A new sport or hobby can be a hard thing to get into. When it’s such a well-established sport hard to know where to start.
Here are some tips to help get your dirt bike addiction started.
Do your research
Research is important for you to know what you’re getting into and how to do it correctly.
This article features a list of mistakes you should avoid as a beginner. It offers some handy, in-depth advice on how to avoid having a crash and how to set yourself up as a quality rider.
And this article offers some more handy tips to help you master that bike and become the next Ricky Carmichael.
Find a good track
It’s important to find a solid track to practice on. As we said in a previous article, most tracks have very strict guidelines, so it’s important for you to brush up on their rulebook and follow it, so they don’t kick out over a mistake.
Tracks with different degrees of difficulty are also beneficial for you as a beginner. As you get more confident you can progress through the levels to help you build your skill.
Some tacks offer an intro day to help newcomers suss out the sport before they make an investment, so it doesn’t hurt to ring around and see what’s on offer.
Go to a riding school
If you’re still apprehensive about making an investment in a bike and gear, you should definitely think about attending a Motocross Riding School. These schools are beneficial as they let you try out different bikes, ride out on a safe track that’s suited to beginners and best of all, you get to meet and hang out with experts who can give you some solid advice.
Join a local club
There are plenty of local clubs and organizations for people who simply enjoy heading down to the track and talking about bikes. They often organize events that are safe and well-structured for everyone to enjoy. It also helps if you are an extrovert who enjoys the social aspect of things.
Some clubs charge a joining fee, but it’s a small price to pay for what you get out of it.
Get a motocross bike!
The most obvious part… get a bike.
Once you’ve been to a few lessons with the pros and sussed out the sport, you need to look at which bike is perfect for your style. As a beginner its recommended that you invest in something second hand, as its fairly natural that you’ll end up crashing it. It’s perfectly fine to start with something that won’t put a huge dent in your bank account.
We’ll go into more detail on what bikes you should get in a future article, so stay tuned for that.
Lastly, make sure you’re in good shape
It isn’t 100% crucial that you be in peak physical form to get into motocross, but it helps to have your body in reasonable shape, so it can handle the rough, tough sport of motocross. Working out regularly can help complement your abilities out on the track, it’s also just good for you to do in general.