How to Ride a Motocross Bike

How to Ride a Motocross Bike

Before you ever get on a dirt bike for the first time you need to have the right safety gear that means have a helmet, gloves, pants and glasses.  The last thing you need is to have your first ride end in a hospital visit for an injury that you could have prevented with the right safety equipment.  Now, the next thing you need learn before you start riding is how to start your bike.

Starting the Bike

When you initially get on the bike and are straddling it, you have to put the kick stand up and hold the bike up by yourself with your two hands on the handlebars.  Now you need to hold the clutch in, on the right side of the bike you will find a lever you need to push down with your right foot.  It may not work initially, you probably won’t use enough force.  That’s common and don’t sweat it, give it a try again until the bike turns over.  Here is a visual to help you out.

Learning How the Brakes Work in a Motorcycle

Before you hit the trails you need to know how the brakes work and where to find them on the bike.  Like any other bike you’re going to have both front and back brakes.  Once you get really good at riding you can use the brakes to do some fancy tricks like wheelies.  Don’t try that now you’re not ready yet.  The right handlebar has your front brake and your back brake is near your right foot close on the opposite side of the gear shift.

Shifting Gears

Driving a dirt bike is similar to driving a stick shift in a car and you’re going to have to shift gears and use a clutch, if you have never driven a standard before this is going to take some getting used to.  Once you have gotten your bike kickstarted and you’re ready to hit the trail now, on the left side you will find a lever, you only need to push it down once and that will put you in first gear at the same time you need to make sure that the clutch is in or you’re going to stall the bike.  Twist the right handle to give your bike some gas, do it slowly while letting out of the clutch and you’re going to start moving.  That took longer to explain than it takes to happen, don’t worry about stalling the first few times, it happens.

Now you’re ready to go, start slow and get used to your bike and how to stop and start before you head out on the trail.  Enjoy your ride!

Choosing the Right Helmet

Choosing the Right Helmet

Motocross is one of the most watched and followed sports in the world especially among teenagers who love the adrenaline rush of the adventurous ride.  Motocross can be fun and exciting but it can also be dangerous.  The danger is part of the excitement of motocross racing you can protect yourself from injury with the right gear.  The most crucial part of this gear is the helmet.  Choosing the right helmet is important, you want to protect your head from injury but at the same time stay comfortable.

Motocross Accessories

The accessories are a big part of the racing scene,  while their primary purpose is to protect you from injury and soften the impact when you crash they also make a fashion statement.  Looking good is nice but this gear can be the difference between life and death if you have an accidents and it goes without saying that your helmet is the most important piece of safety gear.

Motocross Helmets

You want a helmet that offers the best protection and safety and you need it whether you are racing on-road or off.  Picking a helmet can be daunting, there are dozens to choose from all serving different purposes.  Your helmet won’t guarantee that you will walk away from an accident completely unscathed, it will improve your chances of coming away from an accident without a head injury.  Most motocross helmets only protect your head, there are very few that will protect both your head and face.  Here are some of the different types of helmets.

  • Full face helmet
  • Open face helmet
  • Half helmet

Full face helmet:  This style of helmet will give you the best protection since it covers your head, your chin and your face.  These helmets are bigger and can seem cumbersome but it offers the best in terms of safety.  These and all helmets come with a chin strap that you should always have fastened when you’re riding.  If you are going on a long distance ride then the helmets with the face shield are ideal.  The face guards give you antiglare protection if you’re facing the sun and they are retractable if need be.

Buying a Helmet

You want a good quality helmet, your helmet can literally be the difference between life and death so choose wisely.  How do you judge the quality of a helmet?  Start by purchasing one that fits you, never buy a helmet that is too big and you want something sturdy that gives you optimum protection during a crash.  Maintain your helmet and make sure you use the chin strap when riding.  Motocross is an incredible adrenaline rush but always keep safety first.

The Evolution of Motocross Protective Gear

The Evolution of Motocross Protective Gear

When dirt bike racing was new riders didn’t have much in the way of protective gear and they wore whatever they had on hand to protect themselves.  None of this equipment was really made for motocross racing riders looked…unique.  As the sport grew then the manufacturers started to take notice and starting making gear for dirt bike racing.  Research dollars went into development and then came sponsorship and marketing so styles and colors got better, so did the safety factor.  Let’s look at the evolution of motocross protective gear.

Body Armour

Body Armour was now worn on top of racing jerseys and became more stylish to appeal to riders, becoming its own fashion statement and in the 80’s pink was the hot color.  Research also made it more comfortable and today you have shoulder cups, flexible panels on the side and back so that standing and sitting positions were more comfortable.  Some models even have kidney belts built in now.

Racing pants

Racing pants are now made with really heavy duty nylon that contains double stitching with extra room in the seat so that you have flexibility of movement when you go between standing and sitting.   Riding pants now also have leather panels, Kevlar and cordura in the knees and seat for greater safety.  The pants contain a certain amount of spandex that allows for free movement on the bike.

Racing Jersey’s

Jersey’s were initially made from cotton but they have moved to a poly-cotton blend that will wick away sweat making longer rides far more comfortable.  The shirts are vented in the back and arm pits and they have rubber strips in the back to hold them onto your racing pants so they stay in place on rough rides.


Boots are now made to protect your feet and ankles from high impact landings and the soles and buckles can both be replaced making them last even longer.  They are built to help protect you from hyperextending your ankle and getting injured.


Choose your gloves carefully and make sure that fit properly, you want to be able to feel everything.  There are different types of gloves for different types of rides, more padding will be more comfortable on a longer ride.


This is probably the most crucial piece of protective gear that you need, the ride won’t be any fun if you can’t see.  Make sure that you get something that is scratch resistant.

Motocross racing is thrilling, fun and a complete adrenaline rush, but you can make sure that you have the best protective gear in case something happens.