Archive for October, 2016

Monday October 31st 2017

Monday, October 31st, 2016

How about this shot up high above Three Valley Gap ?  - We have driven past this spot a zillion times, and often wondered why anybody would build a tourist attraction in a place that is prone to avalanches.


Sunday I went to Summerland for a ride with Graeme Manning, the sun was shining really nice until  I got South of Kelowna, then it was pretty much socked in.  - Not that this effected our day, and we enjoyed a great time exploring the ridge above the Valley  ( lots of rocks up there & not easy riding) - after that, we went along the trail that goes past that great section we called Grouse Hill, where we stopped while I showed Graeme the various lines we used ( including the one where Tony Down went over the bars of his Majesty- I wonder what he’s up to these days?)


Back home, I checked the results of the Formula One race from Mexico, and as usual it was a Mercedes 1-2 - but that was where the gong show started, with 3rd driver Max Verstappen turned away from the podium, because of an infraction, to be replaced by Sebastion Vettel, -  but it didn’t end there - about 12 hours later the Stewards, have now handed Vettel a penalty, which drops him to 5th, and Daniel Ricciardo gets the 3rd spot on the podium.  Oh boy what a shambles.


Jordi just posted this pic of him riding a Trial yesterday in what he calls his “Halloween Costume” - Good to see the Factory boss out testing the product.

Sunday October 30th 2016

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

There is no question, that the new Vertigo Trials bikes, promoted by Dougie Lampkin, work very well, but could they be just a bit “Over kill”?  - Dougie DNF’d the Scott Trial when he hit a rock with the shifter - something common when riding trials, the new tranny apparently has about 12 different settings, which to me seems a bit radical  for a Trials bike. - James Dabill, the team #1 rider, had a similar mishap at a British Championship Trial earlier this year,  but managed to finish locked in 1st gear - not an easy thing at this level. -

Not that you can argue with success, as Lampkin has won the famous Scottish Six Days on the new Spanish bike, and Dabill the 2016 British Championship. ( So what do I know?)
The Trials industry, has been a thriving business in Spain, for decades, it is supported by Government grants, that employ people.  - Many old timers, will recall the great days of Bultaco and Ossa, before the Franco Government restrictions on doing business forced these great factories to close the doors.

Perhaps the biggest question, is how can a small sport like Trials support so many Manufactures?  - To date, we have Honda/Montesa, Beta, Sherco/Scorpa, and TRS, with the new owners of Gas Gas cranking out 100’s of bikes to a market that is obviously very small. - both Jotagas and Ossa seem to have gone bye bye.

So now we come to the big question as a Trials bike buyer, “What brand do you go for”?  but more importantly “What dealer do you buy from”    -

The fact of the matter is this - Trials in North America, will never ever be huge in sales numbers, so going down to your local big box store to find anybody that understands the sport is questionable. -

Fortunately, there are a number of small dealerships, who have supported Trial across Canada for decades - they can be seen out at local events helping with back up parts and general service know-how - ( in the East Dave Butler is a name that springs to mind) - - For these people, it’s not about selling a bike - it’s about adding another rider to the sport, whether this be a teenager, a wife/girlfriend or an older guy - there really isn’t any limit to the age group that our sport can appeal to.

Another very important aspect to the BC and National Schedule, is the inclusion of a WTC  National Trial at Silver Star Mountain in September 2017 - - This, along with the earlier WTC National round at Revelstoke, should attract even more riders to our West Coast playground.
So that’s my  opinion and editorial on an October night (for Sunday) - A note for people planning their Calendar for 2017.  - July 29-30 Arizona world round


Dovizioso: “I really wanted to win”

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) took his second ever victory at the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix, as he navigated the torrential conditions of Sepang to emerge as the ninth winner of 2016: an all time first for the MotoGP™ World Championship to write another chapter in the ever-changing history books of the premier class. After dueling for the lead earlier in the race, Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) came home P2, with teammate Jorge Lorenzo completing the podium.

Piloto Moto Tiempo/Dif.
1 Andrea DOVIZIOSO DUCATI 42′27.333
2 Valentino ROSSI YAMAHA 3.115
3 Jorge LORENZO YAMAHA 11.924
4 Hector BARBERA DUCATI 19.916
5 Loris BAZ DUCATI 21.353
6 Maverick VIÑALES SUZUKI 22.932
7 Alvaro BAUTISTA APRILIA 25.829
8 Jack MILLER HONDA 32.746
10 Danilo PETRUCCI DUCATI 34.280
11 Marc MARQUEZ HONDA 36.480
12 Eugene LAVERTY DUCATI 36.638
13 Aleix ESPARGARO SUZUKI 36.897
14 Bradley SMITH YAMAHA 45.609
15 Scott REDDING DUCATI 49.779
16 Hiroshi AOYAMA HONDA 52.665
17 Stefan BRADL APRILIA 52.784
18 Tito RABAT HONDA 54.891

Saturday October 29th 2016

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

Check this out.
Motorcycle Trials Technique with Adam Raga | Gillette World Sport

Well Friday turned out to be a busy day - phone calls from people looking for parts, then a visit by Dan Chambers to get an oil change on his new TRS ( BTW it’s very important to use the correct oil in all motorcycles)

Before they arrived, I was downtown, mailing off Outlaw Plaques ( These are really nice)  then doing the Insurance on my van, followed by a visit to the barber - most of the guys that get their hair cut at the place I go to, are older gentlemen, who prefer the style of maybe a generation gone by. -

Anyway, back home, once again my wife tells me that I had a lousy hair cut  ??? Jeez - looks fine to me from my side. (Women) -


On to other things>

After looking at a couple of old videos posted on FB, I thought on what a charmed life that I have lived, over the past 79 years - I grew up in a time that motorcycles were “The Thing”  - and as a youngster, I enjoyed every minute of all aspects of motorcycle sport. - The problem, which was I most suited for?

My early years , were spent following these local heroes around the muddy mountainous trails, on a street bike!! - Yes this changed pretty quick, as falling down every ten minutes really didn’t cut it for me.   -

Looking back at my career in Motorcycling - as a Rider, a Photo Journalist, and an organizer,  plus working for the Yamaha Factory - I have been very lucky, I have met and shaken hands with the very best  - These were exciting times, with multi cylinder road race machines in all sizes - the sound of the Moto guzzi V8 and the Gilera and MV Augusta bikes from that era were incredible. - I have to conclude that I think that I’ve lived at a fantastic time in motorcycle history. ( Check out this video) InSella

I just hope that we will be able to sustain  this new interest in Trials riding, by the off road enduro crowd.


#MalaysianGP: MotoGP™ Qualifying 2

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) took a stunning pole position at Sepang International Circuit, as the Italian veteran sliced half a second off the time at the top and remained unthreatened. Compatriot Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) took P2 on his final lap, just edging out teammate Jorge Lorenzo.
graham jarvis wins getzenrodeo 2016 results

Friday October 28th 2016

Friday, October 28th, 2016

A bit of a foggy day in the Valley, but this time of the year always reminds me of how it was when I first got interested in motorcycles, in England, back in 1953 - in those days, fog or smog, was something  you got used to,-  the smell of smoke from the coal fires, that was trapped  beneath the clouds in the Valley’s of Wales.  - Of course this caused a lot of health problems, for people who suffered with Asthma and other breathing dis-orders. ( myself included as a young 15 year old)

In those days, this was the start of the Trials season, as many competition riders, raced  Scrambles in the summer, before switching to the “Feet up” game for the rest of the year, many famous Road Racers, also fine tuned their throttle control, riding Trials during the 50’s, and it was quite common to see some of these Super Stars, at local Club Trials,  Geoff Duke, and John Hartle, were often at the Trials that I entered as a lad, plus the great Sammy Miller, who eventually retired from World Class road racing, to concentrate on Trials.

Riding a trials bike in the Fall, is a sure way to improve throttle technique, as the slippery conditions and roots are more challenging, and you don’t need to have a large area to practice - making tight turns on cambers, without having that “Inside dab” - can be very rewarding - and can only be of benefit to the more junior riders, although I think it’s fair to say, that many  Experts lose points in these types of sections, merely because they don’t practice - I think too many people think Trials is all about hopping from rock to rock like Toni Bou, when in fact just riding the basics can be a load of fun.


Here is another pic from the British Dirt Bike Show, and once again we are featuring Beta UK, with John Lampkin surrounded, by a bevy of beauties.


You have to laugh at the British sense of humour ( spelt the English way) - the clocks go back on Sunday, so Heath posted this pic of the National Trust workers apparently moving the rocks at Stonehenge back a bit to compensate.


I see that Harvey Kroeker of Diamond Head Yamaha in Squamish is shutting the doors after 36 years in business, I used to call on Harvey, back in my Yamaha Canada days. - He was/is  also the Beta dealer for the area. - I think he still plans on running a small service shop.


Thursday October 27th 2016

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

We certainly lucked out with the weather last weekend, as it was pretty ugly this week, with lots of rain - Chris from Revelstoke was in town yesterday, so we took time to grab lunch and catch up on the latest news.  His planned trip down to Moab has had to be canceled due to work commitments . - In other news, Chris Paulitsky has stepped down from his position as President of the Revy Riders club, to spend more time with his family, not sure who will head up the club for the future, although Florian is our main man for the Trials side of things.

The Dirt Bike Show is going on in the UK this weeke, and on checking the pictures, it would appear that John Lampkin’s Beta stand, was one of the busiest.


I made time yesterday, to sort out all the results from the Outlaw Series & send off to Bob at Trials Canada - we had a total of 97 riders, compete in the six rounds, which is pretty good.


We don’t report much on Speedway, but it’s a spectacular part of Motorcycle sport - check this out>

Cycle News Staff | October 23, 2016

Greg Hancock Is World Speedway Champion Again!: American great Greg Hancock is determined to continue making history, insisting “I’ve never put a time frame on this game” after lifting FIM Speedway World Championship number four in Melbourne, October 22.

Greg Hancock Is World Speedway Champion Again!

hancock885946-year-old Greg Hancock wrapped up his fourth World Speedway title in Australia. Photography by John HipkissThe 46-year-old signed off another chapter in his storied career when he won heat four of the QBE Insurance Australian FIM Speedway Grand Prix at Etihad Stadium to clinch the sport’s biggest prize, with Great Britain star Tai Woffinden seeing off Bartosz Zmarzlik in the final to pip the Pole to World Championship silver.

Hancock is now one of the top six riders of all time in terms of world title wins, pulling level on four with New Zealand icon Barry Briggs and Danish team manager Hans Nielsen.

“I’ll keep fighting and I am trying to find that little bit extra every year to be a little bit quicker,” Hancock said. “I can’t beat these guys on sheer aggression. I have to be a little smarter and a little quicker.”


Here is a good report courtesy Enduro 21 of the recent Scott Trial.
scott trial james dabill VMPR231016B 1 1200

Vertigo’s James Dabill has claimed his third Scott Trial victory in what’s regarded as the world’s toughest single day trial.

Dabill secured the win in Yorkshire, England over Michael Brown second and Guy Kendrew third.

Running since 1914, the Scott Trial is a time and observation trial over an off road course of approximately 84 miles, divided into approximately 75 sections. The riders lose marks for “footing” in the observed sections and for finishing behind the fastest rider who sets standard time.  Marks lost are at the rate of 1 mark per minute after standard time.

Almost more extreme enduro on a trials bike than traditional trials itself, it’s a race that’s seen a large contingent of today’s Hard Enduro greats learn their trade. 

Even to this day, Graham Jarvis holds the most wins at nine while guys like Jonny Walker, Paul Bolton, the Hemmingway brothers have all secured top results there. Wayne Braybrook won it in 2000.

For 2016 it was Dabill who stole the show as he won the event for a third time. Already a two-time Scott Trial winner Dabill came into the 2016 edition as one of the favourites alongside his Vertigo teammate Dougie Lampkin — a four-time winner.

Wednesday October 26th 2016

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

With the 2016 Outlaw Series now over, here is a pic of some of the #1 Plaque winners, at the final event held at Scotch Creek. From left to right - Ross Rathbone - Senior Advanced - Koltan Morrison - Intermediate  - Mark ONeill - Vintage B and Sportsman - Brandon Wince -Expert.

The other winners are  Vintage A  -Vic Roberts of Vancouver - Junior - Amelina Smeeth - Vancouver - Senior Intermediate - Bob Clark  - Coquitlam and Advanced Chris Tronnes of Bently. Alberta.

The Series started at Ioco in the Spring, then had rounds at Scotch Creek in May, followed by a Two Day in Rocky Mountain House, then winding up at Scotch Creek for the final “Double Header” last weekend.

Congratulations to the winners, and to all the riders who participated in this popular Series.


Looking for a great deal on a Beta Trials bike ?  - We have a couple of 300 Evo’s left over, and can save you a bunch of money on these - plus we do not charge for PDI or paperwork ( This can cost about $700 from regular Motorcycle shops) - The 2017 models will likely be up in price as well, so why not take advantage of this offer now - once they are gone, they are gone.


The Scott Trial in Yorkshire, is rated as the toughest one day Trial in the World, on both man and machine - also the few ladies that enter - this year Emma Bristow made history by winning a Silver Spoon, finishing 27th overall, an amazing performance - Dougie Lampkin wasn’t so lucky, when his Vertigo broke a gear selector shaft . - A full write up on this event can be seen by clicking on “Trials Guru”


The VMC have a Trial on this weekend - last year this was the final round of the Outlaw Series, and we enjoyed a great weekend on the Island.
Click for the full poster for the Rick Wells Trial


A surprise win for British rider Cal Crutchlow in Australia, last weekend

Cal Crutchlow scored his second career MotoGP victory Sunday in Phillip IslandPhoto by Gold & Goose

Cal Crutchlow took advantage of a rare error by 2016 MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez and took over the lead 10 laps into the race and pulled away to a 4.2-second victory in the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island over Valentino Rossi. Maverick Viñales came up through the field to finish third, scoring his fourth podium of the season.


Now we know why WEC executive Lawrence Hacking likes going to the Baja !!!!

Tuesday October 25th 2016

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

I thought we would post this pic of Stan riding section #2 at Scotch Creek mainly because it shows the magnificent scenery, overlooking Shuswap Lake.  the weather on Saturday, was spectacular, making for a great start to the weekend.

Here is a good shot we took of Jake Wideman. who lives just down the road from the Trial site - Jake had a bit of a “Get-Off” on Saturday, which left him with bruised ribs, and unable to compete Sunday.

This is young Koltan Morrison (Beta) who won the Intermediate class both days - then rode a loop of the Advanced class on Sunday. At age 13, he is one of our brightest young up & coming riders, who will jump up to the Advanced Class in 2017.

The WTC/Outlaw Series is now over for 2016 and the #1 Plaques have been awarded - those riders who were not at the Scotch Creek Final,. - will receive theirs in the mail -

Thanks to everybody who attended the 6 event series, we hope you all enjoyed it. - A very big thanks, to all the Organizers who spent the spent setting up the events at  Ioco, Scotch Creek, (2) and Rocky Mountain House. -

Once again, we were able to raise some money for Cancer Research at our last Memorial Trial for Adrian and Peter. - Thanks to Carol Brown for supplying some beer for the riders, because she said “This is what Pete would have wanted to do”



This is 3rd placed rider Guy Kendrew (Beta) Pic courtesy John Hulme Trial Mag: UK


Here are the Official Results of the 2016 Scott Time & Observation Trial. - Still no word on what happened to Dougie Lampkin.
Gold Spoons
1: James Dabill (Vertigo) 43; 2: Michael Brown (JST Gas Gas) 53; 3: Guy Kendrew (Beta-UK) 66; 4: Ian Austermuhle (Beta-UK) 70; 5: Jack Price (JST Gas Gas) 70; 6: Jonathan Richardson (MRS Sherco) 78; 7: Richard Sadler (Acklams Beta) 84.

Silver Spoons
8: Iwan Roberts (Beta-UK) 90; 9: James Stones (MRS Sherco) 99; 10: James Fry (MRS Sherco) 100; 11: Ross Danby (TRS UK) 102; 12: Dan Thorpe (JST Gas Gas) 103; 13: Sam Haslam (JST Gas Gas) 107; 14: Ben Hemingway (Beta-UK) 126; 15: Luke Walker (MRS Sherco) 127; 16: Jack Stones (Acklams Beta) 127; 17: Jack Spencer (Beta-UK) 134; 18: Thomas Hick (Acklams Beta) 138; 19: Dan Peace (JST Gas Gas) 144; 20: Tom Affleck (Cloburn Sherco) 147; 21: Thomas Minta (JST Gas Gas) 148; 22: Dec Bullock (Beta-UK) 149; 23: Liam Walker (Gas Gas) 152; 24: John Sunter (Appleyard’s Montesa) 152; 25: Emma Bristow (MRS Sherco) 156; 26: Matthew Maynard (Sherco) 158.

Standard Time: Jonathan Richardson (MRS Sherco) 5.00.29
Last Official Finisher: David Carter (Montesa) 7.30.28
Best on Observation: James Dabill (Vertigo) 32
Best Under 21 Rider: Jack Price (JST Gas Gas) 70
Best Lady Rider: Emma Bristow (MRS Sherco) 156
Best First Time Rider: Dan Peace (JST Gas Gas) 144
Best Over 40 Rider: Stanley Callaghan (Beta) 453


Monday October 24th 2016

Monday, October 24th, 2016

The last WTC Trial of 2016, is now in the history books, and here is a nice pic of the medal winners, after the Sunday “Pete Brown Memorial”

Although we didn’t have a huge rider turn-out, it was about what we expected, for the time of the year, when traveling the hiways, can sometimes be a challenge, a big thanks to Stan and Mark for making the effort to share this very special weekend, plus of course all the other riders, who came out, to ride the Scotch Creek Mountain.
As it happened, the weather on Saturday, was fantastic, sunny and warm, we could not have asked for a more perfect day, and while Sunday started a bit gloomy, the sun came out later, in time for the awards presentation.  Both Ady, and Pete, would have been proud of the great event, which brought back so many happy memories.

Ross, Martin, Jake, Dean, and the rest of the Shuswap gang, did a  first class job on plotting the 12 sections, which were ridden twice both days, these rode fairly easily because of the nice weather, but were planned with possible rain or even snow, so “Hats Off” to the team.  - Once again Julie was the star who did a wonderful job on the scoring, making my life very easy. ( Thanks Julie)

I buzzed around on Saturday, on the new Evo 250, and took a bunch of pics, and video, which I will share in the next couple of days, - the closest battle both days, was between Koltan on the Beta 200, and Shane riding the Outlaw TRS 250, ( just out of the box) -it could have gone either way , with young Koltan edging out the older rider, on both days, but amazingly only taking the #1 Outlaw Intermediate Plate for the series, by just one point - you could not ask for better competition.  ( Even Jordi “Liked” the video I posted of Shane on the TRS)

Understandably, I’m a bit late getting up today, and with a very full morning ahead, firstly unloading the van, then, driving to Kelowna to meet Shane at the Truck depot, to pick up his new TRS 300, I will have to cut the news short at the moment, but be sure to check back later, and tomorrow, for more pics and news, on both Face book and the blog. - The results and write up of the trial, are already up on the Trials Canada front page.  - What a great way to end our Trials season, thanks to everybody, who came out.


Scott Trial Results ( Wonder what happened to Dougie?)


Saturday October 22nd 2016

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

Well Friday was certainly an interesting day - we were supposed to have a new TRS 300 arriving for Shane, but after making some phone calls, we discovered that it was still on the dock at the Vancouver Truck depot. - So this moved us to plan “B” - arranging for Shane to pick up my TRS 250, to ride the Scotch Creek Trial today and tomorrow.

Early afternoon had Shane at my place, just as another Truck pulled in the driveway with some Betas, that I was expecting last week. - With everything sorted, my plan to load up the van got put on hold, while I assembled an Evo 250 to use for the weekend ( I thought I was going to have to press my old Alp into service again)  Holy Moly, nothing like having everything to do last minute.

We will be heading up to Scotch Creek around 8 am in order to get everybody signed in for the start time of 11 am - although this might be put back a bit, as usually we get some late “Stragglers” coming from out of town.-   - The weather forecast is good, so we are looking forward to a great weekend to wrap up the Outlaw Series, plus celebrate the lives of our buddies, Adrian & Pete, so come on out and give generously to the Cancer fund.

Directions:  Scotch Creek is located on the North side of Shuswap Lake - turn over the bridge West of Sorrento - then follow road all the way through Scotch Creek - past the pub on the corner - up the hill then left on LEOPOLD RD. - follow until you see ALLEN RD - turn left and follow this road to camp site.

Note : Start time tomorrow (Sunday) is 9.30am sharp.

In Moto GP Action for the Australian race at Phillip Island - the rain let up for qualifying, and it was all  about newly crowned 2016 Champion Marc Marquez, who ran away at the front. - Valentino finished way down the starting order, but Nicky Hayden pulled off a surprise lap to start in 7th. - It should be a good race in what is usually a very windy circuit.

Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 324.8 1′30.189
3 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 326.0 1′31.107 0.918 / 0.126
5 43 Jack MILLER AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 325.3 1′31.754 1.565 / 0.081
7 69 Nicky HAYDEN USA Repsol Honda Team Honda 318.6 1′32.944 2.755 / 0.524
9 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 330.3 1′33.090 2.901 / 0.075
11 45 Scott REDDING GBR OCTO Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 322.0 1′34.682 4.493 / 0.768


Over in the UK - The Scott Trial will be getting underway as I write this - the battle around the Yorkshire moors, is all about trying to go as fast as you can. without losing too many points in the sections, when  quite often there are a number of riders going through the obstacles at the same time.

One rider who won’t be at the Scott, is Jack Sheppard, who is in New Zealand, doing schools and riding the Championship Series. - Here he is winning day #1 on what looks like a tricked up Evo 125.


Here’s a neat little video put together by Apico UK - We Import some of their products.

Apico Trials – Full Video


Blast from the past - Agostini and Hailwood pose with the MV Augusta mechanics in the Isle of Man.


Just had to share pic of a very “Dapper” looking Florian Schott at a wedding last weekend - Flo is our hard working WTC Rep for the  Revelstoke  region. - and the main man to contact for anybody wanting to ride the Revy Rider’s fantastic trail system.

Friday October 21st 2016

Friday, October 21st, 2016

Every day, we all turn on the TV, or Radio, and hear the latest bad news from around the World, but 50 years ago, the tragedy at Aberfan, in South Wales, perhaps hit harder than any other - because it killed 116 school children.

For years the local coal mines piled their “Slag” on top of the hills surrounding the Welsh villages, an accident waiting to happen, which it did, as a rain soaked hillside swept down on the village of Aberfan, engulfing the school and other buildings.

Take a moment to look at this video - it is sure to bring tears, especially to Welsh people.


Today will be another hectic day, as we have another rush bike shipment due to arrive, before we get everything loaded for the Trial at Scotch Creek. - While we understand that many riders, are reluctant to  travel at this time of the year, for those that do - we can promise you a great weekend, while we remember our late departed buddies, Adrian and Pete. - The weather forecast looks good, and there is nothing better than riding in the woods at this time of the year, so why not make the most of it?

Everything gets going Saturday around 11-12 with two loops of 12 sections for all classes - this is all about traditional trials, with cambers & roots etc - but  lots of fun, while you try for that elusive “Clean” - Ross & Martin have put a lot of effort into this last Trial of the year, so please get out there to support them, and give generously to the Cancer Fund.


Philipe Berlatier is a big promoter of the TRS brand at the moment, but many older Trials fans, will perhaps remember him better for his outbursts at World Trials in the 1980’s. Here he poses with another French dealer, who has added the TRS line to his Beta shop.


How about this great shot of the young Beta Trials Team.