THE AMAZING PEOPLE WHO LEAD YOUR TRIBE

Meet the Team

All team members, advisors, partners, associates, and other tribe members have been carefully selected and vetted to ensure the best possible experience and results for our clients.

How it began

Founded by Rosson Richardson, Austin Moto Adventures is driven by the love of exploring wondrous places on motorcycles and sharing that exhilarating experience with others. We proudly plant our flag in the heart of Central Texas, offering a world-class ADV motorcycle training resort, along with premium tours and events.

Our objective is to inspire and prepare the adventure motorcycling community with all the skills and know-how they require to explore marvelous places, whether on pavement or off-road. We strive to promote and enhance safety, to create a culture of support and knowledge, and to offer a tribe to all those who share our enthusiasm for motorcycles.

Meet the Instructors & Staff

Rosson Richardson

Austin Moto Adventures, President & Instructor

Rosson founded Austin Moto Adventures in the fall of 2022. The passion behind the project came from not only a lifetime of motorcycle riding, but also the recognition of how much ADV riding changes the lives of its tribe in a positive way.

From 10 years old on, Rosson always found a way to be on a bike. Beginning with crashing a childhood friend’s KDX 80 at 10 years old, to racing GSXR 750s in his twenties, he has ridden all types of motorcycles on all types of terrain.

In 2005, Rosson threw his leg over a Triumph Tiger and his world changed forever. Adventure riding became a part of his DNA and an insatiable appetite for more adventure riding and more motorcycles ensued.

Rosson was trained at another academy and was honored when he was invited back to become an instructor one week after his training academy ended. Rosson quickly realized that his passion for adventure motorcycling fed his unknown passion for coaching and mentoring. Watching students come through the class and seeing their transformation as riders, and as people, his mission became to spread the ADV way of life, this tribe, to as many people as possible.

Rosson considers Austin Moto Adventures to be his calling, and he welcomes all who wish to join the ADV community to reach out and find their tribe at Austin Moto Adventures.

Bobby Quezada

Austin Moto Adventures Executive Vice President and Chief Instructor

Bobby started riding street motorcycles at 16 and spent 22 years racing and competing with motorcycles and cars. He took a short break from motorsports and tried dabbling in other activities, but never found anything quite as satisfying as motorcycling. In 2018 he was introduced to the world of motorcycle adventure riding. Having never ridden on dirt, he took many off-road training classes and immediately got hooked on what he calls his “new way of life.” He has continued his off-road learning journey with various expeditions in the USA and Mexico, including rides from the Continental Divide to several BDRs (Backcountry Discovery Routes).

“Adventure riding has genuinely transformed my life,” Bobby said. “When I got the opportunity to become a trainer, I knew I had to give back so that others could experience the same. Since then, I have witnessed hundreds of people fulfill their dream and a passion for freedom on the backcountry roads on a motorcycle. Having a sense of accomplishment and a big smile on their faces gives me such a fulfilling emotion that is difficult to describe. I can only say that I want more of it.”

Bobby said that he loves coaching and helping fellow riders develop their off-road riding skills, but mostly loves helping them conquer their fears, take control of their emotions and mental attitude, and become the best and safest off-road riders possible so they can conquer the world of off-road.

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Moira Zinn

Austin Moto Adventures, Vice President of Marketing

For Moira Zinn, it’s not strange to arrive at a meeting or attend an event with a helmet in hand. Showing up on two wheels is actually a calling card that helps her connect with the community. Zinn has worn many hats throughout her professional life. She was the first woman in the United States to found a trackday and high-performance motorcycle academy. She later founded Powertrip Industries, an events and experiential marketing agency specializing with vehicle manufacturers. Motorcycles are what got her traction managing events through her career. Specializing in live experiences and social interaction, Powertrip Industries created exceptional consumer experiences for its clients. Zinn and her team used their power for good, making clients’ events shine, regardless of whether their products were on wheels. A perennial voice in the powersports community, Zinn also is a public speaker, master of ceremonies, trainer, and frequent radio and podcast guest. With Zinn’s multifaceted skill set and her finger on the pulse of motorcycling, it’s no wonder her two daughters share the same passion for two wheels.

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Rob Glass

Austin Moto Adventures Client Liaison, Instructor

Raised in the oilfields and basketball courts of Southern Illinois, Rob migrated to Nashville, TN. to attend college. Graduating second (from the bottom) in his class, Rob says he was a well-known regular at Rotiers, Printers Alley, The Exit-In, and various early 1970s Nashville scenes.

Rob said that his underwhelming academic performance was due, in part, to the purchase of his first motorcycle – a Penton 125. His priorities didn’t mesh with the classroom. He graduated (in four years), married, and settled into an “acceptable lifestyle.” In the early 1980s he moved to Asheville, NC, becoming a semi-respected member of the academic and administrative community of Warren Wilson College.

His younger, adrenaline-fueled adventures included motocross, downhill skiing, skydiving, SCUBA diving, rock climbing, and white-water rafting. Eventually, as happens with most adults, he settled into mid-life responsibility and became a marketing and communications guru of sorts, establishing the consulting firm of Glass & Gold, Inc.

These days he is a motorcycle gypsy whose home is wherever his 2006 GS1200 is found. Rob and his bike hang out at Austin Moto Adventures full-time, where he will engage with clients on the phone, via emails, on the training courses, and sometimes on a tour. Rob says he enjoys helping folks take the steps needed to improve … in riding or in life. Almost always positive and an authentic encourager, you’ll find him working with folks needing a helping hand.

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Mike White

Austin Moto Adventures Director of Facilities

Born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Mike joined the Army after graduating high school. Upon exiting the Army, he worked in the powersports industry for several years in both sales and product development. He then shifted gears and trained to become a commercial diver with a specialty in non-destructive testing (NDT). He remained in the dive industry for almost 20 years, attaining positions up to and including general manager in a Fortune 500 company. In more recent years, he focused on working in the NDT Industry, until his departure in 2021.

Mike has always had a passion for motorsports … from motorcycles to hotrods and everything between. He states that he has never been without a motorcycle since the age of eight. So, in 2021 he decided to pursue a career that was more in-line with his greatest passions, powersports and traveling. A motorcycle training and tour company seemed like the perfect fit, according to Mike.

Mike has continued to be an avid rider through the years, professing that he particularly enjoys the “long-distance” rides, like the one he completed recently from Key West, FL, to Deadhorse, AK, and back. In his younger days, he raced karts, competed in motocross events, and also ice raced snowmobiles, ATVs, and dirt bikes.

Mike is excited to be a part of Austin Moto Adventures and looks forward to working with its exceptional staff while creating lasting memories and friendships with the people that attend the training and tours.

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Cole Mercer

Austin Moto Adventures Director of Technology

Cole, from a small Texas town, worked his first job as a valet at a North Texas estate, further embedding the gear head mentality he shared with his father. At 13, inspired by the film “Tron 2,” he aspired to own a black Ducati. Post-college, he offered to manage a Dallas businessman’s exotic vehicle collection for less than the going rate as an addendum to his work contract. For two years, he cared for 15+ exotic cars and Ducatis, then moved to the tech industry in Austin, Germany, Sweden, and Manhattan. Returning to Texas, he immediately bought a 2012 696 Monster, fueling a Ducati addiction, leading to owning five Ducatis in three years and riding to the upper levels at COTA track days. An impromptu Colorado trip on a Honda CRF-L Rally, despite injuries and damages, ignited his passion for dual-sport riding. He frequently bought new bikes, focusing on off-road over street riding from then on.

After a chance meeting with the founder of Austin Moto Adventures, he became involved as a tech/photo video enthusiast and coach-in-training. Cole has completed multiple portions of the biggest BDRs, a 12-day motorcycle trip in Mexico, a month in Indonesia, and a cross-country US trip on his T7, with the next bucket list item being a solo Texas to Patagonia journey. Weekdays, he’s a senior product lead for an artificial intelligence company, but weekends find him at the ranch, off-grid, either assistant coaching or shooting photo and video. His current loves are his ’23 1250 GS Rallye and ’21 Tenere 700.

Meaux Oates

Austin Moto Adventures Instructor

Meaux always had the call to adventure. Born in Southern Louisiana and raised in Texas, outdoor life was the only way of life. Camping, hunting, and fishing. Exploring the natural world over all. At the age of 19, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served in the 1st Marine Division 1/1 Rifle Platoon. It was at this time that his love for adventure took its turn to the world of motorcycle travel. After the Marines, Meaux went on to culinary school. As a chef, this further opened avenues for travel. New places meant new adventures. As always, Serenity (his motorcycle) was the means to make it happen.

Meaux has ridden most all of the BDRs (Backcountry Discovery Route), and some he has ridden multiple times. “Love me some Utah and Colorado,” he says. “Like many, I do not have a moto racing background, but what we do share is the thirst for adventure, and the camaraderie of teamwork and friendship that is forged in triumph over adversity.”

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TJ McWhorter

Austin Moto Adventures Instructor/Guide-in-Training

TJ has motorcycles in his blood. Born in 1995 to awesome parents with the “adventure bug,” he has always found comfort in the roads less traveled. His passion for adventure ignited in 2006 on a year-long road trip across the United States with his parents, three siblings, and the family dog. Visiting many national parks and state parks along the way, TJ has been to all 50 states and continues his quest to see the world on two wheels. This transformative experience sparked his love for exploration, which naturally led to a deep affinity for motorcycles, especially adventure bikes.

TJ began riding ADV bikes in 2016 when he and his Dad attended their first adventure rally. Since then he has ridden tens of thousands of miles offroad in the mountains of the PNW, the deserts of Southern California, and the Texas Hill Country. He has won adventure rallies, co-founded an ADV riding team, and ridden with men and women from all across the world. TJ’s current mission is to inspire everyone to become better riders and teach the upcoming generations to confidently handle and enjoy adventure motorcycles on any type of terrain.

When he’s not riding, you’ll find TJ laughing, drinking good beers, and enjoying life no matter what comes his way. He warmly invites you to come get dirty and join the tribe here at Austin Moto Adventures.

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Meet the Tour Leaders

Reagan Evans

Austin Moto Adventures Vice President of Operations and Tours

Reagan has had “the adventure bug” all his life, but it has manifested itself in many forms of travel, athletics, motorsports, and cultural exploration. An engineer by training, he changed gears and built a career in software, working across the country and around the globe. Projects and assignments occasionally offered opportunities to live overseas and these stints deepened his desire to explore more of the world. Backcountry travel has been a central element of his pursuits, and exploring via four wheels and two have been fueled by a love of both LandCruisers and motorcycles.

Reagan’s crazy about BDRs and has circumnavigated Iceland on a BMW GS, but trips south of the border hold a special place in his heart and he’ll be guiding others who wish to explore Mexico by motorcycle. During dozens of previous Mexico travels, he’s explored the dunes of Baja, ancient mining towns of the Copper Canyon region, off-the-beaten-path “Pueblos Magicos” of the mountains and jungles, the volcanoes of the central highlands, and the beaches, cenotes, and Mayan pyramids of the Yucatan peninsula. Whether it is seeking out a craft mezcaleria in the canyons or soaking in geothermal hot springs on the side of a mountain, he always incorporates as much adventure into the trailside stops as he does to the exciting travel route itself.

Meet the Advisors

Jocelin Snow

Austin Moto Adventures Advisor

  • International Tour guide and BMW Certified Off-Road Instructor
  • 40 years of experience as a motorcycle rider
  • Participant for the 2018 GS Trophy in Mongolia
  • Host/Presenter for the 2020 New Zealand and 2022 Albania, GS Trophy
  • Certified at the International Instructor Academy of BMW Motorrad

Jocelin, a.k.a. “pint sized powerhouse” was featured in the 2020 NEBDR film, 2021 WYBDR film, Ride to Adventure, and CNN BMW Motorcycle special. Jocelin has been riding for 40 years and has traveled by motorcycle all over the world. Having owned well over 40 motorcycles, she has competed in all types of motorcycle racing such as flat-track, supermoto, moto-cross, drag-racing, hare scrambles, enduro and even AMA road-racing. Jocelin not only rides but she enjoys turning a wrench too, having worked as chief mechanic, assisting the team to a national championship. She continuously works with manufacturers to research, design and develop safe motorcycle riding gear. Jocelin is constantly striving to be a positive role model and inspire new and existing riders to adventure and explore the world by motorcycle and discover the love of motorcycling.

Inna Thorn

Austin Moto Adventures Advisor

For the last decade, Inna Thorn has been at the helm of the Backcountry Discovery Routes® (BDR®) non-profit organization, and currently serves as BDR executive director and vice president of the Board. Raised in Moscow, Russia, Inna has always been a spirited soul. Helping others has been her passion, and she has dedicated most of her career to the non-profit sector. Inna moved to Seattle, WA, in 1998, and worked for a local arts fundraising non-profit while putting herself through school at the University of Washington. In 2006, she met a guy who dreamed of riding motorcycles from Seattle to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. This quickly became a shared vision, which they turned into a reality by riding a pair of KLR 650 motorcycles some 17,000 miles through 13 countries. By the end of the trip they decided to make permanent their adventure together with an engagement to marry. Once back in Seattle, Inna started a freelance creative agency and began consulting for motorcycle industry clients, including Ural Motorcycles and Touratech. Three years after the BDR was founded, the organization began to outgrow its volunteer workforce, and Inna was recruited to become the director of Operations. Since 2012, Inna has taken the operation to new levels with her energy, organization, and passion for inspiring others to explore the world on two wheels. When not hard at work, Inna and her husband like to share the wonders of nature with their two young children, by camping and hiking in the mountains, and traveling the world.

Chris Bronstorp

Austin Moto Adventures Advisor

Chris Bronstorp has been riding motorcycles since 2006 and was introduced to adventure riding in 2016 and hasn’t looked back. Since his first go-around on a large adventure bike, Chris has completed several BDRs, including the CA, NM, UT, CO, AZ, and part of the NV. He’s also spent a good deal in Baja California on his R1250GS. Chris lives and breathes the motorcycle community. Most of his friends are riders, and he married a woman he met at a motorcycle show. When he’s not riding, he spends time with his three kids. He also has a passion for automotive design, the fine arts, and physical fitness. And of course he spends his free time planning his next adventure ride.

As an advisor, Chris has extensive experience in the motorcycle industry. He has been a GM for a BMW Motorrad Dealership, a regional manager on the corporate level for the same brand, and a director of operations for a number of dealerships throughout the US. With his extensive experience in the motorcycle industry, he is excited to help support the Austin Moto Adventure team to reach its full potential as a world-class training facility.

David Bailey

Austin Moto Adventures Advisor

David Bailey is an adventurer, writer, musician, and creative who comes to Austin Moto Adventures with a wide-ranging background in non-profit leadership, leadership development, community development, counseling, psychology, sales, and visual arts. David graduated from Vanguard College with a degree in religious studies, worked for years in various church positions, and was awarded a doctor of ministry from Jameson Christian College in recognition of his work with at-risk youth. Born and raised in Canada, David traveled for more than 20 years doing leadership development in Africa, and then lived on the Gold Coast of Australia for five years, where he was involved in community development. Currently, David is the community relations partner for a national, publicly traded funeral and cemetery corporation based in Houston, and the proud owner and rider of a BMW R1250 GS.

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Kirk Zickler

Austin Moto Adventures Operations Advisor

Kirk is an accomplished registered investment advisor who owns and operates Coastal Wealth. Currently he also works as a registered professional engineer with an FAA drone pilot license and is actively working with drones on special projects. He also holds a Texas real estate license.

During his high school years, he had the privilege of traveling through Southeast Asia with his father. He immediately developed a strong desire for travel and experiencing diverse cultures. He continued with graduating from Texas A&M with a bachelor of science in civil engineering but has always dreamt of traveling & exploring new adventures on two-wheels.

In 2009 he turned his dreams into reality. He bought his first Harley-Davidson cruiser at age 50 only to discover his passion for riding and endless desire to travel gave him a complete sense of freedom he had to pursue even further and his journey or “Wind Therapy” began.

Later in 2017 he began adventure riding and purchased a BMW GSA after attending a training course. His love for riding continued to grow with the restrictions of the road removed.

In 2019 he started working as a director of operations and special projects at an ADV facility. Witnessing riders overcome their doubts & fears of riding off road or dropping their bike and giving them the confidence to succeed filled a previously unknown void for him.

Being asked to be part of Austin Moto Adventures took his passion and accomplishments to a whole new level. Kirk is so excited to be a member of this great crew and is dedicated to help achieve the goals of building a world class ADV motorcycle training resort.

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Rich Gibbens

Austin Moto Adventures Advisor

Rich has been riding and racing motorcycles for more than 30 years. He started riding dirt bikes as a kid and then moved on to motocross racing in his teen years. Starting in 2004, he began creating, organizing, and leading dual sport adventure rides and rallies in and around the great state of Texas, including the Texas Adventure Ride (a four-day adventure in the Texas Hill Country), the Around the Bend Rally (a four-day adventure in the Big Bend region of Texas) and MexTrek (a multi-day adventure ride in the mountains of northeast Mexico). More than 4,000 riders have attended Rich’s events over the years. Rich is also the author of dual sport adventure ride guides for the Texas Hill Country, Big Bend, and northeast Mexico.
Rich has extensive experience in sales, management, and leadership. Rich is also an Army veteran, the highlights of which include three years with 5th Special Forces Group as a qualified green beret and as an Infantry Officer with the 10th Mountain Division.

Rich and his wife Connie live in the greater Austin metro area and are the proud parents of four adult children and four grandchildren.

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Our Founding Principles

  1. Expertise and Competence
    Instructors at Austin Moto Adventures maintain high standards of excellence in their work. They use techniques and offer services only in areas where they are qualified by education, training, or experience. They stay updated with the latest educational information in coaching and use reliable resources in their practice.
  2. Integrity and Honesty
    Instructors promote integrity by being honest, fair, and respectful. They avoid making false or misleading statements about their qualifications, services, or experience. They are aware of their own beliefs and values and aim to clarify their roles in interactions, steering clear of improper relationships that might harm the coaching process.
  3. Professional Responsibility
    Instructors adhere to professional standards, understand their obligations, and adjust their methods to meet the needs of each rider. They collaborate with other professionals or institutions when necessary to serve the best interests of Austin Moto Adventures. Instructors are responsible for their behavior and seek to prevent unethical conduct by consulting with colleagues when needed.
  4. Respect and Dignity
    Instructors respect every rider’s rights, dignity, and worth, regardless of cultural or individual differences. They work to eliminate biases based on age, gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Instructors do not condone discriminatory practices in any form.
  5. Welfare and Care
    Instructors prioritize the welfare and rights of their riders. They work to resolve conflicts and perform their roles responsibly, minimizing harm. They are sensitive to skill differences and ensure they do not exploit or mislead riders.
  6. Responsible Coaching and Community Contribution
    Instructors are aware of their ethical responsibilities to the community. They apply their knowledge to contribute positively to the sport and society while complying with the law and encouraging policies that benefit the sport.
  7. Continuous Improvement
    Instructors at Austin Moto Adventures commit to self-reflection, mentorship, professional development, evaluation, and self-care to continually enhance their coaching skills and performance.

Instructor’s Credo

  1. Safety First, Always
    As a rider at Austin Moto Adventures, I prioritize safety above all else. I commit to following safety guidelines, wearing appropriate gear (ATGATT), and continuously improving my riding skills to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
  2. Respect and Responsibility
    I respect fellow riders, coaches, and the environment. I take responsibility for my actions on and off the road, striving to represent the values of Austin Moto Adventures positively and respectfully.
  3. Continuous Learning and Improvement
    I embrace a learning mindset, understanding that improvement is a constant journey. I am open to feedback, eager to learn new techniques, and committed to evolving as a rider.
  4. Enjoyment and Camaraderie
    I ride to enjoy the thrill and camaraderie with my tribe. I aim to create a positive and inclusive atmosphere, fostering a community of riders with a passion for this sport.
  5. Adventure with Purpose
    Every ride with Austin Moto Adventures is an opportunity for adventure, but I ride with a purpose. I respect traffic laws, local regulations, and the natural environment, ensuring my adventures are exhilarating and responsible.
  6. Integrity in Riding
    I commit to riding with honesty and integrity. I understand the importance of adhering to moral principles and respecting the rights and safety of others on and off the road.
  7. Sharing Knowledge and Support
    I am open to sharing my riding experiences and knowledge with others supporting fellow riders to ensure a positive and growing community at Austin Moto Adventures.
  8. Environmental Consciousness
    I ride with environmental consciousness, minimizing my impact on nature and contributing to sustainable riding practices.
  9. Embracing the Journey
    My journey as a rider is as significant as the destination. I embrace the challenges, the learning, and the experiences that come with each ride, valuing the journey as much as the destination.
  10. Unity and Encouragement
    I believe in unity and encouragement within our riding community. I support fellow riders to celebrate their successes, and together, we create an environment that promotes growth and camaraderie.