What’s it all about….Alfie?
Hello and welcome to Adventure Bike Rider.
My name is Alun Davies, I live in Stratford upon Avon, UK, and this website is the on-line home for magazine Adventure Bike Rider (ABR).
ABR came into existence for a number of reasons; first there was my lifelong passion for travel and motorcycles; secondly there was a huge hole in the UK motorcycle media for a magazine that focused on the booming adventure sector and adventure rider and thirdly I had a motorcycle accident that curtailed my other passion in life – climbing mountains.
The plus side of wiping out on a rocky trail in Spain is all the free time that comes with having a busted arm, foot and leg. And what better use of that time than to set up and launch ABR magazine.
That was over eight years ago and during that time ABR has grown to become the largest adventure bike community in the world. During an average week our social media reach nudges 1 million, on a good week that doubles to 2 million. This website has a thriving community of adventure riders and hosts the busiest adventure forum in the UK with hundreds of thousands of readers and visitors from around the world.
So, what’s the big idea with ABR. Well it’s like this; I reckon we buy adventure and touring bikes with misty eyed dreams of doing a Ewan and Charlie or maybe because we’re fed up with belly flopping over the tank of a sportsbike and want a little more comfort. Both good enough reasons.
However, in the real world, we probably just get out in the evenings, weekends and travel on one, maybe two, overseas trips per year. Life gets in the way. But then if you’re anything like me, those dreams of touring Europe, riding the world, kicking back sand in the Sahara and wallowing in the mud on the Siberian ‘Road of Bones’ feel a little closer every time I swing a leg over my machine, even when riding to Starbucks for a skinny latte and croissant.
ABR also has a sister title that I founded 23 years ago to feed my passion for travel and the outdoors. As the founding editor of Adventure Travel magazine I’ve been lucky enough to travel the world and engage with its wild places (climbing, hiking, cycling and paddling) and been able to call it work. I’ve also travelled to many of those destinations on a motorcycle but there’s still a huge tick list on hand to keep my passion for two wheeled propulsion high.
I might end up ticking those boxes, maybe not, but as long as I believe I’m going to do it and enjoy my riding along the way, that’ll do me.
If travel and motorcycle touring does it for you, sign up on our forum and say hi and follw us on Facebook for a daily dose of adventure and inspiration.
Thanks for reading.
Founder and Publisher.