Motocross bikes are by far some of the most exciting machines around. They are however, one of the more dangerous to be on whether you are riding out on trails or go off jumps on the big courses.
In order to ride these bikes to the best of your ability, having the proper safety equipment is one of the first things you should focus on.
If you are just getting into riding motocross, here are some tips and the essential gear that you will need to stay safe when participating in this exhilarating activity.
Across all sports, head injuries have become a hot button issue and keeping athlete's heads safe is one of the most important things to focus on, especially when riding a motocross bike.
Getting a proper helmet is the first piece of equipment you should focus on getting for yourself. The fit on the helmet is arguably the most important feature on this as it shouldn't be too loose or too tight. A nice snug fit that doesn't jostle around but doesn't give you a headache is the happy medium you are searching for.
Be sure to replace your helmet every couple of years or if you are involved in a bad crash on your head.
You wouldn't play football in sandals, and having the right footwear for motocross is essential for this sport.
These boots should be comfortable enough to where your feet can stand to be in them for a long period of time, yet durable enough to last multiple seasons and get the job done.
Be sure these boots have plenty of support on the bottom and quality padding and coverage on the sides so you can be protect your feet when out on the trail or on the track.
Jacket and Pants
As hard as you may try, it is inevitable that you are going to crash on your dirt bike, and it likely isn't going to feel that great.
One of the best ways you can help ease the pain of the crash and burn, a quality riding shirt that has pads built into it, as well as pants with the same features, will help brace the impact of the fall and hopefully prevent further injury.
Elbow and Knee Pads
Just like when you were riding a bicycle as a kid, investing in some good elbow and knee pads will help you immensely in the long run.
You'll likely land pretty hard on these spots on your body throughout your riding journey, so preventative care will be your best friend.
From providing yourself protection from ripping up your hands to simply giving you more comfort when holding on to the handlebars and manoeuvring at high speeds, a pair of gloves that can last you a long time will be one of the smartest investments you can make.
Once you have checked off these items, you will be ready to take on the track or the trail.