Hi there, and welcome to Moto Domains – a website about all things Dirt Bikes.
My name is Greg Cook 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 in 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. My current bike is a KTM 525 EXC, a classic bike even by today’s standards.
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 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 worlds 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 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 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 Moto Domains.com.
Why This Website?
This website is dedicated to providing useful bike setup information, riding tips, product reviews, bike reviews, famous rider biographies and events, some fun stuff, and links to suppliers of recommended quality riding gear and accessories.
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.
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