Motocross bikes are what you should be looking for if dirt-track racing is what you have on your mind. Also known as Dirt-Bikes, Motocross bikes are the essence of agile, powerful and swift bikes. These motocross bikes are specially manufactured to run on dirt and have enormous power to propel themselves in wet and slushy conditions.
Motocross, as a sport, evolved from a British version called Shambles. Such events first took place in 1924 and only British manufacturers were known to produce something that remotely resembled the present day motocross bike. The sport suddenly picked up popularity and pace in the 30s and 500cc & 250cc categories saw different motocross bike models coming in, in 4- and 2-stroke models. By the end of the 1960s, the Japanese had jumped into the fray with Suzuki producing championship winning machines.
And than the Japanese entered Motocross
Once the Japanese entered, technology expansion never looked back. By the 80s, we were looking at water-cooled bikes with monoshock rear suspensions instead of the regular air-cooled versions with twin-shocks. Four stroke machines became the need of the hour as European machinery also began creating waves. Today, manufacturers from across the world are producing motocross bikes that are at the cutting edge of technology.
So what does it take to pick a hobby that involves riding a light motorbike through mud, probably in the rain, with the added incentive of flying through the air if the track so demands. Well, it requires a motocross bike, the appropriate safety gear and a lot of confidence and ability. No, the sport is not harder than riding a bike but to be good at it, you need to learn to push the bike to the limits.
Safety is of prime importance in the sport as riders mostly ride in conditions that are extremely slippery. The helmet is of prime importance as every motocross rider will tell you. Avoid buying any second-hand helmets as they need to be in prime condition at all times. Goggles to protect your eyes from flying mud, and to see clearly, are essential. Guards for the knees & elbows, boots and body suits are extremely important as are the kidney belt & the body armour. Falls are an integral part of the sport and to wear the right gear is as essential as knowing how to control the bike.
Riding the bike is not easy. Although the bike is relatively lighter than the average street bike, they are still quite heavy at 200 pounds and require a lot of strength over the length of a race that usually lasts anywhere between 20 – 40 minutes. Not only does the rider have to balance the bike in mud, at top speeds, s/he also has to control the motocross bike in the air, and on landing, all in the wet and slippery conditions.
As a rider, you can choose to either participate in fun weekends with friends and other like-minded individuals by joining a group or you can choose to participate in various events held across the world and make it a part of your dream to become a professional motorcycle racer. Many popular motocross racers have gone on to have great careers in the world of motorcycle racing. There are many off-shoots of the sport as well and these near-similar sports also offer a fun option for a change to the regular motocross way of life.
So get hold of that bike and head out to the nearest field or dirt track and show off some of your riding skills on your way to becoming the next legend amongst motocross bikes.