Getting into trials?

Discussion in 'Trials' started by Sting32, Mar 22, 2010.

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  1. Beatprojim

    Beatprojim Beatprojim

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    My experience is that trials riders are a bit of a different breed and leave their ego's at home. A new rider will likely find more help and encouragement than in MX or Hare scrambles. Just do it!
  2. ADVCoop

    ADVCoop Long timer

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    I agree. You and Boom Boom haven't hesitated to help me, since the day I met you guys you offered advice. The first time I was around a bunch of guys who raced woods races, they were all ego and only talked about how fast they were.
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  3. Bronco638

    Bronco638 Nobody Home

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    hondabtr, I agree with everything that Champe and jonny have posted. That said, WOTA is known for setting up their sections to be more difficult (than, say, NITRO). I've never ridden a WOTA event but have heard lots of feedback from those that have. I am not trying to dissuade you but I wanted to let you know. That way if you feel you're over-your-head or things seem too hard, you're not the only one that feels that way. I rode Novice last year (in NITRO - D17) and was told by several Novice riders, that rode WOTA events, that their Novice line is more like the Intermediate line in NITRO events. I'm riding Intermediate this year. When I heard that, last year, that was enough to make me think twice about riding a WOTA event. I opted to stay with NITRO events only because the WOTA events were either too far from home or didn't jibe with my schedule. But, I did want to get a season under my feet/pegs before trying other clubs' events/sections.

    So, go ride, talk to everyone, ask about how to walk a section (there's more to it than you think), have fun. Then, come to the second NITRO event in early May (Elmwood, May 6) or the third event (Peoria, May 7). I think you'll have a good time. Let us know how it goes.

    Look me up, I drive an older Ford F-150, bright red without a tailgate and ride a Sherco 3.0ST (2014 - black & yellow). I should be at most NITRO events this summer. A few other people to make contact with are: Ralph Littlefield, Jeff Franklin and Ron Rivenburgh (who is a Beta dealer and an inmate here [nwcycle]). They should be at most events, too.
  4. Norman Foley

    Norman Foley Devotee of the Husqvarna

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    I've been fortunate to ride enduros and HS with guys who have less ego. They let their riding do the talking, but are always offering advice and encouragement to novice and all riders. They are competitors, they want to win, but when the race is over, they want to help other riders enjoy the sport. Trials riders are even more so....
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  5. lineaway

    lineaway Long timer

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    In trials, you just take your competition for a little follow the leader (pre-planned) just before start time. The bigger they crash, the larger the point spread. No :topes. :lol3
  6. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    I plan on being there. I will laugh as loud as you like.:D

    And who gets into trials by buying a brand new bike? You're going about this all wrong...:1drink

    Novice sections aren't too bad...Champ and Expert sections are set up by Papa Smage.
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  7. StolenFant

    StolenFant Been here awhile

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    New or Used trials bike for beginner?
    Yes, I read the thread, and that is NOT the typical suggestion, but I am a tight-ass, and always buy clean used bikes. Experience showed about 50% of my "bike time" is spent making improvements or "tweaking" settings and maintaining vs riding or practicing. Then a discovery... bought a newe 2015 KTM Freeride 2 yrs ago, and the non-riding time dopped drastically!!
    My assumption is (corrections welcome) that as a beginer in Trials, I will be the "weak link" and little if any tweaking or modification/improvement will be needed on a new, modern trials bike. I THINK I can swing a new bike, and TTC does have the GasGas bikes for sale new.

    A bit more about me: 56yr old rider of a KTM Freeride 250R. Last 7 years I've progressively dropped bike weight and size (Veestrom, Husky TE610, KTM 450 EXC, to Freeride. Tasted the Trials Crack at a Trials Training Center class 2 years ago. Went back with the Freeride last year it was a BLAST, but same terrain previous year was MORE fun on a TTC rental.

    I think I could swing a new bike, but WILL A NEW TRIALS BIKE GIVE ME MORE RIDING AND PRACTICE TIME THAN A USED BIKE?
  8. StolenFant

    StolenFant Been here awhile

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    Oh, I've only met one person who rides Trials in SC, and she is 90 miles away. There is no regular TRIALS support within 200 miles.
  9. hondabtr

    hondabtr Adventurer

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  10. Norman Foley

    Norman Foley Devotee of the Husqvarna

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    I went the new trials bike route and don't regret it a bit. I looked at a few 10 year old used bikes and I wanted to ride, not wrench. New, they require minimum set up time and add on parts, compared to an enduro bike. My new trials bike, got grips, fork guards and a pipe guard. List of mods to my enduro bike seem endless. I ride an enduro series and there is practice riding too, so with the miles and conditions I ride and race in, that requires most of my time for bike maintenance. By comparison, multiple days of practice a week and the occasional trial, just aren't as hard on the bike.
  11. Champe

    Champe Been here awhile

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    If you want maximum fun and minimum fuss, new is a great way to go. The downside is you have to pay more than for a used bike. A good portion of the value disappears right away because it becomes a used bike as soon as you get it home.

    Used has two advantages : cheaper to start with, and you are more likely to recover most of your money when you sell.

    So the answer to "new or used" depends a lot on the individual's ability to pay.

    Most people starting in trials are cash challenged and worry about whether they will like the sport. That is why used is generally recommended.

    I think 2whlrcr is pulling your leg. He has probably come up the hard way, buying cheap and working on bikes as he goes - like me. For riders without a lot of cash resources this is the only choice. You do learn a lot about mechanics that way, so that is a great reason to recommend used to younger riders.

    You will have to get used to a little friendly kidding. It is part of the fun. If 2whlrcr laughs at your bike - laugh back and call his bike an old decrepit POS.
  12. alpineboard

    alpineboard Been here awhile

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    New to trials, first bike, Chose to buy new last year and do not regret it at all. I got lucky and found a 98 Subaru Legacy with 43000, single owner mint. So this enabled me to buy a new bike. Life is full of choices, but you get to choose.
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  13. jonnyc21

    jonnyc21 Trials Ninja

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    My vote is the best condition bike you can get and are willing to pay for is the best option. I have a great running 07 4RT I got from the first owner. Love it!
    However if I had had the $ I would have picked up new.
    And this year I get that option, a new 300RR is on its way!

    Good luck making your call.
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  14. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    I keep forgetting to put all the :-):-):-):-):-):-) when I post. Half the posts I make on the internet not serious, or maybe it's more like 75%? I'm just here to entertain myself.:1drink
  15. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    Yea, but having to drive a Suburu is a steep price to pay for a new trials bike.

    (see above post)
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  16. hondabtr

    hondabtr Adventurer

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    10,000 comedians out of work and 2whlrcr wants to be one:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D
  17. alpineboard

    alpineboard Been here awhile

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    534584_475205669190880_2105488452_n1.jpg yes, in particular that head gasket every 100k, but at least its a retro 98, with the hood scoop turbo.
  18. 2whlrcr

    2whlrcr gooligan

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    I'd buy a new Crosstrek, if it had more horsepower than my KTM.:1drink
  19. Brewtus

    Brewtus Buffoonery, Inc.

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    I must not be doing it right. 12 year old Montesa 4RT, and a 10-year old Dodge Mega-cab 4x4 Cummins dually. All paid for. All provide huge smiles. Where the hell did I go wrong?? :dunno
  20. lineaway

    lineaway Long timer

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    You also have the largest parts inventory for TY80`S. :imaposer
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