Jack of all trades...
Tim's riding experience is as wide as it is deep. He's ridden and raced such a variety of disciplines, and is able to bring them together with a deep understanding of how a motorcycle works. Knowing why a bike does the things it does is crucial to training and coaching.
Tim's first love has always been off road. Be it in the forestry of Mid Wales (U.K), or in the sand dunes of the Middle East, Tim is at home where the terrain is rough.
Trials followed Enduro and for a number of years Tim competed in club level trials in the U.K and entered every enduro event he could around Shropshire and Wales. His first bikes were a dual purpose Suzuki DR350 and a more focussed Honda XR250. Stepping up to an XR400 helped Tim to lift his level and beat a few of his pals, but it was his trials experience that began to teach him how to get the most out of his bikes.
A brief love affair with a KTM Duke 640 was all that Tim needed to convince him that he shouldn't own a thoroughbred road bike, and instead he should keep his cheeky riding style away from traffic and either on the race track or in the bush.
Fast forward to the mid naughties (pun intended) and Tim found himself doing a couple of laps of Australia on his (nearly) new Honda XR650R. It's the only bike Tim feels he couldn't part with. Exploring the Australian Outback for eighteen months meant he had plenty of time to get a feel for this vast country.
Highlights of the Big Two Year Tour
- Eight day tour with Cape York Motorcycle Adventures
- Un-official record between Palm Cove and the tip of Cape York. 10hrs 13 mins
- North East South and West points of the Australian mainland
- Found Lambert's Centre as well, it's said to be the middle
- Solo crossing of the Simpson Desert
- Winter visit to Mount Hotham Ski Resort
- Lap around Tasmania
- Took the luggage off and taped up the headlight to race a Pony Express near Darwin - and took the win
- Shipped his bike to East Timor and Island hopped through Indonesia
- Navigated the entire Indonesian archipelago without a map
- Two days of negotiations in order to lift his bike onto the roof of a passenger ferry between Sumatra and Malaysia
- A WHOLE MONTH of negotiations in Bangkok in order to freight the XR to India
- An innocent wheelie three hours West of Kolkata stopped Tim in his tracks
- Another month getting the compound fracture repaired in a Kolkata hospital before bringing the adventure to a close. WHAT A RIDE!
Tim married his red hot holiday romance and settled in Darwin. The limp faded and Tim scored a job in the local Honda dealership as a bike salesman. Since then Tim has been a solid part of the motorcycle community and has played active roles in the DMCC (off road club), RANT (rider lobby group), TERRA (Top End Road Racing Association) as well as taking a role as an instructor with METAL (Government rider training program) for eight years, training and licensing new riders.
Tim's first race as a 'local' was the original Boulderdash two day enduro in the Adelaide River hills. Tim romped home to the win and is proud to have his name appearing on the perpetual trophy as the inaugural first place. The local off road scene in Darwin is thriving and Tim is very much a part of it. He loves a trail ride with pals even more than a race through the bush. And whilst Tim is clearly quick when he wants to be "it's all about the skids and wheelies" as he so eloquently puts it.
A late comer to Road Racing, Tim took to it like a duck to water. Fast bikes are cool and maybe one day Tim will step up to a man sized bike, but for the last three seasons Tim has invested time and energy into the CBR300 production class. Again, fun is the focus rather than outright speed. In fact, winning comes a distant second to the thrill of going bar to bar in a scrap for position. Don't get me wrong though, when the lights go out the red mist descends and Tim is a consistent front runner.
Tim has spent time being coached by Davo Johnson (regular top ten finisher at the Isle of Mann TT). He's coached alongside Josh Waters (two time ASBK winner) and Mick Kelly (Australian 125cc champion). Tim has done a couple of days with the California Superbike School. Tim has worked with HART (Honda Advanced Rider Training), and lately Tim qualified with Motorcycling Australia as a Level One coach and continues to learn from some top Australian motorcycle coaches.