Dirt bikes have become a popular form of entertainment for some people and remain a fun racing sport to watch. In 2021, the global dirt bike market was valued at $9.1 billion. This number is projected to reach $18 billion by 2031 according to insights from Allied Market Research. As having a dirt bike can be expensive, knowing some of the essential dirt bike accessories to buy can help you maintain your dirt bike, ensuring it stays clean and safe for long use. Here are some of our top picks of dirt bike accessories you should have with you when you’re out riding, as well as in your garage:
Dirt bike stand
This may sound trivial, and you might think it’s something you can live without, but owning a dirt bike stand can change your life. It not only helps you properly store your bike and prevent it from falling and then getting damaged or scratched all over, but it’s also useful for when you have to clean or polish the bike. In a previous Honest Riders post about polishing your dirt bike, we list the dirt bike stand as an essential element of your polishing session. A dirt bike stand helps make routine oil changes, cleaning, and more complex tasks simpler for you, allowing easier access to engine parts and components while you work on your bike. After all, proper care and maintenance are important if you want to ensure the longevity of your dirt bike.
Knee pads or knee braces
Safe equipment for riding your dirt bike is a must, and while most would advise a helmet — an essential accessory — don’t overlook the importance of a knee guard to prevent any severe injuries in case of accidents. Whether you opt for knee pads or braces, investing in proper dirt bike riding equipment should be as crucial as buying accessories and upgrades for the bike. In an insightful article entitled “Knee Pads Or Knee Braces?”, the differences between the two depend on how much mobility you want and need while riding your dirt bike. Knee pads allow you to move more but provide less impact protection, while knee braces can feel bulky and hard to move in, but offers solid impact protection due to the carbon fiber frames.
Dirt bike gas cans or utility jugs
Dirt bike gas cans are a must-have if you’re planning to ride to places with limited gas stations, out in the desert, or abandoned areas. Remember that dirt bikes are built to go fast, and you may burn through fuel more quickly than you’d expect. Investing in ways to carry spare gas while you ride — while making sure it’s ultra-safe and leak-proof — is crucial if you often take your dirt bike out on rides
Should you insure your accessories?
Insuring your dirt bike accessories may seem excessive, but it is necessary to have considering the expense of owning and maintaining this kind of ride. When availing of motorcycle insurance for your dirt bikes, it’s important to note that they cover the motorcycle as it came from the factory. There is no coverage for everything else you add to it after purchase — including accessories. For your dirt bike accessories, be sure to inquire about additional coverage to save you the repair and replacement costs in case of any accidents.
Insurance works slightly differently if you also plan to keep your dirt bike in storage during colder months. A feature on Sound Dollar about motorcycle storage insurance notes how it’s always a good idea to have coverage in case your ride is stolen or damaged when it’s gathering dust during the winter. Storage or lay-up insurance benefit suspends your collision, liability, towing, and other types of coverage during the winter months, keeping only the comprehensive insurance to protect your bike from theft and damage due to ice, fire, and other mishaps. Keep in mind, however, that the insurance will not cover any damages due to collisions with other vehicles.
Given the importance of insurance for your motorbike and its add-ons, it may very well be the most crucial accessory of all.