More often than not, it seems most people never throw a leg over a dirt bike because they don't want to risk getting hurt. They can't afford it. I can understand that, but here's the thing, you can get hurt doing ANYTHING! You can certainly get hurt riding dirt bikes, but no more so than playing baseball, softball, football, soccer or golf.....Ok, maybe not golf, but still. Disagree? Let me explain.....
GET THE RIGHT GEAR
Proper protective equipment is paramount for any rider. For some reason as riders, we tend to start out all geared up from head to toe, but the faster we get, the less we wear. Doesn't make much sense. Getting the proper protective riding gear is going to not only give you piece of mind when riding, it's actually going to protect you. So there's that.
When you're starting out, the first thing to remember is that it's supposed to be fun. If you've got buddies that ride, they're going to want to take you to places they ride. The thing is, they've been riding for a little while already. So whether it's a track or trails, they've already got the basics down at minimum. Their intentions are good, but you need to start out at a beginner level. Don't get sucked into riding terrain that is too advanced. Start out slow. Flat ground to flat trails or beginner track to uphill, downhill, regular track, etc. It's a natural progression and no matter your age, there's no rush. Take baby steps and eventually you'll get where you want to be. The important thing is don't stop.
WHAT IF I GET HURT?
There's no way to prevent injuries 100%. Crashes happen and injuries can too. However, by taking your time, refining your skills and naturally progressing in your riding, you are actually training yourself. The better trained you are at anything, the fewer mistakes you make.
As you know, I'm a regular guy like you. I have friends who think I'm nuts for riding and racing dirt bikes at my age. But guess what?... These are the same guys breaking hands and blowing out knees in softball tournaments, breaking ankles playing with their kids at the park, and falling down the stairs in their own home...........Seriously.
SUM IT UP
If you've always wanted to ride dirt bikes, but something has held you back, I'm telling you, it's time to get out there! I don't care what your age is or what kind of shape you're in. I've lined up on starting gates with guys over 70 years old, and they were good. I assure you, if they can do it, and I can do it, YOU can do it too!
If your ready to get out there here's some helpful articles to get you started:
BUYING A USED DIRT BIKE
WHAT GEAR DO I NEED FOR MOTOCROSS
TIPS FOR YOUR FIRST TIME AT THE MOTOCROSS TRACK
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