This website, dedicated to travelling with an enduro, is setup and maintained by Mike and Aad Schram. We run a company called Nomad-ADV.com where we convert enduros to light weight long range travel and rally bikes. You could thus be thinking that we have a vested interest and that we're only in it for the money… or that we simply use this site to promote our own products… but you'd be wrong.
For starters there are no ads on these pages anywhere, we don't get paid per click or collect money any other way from this website. There are also far easier ways to make money in the motorcycle industry than concentrating on just lightweight travel enduros like we do. Make something for a BMW GS and it will sell in big volumes. The market for a travel enduro though is small, yet also requires light weight specialised products which are both difficult to make and have to be able to withstand hard use. And still we concentrate on that small and difficult part of motorcycling. Why would we do that? Because it's what we believe in, what we're passionate about.
We feel there is no better way to travel on a motorcycle than with an enduro. As for promoting our products, they will inevitably appear on these pages as we have made them for travelling, but you'll find plenty of info on products you can get elsewhere as well and also about products we don't even sell. Tyres, GPS systems, camping gear and clothing for example. We also list details on service requirements, fuel usage and engine longevity. Simply because we were looking for that info in the past too and couldn't find any reliable data.
Aad's background in motorcycling goes back more than 40 years, when at the tender age of 11 years old he learned that motorcycles aren't good at flying upside down… and landing one that way actually hurts too! He's always had an interest in engineering and electrics, specialising in motorcycles, and is the one who does the machining and fabricating at Nomad-ADV.
Mike learned off-road riding in the unforgiving Australian Outback when we lived on an iconic Australian Outback Station in far North-West Queensland. He had a backyard of 1.2 million acres to explore and could be found riding just about every day, with a Camelback on his back as temperatures hovered above 45°C (110°F) most time of the year.
He studied automotive engineering and later trained as a 3D draughtsman. He's also the one that holds the current world record as the youngest person to have circumnavigated the globe on a motorcycle, which he set at just 19 years of age (and was his idea to do as well by the way). At 19 years of age he had 120,000km of riding experience on an enduro through countries like Mexico, Nicaragua, Honduras, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China and India to name but a few. To say he likes to travel on an enduro is truly an understatement :-)
We travel on enduros because we don't want to turn around when the road becomes a track… We want to see the beautiful places in this world where the real life is. Be outside of our comfort zones and travel through unspoiled nature, which can still be found on all continents. Yet we're also realistic enough to realise that there is an awful lot of tarmac between those places which normally isn't the strong point of an enduro. We hope to show you that they have all the basics for it though and that with a few sensible modifications they can be a true long distance travel bike, modifications that you can do yourself and which will bring the fun back in motorcycling and allow you to cover those distances with ease.