Rod is the “Johnny come lately to motorbike riding”, but don’t let that fool you. He’s ridden more since he started in 2015 than most do in a lifetime. He’s also in charge of making Adventure Bike Shop look great.
A bit about Rod...
Rod sees adventure motorbike riding as a place to explore, push your boundaries and have a great time while you're doing it. He doesn't mind filming the adventures and sharing these on his YouTube channel, Mile Munchin' Adventures.
In 2015 after admiring motorbikes from afar I finally purchased my first motorbike, yes at the age of 43 I nervously asked my wife what she thought of me getting a motorbike. To my surprise she answered “if you want,” two or three weeks later I had my first motorbike. A Suzuki 2010 DRZ400E which had just over 1,081 kms on the clock. Fast forward two weeks I got my learners permit, and 7 months later I did my first big motorbike adventure trip. A 7,300 km trip over 21 days from Torquay in Victoria to Uluru and Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. I made a film of the trip which led me to start my Mile Munchin Adventure YouTube Channel.
The person I have to thank and to blame for this trip is John Kempton a dairy farmer in Camperdown. His wife and my wife have been friends since kindergarten. John has ridden motorbikes all his life, our families camp together three times a year, in fact we have a group of six families who camp together. In total there are eighteen children ranging from age 5 to 17 years old. The kids look forward to these camping adventures and the opportunity to hang out together. In truth so do the adults, we all lead busy lives and these short camping trips are a great chance to relax, unwind, drink, eat and chat.
Since purchasing my first bike I’ve added 26,500 kms to its speedo (May 2020). I’ve travelled through the high country multiple times, to Innamincka in QLD, the Flinders Ranges in South Australia and extensively through the Otway Ranges and The Little Desert regions of Victoria. I’ve also ridden in Indonesia around Bali and Lombok. My DRZ which I call Dozer, is my mate, my companion, we’ve had so many great adventures together and he’s never let me down. There are better bikes, but you’ll be hard pressed to find a more loyal trustworthy bike that just gets the job done.