6 Essentials For Riding Dirt Bike Alone

Finding riding buddies at any given time can be difficult at times. If it’s a beautiful Sunday afternoon and everyone is busy, but you have a perfectly good dirt bike sitting in the garage that is begging to be ridden, what’s going to stop you? Some people will never ride without someone else with them due to safety risks. While I completely understand that, some people have schedules that make it very difficult to find riding partners, and that shouldn’t make you get rid of your dirt bike.

So, if you really want to ride your dirt bike like I do but can’t find friends to ride with, it’s time to get yourself and your bike ready for some  solo adventures. Not only are there things you should bring with you in case of emergency, there’s some general guidelines that you should follow when riding alone so you reduce the chances of an accident.


Whether you’re out riding in your backyard, or 10 miles out in a forest, it’s a good idea to bring a cell phone. If you or your bike can’t make it back safely, you need to be able to contact someone for help. This alone can save you from most disasters.


Having some ID and cash on hand can also get you out of a jam. In a worst case scenario, someone may need to know who you are and who to contact. A concussion may knock you out and cause some short-term memory loss. Also, if something breaks, you run out of gas, or your dirt bike needs a tow, having some money with you will save a lot of time, and may allow you to get help from the right person. You can put your wallet and phone in zip-loc bags so they stay dry.

Hand Tools, Not Tool Hands

Riding Alone In The Woods
Riding Alone In The Woods

Have you ever tried fixing or replacing parts on your dirt bike without any tools? It sucks, doesn’t it… This is why it’s a good idea to bring a small tool pack along on your solo rides. Adding more weight to my ride is not something I’m fond of, but in this case it can possibly save me hours of frustration. If you already ride with a small backpack, just add some of the most used tools for your bike, such as a few wrenches, a pair of screwdrivers, pliers, duct tape, zip ties, a spark plug, and anything else you might use on a regular basis.

You Might Get Hungry/Thirsty

Always bring water. You don’t always know how long you will be out for, and dehydration can be very dangerous. Not drinking enough before and during your riding session will drain your energy, and it will cause you to lose concentration. A camelbak is the most convenient way to carry water since you can mount a hose to your helmet to drink while riding. You can also store some small snacks or extra tools in the available pockets. Having a couple energy/granola bars with your water can give you just enough juice to safely get you back in home case of emergency.

Don’t Be Dumb

It’s just something I have to say because it seems like every time I get on a dirt bike I feel like conquering the world. Unfortunately, this is not the best mindset when flying solo on a dirt bike. While dirt biking is inherently risk-taking, if you’re pushing yourself as fast as you can go, an accident will happen sooner rather than later. One little divot or tree that you oversee or miscalculate and you’re on the ground. Going fast is fun, and it’s so easy to get the adrenaline pumping, but if you come up to a very challenging and/or dangerous obstacle, I encourage you to take an extra minute to decide if it’s worth taking the risk. You can stay get faster by riding in your comfort zone; it’s called riding smarter. A few little bobbles or near-misses are okay every once in a while; that means you’re running at a good pace. But if you’re coming close to hitting things or wiping out every couple minutes, you need to slow down.

Tell Someone

Last, but not least, if you’re going to ride alone, ALWAYS tell someone where you’re going and about how long you plan on riding for. A family member, a riding friend that couldn’t make it in time, or even a good neighbor if you happen to have one. Even if you’re an experienced rider, all it takes is one little accident to produce a life-threatening situation, and being stuck out in the middle of nowhere without anyone knowing where you are is one of the worst case scenarios.

This article is not to scare you from riding alone (although I believe it’s always safer to ride with someone), but merely to prepare you and to help reduce the number of dangerous situations. So please, plan ahead, ride safe, and have fun!

-Tom Stark

My Favorite Motocross Channels on Youtube

Youtube has become the new Internet TV, and it is as close and real to being live TV as it gets, except with edited footage! There are hundreds and thousands of dirt biking channels out there, but none of us have 12+ hours in the day to sit on the computer watching them all to find out which ones are the best. Well, at least most of us don’t…

I’ll show you my favorite Dirt Bike related channels from Youtube. Why? Because many of them deserve a lot of views after all of the hard work put in to making and editing them. Besides, it will give you more channels to subscribe to and you’ll be able to watch awesome motocross vids the minute they’re posted. Other than my own Channel for Motocross, the following are my Top Five channels that upload videos regularly that I look forward to watching.


999lazer posts weekly videos of local racers and motocross tracks. They are based in the UK, and are big fans of two-strokes. Why are they on this list? Not only is the footage good, but some of the edits are just plain entertaining, as well as some of the commentary from the riders themselves.


You want some of the sickest edits of off-road riding from a local filming duo? Team404 has been making professional motocross shorts, as well as photography for the past couple years. Check out some of their latest work; you won’t regret it!


Looking for some humor to enlighten your day? MisterBigWheel combines casual sarcasm with adventurous riding trips into the arctic lands of Alaska. If you enjoy dry humor and watching average Joe’s crash and break stuff, this is another great channel to subscribe to.

Danny Stuart:

If you haven’t seen some of his videos already, you’ll find that Danny Stuart likes to take his filming and editing skills, and make some of the coolest videos of local and national pros riding. Whether it’s at his home track (MX207), or a secret riding spot, you’ll be in awe with the high-quality footage that he captures and edits. Music is something that most people don’t want to hear on a motocross video, but somehow Danny is able to pick the right songs that seem to flow well with his videos…

Wozwick:My Favorite Motocross Channels on Youtube

Also known for MXPTV, Matt Wozney is a full-time professional film-maker in the motocross industry. If you just want hardcore motocross footage with some of the best amateurs around the country, head on over to wozwick’s channel on Youtube. He uses the latest in technology for cameras, video editing, and puts together the finest footage of Motocross racing I’ve come across. Both two and four-stroke, mini’s to full-size bikes, he gets them all. For not being on TV, this is as close to Nationally Televised as it gets, and he was ever so close to bringing the Ricky Carmichael Amateur National to us live. I’d bet that he’ll want to try again in the near future…

Honorable Mentions:

The five channels listed above are not the only videos that I watch from. In fact, there are many more that I subscribe to for more great entertainment. The ones below also have a knack for getting great dirt bike footage. Reasons they didn’t quite make the cut could be that they don’t upload very often, they still need to sharpen their shooting skills, they occasionally fail to keep the audience captivated, or there just plain wasn’t enough room on the list… If you feel like a channel should be added to the list, feel free to leave a comment!

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-Tom Stark

So You Think You Know How To Ride A Motocross Bike…

A lot of people hop on a dirt bike (usually one that’s too big/fast for them), rip down the street once, then say that they’ve “Ridden” one… Well, that’s what I call a hot-headed Poser. They prance around, boasting that they owned the sport of dirt biking, and it’s on to the next “sport”….. This is why too many people say that “Motocross is easy”, even though they have no idea what the actual meaning of Motocross is. In their minds, riding a dirt bike is motocross, so they tried the sport of motocross when they took a bike for a spin down their neighborhood street.

Motocross Goons

Let me tell you something; a myth that most people (even riders) con themselves into. It’s that the bigger and more powerful bike you have, the faster you will go. In a straight line drag-race, yes, but who can’t ride a straight line? How about on the track, where the real athletes are? Yeah, the torque of a 450cc 4-stroke does make it easier to clear that step-up right after the corner, but it doesn’t necessarily make your lap times lower. More on this later…

I can go through all the gears on my 125cc motocross bikes. Or a 500cc for that matter. If you can’t do that, then you probably don’t belong on a motorcycle. Doing it on the street is one thing. Doing it on the track… Not even comparable. It takes more skill, strength, and endurance to ride on a real motocross track than almost any other sport, and injuries are more so common in this sport that you can almost anticipate one in the future. That’s why it’s a good idea to Get Insurance for Motocross Racing. The top riders in the world are in better shape than 99.9% of athletes. They train harder, longer, and more, as well as practice on their bike (which is more of a workout in itself than many athletes do). Although, the average Joe would have no idea, whether they’ve “ridden” a bike before or not.

Real Motocross Riders

I know plenty of people that don’t think motocross is very difficult to participate in. It’s understandable to an extent, because they just don’t know; and probably never will. It’s not something that you can explain either, especially if they play other sports or activities (such as soccer). They often have it in their mind that the sport they do is more straining on the body than others. I’m not saying that you should try and convince them either. Most of them are too stuck up anyway if they believe anyone can race motocross and have success.

Back to the lap times… It doesn’t take a 450cc motocross bike to get the fastest lap times, even though it may help in some areas. Motocross is about 90% rider and 10% bike. Although some may beg to differ, just look at what James Stewart did on an “old and outdated” KX125 2-stroke. This is why I believe a 125 2-stroke is enough power for 99% of riders. Now, one exception is rider size/weight, as some larger guys will do better on a bigger bike because they need more torque to get going. My argument  is, if you can’t ride a bike to its full potential, why go bigger? I would personally consider riding 85’s because of my size, but the only adult classes (other than pit bikes) are with full-size bikes. (This is why I’m building an XR100/Motocross Conversion bike over the winter as a play bike, which I’ll cover on a future article…)

So, the act of actually knowing how to and riding a motocross bike is by racing as fast as you can for a certain amount of laps around a motocross track with real jumps, corners, whoops, ruts, braking bumps, natural terrain, etc. (not down your road or a corn field).

-Tom Stark