American Bernie Schreiber was one of the all-time greats in the sport of trials.
Here’s a look at some interest facts about Schreiber, who was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2000.
1. Born in 1959, Schreiber started riding motorcycles at the age of 8 and began competing in trials at 10.
2. At age 15, he was the top-rated trials rider in his native Southern California.
3. In a sport that rewards riding technique and experience, Schreiber developed a hard-charging style that proved to be revolutionary.
4. In 1977, Schreiber, riding for Bultaco, ventured into the world championships for the first time. His rookie season was a solid debut. Schreiber scored points in nine of the 12 world rounds and earned podium finishes in Spain and Germany. He ended the year ranked seventh in the world.
5. In 1978, he won his first world championship event, in France, and went on to score three more wins to finish the season ranked third. During this period, Schreiber flew back to the United States to contest the non-conflicting U.S. National Trials rounds. He won the American title that year.
6. Schreiber won the Observed Trials World Championship in 1979.
7. He was the first, and still only, Observed Trials World champion from the United States.
8. In 1980, he set a record for the most World Trials wins in a single season, with six wins in the 12 rounds.
9. He tallied 20 wins in a decade of competing in the world championships, the second highest in the series at the time of his retirement.
10. Schreiber retired from the world championships after the 1987 season.
11. In addition to his world title, Schreiber won the U.S. National Trials Championships in 1978, 1982, 1983 and 1987.
12. Schreiber continued his involvement with trials after retiring from full-time competition. He wrote a popular book, Observed Trials, that is considered the bible of the sport. He also opened a trials training school.