Saturday March 24th 2018

March 24th, 2018

With the release of the Yamaha TY E - our sport could be in for a change,  just as in 1984 when the Japanese Giant shocked the Trials world with the radical TY Mono 250. - It was priced quite high and many thought it wouldn’t sell, but after only a few short months, everybody wanted them. - Why?- because they were the winning machine. The European factories were caught napping and the former Champions like Fantic, fell by the wayside.

I remember very well the first time that Yamaha got into the Trials market - As the “Trials Guy” at Yamaha Motor Canada, I was asked the question “How many can we sell Dave san?) - I could write a book on things that happened during this period. - ( Some of the best conversations that I ever had on this subject, were with Mick Andrews)
So here we are at another defining moment in the sport of Trials, and indeed in all other Motorized sports - Will everything switch over to electric? or will the traditional gas powered machines still carry on, just as the Vintage Trials brigade has done.?  - Only time will tell, however for me, there just isn’t any excitement, in seeing an electric bike zipping up a rock wall, - for the kids ?  Yes I love them,  -  but for the REAL sport out in the woods - there is nothing to compare to the sound of a gas/petrol powered motorcycle .

While land use issues continue to be a problem World Wide, in Scotland, they have got it all worked out - sensible people coming together to ensure that everybody enjoys the beautiful Countryside, and Motorcycle Trials as it should be, - a test of the riders stamina, and the reliability of the machine. ( As it was 100 years ago)
Obviously, everybody has their own opinion on this, just as they do on the Circus like promotion of our sport. - But for me, this new trend, leaves something lacking - maybe it’s the tradition, maybe it’s the sound of the bikes, and maybe, it’s not very exciting, or maybe I’m just getting really old.

This is a photo that I took of a couple of Edmonton lads - they stopped by the Outlaw shop  a few years ago, to pick up some Betas - We had a Super weekend, as I showed them the local Trials spots.

Unfortunately neither of these great riders are now involved with the sport - families and other things appear to have got in the way.

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It’s still pretty winter-like in most parts of the Valley, but at least Ross got out on his new Beta - Marcus  is the other Beta rider at a  location near Scotch Creek.
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Friday March 23rd 2018

March 23rd, 2018

The Victoria Club recently held their Annual Presentation of Awards night, with most of these Trophies dating back  decades - The VMC is one of two of the original Canadian Clubs still running, ( The other is in Ontario) - and it’s nice to see that they keep the history and Trophies etc.  - Roger Boothroyd was presented with the Matson Award, given to the member who has contributed the most to keeping records and Promoting the Club. Well done Roger.

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Our old friends Mick & Jill Andrews are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary  - Congrats to you both.

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Spark arrestors required for off-road vehicles (ORVs):

  • All off-road vehicles are now required to have a spark arrestor installed to reduce wildfire risks when operating on Crown land. A spark arrestor is a small screen or other device that is installed in an exhaust system to stop sparks or other exhaust residue from exiting the tailpipe.
  • Many new models of ORVs already have a spark arrestor. Owners of older models that do not have spark arrestors will need to get them installed if they wish to operate the ORV on Crown land.
  • A contravention could result in a violation ticket fine of $460 or an administrative monetary penalty of up to $10,000 if an ORV without a spark arrestor is operating at a time or place where there is a risk of a wildfire starting.
  • If a wildfire starts, the operator could receive a violation ticket fine of $575, an administrative monetary penalty of up to $10,000, or a court fine up to $1,000,000 and/or up to three years in jail. The person responsible could also be ordered to pay all firefighting and associated costs.
  • Here is the link to the complete document >

I found this on google - not cheap.
Beta - Spanish Fly Spark Arrestor, Evo

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  • This is what I call a great section. - In the UK.
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  • Looking for a mint Factory Beta at a big saving ? Check out this  2017 300 - only $8500. - call Outlaw Dave for more info:
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  • Here is a video clip of Kenichi Kuroyama testing the new Yamaha TY E
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  • Sad anniversary today - it was 37 years ago that Mike Hailwood and his young daughter were killed by a drunk lorry driver in England.
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Thursday March 22nd 2018

March 22nd, 2018

Another in our “Pack your Parachute” Series of pics from World Rounds.
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The INTA hosted a 2 day Trial at Connel last weekend, and a couple of Alberta riders headed  down for that one - Gord Rinke elected to ride the Expert class for the first time on his new TRS, while Richard Oulette tackled the Inter line - both did well with Gord grabbing a couple of podiums and Richard having a much better day on Sunday finishing 5th - They had a total of 39 riders.


Gorman AMA West Hare Scrambles Results 2018 – The third round of the AMA Western Hare Scrambles Championship visited Quail Canyon MX in Gorman, California, March 17-18, and when all was said and done, Canadian Trystan Hart (SRT Husqvarna) emerged as the winner. The Prospectors M.C. hosted the race.

Gorman AMA West Hare Scrambles Results 2018

Gorman AMA West Hare Scrambles Results 2018     Trystan Hart en route to victory at the Prospectors M.C. WHS in Gorman, California. Photo: Mark Kariya  -When Hart took the checkered flag he was surprised to hear that he had actually won the race, thinking he was in second after chasing defending champ Nick Burson, not realizing Burson had earlier dropped out with a mechanical problem


Nice shot of Marc Riba on the TRS - another of Jordi’s Lads.
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Meanwhile if you are heading to Alberta this weekend !!!


Well! The Beta Evo 300 we listed for sale a couple of days ago didn’t last long, and has been sold to one of the crew who work at the Carl Kuster Mountain Park. - Like we always say, “You snooze you lose”  - we also had calls from other areas, including Ontario.


For a lot of people, Motorcycles are not just a hobby, - they are more a “Way of Life”  - one such gentleman is Malcolm Smith.  - Please take time to click on this link and read his story.


Wednesday March 21st 2018

March 21st, 2018

As everybody knows, Toni Bou broke his back at an Indoor World Round one month ago, so the FIM have now brought out a new rule for back protection in 2019.  - ( Jimmy Corkle was way ahead of the game on this one, plus also the tether switches)


Also in World Indoor or XTRIAL news >>>.  ( Courtesy Trial Mag: UK)

X-Trial Budapest will be the scene of a double debut, for Championship newcomers Gabriel Marcelli and Luca Petrella

The FIM X-Trial World Championship continues to open doors to the youth hopefuls in the discipline, to facilitate their growth in the competition.  X-Trial Budapest, which will take place on 29th March in the Hungarian capital, will be the scene of two new young riders: Spaniard Gabriel Marcelli (Montesa) and Italy´s Luca Petrella (TRS).They are joined as ´event riders´ by Takahisa Fujinami (Repsol Montesa Honda), who earned a first podium of the season last time out in Paris and with it automatic qualification, and Miquel Gelabert (Sherco), one of the stars of the season who appears once again as a nominated rider.  Throughout the season, the Championship riders are: newly crowned 12-times World Champion Toni Bou (Repsol Montesa Honda), world number two Adam Raga (TRS), and direct rivals for third in the World Championship Benoit Bincaz (Scorpa), Paris winner Jaime Busto (Gas Gas) and Great Britain´s James Dabill (Beta).

Gabriel Marcelli, at just eighteen years of age, comes into the X-Trial season as the reigning Trial2 World Champion, having taken the title last year with six podium finishes including four victories.

Luca Petrella, age nineteen, rode for the Italian team that finished fourth in the 2017 X-Trial of Nations.  The young TRS representative was the 2014 Youth Championship runner-up.

We have often raved about the Trial Mag UK - the glossy magazine that we subscribe to, - we always look forward to getting the latest edition in the mail, but it seems you can now view this on line bt clicking on this link >>>>>>>

Although it’s not the same as having the full color paper copy, it might inspire some readers to place a subscription for the real thing.


Yesterday was the first day of spring, and while we still have piles of snow in our yard, it is melting slowly - we have even seen some Robins scratching around in the bare spots, along with the regular flock of Quail, and morning Doves.  - One sure sign of spring at our place, is the sound of one annoying Flicker ( bit like a wood-pecker)  which sits on top of the metal roof vent, and proceeds to hammer away with it’s beak - not sure why, but it took us quite a while to figure out what the early morning noise was.


Paul Dunstall was a Norton Specialist and was a regular in the winners circle at British Road Races. - Here is an old photo of his shop.

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Tuesday March 20th 2018

March 20th, 2018

A couple of days ago, I posted a “Tongue in Cheek” comment about the FIM and Parachutes for World Trials riders, Well! this shot of Bernie Schreiber just popped up, and by the location and the small pouch on his waist - maybe it would have been a good idea back in the old TY Yam days. - Of course it’s all about PR and getting that perfect photo to get some product appeal.

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I’m sure most people interested in road racing, will recognize Barry Sheene in this shot, with his arms around a lovely young lady, but not sure if that is his Dad on the back of the Sherpa T - Of course Barry started his road racing career on a Bultaco. ( Yes the Spanish factory made a lot of different models- not just Trials bikes )
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I see that the report on the TRS Trial at Ioco, has now been posted on the Trials Canada front page.  Good job as usual from Don Doerksen. Sounds like it was a great Trial.

Last week I posted a pic of Hugh Simpson with his new Beta 300 - Well !! As it turns out, a brief ride ( under an hour) up on the hill, proved that this was not the bike for him, even though he started it OK in my shop, out in the real World it proved to be a “Handful” - so we decided to take it back and sell it  to somebody maybe a bit younger. - Hugh will now wait for an Evo 200 due in shortly.

If you are interested in this bike - give me a call, because it’s a “First come first served VERY good deal”.


Did anybody take a look at the weather report for the weekend, both here and in the UK ??    Hard to believe that they are calling for snow at Easter in England.


Here is a bit of a different pic for our blog - It’s the Hot Springs at Naskusp BC - Beautiful place that is “Out of the Way” and perfect for the family weekend.  - BUT another reason to visit this area, is that  down the road, is the small town of New Denver, and that is where our old friend Nigel and his buddy Tom live - Nigel is picking up a TRS next month and although he isn’t into the competition thing - both him and Tom are really good riders, excelling in the high alpine stuff. - A few years ago, I was lucky enough to join them on one such trip up to the old mines in the area, it was a spectacular day, and wore me out even back then. A report of this ride appeared in the now defunct “Powersport News”
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Here is your video for today - The Scott Trial from a few years ago.


Monday March 19th 2018

March 19th, 2018

Ducati Dovi did the job at the Qatar Moto GP season opener, with Marquez 2nd & Valentino 3rd

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I like this old pic of Big John Moffat’s Dad riding at the 1954 Scottish.
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I watched some of the golf Sunday - good competition and a nice win for Rory McIlroy - Tiger put on a bit of a charge part way round the back nine, but came up short.


An interesting photo from Ioco on Sunday showing a nice new Beta with the power plant and harbor in the background. ( Pic courtesy Shawn Watson)
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Alex Walton (TRS) took a narrow win in the Expert Class at Ioco, beating out Sean Bird (Scorpa) by just one point.

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Another pic  by Ron Walsh from the Ioco Trial sponsored by TRS Canada - Sean Bird hamming it up for the camera.

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We have heard from Gord Rinke, who was at a Trial South of the border this past weekend, He says that he felt so confident on his new TRS that he decided to enter the Expert Class, finishing in 3rd place. We hope to have a couple of pics from the event later. ( Gord lives in Priddis Alberta)


Sunday March 18th 2018

March 18th, 2018

As expected, Tony Bou did not win the X Trial in Paris on Saturday, but neither did Adam Raga, who has been playing bridesmaid for the series to date.  - Adam was 2nd again, this time to Busto, who took his first win for Gas Gas.  ( Like Bou,-  Raga is also recovering from injury)

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Despite the intention of the FIM and 2Play to add a new date to the FIM X-Trial World Championship calendar to replace the cancelled X-Trial Seville, this has not been found possible.

As a result, the calendar is reduced to seven events, rather than the eight initially anticipated.

With two rounds remaining, the gap of points regarding the second rider in the standings and the fact that the regulations discard the worst result of the season, this therefore means Toni Bou has achieved his twelfth consecutive FIM X-Trial world title.

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Photos courtesy Trial Mag: UK

We have not seen much posted from the Daytona 200 so far, and the first round of the Moto GP goes today in Qatar - that one should be interesting, with maybe a few surprises. - more on this later.


Alberta has more snow today, and Blackfoot Park is closed - but the Snow-bike event in Revelstoke is once again attracting a lot of people. -

While most keen Off Road riders in the Valley patiently wait for the snow to melt, share a thought for the folks in the UK, who just got another dump of the white stuff - very unusual weather, and this shot from Somerset, shows it white over in an area that has not seen snow for five years. - Lots of Motorcycle Trials cancelled - due to bad road conditions and parking areas in poor condition.  - The North of England and Wales got really dumped on, more like what we see in Canada.
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Here is your video for today - Steve McQueen.…/


Here is a great shot of local lad Malcolm Hett at the Revy Snow-bike races. He finished 3rd, while the winner was Ian McKill of Vernon.
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Saturday March 17th ( St Patrick’s Day)

March 17th, 2018

A very Happy St Patrick’s Day to all my friends out there in Cyber-land !!

The picture below, shows one of the greatest Motorcycle Road racers ever - Giacomo Agostini  -He raced at a time when the bikes were a lot different than today.
Now this Italian hero, is questioning all the latest technology with regard to Moto GP - Ago thinks it’s all a bit “over the top”
Maybe the old days were the best ?  - look at the skinny tires and ask yourself - would I really push the limits that these guys did rain or shine?  - Hero’s are made all the time, but these guys were “The Ultimate”

The 2018 Moto GP ( as it’s called these days) kicks off this weekend in Qatar - seems to be a lot of competition out there for Champ Marquez this season.

Great Britain will not field a Trophy team in this year’s International Six Days Enduro in Chile next November.

Making the announcement today, March 14th, the Auto Cycle Union (ACU) officially withdrew Great Britain from the World and Junior World Trophy categories.

The ACU cited numerous reasons for the decision including logistics and lack of names coming forward to field the teams.

The ACU will continue to support any British Club team riders entered in this year’s race.

Official statement issued by ISDE:

No ACU Trophy Teams to Compete at the 2018 ISDE in Chile

At the ACU Trials and Enduro Committee meeting held on 12th March it was agreed that due to a number of factors, in particular the lack of names coming forward from potential Trophy Squad riders, and the difficulties with logistics co-ordination, the Committee would not be supporting the entries of Trophy teams at the event in Chile this year.

Any Club teams who have committed to enter will be supported in the normal way with admin via the ACU office.

The ISDE takes place in Viña del Mar, Chile from November 12-17.


This old pic just popped up on FB -  it show a very young Arthur Lampkin ( Dougie’s Uncle) on the front page.

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Friday March 16th 2018

March 16th, 2018

Honda have announced that Toni Bou will ride the X trial in Paris this weekend, in spite of his statement that he has only been on the bike once in the past month since his serious injury.  This is Round # 6 and having won the first 5 rounds - Bou could wrap up yet another title even if he doesn’t win - which he says is unlikely. - My question has to be “Is one more Title really worth chancing ending up in a wheel chair?”   As a Champion he obviously has the desire, but I hope it doesn’t all go horribly wrong.

The other thing that springs to mind is that if Raga or Bincaz etc win - people will say - “Well it’s only because Bou was injured” - In reality the guy that should be invited to ride is Cabestany.  ( I’m betting that Honda have already got a contract ready for Bincaz to sign)

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We had a call from Sam King on Thursday & chatted about the events planned for Malakwa - The date for the 3rd round of the Outlaw Series will now be on June 10th (Sunday) because of a conflict on the previous weekend with a race at Panorama. - Watch for posts on Trials schools and other activities that they have scheduled for this year.


The caption for this photo says “Ten years ago - they were few, but now getting more”

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What this means, is that the sport of Trials is now  getting more popular for the ladies - at least in Europe, and while we don’t see many gals out at our events, we do encourage them to give it a try. ( the WTC now have a #1 Plate for the Ladies class)


Last week we were out riding in an area with no snow, but lots of cactus - unfortunately, I made the mistake of kneeling down to take a pic of Shane and yes put my knee and my hand in a Cactus patch. - While the prickly spikes came out  of my pants OK - I got one in my thumb ( through my glove) which is still bugging me although I’ve been trying to get the pesky thing out all week.  - These sharp needles also love the tires on your bike, and if not pulled out, can work their way through the soft rubber & cause a puncture. ( A set of needle nose pliers is the best solution)


Although personally, I’m not much of a fan regarding Electric Trials bikes, I do think they are great for the kids, and have supplied a few of the little Betas. Here is a shot of Jordan Szoke adding the finishing touches to a little Oset on display at the Montreal Motorcycle show.  Jordan has his whole family involved in doing Trials demos at the Eastern shows.
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Thursday March 15th 2018

March 15th, 2018

This is Gord Rinke of Okotoks Alberta , posing with his new Outlaw/TRRS - With still a ton of snow back home, Gord is down South of the border to make his debut with the bike this weekend at a Trial in Colorado. - Yes he is very excited, to be riding his new bike.  ( I see they have another big dump of snow forecast for Alberta this weekend)
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More Trials results from the UK. - ( Pretty low scores)
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Daytona race week is in full swing, and Vintage Flat Track is a big part of that - Don Galloway of Edmonton pulled off a bunch of wins and podiums to bring home a pile of trophies.  Don is one of the owners at Cycle Works, and also a Director of the MCC.
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It was nice to see some rain in the valley yesterday - we need more of that and warmer overnight temperatures to get rid of all the snow.


A reminder that the CPTA have a Trial on at Ioco this Sunday, sponsored by TRS Canada  - not sure if anybody will be going from the Interior, but the hiways should be good.


Today we have to ship out more Opti Snowmobile Oil to the guys at Toby Creek Adventures located in Panorama BC.  - At least the heavy snow pack has been good for their business - they have around 60 sleds that are rented out for guided tours.

Speaking of sleds, I saw a short video clip of Sam King riding the TRS over a bunch of  high priced units at the Carl Kuster venue, where he is now back working ( some job he’s got!!)


BREAKING NEWS - FIM making Parachutes mandatory for all World Championship Trials.             Effective April 1st