Introducing Robert Gibbon, his goal is the Dakar 2020 and with his skill, dedication and determination RAD is proud to be powering him through 2019 in his lead up to the event. Follow him on Amatuer 2 Dakar on facebook to see his incredible journey.
Meet Rob Gibbon in his own words – and yes he really is an all round nice guy.
Name: Robert Gibbon Age: 36
Claim to fame/Position at RAD: Brand ambassador and all round nice guy
How long have you been in the industry/or riding: Adventure and off-road since Jan 2018
When and what did you start riding: Got my first bike (Yammermaaa PW 80) when I was 5, crashed my first bike the same day and broke both legs. I road superbikes and track in my late teens and early 20’s and then focused on my career for the last decade with very little riding till this year. What are you riding now: A lot KTM 450 XCW, KTM 690, KTM 690 Rally and a KTM 1090R ADV
A brief history of your riding: Wow, so much riding this year I don’t know where to start, I’ve done over 40 000kms offroad riding since January 2018, starting with sand riding in Namaqua, then Skills training with iRide, GXCC, EWXC, all the Red Cherry Rally Raids, KTM adventure Rally, LDBA, NDBA, Pongola 500, FarmJam, Kalahari Rally and so many other events I can’t keep track.
Favourite place to ride: So far the Drakensburg and Transkei
Favourite bike (remember we’re ktm around here): All my KTM’s for different reasons. They just the best and READY to RACE!
Bucket list event on a bike: DAKAR
What piece of advice do you wish you knew when you started riding: Honestly I’ve learnt so much and still am every ride. Best advice so far would probably be to “Look where you want to go, not where you want to crash” Look ahead.
Place to visit for riding: Cant single one out, just ride and explore everywhere you can, you would be amazed what’s just around the corner.
Best memory on a bike: So far, The finish line for Kalahari Rally. Very proud moment I will never forget.
What does biking mean to you: Biking is freedom in the most simple and pure form of the word. The ability to lose yourself in focus, in your surroundings and in the adventure.
Favourite motorcycle hack (Windowlene for visors/carrying a cargo net around etc): Head and shoulders shampoo for anti fog and rain on visors and goggles. Best thing for it.
Your motorcycle idol: Joey Evans Goals for next year on a motorcycle: I’ve entered the Merzouga rally in Marocco to qualify for Dakar
What is the most important safety tip: Plan your protection. Sometimes less is more. I’ve found that in our hot climate if you wear too much bulky protective gear you can get so fatigued and overheated that you end up having and accident you would not have had in the first place. I am a big fan of the layered system, wearing multiple light layers and adjusting them according to the conditions, i.e Compression vest, Light 3DF body armour, MX jersey, Thermal vest, Rally Jacket and Thin light rain coat.
Random fact about you: ummm, Really don’t know what to put here… (From the RAD team – he could be a voice over artist)
Do you like rad. Multiple choice: yes, a lot, yes LOL