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    Hi

    I am looking for some advice for my 16yr old daughter who wants to take up Motor cross riding but unfortunately she doesn't have a bike and if she did have one we wouldn't be able to transport it to and from places.

    Is there a club she can join in the north west where they provide bikes or does she have to have her own?

    Im not sure how these types of clubs work so could someone please explain them to me? It would be greatly appreciated!!



    Thanks!

    Jo


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    Default Re: Joining motor cross clubs without own bike?

    hi jo,

    your location might be a useful piece of information here.


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    Default Re: Joining motor cross clubs without own bike?

    Quote Originally Posted by Derek Badger View Post
    hi jo,

    your location might be a useful piece of information here.

    Quote Originally Posted by jojanvier View Post
    Hi
    Is there a club she can join in the north west
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    Hi Jo

    There are training schools where you can rent a bike, all the gear and use of a circuit but these are not for actual races - only training days. They are also fairly expensive and really only suitable for giving the sport a tryout before deciding whether to jump in or not.

    Here's one possibility, there may be others: Motocross Experience Days | Dirt Biking | Trail Riding | Motocross Bikes

    If she is serious and really wants to ride MX there isn't any real option except to buy a bike and riding gear. Aged 16 she will need to get either a 125 2-stroke or 250 4-stroke. These may sound fairly small engines but they're plenty fast enough believe me. They also have quite tall seat heights, as all offroad bikes do. Don't be tempted to get something smaller, it would be a false economy, she's better off persevering on the right bike than learning on the wrong one. You can get them for about 1200 but that would be a fairly old one that could be unreliable. If you could afford 2K you'd get a much better bike. You will also have to get used to washing and servicing it yourselves as using a shop every time would get pricey.

    Riding gear, you will need:
    - Helmet & goggles
    - MX jersey, trousers and gloves
    - MX boots
    - Kidney belt, knee, elbow and body armour

    The expense does add up but you can often get good, used riding gear cheap on ebay.

    And transport. You don't need a van. Get a towbar put on your car and buy a cheap single bike trailer and some ratchet straps.

    Lastly circuits. Don't go straight for races, learn to ride off road first on practice days. There are various techniques that are unique to off-road riding and the best way to learn them is go to a circuit, talk to some riders, ask for hints and tips then practice them. Most tracks have a hard and easy circuits on site so she'll have a chance to try something not too daunting before going the full monty. This website lists most circuits: Total MX - Motocross Tracks | MX Practice Tracks | Motocross Practice | MX Tracks UK | Find a MX Track | Motocross Track Search

    There's a guy who comes on here from time to time, goes under the nick of Icarus, he's done MX in the NW and can probably give some more useful advice. Good luck and feel free to come back and ask anything else if you're not sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1888 View Post
    This may come as a shock to you, but few towns have more than one track attached to them, and it is not uncommon for people to travel 40-50 miles to ride. That's a whole day's horse journey in your terms
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomcat View Post
    This may come as a shock to you, but few towns have more than one track attached to them, and it is not uncommon for people to travel 40-50 miles to ride. That's a whole day's horse journey in your terms
    But north to south looks to be around 150 miles or three days horse riding. I would have a sore arse after that.

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