#Ride5000miles members are staying sane under lockdown by starting major projects

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Bikers have been curing their Coronavirus blues by getting stuck into a project – either sprucing up their daily wheels or challenging themselves with something totally new.

"It’s sanity. Just doing something mechanical, rather than digital... it’s a real tonic," Taunton-based David Wilson, 51, told MCN. "I put some music on and sit there and polish."

Still working full time as a company director, David is giving his 2013 KTM 1190 Adventure a thorough strip-down and clean, after 70,000 miles year-round service.

"I took the front end apart and then started giving it a proper deep clean," he continued. "All the rusty bits, I polished up or painted and then I thought 'I may as well do the back.' I have literally taken everything apart."

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Elsewhere, Tom Steele, 31, from Cheshire, purchased a former RAF 1944 Norton 16H at auction about a month before the lockdown. He is now restoring it ahead of a series of planned rides to Normandy and Dunkirk.

1944 Norton 16H

"I’ve always wanted to restore a WW2 bike but never had the confidence to go about it for some reason," Tom explained. "It’s important to restore because of what it represents - remembering that generation."

Tom was able to work with an RAF researcher to locate the original serial numbers for this bike, meaning he was able to reapply them to the tank.

Fellow Cheshire rider, Alex Kerr, 28, has used the lockdown to thoroughly clean his garage and start sorting out his 1989 Yamaha XT350 and 1991 BMW K100LT, which both have underlying mechanical issues.

Alex Kerr is using his project bikes to get through the lockdown

"It gives me a purpose," he told MCN. "I can get up in the morning, go downstairs and get in the garage. There’s something to do - it’s like work.

"If I’ve got nothing to do, I tend to just not get up, fall into really bad habits and just get down in the dumps," he added. "It really is a great way of beating the lockdown."

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Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

Senior Writer (motorcycling), sportsbike nut, currently riding a FireBlade