Which motocross to choose to start?

21.02.24 By Florian Eychenne

Motocross is an exciting sport that offers an adrenalin rush and unrivalled freedom. If you're a motocross beginner, choosing your first bike is important for a safe and enjoyable ride. Here's a comprehensive guide to help you choose the perfect motocross bike to get you started.

Features to consider: 

The criteria for choosing your first motocross bike are essential if you want to get off to a good start. Let's take a look at power, weight, opportunities on the second-hand market and the protective equipment you'll need, to help you make an informed choice that's right for your skill level.

The power of your first motocross bike

For a first motocross bike, it's important to consider the engine capacity and power. Beginners are advised to start with a small bike. The engine capacity should be between 125cc and 250cc. A 2-stroke engine is preferable.

Motorbikes in this category are lighter and easier to control, perfect for learning and improving your riding skills. A less powerful motorbike will also allow you to better grasp the basic techniques without feeling overwhelmed by the power.

The weight of the bike

One aspect to consider is the weight of the bike. A lighter motocross bike is easier to manoeuvre, making it easier to control in corners and over rough terrain. Lighter weight will also make you more agile, which is important when learning new riding techniques. The average motocross bike weighs between 50 and 90 kg.

The height of the saddle is important if you want to feel comfortable and stable at a standstill. To check that the saddle is at the right height, you need to be able to touch the ground with both feet while sitting down.

Second-hand motorbikes

As a beginner, you might be tempted to buy a brand new bike. However, opting for a used motocross bike in good condition can be a sensible alternative. Second-hand bikes are generally more affordable, allowing you to save money to invest in quality safety equipment. Be sure to have the bike inspected by a mechanic before you finalise the purchase to make sure it's in good condition.

Type of motocross 

There are different types of motocross bikes, such as enduro or motocross. The choice will depend on your personal preferences and the use you wish to make of it. Off-road bikes are versatile and used off-road, while motocross bikes are designed for motocross tracks.

Safety equipment 

Safety is paramount when it comes to motocross. Make sure you have enough money to buy good safety equipment. This includes an approved helmet, gloves, boots, goggles and body protection. Never overlook the importance of safety equipment, as it can save lives and prevent serious injuries in the event of an accident.

Complementary equipment: our SIXTEN environmental mats!

It is now necessary to have an environmental mat when using your off-road vehicle.

SIXTEN offers a wide range of floor mats for motorbikes, with selective, high-quality designs, all made in France. These products are made locally and comply with the rules of the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (F.I.M.).

They can be customised with the colours of your favourite brand or according to your tastes. Our catalogue offers a wide range of motorbike brands. Equip yourself now with a personalised mat to shine on the tracks and grounds.

Training :

Before getting fully into motocross, it is highly recommended that you take a basic training course run by experienced instructors. These courses will teach you how to ride safely and help you become a good motocross rider.

Choosing your first motocross bike is a crucial decision for your riding experience. Take the time to research, try out different bikes and get advice from experienced riders.

Choose a bike that matches your experience and preferences. Take into account its cubic capacity, seat height, weight and type. With the right bike and the right safety equipment, you can enjoy the thrill and excitement of motocross in complete safety.

Enjoy the ride!

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