- Any motorcycle is welcome.
- Any glass or plastic lenses must be removed (preferred) or taped up.
- Kick stands must be removed.
- Brake and clutch levers must have a 1/2 inch ball on the end.
- Brakes must be functional and properly adjusted.
- The bike can NOT have bush guards that would prevent the riders hand from sliding off the end of the handle bars.
- Spokes on both wheels must be properly tensioned.
- Wheel bearings can not be excessively worn. (Staff discretion)
- Sprockets and chain can not be excessively worn. (Staff Discretion)
Bikes are safety inspected at all CMA Race events, make sure that it will at least pass the above list. Note that the “CMA Rules” state that once a “race” is started, no rider may receive assistance to start or repair a bike other then in the designated mechanics area.
Helmets – (Must be SNELL 2005 / ECE-22-04 / ECE-22-05 approved) Watch carefully when purchasing a child helmet as most are not approved. Expensive helmets are not necessarily safer. All SNELL 2005 approved helmets have the same safety rating regardless of price. Proper fit is also very important for safety. Each “Brand” fit differently, so purchase on proper fit and comfort, rather then brand. Helmets may be spot checked during “Race” events to make sure racers are wearing approved helmets.
Boots – Motocross Boots or a high top steel toe boot. Buy what you can afford – look for features like ankle support/protection and quality buckles. You will also appreciate a good firm sole to distribute pressure from the foot peg. Motocross boots have smooth soles and are designed to slide over the ground. Trail boots, look like motocross boots, but have a “hiking shoe” type sole for grip.
Jersey – Motocross Jersey or a long sleeve t-shirt - Shop for looks and comfort. Must be long sleeve for racing. Note that vented “Summer” jerseys are also available but not regularly stocked, ask for them.
Pants – Motocross Pants or a heavy denim pant - They all “feel” a little different – go for looks and comfort and make sure you have room for your knee guard or brace.
Gloves – Motocross gloves – look for snug but proper fit in finger length and minimum “bunching” of material in the palm of your hand when you grip the handlebars. Gloves with extended finger tips can interfere with your clutch and brake levers, glove fingers that are to short can cause hand cramping. To much material in the palm can cause blisters.
Motocross Goggles – Don’t ever ride without them – period!. Go for fit and comfort and consider a pair that support tear offs. Consider the cost of the tear offs in your purchasing decision. (A tear off is a thin plastic film that fit over the lens of the goggle that can be easily removed while riding once it gets muddy restoring clear sight again, typically a rider would apply 3 or 4 layers) Goggles that are designed to fit over prescription glasses are available - they are referred to as OTG Goggles.
Optional but recommended Gear …
Neck Braces - Leatt and Alpinestar have the most recognized braces with models at different price levels. Prices vary due to different construction materials, but all offer the same protection level. Neck braces are fairly new to motocross and new products are showing up constantly. Do your research.
Knee Braces or Guards – At the very least wear knee guards to protect from flying rocks, or falling on a rock, should you dismount your bike unexpectedly. Should you have existing knee problems, CTi may work with your Doctor and your extended Health Plan to get you a custom fitting pair. “Braces”, as opposed to “Guards” provide a little more protection against over extending and twisting of the knee, but they can put a little more strain on the bones over and under the knee.
Chest Protector – (and back protector) Again, a must have in my opinion for the same reason as the knee guard, flying rocks and unexpected dismounts. They are all the same, go for looks and comfort.
Kidney belt – Lower back protection and support. Helps with overall comfort while riding.
Hand Guards on the bike to protect the knuckles from rocks and broken levers when falling. You can continue your race much easier with a broken hand guard then a broken lever. They must be open ended to race so that your hand can slide off the end to the handle bar.