When not being raced, dirt bikes can also be used for informal off-road recreation, or "mudding." Sometimes they are riden on closed circuits, often with jumps, over varied terrain of gravel/mud/sand on unusually challenging obstacle courses. Dirt track cowboys refer to this motocross. Dirt bikes are an incredibly social sport and well suited to all ages.

As with all power sports, your safety should be a prime consideration. When you first get your bike, you should concentrate on proper body position, accelerating, and braking. Don’t worry about turns yet - just do the best you can as you take your first ride.

If you’ve chosen the right size bike, your feet should just be able to touch the ground. A dirt bike has a natural indentation where the seat meets the gas tank. That is where you want to sit. Resist the tendency to sit back on the bike as you would a chair or a “cruiser” type motorcycle.

Boots are an obvious essential while on the track. They provide superior ankle and heel protection. A high quality pair will give you complete freedom, flexibility, and feel by following your natural movements of the foot and ankle. The support system in many boots are built inside their construction, therefore offering upper and lower protective structures.

Knee braces and knee protection are important. When riding a dirt bike the body takes a lot of beating with the knees being a prime target. Find equipment that properly deflects, diverts, and absorbs the energy and strain that is placed on the leg and knee joints. Many braces including hyperextension stops that protect your leg from overextension and potential injury.

Chest protectors come in all shapes and sizes to ensure you maximum comfort and protection. It is very important that a chest protector stays in place and moves with your body, not away from it. Yea, it hurts when you take a spill.

Neck rolls can offer superior protection against common neck and collarbone injuries, especially for children. The neck roll adds as an extra support system to the neck and collarbone areas and will significantly reduce impact from any direction.

Helmets are by far the single most important piece of safety equipment any rider can wear. It doesn’t matter how fast or slow you’re going or what circumstances you are riding under, you should never be caught without a helmet. A fully ventilated helmet can present a system of cooling and comfort.

Gloves will keep your hands from getting all beat up. Today on the track you are rough and tough, but tomorrow can be a different story. A high quality pair of gloves offers both flexibility and dexterity. A glove with a padded mesh allows for breathability and protection.

Goggles are need to protect your eyes from blowing dust, roost, wind, and any other hazardous objects. Try on several different styles before making your choice, consider quality, comfort and versatility.

Dirt bike riding can be an exciting power sports experience. Ride Safe!

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