Minimum gear to try moto riding


I don’t know if this is the appropriate venue for this question, but here goes. What are the minimum requirements to start riding motos? I have MTB DH stuff but I feel like that won’t cut it, safety-wise. I have access to a bike, but no gear. What should I get/borrow?


Brian Glass

Hey Brian,

To start: If you already have DH armor, gloves, goggles and pants/shorts (and a moto), all you need is a moto helmet and moto boots. You can rock used boots, and you can get a basic DOT helmet for less than a decent MTB full face.

If you get into moto, look into moto-specific armor and knee braces.

Motos are a one-way ticket. Very few MTB riders can rip on a moto then walk away from that feeling. In the words of Sammy Hagar:

It’s your one-way ticket to midnight
Call it Heavy Metal
Higher than high – feeling just right
Call it Heavy Metal
Desperation on a red line
Call it Heavy Metal noise


— Lee

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