“A trial is a test of riding skill and balance over a variety of observed natural obstacles with riders incurring penalties for footing or stopping”.
This can be riding up a stream, grassy hill climb, over rock slabs etc. Officials are positioned at observed sections to record the riders’ performance and the scores are aggregated by the Event Secretary to determine the winner/s.
Trials are recognized as the cheapest form of motorcycle sport, with the prices of bike ranging from second hand at around £500 to £5000+ for the latest models. Bikes are specially manufactured and are road legal, but most events are completely of road and therefore the machine does not need to be registered or licensed. Engines range from 50cc to 320cc although the optimum is considered to be 250 for an adult. They have very low gearing, snappy powerful engines, and special soft compound tyres that will “get you up the side of a house!” As the bike is controlled whist standing up, it has a very low small seat and rear set footrests. This makes for little comfort if the bike has to be ridden for any distance on the road! As well as the bike, a rider also needs protective clothing and equipment.
Trials – How do I get Started?
- Join our club or one which organises Trials.
- Find out about training and if possible attend a Trials School.
- Purchase your machine, riding suit, helmet, boots etc.
- Apply for a Competition Licence/Trials Registration Card– this must to be through your Club.
- Contact Organising Clubs for entry forms to National Trials.
- Complete the entry forms correctly and return them to the event secretary.
- Follow any final instructions sent to you, be on time and enjoy your Trial.
Protective Clothing and Equipment
All riders at all times MUST wear a helmet and protective clothing.
Clothing must cover legs and body and it is recommended that arms should also be covered. Boots of approximately knee length must be worn. Leather, rubber, plastic or safety type Wellington boots only will be allowed.
Helmets, which must be in compliance with the Road Traffic Act, must be worn by riders at all times when riding the machine.
All Youth competitors must have clothing covering arms and wear gloves covering hands and fingers. The wearing of gloves is recommended for all competitors.
Before purchasing any of these items take advice from established riders and club officials.
The 2017 YOUTH AGE GROUPS are as follows:
AGE LIMITS 2017 :
Seniors Class A- Born between: 01/01/2000 –31/12/2001
Inters Class B – Born between: 01/01/2002 – 31/12/2004
Juniors Class C – Born between: 01/01/2005 – 31/12/2007
Cadets Class D – Born between: 01/01/2008 – 31/12/2011
Pre – Cadet Class E – Minimum age – 4 years at the date of competition and born after 01/01/2012
Note: The following are the maximum capacity machines which may be used by the various age groups at ALL TRIALS.
ENGINE CAPACITY /WHEEL SIZE FOR ABOVE AGE GROUPS:
The maximum permitted for machines used in the Age Groups set out in this Regulation are as follows:
A Class -125cc Mono or 250cc Twinshock combustion engine, and Electric up to 10 bhp measured at the rear wheel.
B Class -125cc Mono or 250cc Twinshock combustion engine, and Electric up to 10 bhp measured at the rear wheel
C Class – 80cc combustion engine, and Electric up to 7 bhp measured at the rear wheel.
D Class – 80cc combustion engine, Maximum Medium wheel. and Electric up to 7 bhp measured at the rear wheel.