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How to build your own motorcycle trials course

Updated November 21, 2016

Motorcycle trials are exciting, but they require a lot of practice. A great way to practice by yourself or with friends is to use a trials course you build in your own backyard. Whether you compete in the sport officially or just as a hobby, you can use your course to improve your skills. Not only is building your own trials course rewarding and fun, it can also be accomplished on a small budget if you take advantage of local opportunities.

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  1. Gather any supplies you can find in your own yard. Ask neighbours or friends if they have anything they would be willing to donate. You can use old picnic tables, old dressers and scrap lumber to create your trials course.

  2. Contact your local utility company to see if it has large wooden spools available. Wires the electric company uses are often delivered on large wooden spools that you can use to balance your trials bike. The spools often go unused, and most electric companies are willing to recycle them.

  3. Gather any scrap lumber in your yard or local wooded areas. Look for fallen trees or old stumps.

  4. Build ramps to drive up and down. You can ask local businesses for unwanted wooden pallets to help control the costs of your materials.

  5. Visit your local salvage yard to find any free or low-cost materials to use in your course. Your course should contain a variety of small surfaces to balance along and large surfaces to climb.

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About the Author

Anastasia Blackwood has been writing for publication since 2000. Her poetry first appeared in “Sidetracks” magazine in 2000. In 2010, Blackwood was published in "Southern Steel" magazine—a small publication for motorcycle enthusiasts. Blackwood is currently working towards her bachelor's degree in journalism at Central Connecticut State University.

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