There aren’t too many feelings that compare to the excitement of getting a new motorcycle. I’d spent my teenage years earning hardly enough money to afford some old, shit bikes, but once I cracked that first new machine at the age of 21 – a 1996 KX250 – there was no turning back. I was hooked on dirt bikes and wasn’t owning anything unless I was peeling plastic wrap off the seat or was the first to fill the tank with fuel.

22-years on, I’ve had more than my fair share of new bikes, and while it’s always a good day when you’re wheeling a brand new ride out of the shed, the excitement isn’t quite what it used to be. I’ve ridden and raced too many motorcycles into the ground to ever again look upon them like they’re a toy under the Christmas tree. My moto-innocence has long been lost to the motorcycle industry, jumping from one project to the next and using motorcycles to earn a living, rather than just the simple pleasure of going for a ride. And hey, don’t get me wrong – I love bikes. I mean, there’s no way I’d be in the same game after 22-years if that game were riding or promoting lawn mowers, or fridges or whatever. You know what I mean.

With no sign of moto projects slowing down in the near future, I’m grateful my passion for bikes has manifested a revival of the pure excitement I once felt as a kid – albeit vicariously through the amazing worlds of Millie and Tom. They are the children of Ryan and Sarah, who form a family that are very close to my own. Ryan and I were competitors 20-years ago racing Enduro in WA. These days, we’ve resumed play as a couple of mates stoked on being part of a new journey – The Proteges!

Enjoy the ride…


8 replies
  1. Patrik Gustafson
    Patrik Gustafson says:

    Great videos mate! You’re a huge inspiration and I’m a big fan of yours. I saw that you are participating at naxos rally this year again, wanted to be there, but I will go there next year!! Hope to see you then, and keep up the good work!!

  2. Xterrential
    Xterrential says:

    My two boys (3.5 and 1.5) watched this new video in complete awe. We just bought them an older Suzuki jr 50 and all they want to do is ride. Some of my young ones first words were “ride, and “dirt bike”. You have inspired two generations to go out and ride. Thank you Adam.

  3. Megs
    Megs says:

    Absolutely love the protégée series, our little man is bike mad at 2 and he loves watching kids – we need some more vids please!!!! NSW KTM family!!!


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