Rick Abbey, born West Yorkshire, England, 1962. Rick was brought up in Hong Kong as his father was a teacher in the British army and his mother an army nurse. On returning to England he qualified as a mechanical engineer and now performs all of the maintenance on our fleet of bikes – if you want a job doing right … do it yourself! is his motto (and proof he’s a Yorkshireman!). Rick cut his teeth dirt riding in the Yorkshire dales and moors (at a time when it was allowed) on a range of bikes, from trail bikes.
In 1993 Rick went to the Philippines for a holiday, and 6 months later went back to stay. He bought himself a 1987 Yamaha DT200R straight off the back of a ship from Japan and proceeded to discover the islands over a 4-month period. It was a real eye opener, and he fell in love with the culture, the people and the diverse geography. Rick was hooked. A few years later, in 2003 Rick approached us at H-C Travel and started ‘Philippine Jungle Riders’, the rest is history as they say. Rick has a Filipino wife and two boys, who are already showing an interest in bikes, which is great, and Rick is looking forward to the day they can ride on tour.