What To Take To The Motocross Track
If you are new to motocross, or even if you have been riding dirtbikes for years, we have put together a handy list of some mx stuff you will want to make sure you take with you. The list includes motocross spares, tools, and also some items you wouldn’t normally think of. We want to ensure you get the best days riding on your dirt bike possible – there is nothing worse when you have gone to a track to only be let down by something that could easily be avoided had you taken these parts.
The same rules apply for motocross practice or racing. Bad weather, a crash and unexpected bike failures can easily ruin your weekend after you and possibly your family and friends have traveled some distance for a days riding. You could be too far from home to pop back and pickup something, there could be some distance from a shop or it could simply be Sunday and no where is open. Let us help you try and be a bit better prepared and to keep on riding!
Spare Motocross Kit To Take To The Track
In addition to taking your normal kit, we recommend taking at least one spare set of goggles and/or lenses (plus plenty of tear offs). You can easily store all of these in a goggle bag. You may also want to take a few different lenses depending on the conditions – certain lenses perform better in sunny or cloudy conditions. If your rocking roll offs, make sure you take some extra rolls of film (never been to a meeting where someones not racing in front of their roll off film!)
Essential for when riding in the mud, gloves are a must for every session you do on the bike. If its muddy, its likely you may have a off, and they always end up covered in mud making it that bit harder to twist the throttle. If its raining, they will get soaked and your be glad of a fresh set half way through the day. Even if its perfect weather, you are still best advised to take a spare set.
The same circumstances applies to a Motocross Jersey as to gloves – your unlikely to break a top but it will certainly get wet or muddy depending on the conditions, and that never feels good.
If you have the extra kit (last years gear for instance) like spare helmet, pants and boots why not put them in the van if you have the space – you just never know!
Tools To Take To The Motocross Track
You could almost take a van full of tools in case you need them, but here is a list of must takes:
Bike straps (incase you break one of, well, just incase!)
Gaffer Tape / Duck tape – kept many a bike on the track. It once held my seat on for a full days racing after I crashed in practice.
Your want to make sure you include some mixing beakers for when you need to fuel up or replace the oil.
Allen key set
Hammer (some riders consider this the most important tool to take)
Tyre levers (if I had a pound every time asked me in the pits if I had a set of these they could borrow)
You can’t go wrong taking lots of random nuts and bolts, cable ties and more duck tape
Foot pump and pressure gauge
Spark plug tool & feeler gauges
Bike Parts To Take To The Track
Unless you can take a complete spare bike, you could require just about anything. But here is a list of common items most people need whilst out at a track:
Petrol (make sure you take enough plus a bit more)
Your also need a funnel and/or hose to fill your bike
Oil (Engine / Gearbox)
Spare motocross chain & links
Tyres & inner tubes – nothing worse than a flat on the first lap
Spare levers (a very common item to need to replace)
Motocross handle bars (usually means you’ve had a bit of a off but worth taking if you have a spare set)
Spare plastics bolt set
Filters (Oil & Air)
Other Items To Consider
A First Aid Kit is always handy to patch you up ready for the second moto. I know we are a tough breed, but its not cool leaking the red stuff all over the place.
Water & Food – you need to stay hydrated and fed and you may not know what facilities the track has available.
A chair for mum/wife etc.
A phone – I know in this day and age we tend to have one with us at almost all times, but some of you are still old school and need reminding.
Directions to the track – you want to get a full days riding in.
Rag / Wipes / Kitchen Roll – stuff like this is always handy.
Toilet Roll – you just never know!