One Passion, Several Forms – the Art of the Modern Motorsport Supplier

Guest Article by Brandon Miles*

The motorsport supplier has evolved from what was often a single-sport supplier into an expert jack of all motor driven trades: from karting to motocross; from road biking to stock car racing.


Motor sports take many forms, with one central obsession – speed and power. The motorsport supplier has evolved from what was often a single-sport supplier into an expert jack of all motor driven trades: from karting to motocross; from road biking to stock car racing. Wherever there’s an ignition switch and a passion for winning, there’s a range of behind the scenes experts helping riders and drivers to achieve their peak performances, safely and consistently.

The setup of any motorsport vehicle is critical to the success s of its rider or driver. Soft suspension; hardsuspension; road tyres; off road tyres. Whether you are looking for rain slicks or a more complete travel on the forks of your motocross bike, the chances are good that you’ll call in the expertise of a supplier and/or fitter to help you get the best from your machine.

There are of course different gradations of tweaking that can be done to a machine – which is why there are different levels of service available from some motorsport supplier companies. For instance, while one supplier might concentrate on a specific machine – like motorbikes or karts, for example – and provide assessments and servicing in addition to the parts themselves; another may provide a broad range of motorsport accessories but no assessments or fitting services.

That isn’t to say that you can’t use abroad brush motorsport supplier and not get the benefit of professional fitting advice or servicing. The power of the internet, for example, allows you to find the best prices for the equipment you need to tune your bike or four wheeled vehicle; so you can get the best priced accessories from a larger supplier and turn to the smaller, more specialty providers for analysis and tuning.

Safety is key across the whole range of motorsports. Any activity that involves powered speed necessitates a range of safety gear, from helmets to leathers and from boots to gloves. Again depending on the nature of your sport you may be required to get different variations on the theme: but overall you need a good helmet to protect the head; boots and gloves for feet and hands; and a range of body coverings to protect against impact, abrasion and in some cases fire. Racing drivers, for example, wear fireproof undergarments beneath their overalls to give them assistance in the event of an engine fire.

One of the most frequently overlooked items of motorsport safety kit is the humble earplug. For years, earplugs have been either not quite good enough or horrendously expensive – as you could either put up with a basic factory shape, not quite the right fit for your ear; or have an earplug set custom made to your exact dimensions. Now there’s a third option. Stocked by a lot of motorsport supplier companies – mould your own earplugs, which allow you to custom make ear protection using high quality materials, but for a fraction of the price of having a pair made bespoke by an earplug company.


* About the author: Brandon Miles is an ex stock car racing driver turned motorsport supplier. He advises a number of companies on the best stock for amateur and professional level customers.

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