Carole Nash
Content Writer
Published: 1st November 2017

Motorcycle Live 2017 is bound to be one of the most thrilling motorbike events of the year. There’s plenty of exhibitions to be involved in, from a classic motorcycle showcase, to a motocross stunt fest. There’s also a chance to ride motorbikes, with the Auto Cycle Union (ACU) Try Trials.

Visitors will be able to take part in 15 minute sessions with ACTU certified coaches providing a taster of sports trials. The ACU Try Trials are sponsored by Birstall Urban Motorcycle Project for Youth (BUMPY) and the charity is in aid of a worthy cause. We’ve decided to do a feature on BUMPY and bring awareness to the work they do with motorbike safety.

BUMPY was set up in 1989 with the aim of providing a safe place for people of all ages to ride motorbikes on the road and off. The organisation has built its reputation on educating young people on how motorcycles can be used in the most effective way.

The idea for the charity came from police officer Julia Morris, who saw a need for young people to have a safe and legal area to ride in. Along with other police representatives and motorbike club members, Morris came up with a plan of turning the local Nab Lane site into a purpose-built track for motorcyclists to practice their skills legally. This led to BUMPY being founded and Morris continued in the charity until she passed away in 1991.

BUMPY’s classes are split into on road and off road sessions. The on road section is eligible for anyone who wants to improve their riding confidence or is training to get their full motorcycle licence. To help improve your confidence on the road, BUMPY have a course on Compulsory Basic Training. The off road courses are suitable for children and adults. The lessons cover regular bikes and trail bikes.

BUMPY also have a Young Riders Club, which has evolved over the years and two people from the original club now serve on the committee.

The charity is dedicated to helping young people and encouraging their passion for motorbikes. BUMPY’s dedication is commendable and the ACU Try Trials will showcase safety and excitement.

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