This years trial will be held at The Odd House pub in Snarestone on the 10th September.
The Odd House
Here is the report from last years event
Yet again it would seem the weather gods were on our side. I did worry slightly when I was woken up at 5 AM by the rain hammering down . But it actually turned out to be nice day again.
We had 67 people signed on and most got round the course. We had one puncture and 1 Yamaha which had a wet ignition system and had to be dried out a few times.
This led to it falling over in a rut after the tickover was turned up to stop the slight misfire. Its hard to stop a bike when it revs instead of ticking over and it ended up on its side in a ditch with various bent and broken items. Much hilarity ensued and this carried on when they finally arrived back at base.
We had a hoard of scooters from the Lambretta club of Great Britain. Who seemed to have a good time and they think they will be coming back again. The chilli went down a treat but the only downside was the promised bread and butter pudding was a no show.
As I had been looking forward to this all week I was slightly disappointed. We had a nice selection of bikes again with a 1916 Triumph being the oldest . I am afraid to say the photos taken at the start went walkabout when the computer they were on died . Sorry about that.
10th September 2017 sees the 61st running of The Taverners Leicester annual Road Trial and is one of the most popular ‘road’ events of the season. Back in the fifties (according to some of our more senior members) it was a mix of ‘flat tankers’, numerous motorcycles and sidecars with the more affluent riding the latest solo BSA A10s, Triumph Thunderbirds and the like with one or two Vincent’s, Norton’s and Velocette’s thrown in.
In the early days the start was generally a village hall with stops at various public houses along the route, no drink driving laws back then. Although a road trial, there was always a green lane section which all participants had to take. You can just imagine a flat tanker, outfit or even a Vincent or cammy Norton negotiating some of the off road sections, perhaps we didn’t used to worry too much about getting out bikes muddy in those days - and we had a professional photographer in tow to snap those memorable moments.
Nowadays the trial is strictly for the tarmac with an optional off road route for the more adventurous and we meet at a pub/restaurant, returning for a civilized lunch before heading out for the afternoon session. Mileage for the event has always remained around the 70 – 80 mile mark with a high percentage of finishers. We’ve also retained similar numbers of participants with anything from fifty plus bikes taking part along with the obligatory road safety question checkpoints.The entry fee will include Lunch .The morning run is usually 40/50 miles with around 30 miles in the afternoon.An ‘eased route’ will be available for Veteran or low-powered machines.Plus There is a green lane route.