Re: Trials with Toni BOU
Not sure why I never noticed this before..
I rode trials for many years. I'm on a hiatus now, but I'll be back eventually to the sport.
There is a very common misconception in the trials sport, which is that nobody can do it. Everybody watches pros like Tony and assumes that it's impossible. That you have to start when you're a little kid.
Which is entirely untrue. At the local club level Trials is a fun and SAFE sport that anybody can do. The beginner lines are about as difficult as riding a bicycle around your yard. Every rider gets to set their own level of difficulty. If you want to ride in the beginner class on very easy stuff, you can generally stay there as long as you like (until you start to win every event you enter. Then there will be some pressure to move you up to a more challenging class).
I tell everybody.. if you REALLY want to learn how to control a motorcycle, start riding trials. Or at least riding offroad. Your skills will improve dramatically. And the people are just the nicest. You're really basicaly competing against yourself, so folks are very helpful.
If you're out for a road ride, I highly recommend checking out a club trial. Or a national event if there is one near you (much more interesting, bigger obstacles, more skill). You'll get a nice walk in the woods and have an awesome time.
Here are some links (for the US)
All US observed trials clubs must be sanctioned by the AMA for competition, so they keep a list of the event schedules, searchable here:
Hopefully I can get Tay's hawk whipped back into shape so we can ride to the last Wisconsin event of the year for a visit...