Motorcycle trials, also termed observed trials, is a non-speed event on specialized motorcycles. The sport is most popular in the United Kingdom and Spain, though there are participants around the globe. Trial motorcycles are distinctive in that they are extremely lightweight, lack seating (they are designed to be ridden standing up) and have suspension travel that is short.
Trials at the Ridge:
The varied terrain here makes this one of the best trials area’s in the south if not the entire US. We have everything a trials rider could EVER want , from absolute beginner to world class riders. Gentle rolling hills to sheer 100 foot high rock bluffs, small streams to massive creeks with rocks the size of cars strewn everywhere. Pinewoods, to hard woods and everything in between.
We have about 30 cleared “TRIALS SECTIONS” with DOZENS more in the works. These are ready to ride. Also feel free to ride anything that you think you “can” … We hope you take an interest in TRIALS at THE RIDGE . If you have any questions , give us a call or give CHAD (205 370 1817)a call , we would love to help you get started in the AWESOME (although slow speed !! LOL) world of trials. Thanks for looking !
More About a Trials Competition:
“Observed Trials” at THE RIDGE may be the best kept secret in motorcycle sports. Trials tests the rider’s skill, which requires control and balance. It is a sport that puts the rider and the motorcycle against a designated area of difficult terrain (which we have plenty of here !!) or man-made obstacles(we have a few areas of man-made stuff too). Unlike other forms of motorcycle competition, it is not a race against other riders or a time clock, although there is a time limit, but rather it is a challenge to negotiate a course without: putting a foot down to regain balance, backing up, stalling the bike, or riding outside the section boundary markers. Normally 8-10 sections are set up around a loop that may be several miles in length. Riders negotiate each section around the loop 3 or 4 times so everyone will ride 24-32 sections over the course of the day’s event. An “Observer” is placed at each section to score the rider, who is responsible for keeping tabs on the points that are accumulated for dabs or failures to complete the section.We also employ peer scoring for “FUN” events here at the ridge (SO everybody gets to ride !) When the day’s event is concluded, the rider with the least amount of points determines the winners of the class. Simple as that !!