything. We hope you can enjoy some fresh air and riding. Be safe.