Archive for February, 2019

Thursday February 28th 2019

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

When it comes to general news on Motorcycle Sport - Trials tends to be in the same class as Speedway, or  Hill Climbing - Very little news is posted, except by people involved in the Sport.

Small wonder then, that the average person who sees the World Videos that are posted on the Social media gets the wrong idea about what Trials are all about.

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Pat Horan posted this pic as a memory of Cross Country racing back in the day  - the starts were often a bit chaotic, when the shotgun went off - In this shot you see Al Perrett getting a bit sideways (#2) while Pat is over on the right on a Yamaha. - Not sure where the race was held..
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This weekend will see the Annual Snow event put on by Lawrence Hacking in Ontario - they usually get a good crowd out for this, as enthusiasts try to shake off the winter blues. - Unfortunately it appears they will be getting  quite a lot of snow, for this one.
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Trials Demo’s at the Nova Scotia Bike Show in Halifax

Here is the schedule for trials demo’s at the Moto Show in Halifax:

Friday, March 1 5:00-5:30pm TRIALS 8:00-8:30pm TRIALS  Saturday, March 2 12:00-12:30pm TRIALS 4:00-4:30pm TRIALS 7:00-7:30pm TRIALS  Sunday, March 3 12:00-12:30pm TRIALS 3:30-4:00pm TRIALS                             




Stephen Howland of Beta Canada has mentioned that he will have a couple of demonstrator bikes there, so it should be fun

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I have chatted to a couple of would be customers this past week, on getting into the Sport of Trials, and once again the subject of “What is it all about” came up - both had clicked onto the Social media, where Trials is portrayed as a Stunt Show, done mostly on the back wheel, so it came as quite a relief for them to learn that No - our club Trials events are not like that, -  in fact you could say that the World Trials events, are a different sport entirely.

With this in mind, we would like to remind everybody, especially the new riders, that we will be out at Summerland on the Easter long weekend April 19-21 - for a FUN time with routes and sections to suit everybody, from beginner to Expert. - We will have both Beta and TRS bikes there for people to try under supervision.  We will post more details nearer the date.

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There are not a lot of advantages  to getting old - but if you are a Motorcycle enthusiast, remembering the bikes from the past, might be one of them - This is a photo of Sammy Miller’s Museum, with the wonderful V8 Moto Guzzi in the foreground. I was lucky enough to see two of these race in the Isle of Man, back in 1957 - when “Dustbin” fairings were popular, but were later banned as they proved to be dangerous in cross winds.

I can still recall the amazing sound as they passed by on Sulby straight at over 100mph.
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A special birthday wish goes out to my brother Don in the UK today on his 87th trip around the sun. - Don rode Trials with me back in the UK, and later when he was over on a visit, I was able to take him for a ride up on Vernon Mountain - I think  he was 72 at the time. -

This pic shows Don after a 75th birthday flight in an RAF Tornado flown by one of his former cadets. ( Not many 75 year olds get to go through the sound barrier in a jet fighter- I heard it took a lot of “String pulling”)
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Wednesday February 27th 2019

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

We don’t get this Classic mag - but maybe we should, as it’s full of great articles and photos.

This cover shot looks like Bill Wilkinson on the Greeves ( fitted with conventional forks)
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Check out this video - the guy is amazing on the Fantic - ( Very trick)
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Still very cold in the Valley -19 last night and not warming up a lot this week - The old saying of “March comes in like a Lion, and goes out like a lamb” - might be true this year.

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Here is the final rider entry list for the 2019 Scottish.

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The complete entry list for the 2019 Scottish Six Days Trial, which will run from Monday to Saturday, May 6th - 11th, has been released by the organising committee following the passing of the final date for payment. A total of 286 riders have been accepted, including those lucky to have been accepted from the official reserve list.

The entry includes the most successful SSDT rider of all time, reigning and 12 times winner Dougie Lampkin - Vertigo. Doug said recently, “I am burning to win another Scottish to equal a record of World Championships set by Spanish racer Angel Nieto. He won 13 titles but being superstitious he called it 12 plus 1. It would be really cool to have 12 plus 1 SSDT victories.”

One black spot is that no fewer than 20 riders failed to take up their offer of a ride and worse, failed to contact the organisers to say so. This is simply unacceptable and not fair on the riders on the reserve list who face the uncertainty of not knowing if they’re in or not and face ever-rising accommodation costs as the event draws nearer.

That problem aside, the stage is now set for another epic head to head battle between Lampkin and fellow Brit, James Dabill - Beta, but there is a very strong line-up with the likes of brothers Dan and Jack Peace - both Sherco, Jack Price - Gas Gas and Michael Brown - Gas Gas.

The Continental threat looks like coming from young Spanish rider Francesc Moret - Honda Montesa whilst countryman and former Scottish winner, Amos Bilbao - Honda Montesa makes a popular return.

No fewer than nine Ladies are proud to take their places including reigning Women’s World Champion, Emma Bristow - Sherco and German challenger, Theresa Bauml - TRS.

With such a large and diverse entry it is inevitable that there will be a few more changes before the start of the 2019 edition of the Scottish, but this is the definitive list as it currently stands.

Note: After checking the list - the only name from this side of the pond I recognize is Dennis Sweeten from Portland.
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Tuesday February 26th 2019

Tuesday, February 26th, 2019

It won’t be long until the season gets into full swing, in fact the CPTA have already had an event, and the VMC Trial goes this next weekend. - Check out the dates listed below the WTC Logo to plan your year in Trials
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March 17th - TRS Trial  at Ioco -BC - CPTA

April 28th - Outlaw/Team Squid Trial - at Ioco - BC-CPTA ( Round #1 Outlaw Series)
May 18th - Outlaw Trial - at Scotch Creek BC - ( Round #2 Outlaw Series)

May 19th - WTC National (West) - at Scotch Creek. BC
May 20th - Outlaw Classic Trial - at Scotch Creek.  BC
August 3-4 - Cow Patty Trial - Rocky Mountain House. AB   ATRA (Round #3 Outlaw Series)

September 1st - Bustin Bonanza Trial - Ymir BC - (Round #4 Outlaw Series)

For other upcoming events, check out the various websites plus this one.

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This is a pic of James Dabill on the Beta Evo 4T - Not sure if he plans on riding that in the Scottish, but he seems to like it. Ben Hemingway always rides the Beta 4t in the Scottish.
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I saw this nice pic of one of the Nanaimo Club riders, out having fun, in somewhat slippery, and unusual weather on Vancouver Island. ( Looks like a neat area)
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As most people know, we have been making these Outlaw Tool belts since 1987 - all hand made in the Okanagan - We used to supply them to the bikes shops, but now only sell them direct. - We have sold them all over, and perhaps the most famous Trials rider to use one back in his Beta days, was Dougie Lampkin -  We still get emails from people telling us they still use theirs after 20 odd years, still in good shape.  ( Guy Smeeth used his about six times in Scotland)
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This is the “Stan” version - smaller with bottle carriers and straps for a pump or light jacket.
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For long distance riding, we make a very good back-pack ( designed for our first Joss ride ) it holds 3 gas bottles and has a waist belt to keep it secure. - These are all made to order and can sometimes take 4-6 weeks for delivery, so if you want any of these belts or bags - get your order in to us asap, before the busy season starts.
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Monday February 25th 2019

Monday, February 25th, 2019

As most people know, my background is Welsh - so I had to laugh when I saw this post - the reason, for those who are not Rugby fans, is that Wales won the big game on Saturday against arch rival England.

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This is a great photo of Martin Lampkin on the Bultaco Sherpa T - not sure of the year, but I’m guessing around 1973 ( no helmet’s back then)

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Yesterday was another “Couch Potato” event - watched the Golf from Mexico - checked out some of the news posted on FB - ( lots of garbage)  - answered a few emails regarding Trials - bikes etc. - Generally, I think most people are ready for spring. - A good sign of this is seeing the amount of wild birds returning - we get quite a lot in our yard, and saw a Flicker ( Type of wood-pecker)  a couple of days ago.

I noticed that even Ioco is still a challenge to ride in the snow and icy conditions, and even in Victoria, they have a lot of snow at the club ground - hopefully this will melt before their Trial next Sunday.

Of course the Ski bums and snowmobile crowd are loving the recent dumps - they had 43cm at Big White last Friday. -
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I see that a bunch of riders, including Chris Hrabb, will be joining Dave Chambers on the long trip to Texas, for the Rev Limiter Enduro - they did this last year, and Chris told me it was a lot of fun. - With cabin fever effecting all Dirt bikers at the moment, we wish them luck.

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As most people know, we have been Distributing Optimol - or Opti as it is now called, in Western Canada since 1987, and although we are now pretty much retired and don’t travel, we still ship to many of our loyal dealers, and of course use the product in all our Trials bikes. -

We can supply the Opti 2 mix, Opti 2 Injector and Opti 4 - in all size containers ( Including pails and 45 gal drums)
The pic shows a box of the popular mix pouches - simple to add to gas cans, and in fact some riders take a couple of pouches with them on a long ride, because although it’s easy to find a place to gas up, not all service stations have mix oil. ( and your riding buddy may be on a four-stroke)
The Opti 2  is synthetic and has a built in fuel stabilizer, so storage is not a problem. If you are having difficulty finding a dealer in your area, just shoot me an email. daverhodes@shaw.ca
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Sunday February 24th 2019

Sunday, February 24th, 2019

Results of the Xtrial in Granada.

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This is a classic “Stylin” shot of Jordi  - Check out the left arm & foot position.

And here is a Scottish photo from 1982 - Gille Burgat on the SWM. - Typical Scottish Section  long uphill designed to take a few points, but not to kill anybody.
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If you are interested in reading up the History of Bultaco and other great stories - I suggest you click onto >  Trials Guru

John Moffat does a superb job of promoting Trials - the old fashioned way - and is very involved with the Scottish Trials scene, including the Scottish Six Day Trial.
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Another snow pic - this time from 2015 showing Matt Reading trying the Outlaw Evo 200 - he liked it so much he bought one. - This bike got sold to a customer in Winnipeg.

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While we have certainly had our share of snow this year, Wendy McKay mailed to say over in Scotland, they have had an unseasonable mild winter - in fact here is a pic of Harry out coaching the kids on a local hillside near Aviemore ( Just 20 miles South of Fort William)

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Here is your video for today - shows Jordi and others from back in the days, when the new style of riding was beginning to emerge. - Note! Jordi used to play games with his opposition , by not wearing a helmet when practicing. !!!

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Note ! - I have tons of old VHS tapes from the 80’s & 90’s   which can be loaned out - just as long as I get them back - also many of the newer style discs. - Just shoot me an email ( I might consider selling them )
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And finally, here is a clip posted by Jonahan English out having fun on his Beta.

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Saturday February 23rd 2019

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

The news that Beta seem to be dropping the Evo 200 really is a bummer- I first heard about the 200 - this being a Rev 200 - from my old buddy Adrian Brown, who returned to England before succumbing to cancer - Ady told me that these bikes were the idea of John Lampkin, and that he was amazed at the performance. Ady was a big lad, yet he told me the Rev 200 pulled him around no problem.
Fast forward to 2009 and we brought in an Evo 200 - really not knowing what to expect, but our first tests were mind boggling - the bike acted more like a big bore when you rolled off the throttle - it would pull 3rd & 4th no problem. - The first units, came with a 26mm carb and a 125cc bottom end, but the later bikes have been fitted with a 28mm Keihin and the 250 bottom end, making a great little bike even better.
Suffice to say that I was super impressed by this bike, and while people might recall I promoted a 150 Gas Gas back a few years - I have had the privilege of riding all capacities  in both Trials and Cross Country events.

Moving on - we have always tried to fit the rider to the bike - and while some people take the  approach of “Bigger is better” - we have always done the opposite - AND - I think we have kept some riders in the sport, because they were not in, over their heads.

While the “One size fits all” philosophy, does not apply to motorcycles, it’s good  for customers to have such a wide variety of brands, models and colors.  - As my old buddy Walt Healy used to say “It’s whatever turns you on”
Of course at the factory level, it’s all about numbers, and with no separate class for 200’s I can fully understand why the sales for this size of engine, might not be popular in some areas.  ( mostly Europe)
What is hard to figure, is that Beta have now introduced a RR 200 Enduro, which they say are selling out quickly, but as far as I know there is not a 200 class in any Enduro. ( KTM dropped their 200)

Anyway it is what it is, -  time to promote something else I guess. - The Evo 125 and Evo 250 are excellent models , as are the TRS 125 - 250 -280 - then there is the Xtrack -another great idea. Plus we can also supply the  Beta 300cc models in 2 or 4 stroke.
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This is Albert Cabestany having fun on the TRS in the snow - Yes you can have a lot of fun riding in the winter, providing it’s not too cold - we have had a blast in the Bear Ridge area many times - “Sling-shotting” from one brown patch to the next in 3rd gear.

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Here is your video for today

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It snowed all day Friday in the Valley, so we didn’t make it out to the mail box.

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This just showed up on FB - Taken by Harlow Rankin back in 1980 at the Ioco World Round. - the section was sponsored by Outlaw Accessories ( see the white card) and is the well known “Stanly Falls”
'A blast from the past  at the Ioco World Round  from many years ago - not sure who the riders are checking things out. - But the Section was sponsored by Outlaw Trialsport and the pic was taken by Harlow Rankin.'

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Friday February 22nd 2019

Friday, February 22nd, 2019

Today is the 21st birthday of my granddaughter Hannah, hard to believe how life has just flashed by, one minute she was a funny little girl, now a beautiful smart young lady. - Hannah has recently moved to Fernie, where her boyfriend Tristan plays Hockey. - We hope you have a wonderful birthday sweetheart.

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Another round of the X Trial Series takes place this weekend in Spain - can new Beta Factory rider  Benoit Bincaz get on the podium again?  - Adam Raga has been pushing rival Toni Bou hard so far this year, and they appear very evenly matched.  - Jamie Busto seems to have gone off the boil a tad, but at this level - anything can happen.
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The FIM just had their big meeting to elect all their officials for 2019 and give details of the plans for all aspects of Motorcycle Sport. - Looking at this group, it’s no wonder everything costs so much to promote.

The only mention of Trials was this - two liner >>>

Following termination of the FIM’s contract with Sport7, the FIM Trial Commission will be promoting the FIM Trial World Championship in 2019.

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Meanwhile still a lot of gorgeous vintage bikes being restored - check out the TY - asking price is 6500 pounds sterling. !!!!

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This is a pic of me riding near Bear Creek in the snow back in 2014 - As usual the bike is an Evo 200 - We have not been out in the white stuff at all this winter - old age tends to put a damper on things - especially when it’s cold. ( The sun must have been bright as I’m wearing sun-glasses - very unusual)
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Confused when mixing gas ? - Here is a helpful chart,-  but really it is easy if you always use Opti 2 - available from Trials dealers, and distributed in Western Canada since 1987 by Outlaw Accessories.- This is what goes out in all our new bikes. ( Manufactured in Germany since 1920 - supplied under license by Interlube International USA)  - Give us a call if you need more info:
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Dealers who stock our product can be obtained by emailing - daverhodes@shaw.ca
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Thursday February 21st 2019

Thursday, February 21st, 2019

With the month of February winding down - it’s time to look at some of the upcoming events  on the Calendar - The VMC Trial that was postponed due to snow - will now happen on March 3rd at the club property. - Next up is the TRS Trial at Ioco on March 17th. - Time to get the bikes all greased up & ready to go.

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Yesterday I had to get out the shovel and clear some of the snow so that I could load some Opti in my van - fortunately my tractor guy showed up later, to plow the driveway, so that I could get out. - It turned out to quite a nice sunny day and the main roads were all in good shape.

I delivered my load to Ace Courier in  Vernon, for shipping to Creston - BC - I have been using them now for a number of years, so I’ve got to know the office staff quite well - the gal that did the paperwork, also had to come out to open the warehouse door as nobody was around, which surprised me - she said things have been quite slow for them.  - It seems like the slowdown  due to the weather and the economy  is effecting everybody.
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Just heard that Olivier has bought a used Beta Evo 200 - lucky guy as these will be even harder to find now, after the news I posted yesterday.

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Nice pic of Jordi back in the day on the Beta TR 34 - check out the cameras !!

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Wednesday February 20th 2019

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

BREAKING NEWS - No more Beta Evo 200’s !! - At least not for this year and maybe the rumors that the Factory plan on dropping this model are true.   We only managed to get one 2019 model, so  after promoting this great bike for the past ten years, I must say this comes as a huge disappointment.   Beta Canada tell us that they do have Evo 125’s coming in, so we may be able to get some of these. - Plus of course we can get 250 & 300’s. A lot of these models are in limited supply, so if you are looking/thinking - best get on the ball and give us a phone call.
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This is a photo of a young Ben Buss, riding at the Outlaw Trial many years ago when we held it at Greenstone Mountain. - Ben was a really good young rider, but lost interest for some reason, and never progressed to the adult class. - He is being watched by Andrew James.
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And this is another shot from that same event, it shows Taff Parfitt riding my Fantic in the Vintage class.
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Here is a video for road race fans - It’s from Oulton Park in the UK about 40 miles from where I lived  - I was a Marshal at one race there & had the sad job of picking up a fallen rider at Knicker-brook who died.

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This “Blast fromthe Past” pic showed up on FB today - it shows me ( on the right) with my buddy with our first bikes - He had a Francis Barnet and I had a James Captain - the second  British bike that came out with the “New” swing-arm rear suspension ( The first was a Royal Enfield) -  I soon got tired of the street bike & traded it on a competition James Cotswold. - My buddy Malcolm, bought a car - he died a few years ago, at age 70.
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Sad news from the UK, where Peter Gaunt has died, at age 82 after battling cancer.  Peter was a great builder of “Special” Trials bikes - usually small bore two strokes. Here he is seen on a Dalesman, which he helped develop.

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Tuesday February 19th 2019

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Yesterday, we showed a couple of Bernie Schreiber pics, riding some deep water sections, and while we still have some of these on Private Land - I was surprised to see a few such sections in a USA event, but maybe that’s because it was hosted by Lewisport - who are from the UK.

This looks like a great section, no caption on who the Beta rider is.
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This is Bob Clark back in the day riding on Vancouver Island.
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Bobby T also at a VMC event
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And Roger Boothroyd at a different VMC Trial  - Roger says this water hole has long since been filled up on the club property.
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Check out this latest video clip from Jordi - showing his TRS factory  - very much a “Hands on”  operation.
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