New York Air Cooled Trials (NYACT) was conceived in the Fall of 2008, during discussions among several vintage trials enthusiasts. The agreement was to conduct a new vintage trials series in New York State, aimed at fun, and with several distinguishing features. The first was to include all air-cooled trials bikes, even those with monoshock suspension or a disc brake. The second was the use of the Moreland Gate System of scoring, invented by nationally-known veteran trials rider Carl Peters. The third was to provide a true vintage experience, by limiting participation to vintage bikes. Thus, no liquid-cooled bikes would be allowed, not even for fun or for exhibition. We are 100% air-cooled.
The first season, in 2009, featured three events, in Warsaw, Erin, and Moreland, NY. By the third event, forty-four riders participated, thereby validating the concept of the series. Each season since then has had five events, all held on private land. Thanks to generous landowners, these locations have included Apalachin, Cayuta, Cuba, Erin, Galway, Lansing, Moreland, Richford, and Warsaw.
Trialmasters (and their number of events at the end of 2018) have included Gary Appleton (4), Chris Arnold (8), Ron Bors (3), Seth Bruce (3), Regan Faught (1), Roger Hastings (3), Bill Hughes (1), Pete LaCagnina (6), Wayne Larsen (1), Doug LiPuma (3), Carl Peters (6), Ken Turner (3), Mike Waller (1), Doug Yeo (3), and Bob Young (2).
2011 saw the creation of this website, through the efforts of our initial Webmaster, Kevin Carey. At the end of 2018, the Webmaster duties were assumed by another faithful rider, Ben Damon.
In addition to the competition events, we have enjoyed several family picnics and fun rides at the Hill & Gully Trials Center in West Bloomfield, NY, courtesy of Kirsten and Kevin Carey, as well as numerous trials schools conducted by Carl Peters and Chris Arnold.
See the “Schedule & Results” page on this website for our future locations. Spectators are always welcome, at no charge. Come ride with us for a True Vintage Experience!