5 ways Trials riding can help new riders

Published: 03 September 2016

Whether you're a road rider or enduro, Trials riding experience days are a great way to learn or simply enhance crucial bike skills.

And if you've never ridden before Trials is the introduction into the art of riding. It'll even give you a confidence boost if you have yet to pass your CBT. 


We spoke to Trials Days Instructor Stu Day to get his tips for all you newbies out there: 

1) Confidence is the biggest thing a new rider will gain from a day at Trials day

Trials is about balance and control. Body position is hugely important in taking the rider and bike over rough terrain and tricky obstacles. 

As the day goes on, and the new skills come in to place through the day's training, the new riders are stunned at where they can ride as they get on. Task which appeared tough at the start of the day are ridden with ease and confidence at the end. 

2) On or off road a confident rider is a good rider

On the day we teach the following:

Body positioning - The right shape, at the right time, in the right place. A bad stance on the bike makes everything hard work. 

Clutch control - In Trials and technical off road riding first gear is too fast in many occasions, so we teach the right way to control the bike at super low speeds.

Throttle timing - The power needs to come on and off at the right time otherwise things can quickly get out of control on the bike.

Breaking and leaning - To be delicate on the front and rear brakes, to not lock up and to instantly respond if one does.

Tyre grip - Learning to read what grip your tyres are getting and how to maximise it.

Non road use skills to learn here - Wheelies, rock steps and stoppies. All super important in trials, but frowned upon on the road. Either way a great fun way to learn to do it properly and safely. More importantly, AT YOUR OWN PACE.  

3) Confidence to move the bike around

Moving around on your bike with confidence is a huge benefit. Added to that the heightened controllability of the clutch, throttle and brakes will add to your skills. Awareness of the terrain and what is coming next also makes for better road riders.

4) New riders who have never been on a motorcycle before

We have a range of bikes from 50cc to 300cc so the little capacity bikes are perfect for newbies and we fit a throttle limiter to help with the learning curve. 

One again, there is no pressure on the day and it's a fun place to learn with your mates in a low speed environment. 

5) Trials = Smiles

Some of the best riders in the world started in Trials or use Trials to help their riding...Ron and Leon Haslem, James Tosland, David Knight, Graham Jervis, Cal Crutchlow, the list goes on and on.

So we guess, if it's good enough for them then what are you waiting for?

For more info and to book your day with Stu and his team visit www.trials-school.co.uk


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