Motocross racing is a sport that involves a high risk to life. With high speeds and death defying stunts, tragedies in the motocross world are common. While it is all right to live on the edge, it is also foolhardy to risk one’s life by not wearing or carrying proper safety gear.
Firstly, take a good look at the motocross bike. A bike must suit its owner, and the latter must be extremely comfortable on it. During racing performances, the motorcycle becomes an extension of the biker’s body. For that comfort level, the bike must be structured to fit in with the height, weight and body shape of the rider.
The rider should always be wearing protective gear like proper full length motocross clothes, tough gloves, goggles, chest protector and boots as well. Neck support and knee brace are also essential to the rider safety. Whether the biker is a newbie or a veteran rider is irrelevant. One can never be play too safe. Then comes one of the most important piece of safety equipment, which is the helmet. It should be structured to fit the head of the wear and should be comfortable. Secondly, it should be light, so as to guarantee flexibility and most importantly, should have a Snell M95 rating. This ensures that it has undergone a series of safety tests and matches up to the prescribed safety standards as tested by the Snell Helmet Foundation. Also, try not to buy any second helmets second hand. A lot of bikers die due to head injuries, so never compromise on this.
Any form of motocross chest protection should cover the ribcage but should not interfere with the sitting position of the rider. The protective cover should encompass the shoulders as well. For an experienced rider, a kidney belt is essential as well. So are elbow guards, knee pads and the like. These provide protection from potential fractures and deep bruises, both of which are very common forms of injuring in off-road biking activities. Gloves should be comfortable as well and waterproof. Again, goggles should always coincide with the size of the helmet. Vision is all important while racing and therefore goggles should ensure that no dirt or particles penetrate the eyes during riding tear-off’s work good to keep your lenses clean when riding in muddy conditions.
Thus, while having a good time on the off-road dirt trails, make sure that you are well geared and well protected for the rough ride ahead. Have fun and be safe.