Trials motorcycles are a class of motorcycles where competitors aim to scale various obstacles without having the liberty of placing their foot on the floor for balance. Unlike most motorcycle race events, the trials motorcycle sport is not based on speed, but on balance and skill. It is also known as observed trials and although the setting for events greatly depends on the organizers, the basic concept of traversing a course riddled with uneven layers on these special bikes, trials motorcycles, remains constant.
The sport emerged as a popular attraction in Europe, especially in UK and Spain, in the 60s. Since then, most countries have emerged with national championships that start at the local level. There is a world championship held to determine the best trials motorcycle rider in the world and takes place indoors throughout Europe. Many prestigious events like the Scottish Six Day Trial sees riders from all over the world coming to compete over 800 miles of trials motorcycle riding in 6 days, all without sitting once on the bike.
Trials motorcycle riding is an extremely demanding sport, but more so due to the strain on the hands & legs and not due to the weight of the motorcycle. The motorcycles are built to be ridden standing-up and as a result, they have no seats. Their power station is extremely strong and is generally 4-stroke.
The Tyres for Trials Motorcycles
The tyres on these bikes totally re-define the meaning of the words ‘soft-tyres'. These tyres are extremely flexible and thus, incredibly soft while their carcass is extremely flexible, thus enabling the tyre to withstand immense pressure in the form of jumps and bumps. These tubeless tyres are run at around 4-5 PSI only. The engine on a trials motorcycle offers an incredible kick from a standing start. A spring clutch, coupled with a feisty ability to accelerate, ensure that the trial bike launches forward, rather than inching ahead.
The best part about these competitions is that they are open for everyone and for every age. You don't need to be a professional, seasoned or otherwise, to be a part of any trials competition. All you need to have is a bike and you can make it a fun day for your entire family. Most competitions are held far from towns and cities and as a result, offer a day's outing for the entire family.
These events are not races and as a result, the atmosphere is more laid back, relaxed and party-like. All you need to do is get in touch with the local trials leader and s/he will be able to guide you to the nearest location for the next event. Starting off in trials motorcycles is rather easy and if at first, you do not wish to buy a trials motorcycle because you are not sure of it yet, then go ahead and rent one from the many rental services over the internet, as well as in and around your town. So give motorcycle riding a whole new meaning and go begin your tryst with trials motorcycles.