Archive for June, 2018

Thursday June 21st 2018

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

The temperatures in the Valley remain super hot, making for much outside work not an option for the old guy - I try to get out early before the sun gets too hot.

However, Dominique stopped by yesterday afternoon, and I fitted a spark arrester to her Beta Evo - the new “Made in Canada” units  are fairly easy to install, but take a little longer on the Beta Muffler.

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We have heard from Gord Rinke, with some great video clips of his ride at the Whiskey Gulch Trial in Montana - some big rocks, but Gord said his TRS ran perfect, and feels the bike has improved his riding. Unfortunately, Gord has to work all the long weekends as a Fireman, so misses out on most of our events.

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Here is something a little different - a pic posted of a Hill climber - another small specialized part of Motorcycle Sport - I loved the clip of this action in the movie “On Any Sunday”

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The Red Bull “Rocks & Logs” goes this weekend at Blackfoot Park in Calgary - We will not be there this year , but wish Sam King good luck - seems a very long time ago, since I attended the first ever big Moto Cross held at this venue, back in 1969 - the event was televised for “Wide World of Sports, and shown on TV. - The promoter was Roy Healy.

It was Ron Mallet - President of the Calgary Motorcycle Club, who first arranged to lease this Property for Motorcycle use - a very smart move, considering how expensive Real Estate is these days. - Ron sadly died from brain cancer at age 51 - a great loss to Alberta and Canadian Motorcycle sport.

At that time the Calgary MC had a club house, out on Chestermere Lake, which was used for weekly club meetings. - It was an exciting era, with lots of great enthusiasts involved in promoting all aspects of the sport - everything from Ice Racing in the Winter, to Trials, MX - Cross Country Racing and Flat Track.  Plus they also got involved with some “Road Rides”   -

Walt Healy was a big part of the Calgary (and Canadian) motorcycle scene back then, and without his help, many young enthusiasts, may have been lost to the sport.

(Walt was a huge help to me when I first got involved and later went to work for Yamaha Motor Canada)
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The World Trials Circus, moves to Portugal this weekend , before taking a Summer break - it will be interesting to see if Albert Cabestany and Jeroni Fajardo can keep their pressure on Toni Bou, after the close battle in Andorra -  Raga and Busto will also be out to make amends for their poor result last week.

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Wednesday June 20th 2018

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

So this is where we will be next Sunday - the club have invited us to put up a tent and display some Trials bikes again.  - It’s a great event for the whole family.  We also sponsor some of the prizes.
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Yesterday we had a call from Florian - to chat about the WTC National that we have coming up on July 1st at Revelstoke  -it sounds as though they have a great loop planned for this year, which will take in some of the scenic Enduro trails as well as the familiar Quarry sections, which are easy to view by spectators. - I plan on going  up Saturday to check things out. ( Note I will post more details and pics after the weekend)
Another call we got was from one of our customers from Whitehorse NWT - he says, he will be attending, along with his buddy - A long drive for sure. ( But he came down for the one a couple of years ago as well)
Later we had a call from Walter Cukavac from Alberta - haven’t talked to him for likely 40 years - We signed Walter to ride on our Yamaha Cross Country Team back in 1979.  He told me he now lives in Stony Plain AB, having worked overseas for 20 years, and is collecting old vintage dirt bikes - including some Trials models.

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A few of the TRS “Gold” models have arrived in the UK - Here is Steve Saunders’ lad trying out a 250. ( Looks like he also has some new boots!)
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Check out the mellow yellow French TRS Team  >

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Anybody looking for a great deal on either a TRS or a Beta - give us a call - we might have some really good prices coming up. - but you need to act quick !!

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Another hot one in the Valley - hope it cools down a bit for the weekend. >>

Tuesday June 19th 2018

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

We had a nice ride up Vernon Mountain on Monday - first time this year, with me leading the way around a fairly long loop ( at least it seemed that way to me) - the heat wasn’t too bad up at the higher elevation - but they have sure been doing a lot of logging up top since last year - quite the mess.

Of course  a lot of the old trails are all overgrown but I think some of the VOR boys have been along one of them cutting out some big dead fall.

- We saw this cute deer early in the day - it wasn’t bothered by the bikes at all.
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This is at the repeater tower above Coldstream - Kim bought that Ossa at a great deal, but it’s pretty finnicky to start - it was his first time out with us for years, so lots of fun. ( We didn’t heckle him too bad!)

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A reminder that the WTC National at Revelstoke, is now only two weeks down the road, and we need checkers - I repeat WE NEED CHECKERS - if you can help (it’s only one day) shoot me an email. Florian and a few others, have been hard at work to cut out a great loop, which includes some spectacular scenery.  - The Start will be at the Revy Riders MX Track ( not Glacier House)

Any questions give me a shout as Flo is extremely busy with his business and trying to fit in the trial has been a challenge.

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This is a neat old pic that showed up - the days of the “Dustbin Fairings” as they were called, before they were banned for safety reasons - that’s Sammy Miller in the front in the open face helmet - which he always prefers

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This weekend, Sammy will be off to the Rocks & Logs in Calgary, so he has been practicing on the Gasser Bikes he will ride this year - We are happy to continue to sponsor Sam with Opti Oils to keep his new mounts running smooth.
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This is an unusual shot - because it’s ex road racer Kevin Schwantz  flying a TRS at Jordi’s  practice area ( Not sure of  spelling  on Kevin’s last name) -  A lot of the Moto GP stars practice on Trials bikes. Note - Got the correct spelling from Harlow !!
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Monday June 18th 2018

Monday, June 18th, 2018

Here are some of the Sunday Results for the Super Stars - Christy reports that the number of entrees was down this year. - It would appear that the high scores for the Champs on Saturday, went the other way on Sunday.  ( maybe too easy for the top guys?)
Having said that, nobody appreciates the problem more than us with regard to getting the degree of difficulty just right .

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So did the Trial Master in Spain get it wrong on Saturday for the World Round ? - Some of the video and pics appear to show pretty crazy sections.

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For my part, I took things very easy on Father’s day - just watched the golf from the US Open - lots of top names failed to make the cut, including Tiger and Rory - the winner was the same guy who won last year - but it was  tight.

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Chatted to Sam today - he finally got his Gasser Enduro bikes, so he’s been busy prepping them and trying to get some saddle time, before the Rocks & Logs this coming weekend - He just about choked when I told him the winner of the Golf today would collect over 2 million dollars. - That might be why Martin Lampkin once told me that he would have liked Dougie to take that up, instead of Trials  -      ( Although the Yorkshire lad has done pretty good for himself in the motorcycle World)
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The TRS in this pic taken recently by Richard Lawrence near New Hazelton BC ( Terrace area) - it was the first TRS we sold back in 2016 - Richard uses it to scout the back country for the “Grizz bait” adventure ride he puts on every year. - As you can see the bike still looks like new, and he has not had to buy any parts for it   - I find this truly amazing,  as the Sherco he had previous, looked like it had been through two World Wars.
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Today I’m going for a ride up the hill, with with a couple of buddies - Not sure how long we will stay out, as it’s supposed get hot. ( like really hot!!)
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Talking about “HOT” How about this new great “Gold” TRS - only maybe 5 coming to Canada - ORDER NOW OR BE DISAPPOINTED.

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Sunday June 17th 2018 “Father’s Day”

Sunday, June 17th, 2018

First Day Results from the Super Stars at Ioco

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Yes it’s Father’s day today, and I plan on kicking back & watching the Golf from the US Open - Yesterday a lot of the players called the course “Unplayable” due to the fact that the greens had been cut too short & balls were simply rolling away.

Looking at the scores from the Super Stars, the Champ line seems to have been tough !!!  Stan & Steve were battling it out again, with Steve getting the nod on cleans. ( But Andrew Watson took the win in this class)
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In Moto GP from Spain, Jorge Lorenzo did it again, winning another one for Ducati - more results as we see them

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We have heard back from Daniel at Glacier House in Revelstoke, saying they are completely booked for the upcoming July 1st long weekend, so people planning on attending Round #1 of the WTC Championship Trial, should be aware - there is some free camping near the Start area at the MX Track. and other Motels downtown.

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Young Billy Green (Beta) from the UK won the 125cc class at Andorra - Jordi’s lad came 2nd on the TRS

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More news as we get it.
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Here’s a great photo from the Bultaco Nostalgia Trial in the UK - Bernie in the center surrounded by the Lampkin clan  and Vesterinen- Soler etc. - You can just see Arthur Lampkin at the back in the flat cap.

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UPDATE:

Toni Bou wins in Andorra, - Albert Cabestany (Beta) 2nd - Fajardo GG) 3rd

Saturday June 16th 2018

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

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This is a great shot of Bernie Schreiber, Yrjo Vesterinen and Manual Soler at the Bultaco Nostalgia event in the UK

Another legend riding at the Nostalgia Trial - Mick on his James.

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Qualifying is under way at the World Trial in Andorra - this is Dougie Lampkin checking out the section.  video - and here is another clip to watch video

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Meanwhile the Moto GP lads are also not that far away for their big race tomorrow - the first practice saw Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati) on top of the time sheets, but Marquez was down in 12th after a crash and some bike issues.

It’s a rather strange thing, that just as he announces that he will leave Ducati next year - Lorenzo seems to be flying on the Italian bike.

Jorge Lorenzo: “Empiezo a pilotar la Ducati como pilotaba la Yamaha”

Check out the video from the Isle of Man TT races, when Manx Norton’s made up a large part of the entry.

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Chris Hrabb and some of our other local Cross Country Racers, drove all the way to Alberta, only to see this sign - that’s a lot of gas money wasted - now they will head back to Merritt for tomorrow.

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Lee Usher posted some pics from the Qualifying session today in Andorra.

Friday June 15th 2018

Friday, June 15th, 2018

The Bultaco “Nostalgia Trial”   goes this weekend in the UK, and Former American World Champion Bernie Schreiber has flown in from Switzerland for the event.  Bernie has lived in Europe for many years, having married a French Lady. ( sister of Gille Burgat)
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James Dabill has just posted his 50th win in British Championship Trials - quite the achievement.

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On the local scene - I’m not sure if anything is happening this weekend - I know I have two rides planned - but other than  the Super Stars  at Ioco I don’t think there is a lot  planned for this Father’s day weekend,

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This is Arthur Lampkin checking his machine in for the Scottish back in the day - Note the collar & tie !! - Check out the Lampkin story here > https://trialsguru.wordpress.com/lampkin-of-silsden/

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Lucky guy Lee Usher from Nelson, is over in Andorra, where the 3rd round of the FIM Outdoor is taking place this weekend - this is the view from their hotel balcony showing some of the sections circled.

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Thursday June 14th 2018

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

This is the reason I love to take visitors to Summerland - the scenery is wonderful, and this spot up on Rowdy Flats - is magnificent in the late spring, with first a sea of yellow, then changing to blue - the only caution is to mention that these lovely flowers often hide a big round boulder, so you need to pay attention.  - In this shot from last Tuesday, you can see Giants Head in Summerland, with Lake Okanagan just visible on the right.
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Sammy Miller has donated this huge Premier Trophy for an upcoming event in Scotland - maybe his wife got fed up of cleaning it !!

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Anybody wanting to make their Trials bike into a bit more “trail Bike” - check this out - we have these items in stock ( limited)

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Of course the ultimate model for this customer. will be coming from TRS in the Fall - complete with electric start - Perfect for the old guy.

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Round #3 of the 2018 FIM World Trials Outdoor, takes place this weekend in Andorra - ( Northern Spain) - This was the Podium last year.

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Wednesday June 13th 2018

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Tuesday weather was just about perfect for our ride in Summerland - the only thing that wasn’t perfect, was the traffic getting there, mainly Kelowna of course - what a gong show especially on the way home.

I decided to take my new/old buddy over the mountain, as I had not been on this loop this year - up past Pete’s Plaque - and the climb to where the cow moose charged me a few years ago.  - before that we rode the neat rocky uphill section just off the bluebell meadow at Rowdy flats - all the time being watched by the beautiful wild black stallion - nor sure where his brood of mares were, as he seemed to be all on his lonesome. - Unfortunately I forgot my camera (darn)

The climb up top turned out to be a bit of a challenge because of dead-fall, but we stopped to admire the lush beauty ( and for me to take a breather) - There have been no bikes over the top so far this year, and the rest of that loop was hard work for me, with a ton of dead fall to either get over or go around - in fact I was quite beat by the time we dropped down the other side towards the area we call McNulty.  ( even my much younger buddy was tired by the time we got back to the van)

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Looking ahead to the weekend - the CPTA have the Super Stars Trial at Ioco - but I will be giving this a miss this year - other things happening and of course it’s Father’s Day on Sunday.

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The Jitsie gal, has been posting a few video interviews lately, here she is chatting to Adam Raga>

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It’s Club night tonight at the VOR in Vernon - new place for the meeting this time - check out the VOR website for info:

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Looking back at the rain sodden Malakwa Trial, I’m happy to report that we have had a number of emails from riders saying how much they enjoyed the event - they all thought young Sam did a great job - this is nice to hear, as sometimes slippery & stormy conditions, seem to bring  complaints. - The neat thing about the whole CKMP location, is that things can only get better - the management are really happy, catering to our Trials group, and the more time Sam gets to explore the region, the more sections he will be able to include.

This pic of Don from Golden, illustrates the extreme wet gear  worn by some of the riders, ironically, I had a new supply of the great Wulf gear in my van, but never did unload it !!

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Obviously, having the younger members take over with all the hard work, is for me a real bonus, as my aging body, just can’t cope with the physical demands these days. - Next up is the WTC National at Revy on the July 1st long weekend, this should be another Super event, with Florian and his Team already having things pretty much sorted. - The riders who like our traditional longer loop Trials, will really enjoy this one, but please be aware that this is all happening on Crown Land, where Off road stickers, Insurance and Spark arrestors are required.   ( We have some in stock)

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Tuesday June 12th 2018

Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

Here is a neat shot by Heath Brindley from the British Championship Round last weekend - It shows Multi time British Champion and World #2 one year, Steve Saunders, minding for his son James - Steve is the TRS Importer for the UK.

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The stormy weather from the weekend, continued yesterday, and we even had a thunderstorm in the afternoon, with rain pounding down.  - The good news is that it cleared later, and today is supposed to be dry, with sunny breaks - perfect for a ride, so that is what I’m going to do, with a customer of mine.

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And here is a great photo of Gary MacDonald on the Triumph 350 in the Highland Classic Trial last weekend - perfect style and yes he won. ( Photo Credit Chris Sharpe)
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And finally, here is a pic from the USA National held at the weekend, where Pat Smage continues his dominance in the Expert Class - his minder is Sherco Importer Ryon Young.

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