By John Burns
2020 will go down in history as the Year of the Coronavirus, in which not so many newsworthy things happened in the world of motorcycling; we were all on lockdown. It was, at least, a very good year to go riding, as well as a good one for the industry in general, by most reports. Fewer cars on the road made room for more motorcycles, and the downturn in tourism meant people needed to find recreation closer to home. Ten years ago, there was quite a bit of moving and shaking going on – some of it eerily familiar to the current day – and our man Pete found time to chronicle it in this year-end wrap up. Time flies.
The moto world takes us on a roller coaster ride!
We’re just a heartbeat away from the first days of 2011, so now seems as good a time as any to reflect on the many happenings that impacted the two-wheeled world in 2010.Certainly some monsters reared their heads, and the fragile economy continues to hamper a rebound in the moto industry at large, but a few highpoints bear noting, too.
The following collection of events, as well as mounting changes, that reshaped motorcycling in 2010 – or will and may soon alter motorcycling in the future – is by no means a comprehensive list.
If you can think of a significant event or item, good or bad, that we should’ve included, feel free to let us know and make yourself heard in the Reader Feedback.
Here’s to an even better year in 2011!
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