Our Recommended Dirt Bike Safety Gear 2021
Is there anything more thrilling than the fun of dirt bike riding, cruising through the epic countryside, and feeling your bike lift up each time you fly over a bump?
We love dirt bikes too—Manitoba is lucky to have so many dirt bikes and motocross parks in the region. However, if you’re not careful, you can quickly become injured while riding, which can soon put an end to the fun.
Want to stay safe while riding? If so, you need to invest in the right dirt bike safety gear. The importance of dirt bike safety gear can’t be underestimated, as it can literally save your life if you’re involved in a crash.
If your dirt bike is calling your name, don’t hit the road yet! Instead, keep reading to find our recommended safety gear for 2021 to help protect you from injury.
Dirt Bike Safety Gear Starts With a Helmet
When making a list of dirt bike safety gear, always start with a helmet. If you only ever wear one piece of safety gear, make sure it’s a helmet!
While you’re sure to be a safe and responsible rider, accidents can happen at any time. Often, they’re not even your fault—you can be involved in a crash due to negligence from another rider on the track, debris on the road, or even bike failure.
If you’re wearing a helmet, you’ll often be able to walk away from an accident relatively unharmed. However, if a crash occurs and you’re not wearing a helmet, you’re at risk of serious injury or death.
Yes, it sounds harsh—but a helmet can truly save your life!
When shopping for a helmet, it’s essential to purchase the right size, as a helmet that’s too large won’t provide you with protection. Or, if it’s too small, you’ll feel uncomfortable.
Take a soft tape measure and wrap it around your head at the largest point, starting about an inch above your eyebrows, then write down the number. This will be your size, so when shopping, look for helmets that are designed for your head size.
Although you can shop online, it’s often best to try helmets on in-person, as you want to be sure it’s comfortable and fits correctly.
When shopping for a new dirt bike, don’t leave the store without also picking up a new helmet!
To accompany your new helmet, you’ll also want a pair of goggles. Yep, there’s no denying that goggles make you look super cool on your bike, but their main role is for safety.
How do goggles keep you safe? They protect your eyes from debris and dust, make it easier to see in the bright sun, and also give you a clear field of view.
When flying down the track at high speeds, you need to have eye protection. Otherwise, you could be injured or temporarily blinded by objects like dust blowing up from the track, small twigs, or even insects.
What should you look for when shopping for goggles? We recommend looking for products with durable, shatter-resistant lenses, UV protection, and a comfortable, soft strap that fits your face well.
Of course, if you’re into dirt bike fashion, you can definitely match your goggles to your helmet!
Proper dirt bike safety gear should always include boots designed for the sport. Dirt bike boots will protect your feet, ankles, and shins in a crash and will also protect them from the heat of the engine, which can cause burns.
Because dirt bike boots are sturdy, they’ll reduce your risk of injuries such as a twisted ankle or sprained toe. Most will also have composite or plastic shin guards built into the boot for extra protection.
Regular gym shoes or boots just don’t cut it, as they aren’t designed for dirt bike use and can make it harder to control your bike.
When shopping for dirt bike boots, it’s helpful to go to a specialty store for a fitting, as boots are a big investment—you want to be sure you find a pair that fits properly and is comfortable to wear.
Most riders will also want to invest in body armour, like a chest (and neck) protector. Sure, it’s a big investment–but it could save your life!
A chest protector will protect your ribs and internal organs in case of a crash, keeping you safe even if you are flying off your bike. They can often prevent serious injuries like fractured ribs, which can be incredibly painful.
Look for a chest protector that’s shock-absorbant, as this can make it easier if you do have an accident.
To measure yourself for size, measure from the top of your sternum down to your waist. This will help you work out your length, making it easier to buy the right sized gear.
While you should always ride with proper safety gear, another way to stay safe on the trails is with regular servicing of your bike. Keeping your bike in working order not only means it’ll last longer, but it also reduces your chances of mechanical problems, which can be dangerous.
Most dirt bikers will also ride with knee (and elbow) braces. Although it seems impossible, braces actually don’t restrict your natural movement, so it will still be easy to ride and walk around as you normally would.
Modern braces are lightweight and comfortable to wear, designed with athletes in mind.
Knee braces can prevent broken bones, dislocations, and other massive injuries, so they’re worth the investment. A knee injury can lead to months of rehab and recovery, not to mention huge medical bills—it’s definitely best avoided.
A study of motorbike accidents revealed that 42.4% of ligament injuries were to the knee, so it’s an area of the body that requires special protection. Using the right dirt bike safety gear will reduce this risk and help you enjoy the thrills of dirt bike riding, with lower chances of injury.
Dirt Bike Clothing
In addition to your protective gear, have you thought about what clothing you’ll wear? You’ll want to wear appropriate clothing designed for dirt bike riding.
On a hot summer day, it can be tempting to ride in shorts and a t-shirt, but this is never a good idea. If you ride with exposed skin, you’re at risk of serious road rash.
Any fall or slip off your bike and onto the ground can result in painful scratches, cuts, or grazes, so always wear clothing that fully covers your limbs.
Knowing how to protect your skin in case you do cut yourself is helpful too, so always keep a first-aid kit nearby when out riding. Understanding the first-aid basics of treating cuts and lacerations will also help keep you safe.
A top tip—any cuts to the skin, especially from dirt or gravel, can become infected if not looked after, so always clean and wash cuts as soon as you can.
As a safety-conscious dirt bike rider, never leave the house without gloves. Not winter gloves, of course, but gloves designed specifically for dirt bike riders.
Gloves will keep your hands safe and allow you to control your bike with ease. They’re also useful for safety in case of an accident, as they’ll protect your delicate fingers from injury and stop your skin from being scratched.
When shopping for gloves, look for options that are lightweight and comfortable to wear—the gloves should fit snugly but shouldn’t restrict your range of options. The gloves should also be durable and rugged, with gripping on the finger pads to make it easier to control your bike.
There should be thick padding between the forefinger and thumb as well, for safety and comfort. Gloves, like all the dirt bike gear mentioned here, come in both adult and child sizes, so the whole family can stay safe while riding.
Contact Us for All of Your Dirt Bike Needs
Ready to hit the trails? If so, don’t leave the house without this dirt bike safety gear.
We all love the excitement of cruising around the dirt bike park at high speeds, but you need to remember that riding is more than just an adrenaline rush—it’s also a high-risk activity.
However, with the right gear, you can greatly lower your risk of injury, even if you do happen to be in an accident. That way, you can keep on riding, enjoying all of the fun dirt biking has to offer!
Do you have any questions about safety gear, or are you looking to upgrade to a new bike? If so, we can help.
Westshore Marine and Leisure, based in Arborg, is your one-stop-shop for dirt bikes. We love the outdoors as much as you do and are happy to answer any of your questions—contact us to learn more about dirt biking in our beautiful part of the world!