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Motorcycle events and rallies cancelled

Dubbo rally cancelled

As the coronavirus pandemic closes whole countries, it is also wreaking havoc on motorcycle racing, production and events which have been cancelled or postponed.

The latest victims include the Ulysses AGM in Lismore, the Dubbo Motor Bike Rally (pictured above) postponed until May 2021, the Festival of Speed at Eastern Creek, the Gloucester Motorcycle ExpoBroadford Bike Bonanza at Easter and the Triumph Rat Rally in Kingscliff in May.

It’s not just events in the next couple of months that have been cancelled. The Black Dog Ride in August has now been axed and registrations are being refunded in full.

The Harley-Davidson national HOG rally in July on the Gold Coast has also been cancelled.

Here’s the official statement:

Amid the heightened concerns regarding the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), we are cancelling the planned National Australian H.O.G. Rally that was scheduled for the 10-12th of July 2020 on the Gold Coast. Although no formal announcement had yet been made launching this event, this communication is being shared to ensure all parties are aware of the result not to proceed. Our decision was made in the best interests and safety of National Australian H.O.G. Rally attendees. We are committed to protecting our staff, attendees and the local community and will provide updates accordingly as we look to deliver a National H.O.G. Rally as soon as possible.

National HOG rally to return in 2019
HOG rally axed

BMW’s GS Safari has been postponed from this month until May 24-29.

A spokeswoman says the event will “most definitely go ahead in May”, but we think that’s unlikely as the contagion is expected to reach its peak on May.

“We are aware that medically we will still be in the midst of dealing with the COVID-19 virus Australia wide however under advisement the current travel restrictions will have changed which will allow us to run the event as planned,” she says.

A decision on the Indian Rally in Silverton in May will be made on April 1, says organiser Chris Keeble.

Meanwhile, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the biggest motorcycle rally in the world, is still going ahead in August at this stage.

If you know of any other rallies or motorcycle events that have been cancelled, please leave the details in the comments section at the end of this article.

The Finke Desert Race has been cancelled for the first time in 44 years, joining many other motorcycle races that have been postponed or cancelled, including the Isle of Man TT in May-June.

Virus threat

R-PUR anti-pollution and anti-pollen motorcyclist face mask

Apart from a ban on non-essential organised events of more than 500 people, the public has been urged to avoid all non-essential travel.

But does that mean riders should stay home?

Of course, if you have any of the symptoms (fever, sore throat, etc), stay home in isolation.

However, the World Heath Organisation’s advice seems to suggest it may be ok for riders to still go for a ride.

If you decide you are safe to go for a ride, here are some safety tips:

  • Wash hands thoroughly and frequently;
  • Ride in low-populated country areas and avoid contact with people;
  • Take a small container of hand sanitiser with you and use it frequently;
  • Avoid touching your own eyes, nose and mouth (easy with a helmet and gloves on!);
  • Avoid physical touching of others, including shaking hands unless you have your gloves on;
  • Cover your nose and mouth if coughing or sneezing, and wash your hands immediately after;
  • Avoid others who are coughing and sneezing;
  • Wear breathing protection such as your helmet or face mask;
  • Avoid large groups;
  • Use your credit card instead of cash when buying fuel and food, and wear your gloves if you have to enter a pin code;
  • Only patronise cafes and restaurants where they wear gloves;
  • Take your own reusable coffee cup with you and make sure you – not the barista – put the lid on;
  • If they refuse to take your cup, ask for a disposable with a lid but you should put on the lid; and
  • Pack your own toilet paper!

Since this situation is rapidly changing, we urge all riders to exercise caution and use their sensible discretion. If you’re over 60 and have a pre-existing health condition you should consider staying home.

  1. Its not actually a HOG rally on the Gold Coast. The Queensland HOG rally was scheduled to take place on the Sunshine Coast a month later. However the small hard working chapter that had spent 2 years planning it had to cancel and refund everyones money after Harley Australia announced without any consultation with HOG that it was running a sales event on the Gold Coast.

    Very few if any HOG members I know are going to support this sales event after our Sunshine Coast chapter was treated with such contempt by Harley Australia.

    First they killed HOG National Rallies with the bomb of Harley Days in Wollongong, then the debacle of Walcha and now a hard working group of volunteers gets screwed by Harley with this version.

  2. National Scooter Rally due to be held 21 -23 March in NSW- cancelled. May be held in September.

  3. As someone who lives near Lismore and works in and around that town, I’m glad the Useless AGM won’t be held here. Too many bad riders clogging up the roads; I’ve had the misfortune of encountering them in other towns and regional areas.

  4. One of my favorite rallies as well as the ride there and back Status Update – 2020 RUPTURED BUDGIE RALLY! – CORVID-19 Status
    see our Rally page for details
    In view of the Corvid-19 pandemic, the club rally committee is following news and events as they unfold.
    At this time (*March 18 2020) the Rally is still scheduled to proceed as planned
    HOWEVER this status may change at any time.
    While there is a 100 limit to the number of people at indoor events, the limit for outdoor is 500.
    Our primary concern, of course, is everyone’s safety and well-being.
    If you are planning to attend the rally, please check back here regularly on our Rally Page for up to date information.

  5. This is advice given to RBH hospital staff.
    Explains the virus and how to prevent the virus. Please share ….
    Internal email for RBH (Royal Brisbane Hospital) staff: Virus Detection:
    The simplest way to distinguish Coronavirus from a Common Cold is that the COVID-19 infection does not cause a cold nose or cough with cold, but it does create a dry and rough cough. The virus is typically first installed in the throat causing inflammation and a feeling of dryness. This symptom can last between 3 and 4 days. The virus typically then travels through the moisture present in the airways, goes down to the trachea and installs in the lungs, causing pneumonia that lasts about 5 or 6 days. Pneumonia manifests with a high fever and difficulty breathing. The Common Cold is not accompanied, but there may be a choking sensation. In this case, the doctor should be called immediately. Experts suggest doing this simple verification every morning: Breathe in deeply and hold your breath for 10 seconds. If this can be done without coughing, without difficulty, this shows that there is no fibrosis in the lungs, indicating the absence of infection. It is recommended to do this control every morning to help detect infection. Prevention: The virus hates heat and dies if it is exposed to temperatures greater than 80°F (27°C). Therefore hot drinks such as infusions, broths or simply hot water should be consumed abundantly during the day. These hot liquids kill the virus and are easy to ingest. Avoid drinking ice water or drinks with ice cubes. Ensure that your mouth and throat are always wet, never DRY. You should drink a sip of water at least every 15 minutes. WHY? Even when the virus enters water or other liquids through the mouth, it will get flushed through the oesophagus directly into the stomach where gastric acids destroy the virus. If there is not enough water, the virus can pass into the trachea and from there to the lungs, where it is very dangerous. For those who can, sunbathe. The Sun’s UV rays kill the virus and the vitamin D is good for you. The Coronavirus has a large size (diameter of 400-500 nanometers) so face masks can stop it, no special face masks are needed in daily life. If an infected person sneezes near us, stay 10 feet (3.3 meters) away to allow the virus fall to the ground and prevent it from falling on you. When the virus is on hard surfaces, it survives about 12 hours, therefore when hard surfaces such as doors, appliances, railings, etc. are touched, hands should be washed thoroughly and/or disinfected with alcoholic gel The virus can live nested in clothes and tissues between 6 and 12 hours. Common detergents can kill it. Things that cannot be washed should be exposed to the Sun and the virus will die. The transmission of the virus usually occurs by direct infection, touching fabrics, tissues or materials on which the virus is present. Washing your hands is essential. The virus survives on our hands for only about 10 minutes. In that time many things can happen, rubbing the eyes, touching the nose or lips. This allows the virus to enter your throat. Therefore, for your good and the good of all, wash your hands very often and disinfect them. You can gargle with disinfectant solutions (i.e. Listerine or Hydrogen Peroxide) that eliminate or minimize the amount of virus that can enter the throat. Doing so removes the virus before it goes down to the trachea and then to the lungs. Disinfect things touched often: cellphone, keyboard, mouse, car steering wheel, door handles, etc Xxx

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