Alan Ranger and Jake Penny discuss their tips on how to get into motocross
As a beginner to motocross, regardless of whether you aspire to make a career out of the sport or just seeking a new hobby, you will most likely find it daunting and frustrating to start with, but stick with it and you will be rewarded.
Motocross demands individuals to have suitable mental strength and fitness to deal with the challenges it throws at you.
To help you get a good start in the sport, we caught up with MD of Enduro Tyres, Alan Ranger and MX rider, Jake Penny to get their tips on how to get into motocross.
Start as soon as you can, but it’s never too late! – “I have been riding an off road bike for as long as I can remember but I think I was around three years old when I rode for the first time. My Dad got me into bikes when I was small as he was a very good rider during his career. As I got older, I wanted to ride more and eventually started racing when I was nine.” – Jake Penny
Work out the type of off road riding you want to do – There are 3 main types of off road riding, which all require different skills.
Green Lane/ Trail – This is a great way to get into non-competitive dirt biking, you and your trail bike must be fully road legal to ride the UK green roads and byways. The best introduction to this is to join www.trf.org.uk with local groups who will welcome you with tips and advice and show you all the legal trails in your area .
Enduro – With Enduro you can compete at local or National level, or have fun doing practice days and build your confidence up to compete in the odd race. For a list of events check out TMX news on a Thursday, or https://www.enduronews.com/events16.htm its unlikely that a dealer will let you take a brand new bike off road to demo, however, you will see manufacturers supported try out days listed where you can test the latest machines in a safe environment back to back and choose the best one for you.
Motocross – Most MX riders probably started at a very early age, however that said many that haven’t started until teenage years, have gone on to be very successful. With modern purpose made MX tracks, its quite daunting for an older complete beginner to have a go on a Jumpy MX track, our suggestion would be perhaps do a local Hare + Hounds Enduro on your MX bike, get used to ruts, cornering, body positioning & general fitness before worrying about 100ft Tabletops! The two main organisations for Off road sport is https://www.amca.uk.com/ and the https://www.acu.org.uk/.
Purchase the right first bike – This doesn’t mean it has to be the most expensive or brand new, but starting out with good quality equipment will aid your progression and, by helping you to learn and advance quicker. “My first bike was a PW50 that my Dad got me and he painted it to match his bike at the time, this was a black bike with gold wheels. Your first bike is definitely never something you forget.” – Jake Penny
Technique comes first – “Work on your technique and your speed will come – This is something that my Dad drilled into me from a young age and it has always stuck with me as I think it is true and a great piece of advice.” – Jake Penny
Attend some MX events – ‘I have been attending off road riding events since I was 8 years old, and it’s a great way to see the sport in action, get tons of real life advice, test equipment and meet loads of people who love dirt biking.’ – Alan Ranger
The team here at Enduro Tyres have been involved in off road riding for over 40 years now, so all have a good idea of the best places to go to get into motocross. We love our sport and are always happy to help beginners out where possible; areas of advice we can provide include clothing, equipment, bikes and most of all tyres.
If you want to know how to get into motocross, don’t hesitate to get in contact if you have any questions, call us on 01590 65 55 55 or send us a message here.