Motocross is one of the most enjoyable and adrenaline-fuelled sports that you can get into, but it is also a fairly expensive sport.
Whether you’re a beginner or someone who is returning to motocross after years of not riding, there are some things that you will need to buy to get started. The most obvious item is a motorcycle, but that isn’t all. It is also important to buy protective gear to make sure that you stay safe while riding.
Some people avoid buying protective gear as they don’t want to incur the high costs involved, but this is a very dangerous thing to do. Motocross is a risky sport, and without protection, you may sustain a serious injury.
Here are seven pieces of essential motocross equipment we feel you should invest in.
A motocross helmet is one of the most important pieces of equipment for motocross riders. You should buy a motorcycle helmet rather than just any old helmet, as motorcycle helmets are specifically designed for motorcyclists. They feature wide eye ports so that you can wear goggles at the same time, and some come with a mouthpiece that make it easier to breathe while riding.
There are lots of different kinds of motorcycle helmets, so you should look around to make sure that you find the right one. Some helmets are designed for dirt riding, while others are designed for street riding. Dirt riding helmets normally come with a visor on the front to help protect your eyes from dirt and roost from other riders.
It can be useful to invest in a helmet that also has a removable liner. This means that you can take the liner out so that you can wash away the sweat and dirt after each ride.
A knee brace
One of most likely injuries from motocross is a knee injury. Thankfully, you can buy knee braces that are designed to provide protection and support to motocross riders. These braces can be worn with other motocross clothes, and they are essential for anyone who regularly rides motocross.
Gloves are an essential part of motocross, as they protect your hands when you are riding, which is especially useful if you fall. There are two different types of motocross gloves for you to choose from:
- Protective: normally best for beginners, as they have an extra layer of TPR rubber around the glove, so they provide more protection if you fall.
- Lightweight: gloves are more comfortable to wear, and they are normally made from a mesh material for ventilation purposes.
When you are buying motocross gloves, make sure that they fit properly. If you buy them in store, make sure you try them on first, and if you buy them online, check the size guide carefully. If the gloves are too big or too small, they will limit your grip and range of movement, so it is more likely that you will injure yourself.
Motocross boots protect your ankles, feet and shins when you are riding. Some boots feature metal plates in the lining to stop the boot from bending during a crash, and most feature a durable sewn on sole. This means that the sole is less likely to fall off to start with, but the downside is that eventually you will need to replace the sole.
Alternatively, you can buy a newer motocross boot model, as new models feature a sole that is molded to the boot. This means that you only need to replace the inserts when they start to become worn out.
It is important to note that most motocross boots will need breaking in before you wear them when you ride, as they are made from tough leather. You can buy boots that have a pivot joint so that they don’t need breaking in, but they are normally more expensive than standard motocross boots.
Goggles are essential if you are dirt riding, as they will keep dirt, roost, dust, bugs and small rocks out of your eyes while you ride. This is very important, as without the goggles your vision will be impaired. You are also more likely to sustain a serious eye injury.
There are lots of different styles of motocross goggles for you to choose from. Some are designed for cold weather, some are designed to work with prescription glasses and some are designed to help provide ventilation.
Normally, the lenses in motocross goggles are replaceable, so you can buy mirrored, clear or coloured lenses to improve lighting and vision, depending on where you ride.
Motocross jerseys are designed specifically for outdoor riding, and there are different options that you can buy, depending on the weather in your area. You will be able to find jerseys that are designed for warm weather, cold weather, rain, dirt riding and street riding. Most motocross jerseys are made from a durable, lightweight polyester blend, and they feature a simple design. Jerseys that are designed for warm weather are normally made from a mesh material to make ventilation easier, whereas cold weather jerseys are normally made from fleece or a windproof material. All motocross jerseys have elbow pads to provide extra protection.
If you live in a cold area, you may want to also consider buying a motocross jacket, but this isn’t essential. A jacket does provide an extra layer of warmth and protection, but you could also wear a durable jacket that you already own to save money, such as a leather jacket.
Motocross trousers are normally made from a similar material to the jerseys, and you can often buy trousers and jerseys in a set. Much like the jerseys, motocross trousers are designed for specific weather conditions.
Staying safe during motocross
Motocross equipment can seem like a big cost, but it is essential for anyone who wants to ride. It is important to keep your head, knees, feet, hands and elbows protected when you are riding, as it is very easy to sustain a serious injury that may affect you for the rest of your life.
Thankfully, the equipment is fairly cheap if you shop around and compare prices. Most of the motocross equipment that you will buy will come with built in protection for your body. For instance, your jersey will include elbow pads and your trousers will include knee pads.
If you want to make sure that your equipment protects you, ask yourself whether your equipment protects your head, eyes, hands and knees?
Making sure that you buy the right equipment
There have been lots of advances in motocross equipment in the last few years, so most stores and websites feature a mix of brand new items as well as older items. The modern equipment tends to be much safer, so you should try to buy the most modern equipment that you can find.
It can be tempting to just buy the first items you see. After all, you have your motorcycle and you are excited to start riding! However, the wrong equipment means that you are more likely to injure yourself, which could mean that you have to stop riding within a few months of starting. Take your time to shop around and look at all your options, so that you buy the most effective motocross equipment you can.