Looking To Get Into Motocross Racing? It’s Easier Than You Think
Okay, so you probably aren’t going to be doing flips any time soon, as this requires years of practice, but entering the sport is as simple as finding a bike that’s right for you, getting some gear, finding a place to ride, and driving there.
Finding a Bike That’s Right For You
If you’re just starting out in Motocross, you’re going to want to be practicing proper form, body positioning, and overall riding style. Google “how to ride a dirt bike” for tons of information about that stuff.
Personally, I recommend a used four stroke 250 from Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, or Suzuki. You can head to Craigslist and do a local search to find bikes for sale in your area. These are the easiest motocross bikes to get started on, and you can have a decent one for around two grand.
Getting Your Gear
You’ve got the bike, now you need the gear. Motocross is an inherently dangerous sport, so safety is a big priority. You’re going to want to purchase a helmet, goggles, boots, chest protector, and a riding outfit at minimum. You can find all of these items at a website like www.motosport.com.
The helmet and goggles are your staple safety pieces. They protect your noggin from collisions and your eyes from dirt. These are the first things that you need to buy.
Next up are the boots. A quality pair of boots protect your ankles from breaking and your feet from dirt and rocks. Very important.
Then, a chest protector. These fill protect your torso from blunt objects, like tree branches, rocks, and dirt. These have saved my life plenty of times!
Finally, a riding outfit. A full riding outfit consists of a jersey, pants, and gloves. A riding outfit is specially designed to take the beating that motocross gives you, and besides, who wants to ruin their normal clothes?
Finding A Place To Ride
Go to mxtrackguide.com for a list of tracks by state. This is by far the most effective tool I’ve been able to find for locating motocross tracks. Find one close to you and head out!
You can also ride on private property, or at local sand pits in your area. You have to have connections to find these. I’ve found plenty through word of mouth.
So you’ve got the bike, the gear, the place to ride, and now you just need to drive there. Not a problem. If you’ve got a car, just take it down to U-haul and they can install a hitch to it easily. Once you have a hitch installed, you can purchase a hitch motorcycle carrier from a store like harbor freight, and be on your way.
If you have an SUV, you may or may not already have a hitch installed. With an SUV, you can opt for an in-hitch motorcycle carrier, or a small flatbed or rail trailer.
If you have a pickup truck, simply load the bike into the bed. You can also tow a trailer or use an in-hitch motorcycle carrier if you wish.