During the last few months, adventure riding, especially if it involves international travel, has become a controversial topic, and naturally so. The same goes for motorcycle events; while most were either cancelled or postponed this summer, some European and Mexican rally races and American motorcycle gatherings will still take place or have taken place recently such as the Touratech Dirt Daze. While some riders are already planning to go there, at the same time, event organizers are being questioned whether it’s the right choice given the current situation. Should we all just stay put until 2021, or possibly further notice, or can we already gingerly venture out and attend races and rallies? And if we do, is staying safe during motorcycle events possible?
By nature, motorcycle events differ from other large scale gatherings in that it’s usually an open-air, lots-of-saddle-time sort of a situation. Whether it’s an adventure bike campout or a rally race, participants will spend most of their time riding, which is an excellent way to practise social distance. What about vendors, live music, or hanging out in beer tents, though? Are we going to wear masks, forgo handshakes, and sit six feet apart during presentations and talks? Hellas Rally organizers in Greece have mentioned there might be temperature screenings of all rally competitors and staff, the awards ceremony will be held outside instead of indoors, and everyone will be encouraged to keep their distance. Other event organizers stress that they’re closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in their country or state and are prepared to cancel the event and offer full refunds if it came to it – and it still might, with so much uncertainty and no clear predictions of when and how the pandemic ends.
Do you think staying safe at motorcycle events is possible, and should they go ahead this year?