Archive for October, 2013

Wednesday October 30th 2013

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Well I’m finally getting caught up after the hectic weekend at Scotch Creek - between doctor appointments and tabulating results and pics for the various sites, it all takes time. - Fortunately our weather continues to be nice, with cold but sunny temperatures.

My first job in the morning is to check out the latest news on the web - this includes Facebook, Trials Canada, Cycle News, Trials Central, Trials Mag: plus the Enduro sites and I usually check out the ATRA site as well.  - Then it’s click onto my own site, delete all the spam, and try to think of an interesting topic for the day. - Not always an easy task.

Anyway, today I noticed that Scottish Legend John Moffitt has an article on the Trials Mag: front page regarding the state of Trials, which you might find worth reading. - John is a long time enthusiast of Vintage Trials, and has a large collection of old Bultacos  - Here is an intro - to read the whole story check out Trials Mag:

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Trials Guru

Trials Guru*

*Gu –  means shadows
Ru – he who disperses them
Because of the power to disperse darkness
the guru is thus named.

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Here’s another Motorcycle Legend - Helmut Clasen - I met Helmut many years ago when we visited KTM USA - He still rides today at age 76 - same age as me, and I remember writing this News release. for Interlube International.

Tuesday October 29th 2013

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

I’m a bit late getting to the blog this morning - but have been on the key-board for quite a while posting more pics on the gallery of our rip-roaring weekend up at Scotch Creek - You can see some pics (not great) from the Saturday night party, as well as a few from Sunday, but most of my Sunday camera work was in video, and unfortunately I haven’t figured out how to put the links on my web-site. - I did download a couple onto facebook, but there is so much stuff posted on this that you need to scroll back quite a way to view it.

We heard from Mark ONeill, who managed to get back through the snow to Medicine Hat Alberta - a long ten hour drive for him, but he told me that he just loves coming out to BC & riding in the woods - and enjoys the company of the Shuswap lads. - - Taff, Ben & Kevin - stopped off at Revelstoke on the way home, and rode the XP Trail - I’m sure they had a great time, as this is a really challenging Expert Cross Country Trail.

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The 2014 National MotoTrials Series schedule includes eight rounds at four different locations across the U.S. Photography By Shan Moore

The North American Trials Council has announced the 2014 AIReS AMA/NATC USA National MotoTrials Series schedule, which will include eight rounds in four different locations across the country. Consisting of four two-day events, the series will start in Texas Creek, Colorado, May 24-25, and finish at the Trials Training Center in Sequatchie, Tennessee, June 28-29, after visiting Sedan, Kansas, May 31-June 1, and Tremont, Pennsylvania, on June 21-22.

In addition to the usual awards, the 2014 series offers a substantial purse for the Pro class riders like Pat Smage, according to the series promoters. Smage will be gunning for a seventh National MotoTrials title next year.

Not just for the elite trials rider, the AMA/NATC USA National MotoTrials Series offers the entry level class – the Clubman division – which has become one of the most popular classes in the series and is available for riders of intermediate level and up, competing on vintage and modern machinery.

2014 MotoTrials AMA National Schedule

5/24-25                  Texas Creek, Colorado (www.rockymountaintrials.org)

5/31-6/1                Sedan, Kansas (www.rockymountaintrials.org)

6/21-22                  Tremont, Pennsylvania (www.rockymountaintrials.org)

6/28-29                  Sequatchie, Tennessee (www.trialstrainingcenter.com)

Major “non-National” events for next year include the 44th Annual El Trial de Espana on April 5-6, and the 43rd Annual UTE Cup on August 16-17.

For more on the MotoTrials AMA National Series visit www.mototrials.com.

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UPDATE : - We have just received the WTC #1 Plates for the 2013 Series & Will mail these out to the winners this week.

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Monday October 28th 2013

Monday, October 28th, 2013

The annual Ady Brown memorial trial is now in the history books, and what a “hoot” it was, - the Shuswap guys did a fantastic job on the set up,-  the Halloween Trial on Saturday went over great, the Camp fire party went really great ( but what the hell was in those “Shooters”) The Cooking class over the fire, was something to behold,- Jordi Tarres would have been jealous of this tasty Spanish dish. — So here is how things played out.

Saturday we had 15 riders, with classes for Junior, Intermediate, Snr Intermediate and Expert - the loop was approx 5km with 19 sections ridden twice, and the weather was cool & damp with low cloud blanketing the Valley. - We had a good showing of riders from Alberta (5) and the slippery conditions took some points, but this was an old fashioned trial in many ways, with sections laid out to test basic skills, tight turns and cambers, and it wasn’t long before we could see who hasn’t been practicing these techniques.

As usual, I was out with the camera, and got lots of good shots in spite of the foggy conditions - some of these are already up on facebook, including some video from Sunday - the rest will go on my gallery as soon as I get a chance,

It was young Matt Ready who took the junior win on both days, although it came down to a tie breaker on Sunday with Martin - Taff rode like shit on Saturday, but pulled it together to take the Inter class on Sunday - Ken Knight showed real style on Saturday to win the Snr Inter on Saturday and placed 2nd  on Sunday, behind Mark ONeill. - Ross won the Snr Inter on Saturday, then the Advanced on Sunday, while Stan finished on top of the box in Expert Saturday, but had to settle for 2nd on Sunday, behind Ricky Styles, who had the big slippery log on section # 19 “Dialled”.

A special mention should go to Graeme Hermon who rode Expert on Saturday for the very first time, and Jake & Dean who tried Advanced on Sunday. - It was good to see Steve Richardson out from Gambier Island, unfortunately he had to  DNF Sunday with machine troubles - we had a few “No Shows” on Sunday after the hectic events on Saturday night, but this really was another classic event so congrats to everybody who attended and to the Shuswap lads for doing all the work - we also raised a bunch of money for the Cancer fund, in Adrian’s name - which is what this event is all about. - I’m sure the ATRA riders will not be happy to see the snow back on their side of the mountains, but we do appreciate them all making the effort to come out - This was the last WTC Sanctioned Trial for the year, so now it’s time to plan the Calendar for 2014.

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In other news, I see that Cody Webb (Beta) socked it to the troops at the Everett Enducross -  local gal Victoria Hett had a poor night with bad starts spoiling her rides. - Not sure how Steve Foord did.

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Jorge Lorenzo added pressure to the Moto GP Championship, when he took another win in Japan, However Marc Marquez is still ahead on points.

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Sebastian Vettel clinched his 4th straight F1 Title in India at the weekend, and also helped Red Bull collect another Manufacturers award, which is worth huge money

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Saturday October 26th 2013

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Still dark as I write this at 5.30am - I will be heading out the door fairly soon for the 2 hour drive to Scotch Creek - I know quite a few of the riders from out of Town are already there, Steve Richardson & Taff, Ben etc all got in last night. - No more news until late Sunday night, but in the meantime, here’s a blurb on the Moto GP qualifying from Japan - Well done Nicky Hayden.

Nicky Hayden was happy to be on the front row at Motegi  but he wanted more. Hayden held P1 for much of the final 30 minutes of Saturdays one hour  15-minute MotoGP qualifying session on the factory Ducati  but in the end  on a drying track  world championship battlers Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez were able to push Hayden back to third. Gold   Goose photo

Photography by Gold & Goose

Nicky Hayden was happy to be on the front row at Motegi, but he wanted more.

Hayden held P1 for much of the final 30 minutes of Saturday’s one hour, 15-minute MotoGP qualifying session on the factory Ducati, but in the end, on a drying track, world championship battlers Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez were able to push Hayden back to third.

Still, it was the best qualifying session of the year for Hayden and the first front-row start for the Kentuckian since round two at Jerez last year.

“I’m very pleased,” said Hayden, who is in his second-to-last race with Ducati. “We know in the wet we have a better opportunity. The turning, the chatter, the wheelies, a lot of those problems disappear in the wet and our bike works really well.”

Even though he was happy with his effort, he’d hoped to seriously turn some heads by hanging on to the pole.

“I know on one hand I should be happy, smile and go on to be on the front row “Hayden said. “But I’m also a little bit bitter, because during the session we were really fast and at the end the other guys stepped up and as the track dried out I wasn’t able to improve as much I thought I could. That’s not nice, but we are on the front row, so we need to somehow try to take advantage of it the best we can tomorrow and try to have a good race.”

Ever the good sport, Hayden took the time to extend thanks after his strong qualifying effort.

“Thanks to my team for working as hard as ever in a very difficult moment for all of us with many changes,” he said. “Also thanks to the Japanese fans for sticking around. They’ve endured a hard weekend so far, so hopefully they enjoyed that and we can do an even better show tomorrow.”

Friday October 25th 2013

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Todo Trial have posted this picture of a new mini electric bike by Beta on their website - no other details are available, but we will be keeping a close eye on this, as the quiet little mini bikes are great for training the kids. (Pic looks a bit “Slim” being transferred from another site)
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We heard from Taff last night with the news that at least five riders will be coming from Alberta this weekend for the Ady Brown Trial at Scotch Creek. - The fun starts at 10.30am tomorrow (Saturday) with the “Halloween” Trial. - weather forecast looks good so it should be a fabulous weekend. -

Brandon Wince has been unbeatable for the last few years at this event, including the 2012 Trial which we were were forced to postpone until Remembrance weekend, because of Forest fires in the South Okanagan in October. - In spite of -9 temperatures and snow on the ground, the two day Trial attracted 24 hardy souls, including riders from Vancouver and Nelson. - I recall that it was after I arrived home late Sunday night, that my van decided it would not go into reverse for me to unload - and this was followed by it needing a new Tranny. - As they say “timing is everything”
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I watched some of the Moto GP racing from Australia (repeat) yesterday on the box - just the Moto 2  & 3 races, but these are the most exciting anyway, with non-stop action from start to finish.

The Teams have now moved on to Japan, but bad weather caused the cancellation of practice today at the Twin Ring circuit.

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Like many people, I have been watching the development  of the Xtreme Cross Country events from around the World, but I have to wonder if being pulled up impossible mountains by ropes and spectators, really constitutes racing. - The organizers of the recent event in South America, made it so tough, that Jarvis and Gomez had to ride together as a team, man-handling their Enduro bikes up creek beds that even Tony Bou would have trouble with. - They were both then declared equal  first place finishers.

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Sebastian Vettel kicked off the Indian GP weekend by leading both Friday practice sessions: http://foxs.pt/1fZSq1Z

Wednesday October 9th 2013

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

We had an interesting email today from a guy in California - he enclosed pics of an old 93 TYZ that he has just picked up and is looking for information on the bike, - it’s quite possible that it was one that I sold originally so I will dig through my records when I get a minute to check the serial number.

Only 5 of these were ever brought into Canada, ( bought by Walt Healy) after Walt and myself checked out the prototype at the 1992 Scottish Six Days Trial - Mick Andrews had even put an Outlaw cross bar pad on the factory bike, which was ridden by a Japanese test rider.

Of course when the new models arrived, we found that none of the updates that were supposed to have been done to the production bike, had been done, so we were very disappointed, plus we had other issues, which proved to be so frustrating that I threw in the Yamaha towel, and became a Beta/Gas Gas dealer.

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Yesterday, I got a new side window installed in the Outlaw van, thanks to my local shop, who managed to find one in Vancouver from a wrecker, so it’s now a lot less “drafty” - a lesson learned - never load an enduro bike on that side.

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Chatted to Stan yesterday - he will be heading over to the Island this weekend to ride the “Terra Nova” - a cross country event that has been going on for many years, - used to be all Trials bikes, but now it’s been eased up so that enduro bikes can make it around the difficult course. - Stan mentioned that he will be at the Ady Brown Trial on October 26th - he also ordered a trick Ohlins rear shock for his Sherco, but that won’t be here until November sometime.
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I see that the first batch of 2014 Beta Trials bikes have  arrived at John Lampkin’s shop in the UK - Ben Hemmingway will be picking his up this weekend, the new “Black Beauty” looks stunning, and we can’t wait to see them, although we don’t expect them in Canada for some time. ( First shipment will sell out quickly)

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Taff called last night, and gave me a report on last weekend - he said the Trial at Red Deer went well, with everybody having fun riding at the new area, it seems that only four riders made the trip from Calgary , with the rest all from the North.

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Tomorrow, Pete and myself will be out doing some flagging on the loop for this Sunday - the Thanksgiving ride will be more of a guided tour, with no sections taped, we will show everybody the various lines and they can choose to ride whatever they wish. - We have a lot of good stuff that only Adam and Jake got to see, that we originally set up for the cancelled National last May. - We will park near the bird bath just at the top of the short rocky trail near the gate to the gravel pit - plan on being there by 10.30am

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Just spotted this pic on facebook, of the new Beta on the floor of a dealer in Spain - they obviously sell all brands. ( Pic gets a bit distorted when transferred)

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https://www.facebook.com/revelstokesnowbikes - Check out this cool video of the Beta boys in Revvy.

Tuesday October 8th 2013

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

The full results of the first two rounds of the ATRA/WTC Provincial Championship are now posted on the ATRA web-site, but here are the first three in each class - They had 21 riders on Saturday and 22 on Sunday.
Saturday. Junior 1 Roger Giesbrecht  - Beta  -Bentley -AB    21 points

2 Graylin Giesbrecht  -Beta  - Bently - AB    38

3 Rod Klemmensen  -  GG   -  Leslieville AB  41

Inter    1  Mitch Langell        - GG    - Red Deer  AB  32

2 Craig Parfitt         Beta     - Sherwood Park AB -35

3 Marris Romaniuk  Sherco  - Ft McMurray  AB  - 51

Snr Adv 1 Mark ONeill   - Beta    - M/Hat  - AB          - 55

2 Ken Knight  - Sherco - Okotoks - AB       -74

Tony Fluet - Scorpa  DNF

Advanced 1 Chris Tronnes - GG - Bentley  AB   -  31

Expert   1 Steve Foord  - GG - Calgary - AB  - 28

2 Mike Palczak  - Beta - Edmtn - AB  - 43

3 Jacek Jablonski -GG - Red Deer  -AB 48

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Sunday    Junior  1 Roger Giesbrecht - Beta - Bentley - AB - 32

2 Rod Klemensen  - GG -  Leslieville - AB  - 41

3 Graylin Giesbrecht - Beta - Bentley - AB - 41

Inter   1 Craig Parfitt  - Beta - S/wood Park - AB  - 22

2 Mitch Langell - GG - Red Deer - AB        -38

3 Kevin Smith - Beta -  Rocky M/House  - 63

Snr Adv 1 Mark ONeill - Beta - M/Hat - AB    47

2 Ken Knight - Sherco - Okotoks - AB -72

3 Eric Ericksen -GG - Falun - AB     98

ADV     1 Chris Tronnes - GG - Bentley - AB -32

2 David Tronnes - GG - Bentley - AB - 56

Expert  1 Adam Hague - Beta - Spruce Grove - AB - 18

2 Steve Foord - GG - Calgary - AB  - 20

3 Jake Cook - Beta - Spruce Grove - AB  -22

Rounds 3 & 4 take place near Airdrie AB on October 19/20 - Check the ATRA website for full details

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Harlow Rankin sent me some pics of Stan, from when he rode the 200 Montesa, a bike which I later inherited. - and also when he switched to the Walt Healy Yamaha.

Monday October 7th 2013

Monday, October 7th, 2013

I’m a bit late with the blog today, not because I slept in,  but because I have been reading the article on Andreu Codina posted via a Trials Central link ( Retro trials) - I met Andreu a few times, and did some business with him while he was at Gas Gas, supplying toolbelts and cross-bar pads. - There are some great pics and a very interesting story of the early years of his career. - problem I have is my computer takes forever to update each page, so I only got up to page #9.

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Yesterday I spent a nice day, out at the Rock Hound Hare Scramble near Salmon Arm - only glitch was the RR 250 came loose on the very rough road to the start, and the handlebar took out my side window of my van.

This is a great area, and even just driving up the logging road, I could see the potential for holding a Trial - chatted to Dustin from the Suzuki shop, about their new club, and about working with them on the Trials thing, both Dustin and his brother have Trials bikes, so this is another opportunity to promote our sport. - Chris was the only Beta rider, but enjoyed himself, finishing 5th once again in the large Junior AM class. - It was nice to meet up with old friend Tony Allan, after many years, Tony still races every week, and usually wins the super senior class, however on this day, he had to finish 2nd to local fast guy Andrew Christianson. - Victoria Hett put in another strong performance, with a 3rd place Intermediate - Not sure who won the other classes, but they had a total of 85 riders entered. - Lots of looky -loos at the Betas, so I’m glad I went. ( except for the window) - Took lots of pics, posted about 25 on facebook last night. - Anybody wanting a larger copy can email me.
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Over in Alberta, they had 22 riders for the ATRA Trial at Red Deer - so far the only results, that I managed to get is the Expert, and it was Outlaw Beta rider Adam Hague who took the win, beating out Steve Foord (GG) and his buddy Jake Cook (Outlaw Beta). - Seems they had a monster hill climb that only Ben Pospisil (Outlaw Beta) managed to clean - we will post more info on this event when it becomes available.

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more news as it happens >>

Sunday October 6th 2013

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

We’ve heard from Taff with  the latest on the ATRA/WTC Trial in Red Deer - It appears the first day went very well, with everybody enjoying themselves - only 21 riders,  and unoffical results are - Expert 1st Steve Foord (GG) 2nd Mike Palczuk (Beta) 3rd Jake Cook (Beta) - Senior 1st Mark ONiell (Beta) 2nd Ken Knight (Sherco)  - Inter 1st Mitch Langell (GG) 2nd Taff Parfitt (Beta) 3rd Marris Romaniuk (Sherco) - Novice 1st Roger Giesbrecht  (Beta) 2nd Graylin Giesbrecht (Beta 80) - The second round goes today.

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In Formula One News - It was that man Sebastian Vettel who took the win in Korea, with Kimi Raikkonen 2nd and team mate Roman Grosjean 3rd.

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Looking through the window this  morning, I see the weather is at least starting out dry - Yesterday we had a pretty dull day with rain in the afternoon - Young Matt came from Kelowna to pick up his Gasser, that we did more work on, so at least he will have brakes today when he goes riding.

We will be heading out to the Cross Country race near Salmon Arm to wave the Beta flag

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Update on the Scotch Creek trial slated for October is that on Saturday 26th - there will be a Halloween Trial - costumes welcomed - Sunday will be the Ady Brown Memorial..

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More news as it happens.

Saturday October 5th 2013

Saturday, October 5th, 2013

There was ice on the windshield of the Outlaw van yesterday, as we loaded up for the drive to Summerland - Matt Ready and myself were meeting up with Pete to do some more exploring, and what a gorgeous day it turned out to be. - We found that the recent high winds have dropped a few trees across the trail to the top camp - but not to worry, as there are loads of spots to pull off around the “Bird Bath” area.

We spent most of our day up on the top ridge above the back 40 horse trail, which runs along the gully below the “Devil’s Staircase” section. - this is all new with no trails, just rocky climbs with sections everywhere you look - fantastic, and we managed to find a link to the section we called “Laggon Rocks” - so another great loop is flagged, ready for the Thanksgiving Sunday ride next weekend.

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With the 2013 ISDE in the books - here is an interesting article that I spotted on Trials Mag: >>

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International Dirt Bike Show centenary special

The inaugural International Six Days Trial (ISDT) was held in August 1913, when 160 riders set off from the centre of Carlisle to tackle a challenging 1000-mile route comprising tracks, unmade roads and severely steep hills. Such is the popularity of the British-born event that it has grown in strength to become the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE), with teams from all around the world competing for the World Trophy.

To celebrate the ISDT’s centenary, the International Dirt Bike Show team is inviting as many team members as possible – club, manufacturer or national – who have had an association with the world-famous event over the years, to come along to the International Dirt Bike Show at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire on Friday 1st November 2013, for an anniversary get together.

In that very first ISDT there were 59 motorcycle manufacturers represented. Now those early days of multiple manufacturers are long gone, but the International Dirt Bike Show organiser is putting together an ISDT/ISDE-dedicated modern and classic display and is looking for appropriate machines to exhibit. If anyone has a machine representing any era of the event and would like to share it with like-minded enthusiasts, then Tim Britton at Mortons is the man to speak to.

Mortons is offering free admission and refreshments to the first 50 applicants and wants to hear from people connected to the event, whether modern, recent past and as far back as they can get, for instance Johnny Brittain is thought to be the oldest surviving ISDT gold medal winner, picking his up as a teenager in the 1949 event staged in Wales.

To participate in the International Dirt Bike Show ISDT Centenary Special, contact Tim Britton on 01507 529404, or emailtbritton@classicdirtbike.co.uk and let him know which year(s) you rode, how you did and what you rode.