First Motorcycle Track Day – The Beginning

So you have got a bike? Mastered how to ride and change gear? Fully equipped with all your safety gear?

Now you’re ready to get on a track!

The Warm Up

Nerves! The first time I went on a track I can remember it now, I was so nervous. The excitement of actually going on a proper track with jumps and bumps – I could go wild.

Then there’s the other side, what if I fall off? What if I am completely useless and chicken out the jumps? Can I go round them?

These were the thoughts that went through my head the first time I got on a track and I dare say 90% of riders thought the same (some are just outright mental).

It’s the journey there on the way and the anticipation of what it’s going to be like – there is more than likely people there in the same boat.

Just have a walk around and take a good look round the track to get familiar with it and if you can take a walk round the whole of the track, not just for a warm up, you can get an idea of what it like out there.

Booking In

On a busy day there will be a Que as you arrive, this is where you book in and get your wrist band to access the track. There will be groups – Kids – Novice – expert. Now don’t get all big headed and book yourself into expert, if your slow you will get in the way.

If you are in the kids group, just beginning or ride an automatic you will have your own track to practice on.

When booking in they will let you know the sessions, normally 20min sessions which may not seem like a lot but when you’re out there it’s plenty.

Getting Ready

out the van

You will need to get your bike out the van or off the trailer as you arrive, it’s always a good idea to start the bike for 5 minutes just to let it warm up and you know it all works fine – you should maybe do this before you leave too.

Get all your safety gear on and make sure it’s comfortable, the helmet doesn’t need to be tight but don’t let the strap be too slack, going over jumps it will wobble around.

Depending on the conditions that day you should put a couple of tear offs on your goggles in case they get dirty.

Heading to the track

You’re going to have to push your bike to the track gate, it’s highly frowned upon to ride in the pits, not just because of the dust getting kicked up, and there are people and kids walking around all the time.

Get to the gate and start the bike up, if you’re a bit nervous, let the other riders go first as when you can go they don’t hang around.

There will be a Marshall at the gate who will check your wrist band to make sure you are in the right group and wave you on when it’s safe.

on th track

You’re OFF

However tempting it is just to go like a bat out of hell I would advise you give it once round the track just to get the feel. MX riding is all about guts and skill and I think it better to acquire the skills and use the guts in that order.


Coming up to a corner the natural reaction is to slow down, there a two ways to deal with these.

1. Keep on the power to keep your speed and lean round using the knobblies on the side of your tyres to grip you the to the track.

2. Hit the corner with some speed and slam on the rear brake to slide the rear of the bike round and keep the bike in a low gear enough to pull yourself off when you’re straight.

Some corners will have a wall to them, you can use this wall to accelerate round the corner.


 Jumping high

For me the jumps are most exciting, because Let’s admit it, you want to look like the pros getting ten feet in the air and twisting the bike round to show off! This won’t happen first time.

Approach the jump with speed and keep your body tight, when you hit the top of the jump the bike will do one of two things, go back so you land on the back wheel which means you need to sit forward more or nose dive down which means you need to sit back.

When in the air, if the bike is tending to head front wheel down you can give it some throttle to bring the bike level, the wheel won’t be toughing the floor but with the balance of the bike it will naturally work.

The jumps are designed to have a smooth landing when going over, you will see riders going over the jumps which flow perfectly. At first, you will need to determine the speed you need to clear the top and land on the end of the jump, so there may be a few times your arms take a hit when landing, this is common as I found out.

The long straight

When you come to a long straight you want to sit back and give it plenty of power so you can ride on the back wheel. Sitting back will help the back wheel grip and power you and the bike along too.

Deep ruts on the track[/caption] Keep your eyes in front of you so you can see what’s coming up and react. Over time on the day the track will no doubt begin to form ruts where other riders have been, this is where you choose your line and stick to it, getting out of a rut is difficult at any speed.


All you have to do now is practice and gain better skills and experiences on the track. You may feel that you will never be able to keep up with the rest (as I did) but over time you will be overtaking other beginners just as other riders were you.

MX Toolbox – Upgrades for your Motocross Bike

As a dirt bike rider, you want to constantly take things to the next level.

Not only do you want to push yourself and get better, but you want to upgrade your dirt bike MX gear sets as well.

Whether you want to up your motocross game, ride more rigorous trails, or simply have a fun time with your friends, dirt bike upgrades get the job done within the MX Toolbox.

Sometimes, the stock equipment just doesn’t cut it. However, you may be intimidated by the high costs of dirt bike modifications.


If you’re tired of a rough ride, change the suspension. A stock suspension causes your shoulders and arms to take some serious beatings.

front forks

Some crucial dirt bike suspension parts to upgrade include:

• Shocks
• Linkage
• Triple Clamps
• Fork seals

With a new suspension, you’ll be riding more smoothly and comfortably in no time.

Upgrading the suspension can achieve a quick and continuous response in the damping which slows down up and coming motions without harshness.

We have all approached a jump aiming to land at the other end with a continuous flow of power to proceed, on some occasions this is not the case and the suspension needs to do its job to keep you stable to counteract for your actions.


If you make one upgrade to your ride within your MX toolbox, make sure it’s the exhaust. A new dirt bike exhaust system will boost the speed, sound, and style all at once.

Whether you spend a few hundred dollars on a slip-on or go for a full exhaust system, you’ll be happy.

race pipe

You can make exhaust upgrades no matter your budget limitations.

Upgrading the pipe is probably my favourite upgrade, not only does it improve power gain and unparalleled performance.

The sound of a new pipe can make your bike look and sound better too.


Adjusting the jetting within the carburettor alters the air to fuel ratio improves performance and can help get the most out of your bike.


Upgrading the reeds combined with jetting the carburettor is also a way of increasing the airflow through the engine, increasing horsepower.

v force reeds

When racers looking for the performance edge on two-stroke race bikes’.

The reed valve system will increase horsepower and torque by increasing the efficiency over a conventional reed valve design.

New reed cage offers a unique design features double the reed tip surface over the OEM reed valve design.

Consider when an engine operating at 8,000 RPM the reed petal opening and closing 133 times in one second.

That is demanding on the reed system, reliability and performance are what you need from your reeds.

This is where the upgrade reed system outperforms the competition. Since the petals are only traveling half the distance, they last longer over the OEM Designed reed valve design.


Gearing up? Gearing down? Adding teeth? Adding speed? The gearing is a good way of changing the bikes’ performance to suit you individually.

Some riders will like to increase acceleration and other will like to increase speed.
Changing out the sprocket is one of the cheapest and simplest upgrades that will give you immediate results.

Get a bigger rear sprocket and/or smaller front sprocket to get more bottom end. Alternatively, get a smaller rear sprocket or bigger front sprocket if you want to open it up and get some more top speed.

If you’re into motocross, we recommend opting for an aluminium sprocket with a non-O-chain. But if you’re off-roading on trails, you may want to get a steel sprocket and an O-ring chain. Why these specific setups for different type of riding?

Motocross riders want to keep their bikes’ light and fast and an aluminium sprocket will most often be lighter than steel. Many riders feel that O-ring style chains create extra drag and thus reduce the power that get put to the ground, there for most racers prefer to use a standard MX chain.

Trail and off-road riders might not be as concerned with performance as they are with longevity of their parts.

A steel rear sprocket and O-ring chain will deliver many more hours of use than an aluminium sprocket and MX style chain.

No matter what type of riding you do, finding the right gearing combination for your desires may require a bit of experimentation though.


Say goodbye to clutch control and throttle problems with a new clutch system. No one likes riding on a stock clutch, from beginners to pros.

Replacing the factory clutch system is without a doubt one of the best things you can do for a dirt bike.


One of the most neglected upgrades is the controls. Your dirt bike controls directly impact how you ride and operate your bike. Stiff handlebars, slippery grips, and uncomfortable levers can make riding your dirt bike somewhat of a torturous experience.

Over time, you’ll experience fatigue after a long trail adventure or race day. Why not make the experience more comfortable?

You won’t need to complain about discomfort if you upgrade the following parts:

• Handlebars
• Grips
• Levers
• foot pegs

You’ll be surprised at how much a difference a controls upgrade can make. When your arms are properly positioned and your feet are well-planted, you’ll ride more confidently.

MX Custom toolbox controls will make you perform better. You’ll find that making such a simple upgrade will make you feel like a more skilled rider.

As a dirt bike rider looking to find an extra edge, you’ll see a difference if you make any of these upgrades.

All you need to bring your bike to new heights is a few hundred bucks. You don’t need to max out your credit cards to start enjoying your rides more.

Air Filter

Upgrades air filters are designed to increase horsepower and acceleration while providing excellent filtration. The filters are washable and reusable and are custom designed to fit into your existing factory air box. Their drop-in design means adding performance is simple. With most vehicles you simply remove the disposable air filter and replace it with new.
Designed to boost horsepower and rate of acceleration
Can be cleaned and used again
High air flow with exceptional filtration
Works with original equipment manufacturer vehicle electronics

The importance of Safety on a Motocross Bike

The main tool (or toy) for motocross is the bike itself. The importance of safety on a motocross bike is critical!

When I first got a bike I didn’t think about protecting myself, it was just my new toy and I wanted to just go.

Through my mistakes and injury I learnt that the next MOST important tools is the MX riding gear.

The importance of safety in such a dangerous sport is critical. Injury happen all the time and it is down to the MX riding gear you are wearing that will protect your to be able to get back on the bike.

Helmets – You need your Brain so protect it.

With riding motocross I would say one of the main points of impact is your head. With any motorbike it is important to wear a helmet and with motocross it is important that it fits and fastens correct.

suzuki rm 125

Your helmet will need to be a comfortable fit because being on a track your will get hot, and when heading up the jumps your will want to make sure the helmet is strapped on secure as not to wobble around.

Some helmets will come with intake ports to channel cool air in and around the riders head.
Wearing a helmet will also reduce the noise of the track, when racing round a track with 20 other bikes the noise can be quite load.

Boots – Legs are needed to walk!

Another importance of Safety on a Motocross Bike must with MX Gear is the BOOTS. You will need a tough and secure pair of boots to support your ankles whiles on the track, when going round your legs will be used to keep your balance and hang out the side of your bike. The proper MX Gear boots will be able to support your lower legs through and rough tumbles which may occur.

mx boots

A genuine pair of leather boots with easy action buckles would be the best to wear on a track.

Body Armour – Protect your insides

The next important MX Riding gear would be a good body armour. There are many types of armour on the market which protect your wrists, elbows, shoulders and back. They are tough and not comfortable to wear but will save you’re in a fall.
If your was to come off and go over the handle bars the bike will be following your and most likely to land on top of your, some small components of a bike such as the foot pegs, brake lever, gear lever could easily puncture the skin. A good body armour will save your from and injury in the vital places.

Knee Pads

Knee pads are worn under your trousers with a full hard shell knee protection, I find that when your wear knee pads that you can’t tell they are on a lot of the time, and they are comfortable and have great fit.

Googles – You’re going to need your eyes

Googles are a major pry of the MX riding gear due to whatever the weather conditions there will be parts of the track flying up in your face. When there are a few people on the track and you are stuck behind a rider the mud that a MX bike kicks up, you are going to need googles.
As your get into MX your will find that your will need different googles for different conditions, some googles come with inter changeable lenses.

Different weather conditions will require UV protection or a brighter lenses on days with low light, you can also get a spray to repel the water on rainy days.

Most good MX riding Gear googles will come with the function to be able to attach a disposable plastic film over the front – Called tear offs.

Tear off are a perfect way of clearing your googles wiles riding, you can add 1-10 depending on how many your need to the googles and tear them off when the mud sticks to them.

Neck Protection

Your neck is a vital part of your body, it is where your spine ends up.
Neck braces and Neck collars can save your from whip lash, they are not the most comfortable pieces of MX Riding Gear but will be a good idea in the event of an accident.

I would say it all depends on how adventures you are going to be, when you are up in the air 10 ft. and don’t land how your expected you may wish your invested neck protection.


Your hands will take a hammering weather you are holding the throttle back or feathering the clutch at the corners.

Wearing gloves which are comfortable for MX will be an advantage whiles holding on to the Handel bars tight, your hand’s will get hot and the fiction between the rubber grips will give your blisters over time.

MX Riding Gear

The final accessories to your mx riding gear would be the gear your wear over the top of all the protection, let’s admit it you want to look good 10ft in the air for the photos.
All MX Riding gear is designed to move the way your move, the top is lightweight and flexible to fit over the armour.
The trousers are a bit tougher with padding on the knees and on the rear for better protection.

The importance of MX Riding Gear

The importance of Safety on a Motocross Bike When riding, you don’t think about falling off, if your careful and take your time to learn how to ride safely then your will never need protection for an accident? But…….
What if your become good and confident to hit the jump at full speed?
What if the person next to your falls off and take you’re with them?
What if the bike develops a fault and your fall off?
These are just some example from my own experience that the importance of proper MX riding gear should be worn when riding. It’s not just your who will take time to repair – you may need to be able to use your hands to repair the bike.

Any Questions or Comments welcome – Please leave below.

Learn to Ride A Motorcycle From The Start

Mastering how to learn ride a motorcycle is similar to learning to drive a car, because it can be intimidating at first but once you master how to control the machine it will get easier.

The Bike

Get yourself familiar with the bike and its controls.

Make sure you know what the leavers do and what you in theory will need to do to control the bike.

Have a good look over the bike to make sure the tyres are in good condition, the levers work when they are used with the engine off, therefore you do not want to begin to learn ride a motorcycle with a faulty bike.

Safety Gear

You will need to get yourself a good helmet to protect your head and wear as much safety gear as possible, because if you ever come off a bike this will save your life.

MX Helmet to keep your head safe

You could be the most curious rider in the world but there are other bike and vehicles that will pass you by.

Getting a bike to suit you

Whichever bike you are going to learn on you need to make sure that you are able to touch the floor when stationary, your feet will need to be able to touch the floor to keep your balance.

When positioned on the bike, if the bike has mirrors you may need to adjust them to suit your eyesight behind you.

Starting the engine

Depending on what sort of bike you are riding you will need to kick the engine over using the kick start, Make sure you keep you balance whiles doing this, and always make sure the bike is in neutral.

You can do this by pushing the bike with the clutch out (the left-hand side lever) to make sure the wheels are free.

If the bike is in gear then it will be hard to push along.

motocross bike kick start RM 125

Some bikes will have an electric start which will also require the bike to be out of gear to start, if the bike is in gear when attempting to start them it will try to jump forward.

Try the controls

When sitting on the bike with the engine running make sure the throttle works by twisting your right-hand grip and the engine should rev up.

If the bike is an automatic the bike will start to move when the throttle is twisted.

Depress the clutch (left-hand lever) and hold it in, whiles the clutch is held in use your left foot to put the engine in gear.

The bike should not move whiles the clutch is depressed.

Before letting go of the clutch you will need to make sure the engine is back in neutral which is normally, push the gear lever with your left foot all the way down to the bottom 4-5 taps should do it, then one tap up.

The bike should now be in neutral.

Check this by slowly releasing to clutch to see if the bike tries to move – if so the engine is not in neutral.


rear motobike brake

The brakes are an important part of riding a motorbike as if you cannot stop you will crash.

The front brake is located on the handle bars in front of the throttle, a gentle squeeze of the lever will apply the front wheel to slow down and stop.

The harder you pull the lever the sharper the front wheel will stop.

Be gentle whiles going along as you don’t want the front wheel to lock up and send you over the handle bars.

The rear brake is located by your right foot and will

be commonly used to bring the bike to a stop more than the front. Again the harder you push the brake down the sharper the wheel will slow down and skid.

The Clutch

learn to control Clutch lever to change gear

The clutch is used to disengage the engine from the drive chain, you can test this out by pulling the clutch in whiles going along and it will stop the power going to the drive chain.

Changing Gear

The gears on a motorbike are similar to those of a car, they each need to work through as you gain speed.

When pulling away you will need to be in 1st gear, you can do this by depressing the clutch and tapping the gear lever by your left foot down – slowly release the clutch and the bike will start to move.

When moving along you will hear the engine reeving up and if you are increasing in speed then you will need to change gear.

This can be done by depressing the clutch again and tapping the gear lever up, be sure to tap it rights up as you may hit neutral.

A typical gear sequence looks like this

Gear lever to select gear

Fifth Gear

Fourth Gear

Third Gear

Second Gear


First Gear

Each gear change will require you to depress the clutch and disengage the engine whiles changing gear.

Riding the bike

Once you are on the bike and in motion you need to practice riding, the more you practice the easier it will become.

When cornering try to lean with the bike as it will feel more Comfatable and relaxed.

You will learn to Ride A Motorcycle better the more you practice.

How to Motocross – Getting into it

How to get into motocross – One of the most accessible motor sports on the planet.

How to motocross or getting into motocross or MX is easy and most of all thrilling! Once you get the bug, there no looking back!

Mx is a pastime full of Adeline, all you need is a motorbike, a rider, a track or even just a field. There are no license or tests to take and no rules once you have the hang of it.

Mx as a sport can be a different game, you will need to be able to handle physical demand, technique, mental strength, balance and a lot of guts. The top mx riders are trained professionally and are in great fitness level.

A lot of Mx riders catch the motocross bug after a few goes round a track, then it becomes a way of life.

Try it out simple style

You can get the feel of How to Motocross by jumping on a mountain bike and riding on a dirt track to get the feel. Riding tracks through woodland will give you a taste of being on 2 wheels and being able to balance on rough terrain. A mountain bike may be slower and less technical but it will give you a feel of off-road.

You can even tackle a few jumps to get the feel of what speed you need to clear a table-top. A lot of professional motocross riders use mountain bikes and BMX bike to train as there are a few things similar such as controls and balance on 2 wheels.

Purchase a MX Bike

Whether you get a Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, husqvarna, Kawasaki or KTM they will all be a bike you’re going to learn on, once you get the feel for how you are going to ride, I would put money on you change it sooner or later.

For a first bike I would get a 2 stroke engine and depending on the age, an automatic is a good place to start for a young rider.

Find a MX Track near you

The best way to find a MX track is on Facebook, just put in motocross or Mx in the search bar and there will be a some that come up in your area, they may have a fancy name such as The Ranch or VIP.

Most tracks are just labeled the place where they are IE Manchester mx.

A good track will have emergency contacts on site and marshals dotted around the track for safety.

Some will have a food stall and a spares shop too, just in case you need it – which comes in handy.

The day will be run in sessions and you will be in a group depending on your standard – kids, novice, expert.

Get your self familiar with the flags – yellow is slow down = accident up ahead, Red is STOP = someone may have fallen on and is in the middle of the track and the checkered flag = session is over.

Depending on how busy the track is that day the sessions normally run between 20-15 minutes a time.

Get some lessons

It may be a good idea to begin with some lessons, some riding school will be able to supply you with the bike so you can try them out before you buy.

Getting some tips and tricks from an ex-professional will be handy for you getting into morocross riding to improve.

Compete in a Race

If the Mx bug get hold of you it can lead to you wanting to race against others, joining a racing club will cost a fee and then an entry price for meetings.

Get yourself some Good Gear

Whether you try motocross out for the first time or you are going to stick at it for a while you will want to invest in quality equipment.

Your jeans and t-shirt just won’t do and most tracks won’t let you ride without the proper gear.

A good helmet is a must and a decent pair of boots, the clothing is quite light and is made of resistant materials to take the impact of the stones that may get thrown up.

A strong pair of goggles will be needed with a set of tear offs to suit.


The only way to get any good at motocross is to keep riding.

Motocross is a better work out than the gym, with the adrenaline involved you seem to be working that much more.

Stay Safe

Make sure you are always safe on your bike, because a broken bone can put you out of action for weeks.

Thank you for reading – Feel free to leave a comment or ask a question below