Ayres Adventures is the world’s leading provider of premium motorcycle travel.

We offer motorcycle tours in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America (including Alaska and Canada), South America, New Zealand and Australia. As an official travel partner of BMW Motorrad, we feature the BMW line of motorcycles for all of our tours.

Ayres Adventures is, in the purest sense of the word, a global company. This characteristic distinguishes us from other motorcycle tour companies and is a key element of our business model. It enables us to ensure the same high quality standards for our tours no matter where they are operated. Our tours are never subcontracted to another company – we operate all tours with our own staff of experienced tour leaders.

Ayres Adventures is chartered in Gibraltar. Our sales and back-office operations are located in the United States, with significant marketing and support staff in Germany and Russia. Our manager for Europe lives in Germany and our manager for North and South America lives in the United States. Other tour leaders reside in Africa, Alaska, Austria, Germany, Latvia and New Zealand. Our webmaster lives in Germany, travel is handled by an associate in South Africa, and worldwide hotel bookings are handled in Austria.

This global diversity ensures that you can enjoy the convenience, service and security afforded by a stable, professionally managed company, staffed with carefully selected personnel in all the markets we serve.

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We invite you to join us on one of our exciting Adventures soon!

Ron Ayres – Founder

Ron Ayres, CEO

Ron is now semi-retired but continues to assist the company with a focus on business development and corporate strategy. His passion is global motorcycle touring. He’s lived, worked, and ridden in North America, South America, Europe and Africa and he’s traveled extensively throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim. While living abroad as a senior business executive, he took time to explore the world by motorcycle. In Africa, he purchased a safari-equipped Land Rover Defender and extended his travels into the bush, spending several months on safari with his wife, Barbara, in Botswana, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

Ron and his wife Barbara Robinson live in Texas, sharing time between homes in Dallas and Galveston.

Contact Ron at ron@ayresadventures.com

John Jesson – Managing Director

John Jesson, General Manager, Ayres Adventures
John is Managing Director of Ayres Adventures and has overall responsibility for the company’s operation. You’ll see John’s photo on the page featuring our tour leaders for a while too, as he still manages to lead some tours, especially in Africa.

John has been with Ayres Adventures since shortly after the company was founded. During the course of his career with the company he has led tours in Africa, Europe, New Zealand, North America (both the “lower 48″ as well as Alaska and Canada) and South America. He alternates between homes in Calgary, Canada and Cape Town, South Africa.

Contact John at john@ayresadventures.com

Barbara Robinson – Financial Officer

Barbara Robinson, Ayres Adventures
Ron’s wife, Barbara Robinson, has been an enthusiastic supporter of Ron’s passion to build Ayres Adventures into the world’s most respected motorcycle travel company. With several advanced degrees in finance and economics, Barb is well-equipped to serve as the company’s financial manager. She retired from her position teaching college level economics in order to have more time to travel and to work with Ayres Adventures.

Contact Barbara at barb@ayresadventures.com

Shirley Landis – Office Manager

Shirley Landis, Manager
Shirley Landis is responsible for managing the company’s US sales office and is the primary contact for our customers as they make their plans to participate in one of our Adventures. In addition to her duties as our Office Manager, Shirley is responsible for overseeing the development and production of our support materials, including our travel booklets (The Plan Ahead) and for the distribution of our promotional brochures, DVDs and other materials.

Contact Shirley at shirley@ayresadventures.com

Petra Wendl – Hotel Reservations Manager

Petra Wendl, Hotel Reservations Specialist, Ayres Adventures
Petra is the company’s Hotel Reservations Manager and operates from her home in Tyrol, Austria. With her fluency in German and English (and her facility with Italian, French, and even a bit of Spanish) Petra is well qualified to handle the company’s hotel reservations on a global basis.

Petra is a graduate of Modul University in Vienna – one of the world’s leading schools in tourism and hospitality management. After graduation from Modul, she put her education to good use working in hotels throughout Austria, on cruise ships with Princess Cruises and with Hilton Hotels in Orlando, Florida. She also worked for many years as Hotel Reservations Manager for an Austrian-based motorcycle tour company.

Working from her home in Tyrol, Petra enjoys spending time with her husband and her two young children. Other interests include traveling, reading, biking, hiking and swimming.

Roberta Robinson – Operations Support

Roberta Robinson was the company’s first employee and has been with Ayres Adventures since shortly after the company was founded. Roberta formulated and managed the company’s back-office and operational procedures and is intimately familiar with every aspect of the company’s operations. With a background in mathematics and systems development, Roberta is uniquely qualified to manage the automated systems and global database that support the company’s operations. She is also responsible for the company’s advertising program and assists with many other aspects of the company’s back-office operations.

Wolfgang Beisswenger – German Markets Manager

Wolfgang Beisswenger, German Market Manager, Ayres Adventures

Wolfgang Beisswenger represents Ayres Adventures in the German market.

He was born in the south of Germany. His two-wheeled career began on a Honda SS50 when he was 16 years old. Whenever he has the time, he can be seen on the road on his old Moto Guzzi or his Beta Alp.

Wolfgang now lives in Aalen – a town near Stuttgart. He has more than 16 years of experience in the “Adventure Tourism” business and has organized more than 1,000 events since 1996. For the last 8 years he has focused on worldwide adventure travel, both with motorcycles and 4×4 vehicles.

Svetlana Malygina – Russian Markets Manager

Svetlana Malygina, Russian Market Manager, Ayres Adventures

Svetlana is based in Moscow. In addition to her market development responsibilities for Ayres Adventures, she manages her own travel agency.

Sveta was born in central Russia, near the Mongolian border. Her family later moved to far Eastern Russia where she attended the university, majoring in both Russian and English. After visiting an aunt in Moscow she decided that she wanted to live in the “big city”, which she and her son Ilia now call home.

Sveta is an integral part of the Ayres Adventures leadership team and is responsible for developing and managing the company’s business in Russia. When not behind her office desk in Moscow, Sveta hosts our private tours for Russian groups throughout the world. She has been on our Adventures in Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South America and the American Southwest. She is also responsible for helping to develop our tour offerings in Russia and accompanies our tour leaders in leading tours there.

Karen Kotze – Agent for Airline Travel

Karen Kotze, Agent for Airline Travel, Ayres Adventures

Karen is native to Cape Town, South Africa. She has been involved in the travel industry since 2005, and has assisted Ayres Adventures with reservations for nearly that long.

Karen enjoys working as an independent travel consultant because it affords her the freedom to personalize her services; she is passionate about offering excellent customer service. We can testify that Karen has gone out of her way to satisfy our customers.

Karen’s personal travels have taken her to the UK, France, Italy, Holland, Turkey, Mauritius, Namibia, Madagascar, Rwanda, and her favorite – China, where she taught English.

When not assisting travelers, Karen spends time with her two dogs and cat, or with friends, enjoying Cape Town’s nightlife, theatre, beaches, and amazing outdoor activities.

Tatiana Bunaeva – Creative Director

Tatiana Bunaeva, Webmaster, Ayres Adventures

Tatiana was born in a small Siberian village in central Russia. She eventually moved to Moscow to work at a TV channel as a Manager of International Distribution. In that capacity she traveled around the world, attending extensive negotiation and marketing seminars in Turkey, France, Spain, Italy, UK, and the USA.

During her extended travels, Tatiana was intrigued by the modern technologies she encountered. She was particularly attracted to building websites and mastering content management systems. Deciding on a career change, Tatiana decided to have an extended stay in the USA – the home of the computer industry – to improve her computer skills. She studied at the University of California, Berkeley, and then travelled throughout the States, staying in New York and Miami prior to returning to Europe.

Tatiana is currently based in Cologne, Germany, where she enjoys spending time with her husband and “geek friends”. In her spare time she enjoys discovering the great cycling trails of North Rhine Westphalia.