Hi fellow rider, I’m Jim. Thanks for visiting Dirt Bike Tips and Pics!
The first bike I shared with my brother, was basically a 40cc Briggs & Stratton lawnmower with handle bars. That little toy opened up a world of fascination and excitement! After we abused and destroyed that we were given an old Vespa by Uncle Les… not exactly a dirt bike I know, but that’s how we treated it. A year later the ‘red rocket’ was cremated after many good times thrashing it through the deer paddocks. A green-tanked Suzuki road-bike was kindly gifted to us by a friend not long after that, only to be put to rest in it’s grave prematurely also.
With the thirst for a proper dirt bike ever so strong, my brother bought an ’89 RM 125. I’ll never forget the exhilarating feeling of the powerband kicking in for the first time while riding through our neighbors vineyard. After working all of my school holidays for the next 2 years, I bought my very own 1991 RM 80 at the age of 14.
I have been riding on and off between travel for the last 21 years, and currently ride most weekends, mainly free riding in sand dunes and hitting MX practice tracks. I love the feeling of being let loose on a track or farm and hitting new jumps I haven’t jumped before. I still dream about owning my own property with a motocross track out the back, sitting on the back deck after a ride with a cold one in my hands, watching my mates coat each other in dust… ahhh perfect!
So, with that dream in mind, I’ve set up this website to support my dirt bike habit while writing about something I am passionate about. My aim is to pass on some tips and advice that I have picked up over the years of riding and offer it to you in the form of a helpful, informative and entertaining dirt bike website. I also like to be able to provide riders of all levels from around the world a place to interact.
* I place Google Ads on this site to generate some coin which makes it possible to keep this site moving and grooving (and pay for my riding habit). They’re not there to brass you off but rather as a necessity, so thanks for understanding.
I also offer advertising space to dirt bike related companies so please show your support by checking these guys out. They can be recognized as banner ads and (occasionally) links.
All of the links, products, and companies I recommend on this site are trustworthy and reliable, otherwise, I wouldn’t put them up. If for some reason you do have problems with any of them please email me so I can contact the company, and if necessary remove the link.
I really do hope you enjoy what I’ve put together here. If you have any questions, suggestions, complaints or compliments – fire ’em through! I would love to know how I can improve this site. And if you really have enjoyed browsing through it, please tell me – or better yet purchase The Garage Manual to show your support.
If you want to ask me.. “what dirt bike should I buy? Hold off on contacting me and read this page first.”