How to Make Dirtbike Number Plates

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How to Make Dirtbike Number Plates
You can make a homemade plastic name plate for a dirt bike. (late starter image by Clarence Alford from

In races, dirt bikes have numbers just like in any other race. Most dirt bikes have their numbers written on a number plate located on the front of the bike. In a pinch, you can make a cardboard number plate that you can use a marker to write the number on; however, this option does not work for races that travel through water or mud, as the cardboard can get soggy and break. You can make a plastic number plate that will hold up much better than a cardboard version with a few basic hardware tools.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Cardboard
  • Utility knife
  • Pencil
  • Semi-flexible plastic
  • Scroll saw
  • Dust mask
  • Safety goggles
  • Drill
  • Oil paint
  • Small paint brush
  • Clear coat paint
  • Zip ties or waterproof wire

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  1. 1

    Measure the area where the number plate attaches to the dirt bike, or measure the dimensions of the original number plate.

  2. 2

    Cut out a square from cardboard equalling the chosen dimensions. Trim the edges of the cardboard to fit in the space on the bike, or you can trace the original plate directly onto the cardboard and then cut it out.

  3. 3

    Mark the cardboard at the mounting points located on the bike. Usually, the number plate sits between the fork tubes below the handlebars on the front of the bike.

  4. 4

    Trace the outline of the cardboard onto plastic. Mark the mounting holes directly onto the plastic.

  5. 5

    Cut out the plastic with a scroll saw. Wear safety goggles and a dust mask when cutting the plastic.

  6. 6

    Drill through the mounting holes so you can attach the plate to the dirt bike.

  7. 7

    Paint the correct number on the number plate with oil paints. Allow the paint to dry for one hour. Paint the entire plastic plate with a clear coat of paint to prevent the number from chipping off. Allow the paint to dry for two hours.

  8. 8

    Attach the number plate to the front of the bike with zip ties or waterproof wires.

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