For those not overly familiar with the sport, motorcycle trials are non-speed events and are carried out on specialised motorcycles. The motorcycles used during these trials are extremely modern and have been adapted to be exceptionally lightweight, they are also designed to be ridden in the standing position, so are not equipped with seating.
Trials as a sport may sound easy, but mastering control of your machine, maintaining your balance and producing effective throttle takes plenty of time and patience. It’s not a sport for those who give up easily! It is great fun though, and learning techniques such as jumping, climbing and manoeuvring your machine will provide you with hours of entertainment and enjoyment.
As we are a club for all abilities, if you are considering trying out the sport for the first time, then we will be happy to help you get started.
Getting involved with trails isn’t simply just a case of getting a motorcycle and turning up at the club. There are many aspects to consider first, including that of your own safety and the safety of the other members using the clubs land. Making sure you’re wearing the right clothing and your machine is safe and fit for purpose should be your number one priority.
The correct clothing consists of:
- Full clothing that overs your full body including arms and legs
- A motorcycle helmet that is the correct fit
- Knee-length boots
- A good pair of trails gloves
You can pick all this up from any decent trails shop, however, if you are new to the sport and trying to find out whether its for you or not, then you might be able to grab some bargain second hand gear from club members!
Picking your machine is most probably the best part of getting into trials! You’ll find that all trials bikes are lightweight and built for the challenges of trials, therefore, you’ll also find that bigger engines are not better when it comes to these machines. In fact, a modern day 250cc engine is usually sufficient for most adults! When it comes to cost, you really can spend what you want; you’ll find decent bikes for a few hundred quid and decent bikes for a few grand, so it’s all down to personal preference and maybe experience. We find that the more experienced riders tend to upgrade their bikes after every few years of doing trials. For your first bike, especially if you are experimenting with the sport and aren’t quite sure if it’s for you, then why spend more than a few hundred quid if you don’t need to?
*It’s important to keep in mind that youths (people under the age of 18) are restricted to certain sized engines according to their age. Therefore, you should always check the guidelines of the Auto Cycle Union (ACU) when buying a bike for someone under the age of 18*