Observed Trials

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MISSION STATEMENT: Observed trials is a very significant part of historic motorcycle competition. It began as a wintertime sport for European enthusiasts, who tested themselves by tracing ancient Roman roads. These riders negotiated various obstacles along the way, all of which gave test to both man and machine. As the “gentleman’s sport” developed, such obstacles became more specific, and more challenging. From the 1980s until today, the obstacles presented to trials competitors have been inconceivable for most motorcycle riders.

AHRMA’s observed trials goal is to provide its members a safe, historically accurate environment to showcase and experience vintage machinery. The key to this enjoyment is the observed sections. From the 1950s into the ‘70s, sections were mainly composed of wide-open areas of challenging terrain, with the rider’s choice of line determining his/her success. Observed sections reminiscent of this era are critical in AHRMA’s representation of classic observed trials. With period-accurate sections, machines will remain true to their original concept, and the techniques required to ride them will do the same, enhancing the entire vintage trials scene. The trials-riding experience will undoubtedly result in good friends, good rides and good fun.

Deadlines: Pre-entry deadlines typically are the Friday two weeks before an event. For certain events, pre-entries may close sooner. Consult the Schedule page of this website for exact closing dates.

Entry fee: $40. You can save at least 10-percent by entering online with our partner SeriesTracker, click here.

Membership: Current AHRMA membership is required to compete in AHRMA National events. For AHRMA membership information, please contact us.  Memberships and renewals are available at the event.

Medical insurance: Proof of personal health coverage is required. Jones-Birdsong Insurance offers a Rider Accident Medical Plan; to apply, use this form: Medical Insurance Application (pdf)

Refunds: Refunds will be issued only to pre-entered riders who have filed a Refund/Credit Request Form with the AHRMA National office. A refund form is in the Handbook, may be obtained from the office, or can be downloaded here. The form may be filed by mail, email, fax, or the office may be telephoned with the relevant information. Please see AHRMA Handbook rule 4.7a for more details.

CLASSES
Note: All classes further divided into Expert, Intermediate and Novice rider ability levels (plus a Master class in Modern Classic). A separate non-points-paying Beginner category is offered for riders on any AHRMA-eligible trials machine.
Girder Fork: Any rigid-frame, girder-fork machine.
Rigid Heavyweight: Any non-swingarm machine utilizing a 301cc or larger, non-unit-construction four-stroke engine
Rigid Lightweight: Any non-swingarm machine, utilizing a two- or four-stroke engine, up to 300cc.
Premier Heavyweight: Certain pre-1965-era machines 350cc and larger.
Premier Lightweight: Certain pre-1965-era machines up to 250cc.
Classic: British kit-framed two-stroke machines up to model year 1974 with 175cc or smaller OEM engine, and Spanish four-speeds to 250cc in original OEM frame.
Modern Classic: Any US-model unit-construction machine up to model year 1979.