June 9, 2020
We're in June already. Summer holidays are approaching! They will be different for most of us though. In spite of the world slowly emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, it'll be a while before we're back to normal again (whatever that 'new normal' might be). Border crossings are still limited by many countries, making international holidays difficult, so those will probably have to wait until later. On the other hand, we are all eager to have a change of scenery as soon as possible. So, I believe that this year we'll see long and distant vacations making room for shorter local getaways... maybe even by motorcycle 🙂.  
For those of you receiving Moto Intel Report for the first time, this is the newsletter belonging to the Scenic Motorcycle Navigation app. What you read here is all written by Jasper, Tom and myself: three Dutch guys living in Mexico who love motorcycle riding. We came up with this idea about 2 years ago. I wanted to give you, Scenic users, a bit of a personal touch and since we talk about motorcycles all the time anyway, we decided to write it down in the form of this newsletter. As we were having a lot of fun doing this, and you all seemed to appreciate it, we continued the effort. This is now the 3rd year and we hope to continue for years to come. 
In this issue of Moto Intel Report, Jasper investigates what truly are the pros and cons of motorcycle riding, and he takes a look at the 2020 Harley Davidson Breakout. Tom has news for Moto GP fans, and looks at Royal Enfield's strategy, while I take a deep dive into torque vs horsepower. Of course there's also our regular Scenic News, and for this week we decided to try something different. First of all there is an all new 'MC Bites' section, with links to motorcycle related articles which we think you might enjoy. We also decided to replace the 'User Pic of the Week' with the 'User Ride/Route of the week'. 
So now, without further ado, let’s get rolling...


What are the real reasons why people ride motorcycles? And what are reasons why people do not ride motorcycles? In this article Jasper lays it all out. 
Iconic Brand Royal Enfield To Launch New Motorcycle Every Quarter
After having suffered a double digit sales dip in its biggest market, Royal Enfield isn’t backing down, and instead, it’s announced it will launch a new model every quarter for the next couple of years.
CEO Vinod Dasari said that his company will launch a new motorcycle platform after the coronavirus lockdown ends. The postponed Meteor 350 model will most likely hit the markets in the second half of 2020, and the company is expected to announce a number of mid-range bikes in the 250cc-750cc segment.

Rumours are that the iconic brand is also working on a 650cc scrambler which would be based on the Royal Enfield Continental GT platform, while others think that Royal Enfield is working on a bigger, more powerful version of the Himalaya offroad-touring bike. Carandbike wrote a pretty interesting article on it.
Those of you who know my writing also know that I sometimes like to take a deep dive into science and physics. This time, after some comments on my Verge TS article, I'm looking at torque vs horsepower and how you can't always compare manufacturer reported numbers with each other. Read more...
The 2020 Harley-Davidson Breakout 114 is the most raked-out, custom-styled cruiser in the iconic brand’s 2020 lineup. Putting 119 pound-feet of torque to the ground with its 240mm rear tire, the Breakout is built for those riders trying to take the bike’s drag racing inspiration to the streets. This custom bike is even more special!
Moto GP restarts!
9 months after the last MotoGP race was ridden, we’re finally looking at a real date for the next race. The beginning of the season was interrupted by the coronavirus, and in the last race in Qatar on March 9, only moto 2 and moto 3 classes competed. But now, there’s good hope that the races for the remainder of the season will be ridden, albeit without audience.

In an interview with cycleworld, Dorna boss Carmelo Ezpeleta states that MotoGP should return to the track on July 19 in Jerez, Spain.

Ezpeleta told cycleworld that ‘’ The idea is to compete behind closed doors in Europe, starting with Jerez, Spain, on July 19 and 26, then Brno, Czech Republic, on August 9, Austria on August 16 and 23, then Misano, Italy, on September 13. We plan to race in Europe from the end of July until November.’’

The fate of overseas races highly depends on the coronavirus measures in Asia and the Americas, and whether spectators will be allowed or not.
MC Bites
What's New with Scenic
Yesterday, Scenic version 2.2.9 was released. Don't let the small increment in version number fool you though. 2.2.9 has a lot of smaller to mid sized enhancements and new features. For example, the media buttons in the navigation menu can now control media playback from any app. Think Spotify, Overcast, Podcasts, Pandora, etc. This requires a bit of set up on your side though... have a look at Settings > Navigation Menu for more info. For the full release notes have a look at the 'Version History' on the Scenic App Store page.
User Route/Ride of the Week
1000 miles apart
This ride was sent in by Eric, Scenic nickname 'Prava', with an amazing background story:
I had been in lockdown for two months in France (I'm American) and my wife was/is stuck in Kyiv Ukraine. No flights, borders were closed... We spent our 1 year anniversary 1000 miles apart. So my motorcycle was the only option.. MadMax style. I had to negotiate special passage with all the countries involved, not knowing if the borders would let me through... I saw Venice as a ghost-town... I didn't know if hotels or food would be open... I was given a refuge visa and a humanitarian corridor through Hungary. Almost denied exit nonetheless. This was also my first long motorcycle ride. And it was on a 125cc hahaha. "
Here are the rides... one for each day:
Eric also mentioned that he's making a short film of this trip. As soon as that's ready we'll let you know in the next Moto Intel Report!
Did you do a beautiful ride recently? Or perhaps planned an aswesome route that you don't want to keep just for yourself? Let us know and it might be featured in the next Moto Intel Report.
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