Homemade Dirt Bike Jumps & Ramps

Written by philip foster
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Homemade Dirt Bike Jumps & Ramps
Build a jump with a steep incline to reach high altitudes. (dirt bike airborne image by MAXFX from Fotolia.com)

The sport of motocross comprises various disciplines including racing and freestyle. Motocross riders make use of a stripped down model of motorcycle known as a dirt bike. Unlike conventional motorcycles, the dirt bike features a knobby set of tires that enable you to ride on backwoods trails. Freestyle motocross riders utilise ramps, or jumps, to execute high speed tricks and aerial manoeuvres. Professional ramp builders often use a large piece of digging equipment known as a backhoe. Organise a group of fellow motocross riders to build your own homemade dirt jumps and ramps.

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Things you need

  • Spade shovel
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Flat head shovel
  • Watering can
  • Tamp

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  1. 1

    Construct your dirt bike ramps and jumps in an open field where you have permission to dig. Place the sharp edge of your shade shovel onto the ground. Apply downward pressure to insert the head of the shovel into the ground. Lower the shovel handle to loosen the dirt. Lift the dirt into your wheelbarrow.

  2. 2

    Repeat the digging process until you and your fellow riders have filled the tray of the wheelbarrow. Roll the wheelbarrow to the desired ramp location. Lift the right handle of the wheelbarrow to dump the dirt onto the ground. Refill the tray of the wheelbarrow. Dump the dirt onto the previous pile. Repeat the process a few more times.

  3. 3

    Utilise the head of the spade shovel to create an elevated mound of dirt. Use the flat head shovel to create an inclined ramp on one side of the mound. Scrape the shovel down the face of the ramp to smooth the surface. Hold the watering can over the ramp to moisten the dirt.

  4. 4

    Place a shovel full of dry dirt over your dirt bike ramp. Utilise the base of the tamp to flatten the face of the ramp. Add water to the ramp after creating the ideal incline and shape. Allow the dirt bike ramp to dry for 45 minutes. Ride your dirt bike slowly up the face of the ramp to ensure it has a stable construction.

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