Archive for April, 2018

Monday April 9th 2018

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Wow - A Brit leads the Moto GP Championship - who would have thought?

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Meanwhile Marquez was doing what he does best  >>>   “Oh Sorry Valentino”

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This is Roy on his Wife’s Scorpa - they live over on the Westside  at the “Valley of The Sun”   -( Only about 1/2 hour drive from my place)  Roy has an Evo 250 which he likes to put- put  around on - and we have enjoyed some great rides together - one time up to an old Gold Mine - which we covered on the blog.  - Sunday we were late getting out but still managed a good hour of practice and exercise ( the most important thing)  - The Evo 200 is working fantastic as all my “Special” 200’s do. - the only thing that stopped me trying some tough stuff today was the lack of a good minder - You really have to work together on this, and while I looked at some big ups - I figured that I would save them for another day    ( and maybe  somebody with a soft mattress for me to fall on)

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Snow all gone from this area - lots of water - but good riding

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Of course because I headed out Sunday afternoon - I missed the finish of the Masters, but my darling wife was able to tell me all about the guys that screwed up by hitting the ball into what she calls ” sand boxes”  !!!!!!  Rory who ??

Good news from the West Coast - that our WTC Director and Trials Canada Website Guru , Bob Johns, is now well on the way to recovery after a triple by pass surgery.  - Bob would like everybody to know that he will be back up and at it reporting the Trials news pretty quick.


Sounds like the Classic Trial at Ioco went well in the rain - Dave Craig set out some traditional sections for the old bikes plus some modern lines which kept everybody honest.

Here is TRS Importer Bob Clark on the SWM  - photo credit Jeff Green.
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Results are available by checking the CPTA website.


Saturday April 7th 2018

Saturday, April 7th, 2018

Here are the results of what they call the X trial des Nations  -
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Well Saturday was pretty cloudy & dull in the Valley - but my customers from Williams Lake who arrived said they had snow up their way - A nice couple of “Mature” gentlemen” - who both arranged to buy TRS bikes from the old guy - We also promised to head back up to their neck of the woods this year, and I explained that we held a few Trials at McLeese Lake a few years ago.  - Both these guys live close to Crown Land - so this area definitely  is on the agenda for 2018.

In other related topics - the Alberta Forestry area is still very much under the gun, with a Political Power that appear to have  links to the USA Environmental movement -( they have HUGE funding)  lots of under cover BS going on here - all the more reason to make your vote count in the next election

This is Gary MacDonald, with the bike he will ride in next months Scottish Pre-65 - It’s a 350 Triumph Twin  specially built by the same engineer who supplied Gary with the BSA Bantam last year - he is hoping to take another win in the two day event.
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They sure know how to advertise Trials events in Europe - check this out>

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We have just heard that Trials Canada Editor and WTC Director Bob Johns is on the mend after his Heart Surgery - I’m sure that all our readers wish him a speedy recovery.


The Tragic accident in Saskatchewan involving the Humboldt Broncos Hockey Team - is on everybody’s mind today - I traveled this area a lot when working for Yamaha. Our condolences to the families.
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Friday April 6th 2018

Friday, April 6th, 2018

This is a shot of Barry Sheene  the Super-star of Road racing back in the day   - Barry was loud, flamboyant - always had the chicks around him - and he did a tremendous amount to bring Motorcycle Road Racing to the every day customer. - The Lucky #7 only lasted so long, until his horrific crash that left him with pins in most of his limbs.

Barry came back and raced again, before moving to Australia where he died of cancer - yes he smoked, lots.
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It’s been a busy week for all sorts of reasons - birthday’s,  ( Momma bear - John Lampkin - Adam Raga to name a few)  -  bike sales, have been brisk - and  the Masters Golf started yesterday .

The Team X Trial event goes tonight and I read somewhere that Toni Bou is riding - I really think the Champ is pushing his luck.

The Moto GP Teams are in Argentina this weekend - can Dovi pull off another win?

Chatted to Sam yesterday about the upcoming season - he has his Rodeo gig happening next weekend in Armstrong. - our conversation also included the June Trial at Malakwa.

The Sedin Twins are retiring and the Cannuck fans gave them a great send off in their last home game - voted as two of the nicest guys in the NHL, they also did a lot for the Vancouver children’s hospital.

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Weather is a bit rainy in the Valley at the moment - but consider how things are in Alberta - I talked to Chris Tronnes yesterday and he said it was going down to -28 in Bentley overnight - crazy stuff happening all over.


We hope to get out for a ride this weekend - but with customers coming from out of Town - not sure if this will happen.

more news later >>>>>>>.

Thursday April 5th 2018

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

It was an early start for the old guy yesterday - out the door at 6 am & headed to Revy to deliver a Beta Factory 4T - Mitch Watts and his family are on a sledding holiday for the week, so we took the opportunity to hook up. - Glad to say the weather and the roads were both good - but could not help notice the ton of snow up on the mountains around Joss.  ( five years since I was up there with Stan)

Later Hugh stopped by to pick up his new Evo 200 - unfortunately he has to fly down to California for the next couple of weeks, so he won’t get to ride it for a bit.


Then it was time to head out for a very nice birthday celebration dinner with Babsy and the family - it was a great evening at the Vernon Lodge - good food  and excellent service .

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Roger Boothroyd sent me this old pic of Stan - not sure if this was the Monty that he hated or not,  I ended up with the 200 that he had quite a lot of success on - then he was on the TY Mono for a lot of years ( he still has one)
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It’s hard to believe that 2018 Scottish is only 3 weeks away - with all the snow that they have had in the Highlands this might be one of those very wet years, ( last year was a rare dry one)  - We haven’t heard if anybody from Canada is entered.


In weather news - our friends down East are getting hammered with cold temperatures and snow - they have a Trial scheduled for Sunday so good luck with that. - It’s the same story in Alberta, with the coldest April on record.


Here is a good article by Jim Snell on Del Orto carbs. - We had a couple of these float issues back in our Gas Gas Dealer days - As always, it’s sometimes the little things that get missed when problem solving.

(this message applies to any brand trials bike with a DellOrto carburetor)

If you have an older Trials machine and you are experiencing a rich condition, hard starting, fouled spark plugs, and/or excess gasoline is coming from the float bowl overflows onto your engine cases, it could be a faulty “float”.

Older Dellorto carburetors use the black floats that are not hollow. when they are bad, the only way to test them is by weighing them with a very precise scale or the “floating test” as shown in one of the attached images.

If you have the newer white plastic floats, they are easy to diagnose as they will be full of gasoline if they are bad. Shown in the two attached images.
The two images of faulty white plastic floats are a perfect example of the damage caused by using Ethanol blended gasoline. (Ethanol fuel can damage the black floats as well)The black floats and the white plastic floats interchange as they are used within the Dellorto carburetor model range for trials applications since the early 1980s. Typical correct float weight for this application is 2.8 grams. Dellorto typically casts or imprints the OEM float weight specification in the side of the float.

JETTING NOTE: It is advisable to NOT change carburetor jets until you have first tested your floats. Bad floats will mimic rich jetting.

Installing jets that are too lean to correct a rich condition that is actually caused by a faulty float can cause engine damage.

Note : You can see the full article with pics on the TRS Rising Sun website.

We just received our latest copy of Trial Mag: UK - Fantastic reading - gets better with every issue.

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