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 or rally advice. But if you’ve come to this particular page you probably want to know something about me.
I’m a child of the 1980s, 34 at the time of writing. I’ve spent the past decade as an IT consultant but I think a change is on the horizon. 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 on the 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 try at the Module 1 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 but now seem tame.
It wasn’t until I wrote that Tiger off (whoops!) and moved to Germany that I really discovered trail riding, sticking with what I knew I started out on a Tiger 800 XCx, but it was too heavy for any 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, photographer and videographer. But I hope average is good enough to be interesting, or at least useful. I’m fairly active in the “adventure” scene; I try and give presentations at Horizons Unlimited meetings and make an effort to help out anyone 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 we should banish from this planet as soon as possible.
I think that’ll do for now.