Trials is an incredible sport. What those competitors manage to do on two-wheels seems to disregard the laws of physics. I have to admit though, while I find the feats of trials riders’ gravity-defying moto acrobatics mind-boggling, I’ve maintained only a passing interest in trials that has rarely strayed further than spending more time than I should watching videos of Toni Bou, HRC’s 26-time world trials champion, on Instagram. That said, when the invite came through the MO inbox from GasGas to attend its inaugural California Trial Invitational in Murrieta, CA, I was more than willing to accept the assignment.
If there’s a motorcycle equivalent to rock crawling in the 4×4 and Jeep world, trials riding would have to be it. These minimal motorcycles barely have any air in the tires, weigh next to nothing, and like to bounce around all day thanks to their super soft suspension. And when it comes to trials riding, one name that’s almost synonymous with the sport is Bultaco. In this edition of Church of MO, we visit the year 2000 and the Bultaco Sherco. What’s it like to ride a trials bike? Read on to find out.