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CORONA BUSTING TRANSPORT

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MOTORCYCLES AND SCOOTERS. THE COMMUTER AND LEISURE SOLUTION FOR THE NEW CBT.  “CORONA BUSTING TRANSPORT”

As we go into June with shops re-opening and lockdown easing, reports coming into BDN’s Trade Talk Editor spell out continuing good news for existing riders and dealers. Many dealers saying that from day one of lockdown, spares demand rocketed, as bikes were pulled out of sheds to start a new life.

Or as one door closed.…another opened.  Guidelines followed, showroom doors closed, staff furloughed but the advent of ‘social distancing’ soon highlighted what our industry can provide.

YOULES MOTORCYCLES has shops in Blackburn and Manchester and Philip Youles is chairman of the NMDA and has long advocated a wider controlled use of bus lanes in towns and cities. He has a very upbeat approach: “We can responsibly add to cycling, bus and train commuting especially in cities like Manchester if the use of bus lanes is ratified to include us. We have got everything going for us at present. Training, protective clothing, social distancing, public perception. If I keep on like this it sounds better than safe sex.”

Paul Reynolds with son Charles are KICKSTART MOTORCYCLES in Port Talbot, South Wales: “First phone call on day one of lockdown was from a nurse whose scooter would not start. Out I went to her home address a few miles away. New battery fitted. No charge for call out and one happy customer at work same day.” He added: “We have kept to the present guidelines but our customers and other dealers and suppliers are identifying the increasing need for affordable motorcycle and scooter commuting.”

James and Tina Langston have the EVESHAM & WORCESTER Training School. He says: “We are raring to get back into CBT when all requirements in place. Good news is that 10 weeks ago we had 22 riders booked and ready to go. We have kept contact with them and all but two want to start as soon as possible. Not going to rush it or cut any corners, but can see an ongoing demand for two wheels use as social distancing sits in many minds.”

More British Dealer News online Trade Talk reports will follow, and welcome any feedback or suggestions in keeping our industry as a frontrunning, safe solution to commuting.

John Featherstone 

Mobile 07541 998290

[email protected]

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