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Hey mates,

We ‘re all waiting -I guess- for more information about the spread and the cure of COVID19, but I would like to hear your opinions and your ideas about this summer’s motorcycle trips.

Have you postponed any trip during July, August etc.?
Do you think we could ride this summer season in Europe and Middle East?

Hope to see your ideas. I have a big trip organised for this August to Azerbaijan, but I m not sure if I have to postpone/cancel it (basically, I don’t want to believe that I may cancel it... )

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My gut feel is that touring this year in Europe is a dead duck.

I have a number of hotels booked for a planned tour through France, Luxembourg, Germany and Italy starting the last week of August and I’m fully expecting that travel restrictions will mean that I have to cancel them :(
 

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We had a 2.5 week tour of the Austrian and Swiss alps planned for early August..... Bit the bullet last week and cancelled all the hotels and the ferry. I don't think anything much is going to be open and even if it is its not going to be a relaxing atmosphere for a holiday.

If things ease we will head for Scotland later in the year if we can. I'm just hoping 2021 is a more "normal" year!
 

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If you notice all the discussions on R, Germany eased and is immediately seeing a slight upswing (now that could easily be better numbers being recorded) and then you look at the news and people who are supposed to be staying safe are 100% no problem as they can socialise all they want to as its not going to effect them. Theres a call for review of BAME higher incidence understanding, and I have to say for the position i'm in, i don't socialise like some of those (targeted groups) people. I don't think it is a specific illness, but more from the contact that has been had up until now, the more people who get together regardless will increase the chance, what will prove it, someone who socialised with unhappy footballers, and the footballer gets ill, or POTUS fianally getting an infection, regardless of severity. Unlike flu, those that have the jab expect symptoms which will go away (and ignore the mortaility of some). I don't expect care homes will ever be considered a safe place of the future as their intimate contact rates are staggering, friends, neighbours, family all visit and it shared so easily, and the homes are not set up to cope with this, I bet most will think they had flu early on. Travel for the sake of relaxation, i think can be done in your own locale this year
 

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I really cannot see non-essential travel restrictions being lifted until late summer at best in the UK. Foreign travel seems highly unlikely this season, indeed it really wouldn't surprise me right now, given the absence of a credible exit strategy, if 3 of my 4 bikes end up being mothballed until 2021.

The UK is still in Lockdown1 & the PM talks of continuing more or less as we are in an attempt to avoid another surge in case numbers, spooked maybe by the experience in Germany as well as our high death rates so far. Healthcare, our NHS, has become a Covid-19 Service. We all need a vaccine, or at least a reliable anti-viral (Remdesivir shows some promise) before society can open up in our crowded Islands, let alone even think of low risk foreign travel.

Meanwhile the UK economy burns at c. £2.4 Billion per day, with £200 Bn of further QE, £45 Bn of gilt sales last month (all time record high) & £320 Bn of contingent liabilities on the books & counting. OK, something similar is happening everywhere in the developed World, but I do wonder whether 'events' will overtake many countries, both social & economic, as it is naive to think we can afford to stay in the bunker forever. We know many in the US report a very different scenario, certainly those outside NY & NJ, with some States being barely touched by this unseen enemy, so life can retain some semblance of normality. Sadly it's simply not the case here, or across much of Europe.
 

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Hey mates,

We ‘re all waiting -I guess- for more information about the spread and the cure of COVID19, but I would like to hear your opinions and your ideas about this summer’s motorcycle trips.

Have you postponed any trip during July, August etc.?
Do you think we could ride this summer season in Europe and Middle East?

Hope to see your ideas. I have a big trip organised for this August to Azerbaijan, but I m not sure if I have to postpone/cancel it (basically, I don’t want to believe that I may cancel it... )

Cheers
I had to cancel my 3 months trip to Europe...... as @st13phil said, it's a dead duck...........
 

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Like others I made several plans to travel home and abroad this year but am waiting and watching government guidance but feel this year is a bit of a none event.
I think we will have to get our excitement from the occasional ride to Lidl.
Let’s hope next year is better and there are no more recalls.
 

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Looks like we will all be biking in the uk this year - Wales, Scotland etc- to kick start the economy, although I'm still hoping to fly to Sardinia in September...
 
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Terry,
I am sure an Azerbaijan trip would be amazing but as it’s between Russia and Iran (who are struggling with Covid-19) I would think it is very unlikely your trip would go ahead and if it did likely to be 14 days quarantine when you get there and when you get back.
Have you seen the videos of the woman riding around the world (but her ride got suspended because of Covid-19)
 

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I just read in MoreBikes that three more of the MotoGP GPS have been cancelled: Sachenring, Assen and Finland that was to be debut July 10-12. The first GP now in the calendar is Czech GP at Brno scheduled for 9th August.
That got me reminiscing about when I rode to Brno with my friend Mike, 2,500 miles of brilliance - one of the many highlights was we found a motorcycle cave that you can actually ride through and it has a biker cafe inside the cave (see pics).
 

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Terry,
I am sure an Azerbaijan trip would be amazing but as it’s between Russia and Iran (who are struggling with Covid-19) I would think it is very unlikely your trip would go ahead and if it did likely to be 14 days quarantine when you get there and when you get back.
Have you seen the videos of the woman riding around the world (but her ride got suspended because of Covid-19)
That’s my concern Andy. My azerian nights fade away.. I wouldn’t risk the 14day quarantine or the medical care in a country that far.

I haven’t seen it. I lol check it out. Thanks
 
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