Two types of covers have been officially approved for use on motorcycle taxis in the Phillipines.
However, the government has not approved makeshift covers for other riders as they say they could be dangerous.
But that hasn’t stopped some riders who have invented their own protectors.
Joan Melani Mateo shared this photo on Facebook of the steel and plastic shield made by her husband Noel Alapar.
The Philippines and some other Asian countries, have limited pillions to married couples and partners only and they have advised them to wear face masks, gloves and helmets.
To prove their relationship, husbands and wives are required to present their marriage contract to authorities while common-law couples and live-in partners must have IDs showing they are living at the same address.
Meanwhile, one Uganda taxi driver who disobeyed the coronavirus curfew has committed suicide in a police station after his bike was impounded.
It will now be held from Friday to Monday 1-4 October 2021 at the state-of-the-art Australian Equine & Livestock Events Centre (AELEC) which also hosted the 2015 HOG Rally.
Organisers expected to attract thousands of riders descending for the long weekend of motorbikes, food and live music … and not just country music!
They are now aiming to carry over existing plans.
Tickets already purchased for the 2020 event will be valid for National Thunder 2021. Event organisers have made contact with all ticket-holders and other relevant stakeholders; those unable to attend in 2021 will be eligible for a refund.
The event was to include plenty of live rock music as well as a show especially produced for the rally featuring real horses and “iron horses” similar to the spectacular staged for the HOG Rally.
Ducati has built a limited-edition Scrambler 1100 Sport PRO with 500 Euros from the sale of each going to help the recovery of Bologna COVID-19 patients.
The problem is, the bike is only available to sell to the 80 members of the exclusive Scuderia Club Italia.
Ducati Scrambler 1100 PRO models in January
The sports-cultural association was founded in 1989 by vintage/racing car drivers, connoisseurs and motoring enthusiasts who design and develop original versions of cars and motorcycles.
They worked with the Ducati Design Centre to develop the limited edition Scrambler in a similar partnership that also produced 36 Monster 900 Club Italia bikes in 1995. The bikes are now highlight sought after collectors’ items.
The Scrambler Scrambler Ducati Club Italia model features unique graphics, a red leather seat by Poltrona Frau with embroidered Club Italia logo and a metallic blue tank with bright red side panels, topped off by the Giugiaro-designed Ducati logo.
The frame has the same metallic blue finish as the tank, while the rear subframe comes in natural aluminium with an aluminium numbered plaque.
The front and rear fenders are in aluminium with a tricolour finish and the wheels have black spokes.
Of course, it has Termignoni titanium silencers and there is plenty of billet aluminium in the tank cap, LED indicator bodies, brake and clutch levers, brake and clutch fluid reservoir covers, frame plugs and footpegs.
Funds to COVID recovery
Ducati will donate 500 euros from each bike sold to the #raceagainstCovid, the Ducati charity to help the S. Orsola Hospital in Bologna for the recovery of Covid-19 patients.
Bike deliveries will begin in September. Each customer will also receive a personalised bike cover, a certificate of authenticity and a hand-crafted Bell helmet that matches the colour of the bike and features dedicated graphics.
MVsay their washable “MV COVID mask”features a titanium nasal septum adjustment plate to “guarantee the (mask) from both breakage and oxidation by coming into contact with chemical agents and water”. We’re not sure what that means, but it does suggest it filters germs.
However, you need to be able to listen to the fuel gurgling in your tank. That may be difficult while wearing some helmets. I also wear ear plugs, so I take off my helmet and remove at least one ear plug when refuelling.
Squeezing in the most fuel
Some riders believe they fit more fuel in their bike if they put it on the centre stand, but it depends on the bike and the shape of the tank.
However, you really shouldn’t try to squeeze in as much fuel as possible.
Motorcycle tanks have filler recesses, hoses and an air gap at the top and will hold more fuel than the volume stated on the technical specifications.
That gap is there to allow the fuel to expand as it heats up. If you fill the gap, the fuel will simply spill out of the breather hose as you ride off.
The motorcycle tank is usually placed above the engine and in direct sunlight so they are susceptible to fuel expanding with the heat which pushes more fuel out of the breather hose.
If you haven’t totally filled up but the bowser suggests you’ve put in more than you believe is possible, it could be an inaccurate pump and you should lodge a complaint.
They have trade measurement inspectors throughout Australia who are authorised to visit a place of business “at any reasonable time of day’’ as part of a trade measurement compliance inspection program.
Industry sources say servos are usually not fined, but warned on first offences.
So riders should be skeptical of bowser readings. Buy from reputable fuel suppliers and if you think you have a genuine complaint notify the authorities.
(Consumers can make complaints by ringing the national NMI hotline on 1300 686 664 or via email.
“Sales in the larger 500cc plus motorcycle segment, in key markets such as France, Italy, Germany, the USA and the UK have fallen by between 40 and 65 per cent over the past three months during what would normally be the peak season for sales,” the company said in a statement.
“Although Triumph sales have outperformed this significant decline to some degree, the market is forecast to remain considerably down on pre-Covid 19 levels as a direct result of the economic conditions created by it.”
Triumph’s factory in Hinckley, Leicestershire, mainly makes engine components. It will become a research and development centre, but continue to build their new Triumph Factory Custom (TFC) motorcycles.
Production will be wound down from about 6500 a year to about 4500.
Inactive motorcyclists who haven’t ridden for some time are being urged to ride again, especially for commuting, as the pandemic travel restrictions begin to ease across the country.
This comes as the national cycling lobby is calling for $300 million to be spent on bike lanes.
Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries motorcycle manager Rhys Griffiths points out that there are about 2.1 million licensed riders in Australia and about 870,000 registered motorcycles and scooters.
That means there are about 1.2 million inactive riders with a licence, he says.
“COVID-19 has changed the way we go about our lives. Motorcycles and scooters present a clever solution to the challenges the pandemic presents,” he says.
“A motorbike might well be the best way to maintain social distance without creating congestion. Riders can avoid the contagion risks presented by public transport, while cutting commute times by lane filtering through increased traffic.
The Japanese motorcycle manufacturer, which has three factories in India, says the complete closure should have been reviewed carefully.
Yamaha India boss Motofumi Shitara says India is one of the world’s largest economies and is the world’s largest two-wheeler market.
“Complete closure of economic activities in this market as well as other markets in the world has led to a massive depression, the worst since Great Depression in 1920s. The recovery period from such depression will take a long time,” he says.
Shitara says that with possible second and third wave infections, the world “needs to learn to live with coronavirus” with effective safety precautions.
Yamaha Roma Edition scooter
This comes as Yamaha Europe has launched the Roma Edition MMXX maxi scooter for the Italian market in recognition of its resilience during the pandemic.
Italy was among the worst-hit countries with more than 233,000 infections and 33,415 deaths.
To pay homage to the resilience of the Italian people, Yamaha’s Europe Design Division in Gerno di Lesmo has spiced up the XMax Roma Edition with graphics of Roman streets on the fairing and silhouettes of the Colosseum on the rear.
It also comes with a sporty windscreen and aluminium.
The XMax is one of the top-selling scooters in Italy.