Born in 2012, Ride Expeditions is a British owned company that has always operated with the aim of combining expert local knowledge with high western standards. It is this winning combination that has resulted in our success of running some of the world’s greatest motorcycle adventures.

Continue reading to find out more about some of the individuals that form the Ride Expeditions team, or visit the WHY US page to learn how we differ from other motorcycle tour companies.

THE OWNERS

THE HEART OF RIDE EXPEDITIONS

TOBY

As the driving force behind Ride Expeditions, Toby is relentless in his determination to offer great tours to riders from across the globe. Starting his business after extended travels around the world that saw him doing everything from hiking in the Amazon to building houses for poor communities in Vietnam, his enthusiasm for motorcycling has carried the business forward.

With tours now in India, Cambodia, VietnamLaos, Colombia, Mongolia and South Africa and with hundreds of customers each year, Toby’s focus on great customer service and faultless organisation has allowed Ride Expeditions to become a world class tour company. And over the many years spent leading motorcycle tours he has only broken his leg once! Now that’s good going.

ANNA

They say behind every successful man there is a woman and Anna is very much that woman – the company simply wouldn’t have been able to grow without Anna’s effortless organisation of all the hidden logistics and tour administration that Toby can’t do while he’s belting around the world on a motorcycle!

Anna has been there from the start, having met Toby at University and together they have built the company from humble beginnings in Cambodia. She did start out driving the support truck but unable to resist the urge to bring home each and every stray animal she came across on the tours, Anna now sorts the bookings, licences, permits, accommodation etc – in fact all the finer details that make our tours run so smoothly.

THE TOUR LEADERS

THE BACKBONE OF RIDE EXPEDITIONS

HENK

Stealing the crown for ‘coolest name on the team’ Henk is a welcome addition to the Ride Expeditions team. Henk’s love of motorcycles came from his father, who apparently spent much of his time catching butterflies on a bike! Not only is this the most whimsical thing we’ve ever heard but netting a Cabbage White on a motorcycle is also far harder than you’d think!

Henk has taken his early experiences of motorcycle lepidoptery and, like many members of our team, built his life around bikes. He presented an Adventure Bike TV series, he runs a motorcycle tyre business and also finds time to run an adventure motorcycling academy, ideal if you need to brush up your off-road skills! Not only that, if things don’t go to plan, his training as a medic will help to patch you back together again – he’s a handy guy to know …

Playing to his obvious strengths, Henk is going to be joining us as a guide on a selection of our rather wonderful tours, handling logistics, navigation and general ‘tour Dad’ duties. Just don’t call him Hank …

GREASBY

Bonkers about Bikes, Greaser has lived all over the world combining his love of making friends, experiencing new cultures and riding bikes.

West Africa, North Africa, Siberia to the Middle East he has lived in and met some amazing people. For 7 years he was leading friends all over beautiful, unspoilt Oman from 3,000m rocky ascents to 4,000km unsupported trips deep into the deserts bordering Saudi, the UAE and Yemen.

A veteran of Clubman Enduro’s, the insane Weston Beach Race, Greaser’s main passion is Desert Rallying. He has completed the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (a World Championship round, a 5 day mini Dakar) 4 times, with a top finish of 13th overall and best in class. He now returns every year as a member of the Sweep team, assisting stricken bikers and car drivers, attempting to prolong their adventure.

2-stroke, 4-stroke, road bike, dirt bike, big bike, small bike… they’re all brilliant.

Greaser wants everyone to share his experiences and show people just where they can go and what they can do… famed for his expression
“Just follow me…it’s easy!” we hope you will.

THE GUYS IN THE BACKGROUND

BEHIND THE SCENES AT RIDE EXPEDITIONS

JULIAN

As the man behind the incredibly successful and popular blog section of the Ride Expeditions website, Julian’s musings on all things bike-based are informing and helping riders from California to Canberra on a daily basis. A motorcycle journalist for just short of fifteen years, Julian’s riding has taken him all over the world, from testing Yamahas in Corsica, racing Husqvarnas in Temecula and touring KTM’s in Morocco. He’s ridden many of the recce tours and customer tours with Ride Expeditions, his experiences featuring in magazines across the world. Aside from blogging, copywriting and filling the Ride Expeditions Facebook feed daily, Julian’s life is all about riding and tinkering with any of his five bikes, except of course when he’s collecting vintage clocks and watches. OCD? We’re saying nothing.

IAN

Ian or ‘Wiggy’ as he’s affectionately known, is our video guy, responsible for all the bits of cinematic eye-candy that appear on our website and media channels. Prior to this, Ian actually spent 20 years working on the railways in the UK, so if your train was late, delayed or indeed totally cancelled any time from the early 90s, Ian would like to personally apologise.

He actually started making films back in 1998, and since going professional Ian has taken his cameras to New Zealand, West Africa and even Vanuatu – you Google it – we had to! He’s made everything from feature films, cult movies and documentaries to videos for the Gambian Tourist Board, five-star hotels and community groups. He moved to Cambodia in 2012, loving the culture and positivity in this vibrant and colourful country. Sadly, Ian sometimes rides a scooter, a source of some embarrassment for the rest of the Ride Expeditions team …

DR ROSS

Sometimes it’s good to hear the calming voice of a doctor, and they don’t come much
calmer than our newest recruit Dr Ross. Drafted into the Ride Expeditions team for advice and assistance for all things medical, Dr Ross list of achievements is enough to make us all feel slightly embarrassed and distinctly under-qualified. He’s currently an Associate Professor
of Anaesthesiology at Cape Town University alongside being the Chief Medical Officer at Wild Medix where he oversees training, education and research. He’s also been an
Expedition doctor, taking a full year off his busy schedule to support an intrepid team of explorers – ideal training for his role with Ride Expeditions then!
In his spare time – whatever there is, he’s also a volunteer flight doctor with South Africa’s Red Cross Air Mercy service, flying all over the country going good deeds and saving lives – Jeez he should be dubbed Saint Ross!
Stop it Ross – you’re making us all look bad! What a guy.

THE ROAD TEAM

THE DRIVING FORCE OF RIDE EXPEDITIONS

VUT

Vut is our Number 1 man, taking charge of leading all the Ride Expeditions tours in Cambodia and sometimes venturing to Laos too. He’s a scarily talented Supercross and enduro rider and when not out on tour is busy beating the opposition in local and national races. But if there’s one thing our customers will know him best for it’s his marshalling cry of ‘Helmets on Gentlemen’! Like his sweep rider Lux, Vut is annoyingly good on the trails, standing and carving beautiful lines without batting an eyelid – copy Vut and you’ll do just fine.

LUX

Lux is another one of the regular faces on our dirt bike tours in southern Asia, his calm and irritatingly smooth riding style a reminder to Julian of how good he could look if he had a tad more skill. Lux is based in the bustling city of Phnom Penh and when not riding, helps out on the maintenance and preparation of the Ride Expeditions fleet, from fettling WR450’s to slimming down and upgrading our KLX250s to become the distinctly more exciting KLX300s. His prowess in mending punctures is legendary, sometimes firing off five repairs in an hour during the apparently regular Cambodia nail spreading season. Lux doesn’t say much, but with skills like his, he doesn’t need to.

ANU

After the Dali Lama, Anu is probably the calmest and most chilled man in Asia, and takes care of all the bike logistics for our epic Himalayan tours. After a short stint at 13 years old guarding apple orchards from pesky monkeys, Anu has worked on Enfields his whole life and there’s nothing he doesn’t know about classic machines. He opened his first motorcycle rental and mechanic business in Northern India at age 20, having borrowed money from the local bank manager by assuring him he needed it to build a house! He now oversees the fleet of bikes and leads the tours with effortless riding, gentle charm and endless professionalism.

TOPY

Topy is one of our regular tour staff on our Himalayan expeditions, accompanying the hordes of riders on their way to the highest passes in the world and beyond. A native of Manali in the North of India, Topy’s abilities on a motorcycle, particularly on a Royal Enfield, have to be seen to be believed. While we struggle over rocks in fully protective motorcycle gear, Topy is likely to pass by in a T-shirt and sandals with his trademark smile and cheery wave. As an experienced mechanic with the trusty Enfields, Topy can also fix anything from a broken headlight to a wobbly wheel bearing before you’ve finished your biscuit. A useful guy to have on the team? You bet!

NONO

If you have met Nono you won’t forget him. As the baby of the team, Nono joined us from the 2017 season in the holidays outside his computer programming course at University, and his wide smile and irrepressible happiness made him an instant hit on the tours, particularly with the ladies! Although in his early twenties, Nono rides a bike like a veteran, tackling whatever the Himalayas can throw at him with a casual confidence and almost infuriating ease. When not on the Royal Enfields, Nono can be found on his beloved KTM and taking selfies that highlight his Bollywood good looks and rugged cheekbones.

TK

TK is our man in Laos. Stationed in the rather beautiful capital city of Vientiane, TK is possibly one of the best and most enthusiastic promoters of his wonderful country and having ridden there, you’ll know just exactly why. A confirmed off-road rider, TK loves his Hondas, from his near immaculate XR250 to the fleet of ultra-reliable and endlessly capable CRF250Ls that we use on our cross-border adventure from Laos and on to Vietnam. TK’s friendly and gregarious nature does mean that wherever we stop he seems to instantly strike up a rapport with everyone he meets as if he’s known them for years. And as for his knowledge of the trails in Laos – there’s no one better.

TINKU

As the newest lead guide on the Ride Expeditions Himalayan tours team, fresh-faced Tinku has a lot to live up to, not least because he sounds like a stand in member of the Teletubbies! Born and raised in Manali at the heart of the Himachal Pradesh region, Tinku has the Himalayas in his DNA and has spent a lifetime exploring the incredible landscapes that surround his home.

His bike riding must be pretty good too as he’s managed to impress Anu, our own Indian motorcycling guru, although his penchant for rallying and autocross has let the side down a bit. In the winter, Tinku likes to spend his time snowboarding on the slopes around Manali, which goes someway to make up for the whole unsavoury four-wheel activity thing.

When away from the bikes, cars and sliding down hills on a plank, Tinku admits to a thoroughly acceptable appreciation of beer, something he shares with most of the Ride Expeditions team. Good work Sir!

PHU

Duc Phu might sound like something you might order while on one of our tours, but rather than a tasty snack, Phu is our fearless guide on our Vietnamese adventures. Sat aboard his diminutive Honda 230, Phu is unexpectedly swift on the trails, slicing his way past paddy fields and across rickety bridges without stopping for breath, motoring his way across the country without maps, GPS or anything other than an encyclopaedic knowledge of the trails in the region. Mrs Phu also gives him a shopping list for each tour, so don’t be surprised if he stops to purchase everything from black garlic to livestock – legend!

CUONG

Cuong started out in the early 90’s as mechanic and just so happens to be one of the very best in Vietnam. With larger ambitions he then opened his own shop where people could repair, buy & sell Minsk m0torbikes. Know an experienced tour guide Cuong is an extremely knowledgeable and laid back kind of dude who’s knowledge of the trails in Vietnam is unsurpassed.

ERNESTO

Ah Ernesto, where to start? A fun, enthusiastic, yet laid back & truly generous guy, hospitality comes naturally to Ernesto. Combine this with the fact that he’s a keen bike enthusiast and you have yourself the perfect guide to take you around Colombia!

GERMAN

German (pronounced Herman) is our main man over in Colombia. Apart from being excellent on two wheels, his contagious enthusiasm and sense of humour will have you smiling from ear to ear before he’s even taken you on the trails.

BAAGII

Our local tour partner, Baagii, was born and raised in Mongolia & is an avid traveller. His hobbies include photography, history, kayaking and motorbiking. Baagii has been leading expeditions in Mongolia since 1999 and we couldn’t have asked for a better team mate & tour leader!

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