April Fools 2020 in Motorcycling

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This year was relatively tame in terms of the gags that motorcycling companies put out for April Fools, but here’s everything I encountered – which one’s your favorite?

Presented in alphabetical order:

Asphalt & Rubber
Harley-Davidson Board Votes to Restructure Business Operations
The new business plan for Harley-Davidson sees us focusing on the business operations that center on that lifestyle segment, but now without the burden of actually having to make the motorcycles.”

Canada Moto Guide
OPINION: ONTARIO’S HELMET LAW REVERSAL
“Motorcycle operators aged 21 and older, who hold an M operator’s licence, will no longer be required to wear protective helmets on public highways in Ontario,” states the new amendment to the law, which will take effect on an unspecified date later this year. And it’s as simple as that.

Fieldsheer
Coming back due to popular demand is one of our classics, The Monza Suit. Stand out amongst the crowd in one of our full leather race suit, available in 3 captivating colors. Coming some time never in late 2020…

Giant Loop
Introducing the world’s first seat-top tent for motorcycles: The EXPANDER™ Adventure Tent.

JE Pistons
Introducing the Easy Forge Oven: “While a mini, at-home piston forge may be a great toy idea for the kiddos, we think you should let us professionals stick to making the best pistons for your build. With above and beyond health measures being taken and guidelines being followed, we are still shipping pistons and our expert staff is on-hand for whatever info you may need! How can we help your build?

JRC Engineering – Thanks, Speirmoor!
New Product! JRC 17-EM1 Marconi Electronic Ignition

MCrider – Motorcycle Training – Thanks, Ichiban Moto!
Why the BMW R 1250 GSA wipes the competition clean!

RevZilla
RevZilla launches new line of Common Tread brand motorcycle care products.

RideApart – Thanks, Howard Nunes!
Is Moto Guzzi Working On A Four-Cylinder V85 TT?

Ultimate Motorcycling
MotoGP and Formula 1 To Combine Rounds
Jorge Viegas, President of the FIM, conveniently addressed these questions for the sake of moving this story along: “When we say we will be combining events, that is precisely what we’ll be doing. Practice sessions, qualifying, and racing will be taking place simultaneously,” stated Viegas. After a dramatic pause, he continued “on the same track and at the same time.”

Jean Todt then shared his thoughts: “This is all new ground for us, and we are still working out the safety parameters for ensuring the safety of both riders and drivers. Some of you may not make it, but if that’s what needs to happen to make F1 exciting again, then that’s what we’ll do.”

Ural Motorcycles
Amid global recession concerns, Ural is planning to tap into the 4-wheeler market. Project: “Two sidecars better than one”.

And a bonus which was announced on April 1 but is actually true: Honda’s bringing in a small “city adventure” scooter called the ADV150. They’ve been selling it in other markets for some time, but it’s coming to the US in June 2020. This is the only color option, and the MSRP is $4,299:

Have you seen one that I missed? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll add it.

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