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Mo­tor­cy­cles vs. Lock­down

Cycle World - - CONTENTS - By MARK HOYER

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.

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