Do you have challenges with competing with other dirt bike riders without feeling intimidated? Do you feel like your fellow dirt bike riders think you are not good enough to compete with them? If yes, you can bring this feeling to an end. There are various ways to do this. One of them is by constructing a dirt bike jump ramp in your compound or in a space close to you.
There are lots of things you should get into place before building a dirt bike jump ramp. One of them is deciding where this jump ramp will be located. You might feel tempted to build your jump ramp close to big trees. However, this kind of positioning is only suitable for people that are only experienced with building dirt bike jump raps
How Much Space do You Have
Before going on to create the right dirt bike jump ramp, you should know exactly how much space you have access to. If you do not have the right space, there will be no point in getting started. You must have nothing less than one-third of an acre to build dirt bike jump ramps. After finding the right space, you need to make up your mind to build a permanent dirt bike jump ramp or a portable ramp. If you are looking to create something temporary, you should simply construct a ramp from wood. On the other hand, if you want something permanent, then you must locate a space that is large enough to give you enough room to accelerate before attempting a jump and enough room to decelerate after a jump.
How do You Decide between a Permanent and a Portable Ramp
Making up your mind on what is best between a portable or permanent ramp is not difficult. The situations around you are the major determinants of the type of ramp to build. Do you have a great place to try out jumps that is not so far from where you stay? If yes, you can create a profitable wood ramp. Once created, you can always move this ramp to your most convenient location. Furthermore, if you do not have permission to dig in the land you live in, it will be impossible to build a permanent jump ramp.
Get the Right Materials
A dirt bike jump ramp might look simple. Building it, however, is a very serious business. Although a portable jump ramp might not seem as complex as a permanent jump ramp, you will need to make use of the right material for whatever type of dirt bike jump ramp you decide to create. Some of the materials you need to build a jump ramp are planks, a nail gun, nails, a saw, and wood beams.
If you are looking to dig a dirt bike jump ramp, you will a backhoe. If you can get easy access to a backhoe and other heavy-duty equipment, you can always build a permanent jump ramp. However, if you do not have access to heavy-duty equipment, you simply need to stick to a portable jump ramp.
Steps in Building a Dirt Bike Jump Ramps
Dig a Hole
The first step in building a dirt bike jump ramp is to dig the ground with the use of a rounded shovel. This should be two feet wide and four feet deep. Digging the ground is not so easy. You, therefore, need to get the ground wet so you do not have to struggle to dig.
Ensure you have adequate space for deceleration while digging the hole. If you do not have the right space, there will be no point in digging a hole.
Prepare the Dirt Mounds
When preparing a dirt bike jump ramp, you will need to get dirt mounds in place. To get started with this, you simply need to build takeoff, as well as landing ramps with the dirt that was gotten from the jump hole. In addition to the dirt gotten from the jump hole, you will need cinder blocks, bricks, and broken concrete. Once you have all these materials in place, go ahead and create a mound shape and get them covered with dirt. There are certain items that will decay when used. Some of these items are branches and logs. These items might seem good for a start. Nonetheless, you should not make use of them as they will lead to a collapse of when they decay.
Make the Dirt Mounds Compact
The dirt mounds have to be compact if they must play their roles effectively. You can make them compact through the use of a car or your bike. You can do this by driving your front tire on the ramp very slowly.
Construct a Wood Ramp
This is the final phase of constructing a jump ramp. It is a phase you will only excel in if you are used to building wooden structures. If constructing wooden structures is not something you are used to, you might need to let a professional handle it.
Get a Plan
To properly build a dirt bike wood ramp, you will need a plan. If you are not sure how to come up with a ramp, you can always get a plan online. On the other hand, if you have some experience in construction, it is okay if you prepare your own drawings. Regardless of what route you are taking, you have to have the right measurements before getting started.
Always note that you should not attempt building a ramp if you have never done anything on woodworking.
Build Your Support
When creating a support structure, it is best to make use of 2 x6” lumber. Once you have 2×6” lumber, you should get 4 10 foot beams measured. Once you are done with this, you should cut 4 groups of vertical support beam. Each of these beams should form an angle.
Other things you must do to get your jump ramp ready are;
- Construct the Base Supports
- Drive nails into the first vertical support pairs
- Set Up the middle support
- Cut and Put up horizontal beams
- Get plywood sheets installed