Sidecar Motocross has already gained a massive fan following in Western Europe and there are many races held around the year in Eastern parts of the continent as well. Now it has made its way across the Atlantic to American shores and become talk of the town. It won’t be long before the whole world catches on to the hysteria and it becomes a global phenomenon. So what’s this, new age adventure sport all about? Well for starters, it’s quite similar to motocross but with one huge difference; the rider rides with a passenger in the side car.
Sidecar Motocross: Double the thrills
Motocross gained popularity because it gives adventure seekers all the thrills and spills they look for. When riders do their acrobatic stunts on their bikes, not only them but spectators get a huge adrenaline rush as well. You can imagine the high one can get with sidecar racing, which offers you twice as much fun and excitement. It’s one of the reasons why some of the biggest sidecar manufacturers and motorbike companies have joined hands to come together for the sport. These races are held on the same tracks as regular Motocross and are today, drawing huge crowds.
And why won’t they; these sidecars are designed to get around dirt tracks, bumps, hills and mud without any difficulty. There are some teams that are also known for doing double jumps, which add to the attraction.
Sidecar Motocross: It’s all about team work
In this type of motocross racing, the driver handles the bike similar to the way he does in regular motocross races but the bike doesn’t lean on turns. And that’s where the passenger comes into play and has to deliver on the crucial task of moving his weight around in the sidecar to ensure that the bike goes faster on turns and jumps. In fact it’s the passenger who ends up doing more physical activity in this sport than the driver. Hence it’s important that the passenger is in the best physical condition possible before he gets into the sidecar. You will often see teams on the lookout for a specialist sidecar driver, given his huge importance to the races.
At the end of the day, it’s all about the teamwork and you can see some outstanding double acts around today, who make Sidecar Motocross what it is; a superb and thrilling riding spectacle.