John Ciribassi: Founder of Emmaus MotoTours

The idea to start Emmaus MotoTours came to John Ciribassi while riding in Colorado on the Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route®. He envisioned a company that would bring together small groups of riders with a love of off road motorcycling together for great experiences.

Realizing that most people don’t have the time or patience to carefully plan a trip through the backcountry, he thought there must be a better way of organizing riders together. John has been riding motorcycles for over 40 years, but it was planning an off road ride in Moab, Utah with his brother, Paul, that gave him the initial idea of someday running a tour company. After retiring from his career as a veterinarian in 2018, he thought it was time to give his dream a shot. 

The driving force behind planning rides for John is bringing together diverse groups of people and letting adventure motorcycles be the catalyst that unites individuals. These type of rides over the years have created great friendships. And in the end it is the relationships that we form that is the ultimate reason for the ride. 

John currently rides a Yamaha T7 and a KTM EXC 350F. He is married to Elise and they live in the western suburbs of Chicago. Elise and John have two daughters, Danielle and Rebekah. We look forward to hosting a tour for you and getting a chance to ride together. 

Thank you for visiting the Emmaus MotoTours website and encourage you to check out our available tours.

To read an article that was published about our history, click here.

We hope to see you on the road!

What To Expect From Us

Safe Motorcycle Adventure Tour Company


Rider safety is our number one priority, and we go the extra mile to help you stay safe throughout the journey. 

Expert Motorcycle Adventure Tour Company


Our motorcycle tour guides are some of the most experienced and knowledgeable you’ll find anywhere in the world. 

Friendly Motorcycle Adventure Tour Company


Our clients are at all times treated with kindness and respect. Many fellow riders have become lifelong friends.

Fun Motorcycle Adventure Compnay


If you enjoy great riding and meeting amazing people, you’ll have a ton of fun on your Emmaus MotoTours tour. 

Meet John

John Ciribassi began riding in the seventh grade on a pull-start mini bike and has been riding ever since. With a strong affinity for off-road riding, he has developed a passion for visiting places that are off the beaten path. 

John currently rides with a KTM 1090 Adventure R or a KTM EXC 350F. Both of these are adventure bikes that can handle both highway and off-road travel. 

In addition to his love for motorcycles, John also has a love for animals, and he has led a distinguished career in the field of Animal Behavior. 


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Our Promise To You

We will work as hard as we can to make sure you have a great experience on your Emmaus MotoTours Motorcycle Adventure Tour. That means we do our homework, we stay up to date on the latest in terms of rider safety and mechanical issues. At all times we will seek to create an atmosphere that’s full of fun, adventure, and friendship. We can’t wait to meet and ride with you. 

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