You've picked out the right dirt bike for your kid now you need to invest in some riding gear for protection. Don't worry, you won't find much, if any, resistance to wearing protective gear because in the world of motocross, proper riding gear is as much to the sport as a helmet and pads are to football. It's a must!
As your child gets his or her bearings on the dirt bike, falls and crashes will be the norm. Don't worry even the best riders - your kid's heroes - hit the dirt from time to time. Riding gear reduces the chance of serious injury from roost, banging into other bikes, exhaust burn and simply falling for what seems to be no apparent reason. Unless your child is naturally gifted, expect to watch him or her to fall - a lot. But this is part of the learning process and wearing the right protective gear is key to enabling your child to dust themselves off and get right back to riding.
On the track or the trail protecting the most vulnerable parts of your body is essential to prevent an injury that could turn your child off from the sport or even a serious injury. We recommend new gear unless you're comfortable using a hand-me-down from a family member or close friend who you trust. The following are essential protective gear for your child to wear:
Dirt Bike Wrist GuardsA dirt bike wrist brace secures the lower part of your forearm in the event of a crash. A wrist brace is designed to prevent hyperextension. Typically, you put your arms out to stop a fall and invariably you stop - hands hit first. Without a wrist guard your child's hand can snap back, at worst breaking their wrist, and at the very least stretching tendons that could keep them off the bike for an extended period of time. Wrist braces can feel constraining at first so if it may take a bit to get used to wearing one so we recommend starting with basic protection until your child gets the feel of riding with one. Wrist braces also help stabilize and prevent further hyperextension of a previously injured. See our Dirt Bike Wrist Guards page to see all available options.
Motocross Elbow Guards
Elbow get very little protection from bike fenders and therefore are vulnerable areas of your child's body. Elbows are especially susceptable to roost - the flying debris kicked up from other dirt bikes. Additionally, when your child falls over (eventually they will!) just like when you fall on your bike, their elbows hit the ground first. Trail riding offers hazards like tree trunks and tree limbs and if your child hits one of those while riding he or she could not only fall of the bike but suffer broken bones. Elbow guards provide impact and abrasion protection from anything the track or trail - including other riders. See our Dirt Bike Elbow Guards page for all available options.
Motocross Knee Guards for KidsKnee Guards are just like elbow guards. Knees are closer to the ground and are more susceptible to roost and injury from banging into other riders. Even falling over into soft sand means your child's knee taking the weight of their dirt bike. Knee guards protect knees from crashes and other impacts encountered on the track or trail. See our Dirt Bike Knee Guards page for all available options.
Motocross Knee BracesCornering is one of the hardest skills to master on a dirt bike and one your child will take a while to learn. The idea behind cornering is to drop your foot and glide around the curve - but then your foot grabs a piece of track. A knee brace could be the difference between riding through it or surgery - somthing you and your child would like to avoid. A knee brace is designed or prevent or reduce the severity of knee injuries. It helps provide stability and limit movement for weak or injured knees. There are not a lot of specific youth models so check out our full line of knee braces in addition to the featured one below: Motocross Knee Braces.
Motocross Ankle SupportProper ankle support is much like having proper wrist support. Many bones make up your child's feet and ankles and those bones are not designed, especially at a yuong age, to take on the impact riding a dirt bike can bring. Your child wil naturally use their leg to prevent a fall and their ankle takes much of impact. An ankle brace prevents hyperextension and can help stabilize and limit the movement of an already injured ankle. See our Dirt Bike Ankle Braces page for all available options.
Proper dirt bike protection for your kid is essential for both of you to enjoy the sport. Dirt biking at a young age not only teaches your child the importance of proper protection but it's so much easier adapting to all the gear. If your child continues with the sport through his or her teenage and adult years, protective gear is like wearing a seat belt in the car - at first it feels inhibitive but now you strap it on without even thinking about it. Like any high impact sport, the proper protective gear is crucial to a lifetime of enjoyment.
We also have a Dirt Bike Helmets for Kids Buying Guide to help you decide on the right helmet. Additionally, see our Motocross Goggles Guide and Motocross Body and Chest Protection Guide to help you decide on the additional protective gear needed for your child.
Check out all of our motocross protective gear and if you have any questions or want more information on products that might be right for your child give us a call 888-676-8853.
Written By: AndrewT