Archive for February, 2014

Friday February 28th 2014

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Chris Hrabb - took this pic of me yesterday up by the fence-line at Bear Creek - We had a fantastic day out & rode all over the Mountain side - Chris loves his new Evo 300, and although there is still snow in a lot of places, the Betas just blasted through no problem. -You can see more pics from our ride by clicking onto the gallery.

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In weather news - it’s supposed to get colder for the weekend, but nothing compared to the extreme weather they are having on the prairies .

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Today could turn out to be busy, as I’m expecting a shipment of Opti Oil in - the sled business will be going strong for quite a while yet, with a ton of snow in many regions.

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I see that Gas Gas have bought the old Husqvarna engine Technology from KTM - they say to advance their Enduro line.

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It’s my elder brothers 83rd  birthday  today, so I’m going to cut the blog short and contact him via Skype in England.

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Here’s a neat shot of Valentino Rossi celebrating being joint fastest rider at the Sepang Moto GP Test - thanks to Cycle News for this.

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Minor Injury Set Back Jarvis

Graham Jarvis has been injured in a practice crash when some wire got wrapped around his rear wheel, and he went over the bars, landing heavily on his shoulder. Although nothing is broken, Graham will have to miss this weekend’s Fast Eddy race at Cowm Farm..

(Pic courtesy Enduro 21)

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Thursday February 27th 2014

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Here’s a different type of pic today, but there is a Trials connection - Harry McKay lived in Canada for a few years, before returning to his native Scotland, where he met and married his lovely wife Wendy. - Harry was a very competent Trials rider, and competed in a number of events in Alberta and BC, and also rode in the 1997 Scottish Six Days Trial on a Beta. - This pic was posted on facebook, and was taken at some sort of awards banquet.

Looking at the very posh evening dress, got me thinking of how times have changed, since I was a young man - in those days, we wore a collar & tie with a nice suit to go out on a Saturday night, and only the girls wore ear-rings. !!

Even the language has changed, much of which I don’t understand - in my day “Sick” mean’t somebody was ill, and “Shredding” was ripping up old clothes for cleaning rags. - The Queen’s English has been changed by the young folk to avoid having to spell correctly, and respect for elders, - well - forget it.

Fortunately, one thing that hasn’t changed, is the love of motorcycles, which we can all share, either young or old, and this is a language that anybody can understand. - Amen.
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I had a good conversation yesterday, with the President of the Revvy Dirt rider’s club, - we had a long chat about the WTC Western Canadian Trials Championship, which will be held near the beautiful Glacier House Resort on the last weekend of June. - Everybody in the area is super excited about this upcoming event, which will be a first for Revelstoke, I was able to outline the general plan, explaining that I already have a “Picture” in my head of how the sections will be laid out. - Daniel of Glacier House is also looking forward to this new venture, and has now appointed a “Special Events” co-ordinator.. - There is also a possibility that Red Bull, might want to be involved at some future date.

Anybody that can help out with checking duties, should get in touch with me next month (March) - so that I can compile a list - some sections will be within walking distance from the Hotel, plus others can be driven to by car.
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Today the temperature is -8, but supposed to warm up to +3 or 4 by this afternoon - Chris is coming from Revvy to pick up his new Evo, so we plan on zipping down to Bear Ridge for a ride . - (watch for pics) - I rode his new 300 around the yard yesterday - in the sunshine, and can’t believe how good these bikes feel - super smooth, great clutch & tranny, they are “Magic”

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So the Cannucks finally won a game !! Wow ! - I did manage to see the first period, which was pretty good, before I fell asleep on the couch - Had to check the news this morning for the result.

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The new Web edition of the Trials Enduro Mag: is now up - and is filled with some really good stuff - Edited by Shan Moore, the USA publication, is well put together, and has some great pictures and articles. - I liked the one on “Minding” which featured Ryan Young, and the Dougie Lampkin story of the new Vertigo project.

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More news as it happens >>>>>

Wednesday February 26th 2014

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

This is Dustin Roberge of Salmon Arm taking delivery of his new 2014 Beta Evo 300 - Dustin is c0-0wner of Shuswap Xtreme, the Suzuki/Arctic Cat dealer, and a keen Off road enthusiast. - His brother Rory also has a Trials bike, and with Dustin’s son now inheriting the older Beta Rev 3, the whole family will be involved this year. - We now have nearly a dozen Trials riders in the Shuswap region.

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It was a beautiful day in the Valley on Tuesday for my drive to Salmon Arm, with bright sunshine, but still very cold at -14 in the early morning. - I took the back road through Silver Creek, so I could check on the snow conditions, but there is still a lot out there and also at Yankee Flats.. - Today the temperature is starting out around -12 before warming up, with the forecast being about +2 for Thursday.

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The latest on the new BC Off Road legislation , is that this is supposed to go into effect in the Fall, but what I find annoying, is the way the media show dirt bikes splashing through a water crossing, as if they are intentionally trying to do damage to the environment. - There is no proof that this might not just be a water hole on the trail, and I doubt very much if there is any fish habitat ruined by any dirt bike activity. - In my opinion this whole environmental purge against the Off Road user is way out of whack.

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How do you like this immaculate Bultaco Sherpa T - shown at the Telford Show in the UK last weekend - You can see more brilliant pics of some very interesting bikes on Heath’s r2wtrials.uk.co website

Tuesday February 25th 2014

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

The biggest news today, is that the BC Government plan on introducing legislation requiring all off road vehicles that are used on Crown or Public land, to be registered.

Alberta have had this for a number of years, while up to now in BC you have only required to have PL &PD Insurance.

Obviously, this will be a real pain for Trials riders, because of the size of the license plate that needs to be fitted to the machine, we have heard that organizations such as BCORMA, have been lobbying for years to have a simple decal for off road machines, but  we have no news on whether or not  they had any success in this regard.

When this new legislation  comes into effect or how it will be enforced, is not clear at the moment - we will keep an eye on what happens, but it is certainly going to cause some aggravation, and will be seen by many, as just another tax grab.

As a dealer, I see some real issues for people trying to register older bikes, which have never had a NIVIS card - I’m sure this is all going to be a painful exercise.

Not that I’m against having some sort of decal, and I do think that having insurance  is a good idea. - we will keep you posted.

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On the weather front, the temperature is -14 in Vernon this morning, but due to zoom up to -1 by noon - Wow ! - A great day to be delivering Dustin’s new Beta !!!

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Last night I received a phone call from old friend Hugh Simpson - who we haven’t heard from for quite a few years. - It seems that he now lives in Winfield, and has a 2003 Beta Rev 3, so we had a good chat about getting him out riding again. - Hugh used to be one of our regular riders in the Valley, and put on a number of events in Peachland.

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David Pearson  pictured  and Matt Gosnell topped the 2014 edition of the Laughlin Hare Scrambles. Photography by Mark Kariya

David Pearson (pictured) and Matt Gosnell took top honors at the Laughlin U.S. Hare Scrambles team race. Photography by Mark Kariya

Matt Gosnell and David Pearson combined efforts to win the GPR Stabilizers Laughlin U.S. Hare Scrambles Championship team race in Laughlin, Nevada, February 22. The race was round two the Best in the Desert’s American Off-Road Racing Series.

It was a close race, with the Gosnell and Pearson team actually being on the second bike to cross the finish line, but when you factor in the two-minute starting deficit, the Western Design Racing/THR Motorsports/Monster Energy team (Gosnell and Pearson) managed to edge out the THR Motorsports/Monster Energy/Precision Concepts Team of Ryan Abbatoye and Ricky Brabec by about a minute and a half.

Abbatoye was a last-minute replacement for Robby Bell on the Brabec Kawasaki. Bell was injured a few days before the race and chose to sit this one out to heal up, handing his spot to Abbatoye.

With the end of the race rapidly approaching, the Gosnell/Pearson team played it safe, choosing to hang right behind the dust of the Abbatoye/Brabec Kawasaki KX450F and not risk a pass, knowing they were within the two-minute comfort zone.

Third overall went to Purvines Racing Beta’s Nick Burson and Axel Pearson. A damaged rear brake had the team finishing a few minutes down on the two bikes ahead of them.

Monday February 24th 2014

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Check out this pic of Steve Day’s truck at Ioco yesterday !! - And they say we’re nuts for riding in the snow here in the Okanagan. !  - Fortunately , they had their Trial the week before.

Thanks to George Imada for posting these pics - They have to be ones for the record books in CPTA History.
The West coast certainly got an unusual blast of winter over the weekend with huge amounts of snow on Vancouver Island and around Vancouver. - In Alberta it’s -27 this morning, and even in Vernon the thermometer is showing -8. Brrrrrr
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Browsing through some weekend results from the UK , I came across some interesting stats for a Yorkshire Trial - which was won by Richard Sadler on a Sherco. - only a couple of points separated the top 5 riders, but it was the total entry that surprised me - 210 riders, but 42 failed to finish because of missed sections, so not sure what the problem was there. - The huge number only goes to show that the sport is still very much alive and well in the UK.

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We have managed to secure a few more copies of the brilliant Steve Saunders Trials Book - email me if you want to grab one of these, I’m sure they won’t last long. price is a very reasonable $39.95.

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Today I will be checking over a couple of new Beta Evo 300’s that are going out within the next few days. - the cold weather isn’t  effecting sales of the Italian bikes much, and they are still in big demand both Trials and Enduro.

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Emma Bristow is the new Ladies Enduro World Champ, having took the win last weekend on her Sherco. - Amazingly, Emma had not even been on an Enduro bike until a couple of months ago.

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I think this guy forgot his snow-bike kit - taken in Finland

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Sunday February 23rd 2014

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

Like a zillion other Canadian Hockey fans - I’m up early watching the game - only this and Formula One get my attention at this time of the morning. - Looking good so far at 1-0, but a long way to go.

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Weather is supposed to be a bit crappy today, so I will be staying close to home - likely do some work in the shop.

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We received an email from Steve Richardson, who is down South - says he rode a Vintage event in California & got 4th on his TY 175 - now heading for Mexico for some dental work.

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It was a good night watching the Super Cross - James Stewart fell early in the final and could only manage a 11th place finish - Villopoto made a mistake near the end which gave Ken Roczen the win,  with Ryan Dungey 3rd. >>>

Ken Roczen

Atlanta, Georgia (February 22, 2014) – Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen passed Ryan Villopoto on lap 14 of the 20-lap main event to claim his second win of the 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series, and pull to within nine points of Villopoto in the series standings.

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Olympic Gold for Canada, with a 3-0 win over Sweden.

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Saturday February 22nd 2014

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

Well they did it ! - Canada beat the USA in Men’s Hockey, and will play Sweden for the Gold tomorrow morning - very early for some, as the game starts at 4am BC time, but I will likely be up.

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This isn’t a Hockey score - it’s a round of the Rugby World Championship, and Wales beat France. ( Taff will be pleased)

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Yesterday was a quiet day for me, and like a lot of people, I watched the Hockey game - certainly a “nail-biter” but the Canadian’s did well to shut down the Americans in a tight defensive match up.

Later in the afternoon, Olivier stopped by to pick up a low pressure tire gauge, and we chatted about the trials scene and his background - He spent a few years working in South Africa, before moving to Campbell River then Prince George, and finally to Vernon. - an enduro enthusiast, he likes tough technical riding, and is looking forward to racing a few Hare Scrambles in the area on his KTM 200, as well as getting out with us on his GG Trials bike.

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I see that Todd Nordin injured his knee at the CPTA Trial last Sunday, and had to retire - this is quite common with dirt bikers, but modern technology has  improved big time, from when I first had my right knee operated on back in 1971. - getting the same thing done on my left knee some 20 years later, was a same day procedure.

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This is a nice pic of the bike that Steve Saunders took to Victory in the Scottish Pre65 a couple of years ago - It’s on display at the Telford Show in England this weekend - Thanks to Heath for the pic - what a pretty bike, would love to have a ride on that, but only around the parking lot - can’t imagine what it’s like tackling the rocky climbs around Kinlochleven on these big heavy bikes.

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I’m not sure if we will be out riding tomorrow or not - depends on the weather - check with me tonight if you plan on going out to Bear Ridge.

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The World Super bike Season kicks off tomorrow in Australia - here is the story on qualifying, with an all Italian front row.

Check out the full story on Cycle News.

Sylvain Guintoli gets pole and breaks World Superbike track record at Phillip Island. Photography By Gold   Goose

PHOTOGRAPHY BY GOLD & GOOSE

PHILLIP ISLAND, AUSTRALIA, FEB 22 – While rookie Alex Lowes went into Superpole as the fastest man in the World Superbike paddock, it was Aprilia’s Sylvain Guintoli who would leave the session as the fastest man on a Superbike at the Phillip Island Circuit.

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Here are the results from qualifying for tonight’s  Sper Enduro in France >
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Chris Hrabb made the big time with a write up on the Enduro 21 website - Check it out >

Shreddin’ The Pow Pow

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Friday February 21st 2014

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Thursday I had to make a trip to Kelowna to pick up bikes from the truck depot, and had the radio on listening to the Olympic ladies Hockey - - On route home I switched it off when the USA scored a second goal, thinking it was all over for Team Canada - what a huge surprise that turned out to be. - Here’s a funny cartoon to cheer up the men’s team.

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This was the second surprise yesterday - this started early afternoon and really came down for about an hour - glad I wasn’t on the hiway. - Seems we only got this in the North Okanagan, as Pete said they had zero in Summerland.

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The results from the CPTA Trial are now up on Trials Canada - Sparky Bill did it again - also a good rider turn out of 38.

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More Gold today with Canada setting another record with both Men’s and Women’s Curling success.

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Thursday February 20th 2014

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Here’s a “blast from the past” - my brother emailed this pic, taken at Bala (North Wales) in the days when we used the same bike as daily transport, and also for Trials and Scrambles - the only changes we made, were to remove the lights and change the seat for Trials and the tires for Scrambles, plus I recall I did fit a close ratio tranny in for Scrambles. - This pic was when my James 197 was brand new and out for the first time to “Run it in” - ( too bad about the crease across the pic)

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With the big Vintage Show at Telford UK on this weekend, there is a lot being posted about the Pre 65 Trials Class, and in particular, the Bultaco Sherpa T, which really changed the sport back then.

Sammy Miller left the Ariel factory to develop a new Trials bike for Senor Bulto of Spain, and the sport was changed forever. - The new lightweight  machine was a winner first time out, and everybody wanted one.

This was the year that I emigrated to Canada, so I had other things to consider rather than motorcycles, so it was not until 1969, that I rode my first Sherpa T.  - These bikes are likely still the most sought after old Trials bikes, and I’ve  lost count of the number that passed through my hands.

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So the big question today, ( Other than who will win the Ladies Hockey game)  - is did the Truck get through the Pass overnight, with my shipment of Betas? - The hiway conditions have been a mess for weeks, making it difficult to travel anywhere out of the Valley.

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More news as it happens >> UPDATE: - Jon Richardson back on Beta for 2014 - After a stint on Ossa, Montesa and Sherco,-  Scott Trial winner Richardson will ride for the John Lampkin Team.

Jonathan Richardson

Jonathan will ride the 2014 Beta Evo 300 2T in the British Championship, Scottish Six Days, Scott Trial  and other selected world, national and local events.

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Tuesday February 19th 2014

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

What a crappy day it was weather-wise in the Valley yesterday - although it didn’t start out too bad, which gave me time to zip into the car wash & give the Beta a bath. - However I could see it was snowing up high, and it soon it was down on the Valley bottom - not that any really stuck on the driveway, but I’m sure that driving anywhere on the hiway would have been ugly - in fact I think most of the Passes were closed again.

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You can sure tell that spring is on the way - we have a bird feeder out in the front yard, and I noticed a bunch of different song birds out there yesterday, the first time we’ve seen them this year. - We also have about 20-30 quail that are permanent  residents in the trees, that we feed.

Another sign of Spring, is the number of calls we are getting on bikes - my 2013 RR250 demo is now sold, and we have a couple more Evos going out this weekend.

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Here’s a great pic of Sammy Miller taken back in 2010 at a race meeting in Belgium - not sure if this was one of his bikes - seem to recall that #3 was Freddie Spencer’s number back in the day.

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James Stewart is all smiles as he heads into the next Super Cross - He seems to be on a bit of a roll at the moment.

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Ben Hemmingway getting it on at Hell’s Gate - he finished 6th on the Beta RR300.

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