This trip has been supported by a huge a number of people operating from both a home base and from on the road.
Dave Ryan: Lenses, logistics and a love of adventure; David Ryan joins the TAIAY team as resident tech and photo journalist. A veteran content author for print and digital publishers, David brings over a decade of experience lugging tech through the mud and jungles on motorbike and rock climbing adventures.
David rides a BMW G 650 GS in Australia, a Royal Enfield in India, and has a gift for crashing XRs all over Cambodia. Due to newly founding a media company and a startup project, David will be constrained to accompanying Jonathan on various legs of the trip, with camera, notepad or an alibi always near to hand.
The duo are no stranger to shared adventure, first riding together upon David's heartbroken return from India, subsequent impulse 650 GS purchase and requisite "let's just go south" journey into the outback. Other ridiculous journeys include the interstate scramble for Daft Punk's worldwide album debut in remote New South Wales town Wee Waa. One which David covered for UK publisher Mixmag - proving that motorbikes, robots and raves really do mix.
Adrian Harris: The full works of design, copy and marketing support to TAIAY. Between working as a senior account manger at an advertising agency in Melbourne you can find him wrenching on a GR Suzuki 650 and trying to find the best food and booze in Melbourne.
Ellaspede is a hub for motorcycle culture and creativity. The team utilises traditional and modern automotive design techniques to create a range of hand crafted custom bikes, bespoke parts and limited run apparel. We're driven to challenge the norm whilst still providing the utmost attention to detail and innovation.
Ellaspede is proud to have Jonathan on board as a supported rider for his 'The Answer is Always Yes' fund-raising ride from Sydney to London. We appreciate the enormity of the ride, and doing so on a 45 year old Enfield steed makes it even more impressive.
Ellaspede is grateful to partner with Jonathan for this ride, and in his quest to raise funds and awareness for the Beyond Blue charity. Anxiety and depression is an all too familiar foe for many riders in our community, and through this ride we're given an opportunity to support this worthwhile cause.
Scooter Central has supported TAIAY through provision of a pair of riding gloves. These gloves have been used extensively so far and I will have a full gear review of these gloves available shortly. They also provided useful advice and a shady place to work on my bike when I was riding through.