Archive for March, 2017

Tuesday March 28th 2017

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Here is a pic I took of my 2017 Beta Evo 200 demo and as you can see we have “blinged” it up a bit.  - We have been riding one of these models since they came out in 2009, I think it would be fair to say, we know  them very well.  While most Trials riders opt for it’s larger brothers, the 200 ( inspired by John Lampkin) is perhaps the best bike for most  riders, and has lots of power.  - It can do amazing things in the hands of an Expert, but is gentle enough for beginners as it comes out of the box. - ( We pull 4th gear a “LOT” on this bike.) -  If you are interested in any of the Beta line up - feel free to call us ( We don’t care what part of the Country you live in, we are always happy to pass on our secrets - and we ship Trials accessories all across Canada)

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Check out this young Beta rider - they start them young in Europe.

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A guy from Ontario posted on FB regarding the 1993 Yamaha TYZ - seems he has two of these, and was surprised when I informed him that very few were imported into Canada  ( Walt bought 5) - Having worked for Yamaha for so many years, and being so involved with the competition side, plus being in Scotland when the Prototype was ridden by the Japanese test rider. - I was really disappointed  when I opened the crate in 1993, to find none of the changes suggested by Mick Andrews, had been incorporated ( Walt & myself discussed this with Mick in Scotland)

Unfortunately it got worse as the bike was not only very big and bulky, but the motor kept stalling - I did not have a great first day out.  - A late night phone call to Mick in the UK, asking why the mods had not been made, resulted in him telling me that although he was in Japan in August 1992 - the factory told him “No time to change” - he added that “Everybody hates them over here (UK). - Mick did help me with a couple of mods that at kept the engine from stalling, but after 3 months of struggling with the bike, I  got  a phone call from Don Clark offering me the Gas Gas/ Beta franchise. - The rest as everybody knows is history.

The moral of the story is that ALL the factories make mistakes sometimes  and bring out a “Dud”
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With the Scottish only 4 weeks down the road - we hope the weather is better than this shot I took in 1992. !!

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Monday March 27th 2017

Monday, March 27th, 2017

What a great ride we had yesterday - we posted it as a FUN day - but only the three of us took advantage of the snow free conditions to ride up on the ridge - Dale ( on the Gasser) lives in Summerland, and is new to trials, so we will forgive him for having those god awful bush guards on his bike.  - Although the usual reply to this when we mention this - is it “Saves breaking a lever” - unfortunately - these metal guards can very easily break your wrist if you go over the bars - easily done if you are a newbie on a Trials bike. ( Wrists take a long time to heal) -We see this quite a lot with Enduro riders, who get into Trials. - If you must fit these please use the plastic flexible units.

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Dale enjoyed his day out, and seems to take instruction well - was smiling most of the time I saw him - Shane continues to improve, and will tackle most sections that we set up.
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This is a pic I took of Pete, four years ago, in  Summerland - although we rode through some snow drifts that day, we were able to make it around our 20 km loop.  Hopefully we can get out there in three weeks time ( Easter Sunday)  The snow this year has been brutal, but we look forward to our first ride at this location. ( Will be thinking of you Pete)

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And this is one of the sights you get to see if you decide to join us.

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And here is the video for today - brilliant riding by Adam Raga - I get tired just looking at all the effort he puts in ( might be showing off a bit) At any rate it would appear that this section could be “Cleaned” with going through so many acrobatics - very clever & likely popular with the spectators.

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It looks like Christy Williams had a good weekend down South competing in the first round of the US National series - the results were hard to read so not quite sure who did all the winning.

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Sunday March 26th 2017

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

As Toni Bou heads for his 11th indoor Trials Championship, the story this season, has really been ” Can anybody beat him?”  -The only rider even close, has been Adam Raga - Bou riding the million dollar Honda, backed by the largest Motorcycle company in the World - Raga  riding for a small Spanish factory in it’s second year of production. - Last night, Raga came within one point of winning in Marseille, and was in fact leading after the qualifiers. - ( Raga did beat Bou in 2016 at the Sheffield Indoor)

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Big smiles from the winner - a bit of a ” jeez what do I have to do to beat this guy ” from Adam, while third man on the podium Cabestany, doesn’t look happy - ( The girls do)

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Just as I thought - this was posted today on FB - In spite of holding public meetings, which were attended by large groups of Off Road clubs, including one yesterday in Edmonton - the sneaky Politicians in Alberta, had already made up their mind regarding the Castle area in the Southern part of the Province ( Just as they did in the 70’s with Peter Lougheed’s Government)   Be aware that this can also happen in BC so be very careful who you vote for in the upcoming election.

at Kinahan to say NO to the RV BAN in Castle mountain.
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So last nite I talked to 3 guys that were kicked out of the castle for random camping. The forestry officer told them that random camping is not allowed in a provincial park. There is no camp sites open in the castle right now so they had no choice but to leave the area all together they were told that the castle was declared a park on January 19 and there was nothing they could do about it. So spring is almost here and we are all screwed.========================================>Steve Holcombe ( Beta) came very close to winning the first Enduro in Europe, which was held in snowy conditions in Finland - On the first day all the top six spots were filled by home country riders - but the UK rider managed a superb 2nd place at the end. ( not sure who won)

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Sebastian Vettel ( Ferrari) wins Round one in the Australian Formula One - 2nd was Hamilton, 3rd Bottas - There were 7 retirements including the Canadian. Lance Stoll.

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Now it’s time to load up ready to head to Bear Ridge for some fun of our own & the sun is shining !!!

more later!!

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