If you are into motorbikes and fancy a spot of motocross then you might not know where to start. Motocross is one of the earthiest forms of riding a motorbike, basically it has three components, the bike, the rider, and a piece of land. There are no pedestrians or road rules to contend with, and the only traffic are the other motocross bikes that are competing.
The sport of motocross is a little more complicated that messing about on the dirt with your pals and their bikes. In fact most racers have a strict training schedule, and take lessons from pro riders so that they can compete at the highest level.
Getting started in motocross is not particularly difficult but we thought we would put together some pointers to help you along.
Try Experiencing Mountain Biking
To get a real feeling what is like to really ride on dirt, why not first try getting out on a mountain bike. Riding through nearby woods, and local rough trails on a mountain bike will give you a great idea what it is truly like riding off-road. You can even try a few small jumps and learn how to land safely and avoid bad terrain. Many of today’s motocross pros started and continue to ride mountain bikes. There are definitely similarities between the two forms of sport.
Buy Your First Bike
What were once simple machines, motocross bikes are now sophisticated pieces of kit, and now many have four-stroke engines that major manufacturers such as Kawasaki, Honda, KTM, Suzuki, Yamaha, and TM produce. The bikes feature traction control and now have advanced electronics aboard. There are still some producers still making the lighter two-stroke engines but these are gradually being phased out due to reliability issues.
Buying second-hand is good advice for a novice motocross rider, there are many manufacturers that regularly release new models so older bikes are often popping up for sale at really reasonable prices. You will of course have to invest in a trailer or some other sort of transportation as these bikes are not legal on public roads.
Find Your Local Track
The next thing you must do is find the closest track near you. Because of the noise of the bikes many urban tracks have been closed down, and the ones that are still open have strict rules and regulations. If you live in the country then you can easily mark out your own course depending on land restrictions etc. For learners it is best to start on well established tracks that have plenty of safety precautions. There are even some indoor circuits that can be really useful when the weather makes it impossible to ride outside.
Many pros tend to head for warmer climates during the winter months so that they can continue riding and enjoy their sport. Of course like learning any new sport for the first time it is advisable to first take lessons from professionals to instill the best riding practices.