March 15, 2020 at 11:46 am #32586
In all seriousness I hope you are all taking care out there. I’m 4 days into voluntary isolation after returning from the UK via Singapore.
I started prepping the DR650 for use after a year in storage and the battery still had full charge which was great, but the front tyre is flat and when I parked it up it was 500km overdue for a oil change. I have a filter but can’t get out for the oil and a tyre valve
As well as not being able to get hold of toilet paper, many factories around the world that make motorcycles and parts are shut down so if you are expecting delivery of a new motorcycle there may be a delay.
The Aprilia, Moto Guzzi and MV Agusta factories are all within the area of Italy that’s been shut down and is the current worldwide epicenter of the virus. The Ducati factory is just outside the area but is probably also affected by workers staying home.
Many manufacturers are also having issues as they cannot get the raw ingredients and components manufactured by other companies to complete their products. Helmet manufacturer Davida has said they are affected in this way.
The first 2 rounds of the 2020 MotoGP season in Qatar and Thailand were both cancelled and the 3rd round in Austin, Texas on 3-5 April has been postponed until 3-5 November, other rounds are still not certain to go ahead.
Attachments:March 17, 2020 at 8:04 am #32610
The 2020 Isle Of Man TT has been cancelled. The full news release is below.
The Council of Ministers has taken the decision to cancel the 2020 Isle of Man TT Races which were due to take place between 30th May and 13th June.
The decision has been taken following confirmation that the Island has stepped up its measures to protect the population against the pandemic.
Laurence Skelly MHK, Minister for Enterprise, commented: ‘The decision to cancel has not been taken lightly and all options including postponement and delaying the decision have been considered in detail. Representatives from the Isle of Man Government will now discuss the implications with all relevant businesses, stakeholders and individuals affected by this cancellation, which it recognises will be significant.
‘With the visitor restriction in place for the foreseeable future we wanted to make the decision now to give businesses, visitors and all involved stakeholders time to manage the impact going forward. The Isle of Man, and the Isle of Man TT, are faced with unique challenges regarding COVID-19 and making this decision will provide certainty to teams, competitors, sponsors and stakeholders of the event and to visitors across the globe.
‘The decision also aims to provide reassurance for our residents and healthcare professionals that the health and well-being of the Isle of Man’s residents is the single biggest priority and focus of this Government.’
The Department for Enterprise will, in due course, issue full refunds for all Official Tickets including Grandstand tickets, Hospitality Packages and other Official Event Experiences purchased through iomttraces.com.March 17, 2020 at 10:38 am #32612
KTM have closed their factory for several weeks which means Husqvarna and gas-Gas are also affected, Ducati is also confirmed as their factory being closed.
Brembo have also shut down along with Moto Morini.March 18, 2020 at 9:09 am #32642
CANCELLATION OF TB20
It is with regret that we advise the cancellation of TUSSOCKBUSTER20 (TB20) due to the COVID19 virus and the Government requirement to cancel all events with over 500 people.
Events around the world are moving at a rapid pace, and some countries are moving to total lockdown, and closing of schools while others are moving to the banning of all activities where there are 50 or more participants. Here in NZ, nationwide sporting codes are being suspended until further notice and it is likely more cancellations will be made in the coming days by other organisations.
We are exploring options for the possibility of conducting a modified version of TB20 (each of a smaller scale) over a series of weekends in 2020. This is subject to:
• How the COVID19 virus situation plays out this year.
• Government restrictions on event sizes.
• The availability of zones within the Waiouru Military Training Area.
There are no guarantees we can make alternative events happen- but we will try.
TB20 was shaping up to be a great event, with 1025 pre-entries already received. However, the cancellation is entirely out of our control. This cancellation is disappointing for all concerned but, the strict measures being taken by the government today, will hopefully help contain the spread of the virus over the coming months.
We will provide refund details as soon as possible. We need to hold discussions with our suppliers regarding what pre-paid and pre-committed costs we can have refunded before we can finalise the refunds.
Offlimits is a charitable trust and not a commercial organisation. Proceeds from events such as TB20 go towards grants for the wellness of members of the New Zealand Defence Force. TB20 is our largest fundraiser of the year and its cancellation two years in a row has severely reduced our ability to make grants to those in need.
We will be in touch as soon as we can regarding the refunds. Please be patient- we are a volunteer organisation and we don’t have lots of paid staff who can make things happen in a day.
Stay safe and keep COVID19 at bay.
The Offlimits TeamMarch 20, 2020 at 7:42 pm #32706
The Otago Motorcycle Club’s Brass Monkey Rally committee met last night and have made the call to POSTPONE the 40th and final rally till 2021.
It is very clear the world has a rapidly developing Covid-19 virus which has now reached pandemic levels and we need to, at this important time, follow the guidelines given by the Ministry of Health in relation to public events.
As disappointing as it may be the health and welfare of our club members, families, helpers and ultimately the NZ motorcycling community who make this event possible, takes pole position.
Entries have now been suspended and we wish to advise the people who have already entered online a full refund will be available, another option could be that we roll your entry fees already paid over to the 40th and final rally in 2021.
We have already received a large number of prepaid entries that we need to work through, so please be gentle on us, we will get back to you.
You can contact us on
If you have any enquires.
The committee will reconvene in November 2020 and start preparations for the 40th and Final Brass Monkey Rally in June 2021
Thank you all for your understanding and we wish you good health.
See you all in 2021.
OMCC BMR committee.May 3, 2020 at 8:53 pm #33233
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Getting closer now with a little more freedom at level 3June 2, 2020 at 12:21 pm #34564
Triumph is to cut 240 staff due to Covid-19.June 23, 2020 at 4:10 pm #34638
Covid-19 claims international motorcycle tour company Compass Expeditions. Here’s the media release.
The end of the road for Compass Expeditions
It is with a profound depth of sadness that we announce that after millions of kilometres ridden around the world, the trail has ended “in a dead end” for Compass Expeditions. We have been forced to make the incredibly tough decision to close Compass Expeditions due to Covid 19 and subsequent collapse of forward bookings coupled with complete lack of business confidence going forward.
Currently Compass Expeditions is in a financial position to refund ALL deposits paid for ALL tours booked, however this will not always be the case if we choose to “hang on”, and all indicators point towards Australians not being permitted to travel internationally for a long time yet, it is therefore only prudent for us to refund all monies owed and close the doors, now, considering 75% of our clients are Australian.
Are we panicking? We don’t think so, pre Covid 19 had seen a distinct downturn in future bookings, then Covid 19 arrived, we offered the option to roll over deposits until 2021 / 22 or refund deposits, 95% took the refund option, which is what we would have done if we were in the same situation, however this has left us financially vulnerable. We have decided to cease operations now and still be in the position to refund all deposits owing as soon as possible.
Everyone with current deposits has been contacted personally and refunds have been organised.
When we look back at the last 13 years it is barely possible to believe what we have experienced. There is an incredible “Compass family” that we have laughed with and cried with. This family have become our friends, and we shall so sorely miss riding with everyone.
We understand that the world is full of people in a far worse situation than us and life will go on, but the overwhelming sense of disappointment, sorrow and emptiness is hard to put into words, our only hope is that you will never forget the times you rode with Compass Expeditions and that the name Compass Expeditions shall live on for a while longer before being consigned to the pages of history.
We have been overwhelmed with wonderful, appreciated, words of encouragement over these last two months but sadly it takes money to go into stasis. Closing down and dismissing our incredible staff until everything opens up again is not an option for us as they are the business as much as the owners, we do not wish to continue on without them.
We would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank our incredible tour leaders who led the way in motorcycle touring: Hugo, Juan Carlos, Juan, Sarah, Justin, Bayne, Ellis, Felix, Danny, Peter and Pieter, we were blessed to have such amazing committed crew, our office staff: Craig, Alison and Jordan, whose investment in our business was an example of the very best an employer could ever hope for. Our South American team: Sayda, Ana Maria, Simone and Eddy, who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the endless challenges of operating tours in South America didn’t affect the rides too much, our amazing service providers scattered across the globe, from the B&B operator in the remote mountains of Kyrgyzstan, the ger owners in Mongolia, our hotel booking agent in Russia to our bike supplier in Cape Town, the list is endless – but most importantly it’s our guests who made Compass who it was and what we became, our profound thanks to you all.
We think back at all the incredible people we have met along the journey, the Herero & Himba women in Namibia, whom we always visited and dropped off needed supplies, the children on the high altiplano of Bolivia whom we have been supporting since pre Compass days, over 20 years ago, Isaac the gardener at the Victoria Falls Hotel in Zimbabwe and Otgoo, the effervescent manager of the wonderful ger camp at Khovsguul Nuur, Mongolia. The list is utterly endless, we will miss these people dearly, knowing that in all likelihood we may never see them again.
In the words of the Garth Brooks song “The dance”, “I could have missed the pain, but I’d have had to miss the dance”, yes this is painful beyond words but the dance over the last 13 years was so worth it.
Goodbye my friends and thank you for the ride.
Mick, Veronica, Jerry, Ryan, Brendan and the crew of Compass Expeditions.
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