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Dirt bikers score a win on the web bikers have reason to celebrate this week, with the launch of a new web-site: which is set to be the essential, one stop site for dirt bikers.

As the name suggests, the prime mission of the site is listing bikes and accessories for sale. Private sellers, as well as switched on retailers, can post ads quickly and easily; just sign up, log in and purchase an ad.

The real bonus and the main reason why bikers all over Australia will bookmark the site and regularly check in, is that it is much, much more than a list of classifieds.

Owner and developer, Paul Chuter says the site is all about the lifestyle. “Buying a bike is nothing like buying a TV or a video game. Riding and competing is a social activity. Buying your first bike is an invitation to live a fast-paced life in the company of others. Why not link the purchase with the lifestyle?”

And this is what does, in spades. There are extensive riding tips by the Pro’s at Stephen Galls Training Acedemy, competition news and message boards to hook riders up with each other. The club page lists and links to Australia-wide dirt biking clubs and there is a facility for riders to post details of an upcoming ride. The GPS Coordinates section even makes it possible for riders to upload waypoints, tracks or other map data in any format for other riders to use.

Paul singled out Cycle Torque for a special mention. “CT has been brilliant. They’ve been supportive right from the start; giving permission to use articles and bike reviews, offering advice and encouragement. They know the site meets a need and we’re rapt to have them on board”.
The site is especially good for first-time buyers – there are pages and pages of detailed, technical advice. There is a section on pre-purchase mechanical checks, and thanks to Cycle Torque, extensive reviews of a wide range of bikes dating back to 1999.

For experienced riders and racers, this site will be an instant favourite. Competitive advertising rates ($15) and the opportunity to upload unlimited photos and specs of your old bike are just the beginning. The real strength and attraction of the site is the forum; an opportunity to meet, brag and reminisce with other riders.

Oh, and for those recovering from a nasty spill or friends that have never straddled a bike there are games to try out freestyle tricks, sample a few trails or bash the dunes on a quad.
Stephen McMahon