• On top of the 3.5m vertical jump

  • Brent hopping over brave spectators and his brother

  • Steve McQueen's The Great Escape replica

  • Customised adventure bike

  • The rollover bike in action

  • The 4x4 passenger ride

  • Sunset over Nasrec

Included at no extra charge at the AMiD motorcycle show staged at the Johannesburg Expo Centre, Nasrec, on the weekend of August 24-26, was a spectacular trials riding show put on by the two Le Riché Brothers, Bruce and Brent, using a specially constructed vehicle with all sorts of ramps and jumps. It’s the first time I have witnessed two trials riders performing at the same time.

These two highly skilled riders have been thrilling crowds not only in South Africa, but also internationally.

Bruce competed in North America for four years and had a best placing as runner-up in the overall championship. He has also been rated No 1 in SA on two occasions. His brother, Brent, competed in North America for two years and contested the SA motorcycle trials championship on nine occasions. Both brothers have also performed in Spain and England.

They use a specially-built truck and trailer for the majority of their breathtaking stunts, but also have the world’s first and only trials rollover motorcycle rig, which certainly did not look easy to control from my point of view. They also convinced some  brave spectators to lie on the ground while then proceed to jump over them, brother included.

 They have revised the rear ramp on their truck to make for a 3,5-metre undercut step, which was  a real challenge of  riding skill to get a trials bike vertically up and onto the (small) platform — and stop immediately.

It took just two attempts to get it perfect.

They certainly offered some good entertainment.

 Brent rides a 300cc Factory Beta and Bruce a 300cc Gas Gas Racing. These are very special machines and developed over many years for the unique sport of trials riding, with a premium on low end power and manoeuvrability.

And once that was finished, spectators could wander looking at the bikes, caravans, lifestyle and diving exhibits. There were passenger rides in  4x4s (also up some steep ramps)  and drifting was also on display over the weekend.

It was an exhausting but interesting day out.

  • taylorp@bdfm.co.za