Archive for January, 2018

Wednesday January 31 2018

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

As many of our regular readers will have noticed, we have been having some technical issues for the past couple of days - seems that scammers are hitting the popular web sites, and preventing access. - Anyway, I see we are up today, so here is the latest news.

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This photo popped up a couple of days ago, of me at Bear Ridge in 2014 at this time - no snow to be seen anywhere - what a difference in 2018 - likely a couple of feet of the white stuff at this spot.

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Here are the results of the Vic Brittain National Trial from last weekend in Shropshire UK. Hugo Jervis who finished 5th was also on a TRS for the first time.
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The World Indoor Circus moves to Barcelona in Spain this weekend, for the final X Trial of the season - There have been a LOT of comments posted after the fiasco in Strasbourg and the dumb points system they are using - all I hope is that nobody gets hurt doing these stunts. ( I can’t believe that somebody came up with this idea)
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We have been chatting to a few people lately, about the need to have an “Introduction to Trials” day at some point, similar to what they do at Ioco.  - I think this is a very good idea, in order to get new riders out for a fun day, to explain what the sport is all about, without the added pressure of actual competition. - It really is amazing that a lot of people buy Trials bikes without knowing what the real sport is all about. ( No it’s not all about leaping from rock to rock)  more on this later.

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We just got word that our first 2018 Beta Evo factory is on route from Italy, and should arrive in a few weeks. likely around the same time that the TRS Raga beauties get here. - Hopefully some of the snow will have melted by then .

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The latest issue of Trial Mag: UK came in the mail yesterday - what a great magazine this is - the content is full of interesting articles with superb photographs. - I liked the interview with James Dabill, with a review of his career for the past few years  - He credits Team Bosi with really getting him on the right track, and while he has ridden a bunch of different bikes, a lot has been with Beta, including his wins at both the 100th year SSDT and the Scott Trial in the same year. -He says signing with Beta again is like “Coming home”  - James is still  only one of two riders to win the Scottish on both a 2 stroke and a 4 stroke ( The other was Sammy Miller)
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Check out this old video of what Trials used to be like ( and are still the same in lots of places in the UK)  I have the original video in VHS format.
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Helmut Clasen just posted this pic of a delivery he just got - We sell a ton of the Opti Pouches to the Trials market, as they are so easy to mix in small batches. ( All new bike customers get a free box )

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The FIM World Trial GP2 class for 2018, has already got 28 riders signed up ( this is what could be called the support class) plus of course for 2018 the 125cc class gets official status. - What kind of surprises me is where do these guys get the money from? and how many will actually compete in the events that are in distant locations ( like Japan etc).

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This is a pic of Bob McGregor, at the 1939 Scottish Six Days Trial which he won - He is the only Scotsman to ever win the event. ( He won twice) pic courtesy Trial Guru.

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Monday January 29th 2018

Monday, January 29th, 2018

It was a “BIG” snow weekend in the Valley - as it did not stop all day, and while a lot of us old folks, just decide to close the drapes & turn on the Golf from Sunny California, others, like a few of our local VOR enthusiasts, made a trip up the logging road to Becker Lake ( Vernon Mountain area) - and took pics to show just how much of the white stuff we have.  Like they said in their post, “It’s going to be a late riding season”
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Dave Chambers. lives way up high on the same Mountain and posted this pic of his driveway.

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Weekend News - Graeme Jarvis won the “Tough One” held near my old stomping grounds on the Welsh border. while Travis Teasdale finished 2nd on a  Beta and David Knight 3rd on the Gasser.

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Team Yamaha were top of the time sheets today in Sepang, While in UK Trials News, Ross Dandy headed a TRS 1-2 at the National Vic Brittain in Shropshire, and Ben Hemmo took his new 2018 Evo Factory 300 thumper to a win first time out. ( Ben has posted that the Beta 4T is the best bike he has ever owned.)
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Footnote:  We are experiencing some.technical difficulties with the Interenet, that is why the blog is late today.

Sunday January 28th 2018

Sunday, January 28th, 2018

Well, -  It’s the last weekend of January, and a very wintery one for sure !! It has hardly stopped snowing in Vernon, and looking through the window this morning, I see it is the same story.  - I think the West Coast is also getting hammered with bad weather, lots of rain & snow, so not sure if Sammy went ahead with his Trials Training session or not.

Of course, A lot of people like the snow, and get out Skiing, snowmobiling and the new craze - snow-biking   - The X Games went this past weekend which included Snow-bike racing, and it was Calgary rider Cody Matechuk who took the gold. - Hot favorite Ryan Villipoto, crashed out in his heat race and didn’t qualify for the final.

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The Moto GP Teams are all in Sepang testing and the top three from Sunday, were Pedrosa (Honda) Dovizioso (Ducati) and Lorenzo (Ducati).  -

Here is a pic of Dovi on the Ducati.

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Still on the road race topic, here is a pic from 1985, it shows old friends Steve Crevier, and John Palmer on the bikes, along with ace tuner Bryan Rolls.

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The long winter nights, are a good time to catch up on the Trials videos, and there is a great selection available via Trial Mag: UK

The Scottish ones are my favorites and I have a ton of these, plus World Rounds, both Indoor and Outdoor.

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Saturday January 27th 2018

Saturday, January 27th, 2018

Well we are not going to post anything on the so called X Trial from France as it was a complete joke with the new rules. - Toni won - that’s enough said.

UPDATE:  This is what Jordi posted.

19 hrs · Gurb, Spain ·

I am not happy with the qualification system of the X-Trial🙀
in the semifinal Raga and Bou in the same group adam 8p anb bou 7p
and passes to the final one pilot of the other group with a score 21P
Nice🤔👎🏼👎🏼
you like this system??

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How about this for an unusual sign - you don’t see many of these.  ( Somewhere in BC)
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Got a call from Stan yesterday -temperature in Mexico was around 70 plus on the beach !! We chatted about the pic  I posted of his Trick Trials Team from the 80’s - Yes he said, it sure was run on a shoe-string budget. - He also told me that it was Harlow Rankin who took the photo of him doing the flick off the half-pipe - just a short time after he had finished building it ( paint was still wet) - It seems HR did all the printing for Stan’s Promotions, in return for a bottle of Scotch. !!

We also talked about the need to promote the sport of Trials for the “Average” rider - with long loops and easier natural sections, but of course the current state of Government intervention ( fueled by the US Environmental movement)  in Alberta, will make this difficult.

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Dean Wandler posted this pic of a gear bag we supplied him with to go to the TDN back in 1998 - He says it is still like new.  - We still make our Tool belts and gear bags, backpacks etc, in the Valley, all hand made and very labor intensive, however we only make these to order these days, as there is very little money in this business. ( We can also silkscreen your name) - Give us a call if you are interested.
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A peek out the window, tells us that this will be another weekend watching the box - but at least we are starting to feel better.

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If you checked the blog early yesterday - take a minute to scroll back, and click onto the Albert Cabestany video - it really does show how good, both he and the Beta really work in slick conditions.

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Friday January 26th 2018

Friday, January 26th, 2018

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The new TRRS 300 models will arrive soon, and demand is high, so if you are keen to get on one of the latest & greatest, give us a call. (250)545-6139

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Meanwhile, here is a great shot of Tommi Ahvala at the Quebec World Round a few years ago.
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And still on the Quebec theme - The ATAQ have just  posted their Calendar for 2018, which includes the WTC National Championship (East), in September.

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While some folk will remember that yesterday was “Robbi Burns” day - I wonder how many will know that it’s Australia Day - today, and to celebrate Silver Star Mountain will hold their “Bikini” Ski day - should be fun for the younger set.

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When I was a teenager, wanting to learn all about motorcycle trials, there was only one book available - by a guy named Max King ( no relation to Sammy)  - I must have read this dozens of times, studying the black & white photographs, trying to digest everything. - The new riders these days, are much luckier, as there are hundreds of videos available, plus a ton of books. - Here are some of the better ones.

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Check out this video of Albert Cabestany practicing a very wet slippery section on the Beta -the traction of the Italian bike even surprised him.

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Thursday January 25th 2018

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

A number of people have contacted us regarding Sam King’s accident, but we can only tell you what we have seen on Facebook , which is that he has a Trials school this weekend scheduled at Ioco, then he flies to Australia on Monday for a month. Like they say, no news is good news.

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We are still in the icy grip of winter, with another dump of snow yesterday, with more in the forecast.

But take a look at this pic of Pete & Zoe Bustin’s front porch !!! now that is a lot of snow for the lads to clear at Ymir. BC. - Just as well nobody was underneath when it all came off the roof.

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The latest issue of Trial Mag: UK will hit the news-stands soon, and will include a test of the new TRS 300, now going into it’s 3rd year.   - As the Dealer of this brand for Central BC and Alberta, we can report that the bike has proven to be not only very reliable, but at the top edge of the results sheets, all over the globe.  - The parts supply when needed - is as always, next day service from Vancouver ( Mountain Motorcycle) - However we should mention that we have yet to sell a rear fender for any of these bikes ( Not even Sam has broken one)   Some of which have lots of miles on them - The very first 2016 TRS 300 went to a customer in Northern BC, who is known for being fairly hard on his bikes - suffice to say  that so far he has not needed to order ANY parts.
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The French city of Strasbourg will this Friday host the FIM X-Trial World Championship which arrives at its halfway point with Toni Bou firmly in command. It is the first time that the city of the European parliament has held a world championship indoor trial event.

The capital of the Alsace region plays host for the first time to a trial competition in the X-Trial World Championship, with no less than the participation of Repsol Honda Team’s multi-time champion Toni Bou. The fourth date in the calendar will take place at the Zénith Europe centre in Strasbourg this Friday evening at 20:00 hrs. Fans can look forward to a qualifying round, followed by the semi-finals and the subsequent final, with the winner’s podium scheduled for 23:00.

Toni Bou, after winning the three previous races (Vendée, Montpellier and Toulouse) has a substantial advantage at the head of the X-Trial Championship overall standings, some eighteen points clear of main rival Adam Raga.

The Strasbourg event is the final round of the string of events in French cities, with the championship now moving on to Spain for the next two stops (Barcelona and Seville) before the championship closes with dates in Paris and Budapest.

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And finally >>>

Happy Robbie Burns Day!
“O, wad some Power the giftie gie us
To see oursels as others see us!
It wad frae monie a blunder free us,
An’ foolish notion.”
― Robert Burns

Saturday January 6th 2018

Saturday, January 6th, 2018

IT’S A GOLD !!  - What a Hockey Game !!

Yes the Canadians won last night, and rightfully so, but if ever there was a game when both teams should have finished with Gold medals, then this was it. If you didn’t see it, you missed a good one.  Well done Team Canada.

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The Dakar Rally starts today in South America and although there is not a lot of coverage these days - a lot of the Factories dump a ton of money into this event. Here is a great shot of Super Woman Laia Sanz from Spain - The Former Multi time Ladies Trials Champion.

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Mick Andrews usually visits Eastern Canada every year to attend the Bonanza Vintage Event in Quebec, but back in the old days he traveled across Canada putting on Trials schools for Yamaha -  in 1974 I set one up at Blackfoot Park with a lot of “Man made Rock sections” to add some variety - We had a good crowd out on the day.

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Ted Pepperdine sent me this which is a neat reminder of some of the great bikes from the past.  - I replied to his email, saying how I wished that I had some pics of two of the best that I built back in the day - a very special TT 500 and later a YZ 125 with a IT 175 engine..  Unlike today, when everybody is taking pics with their phone, my photography was usually just at weekends, when I wasn’t either riding a Trial or racing Cross Country events.

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Check out this video from 1982 >>>>>  video

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I had a call from one of my customers yesterday, asking about preparing the bike for winter storage - to which I replied that all I do is spray the bike all over (except the brake rotors) with WD 40. - it’s cheap.  -

Until a few years ago Optimol made a great product for this purpose, but with the high production cost and low sales volume, it was dropped.
If Opti has been used as a 2 stoke mix - there is no need to drain the carb, as it has a built in fuel stabilizer . - I do try to elevate the bike on a center stand to take weight off the suspension. plus change the tranny oil.

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We will  post the results from Sheffield as soon as they are available.

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Check out this video on Kenny Roberts and the Yamaha TZ 500 with Power valves.

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Friday January 5th 2018

Friday, January 5th, 2018

After doing a bunch of paperwork on Thursday - I sat and watched the first Semi Final of the Junior Hockey, between the USA and Sweden. - It was pretty slow for the first period with no goals, but by the 3rd, the Swedes had opened up  a 4-0 lead, and in spite of a number of penalties - they went on to take the win 4-2.

Later it was Canada versus the Czechs, and while the Czech team came out strong and did in fact score the first goal - it was all Canada after that with a final score of 8-2 - Now it’s on to the Gold medal round against Sweden

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This is a pic from the Sheffield Indoor last year, showing Adam Raga flying high on the TRS and also taking the win - Can he repeat in 2018 ? Your guess is as good as mine.   - Welsh lad Iwan Roberts will make his Indoor debut at Sheffield on his new Steve Saunders sponsored TRS.
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As mentioned - we will not have a booth at any of the Motorcycle shows, but to make up for that - anybody who is in the market for either a Beta or TRS Trials bike will be offered a big discount on a new bike bought before the end of January. - Call us for more details. (250) 545-6139.   SAVE SAVE  SAVE !!!!

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The weather forecast is for warmer but with freezing rain - so the roads will probably be a mess - drive carefully children !! - The Ice race at Stake Lake near Kamloops is cancelled because of poor ice conditions. - Just took the recycling boxes out & I see we had about 3″ of fresh snow to add to the fun.!
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Finally saw something on the Calgary bike show this weekend - The poster explains who they are - but with the new restrictions proposed by the Alberta Government -  all Off road riding on Crown land in Alberta, is threatened - It appears they only listen to Environmentalist groups ( including US based big money supporters)  - As I’ve said on this blog before - the lack of interest and lobbying support by the factories, is mind boggling - they will only wake up when sales of both ATV’s and Off road bikes hit the bottom.

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The second round of the Super Enduro  Indoor Series takes place tomorrow night in Germany - Cody Webb will be there, as will Taddy and all the other hot-shots - The 2018 Motorcycle season starts this weekend.

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And here is your Trials video for today - it shows the late great Diego Bosis at a World round - The Trials world was shocked when Diego died of a heart attack at age 41 - he was one of the best.

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Thursday January 4th 2018

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

The cold weather is still hanging in our Valley and many other places, but we are supposed to get above zero by the weekend.

We just got an email from Wulf UK with details on this new addition to the Trials helmets - a drop down visor, likely a good idea for some folk, we will see what kind of response we get before bringing any in. - We have the standard Helmet in stock in all sizes.

Our Mail order service will be upgraded for 2018, although we are still getting lots of orders from all over Canada.
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Here’s a bit of Enduro news - Beta have signed South African fast guy Travis Teasdale for this year - he has already had some impressive results in events such as Roof of Africa and other hard Enduros.

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The WTC are  accepting sanction applications for Trials events in Canada for 2018, and while the Calendar is already fairly full, there are still some open dates. - Contact myself for further details.  - My role this year will once again be more on the Administrative side, as we see our younger riders take over the job of setting up the events.
Here is a poster listing all the CPTA Trials for 2018  - Please note the April Team Squid Trial is Round #1 of the Outlaw Series.

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The Calgary Motorcycle Show goes this weekend - but we have seen nothing regarding any advertising of the  three day event.

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For those folk who think Electric bikes are something new - here is a pic of World Champion Jeff  Smith riding a BSA through a mini indoor section at the 1966 Motorcycle Show at Earls Court in London England.

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Here’s your video for today >>    https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fyoutu.be%2FRXHwtPrFSX4&h=ATN-3_P0dtSPQEKkbhEHZbhcPaySsuV81IwYAkm3SW3FukkiDmNYE4hbq6uw2HKDV9ZPtMwdMzmHYKYii-KoPJAZ-34mt-eYOfsBQ8NKSFAm7T0d6JFSEvkrHdrWjj5V_yCqfR0eSGWk67uGaj1TR9OC9l-U8_g3XYL-InotDBuM2kdnetIQkN66349cca6fu_eVCapycu9Hbg4ti4_bykBGZ_N2xMLAz6oT5Tm5Qybs-TkjfWILptkLc1AuX7TW36T3wW7ZOuuoHSqqL0JbXApxbyazgQ

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