Australian Dirt Bike Adventures was founded in 2004 by motor sport enthusiast and competitor Ray Buchanan. While growing-up Ray enjoyed, and regularly competed in, motocross, enduro trials and even road racing. His love for the sport fuelled the creation of Australian Dirt Bike Wreckers, which then became Australian Dirt Bike Sales and Spares. After seventeen successful years of owning and operating the well known company, Ray found the need to bring something new to the motorcycle industry.
Occasional weekend rides to areas surrounding Beaudesert with select riders, began to stir the idea for creating a business which would combine Ray’s ability to navigate and re-trace routes through bushland, with his pre-established connection to the motorcycle industry and, in particular, trail ride enthusiasts. With laws and legislations slowly decreasing legally rideable areas and insurance lawsuits playing on the minds of rural land owners, trail riders were finding it an immense effort to enjoy their sport.
The first Australian Dirt Bike Adventures (ADBA) Trail Ride was attempted in a small country town named Woodenbong. A local family, eager to exhibit the pleasure and beauty of the area they call home, provided the perfect start for an event with potential. There was an initial struggle to bring local farmers and landowners’ on-side, however, with the last landowner signing the night before the big weekend, ADBA accomplished their first important feat.
Known as ‘The Woodenbong Trail Ride’ this bi-annual event is now ADBA’s most successful operation. A self-imposed cap of 500 riders ensures patron satisfaction both on and off the trail loops, while a family-orientated atmosphere allows young riders to partake in the festivities as well as a growing number of female riders, who may otherwise find such an event too intimidating to participate. The family-orientated aspect is a main priority with Ray as he is well aware of the pure delight he has found trail riding with his family.
With eight to ten Trail Rides planned per year, ADBA not only supplies punters with undeniably amazing riding treks, it also gives healthy support the motorcycle industry and the local communities in which the events are held. Small local communities and associations are kindly encouraged to partake in the event to benefit their economy. Progress Associations and the like, participate by catering for the event or helping in the set-up and official running duties of the weekend and receive a generous donation from ADBA for their input. This donation is not only to express gratitude but allows for restoration and renovation of general public areas for the benefit of the community and future ADBA rides simultaneously.
Planning. organising and executing an ADBA event requires dedication, determination and persistence. ADBA constantly converses with Government and Environmental bodies (such as Queensland and NSW State Government, EPA and State Forestry) as well as Motorcycling Australia (the governing body of motorcycle sport in Australia) and, of course, local country communities. Alliances with these mentioned associates ensure ADBA covers every aspect of legality, environmental protection issues, rider safety, and maintains mutual respect with landowners and locals alike.