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How popular is motocross?

Type the question into Google and you get very little information. Crumbs in fact. I called the official association, AMCA, and they couldn’t tell me. Where is Stephen Hawking when you need him?  It might be one of those questions with no real answer.  Like do crabs think we walk sidewards? One thing you can say is that MX is definitely cooler than its seventies brother.

The image of motocross or scrambling as it was called back then was based around men who had a passion for fixing bikes as much as racing them. It was the domain of mechanics and farmers who spent as much time tampering with a machine as racing one. But it was a touch of fast action for men who had speed coursing through their veins.

Back then it was quite rare to even have a bike. Boys trained on a Yamaha 50 before graduating to a Greeves or Husqvarna. Money was tight and a generation grew up seeing the sport on Grandstand but unable to come out of the 3-day working week and high unemployment with enough spare cash to buy a bike.

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Back then and even old in the seventies, Murray Walker would add his voice and commentate on such luminaries of the sport as Arthur Lampkin, Jeff Smith, Derek Rickman, Dave Bickers. They raced around tracks in Kent wearing very little protection – with balls the size of Spacehoppers resting in their handlebars.

But the sport was far from in the doldrums. Viewing figures would have been in the millions.

Attendances at motocross events in the 60s and 70s were huge.  For instance, at one of the UK’s most famous tracks, Hawkstone, they would have had over 50,000 attending single events. Today however they would be lucky to get 6,000 through the door so the crowds are not as big but there are more events to attend.

Fast forward to 2013 and with the advent of Nitro, indoor events, tricks and a pro circuit, the sport has evolved from its muddy roots. It’s fair to say that most children could get a bike and certainly any working person could buy a race machine. What has happened is that the sport has become accessible.

There are more clubs, more tracks, more girls, and more events. Today there are over 200 clubs and 30,000 licensed riders. The machines don’t break like they used to and the Internet had made everything attainable from Ebay for bikes to online trading companies like moto41 who specialise in the clothing. Whatever you want, you can order and it will be on your desk the next day.

Riders might not know how to change oil but they always come prepared with a new pair of underpants.

*Moto41 is a new, exciting and driven online motocross apparel store. Our customer service has always been paramount to us and we are constantly enhancing your shopping experience.

You will find our staff, dedicated, knowledgeable and passionate about your sport and the service we give to you.

 

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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.  

Is motocross good for you?

Motocross is an exciting and physically demanding sport, which burns approximately 400 calories per hour. The strain of keeping the MX bike upright and in motion over tough and undulating terrain increases the heart rate, lowers blood pressure and improves strength. We’re feeling better already and forget about the burgers.

As the legs and arms are in constant use, it is an effective way to keeping fit even though you are classed as a sportsman and not an athlete. Motocross is not in the Olympics but this doesn’t mean you, as the rider, shouldn’t get as fit as you possibly can. I don’t remember seeing any overweight Tellytubbies winning the British Championship.

Like other high-octane sports, MX riding has a risk of injury. It comes with the territory as there is physical contact between rider and machinery at speeds touching 70-80mph. This combination makes the sport both thrilling but extremely risky.

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Whilst you won’t get much deterioration of the joints and muscles through overuse like a runner, the sudden impact injuries are career threatening and reason for having all the right safety equipment before you set out on the bike. Motocross is like others sports – you have stay fit to get the best out of the sport.

Motocross does not have to be done as a sport. Evidence suggests many riders just enjoy the thrill of riding over rough ground without a hint of competition. Scrambling through muddy forests can be more fun than lining up against 15 other riders behind a start gate.

Motocross is also an excellent way to develop communication skills and learn to work effectively with other people like mechanics, riders and spectators. All riders would have started life in a club and this offers a variety of social events beyond just riding.

Get involved

Approximately 30,000 people in Britain have a motocross license and there are more than 100 clubs in the UK. The ability to ride comfortably and safely in a bunch of other riders is perhaps the essential skill of motocross racing. So a great place to start is by joining a club which regularly runs training rides on private and purpose built tracks.

Before taking to the course, it is essential to wear safety equipment such as a motocross helmet, gloves, goggles, boots and chest protector. Check out moto41 who are run by fans of the sport and offer great customer service who will makes sure you have all the right gear to ride as safely as possible.

For parents looking to get their children started in competitive racing, all clubs run a number of events for juniors of all ages visit the British Motocross Association website for more details.

Counting the cost of motocross

When it comes to participation in sport there can be few that suck up the life savings like motocross, and one father has estimated it costs him a small fortune each year just to keep his son doing the sport he loves.

Young Alfie Mountford, 15, from York, is mad on motocross – a form of off-road motorbike racing – and since he started racing at the age of 7, his passion is costing his father a wallet-bulging £17,000 a year.

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‘He needs a new bike at the start of each season and that costs nearly £4,000,’ says his father, Simon. ‘And then it costs a further £3,000 to adapt it to becoming competitive. You’re looking at over £7,000 before you even begin racing.’

Alfie Mountford has proved something of a motocross hit since he first cocked a leg over a bike and now competes all over the country in local and national Red Bull motocross events.

That sometimes means round trips of over 500 miles from where they live in North Yorkshire, and if there’s a mud track to race over then Alfie and his dad are there.

‘The distances are huge’, says Simon who used to ride motocross. ‘The big killer is the diesel getting to and from races. Forget about the motor homes, which 90% of the people have, it costs a fortune in fuel doing just 15 miles to the gallon. That soon mounts up when we are racing every weekend.’

And costs do not stop there. Each season means a new helmet might cost £400. Then there are two sets of race kit, boots, gloves and goggles. On top of that there’s the wear and tear on the bike plus a new set of tyres for each race along with a new chain and sprocket. Race entry fees, mechanical repairs and training replacements, rings, race fuel, food…the list goes on.

‘My son is competing at quite a high level so the costs for us are a bit higher than a lad who ventures no further than thirty miles from his home to race.’

So can motocross be done on the cheap?

‘It can be done cheaper but not cheap’ says Simon Mountford who funds his son’s hobby with a motocross apparel business called moto41. ‘It would mean buying the bike second hand and only travelling locally to race. You’d have to make do at times but bike bits always needed replacing.’

A second hand bike would set you back £2,000 with race entry starting at £35 and each race using £15 of fuel.  Assess the costs at any level and it soon mounts up.

There are estimated to be 80,000 motocross riders in the UK and although it isn’t as popular as it used to be it remains one of the most thrilling and exciting forms of motorsport on two wheels.

The official organisation to getting involved in motocross is the Amateur Motorcycle Association and they are contactable for anyone interested in taking up the sport. You will need deep pockets.

Not so for all your motocross apparel.  Go to moto41 for a wide range of motocross clothing from entry level to top end.

No shortcuts in buying a motocross helmet

You get what you pay for is the old adage when buying a new motocross helmet you would not pay £10 to protect a £10 brain. A company like Arai make helmets which are heat resistant to 800 degrees C, and can withstand huge impacts. There are many makers on the market – Airoh, One Industries, Fly Racing, Just1 – who specialise in motocross helmets – but they differ from say F1 helmets or motoGP lids.

If you ride motocross then the helmet will be the most important piece of equipment you will own. Basically they protect against impact and come in all shapes and sizes – even with wings on or a Mohican – but there are a few crucial considerations when buying a motocross helmet.

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Fit

One of the first things you need think about is its fit. Each rider’s head is shaped differently and so each helmet will fit and feel different. You should make sure you don’t feel any tight areas while wearing the helmet. Your motocross helmet may feel tight initially, and this is always the case but it will fit correctly after the liner compacts. There’s a difference between tight and snug. You also have to consider if the helmet fits low and give full head coverage. It would be no good if it slips down during races to obscure your vision. A good fit will also ease the feeling of the chin strap. A bad fitting helmet will increase the pressure on the chin strap.

Liner

The next things you have to consider is the liner. Some designs use a permanent liner, which can make cleaning it difficult. You should look to buy a motocross helmet that has a removable liner. They are much more convenient to wash and you will wonder how they get dirty so quick. The lining will gradually mould to the head and with modern advancements, they can be taken out and washed as the sweat and dirt build up. The idea is to machine wash and reinstall.

Shell

You will also need to think about the material used to make the shell of the motocross helmet. They should all come having met all the highest safety standards and common materials include fiberglass, composite fiber, carbon fiber, and Kevlar. If you’re concerned about the weight of the motocross helmet, then you should look for a design made from carbon fiber or Kevlar. These two materials are extremely strong and lightweight and of course you begin to pay through the nose for the lighter lids. You could pay £3,000 for a custom-made job but equally there are some great helmets to fit most budgets – from £80.

Eye ports

You should also pay attention to the eye ports on a helmet. Different models will use eye ports of various sizes. You need to make sure that the eye ports will be large enough to accommodate the goggles you will be wearing.

Visor

One of the next things you need to consider is the visor. The visor can be mounted using either plastic or metal mounting screws. It’s best to look for a motocross helmet that uses plastic screws to mount the visor. Plastic designs won’t destroy the visor in case of an accident.

These are a few tips for buying a motocross helmet. You should look for a design that uses a removable liner so that it’s convenient to clean. You should also look for a motocross helmet that has a shell made with carbon fiber and Kevlar due to their strength and light weight. Make sure that the eye ports are large enough to accommodate your goggles.

I’d recommend you never buy a secondhand helmet, be suspicious of something that costs £3 and ideally you would put on the helmet before you buy. There are now specialist retailers of motocross helmets like moto41 who offer advice and great customer service.

Your ready to race, amigos.

Motocross in the movies is good for business

Rarely can a sport hit the spotlight than appearing in a Hollywood blockbuster. For a high-octane sport like motocross (that isn’t even on the drop down list of BBC sports covered – when snooker and darts is for God’s sake) then getting coverage on the big screen in a big budget action epic is brilliant.

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Not only does it showcase the sport but gives kids a taster to what is possible. The moto41 guys are talking about the film Charlie’s Angels – Full Throttle. Just how a ten-minute motocross scene got into the movie isn’t fully explained. It had nothing to do with the plot but we suspect the title (full throttle) may have meant the last minute addition to the script of a scene that had a throttle in it. And there is plenty of that.

In the past, the problem had been that the star of a film had to wear a motocross helmet and goggles and producers don’t want the star obscured – that’s the job of the stunt rider.

They overcame that in Angels with dazzling and fashionable goggles and ladylike helmets – not quite what is sold online at moto41 – but extreme close-ups where the beauties were easily recognisable and it just about manages to balance one with the other.

Anyway, the end result is a ten-minute motocross race that is full of high-flying stunts and improbable antics but it showed a little to an audience of millions around the world.

A few years ago Michael Douglas was in pursuit of the Yakuza in a movie called Black Rain but the bike and dirt played second fiddle to the helmetless actor. Vin Diesel also did the sport proud in a film called xXx (triple X). Again helmetless.

There are of course other motocross movies and have moto in the title – like Motocross Zombies from Hell, or Moto kids (where one of the competitors is a chimpanzee) but never even made straight thru to DVD.

There have been some magnificent documentaries on the sport and specialist production companies offer motocross races to watch over and over again but Hollywood and motocross are not at the same race.

What Angels did for once was give the sport worldwide platform that Red Bull or the British Championships could ever do. Red Bull does its best with the Elite Youth Cup but like every sport it needs its coverage to attract the new bloods.

If just one world champion comes into the sport having been thrilled by the antics of Cameron Diaz on a YZ250 then it will have ben worth it.

Moto41 do not sell Cameron Diaz motocross helmets in purple or Drew Barrymore motocross goggles in pink. To see what we do sell go to our website www.moto41.co.uk

Gear up with moto41

The art of getting your dirtbike from A to B as fast as you can is an incredibly dangerous activity and riders should prepare for the odd fall. Luckily there’s an aspect of motocross that is painless and that’s getting the gear.

There’s a saying that you dress for the crash and not for the ride so getting kitted out is crucial if you going to continue riding safely and it is something common between all riders from the pros to beginners.

A fall can knock your confidence as well as doing a bit of damage to the body and no rider wants to be off the bike for longer than necessary so being properly kitted out to guard against impact is vital to enjoying the sport.

Why do I get my stuff?

These days there are so many positives about buying over the internet and motocross is no different. With the right company, you get a huge choice, from boots to motocross helmets, at prices you can afford.

Whereas a bike might be sourced from a local dealer, motocross helmets and goggles can be bought online from a company who specialise in motocross like moto41.

Moto41 are a new online trading business run by fans of the sport and you will get exactly what you’re looking for, great advice at competitive prices. Plus you have the peace of mind knowing your goods will arrive free of charge and no quibbles if it isn’t right. One bit of the sport with no risk.

Helmets & Kit

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Helmets are the single most important item. They should be comfortable and not tight, with the right certificate rating, with a good chin-strap and full face protection. Check out the moto41 website and see all the different brands they offer – from Fly to Airoh to O’Neal.

Goggles and gloves should also be worn even on training rides and hunt out a pair that sit comfortably on the face and hands. Boots range in price so get a snug pair like the mid-priced 661 comp boot or the Fly Maverick MX or even the One Industries full race kit.

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It needn’t cost an arm and a leg. Body protection, youth and start up motocross race kits and a selection of race jerseys are all available online so you can always go out looking like a pro.

If you take your sport seriously then buying online using a reputable company shouldn’t be a risk. They offer great customer service, free delivery and a returns policy so you get great customer satisfaction.

Loyalty on the track, loyalty online.