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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.  

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.

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.