Your guide to motocross.
We know from experience how hard it could be to settle into the motocross world. That’s why we are sharing our top tips to get you started in the world of motocross!
Do your research!
Motocross is a very demanding sport – you will need money, time and lots of patience to become a good racer. That is why you need to be prepared before you jump head first. Research online your nearest tracks, what bikes are available and when you can give it a go. Facebook is full of pages dedicated to motocross and enduro and there are thousands of people and businesses out there ready to help you out. Once you have been on a bike and talked with professionals you will be much more comfortable picking your own first bike.
Rent or buy?
It all depends on how much are you willing to invest. Some people only ride once in a while, others race professionally and some just enjoy building up their bikes. There are various tracks around the UK and the US that provide bikes so call them up and arrange yourself a renting plan.
If you want to buy our advice is to shop around – some people like brand new factory bikes, others prefer race-tuned second hand bikes and there are also people who like to build their own bikes. There are some great options online and usually bigger retailers will have an idea what bikes are going up for sale in the area. If you are a newbie always make sure to consult with a professional on the condition of the bike before purchase – some issues are not visible and can cost a pretty penny to fix!
Be part of the community
Motocross gets together a special kind of people – dedicated, enthusiastic, and knowledgeable and always willing to share a good time. Make sure you get to know the local motocross community as those people are great source of knowledge and help when needed. Stick to your parts distributors and tuning mechanics, they will always give you the best advice and support on your bike. Get involved in events and stay up to date with the social media. In our experience some of the best opportunities come from people within your local motocross group.
Motocross is a very physically demanding sport and you have to be in shape to handle it. Speak to a local fitness instructor how to gain core strength and tone your body. Consult a specialist on how to alter your diet in order to speed up the muscle gain and improve the overall stamina and body strength. If you stick to it results will come soon enough and in no time you will see an improvement in your riding skills and technique.
Never settle for less
There are various ways to do up your bike, but make sure you always make the safety of yourself and others your first priority. Don’t use parts that do not fit your bike, parts that are too old, too used or are not compliant with the industry standards. Genuine parts can cost quite a lot but in the long term they will do a better job and will deliver the desired bike and riding performance. Always consult with experts if you buy parts from a friend or an un-reputable source.