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Moto Trials affected by Covid-19....

Discussion in 'Trials' started by Norman Foley, Mar 5, 2020.

  1. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    Without googling it, I think it's about 4 hours for me. I've never been to an event there either. Maybe when I retire, or maybe not. :)
  2. Norman Foley

    Norman Foley Devotee of the Husqvarna Supporter

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    He’s supposed to have that bandanna over his face!:fpalm:D
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  3. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    Using a bandana for covid is like using a chain link fence to keep mosquitos away lol.
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  4. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    More than welcome to come over if you want.Will and Pat D will be there also.
  5. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    I saw them at the Hard Enduro, I'm good.
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  6. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 49 years Supporter

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    Re entered the blue state New Mexico yesterday on I-40 to overhead highway signs around Moriarty and Tijeras saying face coverings are mandatory. I thought, rag over face? This mandate was being ignored by almost everyone. I did see one bicyclist on a road all by himself with a mask:webers But in the stores compliance is likely 100%, even if it's a fairly useless thin cloth.

    Called D&D (Amarillo) yesterday to check on them. Their Beta/Sherco dealership they said was doing great, selling bikes and being busy in shop service work. Getting out and riding is one of the few things people in the TX panhandle can get out and do. Good thing for them the authorities in that region didn't go nuts and close down the off road riding areas. So for them Covid-19 has perhaps given them at least a short-term bump in business.
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  7. lineaway

    lineaway Long timer

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    That was W.H.O. suggestion. And now reality. Reality says masks actually do nothing for the wearer than give a false sense of security. You need to wear a respirator to actually have a chance stopping the spread.
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    rokhopr 2019 TRRS 250

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    btw, here's how NM counties stack up against all other counties in the US. NM Counties not shown have zero deaths.

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  10. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 49 years Supporter

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    Masks work, but unfortunately too much is political these days, so all the detail of what mask and when to wear them gets washed out in divided camps spouting dogmatic univariate analyses.

    Masks trap virus particles on one side or the other (in versus out). The question is how many (how good is the mask), and that's very important. Viral exposure is like radiation exposure. You don't want a lot all at once. My previous experiences with masks was with dust masks or 2-cartridge organic-vapor masks. Nothing in between. I've had some learning experiences that have made me re think masks.

    I was fortunate to have half a small box of 3M N95 masks in the NM house I bought. The former owner was an epidemiologist. I keep one in my vehicle for going into stores.... I was recently finishing up sheetmetal work on a garage. All the cutting was with a thin fiber cutoff wheel spun at high rpm with an angle grinder. Great tool, but the cuts generate lots of particulates and an icky burned-resin smell. I thought, "Hmm, I have this N95 mask... why not try it?" I was amazed at how little of the junk got through! Even the smell was almost completely gone! An N95 mask is now integrated into my work methods when fine dust is produced.

    So now I know very good masks do cut way down on the in and out, whether it is dust or aerosols with SARS CoV-2 riding along inside. So they work. But should I be made to wear one riding a bicycle outdoors by myself? No.

    What is justified as being mandated by government is tricky one and how much is done depends on the risks... and wise risk balancing. True risk balanced against the consequences of abatement. Take the political/religious idea that we should do extreme things to 'save one life.' No we shouldn't! That sort of poor risk assessment is extremely damaging to personal liberty and health. Safetycrat politicians and media talking heads who push the collapse of economies to 'save even one life' are idiots. We should ensure such people do not gain power over us.

    A lot of people are dying directly from the virus, but it's possible a whole lot more are dying and will die from a monomania of 'flattening the curve.' From suicides to deferred elective surgeries. The long term effects of putting a lot of people out of business is in hindsight going to be criticized heavily, in my opinion. But the damage will have been done.
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    Yes, they told us no masks were good since there was a shortage of N-95 masks. I gave all mine away to my wife`s work. Then I ordered a few dozen N 95 on Amazon before they were outlawed from selling to the public. I think it was about 10 weeks before I got them, but seem to be China knock offs. Not what I actually ordered.
    Good thing I actually had two respirators in good shape. N 95 and an N 99. Only to be used if a family member gets sick. Now having to wear a mask at work, I just use the cheapest thing I can find so I can actually breath. Bandana, sock or just super glue some toilet paper to my face!:lol2
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  12. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 49 years Supporter

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    Good to know. I was like oh wow on the death rate, until I saw it was expressed as a percent. The highest listed was at 0.13% or 0.0013. For comparison, the CDC figure for mortality per 100,000 for influenza 2017-2018 for age group 65+ is 0.10% or 0.001.
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    Paul7 Been here awhile

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  14. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    I just rode my bicycle outside. I did not wear a mask. I may hop on the trials bike and do a little hopping. Probably not going to wear a mask then either.
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    lineaway Long timer

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    In the case of covid19 they do not recommend the valve type. But as far as protection, that is a great one.
    Too bad you can`t buy any.

    April 2020
    • 3M is producing 35 million N95 respirators per month in the United States.
    • 3M is working with government agencies and distributors to send 90% of these to healthcare facilities and first responders, with the remainder going to critical infrastructure such as food production, pharmaceuticals and energy.
    • In early April, 3M reached an agreement with the U.S. government that will enable FEMA to import 166.5 million 3M respirators into the United States from our plants in Asia.
    • 3M, Congress and U.S. Administration officials continue to discuss supply-demand challenges, as well as policies to promote domestic production, increase supply and other actions to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to healthcare workers and first responders across the U.S.
    • 3M expects to increase respirator production capacity to 50 million per month in China, an almost 200% increase from average 2019 levels.
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    trials935 Been here awhile

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    I worked on my friends 930, without a mask.

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  17. Gordy

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    Take the Navajos and the fiascos at the nursing homes out of those numbers and there is basically not much going on here. And....I’m not marginalizing the Navajos at all, but that is a whole unique situation over there.
    I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that I don’t really thing that we have had enough of the virus around here to develop any kind of herd immunity and it will still hammer us later. :dunno
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    Paul7 Been here awhile

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    Yeah I was kinda posting that for motobene, it's a better mask to use in the shop grinding or whatever. When you can get them!
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  19. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 49 years Supporter

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    One thing about this Covid phase is less time in microbreweries and more time in the shop!:clap

    The Sherco trials bike has been gathering dust pending Ute Cup prep, but I'm having a lot of mototech fun further farkling my Gen 1 '03 KLR 685 as a test bed for auto clutches. A surprising result of a great auto clutch was enabling a revised controls scheme. I'm at no manual clutch lever and no foot brake on the KLR and it's working so well the Beta 390 will get a similar (but slightly different) treatment - when I can afford the $1,200 to get there.

    Don't know if any of it has bearing on trials for accommodating gimps with other problems than mine, but after three injury crashes off road on the bigger bikes resulting from thud/pop stalls, it was time to rethink things.

    With a trials bike a left-side foot brake is logical and technically easy for this gimp. I've been getting by heeling the rear brake on 'normal' bikes for 50 years, but curing stalls has got me off in an unexpected direction.

    If you are bored this jumps to the results page. Scroll to the top of the page if it doesn't start there:

    https://advrider.com/f/threads/rekl...all-applications.1439172/page-8#post-40123301
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  20. motodojo

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