September 30, 2020 9 min read
I've been riding dirt bikes since I was a little kid and I've owned a motocross gear and accessory company since 2005. I can tell you that over the years I have purchased my fair share of motocross gear and can give you some seasoned advice. To give you an idea of what motocross gear costs I put together this table:
|MX SAFETY & RIDING GEAR||COST RANGE|
|Dirt Bike Helmet||$130 - $650+|
|MX Goggles||$20 - $220|
|MX Jersey||$20 - $110|
|MX Pants||$50 - $350|
|MX Gloves and Palm Protectors||$15 - $60|
|MX Boots||$100 - $650+|
|Knee Braces||$200 - $840|
|Elbow and Wrist Guards||$20 - $200|
|Body Armor||$45 - $290|
|Neck Brace||$45 - $370|
|TOTAL COST OF MX GEAR||$645 - $3,740+|
The total cost of gear is a very large range starting at a very budget-friendly $645 and going all the way up to $3,740 depending on your needs and available budget. If you have a very limited budget try to invest most of your money into protecting your head and face.
Now that you know the range of moto gear cost, let me show you some of the specifics about each type of gear so you can decide what you want to spend. Don’t want a range of what it could cost? Stick around till the end for our favorite’s gear list coming in at $2,374.
Motocross safety gear protects you when crashing, and yes, you are going to crash. Features to look for in your gear is that it enhances your aerodynamics, and keeps you cooled down and protected.
Let’s dive into the costs associated with each piece of safety gear and its benefits.
The majority of Motocross Racers are going to be using an off-road dirt bike helmet which is a full-face helmet with a built-in chinstrap and visor. They are the best option because they are very lightweight and you can get into a good one for under $350.
The helmet isn’t an area where going the cheap route is beneficial. Over the years, scientific studies have shown us the importance of protecting our noggin, and buying a cheap helmet is not a smart way to handle that. Top of the line motocross helmets are not only the top in our industry, but the same companies work with other sports, such as the NFL, to create the safest solutions possible for your head.
Moto helmets are designed to be used with a partnering set of goggles.
Just having a clear visor or face shield in isn’t going to keep mud and dirt from getting in your eyes while racing motocross. MX Goggles are designed to create a seal around your face to do just that.
A decent pair of motocross goggles can be purchased for about $40 to $60. Some features to look for are multiple lens options, tear off lens packs, lens cleaners, and different lens options like mirrored, tinted, or clear.
Risk Racing sells kits to save you money, including the JAC MX Tear-Off Goggle.
If you are racing Motocross then you're going to have roost (rocks, dirt, and mud that get thrown up from riders in front of you) thrown in your face at some point so you may want to also look into an auto roll-off system to clear your vision hands-free.
If you have the money we highly recommend these, especially when you are starting out so that you can focus more on the track then reaching up and ripping lenses off your face.
How Much Are Motocross Boots?
Motocross boots are extremely important as they protect those things you walk on every day. They protect your feet, ankles, and lower legs from things like impacts, twisting and turning, and other safety hazards like the extreme heat from your bike.
Ideally, you are going to want to have a budget in the $300 range for a good set of boots. Like a helmet, I strongly advise going the cheap route when it comes to boots. Cheaper sets do not hold up as well when it comes to supporting your ankles and feet when they get stretched, twisted or bent, and you do not want to have ankle issues for the rest of your life.
A high-quality set of motocross gloves will provide optimal grip, help reduce blisters, and keep you from sweating all over the place. They’re also good for preventing scrapes not if, but when, you fall off your bike. Risk Racing sells gloves for about $24.99, including the stylish VENTilate Salute Motocross Gloves.
Blisters on your hands come with the territory but you can do a lot to build up calluses and prevent too many of them just by picking out the right set of gloves and palm protector inserts.
Palm Protectors are really a necessary investment when you are riding in motocross, you’ll want to use them in conjunction with your gloves. Think of them as an extra layer of skin because when your hands are taking on the fiction of those handlebars you’ll want as much protection as possible. They usually cost less than $10.
The best moto pants are designed for comfort, ventilation, and protection.
This is a must-have to keep you protected for falls, crashes, collisions, or you accidentally rub up on your exhaust. Risk Racing has some pretty stylish and durable motocross pants for $99.99, making them worth the investment.
You can get MX Jerseys quite a bit cheaper than the pants. In fact, Risk Racing racing sells matching jerseys for $32.99, which makes them easily affordable.
You can stand out in bold brand design and are protected for many hours in dirt racing mud ripping trail rides. A good motocross jersey should fully cover your arms with long sleeves and still be breathable.
This piece of safety equipment will help you keep from breaking your neck or collar bones and help prevent hyperextending your neck forwards or backward.
Some riders aren't huge fans of them because they can restrict overall movement and sightlines. To get your hands on a good neck brace you're going to be spending around $150.
Body armor is that protective barrier that goes under your jersey to give your torso some added protection against roost. Body armor can range anywhere from $45 all the way up to $290 because of the wide array of options.
You can go for just a very small chest protector all the way up to a full-body armor suit that protects you from your neck all the way down to your groin including your arms.
Knee braces aren't just for the old guy out there on the track. These are very important pieces of safety equipment that are going to keep your knee from twisting the wrong way or hyperextending. Consider you are maneuvering a 200+ lb machine between your legs that can do 80 mph!
These braces are not to be confused with a knee guard which is essentially more like a knee pad. Typically knee braces are going to run $300 and up for a decent pair and truly are worth the investment.
As you can see, motocross safety gear really doesn’t have to be super expensive. You can get a top-tier setup from Risk Racing, be stylin’, protected, and have some of the most cutting edge technology at your fingertips without totally blowing the budget.
If you’ve dove deep into the various items offered in the motocross community, then you know that it doesn’t stop with just the necessary gear. Other items, including canopy tents, lights, and transportation equipment, are also worth looking into and can be something to save for.
Below, you’ll find a list of the most common miscellaneous motocross gear along with their average prices.
If you’re interested in improving your start times, then you’ll need a holeshot training gate. TheHoleshot Race Gate comes with a remote that can connect via a provided cable and also comes with a handlebar mountable wireless remote. This device will help you practice your launches just as if you were at the motocross track.
Here’s a list of pros of the Holeshot Race Gate:
Some motocross gear is essential, while other equipment might not be as necessary. As stated byMoney Under 30, it’s better to spend money on safety gear than hospital bills. What you’ll need depends on your location, conditions, and expectations.
If you want to get the most out of the experience, you could follow our favorite gear list:
|OUR FAVORITE GEAR LIST||COST|
|FLY Formula Dirt Bike Helmet||$649.95|
|JAC MX Goggles||$39.99|
|VENTilate MX Jersey||$32.99|
|VENTilate MX Pants||$99.99|
|VENTilate MX Gloves and Palm Protectors||$24.99 + $7.99|
|Sidi Crossfire 3 MX boots||$524.99|
|Mobius X8 Knee Brace||$599.95|
|Fly Racing Barricade Flex Elbow Guards||$29.95|
|EVS Roost Deflector||$93.56|
|Atlas Air Neck Brace||$269.99|
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