Motocross: fashion versus safety

Motocross is a hugely successful sport and grows rapidly each year in the UK according to the bods at the AMCA. It is a natural successor to those of an age who might have enjoyed BMX and provides natural graduation with an extra element of speed, agility, noise and excitement.

Open to all ages motocross has a loyal fan base and each one of these riders will testify to the importance of quality motocross clothing for both practicality and safety yet we still have to look the part – if the sport is cool, then we have to dress accordingly. Garish reds and striking yellows seem very popular these days.

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An element of fashion comes into motocross and there are suppliers who cater for every conceivable taste – I’ve even seen motocross pyjamas. Some companies go at it like a high street fashion store but ultimately safety and comfort is a prime concern if riders are to go out riding week in, week out.

Equipment consists essentially of motocross goggles, boots, a motocross helmet, gloves and usually leathers. There are a plenty of other accessories all designed with safety in mind. Socks, gear bags, neck braces, jerseys, kidney belts, knee guards, torso supports, base layer underwear, head wraps, deflectors, elbow guards and rain or mud coats. Having guards and supports can be essential, especially if you are going up in class.

There are several companies that have a say in what we buy and a new player on the block is a company called moto41online. Run by former riders, they offer all the top brands and cater for all levels of rider but the choice is easy to compare for whatever you want in whatever colour. At the end of the day you want something that fits and is fit for purpose in making you safe in the event of falling off or having another rider come into you. Gear also has to be durable.

Get the look

The ‘look’ of a motocross bike rider is obviously important and everyone wants to look their best especially on race day. Looking good has a positive impact on the mindset and can be the difference between winning and losing. Therefore, great attention to detail can go into motocross sizing, colours, length and even material.

The Internet offers amazing access to information and choice so choosing a service that works for you is essential. If you have a race on Saturday and need new boots by Friday then check with the online retailer about that they can deliver what they promise. Even call them to ensure they know what they are taking about and if they are ex-riders (like moto41) then they can offer advice on the best equipment for you. Remember it’s the bike that’s the machine, not you, and we’re all different.

For beginners, it may be a good idea to research online and read reviews of products before buying. Like all quality sports equipment, motocross clothing can be expensive, but in terms of safety, it is an absolute necessity to get the right gear for you.  

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