In our last article, we talked about whether or not it was a good idea to go out for a motorcycle ride right now. There are ethical implications, such as the potential risk to others should you get into an accident and require hospitalization, but that’s not all there is to think about when weighing whether or not you will or won’t ride during the coronavirus pandemic. We’re not here to espouse any one particular viewpoint in this difficult time, and acknowledge that for all motorcyclists, the decision will be personal. At the end of the day, all we want for our readers is for them to be safe. So if you do choose to go for a ride, here’s how to go about it the safest way possible.
Bring a Mask for Pit Stops
Your helmet does not have medical-grade filters in it, and can still let in COVID-19 contaminated particulate through, so don’t think that leaving it on while you make a pitstop will protect you. It won’t. Take a mask with you when you ride so that you can make sure you stay safe if you have to stop. You don’t have to ride with a mask on under your helmet, and you shouldn’t either, lest it obstructs your view or impairs your ability to breath, but you will want to bring one just in case.
Be Careful What You Touch
Those $200 leather gloves were worth every penny, weren’t they? But even though they serve an effective one in a pinch, they weren’t designed to act as a protective barrier between you and a surface potentially contaminated with the virus. These days, anything you touch outside the house should be assumed contaminated, and that includes anything your gloves touch when you make a pit stop. Remember, Coronavirus can survive on soft surfaces, which means your gloves will have to be sanitized regularly. So plan accordingly.
After a Ride, Clean Everything
Absolutely everything. Your helmet, your bike, your gloves, your gear, your phone, your keys. Everything. Just like you should assume every gun is loaded, assume every surface you touched while riding is now contaminated. That includes any surface in your house that you touched before you were able to safely wash your hands, too. Coronavirus can last days on hard surfaces, and potentially up to a day or more on soft surfaces. Better to do a deep, sanitizing clean of everything rather than take a risk. This is definitely one of those “better safe than sorry” moments.
Be Extra Mindful of Pedestrians
Increased boredom means more and more people are out taking to the sidewalks for some fresh air and time outside the house. In most cases that would be a great thing. Walking is healthy! But with some roads empty of cars for a mile on end, crosswalks have only become a suggestion. Jaywalking has always been an issue, but if you’re going for a ride right now, you have to be extra vigilant.
Now is not the time to ride with a passenger, or with a group of your buddies. We know you want to see them, and boy would it be fun to tear up the empty streets with some of your favorite people, but social distancing is for the greater good, and that means going solo for now, but…
Remember You Are Not Alone
We’re here, and somewhere out there behind a computer screen or on the other end of the phone line, your friends and family are too. And we will all get through this: separately, but together. We know it’s tough now with all the restrictions in place, and right now COVID-19 is eating into everyone’s ride time. But think of how sweet that first ride will be when we all are safely on the other side of this.
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Check Out These References for Further Reading:
“Ask RideApart: Is It Safe To Ride My Motorcycle During The Outbreak?” RideApart. Retrieved 24 April, 2020.
“Riding Through The COVID-19 Pandemic.” Cruiser. Retrieved 24 April, 2020.
“Keep your car clean to reduce risk from coronavirus.” ABC News. Retrieved 24 April, 2020.