Spare Parts Moto
RECOMMENDED AGE LEVEL
Recommended for ages 8 and up with adult supervision.
Gather together an assortment of recycled materials, and build a sustainable, custom moto bike of your own to celebrate the new exhibition MOTO MMXX. Your bike will be one-of-a-kind, just like many of the pieces in the show!
Spare hardware materials (ie: allen wrench, screws, sponge, cork, clips)
Dowels, chopsticks, toothpicks, old ballpoint pens, paper clips or skewers
Pipe cleaners or wire
Thin paper or newspaper
Cardboard and/or plastic
OPTIONAL: Paper and pencil for design, stickers, pom poms, or other embellishments
- Trace, print, draw, or view a motorcycle template online as your guide. You’ll be able to match individual parts more easily this way.
- Inspired by your diagram or image, find materials to stand in for motorcycle parts. Choose your materials based on shape, texture, size, or imaginative potential. •
- Parts include:
- Seat—and more!
- Your design might include many details, or be minimalist, imitating basic shapes. Cut and alter materials as needed.
- Will your wheels turn or will they be fixed?
- For kinetic wheels, remember that you will need 2 axles, one for each wheel.
- Fixed wheels will be slightly easier to construct and will help the bike stand up better.
- Trim, combine, or decorate materials to create the shapes you want.
- Begin building, using hot glue or other strong adhesive to hold pieces together.
TIP: Build large parts of the motorcycle frame first. Check as you go to make sure that it will stand up. You can also consider how to craft a kick stand.
- Glue or wire smaller parts onto the motorcycle body.
- Check your motorcycle’s appearance from both sides.
- Find a backdrop for your motorcycle! Where do you imagine it going?