Archive for June, 2018

Saturday June 30th 2018

Saturday, June 30th, 2018

The last day of the month and we are already 1/2 way through 2018 - After the devastating Forest fires of last year, we have elected not to host any Trials events after this weekend - until Thanksgiving - the message is clear - if you want to ride our fantastic terrain - get out this weekend to the WTC Trial at Revy  -

You will see sights like this, as you travel the long loop set up by the Revy Riders Florian Schott and his crew. - They need your support - sections while at the upper level are challenging are really good - the Revvy crew have learned well, just like the Shuswap  group, who now put on some of the best Trials events in Canada.   Sammy has things under control at Malikwa - and dazzled me by pulling off a great Trial a couple of weeks ago,
With the Carl Kuster organization coming on board last year, and with Sammy King - the future of Trials riding in the Interior has never looked better . - But please remember - without support - all this could fizzle’

This year we saw entrees at the Ioco Super Stars drop - and overall numbers at Trials events have seen a decline out West. - Not the case in Eastern Canada, where they host a lot of Vintage Trials , and of course Quebec is a strong Trials area.

The sport of Trials, in Canada, has always been “Up & Down” - riders come riders go - for whatever reason. - at the moment, we get a lot of calls from Enduro guys, who want to learn how to ride like Graeme Jarvis, !! - I could write a book on that one.

I hope everybody has a good Canada Day Weekend - I know we will in Revvy - the campfire on Saturday night will be loud and fun. - No I won’t have my Harmonica !! (Need to buy a new one - never did get  around to that - dumped three in the garbage last week as they were out of tune - maybe too many fumes !!)

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. - I think  the best Trials events are run the old English way ( I know I’ve mentioned this before)  long loops over beautiful Countryside - ( In our case the Mountains and Bush) -

Want to try one of these ?  Come talk to me at Revvy this weekend.

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Steve Holcombe (Beta) is at the Italian Enduro this weekend and is seen here flying high at the MX Test today.
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How about this nice line up of Spitfires !! All converted to 2 seat aircraft
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Final bit of news - Marc Marquez is on pole for the Dutch Moto GP - Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi are also on the front row.

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Friday June 29th 2018

Friday, June 29th, 2018

What to do on a Thursday !!! A buddy phones and suggests a ride ?  - Wow! what could be better, except that I had just prepped my own special Beta Evo 200 for young Bodi Watts to ride in Revelstoke.  - Sold the other new 200 Beta the day before !!
Hang on ! I have a brand new TRRS 300 in the shop !! - - Lets rip!  -
Anyway, I took the Westside road today to meet up with Steve at Bear Creek -(Going through the Kelowna Traffic is such a drag) -  now you might recall. that our old “Staging” area has been closed off, since a vagrant caused a forest fire there last year.

- So Steve and myself headed up Bear Main. - Stopping at the first cattle guard.

I explained, that we originally started our first Kelowna Trials event at this same spot. -  Things have changed a lot in this area since that first Trial in 1985 -  A new Club and some really good places to ride for Dirt Bikers, in this area  - But that is all Enduro or MX
Anyway, We headed up the hill, while all the time I’m trying to figure out how to get to our old stomping grounds  - suffice to say that we made it - via a long loop over the top from the forestry road - Nobody has been down this trail this year and it is pretty rough from the winter snow melt, plus we had to clear a few branches, but  the route is now secure for all our Trials riders who wish to tackle the  old sections. ( Yes they are still good) plus the trail ride is fantastic.
Here are a couple of pics from today - taken with  my Olympus water proof camera ( it was raining)
I have to tell you that this new Raga TRS 300 is absolutely amazing - It starts so easily - it does everything just right and helps old guys like me.  - We went on quite an epic trail ride - I goofed a couple of climbs, but that wasn’t  the bike’s fault  -( I ride like an old man - feet everywhere)

Over on the West side of the Mountain, we saw a number of  deer - but they really weren’t worried about us.  We made a number of stops to take a breath (for me) while I explained to Steve where we had sections all those years ago.
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Here’s the latest Press Release  from Vertigo
Vertigo Motors regrets to announce that, exclusively for industrial reasons, it has decided to end its contract with trials young prospect Arnau Farré. From the Factory, we want to state clearly that Vertigo has no doubt about Farré’s talent and projection to become one of the best trials rider worldwide, and so, this isn’t the reason for such a decision.

The deal with Farré was specifically linked to the development of the Vandal model, which because of promotional goals, was meant to compete in several international Championships during the season. However, following product development issues, Vertigo has decided to stop temporally its launch, and with that, also all the activity and presence of the bike in competition, what means the Vandal won’t be competing neither in the Spanish Championship or in the TrialGP Series from now on.

We want to state as well, the fact that the rider has received the entire economic compensation of the contract in force, giving him the chance to find new opportunities and challenges in other brands or structures as soon as possible.

We wish Arnau Farré all the best, as well as good luck on continuing with his meteoric progression
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Weather for the weekend looks just about perfect for the big Trial at Revvy - not too hot and the super loop that the guys have got set up is sure to please all classes. -
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UPDATE :  Just posted - First pics of stunning new 2019 TRS

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2019 TRRS ONE …

TECHNICAL SPECS / IMPROVEMENTS

New graphics.
Brake lever tip in microfusion with new design, better ergonomics and grip.

Gear lever tip in microfusion with new design, better ergonomics and grip.

Forged exhaust supports with silentblock.

New setting on rear shock absorver.

New plastic protector for the filter box.

New adjustment on front fork.

New cylinder distribution.

New curve CDI program.

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Thursday June 28th 2018

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

So here we are heading into the biggest, long weekend of the year, and for lots of Trials enthusiasts - that means a trip to Revelstoke. - for Round #1 of the WTC National Trials Series. - This year, the event will feature a long figure eight (30km)  loop (gas stop midway) through the lush trails overlooking the Columbia River Valley. - Florian Schott is the Clerk of the Course, and along with Shane, Chris, Terry & Leigh, has created a stunning loop, suitable for all abilities.

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While most people will camp out across from the MX Track - there are lots of Hotels and Motels in the area, but please be aware that Glacier House, is booked solid for a wedding party.

The action gets underway early Sunday morning at the  MX Track -  with sign in open at 8.30 am, followed by the riders meeting at 9.30 am. - We have elected to go group checking for the day, as this will be the easiest to control. ( yes you get to ride with your buddy’s)

As usual Julie and Judy will look after the scoring, with the tents set up in front of the newly erected Grand Stand at the MX Track.

For spectators, this has to be one of the easiest Trials to  watch - as you can drive your family car - up the fire road, and see a lot of the sections.
Any questions on the event - please either call or email me . We plan on being there Saturday afternoon.

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As I think we have everything pretty much caught up - Tiffany drove in from Squamish yesterday to pick up the last Evo 200 we had in Stock - so today I plan on sneaking out for a ride. Will have more on this later.

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Anybody interested in an old 1985 TY 350?  We had a visitor yesterday, who told me he bought the bike from me back then, but has not used it for many years - I told him to email me a pic ( He lives in Kelowna)

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Roger sent me this pic of a couple of old Beta Alps - owned by a friend he visited up Island last weekend  - I’m still mad at myself for selling the mint one I had.

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Wednesday June 27th 2018

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018

Another nice day in the Valley - hopefully these flash storms will be all done by the weekend.  - Anybody wanting stuff put on the Outlaw Van for the Revy Trial - please email me. !!! (Don’t leave it until Friday night!!!)
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Today is going to be busy, with a lot happening - first off I need to take Babsy’s car  in to get it serviced. - then later a customer is driving in from Squamish to pick up the last 2018 Beta Evo 200 we have in stock.  - Seems like everything is either a “Feast or a famine” in my business - so much so that making a daily list of things to be done is a “must” ( now what did I do with that piece of paper?”

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Sammy had a mixed day at the Rocks & Logs - He told me it was very tough and very humbling for him riding the Pro Class - He ended up 6th overall. - Here he is being interviewed before the event.

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Tuesday June 26th 2018

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018

This weekend is the “BIG” one - The WTC Round #1 at Revy - knowing what the lads have got in, I wish I was 20 years younger-  err - maybe 40 years younger . Anybody that misses this one really does miss big time - . NO excuses. ( Two guys are driving from Yellowknife !!!!!!!!) - I should mention that while the $30 entry fee may seem a bit much for some people - $10 of this goes back to the Revy Riders club for the use of their trail system.
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This is my 1973 Bultaco Sherpa T 325 - the best one of that brand I owned — We took off all the alloy fenders and everything else we could to lighten up the bike -  I joined Yamaha later that year, and like they say the rest is history. ( But it was not easy at first)
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The weather in the Valley has sure been interesting this past week, with storm after storm - power outages and lots of trees blown down - I wonder how many out on our Trials loop for the weekend?

Looking ahead - it should be  perfect for our WTC Trial at Revy - although the July long weekend is always busy on the roads, so please take care, when driving.  Although the Trial is just one day - Revelstoke is a wonderful place to visit, with lots of other stuff to do, so maybe take that extra time to go to the large Train museum or some of the other attractions.

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A blast from the past >>

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Monday June 25th 2018

Monday, June 25th, 2018

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local lad Malcolm Hett for taking the Expert win at the Calgary Rocks & Logs - here are some other results - not sure what happened to Sam.

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It was a great day up at the Vernon Clubs family day yesterday - the location is quite far out - way above Lavington - not sure of the elevation, but it has to be around 5,000 feet.

The weather was perfect, bright sunshine all day, and the previous rainy days, made for great traction on the Trails - I thought the Organizers did a great job - very Professional with different routes for the whole family to enjoy. - We had the Trials bikes on display, and chatted to a lot of old friends - one lady told me that her late husband rode in Calgary Trials with me back in the early 70’s  -his name was Adrian Damini  -  it took me a minute to remember him, but I told her that I have a good black & White photo of him somewhere in my archives - will try to find it.
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They had 80+ registered riders and it was great to see the young kids having fun - well done all the Volunteers.

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Sunday June 24th 2018

Sunday, June 24th, 2018

Results from the World Round in Portugal - Bou makes it a 100 wins, and Raga falters.

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UK Beta rider Billy Green has won the 125cc class in Portugal.

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Jitsie have been covering these World Trials with a pretty young lady giving live video coverage, which can be seen via Face-book.

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This is just one of a bunch of pics I took on Saturday at Revy - I can honestly say that the lads have done an outstanding job on all the sections that I saw, and with a 30 km loop (split in two) the riders get to see some of the spectacular scenery in the rain forest.

The plan as with all WTC events, is to keep the sections as natural as possible, while catering to all abilities.  - The location also makes it easy for spectators to drive around the Forestry road and view some of the hazards, without having to hike too far.

Some free camping is available across from the MX Track and Motels can be found by clicking onto the Chamber of Commerce site posted in earlier blogs (scroll back) Note! The Glacier House Resort is booked completely for a wedding.

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We are all loaded up, ready to head to the Vernon Club’s “Half Throttle” family event up on Vernon Mountain Will post some pics later.

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Saturday June 23rd 2018

Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

Friday turned out to be an OK day - my Opti Shipment arrived in Kelowna, so I was able to pick that up and deliver some, before stopping by to see Paul & pick up our nice waterproof punch cards for the Trial next week. - Then it was take the back roads out to the Hwy to avoid all the traffic turmoil around Reid’s corner, and after another quick oil drop at Fermco - it was home for a late lunch.

The afternoon was spent unloading & sorting, plus adding my Evo 200 for the trip to Revelstoke today - we will take some pics and gather all the latest info on the Trial for posting on the blog.

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Dougie Lampkin has found himself another job this year - testing the qualifying section at the World Rounds - here is a pic of him Friday in Portugal.

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And here is the video clip - his time was 45 seconds after a “%” on his first attempt - should be interesting to see what the Super Stars do today.
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Looks like James Dabill (Beta) was top of the heap in qualifying at Portugal.

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A customer from Moose Jaw called to say he had his trailer and bikes stolen - the Trials bike is an older Rev 3 which has USD forks - so not many of those around - keep your eyes open for any super deals on either that or a KTM.

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Don’t forget tomorrow it’s all happening up on the hill above Lavington - We will be there with a couple of our sweet Trials bikes for you to drool over - plus answer any questions about the sport.
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Friday June 22nd 2018

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

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The photo above shows the TRS Factory set up ready for the World Round in Portugal this weekend - Pretty Professional  and I can’t imagine how much it costs for all this. - Although Trials bike sales are small, compared to Enduro - most of the Factories have these expensive rigs - a long way from the early days of the sport, when Mart & Dougie Lampkin etc, would sleep in a tent.

THE BATTLE RESUMES AT TRIALGP PORTUGAL

Defending champion Toni Bou - Repsol Honda continues his quest for an incredible twelfth consecutive World crown this coming weekend at TrialGP Portugal, round four of the 2018 FIM Trial World Championship.

Back on the calendar after a two-year break, TrialGP Portugal returns to the small town of Gouveia on the edge of the beautiful Serra da Estrela Natural Park for the first time since 2004. Huge, imposing boulders will feature heavily and riders will need to demonstrate courage and technique in equal measure.

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As promised, we had a thunderstorm last night !! and it was a big one - I don’t think we have heard anything like it in Vernon - I kept checking the large tree in our front yard to make sure it hadn’t been hit by lightning.  - Hopefully all this hasn’t added more Forest Fires- ironically yesterday was the first day of Summer !!!
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So today, my schedule is all ready for a trip to Kelowna, to pick up a large shipment of Opti Oil - plus some punch cards from the printer. Of course all this depends on Day & Ross Trucking, and whether they got it on the overnight truck from Vancouver.  -  Trying to get supplies in a timely manner is always a  hit and miss thing.  - That old saying “If things can go wrong - they will go wrong”  - seems quite normal in the Motorcycle Industry.

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Tomorrow - I will be heading over to Revelstoke to meet up with Florian, to check out some of the stuff planned for next weekend - The loop this year will be a long one, with traditional style sections, and I will have more to report on this on my Sunday blog. NOTE : This will be a great event for all classes.
- With a big wedding happening that weekend at Glacier House - they are all booked up, so if you are looking for Motels - check out this link>

https://www.revelstokechamber.com/list/ql/accommodation-57

There is free camping near the start area, which has proved to be popular at previous events.  - If you have any specific questions - shoot me an email me at - daverhodes@shaw.ca  or phone my land line (250) 545-6139

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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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