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How To Build Dirt Bike Jumps

Are you sick of not being able to clear the jumps at your local tracks? Do other riders not like you because you’re always in their way? A simple way to fix this is to build your own jumps in your yard. Although building a jump might not be easy without good equipment, it will be worth it once you make a jump or two because you will learn how to clear these obstacles in no time.


The first thing you want to do is find an area where to put the jump. You probably don’t want to build it next to trees or big pits until you are more experienced. The ground does not have to be flat though. In fact, a little slant or elevation change will make it a easier to build a jump because you can dig into ground for the take-off. Once you found a good spot for your dirt bike jump you should have some other thoughts in mind, such as: what type of jump you want, how big the jump will be, and what kind of dirt you will use.

Motocross Jump Dimensions

If you want a motocross style jump that gives you more distance, a good estimation to go by is the 3-to-1 ratio. It basically means that if you have a jump 3 feet long then the height of the jump should be 1 foot. So if your jump is 9 feet long then a good height will be about 3 feet. So far you should have figured out where you are going to put a dirt bike jump and how big it is going to be.

How to make dirt bike jumps
Dirt Bike Jumps

Other Types of Dirt Bike Jumps

On the other hand, if you want a supercross style jump it will be a little bit different. Motocross jumps are more gradual, while supercross jumps generally have a greater angle and give you more height. The main difference in building a supercross jump is that you want a steeper angle, so instead of a 3:1 ratio it might be 2 1/2: or even 2:1.

How Big?

A couple more things to think about while building the actual jumps is to make sure it’s gradual take-off and not abrupt, or else you will be getting bucked around and have a high chance of flipping the bike in the air. Also, you want to make sure the take-off/base of the jump is longer than the length of the dirt bikes wheelbase. If the take-off is not long enough then it’s not going to be a smooth jump.

What Kind of Dirt To use For Jumps?

Once you figure out what kind of jump you want and how big it’s going to be then you have to decide what to do about dirt. A well made jump should have a good amount of clay in it, so if you’re lucky enough to have clay or a mixture of clay for soil then use it. If you have sand but don’t want to rebuild the jump every time you use it then you can always bring in some clay.

Clay itself is fairly cheap, but if you have to get it hauled in by someone else then it’s going to take a chunk out of your wallet. This is not to say that you shouldn’t make sand jumps for dirt biking, because it’s a easy and will last longer if you pack it down and water it often.

How To Make A Dirt Bike Jump

Now to the actual building of the dirt bike jump… If you have heavy duty equipment, such as a skid-loader, then great! But for those that are using a tractor, four-wheeler with attachments, or even just shovels, don’t lose your confidence. It’s still possible to make a good jump, it will just take more time. Plus, you will build some muscle if you do the work yourself!

How To Save Time Building Dirt Bike Jumps

To cut the building time down to almost half, at the start you can put logs, bricks, or any objects to make the base, then just pile dirt on top. If you’re making a jump on a hill or if the ground is slanted (having the jump go uphill is easiest) simply dig dirt out below the jump and pile it up on the base of the jump.

Remember to keep it smooth and fill in any holes or drops, even if they are small. The wider the jump is the better, especially when it’s packed down. For one, it’s wider so you can have more than one line, and it will last longer. If you’re bringing in enough dirt then there’s no need to dig prior to the jump, unless you want more air.

You’ll Need More Dirt Than You Think…

Just keep putting more and more dirt on the jump until you think there’s plenty, then add a little more. It may seem like a lot, but it’s better than fixing it or repeatedly adding more dirt. As soon as you’re done building the jump you scan it over a couple more times and get rid of any bumps or divots that might affect riding.

How Build Dirt Bike Jump With A Shovel

If all you have is a shovel (Amazon), it’s best to use a wheel barrow as well. Simply find a place where you can get good clean dirty from and shovel it into the wheel barrow, then dump it on the spot where you’re building the jump.

If you don’t have a wheel barrow, then you can dig out the landing and use that dirt to build the jump. So, the dirt you just dug up will be the jump above ground, and then you’re landing in the spot where you took the dirt from. Just make sure it’s a smooth transition.

How To Make A Great Motocross Jump

Another key to having a good jump is making a good lip. The lip of the jump is the edge where the bike takes off. If this is not made right then you will not stay as stable in the air. To make a good lip just smooth of the top and make sure it flows with the rest of the jump. You can look at from the side to see if the angle is gradual or not.

How To Make The Jump Last Longer

To put the finishing touches you should water the jump and let it sit for a day or two so it hardens…. I think that pretty much covers the basics of how to make dirt bike jumps. Just be sure to build the jumps safe, and that you are making them on your own property.

How to get over the fear of jumping

You need to start small. If you’ve never jumped a dirt bike before, it’s going to be a completely new feeling to fly through the air. Your body won’t know what to do right away, so you must start on a small, but smooth jump.

I recommend just making a nice, smooth ski jump. It’s just a single jump with no landing, so it will shoot you more forward than up. Once you feel how the suspension compresses and rebounds off the jump, then you can progress to a bigger tabletop or double jump.


Friday 8th of May 2020

I really have this helpful and I'm going to build a track today and a TABLTOP in so excited

Kelley Fager

Saturday 9th of May 2020

Awesome, glad you found it helpful!

Malachi Vondy

Thursday 26th of September 2019

I’m working on my track today and I’m working on my rhythm section. I want to be able to double all the through it but I also want to triple the first part. My gap is 38 feet. How big do I need to make my take off?


Tuesday 19th of February 2013

I think this is a awesome website I'm in the proccess of building a ramp and I been using normal sand and some rocks that I found lying around but now I heard clay works nicely so I'm definately going to use it thanks so mich hped a lot

Kelley Fager

Tuesday 19th of February 2013

Glad to hear it, Kade! Thanks for the compliment. Subscribe to the feed to get updates when new articles are posted...


Friday 6th of January 2012

THANK YOU!!!!!! i made a jump today with a shovel and a pick to get the dirt from the ground. i went to go up the jump on my 85 but it didnt feel smooth. the jump was probably 1ft and a bit. i read this and realized why it wasnt smooth and it was because the take-off wasnt the side of the wheel base. thank-you so much and now time to go fix that jump!!!!!