Updated: Apr 7
What is Modern Motocross?
In my opinion modern MX it is a very refined yet extreme version of dirt bike racing that people either evolved with or were introduced to as second and third generation riders, there are very few new riders these days that aren't 2nd or 3rd generation riders.
Motocross is a little bit like Nascar racing either you evolved with it and are on the inside 0r you are on the outside looking in and most likely thinking its fun to watch not something you could do.
In My opinion Modern Motocross is anything 1990 or newer but maybe that's because 1990 is when I started riding. Some would say it's racing on 4 stroke bikes.
I started a little late by current Standards, I was 12 years old when I got my first dirt bike but before I started I was on a bicycle all day everyday riding freestyle BMX dirt Jumping and riding wooden half pipe ramps so when I got on a dirt bike I was already very comfortable on two wheels, and when I got a dirt bike it was a pretty mellow low powered Kawasaki Kd 80cc trail bike. It was perfect to learn, on I rode it around for one year.
Then I got a 1987 Honda CR80 and went Racing Then From there I moved up to a 1991 KX125
by then I was completely comfortable with the power and I was already a good jumper from my BMX experience.
Here is where this story takes a twist and I think the motocross industry could learn from this story.
When I was Racing 125cc dirt bikes in the early 1990's I got 3 friends into the sport all at different times one at a time, all three of them liked dirt Bike's and wished they could have done it sooner but they didn't have a choice their parents didn't want to get them into it a younger age.
1. The First friend was 15 years old and didn't have much experience on two wheels, he had a hard time adapting to the power, I was scared watching him jump.
Every time I watched him ride I would hold my breath every time he hit a jump because every time he jumped it was either an endo or an air wheelie, unfortunately he ended up getting hurt pretty quickly and quit racing.
2. Friend number two was the same way, very enthusiastic loved the sport and couldn't wait to do it. But again had no experience. And did air wheelies or endo's off of every jump.
He Was very very slow he raced several times and got dead last every time and wasn't catching on unfortunately he showed little if any improvement. He also got hurt and quit, and he really really wanted to like it and do it.
3. Friend number three that I got into it was 20 years old, with no experience. He was my roommate at the time.
I was into MX and he liked it but had never ridden a dirt bike he was gung-ho about getting into it. He went and bough a CR125. It was used but really Nice
(It had previously belonged to an ex pro Heath Voss if anyone knows who that is)
Anyway he only raced one time. He was very slow which was probably good because he didn't get hurt but he was embarrassingly slow and he knew it was air wheelie's or endo's off of the jumps and dead last in his one and only race, and he quit and sold the bike. Its not that he expected to win but I think he was discouraged by how fast everyone else was, and also he didn't want to get hurt.
All three were on 125's which was the most logical place for them to start with the classes that were available but they just didn't catch on. but I personally don't think they should have been on 125's I think they should have been on 100 or 150 four strokes in my opinion for at least a season, and you could argue that they shouldn't have been racing and should have gotten more ride time, and I would agree but a lot of areas these days don't have places to ride and people are trying to learn on motocross tracks as opposed to in fields or on trails like we did in the early 1990's and earlier.
So what can we learn from this story?
All Three of these guys wanted to like the sport they wanted to be motocrossers bad enough that they all three bought their own bikes!
What we can learn is.