Balance is the name of the game in trials, and the Sherco feels very balanced both front to back and side to side; it carries its 153 pounds incredibly well. The suspension absorbs hard hits well, and is springy and aggressive on smaller obstacles. If you need to pop over a log or hop onto a ledge, a calculated preload of the stock fork and shock will get you there in a hurry. Of course, the turning radius on the machine seems extremely tight in comparison to a traditional motorcycle, but the ergos remain comfortable and natural even for non-trials pilots.As Keefer mentioned, the bike has absolutely excellent brakes, and the motorcycle as a whole felt tight and dialed. One downside that we found was that the side-style exhaust is aimed in such a way that your leg can cover it up if you aren't careful, but this is only when using extreme body English. Everywhere else, the Sherco is a well-designed, highly tuned piece of precision trials equipment that is a joy to ride for both aspiring trials riders and serious competitors. For more on this machine-and to read the feature story of two trials rookies in their first event-check out the December issue of Dirt Rider magazine.