Archive for July, 2018

Tuesday July 31st 2018

Tuesday, July 31st, 2018

It was another scorcher in the Valley on Monday and it would appear that this will continue for at least the next few days. - Hot is Hot and hard to bear especially when you are old.

We did manage to get some stuff done today  - but started early.

My daughter took this pic from her balcony last night - A deer looking for water.

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Looking ahead to the August long weekend - we might get a bit of a reprieve from the extreme temperatures - then the following weekend, we head for Rocky Mountain House for the ATRA Trial - where it’s always a bit cooler - in fact as I recall last year, I had to dig out my old Parka to sit around the campfire. - but the daytime weather was excellent, and everything about this event at Bernie’s Farm is great.  - Please contact me if you want more info. ( With the Fire Ban in BC - it’s a great chance to ride)

This is a pic from two years ago at the Rocky Trial.

'Happy bunch of Vintage riders at the ATRA.WTC Trial at Rocky Mountain House this weekend.'
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The   Rocky Mountain Club are hosting “The Dirty Moose” Cross Country race that same day at Fallen Timber. -  and they have  Chris Burch attending - the New Zealand Super Star will I think, be putting on a School but not sure of the details.

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Interesting that I saw a post on the Red Bull Xtreme event held last weekend, showed a wasted looking Graeme Jarvis, and said that maybe the organizers had ” gone over the top”  this year with the degree of difficulty and danger. -

Back in the 1970’s - the best Cross Country races were all held in Alberta, they were tough with only a handful of the 170 + riders ever finishing the famous Moose Mountain event.  - However, the difference was it was always about rider ability and technique - that’s why  Trials riders did well then and that is why they do well now.  ( They changed this event to be more like a Hare Scramble in later years)
I had a guy phone from Calgary today, asking about Trials bikes - he said he was an older racer, who thought Trials might be something that he would like. - He had talked to a few Motorcycle shops, but they didn’t seem to know anything about the sport !! ( Sounds familiar right) - Anyway, I told him about the Rocky Trial and maybe he will show up - ( I will have a Beta plus TRS bikes to both test and look at)

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This is the TRS XTrack - which will be in production this Fall - should be just the ticket for a lot of riders.
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Monday July 30th 2018

Monday, July 30th, 2018

A few riders from Calgary were at a Trial in Helena USA last weekend - Here are a few of the pics - Looks like they came home with a haul of Trophies, and said it was a great event.
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It was another “Cooker” of a day in the OK Valley, so we just played couch potato - Started with watching the Formula One from Hungary - then the Indy Car race which was pretty exciting - then we ended up seeing the final play at the Canadian Golf Open from Ontario.

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We have heard from our Family from the UK, who have had to change their plan of traveling via Amtrack  from Seattle to Santa Barbara, because they cancelled the train due to the Wild Fires burning near Redding. - Luckily they managed to grab a flight to complete their journey.

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Looking out the window this morning, we have cloudy skies at the moment - not sure if a lot of that is smoke.!!  We need rain in the worst way, but without any lightning storms.
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Here is some good news for riders in Ontario >>

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Sunday July 29th 2018

Sunday, July 29th, 2018

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We have had Babsy’s family visiting from the UK this past week, so it has been quite busy, -  Saturday was their last  day, before they head down to California to stay with their son, who lives in Santa Barbara. - This pic was taken up at the Sparkling Hills Resort in Vernon,where we enjoyed a relaxing afternoon.

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Watched a bit of the F1 today - after a a very wet day yesterday, the weather in Hungary was sunny and hot - Lewis Hamilton took the win for Mercedes, ahead of Vettel, and Raikkonen in the Ferrari cars,.

Later, I will take in the last day of the Canadian Open Golf  from Ontario, as it’s too hot to go for a ride.

Forest Fires still an issue, with lots of smoke in the Valley, but nothing close to us. ( As far as I know)
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Albert Cabestany (Beta) has won the Urban Trial of France  - Adam Raga (TRS) finished 2nd and Jaime Busto (GG) 3rd.

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More News as it happens >>>

Saturday July 28th 2018

Saturday, July 28th, 2018

As they head into the final day of the Red Bull Romaniacs - it would appear that South African Sherco rider, Wade Young is set to become the youngest rider to win this grueling hard Enduro.

And he did - 2nd was Lettenbichler, 3rd Jonny Walker, 4th Billy Bolt, 5th Alfredo Gomez.

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This week has been mostly about visiting with family over from the UK - Babsy’s brother and his family - on route to California to visit with one of their sons.  - Today is their last day, before they fly out of Kelowna.,- early Sunday morning. . - It’s been a very enjoyable week.

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In between times, we have been shipping out parts, and it appears some people are getting out riding, as Beta rear fenders have been in demand. !!

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Here is a “Blast from the Past”  Yrjo Vesterinen (Bultaco) on what looks like an old section in Scotland. ( Maybe Edramucky?)

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It would appear that events for the old bikes are getting more popular in the UK - here is a group from the one last week near Matlock, where Mick Andrews lives ( although he spends a lot of time in Spain) Sorry pic transfer was a bit distorted.
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Check out this video clip - no it’s not Sammy. >>>>  # monsterflip

Friday July 27th 2018

Friday, July 27th, 2018

So here we are, heading into another weekend, and another scorcher, but at least we haven’t heard of anymore wild Fires in our area, (touch wood) - However, I just saw on the news that there is a new one burning in the Richmond district near Vancouver.

We are getting quite a lot of smoke drifting up from the South, where the big fire near Peachland continues to burn - We have to feel for the firefighters working in the extreme heat and long hours.

Of course, it isn’t just our Province where the extremely hot weather is causing problems, over in the UK, they have posted record temperatures, and a noticed another event was cancelled because of grass fires in the area. - In California a huge fire near Redding has caused evacuations.
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Looking ahead to the month of August - We don’t have any events planned in Central BC, because of the fire hazard, , but we will be attending the ATRA Trial at Rocky Mountain House on August 12th  ( scroll down for poster & directions) and I see the New Trials club in Ontario has a big event also planned for the end of next month.

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This is Mike King from Tatla Lake in Northern BC - Mike owns White Saddle Air, using a couple of helicopters for Fire fighting duties, plus he has a nice collection of old British bikes - he just picked up this beauty, a 1955 Triumph 500.

Back in the mid 1990’s - Barry and myself went up to his place to put on a Trials school, as he had some local interest - a long drive -  5 hours straight West of Williams Lake.
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Graham Jarvis has retired from the Red Bull Romaniacs on Day #3 - feeling ill - Taddy is also out.

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Thursday July 26th 2018

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Check  out this video clip of Billy Bolt at the Red Bull Romaniacs  - incredible . He is another very good Trials rider who has switched to the more lucrative Enduro scene. .>>>>>> video

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Another hot day in the Valley - we have family visiting from the UK this week, so it’s been a bit hectic but very enjoyable.

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Wednesday July 25th 2018

Wednesday, July 25th, 2018

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Neat pic of Kenny Roberts taking a snooze, while Kel Carruthers changes a tire. - They were a great Team, just like Bob Work and Steve Baker in Canada.
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Wonderful pic sent in by Max who is having so much fun riding the Mountains in the Invermere region  of BC - on his Outlaw/TRS
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Had to share this great photo of the big hill at Hawkstone in the UK - just 30 miles from my hometown back then, and the first “Scramble” that I ever went to watch.

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Monday July 9th 2018

Monday, July 9th, 2018

A bit of Nostalgia here >
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And I can never resist posting neat pics of Spitfires
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So Travis Pastrana pulled off the big jumps at Caesar’s Palace last night , and while some might say - “So what” - the fact that he did it on an Indian flat-track bike with only  very limited suspension, is pretty impressive - glad he survived - see video >video

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Steve Holcombe  (Beta)  smoked ‘em again at the weekend - but I don’t like to see what looks like a metal rear license plate - those square edges could slice a leg or arm open in a crash.

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We all love to see Dads & Mums out riding with their kids - camping out in the woods - nothing could be better.  - We did this a very long time ago - my son on a YZ 80 and my daughter on a TY175. - Steve soon had a TY 175 of his own, and improved rapidly, graduating to an IT 175 for Cross Country racing. - Sadly he was blinded in one eye when a rock from another rider’s back wheel  hit him - he had pulled his goggles down, after a mud hole.  - Helen my daughter, lost interest, in bikes, but was quite a good rider back in the day.

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Just saw this pic of Shane Sugden flying high on an old CZ400 - with the Calgary skyline in the background. - Neat.
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Sunday July 8th 2018

Sunday, July 8th, 2018

Sad News from Ireland - William Dunlop was killed in practice for a road race in Northern Ireland, on Saturday - His Father was also killed racing, as  was his famous Uncle Joey Dunlop.
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This is Shane going up what I call “Bultaco Rock”  - because I think I might have been the first to up it back in 1999 on the first new Bultaco (later called Sherco) - I’ve got a great photo of this someplace.
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This is new guy Rod, who has just moved to Kelowna - his 2016 Sherco is for sale - contact Outlaw for more info.

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And here is Shane about to lose it on an old Expert section -
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Second pic taken as I rolled out of the way of the  flying TRS

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Anybody looking for a good kids bike?  Check this out - Pete Bustin has it for sale in Ymir BC

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Saturday July 7th 2018

Saturday, July 7th, 2018

I guess you could call this a Saturday Pictorial  - The top one is of my friend World Road Race Champion Stevie Baker sitting on a very special BSA Goldstar at a reunion - posted by Peter Star of Motorcycle Movie fame. ( take it to the limit)
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This one is of a group at the Grizz ride up in Northern BC  - As mentioned previously , our first TRS customer - Richard Lawrence hosts this one, and by all accounts it’s something special and getting bigger every year.  - In the center of the pic, you see Charlie Trew a Welshman who rode Enduro in the old Country before making his home in Canada (smart move laddie) - He lives in Toronto at present, but will I think see the light at some point and move out West. !!!  ( We could form a Welsh Team- At least in the Pub)
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So this is what I’m expecting next week - the “GOLD” edition from TRS - first time I have ever bought a bike without asking the price !!
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Here is the new  Trials Harley!!
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And this is a “Classic” shot of Roger Snoad on his Greeves racing in the Southern Center of the UK

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Going riding today - more news later !!!!