If you’re a regular ABR reader, you’re probably wondering who this fella is beaming at you from the Editor’s Comment page. Let me introduce myself. My name is James Oxley and I’m the new editor of Adventure Bike Rider. Boy, that sounds good to say out loud.
The change took place a few weeks ago when former editor Bryn pulled me aside to tell me he was sacking himself. I wondered for a moment if he’d decided to give it all up and take off on the around-the-world bike trip he’s been dreaming of for years, but no.
With so many exciting plans in the pipeline at ABR for 2021 and beyond, including putting on the UK’s biggest and best adventure bike festival, Bryn has moved upwards to get more involved in that side of things. So, after spending the past year as assistant editor, and before that, as staff writer, I now have the pleasure of filling his formidable boots. No pressure there, then?
To be completely honest, not too much has changed behind the scenes. With Bryn increasingly occupied elsewhere, I’ve been heading up the magazine as assistant editor for about a year now, although I admit that making the change official is something of a dream come true.
It feels all the better because I’ve been an Adventure Bike Rider reader since the early days, well before I started working here. Seriously, I too spent many years craning my neck for the postman around the time my subscription was due to be delivered. This also means I’m acutely aware of how much ABR means to you guys, and that without your support, it wouldn’t be what it is today.
To me, ABR has always been so much more than a magazine. It’s a community of brilliant folk with a passion for two-wheeled travel, a thirst for adventure, and a love of motorcycles. My mission is to continue to help inspire you to live out your motorcycling dreams by packing ABR with as much inspiration, knowledge, and entertainment as I can squeeze into its pages.
And, after a challenging year to say the least, I reckon we could all do with living out a few of those dreams right about now. So, in my first issue as editor, I’ve included plenty of ideas for adventures, both at home and abroad, to help you start the new year as you mean to go on.