Dirt and mud fly through the air as rubber cuts through the earth. Each dirt bike is a beast that is tamed by the warrior who rides it. The blood of a rebel courses through each of their veins, carrying with it the adrenaline rush that only motocross can bring. Motocross is not only an extreme sport. For many people, it is a way of life.
No one can do motocross without a dirt bike, and this can be one of the most expensive pieces of equipment in an already expensive sport. However, a used dirt bike can often be obtained in good working order. This way, you can save a great deal of money for the other aspects of the sport. It should still be reasonably new, however, and it is probably best to have other experienced individuals examine it to assure its safety.
Unlike the dirt bike itself, it is often unwise to purchase used motocross protective gear. You cannot be sure that the gear is in sound condition, and even an otherwise fine looking helmet could have very small cracks that would render it useless in an accident. Gloves, goggles, helmets, pants, chest protectors, and jerseys are best to be acquired new. Though one should always think of safety first, this also has the added advantage of allowing you to obtain a matching set of motocross equipment. This will be useful if you ever decide to compete in any event, since it will assist spectators in identifying you.
Depending on the area you live in, the steps to take to conquer the beast of learning to ride will change. If you are in an area that permits it, riding around your own yard at first may be best. In this way, you will be able to better master the motocross basics of the shift, clutch, throttle, and brakes.
Ripping up the dirt at the local track is the next logical step to do motocross. Many local tracks will offer what is known as an open ride. An open ride is a practice session that generally runs for the better part of the day, on days in which the track is not otherwise being used to do motocross functions such as races. Flaggers are always treated with a great deal of respect in a motocross event; however, at a practice session such as this they are even more imperatively followed. Be sure to understand the meanings of the flags, and follow them without fail.