Protestride

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Something very extraordinary happened! Something that has never been seen before in Austria!
A completely new experience! And, because it is so extraordinary and has to do with motorcycles, who was there? Well, who do you think? 😉
Eh clear
And, fortunately, many friends and WIMA’s also joined in.

OK, but what is it really about now that many of you will ask yourselves? What makes a Versya fall into such enthusiasm? Who, how, what, where?

Take it easy, because that’s what it was all about 😉
Before the summer there was the senseless 95dB regulation of the Tyrolean government. With it the population, which is particularly affected, should be protected from motorcycle noise in certain areas. The study is questionable, the regulation is questionable, the handling was brutal. So reason enough to call forth a “War cry”.
The driving, and the WIMA D.A.CH meeting planning, part of WIMA had thereupon decided to shift the D.A.CH meeting already planned for Tirol to Kärnten, and in the retrospect that was a gold correct decision.
Parallel to this, an unprecedented uproar in the motorcycle community and a call for solidarity to combat the ongoing, one-sided press reports and legislative proposals formed over the summer months in the “social” media – at first very quietly, and then increasingly violently.
Many proposals were discussed in the social channels, there were calming and extreme calls, the whole spectrum was present. Regina Stiller won the final with Bikers Voice and there was the decision to take a protest ride with motorcycles through Vienna

A Sunday was chosen as the day of protest, so it was only a small impact on Vienna’s streets, but still, a beginning! So it became the 23rd of August 2020.
There wasn’t much time for preparation and distribution of information, but on the day of protest the true extent of the displeasure should become apparent. Many WIMA’s met directly in front of Schönbrunn Palace. Already during the waiting, considerable groups passed by us. When we were finished we went over to Transdanubia, where the meeting point of the protest trip was in the very northeast of Vienna.
Due to the large number of participants*, all adjacent parking spaces of the other shopping centers were occupied by a considerable number of motorcycles.
Many familiar faces wherever women look! So let the party be started!

A Sunday was chosen as the day of protest, so it was only a small impact on Vienna’s streets, but still, a beginning! So it became the 23rd of August 2020.
There wasn’t much time for preparation and distribution of information, but on the day of protest the true extent of the displeasure should become apparent. Many WIMA’s met directly in front of Schönbrunn Palace. Already during the waiting, considerable groups passed by us. When we were finished we went over to Transdanubia, where the meeting point of the protest trip was in the very northeast of Vienna.
Due to the large number of participants*, all adjacent parking spaces of the other shopping centers were occupied by a considerable number of motorcycles.
Many familiar faces wherever you do look! So let the party be started!

True to the motto we play very carefully with the gas and very rarely honk the horn.
It is very hot and some air-cooled motorcycles get serious problems at this walking pace.
So we move slowly in an endless column across the city and in the final up to the Kahlenberg, where the first stop at the big parking lot takes place.

Since it is inhumanly hot, a welcome opportunity to cool down the motorcycles and us in the shade of the high trees.
We enjoy the stop and as the column makes its way back to the starting point, we stay for a short time and then leave. But we follow the track of the Mountain Road to Hütteldorf, where we separate.
In the evening we together wait anxiously for the press releases.

But, what a surprise (or actually not): Nothing….
ORF Vienna brings a 30sec report and speaks of several hundred participants.
According to the event and the police, however, there were between 5,000 and 6,000. The report is only corrected later.
It is always “refreshing” to notice how important reports about motorcycle accidents, motorcycle racers, etc. are, and how unimportant “good” motorcyclists are.
Bikers Voice wants to be a voice for motorcyclists in the future.
I like being part of it, I have to change something.

If you also want to change something: You will find information about actions and membership here soon:
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