AMCN Interviews Tim Coleman

Why would you ride those funny looking seatless motorcycles? They must weigh nothing the way they bunny hop up shipping containers?

These are just some of the typical comments you hear when you ride your trials motorcycle in front of people at a competition or show, as trials is not your mainstream motorcycle discipline, yet Trials has been around for a long time.  It is a relatively low profile sport here in Australia usually set in a dusty paddock with granite boulders with minimal spectators. When people watch a top level trials rider they are usually blown away by the skill, as trials riding is all about precision with balance, throttle and clutch control, whilst getting your bike up some epic obstacles.

I have been fortunate enough to have represented Australia at the Trials Des Nations 6 times over in Europe, three times with my awesome girlfriend Ina Halls who represented the woman’s team.  The Trials Des Nations is what us Aussie riders aim to accomplish.  It’s basically the Olympics of Trials with over 30 countries competing.  We are not at the level of Spain, England or France, but we have produced some good results, like last year in Spain having finished 3rd in Group B ahead of the USA. 

I raced motocross as a junior rider for many years, but then decided to have a go at trials.

We have been running the Glenmaggie Easter Trial at our property for over 30 years which is ideal for trials and enduro riders.  Growing up I never knew what I wanted to do, as I just wanted to ride motorbikes.  After saving money working with my father when I was 17, I sent a few emails over to Europe to see if anyone would be interested in helping me out.  I was contacted by Top Trial Team which is an Italian based trials team, and next thing, I'm on my way to Rome.

The experience to ride and train with European riders is immeasurable and essential in order to become a better rider.

Since then I have created Tc Trickz Trials Entertainment, a motorcycle show which takes me across the country from agriculture shows to Moto GP events, and now performing shows all across the world, from being part of circus act to riding in a movie set.  I enjoy showcasing skills to the public and doing unique tricks that not many riders are doing, and people really appreciate your skills at these shows.

I still actively compete in events here in Australia, with last year having won the Australian X Trials Championships in Perth and now 4 times runner up Australian outdoor champion. I still like to train and compete as it helps to maintain my level of skill. However it’s not all just Trials, as most people will probably know of me through social media and my enduro videos.  With my trials background, I am able to transfer my trials skills to the enduro bike putting it through the most agile of movements.

Another passion of mine is coaching which is a large part of my business and has been a huge success. I find it very rewarding seeing riders take home new skills. I hold my MA coaching licence and have held many coaching days at our off road facility in Glenmaggie, tailor making every session to suit each rider. I have even been so fortunate to have coaching opportunities take me all over the country and the world.

I have just recently returned from West Virginia where I spent a few weeks coaching Trials and Enduro for Poisk Adventures, a motorcycle adventure company. It was a huge success with an invitation to return in September to conduct more coaching days.

It’s such an exciting lifestyle to be living the dream of doing what I love. However I know I couldn’t do it without the huge support of the public, my social media following, all those who have come to my coaching clinics and helped spread the word, and those who have invited me to perform shows or provide coaching lessons at their events.

Many thanks to my sponsors and AMCN for the opportunity to contribute to your awesome magazine.

My website is with a new one under construction so stay tuned.

PS not all trials riders wear Lycra Suits ;)

Tim Coleman