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>Supermoto : here's how to get started

The supermoto scene is really starting to kick-off. Much of its popularity can be put down to the following; a) its fun and exciting, b) its appeals to motorcyclists from a range of backgrounds (i.e. off-road guys, roadrace guys, speedway...), c) its reasonably affordable and d) its about rider skill - not who has the most powerful or expensive machine.

Perhaps your first step to becoming involved in supermoto is to watch some racing and see if the sport is for you. The pro-riders series looks fast, intense and damn scary, but if you look around you'll find a few other supermoto series look a bit more inviting. Unlike other forms of racing, you'll find the supermoto pit areas 'open' which will give you the opportunity to meet the racers, look at their bikes and perhaps ask some questions (they are a friendly bunch).

For a listing of the UK supermoto events you could have a look in the DoctorDanger 'events' section, or by contacting the following organisations...

Supermoto race organisors:
National Off-road Racing Association (NORA): Organisors of the National Supermoto Championship. Click here to visit website
The Fast Eddy /Supermoto UK: organisors of the Supermoto Challenge. Click here to visit website
Lesson & Training session
Before you set off in seach of a supermoto, we strongly recommend you take a lesson from a qualified supermoto instructor. Several manufacturers have set up training sessions for supermotos.
CCM Supermoto Trackday (from £150) - click here to visit website
The bike: entry level and modifications
There are a number of options available to those entering this sport.

Option 1& 2: buy a new or used supermoto which has already been prepared for racing. This can be costly, but will save a lot of hassell and time.

Option 3: Buy a used motocross bike and modify it. According to Michael Laverty who races in the pro-class Supermoto...

"Basically you could start supermoto racing if you just took a motocross bike and put supermoto wheels on it. I started on a CR250, I think that's the easiest bike to learn on because it's easy to slide. But a good bike to be competitive on is a 4 stoke, probably a smaller 4 stroke - like a Yamaha 400 or something like that."
For information on what modifications the leading Supermoto racers did to their bikes read our 'interviews' section - click here.
Here's what you'll need...
For those who can't splash out on a new race prepared supermoto (er.. like us) could consider buying a used motocross bike and modifying it. Motocross bikes like the Honda CR250 can make good entry level supermotos and cost from £700 used or from £3000 new.
Kit List
Bike £1,000-£7000
Gloves £40
Body Armour £80
Race leathers from £250
Goggles £35
MX Boots from £100
Trailer or Van find a friend
Crash Helmet from £100
Costs per race
To join a race organisation is about £25 for the year. The race entry fee is about £40, and you should budget for consumables such as, tyres, fuel, oil, clutches, chains, footpegs, levers, pads...