About Me

WARNING: Self-conducted, unbiased, slightly delusional 30-second interview below.

So who is behind all this amazing content on GenXrider?

One thing is for sure, it’s not someone that has a gift of the written word. In fact, I pretty much suck at writing. What I do have, is a passion and a love for motorcycles, traveling, and building stuff.

My first bike was a Suzuki TS50ER.  This was the start of my mechanical teardowns and feeling, a big leap from Meccano and Lego 🙂

I have covered 50k+ miles touring in Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and Europe, plus a fair few clicks in Asia as well.

Born and raised in England, lived and worked overseas in multiple countries for almost 30yrs. My Dad traveled a lot when I was a kid and always had interesting jobs, I guess the sense of adventure was in my DNA.

So, as you have most probably discovered by now, I’m a bit of a geek, building stuff, an internet addict, and crave adventure, so it was about time I combined them, hence this site.

Do you have a “real” name?

Sure, Robert, a “GenXer”. Are you making the connection yet?

What do you ride?

Currently, I own a KTM 890 ADV and a 390 ADV. Yes, I’m a bit of a KTM fanboy!

KTM 890 ADV

Excellent bike and one of the best adventure bikes I have owned and ridden. It really is the “Swiss Army” knife of ADV bikes. More than enough power and speed for the average rider, is manageable, smooth on the tarmac, and is at home on the dirt.

KTM 890 ADV
KTM 890 ADV

KTM 390 ADV

What can I say? I didn’t think I would keep this long, especially as I also have a KTM 890 ADV, but I absolutely love this bike. It’s light, easy to ride, eats up gravel and dirt, and inspires a lot of confidence, especially at my sketchy skill level. I take the 390 to places I would not take the 890, primarily due to its lightweight and how easy it is to manage.

If I could keep just one bike, it would be the KTM 390 ADV.

KTM 390 ADV
KTM 390 ADV

Previous Bikes?

KTM 790 Duke

Purchased this on a bit of a whim. Thought I would dip my toes into a “naked” bike to see what all the fuss was about. It was a fun bike, amazing on the street, but just wasn’t my riding style. I like a little bit of gravel and mud now and again. Ended up trading it in, along with the Honda CRF below for a new KTM 890 ADV.

Honda CRF 250 Rally

Didn’t have the CRF long, found it a little boring to be honest. Honda make a bulletproof motor, but it just didn’t have a soul like the KTM’s.

Honda CRF 250 Rally & KTM 790 Duke
Honda CRF 250 Rally & KTM 790 Duke


KLR 650

It was a bit of a donkey, but a simple, tough, and reliable donkey. Possibly the best adventure bike platform available in my humble and unbiased opinion.

KLR 650
KLR 650


KTM 1190 R

From the donkey to a stallion. Born and bred in Mattighofen Austria. Beautifully engineered, stunning V-Twin motor, amazing off-road heritage, and is up there as one of the best adventure bikes of all time.

Loved the bike and rode it all over Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, but chopped it in for a KTM 390 ADV as it got way too heavy to go off-road with.

KTM 1190 R
KTM 1190 R


Why is the KTM 1190R called Bonzo?

It’s a childhood nickname that has stuck to this day. My Dad has always liked drums and John “Bonzo” Bonham was the drummer for Led Zeppelin.

Then again, I’m liking this entomology!
It’s also the name of a fictional character that was created by British commercial artist George E. Studdy.

“He was the envy of politicians, film stars, and beautiful women. His features beaming down from innumerable posters plastered across the world became an institution”.
http://www.bonzo.me.uk/

Why “Stay Frosty” as a tagline?

When you are riding, you need to stay cool and in control, aka Stay Frosty!
Also, remember this from Corporal Hicks, in Aliens (1986)?

“Hey! I know we’re all strung out of shape but stay frosty and alert. We can’t afford to let one of those bastards in here.”