The Harley-Davidson® campfire brings the best adventurers, RTW travellers, motorcycle authors, and the riders you follow on social media together in one place for informal, insightful and exciting talks! What would you ask them given the chance? You’d better get your thinking cap on, because at the ABR Festival you can do just that. So pull up a chair, kick back, and join in the chat hosted by Simon and Lisa Thomas.

Vanessa Ruck

In 2014 Vanessa, aka The Girl on a Bike, was hit by a red-light-jumping car while cycling and her life changed. She’s been on a seven-year recovery including seven surgeries and two reconstructed body parts but is now taking part in some of the toughest motorcycling events in the world.

During her journey, she discovered motorcycles and the improvements they can make to both mental and physical health. Vanessa is known for sharing her journey with the world. She’s real and honest, showing the rough and the tough days too. What will you ask her?

Mick Extance

Mick is, quite simply, a Dakar legend. Having taken on the gruelling race eight times he’s now on hand to make you an off-road legend in your own right at the H-D® Adventure Centre in Wales. Check out his campfire talk and also learn some top tips on a Harley-Davidson® Pan America™ 1250 during a test ride right here at ABR Fest!

Adam Extance

Like father, like son – Adam Extance is also an instructor at the H-D® Adventure Centre in Wales. Adam started riding bikes at a very early age and, from the moment he sat on a bike, he was sure of what he wanted to do. Adam competes in top level motocross, with a passion for bikes that runs through the family for generations; Adam’s Granddad raced Grass track and his father Mick is a world champion Enduro rider.


Rob, aka Motobob, has spent the last 5 years building a YouTube channel that showcases the latest and greatest that motorcycling has to offer. Just last year he quit a steady job to go full-time in the unsteady world of content creation. In this campfire talk, he’ll discuss what it takes to make a career out of your passion.

The Missenden Flyer

Andy is a regular sort of chap who loves to ride motorbikes. He’s also managed to grow one of the UK’s most viewed motorcycle YouTube channels, called The Missenden Flyer. Working from his garage and the back lanes of Buckinghamshire and beyond, he has now amassed some 70 million views covering his adventures.

The ABR Garage

The ABR Garage team will be leaving the comfort of the studio behind for a live show at the ABR Festival 2022. Bryn and James will be joined by Garage regulars to discuss all things adventure biking. The boys will discuss the pros and cons of the bikes they’ve been test riding lately and provide insights into the making of Adventure Bike Rider magazine.

ABR Garage


My name is Rich. I own motorcycle touring/entertainment company Wildbad Touring and also the RichyVida YouTube channel.

I learned to ride when I was around 8yrs old, and my first bike was a Honda Cub70, before moving onto motocross bikes.. I cut my teeth in the quarries and fields of my home town in Derbyshire.

Since then, I have ridden in the midnight sun of Norway, drank beer on the beach in Dubrovnik, and – being a semi-professional musician – have played on stage in Nashville, Tennessee, all on my beloved Honda VFR800.



From 2012-2014 I rode a Suzuki GSX-R1000 around the world, covering over 74,000 miles through 54 countries, in 442 days, solo and unsupported. I did this to keep a promise I made my mum before she lost her battle with cancer, and it changed my life.

I’m a former Diplomatic Protection officer with the met police who has now gone full time at youtube and do my best to live by my mantra of, “LIVE Your Life!” I now travel everywhere and anywhere, testing bikes and kit, finding out about people and places and sharing this with my own community.


Simon and Lisa Thomas

Join Simon and Lisa Thomas, aka 2 Ride the World, in the Harley-Davidson Campfire tent as they chat to some of the most recognisable faces in the adventure biking world.
They’ll be getting the inside scoop from the famous faces, authors and travellers who’ll be hanging out in the Campfire tent each day.

chris scott

Since 1982 Chris Scott has undertaken over fifty expeditions or tours through the Sahara. He coined the term ‘adventure motorcycling’ and is the author of the widely acclaimed Adventure Motorcycling Handbook, now in it’s eighth edition. It’s been called the Bible for planning a two-wheeled overland adventure.

Tiffany Coates

Tiffany Coates is the world’s foremost female motorcycle adventurer having ridden over 300,000 miles, crossing every continent, some of them several times.

She’s travelled just about everywhere and classes her more remote exploits as her favourite journeys, amongst them Timbuctoo, Outer Mongolia, Tibet, Borneo and Madagascar. Tiffany rides a 1992 BMW R 80 GS.

Spencer Conway

Spencer was born in Kenya and raised in Eswatini. He taught at the University of Seychelles for four years before hanging up his suit to become an adventure motorcyclist.

He’s travelled and worked through 134 countries, and his aim is to circumnavigate every continent, including crossing the Darien Gap.

Kane Avellano

Kane Avellano holds the Guinness World Record for being the youngest person to complete the round the world trip both solo and unsupported, on his Triumph Bonneville.

On the way he faced monsoons in India, blistering deserts in Australia and freezing weather in Europe.

Kane Avellano

Lyndon Poskitt

In 2013 a near-fatal training incident changed Lyndon Poskitt’s perspective on life.  He kick-started his long-held dream of riding around the globe and also racing on each of the six populated continents.  To do so he designed and custom built his own motorbike, Basil, (named after his grandfather) for his project that he named ‘Races to Places’.

Matt Bishop and Reece Gilkes

Matt Bishop and Reece Gilkes (AKA The Sidecar Guys) are the first people to ever circumnavigate the globe on a scooter with a sidecar.

They took their plucky Honda SH300i scooter and homemade sidecar 34,000 miles on a Guinness World Record breaking trip.

Ben King

At the age of 17, Ben decided to set off and explore the world on a motorcycle after miraculously surviving a serious car crash in London. He’s now spent the past seven years exploring the globe across Asia, Central and South America, Europe, and North Africa. Most recently he rode overland from London to China via Iran and Pakistan, a journey that took two years to complete. Ben still has a long way to go!

Henry Crew

In 2018, at the age of 22, Henry embarked on a 52,500 mile journey to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the world on a motorcycle.

During that life-changing trip through 35 countries, he raised over £11,000 for the Movember Foundation to support its work for Men’s Mental Health.

Sam Manicom

With just two months’ experience on a bike, Sam set off to ride the length of Africa. In spite of being shot at, jailed and fracturing 17 bones in an accident, the motorcycle travel bug bit bit him and has never let go.

Elspeth Beard

Elspeth Beard is a motorcyclist and award-winning architect. In 1982, at the age of just 23, she left London and set off on a 35,000 mile solo adventure around the world on her 1974 BMW R60/6 and became one of the first women to do so.

ADAM Extance

Adam Extance started riding bikes at a very early age and, from the moment he sat on a bike, he was sure of what he wanted to do. Adam competes in top level motocross, with a passion for bikes that runs through the family for generations; Adam’s Granddad raced Grass track and his father is a world champion Enduro rider.

Jack Groves

In 2019, 21-year-old Jack Groves mounted a second-hand Royal Enfield Himalayan and commenced a journey that would make him the youngest person to circumnavigate the world by motorcycle (just!). His 35,000-mile expedition took him across 30 countries through Central Asia, China and Australia, and was initially planned to last a year, but eventually took just under two, due to a 255-day enforced halt in Peru because of COVID-19.

Billy Ward

Having worked with Charley Boorman, Ross Noble, The Hairy Bikers, and Simon Pavey, adventure biker Billy has managed to put plenty of miles under his belt. Being a qualified African field guide, he has a passion for Africa and its wildlife. Add motorcycles, broken rules, a touch of Irish humour and Liverpool cheek, and you get the one and only Billy Ward.

Austin Vince

Creator of the now iconic Mondo Enduro motorcycling film, enigmatic adventurer, Austin Vince is a legend of the motorcycling world. He’s ridden the Road of Bones and crossed the Zilov Gap. Not many people can say they’ve done that.


Candida Louis is a biker, blogger, Motorcycle tour manager and accidental social media influencer from Hubli, India. Candida enjoys showing her followers her beautiful country India and loves riding through other countries as well to experience their culture, heritage and the cuisines.

In 2015 Candida Louis hopped on a motorcycle and rode for close to seven months across 22 States of India covering a distance of 30,000+ kms.

Candida Louis


Joey Evans inspired riders across the world when he pulled off a near impossible dream, dragging his battered motorbike along with his broken body over the finish line of the 2017 Dakar Rally. Finishing the most grueling and dangerous off road race in the world was the dramatic end to a 10 year journey, after breaking his back and being paralysed at an offroad race in 2007.

Jacqui Furneaux

Jacqui Furneaux bought a 500cc Royal Enfield Bullet in Chennai in 2000 to explore India for six months so. 7 years and 20 countries later after many experiences including a broken leg in Pakistan and two scary sea-voyages around Indonesia and Colombia, she arrived back in the UK. The Enfield is still her only means of transport apart from a bicycle and her bus pass.

Jacqui F

Ruby rides

Ruby’s biking adventure began back in 2014. She started documenting her bike journey on Instagram 7 years ago and has built it into a successful blog.

One of Ruby’s greatest passions is promoting, inspiring, and encouraging all genders, age groups, and abilities to pursue riding.

Ruby Rides

Ken Mc Greevy

Ken is a serving and decorated Irish police detective. He knew diddly squat about motorcycles before being volunteered for a month-long intensive police motorcycle course as a fresh faced newbie over 35 years ago. Ken has remained besotted with motorcycles and adventure travel ever since.

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