Most motocrossers can tell you: Motocross is an awesome sport. It’s fun, it’s fast, it’s thrilling, and sometimes it can be dangerous. When you’re riding fast and furious over bumps and hills and around sharp curves and turns, you want to make sure you’re wearing the best motocross gear and accessories to ensure you won’t get seriously hurt if you crash or fall. Here is a brief description of the motocross gear and accessories you need to look professional and ride safely.
The top piece of gear on every motocross rider’s list is the helmet. A quality motocross helmet will provide safety and protection for the head and neck while riding a motorcycle, and can significantly reduce the likelihood of a serious head injury or paralyzing injury occurring. Make sure your helmet fits well, and is snug without being uncomfortable (remember the lining will loosen up a little as you wear it, so the tighter the better when you first buy it). Never buy a used motocross helmet, and once you have been in an accident, you must always buy a new helmet.
Second only to helmets, boots not only protect and support the feet, but they protect your toes, ankles, shins and calves too. A quality pair of motocross boots will decrease the chance of sprains and twists, protect the ankle from lateral bangs and blows, and safeguard your legs from heat, burns and abrasions. Regular boots, even those that completely cover the ankle, won’t protect you during motocross, so be sure to buy actual motocross boots. There is a huge variety of fashionable and trendy motocross boots available for motocross riders designed to match your bike and the rest of your motocross apparel and accessories.
Elbow and Knee Guards
The elbows and knees are among the most injury prone parts of your body (except for your head, of course), so they need extra protection. There is a wide variety of elbow and knee guards available for motocross riders, and most motocross clothing will accommodate them very generously. Most motocross jerseys leave extra room in the elbows and motocross pants will leave extra room in the knees for your guards. Elbow and knee guards should be comfortable enough that they stay out of mind until you need them.
Riding in regular pants or shorts is not recommended for motocross. Motocross pants have additional layers of protection built into the knees and thighs to protect against cuts and scrapes that may occur from brush, branches or plants while riding off road, or protect against road burn or rash that may occur from falls, skids or slides. Motocross pants won’t protect you from more serious injuries, but they will cut down on scratches, scrapes and burns.
Besides helping you fit into the racing scene and helping you get recognized by your fans, jerseys also provide safety. Motocross jerseys have padding built right into the elbows and shoulders, and they are designed to be rip-resistant, so they will help protect the skin on your arms, back, chest or stomach against scrapes and road rash. Plus they look really cool. There are so many different designs, colors and styles of motocross jerseys to choose from today, it’s really not hard to find the perfect riding or racing look for yourself.
Last but not least, motocross goggles protect your eyes and face from dirt, dust, bugs and any other sort of flying debris, and help keep sweat from dripping into your eyes while you are riding. With the right motocross goggles you can eliminate glare, fog, rain, haze, mud or wind, and successfully keep your eyes on the prize.