Archive for March, 2018

Thursday March 29th 2018

Thursday, March 29th, 2018

Yesterday I had some time on my hands, so I decided to take a drive out to Yankee Flats - it’s only 20mins from my place, & I wanted to see what the snow conditions were like. - Pleased to say that things seem to be melting quite well, and there are some dry spots to practice. - This was where we had our last ride in 2017, before the snow hit. - I took a pic of this notice, because I don’t recall seeing it there before.
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This is a pic of another young Italian hot shot - think he might be a relative of Beta Boss Donato Miglio.
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Yesterday I posted a photo of the old days, when Trials riders all wore cotton waxed Barbour suits - everybody looked the same, until along came  the Red & Yellow outfits worn by Martin Lampkin and others - I decided to get in on this and Imported some in the 70’s and they worked very well. - Later of course the top Pro riders starting wearing the tight fitting “Spandex” type one piece outfits, that caused more than a smile from the ladies when they saw the lads strutting their stuff  - While some prefer the baggy style MX gear, for Trials riding, the slimmer fitting designs are both cooler and less restrictive.   - We (at Outlaw) have been selling the Wulf clothing since 1955, when the company that were making our own line of Trials gear in the UK, shut down.

Sad really when a small but very good company has to close, because of lower priced competition. - The fact of the matter is, that there is very little money in high quality gear ( or products) everybody wants the best price.

We just got in an order of TRS windbreakers, made by Hebo - yes they look nice, but they are quite expensive and I doubt they will last the test like my old Anson Trials Jacket ( Still lots of them around)
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As we head into the Easter long weekend,  everybody will be excited and planning their time off, either on or off the snow. - The Valley forecast looks pretty good, but over in Alberta, the winter is still hanging on.

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This is a memory from a few years ago at Scotch Creek, when Taff & Kevin joined the rest of the Shuswap crew working on sections for the Outlaw.
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Today we are supposed to get a shipment of Betas, but not sure if this will happen, because of delays - fingers crossed. - As I feared - Bikes will not arrive until Monday.
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This bit of news was just posted on Sammy Miller’s page - Sammy is still going strong and will be 85 this year. - It was at the 1958 Easter Lomax Cup National in North Wales, that I rode in the same Trial as the great man. - The previous year 1957, I saw him racing in the 250 TT in the Isle of Man - the last year he road raced.

Celebrating 40th Anniversary of Mike Hailwood’s 1978 TT win on a Ducati 900F1!

On Saturday 3rd June 1978 Mike made history when he returned to racing on the Isle of Man after an 11 year hiatus!
His win aboard a Ducati 900F1 was the stuff of legend!
Mike actually overtook the bookies favourite Phil Read
on the road!
To celebrate the 40th anniversary the Museum is bringing together some very special motorcycles to join the Museum’s own collection. Especially pleasing to see will be a reimagining of Mike’s TT winning Ducati built by renowned Ducati restorers ‘Back to Classics’.
So join us all here at the Museum from 10.30am to 4pm on Sunday 10th June 2018 to celebrate a piece of motorcycling history and the man many regard as the greatest motorcycle racer of all time!

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Wednesday March 28th 2018

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

The following is a Press Release from the Toni Bou camp.

The X-Trial FIM World Champion Toni Bou will miss the forthcoming X-Trial Budapest as a result of a re-occurrence of his back injury

The newly-crowned 2018 X-Trial World Champion Toni Bou (Repsol Montesa Honda) is suffering continued symptoms of his three broken vertebrae and will be unable to participate at X-Trial Budapest on the 29th March.Bou, who put in an incredible effort to participate at X-Trial Paris and receive recognition of his 2018 title win.  But after incredibly winning the opening round of heats, in the second round he exacerbated his physical condition and, along with doctors monitoring his conditions for the last few weeks since the injury, has made the decision to miss the final round of the campaign.

The 12-times World Champion explains: “After taking part in X-Trial Paris, I have seen my condition worsening rather than improving.  Moreover, the doctors have insisted that I must rest rather than stress my spine further, as I attempt to recover fully from this injury.  I am very sorry not to be able to ride in Budapest, but I have been left with no other option.”

Frenchman Alexandre Ferrer (Sherco) will replace Bou at X-Trial Budapest, making his third appearance of the season after lining up in Montpellier and Paris, where he has recorded a total of four points.

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Many old timers will remember DOT Motorcycles which were very popular in the 50’s - ( I nearly bought one) - The factory is still standing in the UK, but not sure what it’s used for these  days.

We had a lot of “Factory” riders at our club Scrambles and Trials, names like Eric Adcock, Stuart Bickerton, Alan Clough, and one guy that I can’t recall his name Frank ?  - I do remember that we spent some time bench racing in the bar of the Isle of Man ferry one year, on route to the TT. - The motif on the gas tanks of the bikes, said “Devoid of Trouble” - but it was a lie.
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I saw somewhere, that a snowmobile operator, had been handed a stiff fine, after he fell off the sled and it took off and hit somebody - the judge awarded damages, because the operator had not attached the tether switch cord. - Something to consider for event organizers and riders putting on stunt shows - or even losing control on sections. - ( It does happen)  - We do have the tether cords in stock for anybody wanting them.

We have been checking out suppliers of Spark Arrestors, for the Trials bikes - plus talked to a couple of people who plan on making their own.  - Although this long weekend is unlikely to see any CO’s out checking for these and also registration and Insurance, because of the snow. - They usually like to make a “Purge” on the May long weekend.
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This is Caroline Stevenson on her new BMW - Caroline used to live in Kelowna, before moving to Lethbridge, and bought a Beta Evo from us. - she is a very skilled rider and has participated in the “BMW Challenge”
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Here is a photo from the Manchester 17 club’s archives - they are trying to trace an old film from this era, but what I noticed about this pic, was that everybody was wearing the traditional riding gear - Barbour Suit & cap or woolly hat - plus they have their riding number on a card that is looped to the back of their jacket belt - this was the easy method used back in the day for the Observers to score them ( they also had one on the front of the bike)   - We used that same system in Alberta when we began to put on National type Trials, in the 1970’s.

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I got an email today from somebody asking about the WTC ( World Trials Canada) Rule book - This along with all the other pertinent information, can be found on the Trials Canada site ( Scroll on the left side bar) - However, here is the link although this does not include the addition of the two additional classes, Pro and Ladies.

Click here for WTC Trials Rule Book (2013 edition)

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Tuesday March 27th 2018

Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

James Dabill looks pretty happy after the Italian Championship Trial on the weekend - even though he had to settle for second place on the podium.
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Another Beta shot - this one a 4T Factory - not sure who the rider is, but I think this was taken at the Cleveland Trial last weekend - a Superb event that runs a long loop with natural sections. ( Great training for the Scottish)
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As mentioned in the Monday Blog - Shane and myself had a great ride up on Bear Ridge - managing to get to all our favorite sections, but while there was very little snow, we did find a lot of water - more than we have ever seen in this area,  with some neat new gully’s to ride ( bit like the above pic)  -We saw a lot of Deer up on the top. so stopped to take a couple pics,  but after one glance over at us, they went back to munching the long grass.

While I leave the hard stuff to the younger lads these days, I still really enjoy getting out for the fresh air and exercise.  I have been able to help a lot of new riders over the years, teaching everything from correct bike set up, to body positioning , I find that doing “One on One” type sessions works best, as there are then no distractions. - But again the main focus is always on the easy stuff, before graduating to the more difficult techniques.

Back in 1995, I bought a video camera, mainly because we had a trip planned to the UK, and I wanted to take in the World Trial at Hawkstone Park. - I still watch this tape once in a while, especially the first day, when all the riders were practicing. - This old style camera is now hidden away somewhere, along with other 35mm cameras from the past. - Later I used this camera to film events such as the Outlaw Trial, and also in training sessions - my theory back then (and still true) is if a rider can’t see his or her mistakes on the screen, then it becomes more difficult to improve. -  Of course these days, it’s much easier to shoot video, either with a camera or cell phone,

Although I have a very nice Nikon for doing the Pro stuff, most of the time I just take along my small Canon G12, which takes both still and video.
We have supplied training and other Trials tapes to many, many Trials enthusiasts over the years, and still convert some of the older VHS to CD format.

- Shane has improved a lot this past year, and is riding with much more confidence, on the TRS - This was one of the first ones we got in, and has proved to be trouble free, and still looks good and sounds like new -  so the quality is standing up well.
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Sunday was the Reg Shanks Trial in Victoria, with a good turn out of 39 riders  - Thomas Cordner (Vertigo) won the Expert Class - with the other class winners as follows.

Snr Sportsman  Ted MeDowell  (TRS)  Sportsman - Aaron Fisher )GG)  - Snr Inter - Mike Hay - Vertigo - Inter - Jayden Kurvers (GG) - Junior - Dave Carlson (Mont) - Novice Axton Hall.

Other results can be seen by clicking on the VMC Website.  -   Bob Johns of Trials Canada went into Hospital yesterday for Heart Surgery, so will be out of action for a while - We all wish him a speedy recovery.

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Results of the Fast Eddy - British Enduro last Sunday.

Top ten results:

  1. Billy Bolt 2:31:16
  2. Jonny Walker +8:31
  3. Paul Bolton +12:36
  4. Jonathan Richardson +1 lap
  5. Joe Deakin +1 lap
  6. Jordan Scott +1 lap
  7. Gethin Humphreys +1 lap
  8. Sam Winterburn +1 lap
  9. Nathan Watson +2 laps
  10. Charlie Frost +2 laps

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Toni Bou will not compete at the final X Trial this Friday in Budapest - Deciding to heed his Doctors advice.

Toni Bou, mathematically champion of the world, will not be in Budapest: “the hours after the Paris xtrial were not good and I must think of full recovery”

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Here’s one for the Vintage crowd >> The Pre 65 Scottish is now only weeks down the road - wonder how much water there will be in the ?Burns” after all the snow this year.

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Monday March 26th 2018

Monday, March 26th, 2018

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It was a fantastic day in the OK Valley on Sunday, and for Shane and myself this was one to remember, as we explored the snow-free area above Bear Ridge.

Unfortunately, on my return home, I received the sad news that we had lost another old friend to Cancer - Dan Chambers, elder brother of Dave died last week, but we only just heard. - Dan and his son Danny JR - stopped by the shop in January and we chatted about Trials - Dan Senior bought a TRS from us about a year ago.

Our condolences go out to the Chambers Family, who have now suffered another tragic loss.


CHAMBERS, Arthur “Dan”

CHAMBERS, Arthur Arthur Daniel Chambers of Vernon, BC passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, in Hospice House on March 18, 2018 after experiencing cancer a second time. Dan was 70 years old.
Dan was born in Vancouver on February 5, 1948, the first child to Art and Mona Chambers. At 6 years old Dan moved with his family to the Vernon area. At an early age Dan learned to drive a variety of trucks and machinery. Dan Chambers Trucking, Anser Industries and Gaby Ventures were three of his primary business ventures. He had a passion for cars, horses, motorbikes, boating, flying and the solitude of driving truck.
Dan is survived by his wife LanLan, his four children Lisa Torrie (David), Michael Chambers (Joanne), Marisa Chambers, and Danny Chambers and two granddaughters, Annika and Sydney Torrie. Dan is also survived by his siblings, Kathy Deane Zimmer, Joanne Stone, David Chambers, and Doris Squair.
The funeral service will be at the Pat Duke Memorial Arena in Lumby, BC on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 1:00 with refreshments to follow at the Whitevalley Community Centre. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Hospice House in honor of Dan

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In sharp contrast to the pic at the top of the page, here is what our riding area at Summerland looks like ( Thanks to Dale for taking these shots yesterday) - Obviously the Fun ride planned for next weekend at this location, is now cancelled.

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This is the “Bird Bath” - but the road into the gravel pit is also plugged with snow.

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