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Dirt and Trail May 2020

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The Motorcycle World

The Motorcycle World Takes On A Pandemic. COVID Diaries. This is a weird time in our history. Locally, motorcycle dealerships and importers are all shut – or merely offering skeleton services to essential providers. Motorcycle racing and events have stopped… but, globally there are silver linings in the moto world during uncertain times. Shelter at home. Self-quarantine. PPE shortages. Social distancing… Even if you’re hunkered down in a panic room near the basement, you’re probably hearing those ominous buzzwords on a daily basis. The ever-growing list of mandated actions (or inactions) and recommended responses to the novel coronavirus is daunting, and everyone’s still trying to figure out how their daily lives (whether personal or professional) are supposed to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic and stay sane—or in the case of businesses, solvent. You’ve already heard some of the bigger events and companies have slowed their roll or even shut facilities—Harley’s factory closures, and MotoGP season cancellation, Erzberg, WESS are prime examples. Locally, hundreds of events and race series have been affected—but for every depressing action, surely there’s a corresponding ray of light? We dug around to find more than a dozen examples of silver linings in this virus madness. Some of them are just feel-good videos, and some of them are awesome acts of generosity, but when taken together, they’ll all help get us out of this crap. Uplifting stuff, to be sure. Working Through It: Sheltering in place? Sounds like the perfect time to build a bike. Roland Sands, has responded with a pitch-perfect, kick-in-the-pants activity we all needed to distract us from the deepening anxiety, and help, you know, flatten the curve. His answer to COVID-19 is the CoronaVirus Bike Build-Off (CVBB). Sands told us, “The CVBB was a call to arms to not sit idly in your home and rot while this virus takes from each of us. At the end of this, if you are stuck in your home and you have the ability to at least accomplish something you’ve been putting off, it can turn into a positive experience. I know I started piecing together some long 4 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE MAY 2020 ignored projects and it still makes me feel good to see a motorcycle go together.” To enter, all you have to do is post your project on social media with the hashtag: #coronavirusbikebuildoff. Various companies are stepping in with cash and prizes for the competition, including Motul, Dunlop, Bell Helmets, Fox Suspension, and Paughco, and there’s a good chance more will jump in as the word spreads, so stay tuned. Things are still pretty open-ended as the contest evolves, but as RSD puts it: “We are all in this together; borders and oceans may separate us, but the heart of the two-wheeled culture is alive and well and lives through the CoronaVirus Bike Build-Off.” Details will continue to come from @ RolandSandsDesign on Instagram, and you can follow along with #coronavirusbikebuildoff or get more details at In a time of enforced social isolation, for some, reading is good therapy. Get your hands on a good novel or dig up a back issue of Dirt And Trail magazine and kill time while you learn something. READY, TEADY, AVE! OUR RACE WINNING 2020 MODELS NOW WITH A FREE FIRST SERVICE AND R 5,000 WORTH OF GENUINE KTM PRODUCTS OF YOUR CHOICE TO SOLVE YOUR MOTORCYCLE CRISIS. Promotion limited to 2020 Enduro and Cross Country models (XC, XC-W and EXC range) until 31 May 2020. T’s and C’s apply. Please contact your local KTM dealer for further information. Please make no attempt to imitate the illustrated riding scenes, always wear protective clothing and observe the applicable provisions of the road traffic regulations! The illustrated vehicles may vary in selected details from the production models and some illustrations feature optional equipment available at additional cost. Photo: R. Schedl