Founder of Overland Junction and Executive Director of The Ted Simon Foundation, Iain provides specialist brand communications services to the international adventure motorcycling sector. He’s a regular contributor to Overland Magazine and used to co-organise Horizons Unlimited’s flagship event for motorcycle travellers in the UK.
French by birth, Armenian by blood, and a citizen of the USA for over 40 years, Ara Gureghian has travelled the world as a professional chef. He began a motorcycle journey around the States that he calls his endless path of therapy, following the tragic loss of his son. He’s accompanied by Spirit, his faithful canine companion.
Naomi Tweddle was born in Victoria, Canada and grew up in a small island community in the Southern Gulf Islands. She still calls Canada home; currently living in the beautiful province of British Columbia. She started riding motorcycles at the age of 16 and when motorcycle adventure travel became a thing, Naomi was naturally drawn to the idea and it became a passion of hers. Naomi has documented her travels spanning over 100,000km and 12 countries through blogging and photography and continues to pursue travel opportunities riding motorcycles.
Spencer is a shameless gear junky, avid adventurer and constant explorer. With a passion for motorcycles, overland travel, the great outdoors and all things mechanical he is right at home in the adventure motorcycle community. When not seeking out or testing gear, he can be found exploring back roads, trails and forests in the Pacific Northwest on his KTM 690.
I have a fondness for leather-bound journals, stationery stores, unique pens, old books, bookstores, and intimate words from the past written to a friend, a lover, a parent, a child, giving us insight into the mind of our fellows who share with us this crazy journey we call life. I’m a budding lighthouse fanatic. I also tell awful puns, ride fast motorcycles (but sometimes I ride them slowly), enjoy flying airplanes upside down, and travel when I can because there’s a lot of food out there to try.
Jupiter’s Traveller, Michelle Lamphere, was born and raised in Sturgis, South Dakota, home of the world famous motorcycle rally – a girl from the prairies who loves to travel and explore, and loves to ride. In 2013 Michelle went for a long ride through the Americas to see where the road and life would take her and is now writing a book about the journey.
Andrew Pain started riding motorcycles in 1991, covering over 300,000 miles around the United States before quitting his job and traveling through the Americas on a 30+ year, 250cc motorcycle, with a stuffed teddy bear named Blue. Back in the USA, he’s written books on traveling with small, lightweight motorcycles, packing, and how to travel inexpensively. He now gives talks encouraging people to focus more on travel, and less on the planning and preparation. The trip should always be the goal. Just Go.
Katie Jennings is a Jupiter’s Traveller, scientist and the writing half of Trails to the Forgotten. Her and her fiancé Mickey hit the road towards New Zealand in May 2016 on two AJP PR4s in their bid to slow down and reclaim their life. She appreciates people who distinguish between opinion and fact and tolerate differences and believes that a little self-awareness goes a long way. She has a soft spot for the underdog and dreams of one day bringing adventure into education to empower kids and teach them that risk is not a bad thing.
In June 2015 Ed Gill left London to ride solo from London to Sydney. His plan was to cover 17,000 miles in six months and make it there by Christmas. Eight months, 23,000 miles, and 21 countries later, he’s still going. After an earlier trip into the Peruvian Amazon on his trusty Triumph Bonneville ‘Barney’, he got a taste for the wilder side of adventure motorbiking and switched to a Yamaha XT660Z Tenere.
Since 2003, Simon’s on-going journey around the world with his wife, Lisa, has covered 450,000 plus miles, through 78 countries, on six continents. He’s survived a broken neck in the Amazon Jungle and 27 of the world’s harshest deserts. A self-confessed trouble maker, adventure junky, and a professional photographer, Simon’s images can been seen in publications around the world. He’s a brand ambassador for BMW Motorrad, Touratech, Continental Tires, Nikon, LXV, and others, and an Advisor to The Ted Simon Foundation. He’d rather be riding than doing anything else.
J. Brandon started riding motorcycles late in life and is furiously working to make up for several decades of missed fun. He has been exploring the American West and beyond since childhood. His adventures often include tacos.
July Behl is one of six adventure motorcyclists, chosen from among 200 applicants around the world, to join the 2016 United People of Adventure ride in Madagascar.
Having followed a rather “Multi-Portfolio” career in recent times, Craig has simplified his employment situation, having landed up as the UK Sales Manager of SWM Motorcycles. He also dabbles a little in helping out the awfully nice chaps at Adventure Bike TV. He’s one of the team that puts on the infamous Taffy Dakar and runs March Moto Madness in Wales. Believe it or not he also has his own bike and overland prep business called The MotoShed. In his spare time he runs about a dozen Facebook pages and (very) occasionally sleeps.
Justin Lukasavige and his wife, Christine, are new adventure riders, but already attempting to ride many of Colorado’s 500+ mountain passes, each on their own BMW GS bike.
Dave Creech is an entrepreneur, foodie and adventure travel junkie with a love for motorcycle travel and tacos. Among other things, he works as a freelance writer and photographer in the southwestern US focusing on outdoor adventure.
Graham Field has written three books about his low budget, unsupported and mostly solo trips around the planet’s lesser known destinations. He rides a KLR 650 and recently relocated from the UK to Bulgaria.
Sam Manicom spent eight years riding round the world through 55 countries. He’s since written four best-selling books about that journey and how every day is an adventure.
Sam’s books are available in both paperback and e-book formats. His first three titles are also now released as audiobooks.
When he’s not writing magazine articles or travelling, he gives multimedia presentations around the UK, mainland Europe and the USA.
After stumbling into motorcycle travel somewhat accidentally, Tiffany Coates is now considered the world’s foremost female motorcycle adventurer. She’s ridden over 200,000 miles in Asia, Australia, Africa, and the Americas and currently works as an international freelance motorcycle guide.
Michnus Olivier and his wife Elsebie are Jupiter’s Travellers from East London in South Africa. Their shared passions are motorcycle overland travel, amateurish photography, drinking beer, and building friendships with quirky people. Since 2010, they’ve ridden the length of their native Africa, around Europe, and are now exploring the roads South through the Americas.
The first day of Spring dawned cold and grey over North West London as hundreds of adventure motorcyclists gathered at the iconic Ace Cafe for the annual ‘Overland Adventure Day’. Rally Raid Products, the UK-based specialist motorcycle engineers, was there to showcase the latest version of its CB500X Adventure – exactly a year from the […]
“Big bike or small bike – what’s best for adventure?” Lisa and I get asked variations of this question all the time online and at our presentations, and we’re always in two minds about whether any answer is worthwhile. Motorcycles, adventure, excitement, exploring, pick your adjective, they’re all so subjective that there is no one-size-fits-all. […]
When it comes to specifying the perfect motorcycle for a round-the-world journey, does size matter? Given the growing trend towards a preference for smaller, lighter machines, Overland Junction’s third brand-independent QUEST research survey aimed to answer that and other questions. The survey ran from February 2016 to January 2017. It consisted of 29 simple multiple-choice […]
The decision has been made to travel the world for ever and beyond. All that’s needed now is to rake in enough money to fund it. Why not try and hook up sponsors to help the piggy bank? Equipment is expensive and any free stuff would go a long way to making that epic trip […]
Do BMW riders travel further than everyone else? How many countries has a typical adventure biker ridden through? How many miles do they cover and over what period of time? Answering these and other questions was the aim of Overland Junction’s first brand-independent QUEST research survey, which ran from the beginning of February to the […]