Archive for June, 2018

Tuesday June 5th 2018

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Click for poster for final Outlaw trial

Only a few day before the last round of the Outlaw Series at Malakwa - points leaders after two rounds are

Expert Sean Bird  55 points

Advanced - Cam Collie - 53 points

Snr Advanced - Ted McDowell

Intermediate -   Lee Usher and Russ Skiver  30 points each

Sportsman - Bob Clark - 53 points

Junior - Harold Pospisil and Dave Seifert - 30 points each


As mentioned in earlier blogs - The TT Races in the Isle Of Man, are verging on madness, with little chance of survival, if a rider comes off at speed.  Check out this video to get an idea - but there is absolutely nothing to compare, with actually being there.
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In other news from the World of Moto GP - Danny Pedrosa and Honda will part ways at the end of 2018 - Pedrosa has been with the Repsol Honda Team for 18 years. - The pic shows him parting ways on the track, fortunately without injury.


Martin just sent us this nice shot of his new TRRS 280 - parked at a beautiful spot in the Merrit area of BC - Yellow bike & yellow flowers. !! ( and a couple of blue ones

Monday June 4th 2018

Monday, June 4th, 2018

Yesterday, Brittany and myself, headed down the Valley to Summerland, as I wanted to show her the old “Outlaw” loop, and spend some time coaching her on Trials technique - What a great day we had - it was cloudy, with a chance of rain, but glad to say we didn’t get any - our ride started off with a real thrill as a large grey wolf ran across in front of us while going up the main trail past the bird bath - first time we have ever seen one in that area.

When we got over to “Rowdy Flats” - the mass of yellow flowers that we saw a couple of weeks ago, had been replaced with a sea of blue - not sure what these flowers are called, but riding through this meadow, is always a special treat. - However the wild horses that frequent this spot, were nowhere to be seen.

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We visited the spot where we placed the small plaque of Pete a couple of years ago - this is the section that we called “Devil’s Staircase”  - named after the famous section in Scotland ( Although quite a bit different) - Pete had to cut down this tree to make the line, and it is still one of my favorite sections. - We took a couple of weekends, working on clearing this of bark mulch and debris. - Happy to see the plaque is showing no sign of wear. - This was a poignant moment for me, as I remembered my old friend.

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Note” It’s not easy to get up this rocky trail these days, but Brittany did just fine, in fact she seems to have a lot of natural talent for Trials riding, and we had a very enjoyable (but quite tiring) day. - Of course the long drag through Kelowna traffic is always a pain.

They certainly do get a lot of spectators at Trials events in Japan.
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Here are the results from the Trial in Quebec - Michael Belanger continues to be the man to beat. in the Expert Class.

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Graeme Jarvis wins Erzberg for the 4th time !!!

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Sunday June 3rd 2018

Sunday, June 3rd, 2018

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The story from Japan >Day #2

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So unless I’m wrong - Adam Raga actually could be classed as taking the Best Performance in points - with a 2nd & 3rd for the weekend, - Not that this is how they classify things, but certainly a shake up at the FIM 2nd round for 2018 - Gas Gas must be happy, winning both days . - Bit of a hard one to swallow for Honda, having one of their ex Team riders, taking Victory on a Gasser in their backyard.  However, their riders did sweep the TR2 Podium.
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We will watch for more news. but it looks like Billy Green (Beta UK) won the 125 class.and Emma Bristow (Sherco) won the ladies again.

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Michael Dunlop added another TT  on Saturday, taking the Superbike race win.

Michael Dunlop celebrates his Superbike TT victory on Saturday with the Tyco BMW team.

Saturday June2nd 2018

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

News from Japan - where the results are a bit of a surprise .

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This is a photo of Michael Dunlop - riding on the very edge in qualifying for the TT races.

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The TT Races are now on - here is a bit of history on the event.
Joey Dunlop, from Ireland, was  the winner of 26 TT races, before his untimely death in a small club event in Latvia. ( He had been delivering food to starving children all paid for out of his own pocket)  - Joey was and still is the hero of road racing for many people, - very shy and quiet - he was THE man.

But perhaps the Mike Hailwood win, after a 11 year retirement, was the most incredible, Mike could hardly walk due to an injured leg, but won in spectacular style - sadly Mike died in a car crash with his young daughter, when a drunk truck driver pulled out in front of him.
For those not familiar with the Tourist Trophy races - these started back in the 1920’s, when racing on Public roads was banned in England - The Isle of Man stepped up to the plate, and the races have been held there ever since - except for the war years. - The course is 37.7 miles long and traverses villages and country roads plus a Mountain climb which ends with a high speed drop down to  Craig na Ba - where there is a pub on the corner.

If you ever get a chance to visit the Island - the memories will be engraved in your mind for a lifetime - I haven’t been since 1961, and I can still hear the howl of those Honda V4’s. - But absolutely nothing could take away from the sound of Bob Mac’s Gilera in 1957, when he posted the first 100mph lap (average) - or the Guzzi V8’s - incredible years. - The speeds that they are going these days, are quite insane, and the death roll continues to climb, the TT used to be a part of the World Road Racing Championship, but it was dropped from the calendar, when a bunch of riders, led I believe by Barry Sheene protested the danger aspect. - If you have a bucket list, mark this one on your calendar - it’s thrilling, exciting, mind blowing - and heart breaking - but you will never see anything like it, anywhere else in the World.


Meanwhile over in Italy - the Moto GP guys have been doing their thing  qualifying  for the big race on Sunday - Local hero Valentino Rossi is in 8th place at the moment, but in a sport where fractions of a second count, anything is possible - Naturally the Italian Ducati Factory were pleased to see Dovi set an absolute speed record for the circuit - but then blew the motor.  - Should be an interesting race - as usual Marquez dumped it in the gravel - but was OK - ( just testing)


In local news, - we had our first shipment of spark arrestors arrive today - and they all sold within an hour - I mailed everything out today, with others on hold for my Beta and TRS customers. - Glad to say these units look very Professional  and are at a reasonable cost .

I had one order for three to fit Betas, via an email sent by Lee Usher while traveling on a high speed train through Germany  - he wanted to make sure they were at his home when he got back from his vacation. ( they went in the mail today)

While on this subject, I would like to thank Mountain Motorcycles for the really great service that I’ve had since 1993 - I doubt there is any other supplier in the Trials business, who does a better job - so hats off to Bob ( and Don before him)

As most people involved in the sport of Trials knows - getting that part quickly is super important and I like to think that our regular Trials dealers are top notch, when supporting events.

Qualifying from Italy Moto GP - The Doctor gets it done!!   Valentino gets his first Pole since 2016



Friday June 1st 2018

Friday, June 1st, 2018

The World Trials Teams are now in Japan, and will have already done the qualifying stint, by the time you read this - Toni Bou will be trying his best to dazzle his Boss at Honda, and if his present form is anything to go by, he should win both days, BUT you never know.

Conditions in the Land of the Rising Sun, have often proved extremely wet and muddy, which tends to level the playing field a bit.

Qualifying Results.

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Check out this video of  a young Beta rider

In Moto GP - the teams will also be going at it in Italy, lots to talk about with regard to team changes for 2019 - could this be Jorge Lorenzo’s last year with Ducati? - However the fans will all be rooting for Valentino, who lives just down the road from the track.


As mentioned - the WEC Hare scramble goes this weekend at Panorama - not sure who is going from our local club, but they usually have a big entry.


We will have some Spark Arrestors today, both for the Beta Evo and the TRS - If you want one - call or email, as this first bunch is likely to sell out quickly.

In fact I just got an order for three, Beta units,  from a customer who is on Holiday in Germany at the moment  - but wants to make sure they are delivered for when he gets back.

The ATAQ Trials club have an event on this weekend - great Poster.


And finally today, check out this from the Japan Round - What a tank ( And I’m a Yamaha fan)

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