How to Build Your Own Backyard Dirt Bike Track

Building a backyard dirt bike track is not as hard as you might think. All it takes are some basic materials, some extra time, and the right tools to get started.

Whether you want to open the track for public use or you want it to be private, there are a few things to consider.

Build your own backyard dirt bike track

In this article, we will share with you all you need to know to build a dirt bike track in your backyard.

What you need to build a backyard dirt bike track

Below we have put together a list of all the materials and tools you will need to build your own dirt bike track:

1. Property Requirements

Dirt bike tracks normally take up a lot of space, so you must have enough room before getting started.

For example, international-class dirt bike tracks need at least 20 acres of land. But don’t worry, you don’t need to buy an entire ranch to do this! You can easily get by if you have a couple of thousand square feet of extra yard space.

2. Topographical Terrain

Most dirt bike tracks are designed to accommodate motocross racing, so the route must run up and down hills for added excitement.

If your property has a large hill or mountain on it, then you should consider using them to build some jumps.

If not, you can design your track to include ramps and other obstacles to add more excitement.

3. Surface Requirements

Dirt bike tracks are created from a variety of materials, but most dirt bike tracks are made with a combination of clay and sand. It is recommended that the route should be at least 3 feet wide and 18 inches deep.

4. Pits

There are two different types of pits that are commonly used in dirt bike track design.

The first is a square-shaped pit with walls at least 18 inches high and 18 inches apart from each other.

These pits are dug along the side of the track to allow motorcycles to fall into or be collected by track staff if a rider crashes.

Keep in mind that large bikes can be too wide to fit into the pit, so you may want to consider a wider track if this is a concern.

The second pit type is similar to a standard pool with walls around 18 inches high and at least 2 feet deep. This pit should allow for motorcycles to sit within it without falling out.

5. Track Terrain

Dirt bike tracks are built so that motorcycles can ride up and down hills for added excitement.

The track should have at least three different elevations throughout the course, so riders aren’t always traveling in a straight line.

Keeping your rider entertained is the main goal of any dirt bike track, so it’s important that you include a variety of different terrains.

6. Obstacles

As mentioned before, most dirt bike tracks are designed to accommodate motocross racing.

The obstacles included in the track should be designed to keep riders entertained as they slide around turns and jump over jumps. Obstacles can include jumps, ramps, berms, and rollers.

How to build a dirt bike track in your backyard

To start building your own backyard dirt bike track, follow these steps:

1. Find an area that meets your track sizing requirements

The track must have a width of at least 40 feet to accommodate the size of the bikes. It should also be at least 100 feet in length to provide adequate space for turns.

You will need space for at least 10 sections to allow riders enough time to gain momentum before approaching another turn, so figure out how big you want your track before you start digging.

2. Obtain the necessary materials

Gather material for fencings, such as treated lumber and construction wire, and anything else you’ll need to build a frame, including stakes and hammer;

3. Install the fencing and frame

Build a frame with the fencing material and hammer in the stakes to keep it stable.

4. Level and shape the track

Use a leveler to flatten out the track, and then use a hand tamper or spade to remove any excess materials that remain after leveling.

Remove bumps, rocks, roots, etc… from the area using tools for excavation if necessary.

5. Fill the area with dirt

Use a truck and dirt to fill in the area until it is 2 inches from the top of the fencing. Then, use a roller or board to flatten out the dirt in preparation for covering with water sealant.

6. Apply sealant to finish track construction

Cover the track with a sealant to keep dirt from blowing away and provide riders with traction when they ride.

Follow the manufacturer’s directions to apply the sealant, and wait for it to dry before using your dirt bike track.

By following these steps, you will be able to build a dirt bike track in your backyard that riders of all ages can enjoy.

How much does it cost to build a dirt bike track

It depends on how big you want the track to be. I’ve seen tracks for as low as $5,000, but they are usually more expensive.

In order to get a great price for your project, it’s important that you know exactly what can impact the final result. Some factors include: 

  • What obstacles, jumps, and other components that you want to include in the design.
  • The amount of dirt needed and how much extra will be required if necessary. This could affect pricing and scheduling since time is an issue in completing such projects.

The average cost to build a backyard dirt bike track is around $15 to $20 per foot. This can be reduced by building your own dirt.

Important tips you should know

When designing your track, it’s important to remember that water will flow down the course and collect at the lowest point.

This means all of the trees and other obstacles should be built up high, so they don’t create any puddles or ponds.

Another important thing to keep in mind is making sure there are no rocks, roots, bumps, or anything else protruding from the ground to cause riders problems.

And finally, make sure you have enough material around the outside of your track for runoff. The space should be 2 feet wide with slopes to provide adequate drainage.

Final Thoughts

Having a dirt bike track can be a great way to enhance your property and provide fun for the whole family. They’re also an excellent means of bringing together relatives and friends that enjoy riding.

This is all you need to know on how to build a backyard dirt bike track. If you have any other tips or recommendations, let us know in the comments.