Inland Northwest Trials Association
Modern trials bikes are manufactured by Gas Gas, Beta, Scorpa, Honda-Montesa, and Sherco. They are highly specialized machines with new models costing around US$7400. They are typically lightweight (134-165lbs). Disc brakes front and rear, hydraulic clutches, water cooled engines of around 80-330cc capacity. Tires are super soft compound, and run tire pressures of about 4-6 psi.The Sections
The section incorporates terrain such as rocks, creeks, mud, tree stumps, etc. with markers set out within. Marked Splits in the sections determine the “line” a particular graded rider must take. The higher the grade, the more difficult the line.Scoring
A rider “earns” one point each time he/she puts a foot down (a “dab”). After three points in any one section the rider may continue to dab without incurring any more points. If the rider falls off or stalls the bike, rides out of the section markers, or rolls backwards they are given five points (a “five”).
At the end of each loop the section scores are totaled to give a loop score, and when the rider completes the designated number of loops a total score is tallied. The rider with the lowest score is the winner of the class.
How To Ride
It’s all about balance and control skills. Essential trials riding techniques are different than what is required to go fast in motocross or cross country trails, but new trials riders consistently report that they are better “fast” riders after learning to trials ride. Check out this collection of Trials Riding Tutorials to learn more: How to ride motorcycle trials