Archive for March, 2019

Thursday March 21st 2019

Thursday, March 21st, 2019

So Wednesday morning I met my new Doctor - A very nice Canadian lady from Saskatchewan - the first Canadian Doctor that I have had in over  20 years - the others were all South African - and also good - but then they return home and you have start over. - Now all I have to do is convince her that riding Motorcycles is fun, even when you get old, and a lot of ladies ride as well.
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Unfortunately the news was not so good regarding my Beta shipment, which got delayed again and will now not arrive until Friday. - This will push back some pick-ups and deliveries into the weekend.
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At least most of the snow has gone from the yard, so  I was able to PDI one of the bikes being picked up this week. - Great to ride around & set it up correctly for the new Alberta customer.

Even a short time riding in a small area, can teach new riders  correct technique with turns and clutch control - this is a pic from a training school in Ireland - Note how the instructor is leaning the bike into the turn, while keeping his body vertical - fingers on the clutch and front brake.

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The VMC have an event happening this Sunday -  here is the poster prepared as usual by Roger Boothroyd. - Weather looks glorious for anybody wanting to get away to the Island for the weekend.  - For those not familiar with the name, Reg Shanks was a founding member of the Victoria Club, and a very well known dealer and competitor. - The Shanks family were recently Inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame.
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As everybody knows - there is a lot of garbage posted on the Social Media and Forums, but recently some interesting old memories have appeared, from the British Motorcycle Press from the 60’s ( I still have some of these old magazines somewhere in my archives)

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Wednesday March 20th 2019

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019

Here is a photo of the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Directors - They are all Volunteers from across Canada - many of them retired competitors, from all aspects of the sport. - I was lucky enough to meet most of them last November in Vancouver.
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Sharp eyed bloggers will notice the Trials pic on the right side  taken in 1985 at Stan’s Kelowna Show.  A big thanks to all the board members, who give their time “For love of the Sport”
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Motor  racing fans, might like to view this very rare Pre -War film  - Rear engine Auto Unions - Mercedes and other long forgotten makes.
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Here is an usual pic from 1983 - unusual because it’s Spain and a stream section with snow on the banks.  Also notice that Gille Burgat has two fingers on the Fantic clutch.
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Iwan Roberts Trials

Great trial today 👌 won the Welsh Championship round at Neath 🥇 and to top it off TRS were 1st, 2nd and 3rd in both Championship and Expert Classes! Bike is awesome ✊️🏍💨=======================================>Sometimes things don’t go as planned - Not sure who this is or where it was taken.
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Today will  be a busy day - starting off with a visit to my new Doctor - need a refill on all the medications I now have to take on a daily basis. Hopefully this won’t take too long.
Then later we are supposed to get a shipment of Betas - if the hiway was open - after that we will have a visit from Steve Doel, who will be stopping by to pick up his new Factory Beta 300 - After a slow start the season is finally kicking off with a lot of people buying new Beta and TRS Trials bikes.

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Sometimes you just need to get out and smell the flowers > This is California.

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Tuesday March 19th 2019

Tuesday, March 19th, 2019

On yesterday’s blog - we posted a bit about the Welsh Championship Trial, and although we don’t have the official results - Steve Saunders mentioned that most of the classes were won by TRS riders. We now can show this neat video link of the event. great sections but very slippery. Looked like a lot of Betas.
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And if you want to watch some great footage of the British Enduro event click on here> post

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In other TRS News - It was a clean sweep of the Expert Class at Ioco on Sunday

1st Alex Walton - 2nd Jesse McDowall - 3rd Peirce McNeal

No other results yet - but they only had 24 riders - likely due to people seeing the snow pic on FB -( Although I heard most of this had melted)  As one of my local guys said - “If I want to ride in the snow - I only have to go out my back door ”
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Has the sport of Trials at the World level gone a bit crazy ? - Check out this pic & judge for yourselves.

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As most people know - I spend a lot of time on FB - mainly because in the Winter,  things are really slow - but I recently hooked up to  an  Old Guys - link - and although this is mostly enduro type  content - I do see the odd post by a Trials guy.  - The reason I mention this, is because  - we now seem to be gathering quite a few - what should we call them - ” The Geritol Class” -  the bottom line expressed by all the riders on this other site ( although they think they are old at 55)  - is the fun they have, getting out on the bike - mostly riding the trails with buddies.

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Just in case any of our readers except Taff are Rugby enthusiasts - it is worth noting that Wales are now ranked 2nd behind the all conquering New Zealand All blacks..  - They beat out England- Scotland and Ireland. - Yes there was singing in the Valley.

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I may have posted this video clip before - but it’s worth looking at again - A brilliant young lady on a twin shock - poetry in motion,
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Monday March 18th 2019

Monday, March 18th, 2019

Sammy Miller has some wonderful old motorcycles in his museum - this is the 1929 Pullin - made in England and the first ever motorcycle with hydraulic brakes.
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Yes the time will fly - soon be time for the Outlaw Trial as well about 70 days I think.
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Here’s a nice video - fun on Trials bikes.  >> video

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Another born again Trials rider from the 70’s - Steve Taggart just picked up this nice TRS Xtrack from Outlaw Dave - We had fun times back in Alberta ( But was it really that long ago ?)

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News from the Welsh Championship yesterday.

Brilliant Welsh Championship Trial today. Assorted weather bright sunshine turned into heavy rain making the sections very difficult. Great results for TRRS with top three in both Elite class and Expert Class. and 1st place in the Masters class.
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Sunday March 17th 2019 “St Patrick’s Day”

Sunday, March 17th, 2019

Happy St Paddy’s Day to all our readers. - may the green beer flow - of course the Irish will likely be crying in theirs -  after losing the Rugby match with Wales.!!

“May you be a long time in heaven, before the devil knows you’re dead”
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A bit of Scottish News >>>

This year’s event sees entries from 58 riders from outside the British Isles, representing a total of 12 countries. Must be something special to attract that much interest from overseas 😊 #SSDT2019https://www.ssdt.org/2019-ssdt-ne…/346-it-s-a-foreign-affair
Buddy Heath in the UK posted a video clip of himself getting some practice in at his favorite spot, riding by himself ! -  this brought a rant from his good lady, which of course is justified, as nobody should go riding by themselves. However ! back in the day I did this a lot, in fact much of the 69 mile loop that I set up for the 1975 FIM World Trial  in Alberta, was done by myself - often exploring new trails West of Bragg Creek. - Dumb ? yes - but at that time I really didn’t have much option. - Plus of course when you consider yourself an Expert, what could possibly go wrong ??Image may contain: bicycle, outdoor and natureIf there are two things that Heath likes - it’s Bling for the bike - and ice cream - Oh yes, and JD.
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This is Gordy Aulenback cutting the ribbon on his new Yamaha store yesterday -in Port Coquitlam - I met Gord back in 1973 - the first year I was with Yamaha Canada - We later shared many memorable times, so I wish him all the very best in this new location - He has been in the Motorcycle business now for 45 years.
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Saturday March 16th 2019

Saturday, March 16th, 2019

OK so this is the Beta Team -pic taken in Italy - but the only guy that I recognize, is on the very far right - Donato Miglio - former very good World Trials rider, who joined the Beta Factory when he retired from the sport.
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Bob Johns has been on Holiday for the past week and took some really nice Photos on The Island - This is one of my favorites.
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The sunshine and warmer weather certainly does a lot to lift spirits - especially as we get older - being confined to the house and just watching TV - can only keep you motivated for so long - It’s finally warm enough for me to get out in the shop, which is good, because I have bunch of bikes coming in, and others waiting to be picked up. - nice to be busy, but why does it always seem to be a “Feast or a Famine”

One good thing that we are looking forward to this year, is an expanding old guys class - with a number of new comers anxious  to learn the ropes. - We could very well call this “Team Geritol”  - The big ” Plus”  ( one of the few) about being old - is that most guys are retired and can ride during the week. - Peter Brown and myself used to do a lot of this - usually had the woods to ourselves ( really miss Pete)
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I spent some time last night, looking through my collection of video discs  - I have a ton from days gone by, of days out training new riders up & down the Valley - some only stayed in the sport for a year or two & either lost interest or moved on to other things.

Of course Trials isn’t for everybody - and even before the days of Hop & Bop - being watched by your competitors while riding a section - puts an awful lot of pressure on people new to the sport. - Trials has always been a “Head game” - similar to golf in that regard, but without all the “Perks”

I think that is why the longer loops, as in the old days - or events such as the Scottish Six Days, are more popular - riders get spread out with more “Breathing room” - I recall that one of the best Outlaw Trials  we ever held at Summerland, was one long loop with 40 sections ridden once. Yes lots of work setting up, but well worth the effort.

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Here is an interesting clip of a row of Beta models - taken someplace in Europe ( before the Evo)

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Friday March 15th 2019

Friday, March 15th, 2019

A reminder as we get ready for the upcoming riding season - All Trials bikes require  a spark arrestor   for BC events, plus for riding on any Crown Land.

We have these for TRS and Beta, but early season stock is limited, so be sure to let us know if you need one.

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I saw this posted yesterday by Ron Walsh - not sure when the pic was taken - but the parking lot at Ioco, would certainly appear to have a lot of snow.
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It turns out the pic was taken last Sunday & Ron replied to say that most of this snow has now melted - good news for anybody planning on attending the Trial on Sunday. ( No prizes for guessing who the guy with his back to the camera is)

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Another upcoming VMC Trial next month.
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Check out this old video>

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We have heard from Roger Boothroyd of the VMC that “Boomer”  Gronow has been hospitalized with Pneumonia - but should be OK - As most of his friends will remember, Boomer has been a member of the VMC for decades - I don’t think anybody knows really how old he is !!! His son Paul Gronow  rode Expert Trials for a lot of years, including many of our Okanagan events.

We wish him a speedy recovery.

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For many years, Team Bosi - of Italy, have been supplying tricked up Beta models to many Trials stars - This is their latest version.
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I never thought that I would ever say that I was bored about anything to do with Trials, but it seems that the only video that gets posted these days on the social media, is Hop,Hop, Hop. - which to me, while very clever - is not really what Trials is all about& frankly I no longer find it interesting.
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I was thinking back ( as all us old guys do) about events from the past, and wishing that I had more photographs - in particular, I would have liked a pic of the Yamaha Canada TY 250 that I crashed while leading a Cross Country race at Elkford BC. in 1974.
The course went along an old rail bed - & being flat out in 6th on the Trials bike, I was a long way ahead of everybody - but the organizers ( new to the game)  had failed to mark a danger spot - where a bridge had been taken out over a creek - suffice to say that the TY ended up pretty much a write off. -

I fared better - concussion & a few cracked ribs. - But I sure would have liked a pic of that bike after the crash when it was loaded back on my trailer. - Nobody could believe that I had survived.  ( It makes a good campfire story)  Alas, few people took pics at events, back then except snap shots.
The kids these days are spoiled because they always have their phones & take a pic of everything that moves.

Back in the day - everything was film and you really had to know what you were doing with a camera- especially if you were shooting for a magazine or newspaper. - ( Which was my background ) - one other very good  motorcycle Photographer in Canada was Harlow Rankin, who now lives in Nanaimo. - also a Trials enthusiast and a founder of the ATRA in Alberta.
Both Harlow and myself plus guys like Roger Boothroyd,  provided coverage of many events for both Cycle Canada and Cycle CMA - plus  some other  International publications.

But you can’t ride-race and take pics so one had to go and I chose to give more time to promoting Motorcycle sport through the lens and event coverage - Although I didn’t actually quit riding Trials until I was 70.
I think a lot of history might have been lost because of this fact. - You have to admire the quality of some of the old Black & White photographs from the  turn of the century -All taken using wet plate large cameras.
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Thursday March 14th 2019

Thursday, March 14th, 2019

A reminder that the TRS Trial goes this Sunday at Ioco - weather forecast looks great for any Interior riders wanting to head to the coast to escape the winter blues.

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In other TRS News - The Factory have just announced that for 2020 the Xtrack model will be available in the Raga version.

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🔴 New #TRRS X-Track 2019

Based on the platform of the really appreciated Raga Racing, TRS launched end of March this year the new XtrackRR and expands the concept of both, Trial & Adventure to the best balance between performance, technical specifications and versatility.

100% trial excursion, with a seat height of only 80cm, very easy to drive and with surprising components, it stands out for its improvements in the comfort of the seat and a new translucent tank of gasoline of 3.8 liters,signed by ACERBIS that facilitates a better control of the autonomy.

Available in four displacements, 125, 250, 280 and 300cc, the X-Track RR arrives equipped to face the most extreme terrain, offering the option of using the small tank for the Extreme Trial and the one with greater autonomy and comfort for long distances

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This photo from the 1985 Scottish, shows John Reynolds on the section called Chair-lift - Brett Clark , who rode that year, pointed out that Sammy Miller is spectating on the far left in the blue ball cap, but just in front of him, you can see Don Clark. - You could be forgiven for thinking that this was Bob Clark - uncanny likeness.
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We have a Beta shipment coming in next week, but only one of the bikes is unsold - this is the Super Smooth 300 - This is the first one of these we have brought in. But we know a couple of Island guys who love them, so doubt it will stick around long. Call us if you are interested.

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Wednesday March 13th 2019

Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

This is a shot of Mick Andrews at the 1993 Scottish - the section is called Craig Lundie, and Mick is riding the new TYZ. - We brought some of those in that year after chatting to Mick at the 92 Scottish, and checking out the Prototype at that event. - Sadly, the changes that Mick wanted, were never put into production, and the bikes arrived overweight and too wide. - We gave up on Yamaha in October, when Don Clark from Mountain Motorcycle - phoned asking us to sell Beta & Gas Gas. ( Later Sherco and now TRS)
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Great to see Tom Le Breton getting on really well with the Trs 125rr.
These little 125’s are so controllable and grip so well ,but plenty of power when you need it.

Not just a bike for kids…..

This is a nice pic of a young lady on the Beta Evo 125 Factory - great looking bike ( We have a couple of the 300 versions on route)
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Pic below, is of young Chris Stay, who won his class at the recent Colmore Trial - his first big win - The Overall went to his TRS Team mate Ross Danby.
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The snow is melting and temperatures are supposed to be going up to around +15 on Sunday - Time for this gorgeous BMW to find a new owner, - Immaculate with only 9k on the clock - it’s located in the OK Valley and priced right - Call us for more info. ( Not many around in this condition at this price)
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Here is your video for today - James Dabill practicing on a very muddy section - the Beta works fantastic in these conditions ( soon coming to a hillside near you!!)

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Tuesday March 12th 2019

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019

So as we “Jump in” to Tuesday with Adam Raga - As expected  this  XTrack model is sold out for the moment - ( I think it would be a great bike for the old guy, getting around the loop to take photos & videos- but which one? I already have two demos!!- my favorite Beta Evo 200 and a TRRS 125) - But getting back to the XTrack - let me know if you are interested because it will be Electric start for 2020) -  Not that these bikes are a problem starting - but for an old guy ?
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Not that we are going to be doing any jumping today, as a quick look through the window shows it to be white over - again !!

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For TT fans check out this rare footage from the 1960 event in the Isle of Man - I made my last visit to the Island in 1961, and saw a lot of these exotic bikes.
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I saw this post on the Old guys page & thought it was very well put together - it describes how most of us feel about the passion of Motorcycling, no matter what age.

I have been riding motorcycles since I was 7 and I’m 58 now. I have been racing motocross, GPs, and Enduros for the past 28 years and I love it. I can honestly say that every second that I have spent on my bike be it riding or racing are by and far some of the best moments I have ever experienced, even when I was crashing my brains out, and ending up under the knife at the hospital. I think the biggest bounus I get from riding is the little secret that I have tucked away in my back pocket. The secret is the same one you have in your back pocket, that being, that no matter how blanked up things can get in your life from time to time, as long as you know that your going riding this coming weekend, all the B.S. that you might be dealing with at any one moment is all going to fade into the distant past when you swing your leg over your bike. After I ride or race, my whole world seems to come back into focus, and I’m better armed to deal with the day to day strugles that life brings my way. I’v mentioned to many people, riders and non riders that when I’m on my bike, it’s the only time that I experience a true “Purity of moment” There is no external distraction to deal with, I don’t have to “Multi-Task”. I can focus on one thing and one thing only, trying to catch the guy in front of me, getting up that rocky hill that beat me the last time I rode the trail, trying not to be late to my next check point, etc. When I know that I have a chance to race or ride, I start to get geeked three days before the ride, and stay geeked for three days after, replaying the events of that particular ride. When I mention “Purity of moment” to riders, they instantly light up, and know exactly of what I speak. When I mention it to non riders they aknowledge my comment with a look of woderment and envy that I want to share with them because I know thay have never experienced what I’m talking about. I’ll be honest, when I’m speaking to people my age, that I know may never get a chance to understand what I feel when we ride my bike it bums me out. I’ve asked many of these people to come and join me, but I usually get the pat response of, I’m to old, your crazy I would never jepordize my health or my families well being especially at my age, etc. etc. I never take offense to these comments, I just feel sorry for them because they will not get to use the little secret we all get to carry around in our back pockets. So to all my secret in your back pocket Old Guys Who Ride Motorcycles buddys out there in rider land, keep riding, keep having fun, and keep those little secrets tucked away tight in your back pockets.
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How about this pic of British MX rider John Banks - with the home made face guard, from the  kitchen   - What a great idea, but I doubt John ever collected any royalties on this design.
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Back in the day, especially after the Second World War - the backyard engineers were in their glory- while the factories were trying to get back to producing motorcycles - the demand was high, especially in the UK, where bikes were used both as everyday transport, then raced or Trialed   at the weekend.
Looking back at what I consider “The Glory Years” - it’s incredible to think that the once mighty “British Motorcycle Industry”  went down the drain.
Of course there have been books written on the demise of BSA, AJS, Ariel and Norton - all very interesting, but also very sad, when you consider that many of the most advanced engineering of that time, came out of the UK. ( Many left to seek a better future)
It is also true to say, that British riders ruled in those days , names like  Geoff Duke, John Hartle, John Surtees and the immortal Bob McIntire–  On the Scrambles field, it was Jeff Smith, Geoff Ward. Brian Stonebridge , Johny Draper -and a host of others -  while on the Trials scene, we had the great Sammy Miller - hotly challenged by  Gordon Farley and the Yorkshire Lampkin clan.
As everybody knows,  in 1954 - The Japanese Honda Factory, entered a team of riders in the -TT 125cc race -in the Isle of Man - They won the Manufacturers Trophy - one American - three Japs.
-The Europeans including the Brits, stopped laughing at the oriental threat. It wasn’t long before the Japanese took over the Motorcycle market. - Why? - because they supplied  a great product at the right price, - And they were reliable
However, mass production and Trials, does not work - So here is where the small European Factories fit in.  -The Spanish, basically took over the British market, when Sammy Miller joined Bultaco in 1954.  - Picking up on this passion the Spanish are now the number one Country in the World  to manufacture Trials bikes. -
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Of course we must not forget the Italian Beta, which has been a family business since 1904 - but while others try to compete in a very small pond - it is perhaps interesting to look back, and evaluate where it all started, and indeed what the future will hold..
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