June 24, 2020
The Apple nerds amongst us probably watched Monday's WWDC Keynote, where lots of new iPhone, iPad and Mac software features were unvealed. What does that have to do with motorcycling? Not much to be honest, except, some of the new features open up opportunities for Scenic. What this means exactly, is for me to know and for you to find out...  in a couple of months ;).
Welcome to the 43'rd Moto Intel Report, where Jasper, Tom and myself (three Dutch motorcycling guys living in Mexico) keep you updated on general motorcycle news and specifics about the Scenic Motorcycle Navigation App.
In this issue, Jasper finds a muscle bike without muscles, Tom investigates the pros and cons of owning an electric motorcycle right now, while I look into the state of big motorcycle shows and events and ask for your help in choosing my next motorcycle. Of course there's also our regular Scenic News section, and, since you seemed to like the new 'MC Bites' and 'User Ride/Route of the week' sections, we decided to continue them.
So now, without further ado, let’s get rolling...


As more and more motorcycle manufacturers are adding electric models to their line-up, or are at least planning to do so, we take a look at the pros and cons of riding and owning an e-bike right now. Read more...
INTERMOT cancelled, Sturgis still on, and EICMA ???
Earlier this year BMW and KTM pulled out of EICMA and INTERMOT, Italy's and Germany's biggest motorcycle shows respectively. Last week INTERMOT, originally planned for early October, announced the cancellation of its physical event. Sturgis, the biggest music & motorcycle festival in the US, is still on for its 80th aniversary year, allbeit with modifications to provide for the health and safety of its visitors. EICMA has not made any announcements to date, but we would not be surprised if at least an alteration of some kind will be made.
I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one having difficulty choosing between two very different motorcycles. So, even if you don’t like these specific two bikes in the picture (I don’t see why you wouldn’t ;), at one point or another, you’ve probably been torn between two motorcycles with very different purposes. This is a story about my 'struggle'. I'm open to any advice you might have!
This motorcycle may look intimitating, but don't let its looks fool you. It's all bark and no bite. It's actually a very gentle ride, maybe even perfect for beginners who like this style. Read more...
MC Bites
What's New with Scenic
As mentioned in the introduction, the Apple WWDC announcements open up new possibilities for the Scenic App. Over the summer, autumn and winter work will commence on these new things, so that they are ready for you to enjoy in the next motorcycle season. Of course incremental updates will continue during this period. Next to that we have some other surprises for you next season. Stay tuned!
User Route/Ride of LAST Week
1000 miles apart
Before we get into this weeks user ride, we promissed you Eric's video about his amazing journey to join his wife, from France to Ukraine during lockdown, on a 125cc. Truly a video worth the watch if you have some time. It's very nicely edited and the views are amazing.
User Route/Ride of THIS Week
Iron Butt Bun Burner GOLD
For those of you unfamiliar with the Iron But Rides, the Iron Butt Association offers several ride certifications varying in degree of difficulty, which are only given to those who can prove they finished the challenge. Above route is Brian's attempt to the 'GOLD' certification: 1500 miles in 24 hours! Did he make it? Well... see for yourself in this two part video
Did you do a beautiful ride recently? Or perhaps planned an aswesome route that you don't want to keep just to yourself? Let us know and it might be featured in the next Moto Intel Report.
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