We’ve already had a couple of stories this week about the motorcycle world stepping in to help with COVID-19 response, and now here’s more.
Blood Bikers step up
Blood Bikers have a vital role in the UK: They’re volunteers who deliver blood transfusion supplies during emergencies, using their motorcycles to cut through traffic. Now, they’re turning towards helping the fight against COVID-19.
British mags say the Devon Freewheelers club has been delivering COVID-19 test kits to healthcare workers’ doors, to help them determine if they’re infected or not. As Devon is fairly sparsely populated by the UK’s standards, having a fleet of bikers to deliver tests to far-flung houses is quite helpful indeed, and takes a load off the healthcare system. It’s even more beneficial if it helps these hospital staffers get back to work more quickly. If everyone helps, this crisis will end sooner, and this is a great example of how everyone can pitch in.
Tekrider changes production
As motorcycle gearmakers see their production interrupted by social distancing orders and a lack of demand, there’s been a new cottage industry emerging: making personal protective equipment and other healthcare materials. Just like the Second World War saw British factories switching from their usual widget production to instead cranking out STEN gun parts, we’re now seeing small shops leaving their normal products behind in the war on COVID-19.
One of those factories is Tekrider. The Canadian company is no stranger to protective equipment, but now it’s switching from body armour to PPE. It’s producing “Non-Medical Gowns, Masks, Bootees, & Bouffants. Helping to protect our local communities, friends and families!” according to Facebook. What’s a non-medical gown? Call ’em up (website is here), and they’ll explain it and probably sell you one, if you want it.
MV Agusta donates testing equipment
MV Agusta kept its factory open as long as it could, but the Italian motorcycle manufacturer realizes the danger posed by COVID-19. To help the fight, the company has donated a QuantStudioTM 5 Real-Time PCR System to local health authorities. What’s that, you ask? Apparently it’s a fancy-pants machine that speeds up testing. Good on MV Agusta for the donation, as let’s face it, the company hasn’t exactly been flush with cash in recent years (this equipment was donated as part of MV Agusta’s partnership with fundraisers at Fondazione Circolo della Bonta Onlus). The machine can process 96 swabs in 30 minutes, and will be used for other sicknesses once the COVID-19 outbreak has ended.