Archive for May, 2018

Thursday May 31st 2018

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Last day of the month & nice to have had a few cooler days -

Sad news from the Isle of Man where a rider was killed in qualifying - but nothing new I’m afraid, as the speeds they are going and the unforgiving nature of the circuit leaves little room for error.

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This is an old video of Mick and his buddies !!
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Check out this old  TT photo from 1952 - the bike is a 125cc BSA Bantam -( it didn’t go fast enough to put his cigarette out!!)
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With Spark Arrestors now required on all Off Road Vehicles used on Crown Land, we have been getting lots of calls for these.

Here is one that we will be stocking for the TRS and a similar one will be available for the Beta - these are made in Canada .

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A reminder that the last round of the Outlaw series for 2018, is only one week down the road, and will be at the Carl Kuster Mountain Park in Malakwa BC -  ( approx 6km East of Sicamous BC)  Sam King is the Clerk of the course. - Camping is available on site. This is June 1oth and is one day only -  for more info, you can either call me or Sam -

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We have noticed that the Trials Canada Web site is down again - this is due to a huge increase in people clicking on this popular site.

Bob will I’m sure, have it up and running again later today. ( We have had the same thing happen often with our site )

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Wednesday May 30th 2018

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

We had a nice ride out in the Yankee Flats area on Tuesday - everything so green, but a lot less run off at the far end of the Valley, we tried to find Spanish Lake, but never did, not sure why - I’ve only been there a couple of times, but obviously took a wrong turn somewhere.  -  To get to the top trail, we went up the hill climb  section - then through the bush ( nobody has been through this way for years) - We noticed where somebody had camped near the top road, nice spot, but we sure hope these random campers REALLY put out their campfires before they leave ( This one was all good)
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And yes - I ask the same question - The World seems to have gone to hell with all this Muslim crap.
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This is John Banks - the greatest Moto X rider never to win a World Championship ( said Jeff Smith) -
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We have heard that the Kids ride put on last Sunday by the Vernon Club - went over really well - good job by Olivier & Blake for organizing this - nothing like starting them young.

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The Moto GP Teams will be in Italy this weekend for the next round of the Championship - the race goes at Valentino’s home track on the Adriatic Coast near Rimini, ( Where Babsy & myself spent our honeymoon)

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The World Trials Teams will be in Japan this weekend for Round #2 of the Series - the event is always held at the  Honda owned land close to the Factory, and where Fujigas has a huge fan base, we hope he does well.

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There is a WEC Hare Scramble at Panorama this weekend as well, one of the reasons we set back our Trial at Malakwa one week - Beta Canada will be at the Inveremere event with demo rides available.

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And here is your video clip for today - enjoy the sounds of the TT

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Tuesday May 29th 2018

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Max and Britta have been exploring some fantastic country near Invermere BC - on their TRS Trials bikes - check out this pic - you can just see the bikes in the middle of the pic - Max also sent us a great video - must say I’m impressed at how quickly Britta is adapting to riding - this certainly doesn’t look like beginner stuff.!!

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The weather has “Cooled” a bit today, which is good -
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We heard that they had a good turn out at the Honda Trial Sunday in Ioco  - But the best performance on a Four-stroke, was Bob Clark on the Beta Factory 300 4T - he lost ZERO points !!!! That is pretty impressive - full results and write up can be seen on Trials Canada.

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We had an email from Turk Perepalkin - he has now been out on his new  Evo 200 a few times, and said that after watching and listening to me rave about this model, he can now confirm that it’s all true. - The 200 will go anywhere the bigger bikes will go, and is really a “Giant Killer” - We have the last one of these for 2018 arriving this week. - Not sold as yet.

In other Beta News - there are a couple of good used ones for sale locally - Martin has his 2009 290 going for $4200, While Andrew James has his Beta Factory 300 going for $7500 - Sammy also has his 2017 TRS 300 for sale at $7200 .

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Here is a classic photo with a lot of nostalgia - Sammy Miller, Gordon Blakeway and Ron Langston - posing with the Ariel at the Sammy Miller Museum. - Back in the day, they formed the Ariel Trials Team, and still get together once a year for a reunion.
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And here is another pic of Sammy taking a trip in a special two seat Spitfire at the old RAF base at Biggen Hill

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Monday May 28th 2018

Monday, May 28th, 2018

Well! - it has been quite an “Aussie” couple of weekends - last week Sammy did the double at the Scotch Creek Outlaw Trial, then this weekend  first Daniel Ricciardo won the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix - then Sunday Will Powers took the win at the Indy 500 - So Congrats all round for the lads from “Down Under” ( I watched the Indy - it was exciting)
Back in Canada - Jordan Szoke was  again the guy on top of the Podium at the Canadian Road Race Championships in Eastern Canada. - The Multi time Champ likes to ride Trials in the off season. ( He is now on TRS)
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The TT is now on for 2018 >>

First practice scheduled for this evening

After months of planning and preparations, TT 2018 is here.

The first practice session is scheduled for this evening.

The Mountain Road between Ramsey and The Bungalow will close at 4.45pm, with the section to Creg-ny-Baa closing from 5pm.

The rest of the course will close at 6pm, until no later than 9.30pm.

First away will be the newcomers, who will set off on a speed-controlled lap.

Clerk of the Course is Gary Thompson:

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The latest rumor in the Moto GP Paddock, has Jorge Lorenzo back on a Yamaha next year - Like Valentino Rossi-  before him, Lorenzo has had trouble getting to grips with the Italian Ducati - As another tribute to our Aussie friends, it is fair to say that Casey Stoner has been the most successful rider for decades, on the Desmo- Twins, from Modena. Italy.

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I saw this posted  and thought I had to add to this blog - As most of you know, I grew up during World War Two, and although I was just a small boy - the memories are still there.

The sad thing is that, the England that so many of these fine young men fought and died for a Country that appears to have now been taken over by the  Islamic  race, they have taken advantage of the lax rules on Immigration and are now destroying what was once the Island that Winston Churchill  held so dear.  - I have not been back to the UK since 2003 when my mother died, and although I still have family there, I doubt that I will ever return.

Of course, there is always the good side to every bad one, and for me that has to be the Scottish Six Days - If they can keep the Muslim problems out - then who knows?
This pic shows King George V1 - visiting a bomber base in 1944.
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Finally for today. - I would like to thank all the well wishers for their kind words regarding my upcoming Induction into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame.- this was totally unexpected. - Just like to say that since 1953  Motorcycles have been my life - helping others understand and try the sport, has been a lot of fun, plus working in the Industry since 1973.

If I have helped people enjoy our sport, along the way, I think that’s great, I’ve made so many friends that I can’t count them all -

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Without a doubt the biggest problem we face riding out in the bush - is the Forest Fire Hazard - I have just seen that there is a fire in the McLean Creek area near Calgary. - That was where we ran the 1975 FIM World Round.

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Chris Hrabb is always busy during Fire season, Flying the Selkirk Helicopter - nice logo’s he has on his helmet.!!
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Sunday May 27th 2018

Sunday, May 27th, 2018

While the main purpose of Trials bikes, is for competition, likely only about 40% are ever used for this. - most are used as trail bikes or for exploring mountainous terrain - here is a pic showing one rider doing just that - pushing across a snow slide in the late Spring.
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This is a classic shot of a rider blasting down Bray Hill in the Isle of Man - the bike is a New Imperial - very fast and popular in the 1930’s. - Les Archer junior, later became a very successful Scrambles rider on a very special Norton.

Amazing quality in this photo, which would have been taken with a “Plate type” camera - long before film and digital stuff that makes things so easy these days.
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The British Super bike Championships are on this weekend at Donnington Park - and the big surprise has been “The Flying Dutchman” Van Der Mark - Taking both his races ahead of some very fast Brits.

Saturday May 26th 2018

Saturday, May 26th, 2018

This weekend is Memorial Day in the USA - lots of stuff happening, but notably the “Indy 500″ - I think that the Formula One race in Monaco also goes this weekend - here is an old poster. - Remember the film “Grand Prix” which starred James Garner ?  - they set up a sequence where one of the cars goes into the harbor, but this actually happened one year, luckily the driver escaped.

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The action has also started in the Isle of Man - where June is always TT month - crazy road racing on ordinary roads around the Manx 37 .7 Mile Mountain circuit - always thrilling, but also  deadly.

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We haven’t heard if any riders got ticketed on the long weekend, while out riding in the Forestry - Our Outlaw Event at Scotch Creek was on Private Property, so no problem.  However, with already a bunch of Wild Fires burning in  BC, I’m sure all Off Road activity will be under scrutiny.    We still don’t have Spark Arrestors for sale ( We do have one on our Beta Evo) but some people are making their own. - Basically the Co’s will be checking for these, plus Off Road Registration and Insurance.

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A good caption for this photo, taken at the first Outdoor World Round in Spain last weekend ( in the rain)  could be

” How the hell do we ride this ?  We only practice hopping on dry rocks?”

Of course the exception, would be James Dabill - who had just completed the very wet Scottish Six Days Trial.  - As most folk know - this World round stuff, is supposed to be scored under the “No Stop”   rules, but if you watch the videos from both the Scottish and this Spanish event, a lot of the top riders, should have been scored a few “Fives”  for stopping - or as it used to be written in the Rule Book - “Cessation of forward Motion”   - We saw Dougie Lampkin, get away with at least one “5″ in the Scottish - and in the video of this Spanish Trial - Toni Bou has an outstanding ride on one section, but it should have been scored a Five.  -

The problem we have with this scoring system, is that many Observers or checkers, are intimidated by the top riders, or their “Minders”

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Thursday May 10th 2018

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

With the Scottish Six Day Trial now heading into Day #4 - James Dabill (Beta)  leads - having now just dropped one point on Wednesday. - Dougie Lampkin is still in 2nd spot, but is now on 4 points after having some mechanical issues with the Vertigo - in fact there is talk that his week might be over.

The best performance on a very wet Wednesday, was Welsh lad Iwan Roberts,(TRS) who had the only clean ride of the day, truly amazing when you consider how sick he has been recently.

Gary MacDonald ( Scorpa) holds onto 3rd as the riders head into the last half of the week - Dennis Sweeten has lost 121 points and daughter Kylee 205 points. -  for full results click onto the ssdt website.
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video from today >> https://vimeo.com/268833168

Here is a great shot of Gary Mac - The guy we would really like to see win this week.

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Emma Bristow is having a great week, the undisputed Queen of Trials ( Since Laia quit) Emma is well up in the results, and well ahead of Sandra Gomez, and the other lady riders.
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The weather in Fort William this morning was cloudy, but no rain as yet - on the other hand, in Vernon BC, it was once again hammering down at 4 am.

The Thursday route at the Scottish, is usually one of the toughest of the week, with the soggy moor crossings taking their toll on both riders and machines. - Tonight we may see some changes at the top of the leader board - so good luck to everybody.
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Some sad news to report today, as former 5 time World MX Champion Eric Geboers drowned over the weekend, while trying to save a dog - he was only 55 years old. - the dog survived by swimming to shore.
He is pictured here at the Canadian MX Grand Prix.
Eric Geboers Canadian 500 GP

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Wednesday May 9th 2018

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

A typical day in Scotland - with umbrellas and rain gear -  Ross Danby looking good on the TRS - After a tough second day - James Dabill (Beta) now has the lead, still on zero points, but Dougie Lampkin also had a “Clean” day and sits in 2nd spot as they head out on Day three. - Although if you watch this video he does appear to stop in the section which is a “5″ in No stop Trials -.video   –

For complete results click on http://ssdt.org/2015-04-26-10-15-40/2018-ssdtvideo -live-results

We have “Scottish type” weather in the Valley today - it’s been hammering down all night.
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Check out these great videos >>>> https://www.trialworld.es/video-scottish-six-days-trial-2018/

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This is a great shot of Ben Hemmingway  on the Beta 300 Factory 4T - he had a good day except for mud in the carb  after one of the moor crossings that cost him a 5 in an easy section. ( If you can call any of them easy)
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Unfortunately, Jonny Hagan, had a fall at Trotter’s Burn, and injured his back, which will keep him in a body cast for some time - we know this famous section quite well and it usually takes some “5’s”  at the tricky rock wall at the end.
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Meanwhile back in our Valley - here is Shane zipping up a steep wall at Summerland last Sunday - first time he has tried it. - Taken with my Canon G12.
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And here is another of our Team TRS riders, Gord Rinke - who managed to find a nice area to practice in Alberta (photo credit Colin Bennett)
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Tuesday May 8th 2018

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Well the first day of the 2018 Scottish is in the books, and a number of riders kept their feet up all day - they were in order of starting #  Jack Price GG - Gary MacDonald Scorpa - Tom Minta  scorpa - James Dabill  Beta -Sam Connor Beta -  and Andy Chilton Beta.  - Dougie Lampkin took one dab for the day, while USA riders Dennis Sweeten lost 23 and his daughter Kylee 34.  - top lady was Emma Bristow on 8 points.

You can see all the results here>  http://ssdt.org/2015-04-26-10-15-40/2018-ssdt-live-results

Here is a pic of Welsh lad Iwan Roberts (TRS) who had a great start to his week after being quite sick for the past couple of months - he is on 6 points lost.   - Also on the sick list, is Ben Hemmingway,(Beta)  having come down with food poisoning prior to the start- Somehow he made it through the day, and is well up there, on the Beta Thumper.
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Check out these video clips of the Monday action.

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Now this has come as a nice surprise !!  sent to me by Harry McKay - signed by Dougie, and yes he remembers me.

Here is Harry’s message. >>>>>>>>
Hey Dave, hope you’ve not ordered Dougie’s book…as there’s one on the way to you, signed by the man himself. He did ask if it was ‘THE’ outlaw Dave, he remembered you from 94 & the bumbag 😉, had a chat with him about it.

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Of course the Sunday Parade through the streets of Fort William is always led by a Pipe Band - and it was good to see that the weather was kind to them this year.

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( Note ! - it isna jest the wee gals that wear the kilt)

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I think this pic tells a lot about why the Scottish Pre -65 is so popular - Yes some take it very seriously, but for most it’s a gathering of old friends riding bikes that are from the past ( when I grew up)

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We don’t know who took this pic - or who the rider is - but what a shot - not sure but that might be Loch Lynnie in the background.  - This is why we have always tried to promote long distance trials in Canada, which show off the wonderful scenery that we have .
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Monday May 7th 2018

Monday, May 7th, 2018

This pic from Yesterday at Summerland, really tells the story of why we love this area - especially at this time of the year - The meadow at”Rowdy Flats”  is just coming alive with all the yellow flowers, and it was a wonderful day, to be out with Shane, Rich and our old buddy from Vancouver Island - Harold (Turk) Perepalkin.

Turk and I have often talked about getting out for a ride together, but this was the first time ( As we both grow old)  - He really enjoyed being out on the new Evo 200, which he picked up from us the day before, electing to down size from his usual Evo 300.  - Turk has ridden a total of three ISDE events and has the medals to prove it.
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We didn’t see any wild horses, just cows - and the Sand Cranes have not yet started their annual flight to the far north ( This is a magnificent sight each year - with hundreds of the big birds flying over this route)

After being out on Friday on the TRS, then again on Sunday on the Evo 200 - I now have two very muddy bikes to wash - we came across a lot of new ponds on the trail, from the snow melt, which we managed to skirt around without a problem, and the dead fall was not too bad. - We rode around the old Outlaw loop - out past Adrian’s Wall, then back  along the neat deer trails to the parking lot.  - The lads enjoyed tackling a few of the sections along the way, while I played my role as photographer. - All in all it was a great weekend. ( This was our first ride in this area this year because of the snow- we are normally out here in March)
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The 2018 Scottish is now into it’s first day, and we have seen some good pics and video on Face book. - there was one video of Gary Mac in one difficult rocky section, showing superb control - can he challenge for his first win in the Six Days? the popular little Scot has come so close in the past, and with two wins in the Pre-65 class he seems to be on top form.

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In Portugal - Steve Holcombe (Beta) just failed to win another one, with the battle at the sharp end very close.

Alex Salvini has pulled the win on day two of the Enduro World Championship in Portugal after a day-long battle with Steve Holcombe and Christophe Nambotin.

The battle between Holcombe, Salvini and Nambotin was tooth and nail through the second day of EnduroGP in Portugal. But it was Salvini who claimed the overall win in the very last test by a 2.87 second margin.

Salvini also won the E2 class while Holcombe was second overall in EnduroGP Scratch but claimed the E3 win from Nambo.

In E1 Brad Freeman has broken the Jamie McCanney stranglehold and taken his first senior day win. The Boano Beta rider posted strong times all day and even took a Cross test overall fastest time.

Matteo Cavallo repeated his day one win by a hell of a margin in the Juniors – finishing almost one minute clear of the next best rider.

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With big crashes at the Spanish Moto GP - it’s all change in the points championship, with that man Marc Marquez now heading the series.

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