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Old 11-06-2014, 08:12 AM   #1
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Laugh Help designing a course in my yard?

So I live in a residential area with neighbors pretty close by. That is not going to stop me from learning trials riding though!

My yard is a big "L" shape yard and I'm looking to install some obstacles; logs, rocks, stuff...

Here are some pictures:



To start with I do have one log that I will be securing to the ground... or is it better for it to be able to roll/loose?

Also I was thinking to put a thin long piece of wood down that I will have to ride along the entire length of.

Should I setup tape and make some tight turns?

Let's hear all your ideas!
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Old 11-06-2014, 11:53 AM   #2
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Great idea for a thread! I have a 20' by 40' area that I'm trying to layout now. You have, what I don't have...space. Somewhere in this trials forum is a thread on this topic. Secure the log and yes, lay a beam on the ground and let the workout begin.
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Old 11-06-2014, 11:55 AM   #3
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http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=498211

Here you go! Now you can design it yourself...good luck!
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Old 11-06-2014, 01:13 PM   #4
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Look around where another development is being built nearby. Be-friend the general contractor or better yet the guy running the excavator. Sooner or later he will dig up a boulder or large rock that they have to get rid of to dig a foundation or put in a lawn. They might just be able to deliver it to your house and dump it off where you want it. The wife might not like it, but you can turn it in to part of the landscape.
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Old 11-06-2014, 07:07 PM   #5
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I`d use railroad ties. Make them 6x6 square. Make them one high, two high etc. Fill the higher ones full of dirt. Spaced nicely around the property. Tell everyone they are planters. Just never plant anything
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Old 11-06-2014, 07:36 PM   #6
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I'd set up some splatter ramps...to get you up on the roof. Give the neighbors something to talk about!
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Old 11-11-2014, 09:43 AM   #7
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Here you go! Now you can design it yourself...good luck!
thanks that gives me some ideas!

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I`d use railroad ties. Make them 6x6 square. Make them one high, two high etc. Fill the higher ones full of dirt. Spaced nicely around the property. Tell everyone they are planters. Just never plant anything
dude, great idea!

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I'd set up some splatter ramps...to get you up on the roof. Give the neighbors something to talk about!
you don't know how many times i've looked at the slope on that roof
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Old 11-11-2014, 09:45 AM   #8
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The wife might not like it
no wife here to slow me down!
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Old 11-11-2014, 05:03 PM   #9
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Congrats on being single, wish we could all say that and still have the life a good wife brings. (which is pretty much everything even if annoying)
Anyway, the area where the dish was looks concealed enough to put a excavator tire and a big rock with RR tie build ups. Use your imagination. You don't have to bury anything and could sod the area if you move or get married.
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Old 11-24-2014, 11:45 AM   #10
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http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=498211


This is the link/page....as stated by the fella inmate below...I'm the sick bastud with the 3' and 4' pipe in the back yard.

I dont have a trials bike yet so I smash the stuff with my big ol 450. I have a chunk of rocky rooty terrain 14 acres approx in NW Jersey. It's more like a Taddy/Colton training zone....just had about 20 bikes over for a pulled pork, beer and ride. No neighbors complained.Minimal carnage only one guy high sided onto his shoulder.I now have a 1.7 mile loop burned in for next season....anyway Pallets are a good cheap obstacle that you can use and almost always get them for free....unless you go to home depot they want $15 a piece.




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So I live in a residential area with neighbors pretty close by. That is not going to stop me from learning trials riding though!

My yard is a big "L" shape yard and I'm looking to install some obstacles; logs, rocks, stuff...

Here are some pictures:



To start with I do have one log that I will be securing to the ground... or is it better for it to be able to roll/loose?

Also I was thinking to put a thin long piece of wood down that I will have to ride along the entire length of.

Should I setup tape and make some tight turns?

Let's hear all your ideas!
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Old 11-24-2014, 11:58 AM   #11
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Thank all for the input.

To start with so far I've acquired 100 blue and 100 red flags and am going to lay out a flat course to work on sharp turns and balance.

I'll keep an eye out for obstacles and things like that in the mean while.

I'll update this thread as time goes forward.
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Old 11-24-2014, 12:28 PM   #12
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If I were trying to do that around here, the best "design element" might be a large donation to the local "Police Benevolent Association"! I wish you good luck with those neighbors! Maybe buy a second bike and let the neighbors use it to play in your yard????
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Old 11-24-2014, 05:14 PM   #13
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Old 11-27-2014, 08:07 PM   #14
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Old 11-28-2014, 07:28 AM   #15
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It doesn't take much to have a backyard trials practice area... When I first got a trials bike ('95), I could get a workout just balancing with the motor off in the warmth of the garage while snow fell outside. If balancing on flat concrete gets easy, just add some air to the tires! I had a wall clock to measure how long I could balance for, after lots and lots of practice, this can become boring, e.g. watching the clock for 15 minutes.

Balance may be the most fundamental trials skill, but you can spend a lot of time just turning circles and figure eights - on flat ground. When it gets easy to do full lock turns, have someone deliver a pile of dirt and practice your turns on a slight slope.

Back when I was learning to hop a bike, tossing a 2x4 out in my driveway provided hours, nay days... of entertainment. Could I hop the tire from one side to the other? Could I land the tire on the 2x4?

I've never had much of a section in my back yard, but flat ground and just a handful railroad ties and telephone poles no more than a foot or two off the ground can let you work on your timing for more advanced techniques.

My favorite "backyard section" is at Tucker Ranch and I enjoyed riding it at Nat'ls - big granite boulders, a waterfall and a big pool of water! If I remember correctly, it was built by an RMTA member that does that sort of thing for a living. It has obstacles that can let anyone have an opportunity to work on their skills and it can make your backyard look good too! I'll see if I can hunt down a picture of it.
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