I’m just going to jump right into it and say that riding dirt bikes through the amazing landscape of Bali is one of the coolest things I’ve ever experienced. Such a massive bucket-list tick-off!
A friend of mine had gone on a dirt bike tour a few months earlier, and couldn’t stop talking about it, so I knew I had to check it out. I brought my friends Alyona and Logan, and we called up our friend Ari at Bali Dirt Bikes to see what it was all about. We got it all booked, and went for a 6-hour ride in Tabanan on some crazy KTM 250CC EXC-F SIX DAYS bikes. It was INSANE!
First of all, the word “tour” doesn’t do this adventure justice! This is not a tour – this is you and your friends going nuts on crazy dirt bikes through jungles, rice fields, beaches and forests. The only tour part about it, is that you go with some really experienced guides, who will not only help you find your way around, but are trained mechanics that can fix any problem your might have.
I had been super excited about driving dirt bikes in Bali just for the fact that I wanted to go fast and have fun. I hadn’t even considered the sightseeing aspect of it. I’ve spent more than 5 years in Bali, and I can honestly say that I have never experienced scenery like we did with the dirt bikes. In Bali, you are allowed to ride your bike anywhere, and these crazy machines let you access places you can’t even imagine exist. Places that can’t be accessed by car – places most people will never get to see and experience.
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It was nerve-wracking in the beginning (the 250cc dirt bikes are FAST), and it took a little while to get used to the bike. But the longer it went on, the more confident we got, and the more we enjoyed the ride and the incredible scenery!
We started out going through some gnarly jungle-trails – up hills, down hills, on tiny paths and through rice fields, all the while the adrenaline was pumping and my smile stretched from one ear to the other. From the jungle, we headed through some small villages to reach the black sand beaches of Tabanan.
Arriving at the beach was magical – a wide, black beach, completely empty as far as the eye could see. We went nuts driving up and down on the beach for a while, before we ended out the other end, through some villages, more jungle, and back to where we started.
Riding dirt bikes off track is so far the coolest thing I’ve done in Bali, and I’ve spent 5 years here!
For more info, check out www.balidirtbikes.com