Archive for July, 2018

Friday July 6th 2018

Friday, July 6th, 2018

Gavin Trippe the USA Hall of Fame guy, and one of the big time USA MX Promoters, has died at age 78. - I recall seeing him race, back in the late 50’s. He rode a Honda 250 twin in a Scramble at a club event in Bala, North Wales.

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Still with American news, - Bernie Schreiber, appears to have got a new lease on life in Vintage Trials, and is enjoying these events in Europe. - Looking very fit, this pic is from an article in a European Trial Mag: - Bernie has lived in Switzerland for many years., and is the only American Trials rider to ever win the World Trials Championship. ( He once gave a Trials school at Panorama BC - organized by Harlow Rankin)
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We heard from TRS Canada yesterday, that our TRRS “Gold” 300 is being shipped today - this is just one of the five coming to Canada, out of a total of 150 units made for World wide distribution. - ( Might just keep this in the crate as a collectors item- although my curiosity may get the better of me)

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In weather news - it was a scorching +34 in Vernon yesterday !! - bit of a change from last weekend, but it would still have been nice to have moderate temperatures and at least a few sunny breaks for the Revvy Trial. - Temperatures are forecast to be in the +20 range until Monday, when it hits another high of +31. - Some thunder storms are also listed for our area.

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Here is your Trials video for today - it shows James Dabill, practicing on his Factory Beta Evo.

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I was chatting to Roger from the Victoria Club, after the poor entry at our Revvy Trial, and he told me that, they hosted an Enduro a short time ago, a lot of work, but only 7 riders showed up. - The message of course is clear - if events are not supported, they will be dropped from the Calendar.  - Luckily in our Trials World - the organizers are a tough breed, and do not give up easily, even when weather conditions are dismal.  We expect to have more new events on the 2019 Calendar for 2019 in different areas.

However, Trials has been up & down for decades, and maybe some riders get scared off by seeing what is happening on the videos ? -

I really think the Revvy club are on the right track, with long loops to enjoy the ride, between natural sections for all abilities - plus having the area  as a destination spot, for small groups to visit and follow a map with directions.
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Looking ahead to the weekend, I don’t see much on - over in Alberta, the Jacek group have an event happening at Falun - but otherwise things seem pretty quiet. - We plan on going for a ride if the weather isn’t too hot ( Ironic after last weekend) not sure where or with who at this point.

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More news as it happens >>>

Thursday July 5th 2018

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

Our readers have seen a lot of modern factory photographs, on the blog, but take a look at this one from the AJS factory assembly line in 1927. The British Motorcycle Industry was the best in the World at one time. ( strange name for the assembly building)
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And here is a shot of Big John Moffat on a 1950′3 AJS - at one of the Vintage runs held prior to the Scottish Six Days.

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A flash back to the Revvy Trial - Andrew showed up with this unusual head gear to keep dry in the rain.
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With the release pending of the 2019 TRS models - We have dropped the price on this lovely 2018 TRRS 300 - call us if you are interested ( sorry no trades)  - We also have details of discounts on 2018  Beta Evos that are still available.

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This is a pic of a couple of Beta riders at Richard Lawrence’s “Griz Bait”   Enduro ride in the North Country around Smithers - Richard also rides a TRS 300, which he bought from us in 2016. - Looks like pretty Country.

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Wednesday July 4th 2018

Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

Today is a big day Stateside as celebrations take place for the 4th of July Independence Day.  - Best wishes to all our American friends, we hope you have a good one.

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Unfortunately for many in the Western States,  the Wild Fires are once again causing havoc, and although our very wet few weeks  have given a reprieve for us - I just read the the famous Reeth 3 Day Trial in the UK has been cancelled because of the Wild Fire danger up on the Yorkshire moors. ( Think this is a first ever)

As we all know the Forest dries out quickly, so we urge caution when out in the woods, and remind people that Spark Arrestors are now required on all Off road vehicles in BC ( We have these in stock for Beta and TRS)

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Here is a pic from our old friend Pat Horan - it’s taken in New Denver, where a bunch of Motorcyclists stopped for breakfast - (Looks like a soggy day) - We have spent time riding the Mountains in this area, with buddies Tom and Nigel ( who just bought a TRS) - there are lots of old trails leading to the many mines from the past -  mostly Silver and Copper I believe.

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As mentioned previously, Sammy was not at the Revvy Trial, because he had a Stunt Show going on in Golden for Canada Day  ( The lad is trying to make a living riding bikes)  However on the Monday, he headed out to the Woods and Danielle got to have some coaching, plus she made this cool video of Sam doing what he does best- check it out >>

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Yesterday started off with a trip to the car wash to get some of the mud off my Evo 200 - then back to the shop, to spend at least another couple of hours cleaning it - ( I’m fussy)  Amazingly, young Bodi Watts didn’t put a scratch on the bike in the Trial, his first ride in the Intermediate class - plus this is only the second event that he has ridden ( Both National Trials) -

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Tuesday July 3rd 2018

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

Today is a rather special day for us, as it’s our daughter Helen’s birthday - I won’t mention her age, because she still looks like a young lady. - She just got back from an epic car trip to the Western States, along with a bunch of other sports car  enthusiasts, who do a long distance Rally every year.  Helen took about 5,000 photographs on route, seeing some incredible scenery along the way.

Happy birthday Sweetheart.

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Looking back at the Trial at the weekend - here are another couple of shots -  the rider looking at the camera, is Brad Linderman, from Cochrane AB, who was riding his first ever event, and yes he was still smiling at the end, in spite of the rain.
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Yesterday was bike wash day - just for the Evo 200 that I loaned to young Bodi Watts of Wainwright AB - having just turned 16 years old - his Dad, Mitch has bought him a Harley !!!!

Although I unloaded a lot of stuff from the van - there is still much more that needs to be restocked in the shop - I have to say that the loading and unloading is the worst part of going to events for me - at least we are all done now until Sept 30th, as we shut things down for the Summer.

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Monday July 2nd 2018

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

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This is the Expert Podium at the WTC National (West) in Revelstoke at the weekend - just two riders, in what could be called a Monster Monsoon Trial. - The rain never let up on Saturday, causing Clerk of the Course Florian Schott to make the decision to drastically, cut back on the planned long loop, revamping things late into the evening. - Flo- Shane and Terry were out, until nearly dark -  helping to try salvage the Trial, all coming in looking like drowned rats, very cold and very disappointed at the way things  the cruel weather had , destroyed weeks of hard work. - I’m pleased to say that all understand that sometimes, the weather controls, how things turn out,  with the degree of difficulty, and the number of riders that show up on any given day. -
All we could do was  try to bolster their spirits, by telling tales of similar things that have occurred in the past - in my case the first CMA National we put on the Alberta in 1971 ( two feet of snow on the ground the morning of the Trial) and the first Canadian FIM World Championship near Calgary, in 1975, when Saturday heavy rain made for drastic changes to the long 69 mile loop.

Not that these are the only events that have been effected by Mother Nature, but unfortunately it it did make for a rather small turn-out in Revvy.   We do thank everybody who did show up - you all now have points for the National Series, which ends at Malakwa in September.
Surprisingly, the Sunday morning remained fairly dry, in fact you could say almost ideal, until mid-afternoon. Of course many of the sections had to be changed, due to the conditions, but it was very gratifying to see the groups of riders all enjoying the Trial, for many, it was their first event.

We even had one rider from Yellowknife and he had a great time - others came from Alberta and other parts of BC .

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We took a lot of photographs and video & will try to post more of this - ( I downloaded quite a lot on FB last night)

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To sum up, while things did not go as planned and I can think of likely 20-30 riders, who were not in Revvy, for whatever reason ( July 1st is classed as a family day for many) To the riders who braved the atrocious weekend weather, I thank you for making the effort.

To Florian and his team - You did a fantastic job in unbelievable conditions - Hats off to you all.
We could also not run these events without the superb Team who look after the scoring and results - all very Professional - So a big thanks to Julie and Judy.
The Revvy Riders Club, far from being disappointed with their first attempt at hosting a National Trial without any assistance, are super gung- ho, to incorporate a complete Trials loop on their Forestry approved area, complete with  marked out sections using colored markers and maps available for future visitors. - ( Revvy is a destination spot for lots of Europeans)

Results - Riders did either 2 or 3 loops of 8 sections over an approx 10 km course.
Junior

1st Martin Lucas - Beta - Celista   BC  - 13 points

2nd Britta Fournier - TRS - Enderby  BC - 24

3rd James Rogers - Beta - Revelstoke BC -25

4th Dennis Brummell -Montesa - Yellowknife NWT - 28

5th Mitch Watts - Beta 4T - Wainwright AB - 30

Intermediate

1st Mark O’Neill  - Montesa - Medicine Hat. AB - 16 points

2nd Ty Morrison - Beta - Scotch Creek  BC - 26

3rd Leigh Stocks - TRS -Revelstoke BC - 27

4th Bodi Watts - Beta - Wainwright AB - 30

5th Max Lang -  TRS - Enderby  BC   - 32

6th - Chris Briggs - Beta - Sorrento  BC - 36

7th Brad Linderman - Montesa - Cochrane  AB - 37
Sportsman

1st Richard Ouellet - Scorpa - Calgary AB - 24 points

Advanced.

1st   Shane Bridden - TRS   - West Kelowna  BC  - 37 points

2nd   Terry Dufloth - Vertigo - Revelstoke  BC  - 50

Senior Advanced

1st Andrew James - TRS - Enderby  BC  - 15 points

2nd Ross Rathbone - Beta - Scotch Creek  BC -33

Expert

1st Stan Bakgaard  - Scorpa - Yale BC - 36 points

2nd Kolten Morrison - Beta - Scotch Creek  BC - 75

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We will now shut things down for the Summer with regards to hosting any Trials - but will be out riding our local great terrain, when weather conditions permit. - Keep in touch via “THE BLOG”

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Sunday July 1st -2018 - Canada Day.

Monday, July 2nd, 2018

Familiar podium at the Spanish Championship event

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