The danger rating for this sport may be about the same
as peeling an orange, but the skill required is unquestioned.
The aim is to complete a predetermined route (up to 70 miles),
and at various points around the way, complete small obstacle
sections (as many as 70) whilst keeping their feet on their
Competitors are penalised for failing to do this, as follows:
1 for putting a steadying foot down once,
2 for twice, up to a maximum of 5 for falling off or going
outside the designated 'taped' route, (or taking longer
than 3 minutes in a section, at World Championship level).
As with show jumping, the entrant with the fewest faults
throughout the day is the winner. The bikes have just a
single shock absorber to give more smooth progressive travel.
There is improved instant power from the engine and better
tyres that will provide grip in very muddy conditions and
also on very hard or rocky terrain. Riders can start very
young right up to retirement age.
Getting started can again be attempted by either going
out and buying a bike and entering a beginners (wobblers)
trial or by booking yourself onto a course. These don't
seem to be too thick on the ground, but the beauty of trials
is that you can enter a competition and lose with dignity
but putting your feet down everywhere.
Again the ACU are the main organising body and a youth
series also exists.
for more info try: Trials
Action Online (UK): Dedicated to the rock hopping, balanced
world of Motorcycle Trials.