The who, why and what behind our motorcycle adventure tours
Adam Lewis – Owner/Adventure Rider
Who the hell is Adam Lewis and why would you want to go on an adventure motorcycle 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 my motorcycle around the world before returning to the UK and riding to Magadan (Far Eastern Russia)…and back.
As my round the world trip came to an end, I joined Blazing Trails Tours as Operations Manager Asia, leading motorcycle tours in India & Nepal; specialising in the High Himalaya. My 52 x 2-week motorcycle 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 adventure 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 pedalling. As a keen cyclist, mountain biker and bike-packer I’ve traversed the High Himalaya, Spain and Wales and toured Vietnam. My travels have also given me a fabulous chance to indulge in my schoolboy hobby of photography.
Our Adventure Motorcycle Tours
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 seeking longer trails than the UK has to offer, we have a tour for you.
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 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 could be considered 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 1) and Atlas Eight (Level 2) 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 (more akin to trail riding in the UK) and so we’ve designated all Portugal tours Level 3. See FAQ’s for an explanation of our riding levels.
Over the years I’ve taken numerous riders with no previous dirt road experience across 5,000m+ 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.
Having said that, we’re not a motorcycle riding school. Riding tips and advice are there for those that seek it, otherwise we’re all about experiencing the joys of adventure motorcycle travel.
Booking a package holiday involves committing a not insignificant amount of money. It is important therefore that you do so with confidence.
Under the Package Travel & Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 it is a legal requirement that the monies paid by you to us for your tour, are protected.
Beware! Whilst these regulations are a legal requirement for companies operating in the UK/EU, many tour operators do not comply. Check for yourself.
If you book a tour with a company registered outside the UK/EU, you WILL NOT be protected by these regulations.
Big Sky Riders Ltd is a company committed to customer satisfaction and consumer financial protection. We are therefore pleased to announce that, at no extra cost to you, and in accordance with ” The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018” all passengers booking with Big Sky Riders Ltd are fully insured for the initial deposit, and subsequently the balance of monies paid as detailed in your booking confirmation form. The policy will also include repatriation if required, arising from the cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of Big Sky Riders Ltd. This insurance has been arranged by Towergate Travel through Zurich Insurance PLC.
In the unlikely event of insolvency, you must Inform Towergate Travel immediately on +44 (0) 1932 334140 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . Please ensure you retain the booking confirmation as evidence of cover and value.
Policy exclusions: This policy will not cover any monies paid for Travel Insurance or any claim relating to Air Flights. If you have booked flights as part of your travel, you should ensure that the company with which you booked the flights has the appropriate CAA/ATOL bonds in place.