The Many Faces of Motorcycles - Trials
 


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Many Faces of Motorcycles - Trials


If you've never seen a trials competition, you may find the idea of a seat-less motorcycle that isn't meant to go fast slightly off-kilter. Yes, you did indeed read that correctly, you can't sit and you can't go fast. What kind of motorcycle is this? Who would even think of such a thing?

Well in the 1980's someone came up with the idea and a small group of riders began to thrive at the sport. Of course, there are rumors of trials competitions having been around since as early as the end of WWI, but due to it's seriously overlooked and niche nature, no one really knows how this sport got started.

So if you can't sit and going fast isn't the point, what is? Trials is all about skill and technique, which is tested by running obstacle courses without ever sitting or setting your foot down. Each race us watched by an observer who then scores the rider based on the amount of errors that the rider makes. In order to get through the obstacles, the rider must use an insane amount of control and balance that is best achieved by standing and using an immense amount of slow engine control. A lot of people do these races just for fun as it is a rather inexpensive and low impact sport. Plus it can be done outdoor or indoor.

Geoff Aaron attributes much of his success in Enduro racing to his roots in trials competition.   Riders must make it all the way through the trials course while never dropping their foot or sitting down.
Geoff Aaron attributes much of his success in Enduro racing to his roots in trials competition.   Riders must make it all the way through the trials course while never dropping their foot or sitting down.

It hasn't been until recently that trials riding has started to gain more and more mainstream popularity largely in part thanks to the success of its competitors in more popular racing venues. Recognize the name Taddy Blazusiak? How about Geoff Aaron? Most people recognize these names from the EnduroCross championship as Blazusiak holds the series title from the last two years and Aaron is always right on his tail to steal it. But neither rider got their start in Enduro racing. In fact, both started out as trial riders and both equate their extreme success in Enduro to their trials experience.

Aaron's success from his trials influence has led him to spend most of his time touring the world doing trials demos and shows in order to help the sport gain more notoriety. Both Aaron's success outside of trials riding and his demos has helped to bring the trials name out of the dark.

More and more motorcycle competitors are turning to trials racing in order to cross train and become more successful in their main sport. And many amateur riders are finding that it happens to be a great way to stay active and compete on a motorcycle as groups are popping up everywhere and joining one doesn't have the same cost as the fees for racing in other venues.

But trials riding still remains a very specialized sport in which a very few number of the motorcycle community are involved. However, once you've seen a trials competition and the amount of skill that its riders need to have to compete, you'll never look down on a motorcycle with no seat and a need for no-speed again.




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      Tuesday, August 23, 2011 11:16:10 AM
 
      Thom Bains said:
 
     

I wish I had on of these bikes to work out on.

 

       

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