Archive for March, 2019

Monday March 11th 2019

Monday, March 11th, 2019

Sunday turned out to be a very nice sunny day and with warmer temperatures forecast  the snow should soon start to disappear . ( Can’t happen quick enough!!)
It was still a bit cold, so I didn’t spend too much time in the shop - then watched the golf. - It was a win for Italian Molinari. - Rory fell off the pace on Sunday.- & Tiger wasn’t playing.

The first 2019  Moto GP is now in the History books, and it was a win for Italian rider Dovizioso on the Ducati - He outdid Marquez to the line, with Brit Cal Crutchlow in 3rd - Valentino put on a real charge from the tail end of the field to finish in 5th spot.

1 25 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 166.6 42’36.902
2 20 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 166.6 +0.023
3 16 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 166.6 +0.320
4 13 42 Alex RINS SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 166.6 +0.457
5 11 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 166.6 +0.600


In UK Trials action it was a double win for Steve Saunders Team TRS at the National Colmore Trial - Ross Danby took the Expert class, while Chris Stay won the Clubman class. - More on this when the full report shows up.

When  things go wrong !!

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Today will be spent cleaning up outside & making a trip to the landfill - I suspect that things will start to get busy later this week..


Here is a bit of English humor >>

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And here is your Trials video for today - the 2018 Manx 2 Day - one of the most popular events on the ACU Calendar - Lots of side car action ( Something that I have never quite figured out !!)

more news as it happens. >>

Sunday March 10th 2019

Sunday, March 10th, 2019

Hope everybody remembered to put their clocks forward one hour, as we hopefully head into Spring !! While we hear that some of our friends are enjoying the winter on their Snow bikes      ( Martin & Julie) - For us older folks, the snow can go away anytime as we get more people wanting to get out on their Trials bikes.

Toni Bou wrapped up his 13th World Trials Indoor Championship on Saturday - Adam Raga finished in 2nd place with Jamie Busto 3rd overall.
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The Trials World has lost another great rider - Johnny Brittain is best remembered as a Royal Enfield Factory rider. This was at a time when most Trials bikes were rigid frames at the back - Royal Enfield were the first to bring out the Swinging-arm rear suspension, which was soon followed by other brands. - Brittain won the Scottish Six Days twice, plus competed in a number of ISDT events. He was 86.


Meanwhile “Down under” Sam King is enjoying his vacation, visiting family & friends, plus getting some riding in with his buddy Tim Coleman.

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The first Moto GP race of 2019 goes today, with a lot of changes in both teams and riders. One thing that hasn’t changed, is just how fast Marquez is going, in spite of already tasting the gravel in practice.


Here is your video for today - It’s the FIM Trial from Tweed Ontario - Filmed by Dale Malasak  - Prepare for a long movie, & check out the scores !!!

These old videos by Dale, are great to watch as they are very informative.  Thanks to Jon English for posting this one on FB so that we could have it on the blog for everybody to see.

We have a number of these Action Video tapes on VHS from a time when World Trials were more traditional and less of a circus.

Saturday March 9th 2019

Saturday, March 9th, 2019

This is a nice photo I took of Ross Rathbone - it doesn’t seem that long ago, since Ross decided to have a go at Trials riding & joined us at Bear Creek to learn the ropes. - This he did quite quickly, and also became one of our chief event organizers.  - Ross loves his Beta Factory bikes and buys a new one each year. - Anybody looking for a really good used 2018 model, should contact Ross, as his new 2019 will soon arrive.
'Easter Fun weekend is coming - Here is Ross Rathbone last year - call Outlaw Dave for more info:'

This is an old pic of the Les Blows Motorcycle dealership in Victoria - Lots of early history here, which can be obtained by checking out the Victoria Club site newsletter, posted each month by Roger Boothroyd.


Most people reading this blog, will think of me, only as a Trials guy - but back in the 70’s, while working for Yamaha Canada - I was very involved with the IT program. - This started when I switched from riding a Trials bike in Cross Country races, to a 1974 YZ 250 -a Walt Healy bike, that had a lot of changes to make it more competitive for riding in the woods. -

It had a wide ratio gear box, and a large flywheel, among other things. - This was a very good bike, and while I never did win anything on it. - The photos caught the eye of our Japanese Sales manager, Mike Shibua, in Vancouver, who sent them and the info we supplied to the Factory.

The end result of this, was the IT 400 in 1976, followed by the IT 175 and IT 250.  - By this time, I was spending all my  weekends, either racing or promoting the IT series, with most of my efforts, involving the IT 175. - While a good bike out of the box - it lacked the torque and bottom end required for the tight trails, so we spent a lot of time working to solve this issue      ( most of the time with Walt)  - Of course the end result was a very successful  200, with the whole IT series taking the Cross Country scene by storm.

With the success of this project - I turned my attention to yet another idea, sparked by seeing the success of small bore 80cc bikes in ISDE competition. - Talking to Walt, and ace mechanic Art Gavel, we planned on making a 12 speed YZ 80. !!  - Sadly, this never happened, but it sure would have been fun.
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It was perhaps fitting, that my very last Cross Country race ( the National at Peachland in 1986) was on an IT 200. - Unfortunately, my 3rd place finish in the Senior class, was a DNF due to missing an early check, while following Blair Sharpless ( who was also DNF)


This is a photo of Mick Andrews, riding an Ossa at a British Championship Trial held in Wales in 1979 - The weather was snow and cold - quite normal for Trials events back in the day, when we all rode Trials in the winter and Scrambles in the Summer.  ( Often on the same bike)

It was Malcolm Rathmell who won on this day, while Mick finished well down in 14th spot. This was after the Yamaha glory years, and before he returned again to ride TYZ..
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A lot has been written about the Yamaha TZ 750 Flat Track bike, that Kenny Roberts rode  on the mile track, absolutely blistering everything else on the line. - Stevie Baker also rode an identical machine, built for Yamaha Motor Canada, by ace tuner Bob Work, and I even got to sit on it while it was in the service shop at the Richmond Office. - The Canadian bike was decked out in our traditional red/black paint scheme.  - I got to know Stevie quite well, and also met Kenny when attending a Yamaha function in LA.
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Another very nice TRS 280 arrived today - this one is “Alberta Bound”

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Another XTrial this weekend - here is the line up.
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Friday March 8th 2019

Friday, March 8th, 2019

Sunshine and warmer temperatures yesterday afternoon was a welcome relief, after another 5 cm of overnight snow - Of course if things warm up too fast, we will be into the flood season again !!  - path to my shop was mud & water Thursday afternoon.


‘Anyway the signs of Spring have got the phone ringing with bike orders - We have a couple of these beauties being shipped out next week. - Also another TRS arriving today.

We have heard from Beta Canada that they have a good supply of  models, including the great Factory Evo 4T as ridden so well by Ben Hemmingway, and a couple of 125’s, so if you are in the market - for a new Beta call me. (250) 545-6139.

The 2019 Beta Evo Factory bikes are certainly getting a lot of attention - We are only getting two and they are both sold - ( Unless some other shipments show up later in the year, which I doubt)

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In case you ever wonder who runs the WTC  - here is Bob Johns, who lives in Chemainus on Vancouver Island - Bob hasn’t ridden trials for many years, but likely knows more about the sport than most people - he also runs the Trials Canada website, all of this by the way for love of the sport !! -( think about that.) - This photo shows him on his recent birthday, all suited up for the occasion.  - Bob also is very active with the local musical society.
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As most people know, I love the small bore bikes, so check out this TRS site and watch the video of the lad on the TRS 125.  - I have the only one of these in Canada, and can’t wait to get it out on my favorite trails in Summerland. - We did manage one ride on it before the big freeze and really liked it. - ( Of course when I open the door of the shop in the morning - I hear cries from the Beta Evo 200 - “Take me - Take me”)
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No replies on my quiz question from Wednesday - The riders in the old photo are - Steve Colley, Dougie Lampkin, Steve Saunders, Wayne Braybrook - Woody Hole is standing at the back.


Today is International Women’s Day - so we thought we would post this nice pic of Brittany, the day she picked up her new TRS. We also have Dominique   from Lake Country, competing in the Valley, and hopefully, other gals will follow their lead to enjoy the sport.

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Thursday March 7th 2019

Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Well the weather has finally warmed up a bit - a couple of degrees above zero, so Wednesday, I took a long overdue visit to the Barber shop !! The one we have in Vernon, has 4 barbers on staff, and are always busy, but even they have felt the downturn in business due to the long cold snap.

Unfortunately the warmer temperatures, also brought more snow, so we won’t be going anywhere today !! When will this winter from hell end?

I must say that like everybody, we have had enough of winter and want to get out on the bike - obviously other people feel the same way, and we have started to get calls on both Beta and TRS, with this next month looking pretty busy. - We have stock coming in on both lines of Trials bikes, which will take up our limited space - (already a bit crowded)


Here is a short video, of a guy setting up a nice natural section for a Trial this weekend in Cheshire England - Gotta love this one >>>>>> post


It’s Steve Colley’s birthday today - so thought I would post this old photo  - wonder how many people can name all the people? - ( I know I can)
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Wednesday March 6th 2019

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

Here are some results from my old club in the UK - no I don’t recognize any names !! - But I did ride this annual event a few times, ( back in the 1950’s) - that just goes to show the history of these events.
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Now this looks a bit like the section Ross had in for the Memorial Trial last year !!  - think this is in Italy. with Team Beta.
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News from Round # 1 Spanish Championship.

Sondre “Gekko” Haga and Jordi Ramonet climb to the top of the podium in TR2 and TR4, respectively. Adam Raga has been fourth in TR1.

Arnedillo has been the location of the first race of the 2019 outdoor season. Adam Raga arrived in this town just a few hours after winning the Indoor Trial in Nice, France.

Adam Raga had a good race, but with some additional mistakes that took him away from the fight for victory in an easy race. Finally, fourth position in TR1, close to the podium.


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Yesterday, the weather was still very cold at -17 but it was nice and sunny in the Valley, so I made a trip up to Sicamous to deliver a 45 gal drum of Opti Injector oil - At least the sled & snowbike people will be happy with this very long unusual winter.


We heard from Roger at the VMC, that their Trial went over well last Sunday, with a total of 40 riders ( Including 4 kids) He said the weather was cold on the Island. -Look for results on the Trials Canada Website.


Although it is still very much like winter - a lot of people are starting to come “Out of the woodwork”  and phoning or emailing on Trials bikes.  - Some models like the Beta Evo Factory - are very limited, so if you are interested in getting any of the 2019 models - better get on it really quickly. As always we have a full stock of parts and accessories ready to ship out.


Tuesday March 5th 2019

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

Another photo from the Scottish Six Days - “Laggan Locks” has been used unchanged  for decades.
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This is a waterfall not far from where I grew up - a very popular  tourist spot & called Llanrhaeder Pystel ( don’t ask)
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Another pic from the 1983 Six Days in Wales, showing Pat Horan at speed on the Walt Healy Yamaha TT 600. - We needed a 600cc bike for the Trophy class team, and as I could not get one from Yamaha Canada, Walt stepped up to the plate ( As he so often did)
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Steve Holcombe (Beta) won the first round of the 2019 Enduro Championship held in Italy last weekend.
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Some interesting results from the UK - Well done Ben Hemmo ( Beta Evo 4T)  beating his cousin Dougie.

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Monday March 4th 2019

Monday, March 4th, 2019

Can anybody name this section ? Hint - it’s in the Scottish Six Days every year.
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I know I’ve posted this before - but it just came up again on FB - Our Yamaha Team at the 1983 ISDE in Wales - Walter Short, Pat Horan, myself, Bernie Graffunder, (?) Chris Castles. Tony Allen.
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Jonny Walker won Round #2 of the British Enduro Champion on Sunday - Graeme Jarvis was not entered for some reason.

Saw this classic photo on FB -
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Looks like they had a good turn out in Ontario at the “Grand Prix de Snow”

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Cody Webb took the win in Texas.

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Sunday March 3rd 2019

Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

Now this is a nice Norton - new model & only 40 built for the UK market.
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Yesterday we had a visit from Steve Taggart and his lovely wife Jill  - we haven’t seen them for a few years, when they were traveling through to the coast and dropped off a Sherco for me to sell - Anyway, after spending a few years out on the Sunshine Coast  - they moved to Naramata, and from what I hear this is a wonderful riding area. - Steve is buying a TRS Xtrack, which will be ideal for the type of riding he wants to do. - Steve is another older ” Born again trials rider” so we are looking forward to some great rides this year. ( Old guys get to ride during the week !!)

Guest of honor at the Highland Classic Trial this year, is Bernie Schreiber, the only American to win both a World Championship and the Scottish Six Days Trial.
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How about this nice old Francis Barnet? restored and still used. - check out the bulb horn mounted on the front. Also fitted with modern foot-pegs and tires, etc.
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Steve Saunders is in Jersey attending the Annual two day Trial , and is riding an Xtrack this year - we will post results after the weekend.

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A bunch of Cannucks  were in Texas this weekend for the “Rev Limiter” race - I saw some of the video and it looked like a tough one.  - Steve Foord took the 45 A class win, and Melissa Harten finished 2nd in the Ladies class - Both were on Beta RR machines. - Chris Hrabb from Revelstoke grabbed 9th place in the 45 a class.

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Saturday March 2nd 2019

Saturday, March 2nd, 2019

A little Welsh Humor !!! On another very cold day.
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So you thought you would like to ride the Scottish eh?  (Hint - Hop & Bop don’t work worth a shit on the moors)
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This is Steve Taggart, who used to ride Trials back in the 70’s in Alberta, after spending his life doing some globe trotting, he has settled down and now lives in Naramata, and with access to some great riding - he decided to buy himself a TRS Xtrack.
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I see that Adam Raga beat out Tony Bou at an Indoor Trial in Spain last night - Benoit Bincaz was the 3rd man on the podium.
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