THE BLACK DIAMOND EFFECT
Updated: Sep 28, 2021
THE BLACK DIAMOND EFFECT
The sport of motocross is missing an entry level way for people over 8 years old to get started in the sport.
We have some beginner classes but the tracks and bikes are not very beginner friendly once kids are to big to start on a 50cc bike.
I think the 50cc class is great if your parents have an interest in the sport and start you off as a young child, but if you aren't one of the lucky ones that get to start on a 50cc and you don't get to start under the age of 8yrs old is where there is a problem.
In believe there is an entire level of the sport of motocross being missed completely in America that if put in motion could bring thousands of riders to the sport.
I have a theory
I Call it the black diamond effect because the closest comparison I can find to use is skiing, imagine if a person or a family wanted to get started in skiing, they can go to the ski resort and Rent ski’s and equipment, then there is a bunny hill to learn on and they can take it slow and easy and work their way up, if you get good at it and build up your confidence someday you can be skiing down the black diamond hills which in are the most difficult most extreme hills there are in that sport.
Now imagine if in the sport of skiing that there were no rentals offered at ski resorts so if you or your family wanted to try it you had to go buy the expensive ski’s and all necessary related equipment just to be able to try it, and then on top of their being no rentals offered imagine if all there were was black diamond hills, and they had no bunny hill..
That is the closest example I can think of to use, for what current motocross has evolved into.
I raced motocross when I was a kid in the early 1990s and after not racing for several years I went to some local races just to watch. I also follow pro motocross very closely but after watching the local events with the thought of getting back into racing and I was also thinking about getting my now 10yr old son into the sport I left thinking wow this has gotten really extreme and I can see why it is now becoming even more of a niche sport, the jumps have gotten so big and the speeds have gotten so fast, that not only can I honestly say that i'm not sure that I want to do it, but I’m also not sure that I would want to get my son into it, especially at 10 with no experience. And if i'm thinking that and I already love the sport what's the general public thinking?
In the sport of motocross we don’t have a bunny hill, it is just all black diamonds these days. And to even to see if you or you and your family like it and want to join in you have to commit by buying expensive bikes and equipment. And that is a problem.
(I want to say this before the core enthusiasts start thinking that I want to change the whole sport, I don’t!)
I love watching the fast guys Rip. I even like watching the experienced kids Rip on 85's but What I do want is to add some new classes and options.
and I want to help put an organized focus on growing the sport.
I dont think its just the tracks either though some natural terrain options would be nice!
I think we are missing some crucial areas with bike sizes and classes, I say this After doing a lot of research about the history of the sport of motocross.
I believe that I have some solutions that are much needed, maybe I was born at just the right time and lived in just the right places to see what the problems are and how things changed over time,
I have also seen things from a lot of different angles than because I have lived in several states.
Now I want to advocate for the sport of motocross I made this website hoping to meet like minded people and I hope to talk to key people in the motocross industry.
If growing the sport is topic you have an opinion on I would like to have your input please reach out.
I am working on a passion project that's about ways to help grow the sport of motocross, Together we can make a difference