If riders are not allowed from take their motorcycle out for a ride during the current pandemic lockdown, then governments and manufacturers should extend registration, warranties and servicing periods.
Authorities won’t call it a lockdown, but effectively is!
Some people can still ride to work, to get grocers, visit the doctor or for a few other valid reasons.
For all other riders, their bike is just up on the stand in the garage on the trickle charger, burning registration money and running down the warranty period.
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We notice that in India, KTM, Royal Enfield and Benelli are extending warranties and free service offers for all models.
Benelli is also extending its roadside assistance program.
In Australia, Uralhas extended warranties by three months.
All new motorcycle sales up to June 30, 2020 will also have the extended warranty on top of the standard two-year manufacturer warranty.
What a great move to ensure the loyalty of customers.
Be aware that just because your bike may be idle and not racking up the kilometres to the next scheduled service, it may still need a service. Check your bike’s manual for the maximum time interval between services.
If you don’t rack up the distance, it probably still advises an annual service.
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As for registration, it is made up of an insurance component and a payment to help maintain our roads.
If you are not riding, you are not an insurance risk and you are not doing any damage to the roads (not that motorcycles do much road damage anyway!).
So state governments should offer an extension of registration periods for these mandatory lay-offs they have enforced.
In New Zealand, they are extending vehicle registrations and warrants of fitness (annual roadworthy certificate) for six months.