GETTING STARTED IN MOTOCROSS COMPETITION


Machinery:

Any motocross type motorcycle is good enough to get started in motocross. Obviously, the newer models are better than older ones, but the important thing is that the machine is in good mechanical condition. When buying a bike, it should be, clean, no fluid leaks from anywhere, no cracks in frame or wheels, spokes should be tight, muffler in good shape, mechanically sound, no unusual rattling or knocking noises from the engine or transmission. No excessive smoke from exhaust. Worn tires, sprockets and chains should not stop you from buying an otherwise good bike. These items are easily replaced. Because a bike has been used in competition does not mean it is a bad buy. In most cases, a bike that has been used in competition events will have been maintained on a regular basis. Keep your muffler packing fresh to reduce excessive exhaust noise.

Mechanical Safety:

Ball ends on brake and clutch levers.

Foot pegs should fold up and down freely, also spring loaded.

No sharp edges showing, any broken plastic should be replaced or securely taped.

Both front and rear brakes should be in good working order. Wet riding wears out brake pads quicker than normal.

All nuts, bolts and spokes should be securely fastened and checked before every ride.

Side stands should be removed.

Safety motor cut off switch should be operational.

Personal Safety:

Head: A helmet, in good condition, must be worn every time you ride a bike. When buying a helmet, look inside the helmet for a Snell  M2010 sticker. It may also have Snell approved printed on the rear of helmet. Only helmets carrying the following certification are legal for CMA competition: ECE 22-05 (P or J) (Europe);  JIS T 8133: 2007 (Japan) and Snell M2010(North America) . If your helmet suffers damage in a fall it should be replaced. Remember that the internal protection material also gets worn with use. Helmets should be replaced at regular intervals to maintain maximum available protection. If you suffer a concussion or unconsciousness while riding please check immediately with medical personnel before attempting to ride again.

Helmet Sizing:

1. Obtain correct size by measuring the crown of the head.

2. Check there is no side to side movement.

3. Tighten strap securely.

4. With head forward, attempt to pull up back of helmet to ensure helmet cannot be removed this way.

 

5. Check ability to see clearly over shoulder.

6. Make sure nothing impedes your breathing in the helmet and never cover your nose or mouth.

7. Never wind scarf around neck so that air is stopped from entering the helmet. Never wear scarf under the retaining strap.

8. Ensure that visor can be opened with one gloved hand.

9. Satisfy yourself that the back of your helmet is designed to protect your neck.

10. Always buy the best you can afford.

 

Eye Protection: Goggles are a must to protect your eyes from dirt, dust and rock. In bad conditions, your lens may get dirty, consider additional tear off or roll off lenses, to enable you to see.

Hand Protection: Gloves, either leather or synthetic material. Recommended are special motocross gloves. They give your hands and fingers maximum protection and grip under difficult conditions. For muddy conditions special mud gloves are available.

Body Protection: A long sleeve jersey must be worn at all times. Some have padding built into elbow areas. Ventilated jersey may be worn in warm weather.

Shoulder, Chest & Neck: Motocross chest and shoulder and back pads are available. Hockey shoulder pads, worn under jersey, are better than no pads. Various neck protection braces add protection to neck area.

Waist Area: Kidney belts are available to cover the waist and kidney area. The belt also gives additional protection against flying rocks

Hip Area: Motocross pants contain padding in the hip and knee area. They are very durable and provide good protection for knees and hips. Some motocross pants have a built in kidney belt. For schoolboy classes only, 2 pairs of jeans may be used instead of motocross pants.

Foot & Leg: Special motocross boots provide the maximum protection for foot, ankle and lower leg area while at the same time allow flexibility to operate brakes and shifters. Special knee braces are available for extra knee protection.

The motocross practices at the CMA motocross tracks are an excellent way to make a start in motocross. You can proceed at your own pace while you decide if you want to step up to racing or that you are happy just practicing for the moment.

Canadian Motorcycle Association. (604) 536 2321 bccma@telus.net Agassiz track information: www3.telus.net/qas

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