Tim Hewitt

Hello, it’s always a little awkward to write about oneself but here we are. I guess I’ve written enough online dating profiles; I should be used to it. I also, probably, shouldn’t admit to that. I’m Tim, the titular Dirtbike Jesus. The purpose of the site is to share knowledge and experience; be it travel stories, technical guides, advice or opinions. That and show off a little, of course. But if you’ve come to this particular page you probably want to know something about me.

I’m a child of the 1980s, 35 at the time of writing. I’ve spent the past decade and a half as an IT consultant but recently packed that nonsense in favour of farming. I was born in Kent and moved up to Scotland as a kid, now I live on the continent. I grew up in the countryside but spent most of my youth stuck in front of a computer screen; travel wasn’t even a blip on my radar back then. I’m trying to make up for that now. It wasn’t until my mid 20s I got myself a motorcycle. The little Honda CBF125 was intended for commuting, but I was quickly hooked and – after breaking my arm on my first attempt at the test – quickly moved on to a Yamaha XJ6 Diversion. The marketing blurb of the Adventure world won me over and I traded it for a Triumph Tiger 800 XC, which took me on a few continental trips which were terribly exciting at the time.

It wasn’t until I wrote that Tiger off (whoops!) and moved to Germany that I discovered trail riding, sticking with what I knew I started out on a Tiger 800 XCx, which was far too heavy for real off-road use. I took it to Morocco and the Balkans but it held me back. I traded that poor, abused steed in for a Husqvarna 701 Enduro and never looked back – the real fun on two wheels is off the tarmac and into the rough stuff. I’ve raced the 701 at Hellas Rally in Greece and I’ve taken it along trails from Portugal to Armenia.

I consider myself to be a very average trail rider, mechanic, rally pilot, writer and photographer. But I hope average is good enough to be interesting, or at least useful. I’m fairly active in the “adventure” scene; I try enjoy speaking at travellers meetings and make an effort to help out where I can – if you have any questions you think I might be able to help with don’t hesitate to give me a shout.

Off the bike I’m a keen cook, although with no particular speciality. I’m an audiobook fanatic and Science Fiction is my poison of choice – with Iain M Banks’ “Culture” series at the pinnacle of that particular pyramid. When audiobooks get too expensive I’ll dip into a few podcasts, Sam Harris and Dan Carlin being the best of the bunch. Politically I’m what you might call a classical liberal; with a distaste for most forms of extremism. I’m an atheist, as I suspect the title of the blog makes clear – faith in all of it’s forms is something to be banished from this planet as soon as possible.

I think that’ll do for now.