If you are sitting on the fence about taking a long trip and need some inspiration, or just a nudge in the right direction. Then listening to an experienced Adventure Motorcycle rider might be all you need to make you go.

Sam Manicom, a very good friend of mine is the epitome of the description about an inexperienced rider and a trip that took much longer than expected…because he was having so much fun.

In 1992, before ADVrider, GPS and as the internet was very slowly finding its feet Sam decided to take a one-year trip, with just 3 months of riding experience, that one year turned into an eight-year, 200,000 mile, motorcycle adventure across 55 countries around the world

Sam spent 8 years riding his BMW R80GS through 6 continents and is the author of 4 motorcycle travel books.

GOAZ Motorcycles, Peoria AZ has invited him to speak this Friday, September 6th, I asked what attendees will experience?

 ‘I’m delighted to be back at GO AZ in Peoria! The last time I was there I did a presentation on riding the length of Africa, so this time I’m going to be doing my multimedia presentation on amazing Asia.

Its an area where the phrase ‘Every day an Adventure’ was coined. When you wake up in the morning you have no idea what is going to happen.

Plans can be thrown over the side within 10 minutes of starting the day. There’s incredible riding to be had through countries that will challenge any motorcycle rider.

There’s a stream of fascinating cultures to explore, some of the most dramatic scenery in the world, hundreds of thousands of dirt roads to be ridden, enticing foods and yes, I’m still a disaster magnet! I owe my life to a Thai prostitute. You’ll need to be with us to find out how that happened! I hope you can make it.’


This is a free event. Join us for travel and motorcycling laughs. Sam’s presentation is a mix of dramatic photography, music, storytelling and top tips for those interested in adventure motorcycling. It’s a 2-hour presentation and Sam will have copies of his books with him. If you’d like signed copies, please bring some cash with you.

Friday September 6th

Food and Book Signing from 5.30pm. The presentation starts at 6 pm
There will be additional talks in other states,
  • BMW Motorcycles of North Dallas on Friday 13th of September
  • Adventure Motorcycles of NWF Pensacola on September 21st
  • Pandora’s European Motorsports in Chattanooga on September 24th
  • Motorcycles of Charlotte on October 2nd
  • and is rounding off his tour at Overland Expo East in Virginia.


all images Sam Manicom

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