Trials in South Africa

Club Contact People:

  • Gauteng David Rhoodie 083 272 5353
  • Gauteng (TwinShock) Bruce Watts 082 443 8800
  • East London Ian Meaker 084 566 5920
  • Cape Town Brian Barson 084 222 1208
  • Mark Shearer 084 224 4200
  • KZN Bruce Mackenzie 082 656 2323
  • Beta Trials Graham Harris 084 528 0843

History and Background

There are well over 2000 trials bikes in South Africa, old and new, and the interest and popularity of the sport is growing with the exposure trials gets from YouTube, TV and people like Brian Capper and the Le Riche Brothers shows here in SA.

The early motorcycles weighed in at over 90kg, today's modern trials bikes weigh down to 65kg. International events do not allow motorcycles less than 65kg to compete.
Trials continued to grow at a steady pace and the import of specialist trials bikes kept pace with the demand. The main trials bikes imported during the 80s and 90s were Beta from Italy and Montesa from Spain, both 2 stroke machines. In the 90s the engines all changed from air cooled to liquid cooled, mono shock suspension and disk brakes were introduced.
During October 2008 a South African team went over to Spain to compete in the Trials Des Nations.  This was the first time an official trials team had represented South Africa in a world wide event - the team came 13th overall and led all the non-European and American countries.
Although still small, observed trials is the fastest growing motorcycle sport in South Africa, growing at an average rate of 20% per year.
During 2011 a number of milestones were reached, national championships were held in Cape Town after a break of more than 20 years and have continued to date.  Now there are about 200 riders around the country that ride regularly and about 80 of those compete at a national level.
The plan, with the help and financial support of the Nomads Motorcycle Club, is to grow the sport and introduce younger riders to the sport. The only negative influence on the sport has been the cost of new bikes as import costs have soared with the weakening rand.