If you're just getting into motocross racing, you may have been surprised by the price tag that came with all of your new motocross gear. Gaerne boots, racing suits, and helmets can be expensive, which means you're making a significant financial investment right from the start. After putting in all of that cash, it would be a shame if your gear didn't last as long as it should because you didn't know how to clean and care for it properly. Take a look at some tips that can help you keep your motocross gear in great shape for as long as possible.
Your boots may take more of a beating than any other part of your racing gear. During the race, they'll get scraped, scuffed, and covered with mud, dirt, and gravel. As you can imagine, getting them clean again is a tough job. Your best bet is to start with a pressure washer. If you don't have one at home, an inexpensive fix is to take your boots to the nearest self-serve car wash and use their pressure washer.
Once you've thoroughly soaked the boots, let them stand for about ten minutes. This gives the water time to loosen up the caked on dirt. Next, you should apply a degreaser to loosen and remove any chain lubricant that you've picked up. Buckle your boots before applying the degreaser, then wait another ten minutes before proceeding.
Rinse the degreaser off with the pressure washer, then mix soap and water in a bucket and apply the suds to the boots. Any mild detergent will do – dish soap, laundry detergent, and shampoo are all good choices. Scrub vigorously, then rinse the boots with the pressure hose again. Allow the boots to air dry in direct sunlight. Once they're dry, store them on a boot rack or with cardboard or paper stuffed inside of them to help them keep their shape.
A leather riding suit offers great protection during the race, but after the race is over, you'll notice that the suit is pretty ripe. Not only do you want to get rid of the smell, you need to clean the suit in order to prevent it from being damaged. The smell comes from your perspiration inside the suit. When the sweat dries, it leaves traces of salt, and that salt can ruin your leather suit. Apply a desalting solution to lessen the smell. You can buy the solution at almost any store that sells leather items – just spray it on and let it do the work.
To get your suit looking nice and clean again, apply a leather shampoo and scrub off all of the dust, dirt, and grime on the suit. After shampooing, apply a leather conditioner. The conditioner helps preserve the quality of the leather, which you'll be depending on if you should ever crash. Degraded leather won't hold up in a crash, but conditioning the leather will help the suit continue to protect you. Finally, use a little liquid silicon in the zipper to keep it easy to zip and unzip.
Your boots and riding suit may stink after a race, but at least you're not burying your nose in them. Your riding helmet is a whole other story. It's saturated with bacteria, sweat, and oils from your hair, and it's likely very unpleasant to put back on your head after you remove it.
If your helmet has a removable liner, cleaning it is simple. Toss the liner into the laundry, and wipe out the helmet's shell with a damp cloth. Follow that up with an antibacterial spray that will get rid of any lingering odors.
If the helmet doesn't have a removable liner, then your best bet is to submerge it in a sink or large bucket of water, add some soap, and scrub as hard as you can. Then rinse the soap out thoroughly and set the helmet out to dry in the sun.
With proper cleaning and maintenance, your motocross gear will last for a long time, and you'll have a great time while wearing it.