Archive for October, 2018

Wednesday October 17th 2018

Wednesday, October 17th, 2018

This a pic of buddy Kev Smith, who was in from Vancouver for the weekend - the section is a tricky one with tight turns and loose rocks leading to a steep climb - it took him a while but Kev finally managed to clean it - ( I should add that at the end, it looked like Brett Clark had been busy with his size 10 boots)
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So this weekend we have a couple of our  Fort Mac: customers bringing their Beta Evos to the Okanagan for a ride in this amazing Fall weather we are having - They will be stopping in Revy on Friday and will be looking to hook up with some of the local lads, before heading our way for Saturday and Sunday - At this point I’m not sure where I will take them, but Vernon, Bear Creek and Summerland are all on the cards, if anybody feels like joining us, shoot me an email.


We just saw the report and pics from the CPTA Classic Trial at Ioco last Sunday - perfect weather and it appeared that everybody had a great time  - Nice to see this event still on the Calendar.

Classic A winner Pierce McNeal
Classic “A” winner Pierce McNeal
Beautiful sunny weather saw a higher than usual turnout for the Fall Classic Trial hosted by the Canada Pacific Trials Association on October 16/18. Ioco was buzzing with old two-strokes as some bikes that were resurrected in the previous week or two were dragged out and revved out.

A few expert riders shared rides and it was great to see how well they did when they did not have the power, suspension or brakes that they were used to. Pierce McNeal just eked out the win by cleans over Sean Bird in Classic A and Mike Hay dropped only one point all day in Classic B.

The Sportsman class had lots of riders with Greg Patrick coming out on top with only two points. It was good to see a couple of new riders out in Junior, and Dave Seifert was the clear winner there.


Tuesday October 16th 2018

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

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This was the view from up on the ridge yesterday at Summerland, a truly incredible day to be out in the woods ( It’s been awhile since I have been out) - our buddy Kev Smith, was in the Valley, so we took time to meet up and share the day. - If you look at the top of the pic, using the two trees as a kind of gun sight - you can just see Okangan Lake.


The Beta Factory have had a very good year in the Enduro game - Steve Holcombe from the UK has been  Crowned World Champion again - I think this is his 4th title.
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There is a new book coming out on Motorcycling - I was checking the cover, trying to figure out who was in the various pictures , when I noticed the Yamaha IT, #153, which I believe is one of the Yamaha Motor Canada Team bikes at the 1983 in Wales ( Maybe Tony Allen’s 250) I will have to look through my old Albums. - I think the Trials  rider is Nick Jefferies, and the road racer could be Jarno Saaronen.

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Check out the exhaust on this old Trials bike

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Monday October 15th 2018

Monday, October 15th, 2018

How about this old classic - A Francis Barnet - quite popular back in the day, but it has a strange looking cylinder head.Image may contain: motorcycle and outdoor

The Brown Memorial Trial is a go and will be held on the Remembrance weekend  November 10/11 ( Two day) Sat/Sunday - Ross is putting it on at his property, should be a lot of fun - Watch for more details & directions in the coming few weeks .
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There was a big Classic Trial in France last weekend - all to celebrate Mick Andrews contribution to the Sport - it looks like they had at least 100 bikes out.
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So today I’m going riding with Kevin Smith - it’s been quite a while since I was out so I will be taking it easy - we plan on riding part of the old Outlaw loop at Summerland  - As always I will have my camera to record the day -


Congrats to Michel Belanger, (Beta) on winning the Quebec Trials Championship for the 5th year - He is also the WTC (East) Champ. -

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It’s been another great season for Beta rider Steve Holcombe - winning another World Enduro Championship

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Sunday October 14th 2018

Sunday, October 14th, 2018

Dougie wins the Scott Trial again , on his Vertigo Submarine  - Jack Price  (GG) 2nd James Dabill (Beta)  3rd - not sure how many finished, but it was a very wet day. - Update - 80 riders finished out of 200 starters
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Lots of water crossings and creek sections in the Scott Trial - This Beta rider must have found a loose rock

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Seeing that pic, reminded me of  being washed down a couple of times while setting up Trials in Alberta - once in the Little Elbow, when scouting out a spot to have a gas stop at the 1975 FIM World Trial, and another time at Waiperous - It was a bit scary as the Mountain rivers are fast flowing and take the light Trials bikes down stream pretty quickly - with some big deep water holes, it was imperative to try to grab the rocks on the bottom as you got swept along - with just your head and the throttle side of the bars with your hand on it above the water -  as a non-swimmer glad to say I somehow survived both times. - Setting up Trials has sure been a lot of fun over the years !! - I have heard tales of bikes being swept away in Alberta, only to be found weeks later.

All the Calgary Club Cross Country races, would have river crossings back in the 70’s  - many riders would be watered out at the very first one - I recall one guy, rigged up a snorkel from his carb - with the intake tied to his shoulder - don’t think it worked that well - Eric Mautner was his name. - A lot of less experienced guys would try to walk their bikes across the rivers, but would be on the downstream side - so when the rushing water pushed against the bike - it would knock them off their feet and down they would go.

Then we had this comedian by the name of Mel Skaar - Mel was a big guy, maybe 300 lbs - nobody argued with Mel  !! - Mel would stand on the opposite bank of any river and encourage riders to  take HIS line - then he would bust a gut when they went up to handlebars in  a big hole. -  - I’m glad to say that I never fell for any of these “Helpful hints”  - his other one was dragging a log across a muskeg swamp so that riders would think that a bike had been through !! - I’m not sure if anybody ever fell for this one, but for sure if Mel was involved in setting up any Cross Country events - you had to be really smart to avoid his “Traps” -  Remember in the 70’s only a handful of riders ever made it to the finish line.

This a pic of Helmut Clasen back in 1971 - he was a Zundapp dealer back then - later he carried Ossa and then KTM - He still rides at age 81 and is one of the most knowledgeable people in the Motorcycle Industry.
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Saturday October 13th 2018

Saturday, October 13th, 2018

In the coming few weeks, we will see lots of pics posted showing snow bikes - with all sorts of power sources - but how about this one - An old Bultaco Sherpa T - Not sure when this was built as there is no info on it.
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I loved Norton’s - to me they were the bikes that I listened to on the live radio broadcasts from the Isle of Man in the early 50’s - Graham Walker was the commentator and  as a lad, I used to have my ear pressed close to the speaker to hear the wonderful sound of the Manx Norton singles, that dominated the races at that time, before TV and before the 4 cylinder MV and  Gilera “Fire engines” took over.

This is a look at a 1930’s Norton - the design and paint scheme on this bike was classic - Later in 1963  - I had two Norton Dominators  - I bought one cheap as it had been “Dropped” - As I’ve recounted earlier, Babsy and myself traveled through Europe and over the Alps to the Adriatic Coast in Italy  on one of these great bikes. ( She deserves an award for that )


Here is a pic of Mick with that neat old Yam - still got his long hair ( must be in his mid-70’s now)

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How about this - The Ontario Trial scheduled for this weekend, has had to be cancelled, because there is not enough parking space for the over 40 riders expected to attend !! When was the last time you heard that?

But another Ontario Trial went ahead with 53 Entrees !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Well done you guys.

I must say that the response on Face-book, to the announcement of me being Inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame, has left me feeling very humble and overwhelmed  - the last time I looked over 130 people had offered congratulations, many from overseas - Wow!


Still waiting to see the results of the Scott Trial - it usually takes a long time for the organizers to sort everything out. We will post pics etc asap

RMC Scott Trial 2018


Jordi held a big TRS Family day this weekend - everybody looks happy.

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Friday October 12th 2018

Friday, October 12th, 2018

Tomorrow is the Famous “Scott” Trial - held over the Yorkshire moors for the past 100 years. It’s rated as the toughest one day Trial in the World, and is a combination of Time and Observation.

So who will win this year? - Will it be Dougie Lampkin again?  - maybe, but my money is on James Dabill - the Beta is the choice of many for this event, as they are strong and reliable.  -

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So anybody that has seen the post about me on FB regarding the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame - will now know that I was the first guy to flip a TY250 over backwards ( It was supposed to be a secret) - This happened in the Fall of 1973, when I was at the Richmond branch of Yamaha Motor Canada.  - I was chatting to the lads in the service shop, and they showed me the first pre-production TY that they had for testing, and knowing my background, suggested I try it out in the parking lot.

As it happened often in Vancouver, it was raining, but being pretty excited about giving the new Japanese bike a go. - I was given a set of coveralls to cover my dress pants and off I went - everybody was glued to the window as I putt-putted   around the yard and grassy area, before heading around the back of the building - lots of space here, so I gave it a big handful of throttle, just as I was used to doing on my Bultaco Sherpa T 325,- and it spat me off the back like right now,- leaving me on my backside, while the bike skidded across the paved lot. - jumping up quickly, I immediately looked at the rear of the building, but to my relief, there were no windows. !!  - Also luckily - this bike had already got some scratches on it put on by the service guys.
A minute later I was back  around to the service department, telling the guys how great it was, before visiting the washroom to take off the wet coveralls, and put a band aid on my right elbow >>

Fortunately, I was able to redeem myself when I got my production bike, by winning the first Trial in Alberta and a few more after that - but I did almost total that Yamaha in a Cross Country race at Elkford. - However, that’s another story.


Yesterday I mailed off all the WTC #1 plates to the various winners - except on going over the results - I realized that we missed the fact that we did have a winner in the Ladies Class - Brittany Fournier took 2nd place in the Junior at that very wet Round #1 at Revy - so she rightfully deserves to receive the #1 Plate

I have notified Britta, and she will pick this up next time she is in Town.


As I’ve mentioned before, some of the Classic bikes being built for Trials in Europe, are “State of the Art” take a look at this TY prepared for Mick to ride. - I would love to own something like that.

Anybody got an old TY for sale?

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Thursday October 11th 2018

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Came across this old pic from 2015 - it was at the Ymir Trial and shows me with old friends Paddy Horan and Caroline Steveson - both out for a visit riding BMW’s.


How about this “Blast from the past”  Jamie McGregor found this of Steve Day’s Mum & Dad, pictured with a young Stan Bakgaard at a 1983 Calgary Trial.

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The pic above, shows me on the 2008 Sherco 320 4T - a big brute of a machine, with tons of power - I was test riding it at a place near Blind Bay  with Marcus Buhrig - neat practice spot  long creek section- I posted this video clip,  on FB - especially for Big John Moffat, because he has one of these in his collection in Scotland.

- Not being very computer clever, I wasn’t able to transfer the clip to the blog - but I can forward to anybody who wants to hear the “Rasp” of the big four stroke. - Sherco brought this out in 2005 and I bought the first one from Mountain MC - it turned out to be a bit of a disaster with big starting problems and many other issues,

- I eventually sold it, to a guy who stopped by and said he liked it - I told him - if you can start it, I will give you a super deal - guess what - It fired up first kick - the first and likely the last time it ever did this.
Jimmy Corkle and myself spent about three months trying to sort it out, eventually sending our findings to Andreu Codina at the Factory - he thanked us for this - and the later model which I’m riding was improved, but still had design problems. - Sales were poor and it eventually went the way of the “Do Do” bird.

However, Albert Cabestany had some success on one -  as did Graeme Jarvis who won the Scottish  ( but boy did he look tired after man-handling the beast through the Highlands for Six days)

I sold one to Pete Brown ( who said he liked the Four- strokes - because he had a TL 125 special back in the day) - -This proved to be a big mistake, as Pete could never get onto the clutch technique, and would stall the bike, topple over, then I would wear myself out trying to restart it for him . - We eventually sold it to Randy, who owns the Summerland Gravel Pit - but I don’t think he ever rides it.


Here’s a pic for “Throw-back”  Thursday   it shows Angel Garcia ( later killed in a car crash) Jordi Tarres and Marc Colomer - The Spanish Team.- The date is probably around 1993 at the TDN
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Wednesday October 10th 2018

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

The Famous “Scott Trial” goes this Saturday, where 300 riders, race around the Yorkshire Dales over a 70 mile course, with 70 observed sections,

Here is a look at the 2017 top five placings.

018 Scott Trial who will win? We take a look back at the 2017 top 5!

2017 Scott Trial Results

Gold Spoons
1: Dougie Lampkin (Vertigo) 54; 2: Ian Austermuhle (Beta-UK) 61; 3: James Stones (Acklams Beta) 62; 4: James Dabill (Gas Gas) 67; 5: Richard Sadler (Acklams Beta) 78; 6: Iwan Roberts (Beta-UK) 85.

Steve Saunders just got his first TRS X Track, and will be using it at the Scott on Saturday to ride around in support of his riders.

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Here are the Final Results of the 2018 PNWA Series - I see our buddy Chris Hrabb grabbed 7th spot in his class.…/


Yesterday we had Deane Farley from Gabriola Island stop by and pick up our 2018 Beta Evo 200 demo - We only advertised this late last week, and he was quick off the mark to phone me and arrange the sale. - I’m sure he will have  a great time leaning about Trials, with the help of Harlow Rankin.


Today we have a shipment of our Tool-belts coming in - one of which will be going out to a customer in the NWT. - We only make these in small quantities, so if you need the best one on the market, give me a call - they last forever  - ( Check the pics on our site )

We have also listed our Wulf Trials gear on sale, as the season winds down - very good prices for Christmas Presents etc.


This pic just popped up on FB - Babsy & myself were at Revelstoke to take in all the action at the Ladies ride - about 3 years ago - brilliant day as we waited to see the riders coming through up on the fire road near the  top grassy quarry.

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If you like road racing - check out this video from the Moto GP in Thailand

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It appears that Jotagas is not dead in the water - they have just signed young Arnau Farre for 2019


Tuesday October 9th 2018

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Here is a great pic of Luca Petrella  (TRS)  from Italy at one of the Championship Trials

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So I spent time Monday afternoon - typing up all the results from the WTC Championship Series  - ( it takes a while to figure out all the points) - These will be posted on Trials Canada shortly, but if you would like a copy just email me. - As you will see a number of riders, changed classes  during the series.

I will get the #1 plates sent out this week sometime.


Check out this video fro one of the old “Kick-Start” Trials that were held in the UK in the 80’s - Stan was in at least one - this shows Bernie Schreiber - pretty impressive on the old “Brake-less” Bultaco  (We used to fit a “Jake-brake” on our Sherpa T models)


Monday afternoon, Dean Farley  from the Island paid us a visit, and will be leaving today, with the Outlaw Beta Evo 200 - he has a few bikes, but this will be his first Trials bike. - It’s always interesting, explaining what the sport is all about to new people - He will be hooking up with Harlow Rankin for some basic training.

He  is now all set up with Wulf riding gear as well - he is a big guy, but we had sizes to fit, in Helmet, boots, shirt, pants & gloves - The best part about the Wulf gear, is that the price is right, and it’s top quality.
Jesse Kemkes (TRS)  dressed for the rain and won last weekend  Stateside -  ( We can supply Wulf wet riding gear in clear, black or red)

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Another video clip on the TRS X Track >>>>>  video


While we had nice typical Fall weather in the Valley over the weekend , it was a different story  for Taff in Edmonton, who was cooking the Thanksgiving Turkey out in the snow.

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Monday October 8th 2018 -Thanksgiving

Monday, October 8th, 2018

Looks like they had some big rocks in OZ for the experts in last weekend’s Championship Trial.

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It was Steve Day’s birthday yesterday - so here is a pic of the lad on one of his crazy days !!!

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Jack Shepard Sherco) took the expert win at the Lakes Two Day Trial at the weekend - sitting in third spot after Day #1 - Jack put it all together on Day #2 to take over the top spot from last year’s winner Iwan Roberts  (TRS) and Tom Minta (Scorpa) - This is one of the most popular events on the UK Calendar, and used by many riders as a “Tune” up for next weekend’s “Scott Time & Observation Trial”


This is a great shot of Bernie Schreiber testing a Bultaco Alpina - they were quite popular and very similar to the more modern TRS X track and the older Beta Alp.
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Bit late posting today - after a big Turkey supper at our daughter’s last night, very nice, but too much food had me suffering with indigestion - didn’t get to sleep until quite late.


Today we are just kicking back - was going to go for a ride, but have a customer due from the Island, to pick up my nice Beta Evo demo. -   ( New 2019 model will be here soon.)


Honda/Montesa have introduced a special edition of 50 units to celebrate Toni Bou’s incredible achievement.

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