Have you ever rented a dirtbike on your travels? Do you love being out in nature and feeling of a fresh breeze on your body? Do you love that rush inside your chest while traveling at high speeds? If you answered yes to any of these questions and you haven’t tried dirt bike riding yet you should totally consider it. It is one of the most exciting motorsports out there and if you do happen to give it a shot the next time you’re on the road then this article will help you get started, gear wise, of course.
Once you pick up your dirt bike, you will want to be sure to dress the part. Here are some of the top dirt bike riding accessories you’ll want to consider before hitting the trails.
Either you choose to shop online or go to a dirt bike shop; you can find some pretty good combos (pants, jerseys, gloves) and sales in several brands from Fly and Fox to Shift and Troy.
“There are only two kinds of dirt bike riders: the ones who have fallen and the ones who will fall”. If you are one of those guys or gals who loves going fast, hitting jumps and riding at the edge of your abilities at all times, it’s going to be a recipe for some kind of injury. But, wearing the appropriate protection could mean the difference between a sprained wrist and something much more serious.
This is the most important piece of equipment you can buy since its main function is protecting your brain. Helmets can range anywhere from $70 to $1,000, but, can you really put a price on your safety? Please be sure to get a quality helmet that fits properly and be sure to wear it every time you ride. Once you get a helmet, it may be a good idea to pick up a helmet camera to record your rides from start to finish.
While choosing a neck brace it is very important to know your size. Most of them come in adult and youth sizes but make sure to measure your neck first.
Roost Deflectors / Chest protectors
A chest protector or roost deflector can help dissipate the energy generated in a crash. To decide which roost deflector will be a best fit for you there are several questions you need to ask yourself.
- How much protection are you looking for?
- Do you want it to be under or over your jersey?
- Plastic? Extra Padding?
To put it simply – the options are endless.
You’ll really want to get a good set of goggles to protect your eyes from all that dirt and dust. It would also be a great idea to get some extra lenses. Trust me you’ll need them.
Knee & Elbow Guards
Lastly, don’t forget about knee and elbow guards. If you are just getting started with dirt bike riding I would suggest looking for light weight protection gear. It will play to your advantage as you won’t feel as weighed down and you will have more control over your body and the bike.
Getting a quality pair of dirt riding boots is highly recommended as using these can offer a lot more protection to your lower leg, ankle and foot area.
Other Must Have Accessories
- Hydration pack
- Undergear shorts
- Moto socks
Dirt bike riding can be an exhilarating hobby that brings you joy every time you hop on your bike but it can also be a very dangerous sport if you’re not prepared to pay the price to be protected. Once you have ticked some of these items above off your list you’ll be ready to hit the trails full speed ahead.