About

Thedirt.co.nz

Welcome to a new way of taking in everything you need to know about all things you can find on the dirt. We will have dirt bikes, adventure bikes, UTV’s, products, interviews, features, videos, podcasts, and maybe even a little ATV action from time to time. The beauty of this new site is that you get to choose how you take in what you want, when you want.

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READ - read all your favourite articles and tests and reviews, all on your computer, smart phone or tablet from anywhere in the world.

WATCH - not much of a reader? Then click on a video and watch what you want at the click of a button. More videos added weekly.

LISTEN - 2019 is a fast-paced time and your time is valuable. Click on the podcasts section and listen to tests, interviews and reviews while you drive, work, or brown up that suntan on the beach, all from your phone, tablet and computer, with more PODS added each weekly.

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And as we are not affiliated with any one brand, distributor or importer, you get a guaranteed, no BS report, showcasing all the good, all the bad and all the in between. Welcome to the future of off-road information.

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Riding

I started riding bikes at the tender age of 5 years old when my old man slung me onto a Yamaha TY80 trials bike. From there it was a natural progression onto an 1984 Honda XR200 double carb, then I gave the old Kawasaki KDX200 a good go, like most people. From then it was piloting a Husaberg 400, then onto Honda for quite a number of year before settling up with the Blue Yamaha brand for a number more. The 450's are my bike of choice and I currently race a 2009 Honda CRF450R round the country.

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Journalism

After a few odd jobs fixing computers and then bowling alley machines, then a quick stint in a motorbike shop, I got into motorcycle journalism in 2007, writing the odd pieces for Dirt Rider Downunder Magazine, before getting a full time position mid '07. I then moved to Paeroa and spent four years working on the magazine and moving up the responsibility ladder. I become editor of DRD magazine and found something that I really enjoyed doing. I also learnt a new skill - sports photography and with the help of some photographers, and a shiny Nikon, skills evolved. I left DRD in 2010 but went back again for 8 months in 2017.

Paeroa wasn't the town for me and after over 10 years of motorcycle journalism in one form or another, testing hundreds of bikes, products and meeting a shit tonne of amazing people, I am starting my own thing in 2019.

It’s gonna be epic.

Get in touch any time for more information, questions, comments, advice or requests on what you want tested or reviewed. Email me - chris@thedirt.co.nz.