Photo: Bostjan Skrlj
A world-crossing adventure rider is stranded bikeless in Whitehorse, YT, after his BMW GS1200 was stolen.
Bostjan Skrlj, originally from Slovenia, has been traveling the world for the past seven years, visiting 41 countries. He’s been in Canada for several months, even attempting the Churchill, Manitoba-to-Arviat, Nunavut ice crossing that has tantalized adventure riders for years. But now he is bikeless.
Skrlj’s motorcycle was parking in front of a house in Whitehorse when it was stolen early last week. After surviving trips through dozens of impoverished countries, Skrlj no doubt thought his bike safe in Canada. It wasn’t.
Sadly, this is a theme often heard: Riders travel the world’s poorest areas, and when they land in a more monied country, their bike is pinched. It happened to the lads of Mondo Enduro (almost all the bikes used in the trip are now stolen). More recently, it happened to Martin Williams in the UK this winter.
It’s too bad Skrlj is so far north, as it’s hard for Canadian riders to coordinate help for him – if his bike has been stolen in the GTA, it would have been easier to organize some sort of search for the bike, or explore other options. After all, Canadians got Molly Nelson back on the road in 2011 in a similar crappy situation.
On the bright side, Whitehorse isn’t a big place, but the GS1200 is a big bike. Hopefully, the police or some helpful locals will get Skrlj’s bike back for him soon.