I’m baaaaaaaack

Where have I been? I’ve been in Tennessee for the past week, taking photos and video and blogging at the Trials Training Center, a client. And when I wasn’t working, I was playing and learning. Motorcycle trials is essentially obstacle course competition on a dirt bike. You ride over stuff trying not to put your feet down. (If you’re interested, see our Minnesota-based trials club site/blog called the Upper Midwest Trials Association.)

Griff Wigley Griff Wigley Karl Davis, Jr.
Left and center: me.
Right: a 15 year-old kid from Florida, playing on a rock. He held the bike in that position for several seconds, hopping up and down on the back wheel. I’m going to learn to do that when I’m older.

8 Comments

  1. Jerry Bilek said:

    Great photos Griff. I want to see you in action though. Got any video?

    I didn’t know there was a motorized version of trials…very cool. I’ve only ever seen the bike version and Hans “no-way” Rey
    http://www.hansrey.com/

    My bike envy just went way up.

    April 2, 2008
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  2. Griff Wigley said:

    Yeah, Hans Rey and Ot Pi…. two of the best-known bicycle trials riders with the cool short names.

     Alas, no video of me, Jerry. But here’s a clip of my instructor, Andrew, that I took. I’m sure I’ll be at his level Real Soon Now.

    April 2, 2008
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  3. Kurt Larson said:

    Griff,
    Give us the details of your bike,,,,,

    April 2, 2008
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  4. Jerry Bilek said:

    He’s good, very good. I might have to start collecting logs and set up a course in my back yard.

    April 2, 2008
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  5. I am duly impressed by that video. It shows how you really have to let the bike become an extension of your own body.
    I dropped my bike twice one year, and got it caught on fire last time I rode it.
    And that was just plane ol riding. hehehe. Goes to show whimps shouldn’t try that stuff at home. But it was soo ooooo oooo much fun and a sense of freedom, once you know the road well.

    Thanks for the memories, GW. Ohno, Gee Dub! ahahahahaaaaa! get it?

    April 2, 2008
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  6. Griff Wigley said:

    OMG, that’s amazing, Jerry. I gotta learn some of those tricks when I get older.

    April 26, 2009
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