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Nomads Club Trial :: Drosberg :: 22 July :: Update

2018-07-22 09:00

Our next event is this Sunday 22 July 2018 at Drosberg, Paarl.

Thanks to all who helped set the sections last weekend – it’s going to be a great event.

Results: Nomads Trial June 2018 - Welgelegen Farm

The trial was a huge success.  The weather was cool but the predicted rain held off until after the sections were cleared and the results announced.

This trial had 9 sections, the extra section being a hill-climb.  Since access to the hill-climb was via a narrow single-track, and Sean the organiser wanted us all to do it together for safety's sake, we all went there on the first lap and each did it the required 4 times.

How do you avoid spark plug failure during a trial?

  1. Never leave your bike's fuel tap on when you are not riding.  This is especially important for the journey to a trial - the vibrations cause fuel to leak into the cylinder and wet the plug, and it becomes difficult or even impossible to start the bike.
  2. Use a new spark plug at the trial.  Nothing beats the ease of starting, the reluctance to stall, and the pure performance of a new spark plug.  Since plugs are about R35 each, it is worth it to have a new one every monthly trial.  One strategy is to fit a new plug for the trial, then swap it out

What oil/fuel mix should I use?

In a two-stroke trials bike, we generally use 15ml of two-stroke oil to 1l of petrol (i.e. in a 5 liter fuel can, add 75ml of oil, and in a 10l can add 150ml.

Follow the instructions in the bike's User Manual.

Also, be aware that not all two-stroke oils can operate at such low concentrations.  For example, Castrol Power1 Racing synthetic oil is not rated at such low concentrations.  I use Ravenol synthetic.  Be especially wary of cheap oils, but check whether an expensive oil is rated at 1:66 mix ratios.

What tyre pressures should a trials bike have?

Front: 0.5bar (50kPa)

Rear: 0.3bar (33kPa)

Naturally, this is average.  If you are riding on sand, mud or low traction surfaces, you can go lower than that.  If you are quite heavy, riding rocks and hard edges, or generally hard (aka a bit clumsy) on a trials bike, increase the pressure slightly to protect the rims.

Nomads Club Trial :: Elgin :: 20 May 2018

2018-05-20 09:00

Trial Details

  • Time: 9h00 for a 10am start.   (It takes an hour to get there  from Kirstenhof via Baden Powell.)
  • Cost: R150 per bike to parks board - you will see that it is worth it.  Pay Mark Shearer.
  • First Time?

Nomads Trial Results : Wellington 2018/04

The weather was pleasant if somewhat warm.  The sections were varied and interesting.  The trial - priceless.

We had 4 juniors on electrics, with some interesting sections set for the juniors.

Nomads Trial :: Wellington :: 8th Apr 2018

2018-04-08 09:30

Please join us at Bases Farm, Wellington, for this month's trial.  Russell is your host (he is an enduro rider).

There will be masters, experts, intermediates and clubmen classes, as well as a mini-trial for youngsters on electric bikes.

The venue is superb for spectators and children, the sections are close by, and a few sections are in the river under big shady trees. 

Nomads Trial Results : Constantia 2018/03

Yet another brilliant trial.  Thanks to Brian Barson for clearing and setting the sections.  The weather was clear, and became a bit warm toward midday.

The turnout was good, with 15 riders starting.  Two DNFs, including myself.  Everyone enjoyed it thoroughly.

Nomads Trial : Constantia : 18 Mar 2018

2018-03-18 10:00

Nomads Motorcycle Club invites you to attend the first Nomads trial of the year, at Veels te Ver in Constantia, on Sunday 18th March 2018 starting at 10am.

If you don't know where it is please ask Brian or Charles to provide directions (email or

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