In these strange times, when corona dictates the pace of life, when the governments restrict our personal freedom, when events are almost non-existent, we, bikers, were the first to say – that’s enough!
Can’t nobody tell us when to ride!
Thus, the guys from Moto 55 and BMW MK Dalmacija came up with the idea of Ride for Life 2021, a motorcycle ride along the Adriatic Highway. The goal of the ride obviously was not a big biker protest against the rona measures, but the promotion of safe driving, bikers and Croatia as a destination, and all that in a biker way.
And the biker way is that around 500 motorbikes gather in Bakarac and set off for Split.
We headed towards Bakarac from the island of Krk. Shortly after our arrival, the biker army set out to conquer the Adriatic highway and reach Split. Cruising accompanied by not-so-ideal weather, we rode along the highway to Split, with stops in Karlobag, Zadar, Šibenik and Kaštel Štafilić. I don’t even need to describe what an amazing experience it was to ride with so many fellow bikers, in a zigzag formation, where (almost) everyone rides like one.
After arriving in Split, we gathered at the Poljud stadium, together with a large number of people who came to see where that thunder-like noise came from. We rode around the stadium, after which the others headed to Žnjan, and we rode to Omiš, where we decided to spend the night.
For us, the official part of Ride for life ends here, but the next day we continued our journey, which took us to almost 1000 km in a few days.
On Sunday we rode through Prgomet towards Drniš. The views were breathtaking, but it’s better to keep your eyes on the road. That’s why we decided stop near Drniš, to admire those views that reward you for every serpentine you successfully pass
We passed through Knin, and decided to head to Donji Lapac and Srb. We rode the winding roads of Lika, enjoying every curve which took our limits to the test.
After swirling through Lika, we headed towards Plitvice and Slunj, and slowly arrived to cold Karlovac. We didn’t even park the bikes in the garage, when the rain warned us that that’s enough riding for the weekend. After almost 1000 km, we didn’t complain. We let our bikes have their well-deserved rest, but still planned the next adventure.
All in all, this was a weekend to remember. The organizers of the Ride for Life 2021 did an awesome job. I hope to see all of you in even larger numbers next year.
We rode in the rain, in the sun and in the wind. We rode slowly, and in some places a little faster. Both the old and the young, on old and new motorcycles, rode together. We looked after ourselves, but also after others. But most importantly, we rode together, all as one, and showed the others what it means to be a biker!