Who the hell is Adam Lewis and why would you want to go on tour with him?
I used to say that my background was as a British Championship road racer (12yrs) and Clubman enduro rider (3yrs), but I’ve now been traveling and riding Adventure bikes for just as long.
I spent 6-years riding around the world before returning to the UK and riding to Magadan (Far Eastern Russia)…and back.
I spent the next 8-years leading motorcycle tours in India & Nepal, specialising in the High Himalaya. To date that’s 52 x 2-week tours, equating to a further 2-years on the road. During my time between tours I rode the length and breadth of both countries on my 4-speed Royal Enfield Bullet…slowly.
Equally(!?) at home in the workshop, I’ve prepared and maintained my own bikes since the age of 16.
I am delighted to be credited with pioneering Tajikistan’s now popular Bartang Valley route, along with the first crossing by motorcycle of Kyrgyzstan’s Tosor Pass (both 2013).
My travels are chronicled on my popular website – www.shortwayround.co.uk
In 2014 I became the first non-Indian motorcyclist to ride solo in North Sikkim, whist carrying out a recce for Blazing Trails Tours, and in 2016 led the first non-Indian motorcycle tour into North Sikkim and Zero Point, overlooking the Tibetan Plateau.
I’ve learned a thing or two in that time and now share that knowledge here at Big Sky Riders.
When I’m not twisting a throttle I can generally be found pedaling. As a keen cyclist, Mountain Biker and Bikepacker I’ve traversed the High Himalaya, Spain and Wales and toured Vietnam. My travels have given me a fabulous chance to indulge in my schoolboy hobby of photography.
Not everyone has either the opportunity or the inclination to quit their job and set off around the world on a motorcycle. That doesn’t mean though that you have to forego the adventure so often missing from Adventure Bike ownership.
The original idea behind Big Sky Riders was to create Adventure Motorcycle tours that replicate as closely as possible, how I traveled during the later stages of my round-the-world trip. The Level 4 Raid MedLantic Tour does just that but it is quite niche (best suited to single-cylinder bikes). The majority of Adventure Bike riders own multi-cylinder bikes, more suited to firmer ground and so we developed our UK to Morocco (Level I) and Atlas Eight (Level II) tours. Next we added Portugal having fallen in love with it during our initial 6000km scouting trip. The riding in Portugal is generally more technical than in Morocco (it’s more akin to trail riding in the UK) and so we’ve designated all Portugal tours Level 3.
Over the years I’ve taken numerous riders with no previous dirt road experience across 5000m+ Himalayan passes, through meltwater and mud, across rivers and landslides. Having shared their joy at their accomplishments, I decided to create a series of tours for Adventure Bike riders with incremental riding levels. Riders can gain experience and build confidence through learning and developing new skills whilst enjoying the thrill of a fully supported, overseas Motorcycle Adventure.
We’re not a riding school. Riding tips and advice are there for those that seek it, otherwise we’re all about experiencing the joys of Adventure Motorcycling.
We specialise in adventure motorcycle tours – Not dirt bike tours; not road bike tours.
So what makes an adventure motorcycle tour different?
Our routes have been meticulously researched so that you can experience all that your adventure bike was designed for – Dirt roads, scenic roads, twisty roads, fast roads. The adventure bike is the jack of all trades.
Naturally, we have a passion for dirt roads but there’s much more to our tours than getting dirty. Travel is about culture, history, landscapes, architecture, food and of course the journey. We enjoy them all with friends old and new.
All of our routes are Big Bike Friendly (BBF). The bike is not the limiting factor; the rider is. Which is why we’ve devised a 5-tier system of riding levels. See FAQ’s.
Whether you’re new to riding gravel roads, or you’re an experienced trail rider seking longer trails than the UK has to offer, we have a tour for you.
Are you ready to unleash your Adventure Bike?