Most people use a motorcycle as a mode of transportation which is convenient and economic. Convenient because it can weave in and out of vehicles and need not get stuck in a traffic jam. It is also convenient when it comes to finding parking space in public areas and it takes up very little space on the driveway of your home. And if ever your bike’s engine refuses to start, you can easily push it by yourself. It is economical because it consumes less petrol and that helps to save cost on petrol. Not only that, it also saves on parking fees and in most countries, motorcycles are exempted from paying tolls.
Besides using a motorcycle as a mode of transportation, some people ride motorcycle as a form of recreational sport. These motorcycles are called dirt bikes. Dirt bike is usually a lightweight motorcycle designed for use on rough terrain, such as unsurfaced roads or tracks, and used especially in scrambling. We used to call these bikes scramblers.
The dirt bike is also a two-wheeled vehicle just like the street motorcycle. Both are differently designed and both are designed for different functions. The street motorcycle is designed for distinct street use and the dirt bike is designed for off-road riding. There are obvious differences between the motorcycle and the dirt bike in overall designs, the construction and materials used.
The dirt bike is built for easy mobility, jumping and climbing functions. The body of the dirt bike is small and light for easy control and for absorbing shock on jumps while on the rough roads or uneven tracks. The normal motorcycle is heavier and is built for style and stability.
Every dirt bike rider needs to put on proper safety gear which could help save life or from serious injuries. Below are some important dirt bike gear a dirt bike rider should have:
- A good quality helmet for head protection.
- A pair of good quality goggles to protect eyes from dirt and dust.
- A neck brace to protect from serious neck injuries.
- A chest protector to protect body parts and internal organ from crash impact.
- A pair of under gear shorts to help prevent chaffing and irritation when riding.
- Knee braces for knee protection and moto socks for extra padding for knee braces.
A pair of good quality boots for protection of lower leg, ankle and foot.