I bought my first motorcycle in 1999.
It was a Yamaha DT80, reliable, and nimble. I loved the little smoker. It meant the world to me.
As years passed I changed bikes, and defined myself as an enduro rider in 2007. I sold my VFR750 I owned at a time and bought a Suzuki DR350. I started practicing on an empty field I found on the outskirts of Belgrade, Serbia, my home town.
I practiced regularly, and finally bought a KTM EXC 300 and started racing in hard enduro in 2013.
In 2016, I attended Chris Birch’s one day hard enduro course, where I learned A LOT about technique, proper body position on the bike, setting the controls and other really important skills for an Enduro rider.
I was determined to learn how to ride a big adventure bike, fully loaded with camping gear, tools, spares, and what not. I wanted to master it, so I could ride carefree, enjoy the sceneries, and not feeling exhausted after days’ worth of thrashing a huge bike over rocks, river crossings, sand, and mud.
There was another thing.
My friend Marko and I fantasized for a long time to take the ultimate ride: the one through Mongolia and Gobi desert.
For years I dreamt the same dream. In it, I was riding a big bike across some endless desolate plain. The sun was shining incredibly bright, but it was cold. And every time I woke up I had a strange, nostalgic, overwhelming feeling.
In the summer of 2016, this dream became true. It was a life changing experience. It gave us so much more than we expected.
I realized that my dream is coming true, after one of many nights spent in the desert. On that cold morning we packed, and started riding, when it hit me. I remembered my dream, and realized I was having a déjà vu.
I will be writing about my trips later.
From light racing two strokes, big sport touring bikes, all the way to fully loaded adventure motorcycles, I have a bit to say on each.
I’m no certified expert of any kind, but I like to think that I have quite a bit of experience to share on the topic of motorcycle adventure riding.