Welcome to New England Trials Association (NETA), the region's
leading trials organization. Our mission is to offer premier trials riding
competition and training to riders of all ages throughout the north
east and to promote the growth of trials. Our riders are members of a
caring and enthusiastic trials community that respects the sport for all
that it has to offer. This includes but is not limited to personal growth,
increasing self-confidence and self-esteem, along with improving
physical fitness and mental fortitude. The NETA organization offers a
wide variety of riding and learning opportunities which our dedicated
members support to achieve the promise of a higher level of riding,
personal satisfaction and overall enjoyment. NETA and its clubs
provide a welcoming, friendly, safe and economical venue for anyone
interested in or currently engaged in trials for recreation, professional
competition, and cross-training.
What is Trials?
Moto Trials (formerly “Observed Trials”) is now the pinnacle of off-road riding, as the riders tackle the most
severe terrain capable of being conquered by any two wheeled machine. When someone looks at the
obstacles before the riding starts, a frequent comment is a simple “No way!” A big plus for the spectators is
that they can watch from just a few feetaway as the riders attempt seemingly impossible obstacles. Trials
competitions consist of “sections” that are physically defined by marker tape.
Sections contain challenging features, both natural and artificial. They may include streambeds, boulders, logs,
and slopes. Tape markers identify different skill class levels for competition; the better the competitor, the more
severe the obstacles will be in the corresponding class. A trail loop connects the sections for the event. A
typical event will have 8 to 12 sections and the competitor must ride the loop and complete the sections three
to five times. Riders cannot practice the sections but may inspect each section just before being judged (or
observed) on their ride. Then, one at a time, the riders will enter a section on their motorcycle, as an observer
scores the rider’s performance. Like golf, where the least amount of strokes on the course wins, trials are won
by the person who touches their foot to the ground the least amount of times over the course of the event. The
rider with the lowest score wins. The score goes to a maximum of 5 points for that section if they fail to reach
the end gate in time or crash. Riding a section “clean” without footing is the ultimate goal of all riders (score of
Trials motorcycles are very specialized. Years of dvelopment have produced a very lightweight (i.e. ~150lbs),
very slender, extremely well balanced machine with a powerful 2 or 4 stroke engine. The bikes have high
ground clearance, minimal fuel capacity and no seat, creating a highly maneuverable motorcycle capable of
overcoming nearly any obstacle.
There are many local clubs around the US that host events locally, with some putting on as many as 15 events
per year. A listing of NETA’s clubs and events is provided under the “Events Tab” on our website. The United
States National Series, governed for the AMA by the North American Trials Council (NATC), hosts the best
riders of various classes in America, and consists of 6 to 12 events held in various parts of the country. There
are a few select riders in the USA that have the skill to compete at the World Championship level and these
riders compete for a spot on the American Trial des Nations Team. The Trial des Nations (TdN) is held in
various countries in the fall of each year, and is a nation vs. nation team competition.
Summing it up
While Trials can be a very challenging and draatic sport, events by NETA’s local clubs have competition
classes for riders of “all” abilities, from beginners on up. Of all the motorcycle sports, it is probably the most
“family-friendly”, and kids can enjoy healthy competition alongside their Moms and Dads and share in an
activity that they love. Additionally, trials is easy on the environment. Because of the nature of the bikes and the
competitions, environmental damage is minimal, and some clubs have riding areas that have been used for
decades with little evidence of any damage to the environment. Trials is also viewed a safer alternative to other
forms of motorcycle competition due the lightness of the bikes and the very low speeds (i.e. 1 to 4mph)
involved when traversing sections. For this reason alone we continually see veteran enduro and motorcross
riders switching to trials competition, and why we commonly to see riders as young as 6 and as old as 70
competing. Lastly, Trials riding also serves as a great cross-training tool for all types of riding such as enduro,
endurocross, and motocross. This evidenced by the successfulness of our nation’s top endurocross, and
motocross riders (Jeff Aaron, Cody Webb, David Knight, and Taddy Blazusiak) all of which are top trials riders.
Joining NETA and getting started in Trials is a matter of a few simple steps:
1) Go to the JOIN tab and download the “Adult Membership Form” and/or “Minor Membership Form”.
2) Complete membership form and mail with payment to NETA (see address on join page). Be sure to include
your AMA membership number which may be obtaned by contacting the AMA (800) 262-5646. You can also
do all this at any of the events.
3) Refer to the “Events” tab to see the schedule of events and their locations. You may also wish to visit the
“Links” tab to contact local clubs of interest.
4) Lastly, download and review the “Getting Started Guide” and “Rulebook” which can be found under the
If you have any questions or requre additional information, please fill out and submit the form on the Contact
page and one of the board members will contact you.