10 Must-Have Dirt Bike Accessories for Every Rider

Dirt bike riding is an adrenaline-pumping and exhilarating sport for riders of all ages and skill levels. As dirt bike riding continues to grow in popularity across the US, it’s essential for riders to equip themselves with the right gear and accessories to maximize their performance, safety, and comfort level on the trails.

To help in selecting accessories, we put together a list of the top ten must-have dirt bike accessories that every rider should consider investing in. From safety equipment to tools and performance-enhancing add-ons, these accessories will make sure that you get the most out of your next ride.

Whether you’re a seasoned rider or new to the sport, selecting the best options for your specific needs can take your dirt biking experience to new levels. Our list of the top 10 must-have dirt bike accessories will help you think through what you need and get you prepared you for an unforgettable ride.

#1 - Helmet

A helmet specifically made for dirt bike riding is the most important safety accessory. Helmets serve as the primary line of defense against possible head injuries. When selecting the right helmet, here are a few factors to consider:

1) Safety Standards

When shopping for helmets, make sure to pick a helmet that meets safety standards that are set by both local government and local racing organizations. A helmet that meets or exceeds DOT, ECE, or Snell safety standards, has undergone rigorous testing and will provide an adequate level of protection.

2) Comfort & Fit

In addition to safety standards, selecting a helmet that fits well and feels great while wearing, is important. As dirt bike helmets are available in various designs and styles, choosing one that fits properly and is also comfortable, may require trying it on to get a feel for what design and style works best for you. A well-fitting helmet should be snug, but not too tight. Overall, you want a helmet that allows for a comfortable fit and is also secure so that it stays put during the entire ride. To find the right size, a useful guideline involves measuring your head circumference with a small, flexible metal tape measure or cloth measuring tape, to then taking the measurement and comparing with the manufacturer’s sizing charts to determine the correct size.

3) Ventilation

On top of fit and comfort level, there are a few other important things to consider when dirt bike helmet shopping, including ventilation and options for easy cleaning. Helmets with removable liners are easy to wash to keep everything maintained for cleanliness and hygiene. A clean helmet will wear better and last longer.

A helmet with proper ventilation is crucial for good airflow to prevent overheating during a ride, and also helps to prevent the fogging of goggles. When shopping for your helmet, look for multiple vents that allow for good airflow to keep your head cool and dry during the entire ride.

3) Chinstrap

when dirt bike helmet shopping, keep an eye out for the helmet’s chinstrap, which should fit snug against your chin. Additionally, the chinstrap should be secure, comfortable, and easy to fasten and release. You don’t want the chinstrap to be too loose, which allows the strap to flip over your chin. It’s also important that it not be so tight that it’s challenging to open the mouth. The chinstrap plays a crucial role in keeping the helmet in place during a crash, so the fit is very important and making sure that the strap is adjustable and also made from durable materials.

#2 - Goggles

Goggles are a very important accessory for dirt bike riders. Goggles provide protection and ensure clear vision throughout the ride. A quality, high-end goggle is definitely nice to have, and often come with more advanced features, but many other inexpensive models will also do the job well. Some goggles are jam-packed with the latest features that give riders the ultimate in protection and experience. Some of these features include 100% UVA, UVB and UVC protection and optimized peripheral vision.

Other Goggle features include anti-fog, anti-scratch coating to provide better visibility by preventing lens fogging and damage from scratches. The coating feature also helps enhance visibility during wet or muddy conditions on the trails. The goggle lens material also offers impact-resistance to protect the eyes from flying debris, dirt, dust and shattering upon impact.

When selecting goggles, it’s important to shop for comfort and fit. A comfortable fit will keep goggles securely in place throughout the ride. Adjustable straps and foam padding around the edges will also help to create a more secure fit. When selecting the right google, it’s also important to make sure they fit with your helmet without any gaps or discomfort.

#3 - Gloves

Gloves are another essential piece of gear to have when riding a dirt bike. The right gloves can help provide a better hold on the grips on the handlebars. A lot of brands carry great gloves with protective features. Gloves also reduce chafing, blistering and offer protection from scrapes and random impacts. Any riders suffering from arm pump or carpal tunnel syndrome will also benefit by choosing the a pair with padding to help prevent symptoms.

#4 - Protective Gear

Investing in high-quality protective gear, such as body armor, will greatly reduce the possibility of serious injuries when dirt bike riding. Protective gear should include protection for the knees, elbows, neck, chest, hands and feet to prevent against serious injury when taking on trails, extreme weather and rough terrain.

When purchasing gear, it’s essential to get the right fit and to select products that have been tested and found protective with the latest technologies. When it comes to sizing, every manufacturer approaches design differently with different sizing. It’s a good idea to measure and compare to the manufacturers guidelines for each piece of gear to ensure the right fit. When you start protective gear shopping, it can be helpful to start by reading reviews on manufacturers websites to get more insight into fit, comfort, and other useful tips. Blogs and websites also offer useful tips regarding specific brands and types of protective gear. It’s also a good idea to review gear that has been tried out by more experienced riders.

Neck braces add an additional level of protection for dirt riders taking on trails or tracks. When measuring for fit, the neck brace should rest comfortably on the shoulders and not hinder body movements in any way. Also, many manufacturers design neck braces to work in conjunction with their chest guard protection, which eliminates the need to buy the neck brace separately.
Other protective gear includes dirt bike boots. The right boots will help to protect the lower legs, ankles and feet from impact. Most dirt bike boots have a hinge mechanism on each ankle, which also makes shifting and braking easier, and prevents injuries due to overextension.

Other important protective gear includes knee and elbow guards and braces, which can also prevent against abrasion and hyper-extension injuries.

#5 - Tool Kit, Stands & Jacks

Another important accessory to pack when dirt bike riding, includes spare tools and parts. Having the right tool kit on trails is important because there’s nothing worse than breaking down and getting stranded on the trail and not having the right tools. Being prepared with a compact and light set of tools can make unexpected breakdowns a lot less stressful.
The right tool kit should have basic tools, including an air pump, tire gauge, extra oil, and some extra zip ties.

Stands and jacks are also really important accessories for maintenance, repair, and storage. Stands and jacks provide stability to work on your bike, making everything easier to access and to perform the repairs. When selecting a trail jack stand, keep in mind, they should be ultralight and foldable for easy portability. A lightweight trail stand can easily be packed and carried in a mailbag or fender bag to use on the trail.

#6 - Hydration

When dirt biking on the trails, especially in hot weather, requires staying hydrated to stay alert and focused. Off-road riding can be physically demanding and also burns a ton of calories. On longer trail rides, it’s even more important to stay hydrated.

A hydration pack is a great way to stay hydrated without the complications and keeps water out of the way. A backpack that doubles for hydration and storage, is both comfortable to wear and won’t impede your movements while riding.

#7 - Exhaust System

If you’re looking to give your dirt bike a more aggressive appearance and increase horsepower, an aftermarket exhaust system is a good idea.

When shopping for after market exhaust, it’s also important to first search for the best option for your specific dirt bike model. The right exhaust system for your bike can also help to reduce overall weight, depending on the material used to construct the system, and gives your bike a better look. Off-road aftermarket exhaust systems also bring increased durability to withstand rough terrain, including rocks, logs, and materials thrown around on the trails. Common components used to construct 4-stroke exhaust systems include an aluminum muffler with stainless steel header and mid pipe, a titanium muffler with titanium header and mid pipe, or a carbon fiber can with titanium header and mid pipe. Stainless steel and aluminum compose most construction materials entwined with lighter materials like titanium.

#8 - Handlebar Storage

Handlebar storage is an important accessory for storing valuables and are available in a variety of options and sizes. A storage case works great for storing cards, keys, registration, inhalers, pocket knives, protein bars, while remaining out of the way during a ride.
Larger storage boxes can hold most cell phones and also provide room for necessities, such as sun screen, snacks and back up hydration. Whether racing in the desert, exploring rugged mountain trails, or venturing out on a dual-sport adventure, a handlebar storage system is really important. Most designs offer protection for your cell phone to keep it securely in place on your bars.

#9 - GPS Mount

A solid mount protects your GPS from getting beat up by rocks, tree limbs, or crashes when riding.

The GPS mount from 3D Moto keeps your GPS protected, the mount wraps around the GPS to protect it and provides a more stable mid-handlebar mount, so that you can see the display while riding. Not only is it built to withstand harsh conditions but to withstand high shock and vibrations as well. The GPS mount fits 1 ⅛” handlebars. Select UNTV-A for 7/8″ handlebar adapter.

#10 - Spare Fuel Container

Whether you’re hitting the tracks or riding the trails, a proper and effective fuel can is just what you need for your dirt bike to make sure you don’t get stranded when the tank runs dry. There are a lot of options for carrying extra fuel, including aluminum fuel bottles, saddlebags, stackable liquid storage containers, attachable side mount fuel canisters, fender bags, and auxiliary tanks.

With so many options, selecting what works best might come down to your bike’s gas mileage, how far you plan to ride, and distance to the nearest gas station. Selecting the best option will also come down to how much space is on your bike and overall weight.


Since 2022, 3D Concepts Moto has been printing motorcycle parts. The father and son team, including Stuart, Paul, and Andrew Connell, got their start in the 3D printing industry when Stuart bought his first printer. Because of his “do-it-myself” personality, he naturally started printing anything he could think of, including parts for their own motorcycles. After showing the cool stuff made for their own dirt bikes and getting a lot of interest from friends, family, and the local Treasure Valley community, 3D Concepts Moto began.

The father and son team is composed of a retired construction and mining equipment engineer who used to race motocross, a car, truck, and motorcycle enthusiast, and a certified aircraft mechanic who loves to ride in the mountains. Together, we’ve been printing motorcycle parts for the past four years before starting 3D Concepts as a company.

Our motorcycle addiction goes back to the 1970s and 80s when father, Stuart, raced motocross in the Southwest part of the United States. Andrew and Paul’s first bikes were a Yamaha YZ-80 and a KTM 125SX. Andrew took to the dirt like a fish to water, while Paul’s interest peaked when he moved to Idaho in 2012, because of the amazing mountain single track.’’ The core values guiding 3D Concepts Moto’s vision stems from the application of custom parts on their own motorcycles. “We started making motorcycle parts for ourselves, because we wanted something better. Now we want to provide something better for our customers as well.”

The motivation behind 3D Concepts Moto’s vision is simple. We love to ride, and we love to build things! It’s our goal is to offer cost-effective, protection for critical off-road motorcycle parts for our customers. It’s these primary values that kick-started our business and is the fuel that motivates our success.