In this section of DMSports-WSMX.com, we highlight a few pressing concerns that we have previously seen dotted around the internet and at motocross events themselves. We don’t expect this to be exhaustive, as the motocross world is particularly unique and complex, but anything that helps our readers to grasp more of the concept is good for us!
If you don’t manage to find what you’re looking for in this article, please conduct your own research online to ascertain the information. If it’s anything to do with motocross, then we promise you that it’ll be worth it!
As a New Starter, What Bike Shall I Choose?
If you’re just starting out as a motocross rider, you are probably wondering what type of bike to use. A lot depends on the individual skill of the person, so if you have experience with bikes then you may be able to move up a cc. However, we highly recommend that you attempt to ride on the given cc first to reduce the chance of any injuries.
Our recommended bikes begin at age 8 and rise until 16 whereby it is totally dependent on preference, comfort and skill. Here’s how it breaks down:
- 8-14 years old: 65cc 2 stroke, 85cc 2Stroke or 150cc 4Stroke
- 14-16 years old: 125cc 2Stroke or 250cc 4Stroke
- 16+ years old: anything up from 125cc 2Stroke
What is 2Stroke and 4Stroke?
You may be wondering from the first question what the difference is between 2Stroke and 4Stroke. Essentially, it is all to do with the engine – how it’s put together, how to use it, and how powerful it is.
A 2Stroke is a machine that requires fuel that is added with oil to produce its maximum output once every revolution. A 4Stroke has oil directly inputted into the engine and therefore only requires fuel. This type of engine produces its maximum output every other revolution. Once you’ve become more familiar with motocross, you can move onto the bigger classes of bikes – MX1 and MX2!
What is MX1 and MX2?
Often classed as experienced adult bikes, MX1 and MX2 are generally what people get to once they’re comfortable with everything motocross has to offer. MX1 is the larger of the two capacities, as it usually reaches 250cc 2Strokes and 450cc 4Strokes. However, official classifications state that anything above 145cc 2Strokes and 251cc 4Strokes is MX1.
MX2 is MX1’s slightly smaller companion, as it usually comprises of an engine of 125cc 2Strokes or 144cc 2Strokes, and 250cc 4Strokes.
Why Do People Say It’s Tiring?
Because it is! Just because you’re sat on a bike for a period of time doesn’t mean it’s relaxing. You have to be concentrating at all times which makes riders mentally tired, and you also have to use your body to help balance the bike and pull off manoeuvres. By the time you’ve completed a few minutes as a beginner, you’ll definitely be feeling tired.
However, don’t let the sudden tiredness put you off from coming back, as we swear it gets easier over time. Just remember that it’s the same with anything that’s new – it takes time to adapt and get used to it.