If you ride a road bike but you’ve always fancied seeing what it’s like to ride on the dirt, then why not try out a motocross bike?
One of the most accessible forms of off-road riding, motocross is fun, fast and a family-friendly activity.
MX bikes come in all shapes and sizes. From 50cc bikes for the little ones, right up to the seriously quick 450cc four-strokes. Most MX experience days will send you out on a 125cc machine, which to an experienced road rider, might sound like it’ll be too small but on a tight and twisty motocross track, a 125cc MX bike is plenty quick enough.
There are loads of well-established circuits up and down the UK, most cater for complete beginners and some host national competitions.
If you want to get involved, booking an experience day will give you a taste of the skills (and muscles) you need to perform well off-road. You might even fancy buying your own bike and going racing by the time you hand the bike back at the end of the day.
Don’t worry if you don’t have the right gear, most experience companies offer bikes and kit hire so you can just turn up and ride. Here are some of the top Motocross try out days in the UK:
Who is it for
Anyone who's ever wondered what it would be like to crest a tabletop at 50mph.
Why you should do it
For road riders, MX is a great way of improving machine control and understanding how your body position and throttle control really matter.
What does it cost
Around £150 for the day with a hire bike and kit included.
Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 7QJ | 01638 751918
Wildtracks have a sand-based track well suited for all levels of rider. With separate tracks for juniors, Wildtracks is open Saturdays and Sundays (weather permitting) Prices start from £20 per bike dependant on engine size. The hiring of bikes and gear available on request.
KTM Motocross Experience
Various UK Locations | 01543 271675
Catering for ages 15 and up, KTM MX offer experiences to all levels of riders including complete beginners. Tuition from experts available along with the hiring of bikes and gear. Full day price £185pp.
Washbrook Farm MX
Cambridgeshire | 01352 740442
Complete with 3 practice tracks, Washbrook Farm is suitable for infants to adults. Bike and equipment hire on request. Fully trained staff, marshalls and first-aiders present. Open Every Saturday (weather permitting) 11am – 4pm.
East Anglia | 07425 168341
Suitable for ages 7 and up, MX Tryout offer professional tuition with the latest Kawasaki Motocross bikes plus the hiring of protective gear. Suitable for complete novices, MX run half-day or full-day training sessions for small groups.
Yamaha MX Experience
Various UK Locations | 01543 466282
This is an experience open to all levels of riders, from novices (including would-be riders who have never even sat on a bike before) to experienced road and off-road enthusiasts. We cater for adults seeking the adrenaline of a new experience.
Chiltern Young Riders
Hertfordshire | 07957 200 471
Providing Motocross and Dirtbike training to all ages with bike and kit hire. We give the opportunity for people upwards of four years old to experience the thrills of off- road bikes.