Motocross Guide for Beginners

Got a kid considering jumping on a bike and hitting the dirt track? Maybe you’re looking into racing yourself. Either way, Motocross is an awesome sport for all ages. As team sponsors of a few professional motocross guys, at OGIO we get geared up each time we have a chance to educate others on how to start.

This OGIO Motocross Guide for Beginners covers the basics, from finding a bike, to getting the right gear, to prepping for your first race.


Finding a Dirt Bike

We’ve considered renaming this section to “Finding a Dealer” because ultimately, that part matters the most. It’s important to find a dealer whose owners and employees either currently race or have in the past. They will have intimate knowledge on how a bike should feel, what size you need, and what kind of power you can handle. They’ll understand if you show up to get parts for your bike without an appointment. Start searching online, and don’t be shy about asking them for racing experience.

Quick Tips for Choosing a Bike:

- Let the dealer know you are going to be mainly riding tracks
- Start with a bike that lets you put both feet on the ground
- Be honest about how heavy of a bike you’re able to keep control of
- Choose something “crashable” – meaning it won’t be so expensive to fix
- Look for “low mechanic maintenance” machines like a two-stroke bike that you can learn to work on
- Start with lower power bikes and graduate your way up


Getting the Gear

There are two groups of gear: safety and handy. While we cover both, safety comes first – and then the handy stuff.

Safety Gear:

Helmet – Look for helmets with a certified safety rating.  Make sure it’s snug but not uncomfortable, and always keep the strap tight enough that it won’t slip off should you crash.

Goggles – Choose ones that have a thicker padding around the inside, as they’ll offer more comfort and grip.

Padding – knee pads, elbow pads and body armor. They are all for your protection during a crash, but also for objects getting kicked up by the rider in front of you.

Clothing – Long sleeves, made of sturdy material. You’ll eventually want to get racing pants, as most knee pads are designed to go inside them.

Boots – Boots must at least cover the ankle. Get a sturdy pair, break them and they’ll last a long time. When buying for kids, buy a little bit bigger so they have room to grow.

Handy Gear:

Storage Bags – Goggles and helmets are expensive. Keep them in top condition with the OGIO MX Goggle Box or combine them together with the ATS Gear Case.

Hydration Packs – When you’re out there practicing, you don’t want to stop for a drink. Carry a light-weight hydration pack from OGIO to stay cool.

Travel Bags – Sometimes you have to travel to get to a track. Pack it in one with a travel bag from OGIO.

Tool Case – Stay on the go with the OGIO MX Flight Vest. Carry your tools, hydration pack, goggles, and more with this light-weight vest.


Time to Practice

Getting used to your bike and the way it handles is the first step to racing on the track. Go out to different terrains, try out different speeds. Get used to the way your brakes, clutch and other aspects of your bike work. Once you gain confidence, start with tricks like wheelies and small jumps. Practice tight turns, because how you handle corners is going to impact your race time. Learning proper body positioning like keeping your elbows up will make a huge difference.

And never forget the buddy system. Motocross is a dangerous sport. If you go out riding by yourself and end up getting hurt, no one will be there to help you. Plus, having someone to race with will push you to do better, go faster and overall improve your skill.

High Hopes for Monumental Motos in 2015

This year stands to be another action-packed year of bar-to-bar racing from the start of Supercross’ 17 rounds to the much-anticipated outdoor Lucas Oil Motocross Championship. With revered veteran racer James Stewart out for the sum of the Supercross season and the first ten rounds of the Motocross Championship due to testing positive for amphetamines at 2014’s Seattle Supercross, the door is wide open for a new generation of talent to shine.

2015 Supercross Season

Supercross fans eagerly awaited Anaheim 1’s first gate drop in another season defined by stacked classes and strong factory teams. The 450 class championship is up for grabs with four-time title winner and reigning champ, Ryan Villipoto, opting to race a European series for Monster Energy Kawasaki. Many are looking to talented neophytes Cole Seely and Jason Anderson to make waves in the ranks after favorite 450 newcomer Dean Wilson was sidelined due to a knee injury early in the season.

In addition to rookies in the spotlight, high expectations have been placed on esteemed riders who have yet to see a 450 title, including Trey Canard, Justin Barcia and Ken Roczen. Nobody is fast to count out past winners Chad Reed and Ryan Dungey, but if the aging Reed is to see another title before retirement, he had better make this his year before Lites class fresh faces make the move up to the 450 class.

In the West Coast portion of the series, Lites racers Cooper Webb, Zach Osborne and Arenacross vet Tyler Bowers are the ones to watch. East Coast riders gear up for their debut on Valentine’s Day when the series makes a stop in Arlington, Texas. Reigning East champ Justin Bogle and counterpart Jeremy Martin are anticipated to put up a good fight while Martin Davalos – in his announced final Lites season – is expected to atone for the dislocated ankle and shattered scaphoid that took him out of the running for last year’s East Coast crown.

Las Vegas Shootout

On May 2, Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium is the setting for the crowning of a new Supercross champ for the first time in four years, given Villipoto’s SX sabbatical. The Lites classes are slated to serve up excitement given the raw aptitude in each class meeting up in the much-anticipated shootout when the top talent from both coasts have throttles pinned for more at stake than Lites class bragging rights.

Familiar Territory for Motocross Championship

Two weeks separate Supercross and outdoor pro racing. The 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship returns to the same 12 tracks in a slightly altered order this year. May 16 marks the first gate drop at Hangtown in Sacramento, California. Top racers in the world will battle heat, mud and deep ruts all across the country with the final stop in Crawfordsville, Indiana at the Ironman National. Unadilla promises to be action-packed on August 8 as young talents fresh from Loretta’s try their hands among the pro ranks. Unadilla is also the round Stewart is eligible to return to racing, and fans hope to see number seven out there after his unfortunate suspension.

Barring injury of favored racers, moto enthusiasts are certain to be on the edges of their seats as the fastest men on dirt bikes line up to prove their deep-seated drive to succeed among the finest factory-backed racers and privateers. Supercross and the Motocross Championship set the standard for elite racing, and 2015 showcases a continuation of the celebrated excellence among those racing on American soil. Check out OGIO’s moto gear whenever you need gear for the races.

Red Bull Signature Series Hare Scramble 2014

One of the many things we at OGIO love about our partner Red Bull Signature Series is their progressive and innovative events.  Red Bull Signature Series competitions for snowboarding, mountain biking, freestyle motocross, ice cross downhill, skiing and BMX, allow extreme athletes to showcase their skills on one of a kind, custom courses. With all the twists, turns, and high energy performances, there is never a dull moment during an RBSS event. This Sunday RBSS will put on one of the most anticipated races of the year, the Red Bull Signature Series: Hare Scramble 2014. This intense off-road motorcycle race is not to be missed.

Serving as the final event for the famous Erzberg Rodeo in Eisenerz, Austria, The Hare Scramble is the toughest World Extreme Enduro race of them all. The fastest 500 of 1500 competitors are invited to take place in the scramble, which features rugged natural terrain, such as creek beds, logs, hills, mud, rocks, and ruts. These obstacles, as well as elements like wind and rain, require extremely specialized skills to navigate. Only a fraction of the 500 participants will actually finish the incredibly challenging course.

Tune in to NBC Sports Network this weekend to experience the 2014 Hare Scramble first hand. Also, be sure to check out our exclusive Red Bull Signature Series Collection, available for a limited time only.

Get Your Gear and Hit the Road: Motorcycle Events Across the U.S.

When the summer weather starts to approach and the slush of winter has finally disappeared, there is a certain group of people that get more excited than school kids: bikers. I’m not talking about bicyclists – although they probably are excited as well. I’m talking about motorcyclists.

Summer is the perfect time to get your motorcycle out of the garage and finally stretch your wheels after a long winter of being cooped up inside. The warmer weather and some necessary vacation time are a perfect combination for motorcycle road trips, rallies and weekly events.

There are some well-known biker events such as the March of Dimes Bikers for Babies, the annual Sturgis rally, Laconia Motorcycle Week and Daytona Beach Bike Week. While these events draw bikers from across the nation, you can also find some lesser known biker events to participate in throughout the summer. There are events every weekend across the U.S., so the next time you’re feeling the urge to ride, grab your OGIO Mach 5 Motorcycle Bag and hit the road for one of these biker events.

July 21-27

The Wetzelland Motorcycle Rally is held every year during the last full weekend of July in Van Wert, OH. This year the rally will be held from Friday, July 25 to Sunday, July 27. The annual swap meet and party includes great bands, rodeo games, tattoo contests, bike show poker run and more. There are also vendors, food, camping and showers on-site.

July 28-August 3

The 100,000 Ft. Ride takes place in Lakewood, Colorado and begins at 7 a.m. on August 2. The ride travels through the mountains and over enough passes in one day to equal 100,000ft. Be sure to strap our Dakar 100 Hydration Pack to your back so you can stay hydrated during this all-day ride. The ride will take you through beautiful Colorado scenery, with shortcuts available for people who don’t want to travel the whole route. Register early! This event fills up fast!

August 4-10

The Sturgis Bike Rally is definitely one of the most popular biker events in the country. The rally takes place for the entire week of August 4 to 10 in Sturgis, South Dakota. There are endless events and attractions at the rally, so there’s something for everyone to enjoy. The rally started in 1938 as a promotion for a small racing event and has grown to be the premier Harley rally in the world.

August 11-17

The Salute to American Veterans Rally, aka the Cripple Creek Rally, is the longest running motorcycle event in Colorado. The rally takes place from August 15 to 17 in Cripple Creek, Colorado. There are some unique rides in Cripple Creek; bikers see a lot of the old mining area in the Colorado Mountains. Attractions include Vietnam Memorial Travelling Wall, POW/MIA remembrance ceremony, live music, military plane flyovers, Veterans’ Parade, VIP guests and much more.

August 25-31

Thunder in the Rockies takes place from August 29 to September 1 and is the largest rally in Colorado. This rally takes place in Loveland, Colorado and boasts attractions such as live music by top national bands, bike show, a tattoo contest, drawings for bike giveaways, MMA Fights, bikini contests, stunt shows, Globe of Death, Wheel of Death, demo fleets, and vendors.

The Easyriders Rodeo Tour & Motorcycle Rally in the wildest motorcycle rodeo tour in America. The event takes place in Chillicothe, OH from August 28 to September 1, and has attractions such as live music, bar stool racing, dyno drags, motorcycle exhibits, used parts corral and more! Go out for a day or bring along your OGIO motorcycle saddle bag to stay for the weekend.

No matter where you decided to bike this summer, there are motorcycle events throughout the nation. Many of these events also focus on raising money for charity, so you can serve a good cause while enjoying your favorite hobby. Wherever you go, be sure to gear up with OGIO moto gear to stay properly prepared.

Top Signs that Summer is Here!

What are the signs that summer has arrived? Aside from the increased temperature, pool openings and slew of school-free kids roaming around, here are some of the sure-fire activities that show summer is upon us!

1. The Driving Range is Full

Thinking you’re going to hit a bucket of balls at the driving range? So is everyone else! The summer sun and clear skies is bringing out the golfers, as they loosen up their golf swing for the summer. Golf is the ideal summer sport. You can get together with some friends for 18 holes on the course, or go solo at the driving range. OGIO has a great selection of women’s golf bags and golf bags for men. If you need to get some new golf gear, check out OGIO golf bags!

2. Break out the Camping Gear

The summer season is great for camping out. The higher temperatures ensure that you’ll be comfortable in your tent at night. Can’t find a campsite in your area or don’t have time to plan a full camping weekend? Try camping in your backyard. Just because you can’t find a suitable campground doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the great outdoors. Crank up the grill for hot dogs and s’mores, pack up your sleeping bags and set up camp in the backyard. Summer activities like camping are more about experiencing the outdoors and unplugging, whether in a wild forest or a suburban lawn.

3. Cyclists are out and about

Breaking out the two-wheeled or three-wheeled mode of transportation is a definite sign of summer! Cyclists are out in force, whether they’re peddling or revving their motor. Summer is prime riding and biking time, so expect to see bikers on the road. OGIO has a great selection of moto backpacks for bikers who are using their motorcycles as their daily commuter this summer. Don’t forget to watch out for bikers when you’re out driving around, as they can be easily lost in the blind spots of vehicles.

4. It’s Road Trip Season

Time to pack up the car with food, friends and overstuffed OGIO travel bags! Summer is road trip season! Grab a few of your best friends and a great mix CD, and hit the open road. A road trip is a great way to bond with friends over laughs, sights and probably some petty fights – because being trapped in a car for more than 4 hours isn’t always all fun.

5. There’s a Race Every Weekend

Lace up your running shoes! In the summertime, there are a variety of races to join if that’s your thing. Whether you’re participating in a color run or a warrior dash, there are plenty of races, runs and triathlons to choose from! People walking around in running gear, with paper numbers pinned to their shirts and possibly covered in colored powder is a for sure sign that summer is here.

Summer is a great time for fun in the sun. Try any of the activities above for some guaranteed outdoors fun this summer! Don’t forget to check out OGIO’s great selection of athletic bags, apparel and shoes. Whether you’re golfing, camping or participating in a summer color run, OGIO has something for everyone!

Memorial Day Weekend: Summer Kickoff

You’ve ridden out the long winter and now the best part of the year is finally here! While summer may not technically begin until June 21st, everyone knows that Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff to everyone’s favorite season. Summer’s return means it’s time to fully embrace the sunshine and gear up for a variety of warm weather fun. Here are a few of the awesome outdoor activities you can get excited for now that the days are longer and the temperatures are higher:


ATV bag from OGIO
If you are lucky enough to have a little land, or know someone who does, there’s nothing quite like the thrill of off-roading in an ATV. Heading to the backcountry and doing a little four-wheeling is an incredibly fun and freeing experience, especially after a long boring winter. Make your ATVs even more fun, functional, and summer ready with an ATV bag. OGIOs front and rear ATV bags allow you to carry and protect all your gear while you’re on the go.


Motorcycle bag from OGIO

For those who are more into on-roading than off-roading, motorcycles are the ticket. Memorial Day weekend is a huge holiday for motorcyclists! Huge group rides and rallies occur all of the country. One of the largest and most famous of these rides is Rolling Thunder, a rally held in Washington D.C. in recognition of Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action.  Events like these kick off a full season of motorcycle fun. OGIO has the perfect tail bags, saddle bags, and backpacks to outfit any motorcycle. Check out these awesome moto bags today.


Golf cart bag by OGIO

Summer also provides some of the best weather of the year for golfing. A sunny day on the golf course is a good day on the course. However, as it gets hotter golf charts become even more convenient. Why trek all over the green when you can drive? Instead of hauling your clubs around, focus on your game.  OGIOs golf cart bags help to organize your clubs and make them easy to transport.

With summer right around the corner, make sure you have all the gear you need to enjoy your favorite outdoor activities! From all of

OGIO Salutes: Motocross Athlete with Attitude Jolene Van Vugt

One motocross athlete is breaking records and blazing a trail for women in the sport. Jolene Van Vugt, of Ontario, is the first female Motocross athlete to complete a backflip on a dirt bike. She also holds the Guinness World Record for the longest dirt bike backflip completed by a female. Her obvious talent for the sport and fearless approach to uncharted maneuvers has clinched her a host of Championships and made her a fan favorite. As a member of “Nitro Circus Live”, Van Vugt performs her daring stunts for rapt audiences, including many women and girls who are excited to see such a formidable representation of females in the traditionally male-dominated sport.

As a young girl Van Vugt was intent on shaking the more conventionally feminine path that her mother had envisioned for her. Figure skating and ballet were originally encouraged by Van Vugt’s mother, but after exploring several hobbies, Van Vugt decided to follow her father’s passions into Motocross. Once her dedication to the sport was made clear, her parents backed her aspirations as she quickly climbed the ranks in the Canadian women’s motocross circuit.

Today, Van Vugt continues to excel in motocross events around the world, and has even gone Hollywood. She performed Catwoman’s driving stunts in the 2012 Batman iteration, The Dark Knight Rises.

It’s athletes like Jolene Van Vugt that are helping to advance the sport by breaking records and barriers alike. Also, she’s really fun to watch! Check out the link to see her amazing backflip!

Disclaimer: OGIO is not affiliated with, maintained by, or in any way officially connected with the “Nitro Circus”, Jolene Van Vugt or any of its business units.


The 5 Best Motorcycle Rides in the U.S.

A motorcycle isn’t made for a routine trip to the grocery store. Your bike is most at home on the open road, with overnight gear loaded into a moto gear bag, your favorite tunes on the radio, and a stretch of open road in front of you. As the weather starts to get warmer and spring approaches, it time to start thinking about your next big motorcycle trip. The diverse natural beauty found in the United States means that riders have plenty of scenic roads to travel, and the following five rides are the cream of the road warrior’s crop.

1. Arizona’s Highway 93

Motorcycle ride Arizona

This is a hidden gem of a trip. Exit onto the 93 east of Kingman and head south on a lonely highway that ends in the Phoenix metro area. You’ll drive past scenic hills sprinkled with desert trees, which gradually turn into fields of saguaro cactuses. There are plenty of roadside spots to pull over and grab a snack out of your backpack or a drink from your hydration pack as you marvel at the scenery.

2. The Pacific Coast Highway of Northern California

Motorcycle ride Highway 1

This iconic road has been immortalized in music and film. US Highway 1 runs the length of the Pacific Ocean for 655 miles, but the northern sections have less traffic and better views overall. You’ll ride on cliffs, through small coastal towns and over majestic bridges. Make sure to pack your camera, because you will definitely want to take some pictures.

3. “The Lasso” from Wyoming to Sturgis, South Dakota

Motorcycle ride Sturgis

The Sturgis Rally is the most famous motorcycle gathering in the U.S., and there are myriad roads an experienced rider can take to get there. The Lasso is mountainous, scenic and challenging, making it the perfect choice. This route 24 drive will take you right past Devil’s Tower National Monument, a great monolith jetting seemingly out of nowhere into the sky. This is a magnificent spot to pull out your camping equipment, throw on your warm moto jacket, and stay the night on sacred Lakota land.

4. The Low Road to Taos, New Mexico

Motorcycle ride New Mexico

While the “High Road” is more famous, the Low Road on State Road 68 from Santa Fe to Taos, New Mexico, has a charm all its own. This drive runs along the winding banks of the Rio Grande on the edge of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain. The authentic adobe houses along the route are particularly cool. The road also has plenty of picnic spots, art galleries, fruit and vegetable stands, and quaint eateries. You’ll want to bring your best moto equipment to store all the trinkets and treasures you find along the way.

5. Shenandoah Skyline Drive, Virginia

Motorcycle ride Skyline Drive

Nestled on the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this 105-mile mountaintop highway is absolutely breathtaking. While the views are amazing at any time of the year, this drive is most breathtaking in the fall when the leaves are changing color and the days are cooler. There are four entrances to Shenandoah National Park, and bikers will find many campsites and picnic grounds along the route. You’ll likely want to stay for more than one day, so don’t forget your sturdy luggage bag.

Make sure to check out OGIO’s extensive motorcycle line. Our high quality products are the perfect companion to any motorcycle rides.  You feel great hitting the road and starting your next motorcycle adventure with our equipment along for the ride.