The first time I was on a motorcycle was that night my parents left for the weekend and my friends, and I stole the motorcycle of my mother to have a drive in our village. A friend had some knowledge on how a motorcycle works and he taught what he knew to us. Later, I remember that my motorcycle teacher was surprised how “natural” everything came to me.
This was the beginning of my passion for motorcycles and later motocross. As a father, I also realized that motocross is much more than a hobby for me, it can be a bonding activity for the whole family.
Motocross as stress-reliver for working dads
After a long day in the office or a full house over the holidays, a day on the motocross track can be the one thing necessary to relive my stress. The moment you are on the track, it mentally forces you to focus on only one thing, what’s ahead of you. Physically, it is demanding and engages you to a level that makes your brain switch off and sleep like a rock in the evening. But you might have some muscles that you feel the next day, if you haven’t done it for a while. In essence, motocross can be a great help to manage stress and maintain a healthy work-life balance.
Motocross for the whole family
This sport can be a great bonding experience for the whole family. From teaching your children to attending competitions of a family member, cheering them on. I personally enjoyed teaching my kids early on the basics of the sport, the more advanced stuff I left to the pros. I felt it brought me and my children closer together, the excitement and adrenaline shared are memories that I will always cherish. The bonding over cheering for one and another during competitions brought a team spirit into our family dynamic that I do not want to miss. It started to be a hobby for my children, following the sport in general. I found more and more poster and dirt bike graphics in their rooms.
One of them is really getting excited about this sport and started to look into custom motocross graphics. It is always a great birthday or Christmas gift for him!
Of course, motocross comes with some risks. Relatively low one at the beginning, as the children start with smaller engines, but still, it is necessary to teach from the beginning an appropriate level of responsibility. Finding the right balance between encouragement and warning is key. It also taught me to be a better communicator and dad. I have the impression that my children learned a great deal, on how to approach risks and exploring the limits without getting into trouble. This I find, is a valuable life lesson not many activities can teach on the same level. This will help them in the private, but also professional life in the future.
Check list for motocross gear
When it comes to motocross gear, there are some basic that you need to be aware of.
- Helmet: I will always follow my mother’s recommendation, which was – take a newspaper or magazine to the shop where you want to buy your helmet. Pick your favourite and put it on. While wearing the helmet, read for an hour. If the helmet gets uncomfortable, pick another one. If it is still comfortable, go for it. It is really important to have a helmet that fits well. The problem is that one feels the discomfort many times only after a while. So, take your time and pick wisely.
- Motocross boots: Here I apply almost the same principle, use it for a while before buying. In this case, I go for a walk in the shop for 15 or 20 minutes. If it still fits well, I go for it.
- Clothing: This includes jacket and trousers. Here it is important that you buy the right size, to make sure the protectors are in the right spot. You do not want to have your knee protectors on the level of your shinbone. This is particularly difficult with children that grow rapidly. Here my recommendation is buy (and sell) second had.
As a working daddy, relieving stress is important and for me motocross is the perfect opportunity. The great thing is, it also is an activity for the whole family bringing them together and teaching them important skills. I can only recommend it to anyone who wants to try something new.