Motorcycle Trials, Sidecar Trials
A Trial is a test of riding skill and balance over a variety
of observed obstacles (Sections) with the rider incurring
penalties for footing or failing to fulfil other conditions.
Trials were designed as a test of both rider and machine and
were referred to as “Reliability Trials” with
the most famous events being the Scottish Six Days, which
covers up to 1000 miles and has differing routes for each
day, and the Scott Trial being a long one lap trial, approx
70 miles, and in which the results are based upon both Time
and Observation. These events have been running for over 75years
and are still at the top of the pile in combining rider and
machine reliability however these have been jointed by modern
“Observation Trials” which are of much shorter
duration and where the emphasis is predominantly upon testing
purely the skill of the rider.
Trial is the slow speed motorcycle sport but is none the
less a tremendously spectacular sport where rider and machine
appear to defy the basic laws of gravity. The range of events
is extremely varied in both the level of competency required
as well as the length of course, number of competitors etc.
To give examples in addition to the traditional events previously
mentioned we have World and European Championship events where
only the very best riders take part and the length of course
is maybe only 5 miles in length so allowing spectators to
follow the riders as they go. There are two-day events where
the emphasis is on the social atmosphere and these can attract
250+ entries, so you can see the variety is immense.
to this there are Trials for Sidecar outfits, riders of machines
manufactured prior to certain dates (Pre1965, Pre Monoshock
etc.) trials specifically for youth riders, trials specifically
for female competitors (a growing branch in terms of both
numbers and skill levels) , and so on. Trials continue to
grow as a sport and it is not uncommon for three generations
of the same family (male and female) to compete in the same
event, riding and enjoying the day together.
The above covers Trials held outdoors in the Countryside
where the Sections consist of Natural terrain, rocky outcrops,
muddy climbs, stream beds etc., however there is another side
to trials and that is Arena Trials or Indoor Trials. These
are held within an arena or stadium and again cover for differing
levels of competency from small club events, sometimes held
at Country Fete’s to the World Championship event held
annually at Sheffield which attracts over 8000 spectators
to see the top riders in the World compete over incredible
man made sections.
Trials’ riding is a truly versatile activity for the
whole family to enjoy, as a spectator or a competitor.
Please visit the ACU
Motorcycling GB website.