Adriatic Moto Tours Introductory Ride
Every one picked a motorcycle to start on. By far the most desirable models where the BMW R 1250 GS and R 1250 GS Adventure, but our R 1250 RT and S 1000 XR where not far behind. As we are used to doing long rides, the R 1250 RS, because of its more sporty seating position, was the last to go.
Our initial plans were foiled by a snow storm the night before. We planned to head south to the forests of Kocevje but by morning the southern part of Slovenia was still covered by a thin blanket of snow and the temperatures where just above freezing. Huddled up in the garage, sipping our morning cup of coffee, we hacked out a plan B. One of our guides that had driven from the north west of Slovenia said that its clear skies and dry roads that way. So we decided to head there. We geared up, started up the motorcycles, turned on the seat and hand grip warmers and rode off into the morning mist. The first 45 minutes where cold, bitterly cold, but we all knew if we get through this foggy lowland there is sunshine ahead. That is just what happened, after our first stop the weather cleared, the sun came out and even though the temperature gages still showed about 5 degrees Celsius, we were warming up.
Most of us haven't been on a motorcycle since the last season so everyone was careful on the wet roads. Not to mention no one wanted to get on Matej`s (the boss) bad side by crashing a brand new bike. But riding motorcycles is like riding bicycles, once you learn you never forget. So as the kilometers piled on, we warmed up and it was just the most fun ride we could have hoped for.
We stopped at a gorgeous village along the Soca river called Most na Soči (The bridge on the river Soča) and treated ourselves to a delicious lunch. On the menu: local wild trout. After filling up our stomachs we hoped back on our motorcycles and rode the back roads to one of the best wine growing regions in Slovenia, the Vipava Valley. The roads where terrific, no traffic and by late afternoon bone dry, so we got to try what the new BMW motorcycle models can do on some narrow and twisty roads. To say the Germans did it again, perfect balance, great comfort and a throttle to make your muscles tighten.
Once we got back to Ljubljana and to our Adriatic Moto Tours headquarters we where tired but so happy that we got to spend a great Sunday together, riding the best motorcycles in the best country, Slovenia.
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