The mega four-day-long Dirt Bike Show in partnership with MOTUL is now less than a week away – so get your dirt mojo in gear.
Thousands of riders and enthusiasts will pack into Warwickshire’s Stoneleigh Park from Thursday to Sunday, October 26-29, for what is Europe’s biggest indoor off-road event.
The show isn’t just for hard-core experienced off-roaders though and, for that matter, neither is riding dirt. The beauty of the whole scene is that anyone can give it a go and easily get hooked. Whether you’ve never ridden before, or whether you’ve got a road licence but have never had a go on the rough stuff, here is our five-step guide to get into off-road and catch the motocross bug.
- Buy a motocross bike (even if it’s second-hand)
Motocross bikes are an advanced piece of kit, and every year the major manufacturers such as Honda, Husqvarna, KTM and Yamaha all release the latest upgrades for their off-road machines. Thanks to the frequency of brands looking to advance their technology, there are plenty of second-hand motocross bikes on the market at cheaper prices. The Dirt Bike Show 2017 will have all the 2018 advances from the major manufacturers; however, there will also be second-hand bikes in the Motojumble, which would be perfect for the beginner trying to get into motocross.
- Go to a motocross riding school
Although it may seem like an expensive way to get into the sport, it has major advantages to attend a riding school. Most will have their own bikes, allowing you to try out different bikes that fit how you ride. The tracks will also be made for all abilities, meaning you can get comfortable on an off-road bike. As well as this, most have former professional motocross riders as instructors who will provide you with important information and top tips.