Formula one is obviously an expensive motorsport not only to buy the cars but they seem to commit suicide as they go along so repairs are expensive too. It is not something we can just go and do on a weekend even if you could afford to if I could though I wouldn’t do it the noise they make is a horrendous cacophony that sounds like a vacuum being carbonised with a banshee.
As far as I can see it is also mundane, today all formula one cars are ugly and look the same they are also covered in more adverts and sponsor stickers than the Internet. However if there can be a people’s car, why can’t there be a people’s motorsport and if there is one what would it be? Some would tell you differently but I would tell you that is motocross.
As you can buy a used motocrosser for less than a grand what you get for your money is a VIP pass to breath taking views in places even the best of off roaders can’t even dream off getting you, infinite sky and unlimited drama: something that a price cannot be put on (Other than £799+20%VAT of course) Alternatively you can simply find a motocross riding centre like the one the school I go to gives us the opportunity to ride at on Fridays. It has multiple different tracks which are roughly named such as the B track, the forest (an uneven circuit which seems to be designed pacifically to throw riders into the surrounding forest) and the circle (a small roundabout like circuit for very short races and practice)
There are also other races made out of chosen parts of those and other tracks they include tight corners, water splashes, steep hills which can and do send you into the air, thick mud in the winter, fine dust in the summer, one even includes a massive jump onto a large airbag back into the air and onto the ground again possibly still on your bike and many other ways to end up with a motorbike on you whilst it leaks fuel into your mouth.
The motocrossers themselves are kawasakis the ones I usually use are only 85cc most of the others are smaller but at least one is 125cc. I like them because they have absolutely no luxuries, dials or lights so there is no nonsense and to help this a fair amount of the bike is exposed what little of the body is actually there as standard is plastic what is left on them is even less plastic. in turn all of this things made the Kawasaki relatively light add that to a six speed gear box and specially designed tires you end up with what Italian car manufacturers like Lamborghini or Ferrari might call a Kawasaki superlaggera speciale or what Porsche might call a Kawasaki GT3 RS 00.85 or what I might call perfect.
The problem with having no rev counter is when you are a beginner is that it is very hard to set off with the clutch you have to listen to the revs and feel minor vibrations and things like that another problem when you are starting of is the gear box as you may know neutral on a motorbike is between first and second gear so if you stall you have to flick through the box until you are Trying to get into neutral but ending up in first or second.
Problems in motocross are not only reserved for beginners as it is also a lot to endure as in the summer it is so hot an dusty that someone who is stranded in the Sahara desert would feel sorry for you. In the winter it is so cold and muddy that someone who was drowning in a frozen swamp would have much sympathy for you, and the ride feels like being dragged through the outback at nine billion miles an hour.
Other drawbacks with motocross include getting the outfit on and choosing it, I don’t mind the colour of whatever it is but you still have to find the right size of: boots, trousers, helmet, neck brace, gloves, body armour, knee pads, arm pads, a shirt to go over the body armour and then I need to get my prescription goggles on… It would be easier and quicker for someone to choose their perfect wedding dress.
Those are a just few of the problems with motocross but in return for them you get some of the most fun that can be had with an engine for example whilst you are not always going very fast it feels like you are and when You are in a race or push yourself and your bike to the limit you get a dramatic feeling that can’t be explained and riding at the limit in strong weather makes that feeling even stronger. it is also very scary in fact I believe that it used to be said that the loudest thing in a Rolls-Royce at one hundred miles an hour is the clock, though now I have decided that the loudest thing on a motocrosser at that speed would be the rider screaming for what little of her or his life remains, also if you were to overdo it, the banshee that could be one of the instruments making the sound of an F1 car was real, it would start wailing to warn you of your incoming doom. When you put a motocrosser to the max, once you have crashed the pain is not the worst thing; it’s the fear of it. I actually look forward to crashing sometimes because I know that it is much more comfortable than riding the bike.
I am not as fast as some of the other riders but I probably don’t fall of or crash as much either and still have earned a good place in some races, for example one day I only had one opponent who was expected to easily beat me however, many races were held and I won every single one with all the other riders and more watching. On another occasion I came 2nd out of forth in extremely violent weather as the other two did not finish because one fell of before the second corner and one stopped at a hill all of that kind of action impressed the instructors and other riders so Friday afternoons became the until then the only moments of my life that I was actually noticed by others.
James May has often said that when he drives a special car it gives him a special feeling in his Ummm… trousers and Jeremy Clarkson says he feels it on his neck though I get this tight, warm feeling in my heart with motocross, it can come just by thinking about it. Motocross hasn’t really helped me make any more friends other than its self that is just as good still, if not much better.
I wanted to carry on with motocross more than I wanted to carry on with my life although that’s not happening, the reasons being I assume teachers at my school would have often noticed riders arriving back with large cuts, bruises, minor injuries, limping on one foot being supported by two other people to move and more. The second reason being on one very wet day a rider fell off by going too deep into a water splash right in front of me, I had to use wet brakes on wet mud to stop successfully about a foot away from his head the instructors were amazed this event caused lots of discussion amongst the other riders I fear it spread to the teachers to. The last reasons are simply because of the apparently short riding time (it does not feel short though, which is another reason it love motocross) and decreasing popularity. So the best afternoon activity is no longer an option. At least I still have over a year’s worth of memory of the best thing you could possibly remember the best ride being on a cold, muddy, slippery but sunny day on the B track which looks over the Hertfordshire countryside this I thought had to be the most fun a school would ever let you have for those and many more reasons.