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 feet
away as the riders attempt seemingly impossible obstacles. Trials competitions consist of “sections” that are
physically defined by marker tape. These 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 0).
                                                  
                                                    
The Bikes
Trials motorcycles are very specialized. Years of development 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.
                                                   
Competitions
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 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 dramatic 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. Be sure to include your AMA membership
number which may be obtained by contacting the AMA (800) 262-5646. You can also do all this at any of the
events. (or follow ONLINE instructions)

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
“Rules/Forms” tab.

Please do not hesitate to contact any of the NETA board members under the “Contacts” tab if you have any
questions or require additional information. We look forward to seeing you out there!
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