Hi there, and welcome to Moto Domains – a website about all things Dirt Bikes.
My name is Greg and Dirt Bike riding has been a passion of mine since I had my first ride on a dirt bike at age 14 in Auckland, New Zealand.
My teens were spent blasting through the Woodhill pine forest just north of Auckland, and looking back now, I realize how lucky I was to have such a fantastic area to learn my riding skills, mainly on sandy forestry trails. My twenties were spent competing internationally in a different type of riding – Speedway.
I’m in my fifties now, and riding still remains my passion, although now I take the time to enjoy the ride, and enjoy the superior handling of today’s dirt bikes.
A Brief Story About My Motorcycling Background
My teens were spent competing in 4-hour enduros, motocross events, and trail riding with my mates. I consider myself fortunate to have grown up through the evolution of the early motocross and enduro bikes from the ’70s on.
I saw the whole motocross field turn yellow with the introduction of the first Suzuki RMs, the first Japanese long-travel suspension bikes to be factory produced. No water cooling, hydraulic disk brakes, or fuel injection back then.
At the end of my teens, I became drawn to another form of racing – Speedway. Western Springs Speedway in Auckland was the local track and drew about 50,000 people every Saturday night.
Back then the bikes were hugely popular, and the greatest of all speedway riders, Ivan Mauger M.B.E., O.B.E. (six times world speedway champion, 3 times world long track champion) regularly brought international riders out for special events.
I began my speedway racing career and was soon drawn to compete in England, where all promising riders had to go at the time to compete against the world’s best. I was fortunate enough to race for the Sheffield Tigers, a team that had several other New Zealanders racing, and Ivan Mauger, my boyhood idol, then semi-retired, was the team coach.
I raced for several seasons in England and returned to New Zealand to race again at Western Springs. This was the late eighties and looking back, it was a fantastic era to be riding. There were numerous top international riders all competing there at the time.
After I retired from my speedway racing career I returned to my roots – Dirt bikes.
These days my riding involves trail riding on my KTM 525 EXC around South East Queensland, Australia and just getting into Adventure Motorcycle camping weekends on a BMW 650 GS Dakar, an armchair ride compared to the KTM.
Sharing What I Have Learned
I love all things Dirt Bikes and have over 40 years of experience to share, so what better way to share my passion with like-minded people than with MotoDomains.com.
Why This Website?
My main objective for this website is to provide a valuable resource for all dirt bike riders with useful bike setup and riding tips, honest product reviews, famous rider biographies and events, and some fun stuff that I hope you will enjoy.
If you would like any advice or have any questions, feel free to share your thoughts below and I will be more than happy to help.
I hope you enjoy your experience here!
Founder of MotoDomains
6 thoughts on “ABOUT”
I like your website you’ve got several topics and some good information keep it going.
Hi Fred, thanks for your comments. I will be regularly adding posts and pages. There’s lots of useful stuff to share.
It’s Sam from DirtbikeSam. I just found your site while researching the history of KTM dirt bikes. It is inspiring that you are riding after 40 years. Keep it up man.
Hi Sam. Thanks for your comments. Yes, it’s a lifetime of riding dirt bikes of all types. I don’t see any reason to stop. I have friends my age from my speedway racing days who are actually still racing – for fun now.
I checked out your website and you have some great articles there. I’ve bookmarked it to get back and read more later. Very professional looking. I see you live in Utah. What a great riding spot. I’d love to go there one day.
Keep up the good work.
Thanks Greg for the article especially the Steve McQueen advertisement for Honda. I remember watching the movie back in the 70s on any Sunday and seeing Steve McQueen never saw the commercial it was great. First bikes in 1972 Bellevue Nebraska, offutt Air Force Base. SL 70 and SL 100 couldn’t wait to strip the lights off and go racing. Thanks again good stuff.
Hi Doug. Yes, great memories from the seventies. Watched the ‘On Any Sunday’ movies many times and still get a lot of pleasure from them. I owned the XL 250 motorsport and had a friend who had an SL 100. Later had the first XR 500. Great bikes. Wheelie machines. Back in the day you could strip the lights off a trail bike and go racing. Thanks for your thoughts.