A self confessed motorbike nut, Paul has over 40 years of riding experience. He’s ridden to more places in both Australia and overseas than most people have had hot meals. So when he has something to say about motorbikes, you listen in closely.
A bit about Paul...
There aren't too many people in the dirt bike community who haven't heard of Paul Koczak. Paul grew up in the Otway Ranges, he has lived Gellibrand, a small town located on the doorstep of the Otway Ranges since 2001. It is his knowledge of this area that sees so many people seek his advice.
There is nothing Paul likes better than jumping on his bike and exploring the bush. This is a pleasure he has enjoyed with his son Max since a young age. It’s great when you know plenty of people with private property who are happy for you to use.
In more recent years his son Max has proven himself to be a very good rider, now 18 he has the opportunity to ride where he wants. But the lack of opportunities for young kids to ride was one of the driving forces behind Paul being an inaugural founding member and current President of the Otway Enduro Club. The club aims to build a family environment and allows kids to ride in a safe environment surrounded by parents all with their best interests in mind.
Like many of us Paul likes tinkering on his quite substantial collection of bikes. In fact tinkering undersells his knowledge of motorbikes and their engines. When you’ve owned over 50 different motorbikes through your riding career you do tend to learn a thing or two. Ironically he hasn’t past much of this knowledge onto young Max, he would prefer that Max not touch the bikes. Do we detect a little OCD in Paul?
Paul’s own amateur riding career saw him ride in the Victorian Enduro Series in the 1980s & ’90s. He rode the Australia Safari in 1991 on his Honda XR 600. He was the President of the Warrnambool Motorcycle Club for two years in the late 1990s and got the grass track racing going during his time there.
His adventure riding has seen him ride the Vic High Country countless times, the Simpson Desert, Canning Stock Route, Gulf Country, Cape York, Tasmania, New Zealand, Cambodia and about 30,000kms exploring Europe and Morocco.
Paul is a qualified builder, you can still find him working outside on building extensions, decks, fences, well anything you’d like really. His wife Maria and he, are also the owners and managers of the Gellibrand River General Store which also incorporates the Post Office.
You could say Paul likes to keep busy and you’d be right. There are too many trails to ride and fun to be had for him to be relaxing in front of a fire with a blanket over his legs.