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Saturday September 24th 2022

Saturday, September 24th, 2022

I see that Sherco/Scorpa -  have introduced Fuel Injection on their new 2023 Trials bikes - plus they mention having a future estart model !! - Well I wish them luck as I’m not a fan of fuel injection and this could be just another problem for the first couple of years as other Manufacturers  have found out. - For me the old fashioned carburettor, takes some beating. -

If there is one thing that I’ve learned over the many years both in the Industry and the sport - If bikes are hard to start - they are also hard to sell. ( Something I told the Japanese at Yamaha) - And with the news that KTM seem to be wanting to take over the whole Motorcycle Industry - it reminded me of a quote from another Japanese Yamaha Factory guy - who said - “Putting all eggs in one basket  not good idea”

We had a nice visit with old friend Randy McBee  on Friday, who we have not seen for a long time - He dropped off a couple of old ball caps from the past >>> neat, as I never kept one of my original give-a-way Outlaw Caps. -This brought back a lot of memories !!

We started Outlaw Accessories  in 1987 -  We were selling a lot of different Accessories out of our van, as we traveled all over Western Canada - The original fold out steel ATV Ramps- bike ramps - handlebars all the brainchild of Jim Small from Kamloops - who worked for Blackpine a company building Woodstoves. - Jimmy and myself had some background when he joined Yamaha Canada and in fact it was his idea to call the new company Outlaw Accessories. - Jimmy thought the name OUTLAW would look neat down the leg of MX pants !!
Over the next few years we added other products, such as our famous Handmade Toolbelts plus we sold hundreds of Snowmobile bags. -

A call from a supplier in Penticton had us adding both Camelback and Power bars, while Dougie Tanaka from Vancouver wanted us to sell some of his junk - However the big breakthrough for us was when we became the  Western Canadian Distributor for Optimol Oil - based at that time in Burnaby.

- We were able to establish a dealer network all over Western Canada, with warehouses in -  Victoria, Vancouver, Kamloops, Kelowna -  Calgary and Edmonton - this was done mainly with the help of friends I had made in the Motorcycle Industry while working for Yamaha Canada. -

We added other products, such as ONeal clothing for a while, but they decided to cancel us and give it to Steen Hanson. - Camelback USA also cancelled their Penticton Distributor and went with direct dealer sales.
Dealers  got used to having free delivery and being able to buy product out of the back of our truck.  -A novel idea back then.
During this time, I was also selling TY Yamaha Trials bikes for our buddy Walt Healy - which continued until the Factory brought out the dreaded TYZ model - and I got the call from Don  at Mountain MC - after that it was Gas Gas & Beta - then later Sherco - followed by TRS - Obviously things have changed, and I no longer travel approx 1500km each week -in fact I rarely go anywhere these days.
Yes we still supply some of those early products - our toolbelts which are now sold direct to customers, - and Optimol ( now called just Opti)  - The Trials bikes we sell are Beta and TRS, but we still try to help customers with other brands.

While chatting to Randy yesterday, I told him about buying a Dodge Box van in Kamloops for $800 - then loading it with steel ATV ramps and driving it to Prince George the next day - sleeping on top of the ramps overnight.!!

In the early days, we once drove as far as Winnipeg in our Ford van- towing a big  trailer with 100 ATV ramps - When I got back to Blackpine in Kamloops, the owner asked how many had I sold - I said All of them.!!  - Oh yes - I also sold Snowmobile trailers for them - we would stack them three high behind my trusty Dodge van!!

- We later had our own line of Trials clothing made in the UK which was top quality and also worn by Dougie Lampkin at that time - unfortunately Anson could not compete with European cheaper products and ceased production ( We still have some of their clothing all in perfect condition)
I guess you could call these “Stories from the Crypt” - but it was a way of life for me for about ten years. or so. - my weekends were still all about Trials, and I updated the Dodge to a larger GMC Box van - - we would take a bunch of Trials bikes and riders to far away events. with the van doubling as  sleeping quarters . - This was followed in 1993, by a new GM Long wheelbase van - which we have  parked at our place with 1.2 Million Km on the clock.

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The Vintage Trial goes today at Monza in Italy - not sure if they are calling this a World Championship or what - but they certainly have a lot of entrees, including some former World Champs and some pretty exotic bikes. here is a pic of some former champs, including American Bernie Schreiber. on the right - but who are the others???????

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While talking vintage - Now this is what I call VINTAGE  a very old 1928 Norton.

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Tomorrow is the big day for Team Canada, who will compete in the International class of the TDN -  The guys look good in their outfits - we wish them luck.

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Friday September 23rd 2022

Friday, September 23rd, 2022

I think this is the first full day of Fall 2022 - and the weather looks “Stunning” for the weekend ( To quote a popular English expression)

Must say it’s nice to have Babsy back after her three week UK Vacation - she hasn’t stopped talking about her trip.


While this weekend is a “Biggy” for the TDN Trials riders, already a bit of controversy with the French Ladies Team who  have been told by Officials to go home after  too much partying. ( bit over the top sounds like) - It will be interesting to see how it all pans out, particularly the new “Vintage” class.
Here’s a hot of Alex Walton practicing

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The Cordoroy Enduro goes this weekend, with also a vintage class  - I see Dave Butler will campaign his old Greeves and use his Outlaw Toolbelt for fixing stuff.

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Thursday September 22nd 2022

Thursday, September 22nd, 2022

The 2022 Trial Des Nations goes this weekend - read all about it >>>>>

The TDN is an annual team event that pits country against country with the winners able to lay claim to being the best trial-riding nation in the world. The FIM Trial Vintage Trophy is a celebration of trial’s roots with riders putting historic machines through their paces.

Spain starts as a clear favourite to win the TDN in the men’s category. Unbeaten in the competition since 2004, this year’s team comprises the top-three ranked riders in the world in 2022 with Toni Bou (Montesa) joining forces with Jaime Busto (Vertigo) and Adam Raga (TRRS).

As a trio the current Spanish team has won twice before – in 2017 and again last year – and between them Bou and Raga have stood on the top step of a TDN podium an amazing 33 times!

So, which nations are likely to step up to challenge the mighty Spanish? In all truth it is a very tough call to make…

France finished second last year but the team has undergone a reshuffle for 2022 with Benoit Bincaz (GASGAS) the only rider retaining his place. The 25-year-old, who finished 10th in TrialGP this season, is joined by Hugo Dufrese (Vertigo) and Gael Chatagno (Electric Motion) who finished eighth and 10th in Trial2.

Whatever the result, the French will make history this weekend with Chatagno becoming the first rider to compete in the TDN on an electric motorcycle.

Then there’s the Italian trio of Matteo Grattarola (Beta), Luca Petrella (GASGAS) and Lorenzo Gandola (Beta).

Grattarola has had a great season in TrialGP, claiming a career-first win at the highest level at last weekend’s TrialGP of Italy and four additional podiums on his way to fourth in the world.

Petrella is the only change to the team that finished third last year and he’s ranked 12th in the world while Gandola – the 2017 Trial3 champ – finished his 2022 Trial2 campaign in a fighting fifth with a victory and two further podium finishes.

Great Britain hasn’t won the TDN since 2003 and it would be a huge shock if Jack Peace (Sherco), Bill Green (Scorpa) and Toby Martyn (TRRS) returned to the top this year.

However, a podium finish is definitely a real possibility with Martyn – who finished his debut season in TrialGP in 11th – looking to end the year on a high.

Green and Peace have competed in Trial2 this season with Green scoring three podium finishes including a win in Andorra on his way to fourth and Peace, who was seventh, also claiming a podium.

The line-up is completed by Norway with this year’s Trial2 champion Sondre Haga (Beta) leading Mats Nilsen (TRRS) and Jarand Vold Gunvaldsen (TRRS) into battle.

The women’s competition is likely to be a two-horse race between reigning champions Spain and Great Britain.

Spain fields Berta Abellan (Scorpa), Sandra Gomez (TRRS) and Alba Villegas (Beta). Of the trio, Abellan – the number two ranked female in the world – is the rider on form after taking two victories in this season’s TrialGP Women competition and never dropping lower than second.

We haven’t seen Gomez or Villegas in Hertz FIM Trial World Championship action in 2022 but we know Gomez is a proven performer and in a top-flight career stretching back to 2008 the 29-year-old has finished second in the world twice and third on five occasions.

Great Britain is led by Bristow – the only remaining member of the victorious 2018 team – who wrapped up her eighth world title this season and she can be confident of rock-solid support from Robinson who was 10th in TrialGP Women this season – despite contesting just two rounds – and Adshead who was third in Trial2 with a victory at the final round.

The best of the rest are headed by Norway, Italy, Germany and France and all four nations have a great chance of a podium finish.

The men’s International Trophy class will be contested by 20 teams from four continents and with last year’s winners Norway moving up to the main TDN competition there will be a new nation on top of the podium this time around.

In addition to the main action there will also be a Challenge competition contested by seven two-rider teams, each featuring a male and a female competitor.

Before the big guns are rolled out on Sunday the inaugural FIM Vintage Trophy will get the action under way on Saturday with two main prizes up for grabs – for best performance on a vintage motorcycle and best performance on an authentic vintage motorcycle – and there will also be a support class competing over easier sections.

The day’s events will be compèred by 1979 TrialGP world champion and all-round American legend Bernie Schreiber and, adding to the historic flavour, there will be a weekend-long display of ground-breaking vintage trial machinery.

The competition kicks off at 9am on the Saturday with the FIM Trial Vintage Trophy before official TDN practice gets under way at 10am. Sunday will see the current generation of trial heroes showcasing their talent from 8.30am.

For the full timetable and more information click here

Here is an update from Sammy King who is in Italy for the TDN

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TdN update : I was stoked to finally meet up with the Canadian team last night here in Milan, Italy. It was a long and delayed process with minimal sleep trying to get here after missing a connecting flight due to airline delays.
Got a good 8 hours of sleep last night once I got back to the hotel. This morning after breakfast, we went to the location of TdN at the Monza race track, to try and find the Beta factory team and pick up my bike. Unfortunately, the paddock doesn’t open until Friday, so weren’t able to pick it up just yet. We are still working on some ways to maybe get the bike sooner.
Big thanks to J-Fx Fortin for allowing me to use your bike today to get used to the terrain here. (Sorry about the fresh scratches, I will repay you I promise!) Dry and dusty here at the moment which makes the rock very slick!
I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face the whole time I was riding at the Lazzate moto club. Being back in the world trials scene and seeing so many friends that I haven’t seen in years was so fun!! The sport has developed to whole new level since I was last in Europe which is incredible to see first hand.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to ride with the Canadian team too much due sickness for Alex Walton and bike issues for Kevin Cordy
Shout out to the Aussie team for letting me train with them for a bit, despite the fact I’m a “turn coat” 😂 thanks legends!!
I am so flippin happy to be here and I’m very excited for the competition on Sunday and also just to ride as much as possible between now and the start of the Trial. Let’s do this!!
🎥 Jono Chellas
Sammy may be on one of the 2023 Evo’s - which look great  in their all red paint - ( not too fond of the blue/red combo) - the first shipment of these is due to arrive in Canada  in November - but in very limited quantities SO if you are in the market - Best give us a call pretty quick.
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Our supply of Wulf helmets is at an all time low, as we wait for the new 2023 order to arrive - We will also be ordering more of the nice Fall Trials jackets - so if you are needing any of this quality gear - give us a shout - don’t be disappointed ( Christmas is coming)
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Wednesday September 21st 2022

Wednesday, September 21st, 2022

The other day I asked if anyone knew who was the last rider to win a World Round on a Beta - Bob Clark called and said he thought it was Jeroni Fajardo - But the last Italian to win a World round was likely the late great Diego Bosis. ( Jordi was first I think in 1987?)

Had to post this shot from the Queen’s Funeral, showing the fantastic precision - What a sight.

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Over in Italy the Canadian Team are getting ready for the TDN this weekend - here is Steve Day with Fujigas

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Nice pic of British gal Kaytlin Adshead who did so well in the FIM Womens Trial 2 Class and who is on the British Ladies Team at the TDN this weekend - ( With Emma Bristow !!)
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We saw a couple of pics from Lake Louise area on facebook that shows some early snow!!  How quickly things change in the mountains.

Trials - and the way it used to be >>>>>>>>
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Tuesday September 20th 2022

Tuesday, September 20th, 2022

Well, like a  zillion of other people - I was up early yesterday watching the Queen’s funeral - what a wonderful spectacle it was, with everything going off perfectly - The Brits excel at this.


The CPTA Trial at the weekend went well with a good entry and loads of kids - which bodes well for the future. ( Not sure who the instructor is - but nice Wulf helmet!!) great pic by the lady photographer.

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We have not seen any results but it seems with all the usual hot shots either in Italy, of hurt ( Sean) a new Expert was on top of the box, all we know is that he rides a Beta.

Did you know that TRS have kids Electric Trials bikes - call us if you are interested as these are special order.

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World Trials Champions 2022   - 1 Honda - 1 Sherco - 2 Beta.

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Meanwhile The Endurocross season kicked off Stateside with a big win for Ex Trials guy Taddy Blazusiack - , but our favorite BC boy Trystan grabbed 2nd. - and Cory Graffunder still going strong in 5th spot.
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Monday September 19th 2022 - No blog today in honor of the Queen.

Monday, September 19th, 2022

Sunday September 18th 2022

Sunday, September 18th, 2022

Answer to the Saturday quiz - Australian Ray Amm - tragically killed testing a Suzuki in Japan (if I recall correctly ) - Roger Boothroyd  was the first correct response.
Quiz for today - Having looked at the results below - When was the last time a Beta rider won an FIM World Championship Round????? and who was it??

The Podium at the World round Day #1 in Italy - An Italian wins on an Italian bike.

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This should perk up Beta sales !!!

Toni Bou has clinched his 16th FIM World Trials Championship - an incredible achievement.

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And just to prove that yesterday wasn’t a “Flook”  he grabs 2nd today

Adam Raga on the podium again - are the rumors of his retirement from Trials True?

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I think this is the first time that we have featured a drag bike on the blog !!  The reason being the winner is Jimmy Corkle’s son and that’s Jimmy with the white beard. - He is the chief Tuner. ( Jimmy still has his Beta Trials bike)
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There is a new Trials video up on You-tube - and it features the CPTA riders - check it out.

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The only Factory boss who is a former 7 time World Champion - but still gets out to all the Trials as Team Manager - Way to go Jordi-  ( He can still ride a bit!!!)
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With Momma Bear arriving home from the UK tonight - Saturday was spent doing a ton of House work - bloody hell that was tough -  washing, cleaning, vacuum -  what a lot of work. - even figured out how to work the clothes washer & dryer!!!! - However, I will not be gloating about this, otherwise it might become a full time job for me - also this cooking bit is a pain as well!!  - BUT by getting all this done on Saturday - it means I can get out for a ride today!!   Whoop Whoop !!


As most people know - some of my happiest times have been riding up in the Alpine - and the new TRS Xtrack makes this even more enjoyable - Jon from Edson has been getting out for some awesome rides in the Grand Cache area - and sent us this pic -No description available.

The beauty about this bike - is that you can go on a trip like this - then change it back to Trials mode and ride a competition the next day ( Takes about 20 mins)

Saturday September 17th 2022

Saturday, September 17th, 2022

Babsy  is  still over in the UK at this Historic time - She has visited a lot of the Welsh Castles, including Cardiff where the new King Charles was at on Friday. - It’s interesting to note, that Wales has more Castles than any other Country in the World - mainly because the English tried to take over Wales back in the day - but were repelled time and again by the Welsh Prince Owain Glyndwr - ( You can google all about this fascinating time - see below)
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While King Charles III and Camilla, the Queen Consort, are being greeted with pomp and ceremony during their visit to Cardiff on Friday, preparations will be under way for a modest but defiant event to be staged 100 miles north in the market town of Machynlleth.

The town’s people will gather to mark Owain Glyndŵr Day, a celebration of the life and legacy of the last Welshman to be known as Prince of Wales, the title bestowed by Charles on William in his first speech as king.

“There will be some folk music, a few drinks, a bit of food,” said Huw Morgan, one of the organisers. “I reckon it will be packed.”

Certainly, the event is bound to be more pointed than usual, with Charles’s announcement that William would become Prince of Wales – Tywysog Cymru – going down badly with many nationalists and republicans.

By Wednesday, almost 25,000 people had signed a petition calling for the title to be abolished and activists have vowed to protest at the ceremonies in the Welsh capital.

Note !  If you want to know how to pronounce the name Machynlleth - Ask me at the Thanksgiving Trial)

And because we are on a Welsh theme - This is a small plaque we have hanging on our wall

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Friday I spent some time doing updates on my CP - seems a lot of my files were outdated  - not being a tech type guy I have been putting this off, but glad to say it now seems to be sorted ( all it cost was money for the program and follow the prompts.)


Here is the poster for the Trial tomorrow

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Quiz - This is the Norton Kneeler at Sammy’s Museum - which set a number of high speed records, but was banned by the FIM - Question for today -Who was the rider???  later killed testing a Suzuki in Japan.

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Friday September 16th 2022

Friday, September 16th, 2022

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At this time in 1940 the German Luftwaffe launched a devastating series of attacks on Great Britain, in what Goering told Hitler would soon have the Brits surrendering. - But he had underestimated  the will of the people, and the RAF. - In what has become known as the “Battle of Britain” -

- It was after this that Winston Churchill  made his famous speech

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A great photograph of a formation of Hurricanes, led by Squadron leader Peter Townsend - who would later be involved with Princess Margret  - However the Crown put a stop to this, as Townsend was a divorced man. ( How things have changed !)
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The CPTA have a Trial going this Sunday at Mission -called the Iron Mountain Trial  - details are on FB but I’m having difficulty downloading to my CP today for some reason - if you want to know more contact either the CPTA or Don Doerksen at Cascade.


Answer to the last quiz - the singers being introduced to the Queen were > Elton John - Cliff Richard - Shirley Bassey - Tom Jones and Paul McCartney  - Only Ex Pat John Kitchener,  got this one with the help of his wife !!


Looks like we had a drop of rain overnight !!!! Great


Thursday September 15th 2022

Thursday, September 15th, 2022

Yesterday I was up early and watched the TV coverage of the Queen Elizabeth  coffin being taken by gun carriage from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall, where it will lie in state until the Funeral next Monday. - Thousands of people  spectating in this very sorrowful slow parade, with the steady slow beat of the drum - As a spectacle - it was both moving and sad - nobody puts on the Pomp and Circumstance like the Brits. - For most people a really Historic occasion.
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Because of the situation in the UK this week - Here is a different type of Quiz

Who are these British singers being introduced to the Queen  ??

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This is Rob from Revvy - who picked up his Outlaw TRS 300 last Monday and is out at Brittania having fun — one reason for him going from Vertigo to the TRS was the estart -plus he has the Xtrack kit and now has a bike that his wife can ride as well. -  Just like lots of people, once you have ridden one of these it’s hard not to like this  aspect - especially the ladies ( and old guys like me)

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Looking back - but not in anger - the Entry list for the British Experts Trial - back then you had to qualify to gain an entry, - Top of the list  multi time World MX champ  - Jeff Smith - also a very accomplished Trials rider.  - Did you know he raced in the 1976 Moose Mountain 200 mile Cross Country? ( finished 2nd to Danny Amor)

Some very famous names on that list.
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Quiz - Who won that event??

Many of the trails we ride on the Westside have markers - put up by the landowners many years ago - this one has been re-located   as the original trail was cut off by the fire break from last year.

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The OK Valley is still full of smoke from the Forest Fires burning  -