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7/31/2019 11:17 AM

Any of you have a hobby track?

I do , I spend more time moving dirt around and making changes, than I goto work.

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7/31/2019 11:51 AM

I have a track. Live on 10.5 acres. 1.5 is my yard. 1 acre of open field that is a small mx track connected to wooded trails. I race GP’s so I have it set up to practice for those. Creek crossings, small hill climbs. Trails as wide as a quad.

I find it hard to balance working on the bike, practice, gym, and playing with the dirt. All while not making the wife mad I neglected the yard work 🤣

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7/31/2019 12:12 PM

Yup, I'm on hobby track #2. I spend a lot less time on the second one. Better dirt is main reason, plus I'm getting older (56) and I can't go all out like I used to. Some days I prefer working on it much more than actually riding it. Doing a couple hours of moving dirt is fun - you get to see the fruits of your labor, unlike a lot of other chores.

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7/31/2019 1:25 PM

Live on 11 acres in rural San Diego county. Have a nice little 'scramblin' track laid out which I'm purposely not turning into a full-on motocross track. I like keeping the property looking natural, and I don't want to spend tons of time maintaining jumps when Cahuilla is 30 minutes away. I just go out and drag the 'track' once in a while to keep it in some semblance of shape.

Do have some little ninja lines up onto rocks and stuff (more enduro skills) and might add some endurocross style features around the property at some point. Also am surrounded by miles and miles of dope off road trails, so the yard stuff is just for easy fun.

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7/31/2019 1:57 PM

I have a corner track with 2 small jumps and good dirt on about 4 acres. Lots of work but worth it to me! Photo

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2015 KTM 250sx, WP 48mm CV Forks, WP Trax Shock, Bills Pipe
2013 Chevy 2500 Duramax, 2014 Forest River XLR Nitro 28TQD bumper pull toy hauler


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7/31/2019 1:59 PM

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2015 KTM 250sx, WP 48mm CV Forks, WP Trax Shock, Bills Pipe
2013 Chevy 2500 Duramax, 2014 Forest River XLR Nitro 28TQD bumper pull toy hauler


Instagram: @impalenthelen https://www.instagram.com/impalenthelen/
Youtube: Mitchell Thelen

7/31/2019 2:58 PM

Just finished a rebuild and waiting on my pump and hose to arrive today so I can finish my 275gal water buggy to lay the water down.

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7/31/2019 3:03 PM

slipdog wrote:

Just finished a rebuild and waiting on my pump and hose to arrive today so I can finish my 275gal water buggy to lay the water down.

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Ha - I had a water buggy too. I used the 350 gal tank rather than the 275 and that was better. 2 tank-fulls could hit every corner on my Shingle Springs track. Towed it around with my tractor. 5 HP gas pump and one fire hose. Primitive but it worked. That NorCal dirt is dry as an old fart all summer long.

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7/31/2019 3:54 PM

Been almost 30 years for me.. started out as just mounds of dirt from an old strip mine.. hauled dirt home from extra dirt, from my day job as a grave digger..


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7/31/2019 4:01 PM

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7/31/2019 4:40 PM

Hammer 663s wrote:

Ha - I had a water buggy too. I used the 350 gal tank rather than the 275 and that was better. 2 tank-fulls could hit every corner on my Shingle Springs track. Towed it around with my tractor. 5 HP gas pump and one fire hose. Primitive but it worked. That NorCal dirt is dry as an old fart all summer long.

Pump and hose just showed and I found a 1/2 Chevy bed trailer in Rancho for $300 and a place down the road selling the water totes for $35 may get 2 if I can fit into the trailer or stack them for 550gal. I'll be a hair over $600 into it when I'm done. cool cool cool

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7/31/2019 5:26 PM

slipdog wrote:

Pump and hose just showed and I found a 1/2 Chevy bed trailer in Rancho for $300 and a place down the road selling the water totes for $35 may get 2 if I can fit into the trailer or stack them for 550gal. I'll be a hair over $600 into it when I'm done. cool cool cool

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Those 350s are damn heavy. When full my rig was top heavy and I flipped it a couple times. I had a welding trailer that was too tall for the job tho. Truck bed might work better.

Current track we have a 1000 gal tank, well-fed. Gas pump feeds 3” pvc to standpipes around the track. Connect hose, crank up motor, and I can run 3 1-1/2” hoses at a time. Drains that 1000 gal fast tho!

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7/31/2019 6:38 PM

It doesn't look like this often, WAY too much work and difficult to compete with the weeds for my 8n.
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7/31/2019 7:31 PM

I have been slowly building mine over the last 8 years or so. It started as a trail, then added width, then all the rest. The track uses about 2 acres of woods, and has about a 1:15 lap time. Had about 100 yards of dirt delivered from one of my jobsites, track reno coming soon. These are the only pics I have at the moment.

I also have a turn track down the road, a friendly farmer lets me use the valley section of one of his fields in return for carpentry work. You can do a lot with a small space if you plan it well.


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7/31/2019 7:36 PM

I had one at my old house. Was my dream to build a track and big reason I bought the house. It was a small track like arenacross style.
Funny thing is once I built it I quit riding not long after that. Then moved to a neighborhood. House was a money pit also.
After 4 months of not riding the track became completely covered in weeds and new trees growing. It was crazy how fast Mother Nature took over.
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7/31/2019 9:11 PM

I've got a D5 showing up tomorrow for 7 days. Turned all the dirt over today so the weeds are underground. Partially built last year. Hoping to finish it finally.

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7/31/2019 9:22 PM

https://www.facebook.com/Happy-Track-103002806417725/

http://happytrackmx.com

Got $300,000 into it and after 15 years have only recovered $100,000 so I'm still $200,000 in the hole. So yeah, I'll have to say it's definitely a hobby track!

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7/31/2019 10:32 PM

3 Hours a day for 2 years. I hope to someday have as many bike laps around it as i do tractor and walking laps currently... and damn is it fun..

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7/31/2019 10:49 PM

Digging this thread !!

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7/31/2019 10:58 PM

motomojo wrote:

3 Hours a day for 2 years. I hope to someday have as many bike laps around it as i do tractor and walking laps currently... and damn is it fun..

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never get tired of seeing pics of this place

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7/31/2019 11:58 PM

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You guys and your tractors and land! Pffft!
I have an old water heater, a keg, an old transmission, and my ex old lady buried and sculpted into doubles in my urban backyard "hobby" track. LOL. We make do with what we got. I love the shoveling and testing new sections etc. Anytime you can start a motorcycle and ride it at your house is Throttle therapy we all crave.
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8/1/2019 7:10 AM

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We are on just shy of 200 acres.....pasture track, ended being just short of 2 miles per lap. Turn track from hell!

Personal tracks are a labor of love. You typically spend much more time working on them than riding, lol.

It helps to have buddies who will show up and consistently throw down on an hour's worth of track maintenance before riding.
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8/1/2019 7:45 AM

Here's my track after a freshen up last year Photo

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8/1/2019 8:12 AM
Edited Date/Time: 8/1/2019 8:15 AM

slipdog wrote:

Pump and hose just showed and I found a 1/2 Chevy bed trailer in Rancho for $300 and a place down the road selling the water totes for $35 may get 2 if I can fit into the trailer or stack them for 550gal. I'll be a hair over $600 into it when I'm done. cool cool cool

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Whatever you output that pump to (I had a steel manifold with 3 hose connections) make sure it either has some pressure relief or that the pump has pressure relief built-in. I learned the hard way that if you deadhead the pump against a closed circuit eventually the impeller housing will crack. Or, just make sure a hose is slightly open every time you start the pump. That's kind of a PITA tho when you are in a hurry to water.

Also, CA fire stations have to inspect fire hoses regularly. That's where I got my 100' hoses from. Free. Worth asking, and pulling a full, 100' hose around is a good workout for moto. wink

Mike

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8/1/2019 9:10 AM

My current situation. Photo
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8/1/2019 9:30 AM

Hammer 663s wrote:

Whatever you output that pump to (I had a steel manifold with 3 hose connections) make sure it either has some pressure relief or that the pump has pressure relief built-in. I learned the hard way that if you deadhead the pump against a closed circuit eventually the impeller housing will crack. Or, just make sure a hose is slightly open every time you start the pump. That's kind of a PITA tho when you are in a hurry to water.

Also, CA fire stations have to inspect fire hoses regularly. That's where I got my 100' hoses from. Free. Worth asking, and pulling a full, 100' hose around is a good workout for moto. wink

Mike

Thanks for the heads up! I had considered the pressure in the hose and nozzle but didn't think about the housing. I'm set up like an SX track so I should be able to fill the tank and move the trailer into the center of the track and do the whole thing without too much extended closure of the nozzle.

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8/1/2019 9:05 PM

You people make me sick with your open spaces and shit. smile

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8/1/2019 10:04 PM

avidchimp wrote:

You people make me sick with your open spaces and shit. smile

Agreed !!

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8/2/2019 4:38 AM

Most likely if I did not have my track I most likely would not still be riding mx after 30 years, I cannot stand driving 2 hours to go ride, Right now I just roll out the door and ride.

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8/2/2019 5:41 AM

More time behind the weed wacker than handlebars smile

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