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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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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.