Riding a Dirt Bike Safely
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All dirt bike riders should wear standard safety equipment, including a helmet, goggles, and gloves, as well as motocross boots and a chest protector. Helmets designed specifically for dirt bike riding are full-face and made of fiberglass or high impact plastic; they also contain a shock absorbing foam liner. Goggles should be snug-fitting, and gloves should be made of nylon with leather palms. A good pair of motocross boots should allow for ample movement while providing support and protection in the ankle, shin, and sole areas. A chest protector should cover the entire breastbone and upper rib cage.
Additional safety equipment is always a good investment. Such items include a mouth guard, a jersey with padded elbows, and forearm guards as well as a kidney belt, knee pads, elbow pads, and pants with knee and shin guards. This extra equipment is especially important when racing dirt bikes. The additional money spent on safety equipment can be well worth it in a crash.
Safety equipment is only one aspect of dirt bike safety. It will help protect you if you crash, but practicing certain strategies can improve your chances of avoiding a crash in the first place.
You should also consider taking a formal dirt bike riding class that will teach you safety maneuvers and give you a chance to practice new techniques. To find a dirt bike riding class in your area, visit the Dirt Bike School. This school, sponsored by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, offers hands-on training sessions for beginning dirt bikers at locations across the USA.
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