My name is Alun Davies, I live in Stratford upon Avon, UK, and this website was originally set up as the on-line presence for the print magazine Adventure Bike Rider (ABR).
Over time the website has also become home to the largest adventure riding community in the UK. When we include our social media followers, ABR is the leading voice and authority for adventure riding worldwide.
ABR came into existence for three 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 bike sector and thirdly I had a motorcycle accident that curtailed one of my other passions 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 bust up arm, foot and leg. And what better use of that recovery time than to set up and launch ABR magazine.
That was back in 2009, and since then 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. Not the outcome I expected from a smash on a Spanish mountain but one I’ll happily accept.
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 riding the world or maybe because we’re just 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 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, 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 the newsagent.
ABR also has a sister title that I launched in 1995 to feed my passion for travel and the outdoors. As the founding publisher and editor of Wired For Adventure 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 adventure 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.
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