How to Get Started as a Motocross Rider
Motocross racing is not as easy as it looks. While as a hobby all you need is a bike and a dirt road, in competitive motocross you’ll need to fine-tune your technique, work on your physical abilities and develop your mental strength. It takes more than just hopping on a bike.
Luckily, it’s a completely attainable goal. It’s not like you wake up one day in your mid 30’s and decide you want to be a professional basketball player. You can become a motocross racer at any point in your life. All you need is an established game plan that will allow you to acquire the knowledge necessary to run a track like a pro.
Go Out on the Road First
Get a feel of what is like to be on a dirt road first. And don’t even worry if you still don’t have a motocross bike, since a BMX dirt bike or a mountain bike will do just fine. The idea is for you to see for yourself what the dirt feels like, how it affects your speed and balance.
Riding a BMX bike on dirt will let you practice your technique and the control you have of your movements. So yes, it definitely will not feel the same as a motocross bike, but it will be an amazing training and it gives you the opportunity to feel the terrain out in a safer way. The tools you use on a BMX bike will be transferable to your motocross bike.
Go Back to School
Yes, going to riding school might look like an unnecessary -and expensive- step, but it is 100% worth it. Riding schools will usually have many bikes for riders to try, so you can give them a go and find which model suits you best for a competition. This can save from going from store to store trying to find a model you like.
Another plus is that they have their own tracks, and they’re made with beginners in mind. You won’t venture into a circuit that’s designed for much more experienced riders. Also, you’ll get a top-level rider right there with you giving you all their tips and notes. So, you won’t be alone trying to figure it all out.
Get Your Own Motocross bike
Once you get a feel for what you’re getting yourself into, it will be time to get your very first motocross bike. As with any big purchase, you should do hardcore research before handing over your credit card. There’s a lot of options for you to choose from, and you need to narrow it down to your needs and budgets.
Most modern bikes come with a four-stroke engine with traction control packages. But you can still find two-stroke engines, which are lighter and low maintenance but will definitely be fickler. And of course, there’s the green alternative for those that worry about their carbon footprint, though this is, hands down, the pricier option. Remember that you’ll be looking for something that guarantees speed so keep an eye out for models that have unnecessary extras that might slow them down.