Archive for April, 2019

Monday April 15th 2019

Monday, April 15th, 2019

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We had a good day out yesterday down the Valley - Met up with this group out enjoying a ride - couple of enduro bikes in there.

We later split with these guys and sent them on the easier long loop, while Andrew, Dale and myself took the lower mountain trail, which we guessed would need some clearing. Armed with only a couple of small hand saws, the boys had a  real work out, and a big thanks to them for doing all this work -the old trail is now passable, but still not a good one for junior riders. - We have had some brilliant sections along here in the past, including Grouse Climb. - ( Some of the older riders will maybe remember this one) - We will have a map to show people who show up next weekend listing the various routes.
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We saw a bunch of Sand Cranes heading North  - a wonderful sight - they make a loud racket as they fly high overhead in a narrow corridor each year.

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In other news, we heard that Tiger won the masters which is great to hear, we watched the action the first couple of days. - Also Stateside, It was Suzuki rider Alex Rins who took his first big win at the US Moto GP - narrowly beating out Valentino Rossi, after Marquez crashed out.


Sunday April 14th 2019

Sunday, April 14th, 2019


Neat old pic of Steve McQueen on his Six Day Triumph - not sure who the other guy is.
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Blast from the past - Ben, Harold & Mark
'The ATRA Team at Round #1 of the Outlaw Series in Shawnigan Lake BC last weekend.'

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A new happy TRS customer from Oliver - Brent Lines has never had a Trials bike before - but has jumped in the deep end with a  Raga 300.


Saturday April 13th 2019

Saturday, April 13th, 2019

Just to show we do sell quite a few Beta Trials bikes >>>>>>
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Now that’s a good name for a section !!!
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The Scottish Six Days Trial is only a couple of weeks down the road - and this is a wonderful photo of Gille Burgat on the section called “Pipeline”

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With the warmer weather, everybody is getting the bug to go riding, and are picking up new bikes & gear - we have been very busy for the past few weeks, with both. - A nice Beta Evo went to Alberta on Thursday, and a TRS is being picked up today - Wulf riding gear and Helmets are in big demand, with another shipment due in on Tuesday. - Just had a GG Pro dropped off for some “Fettling”  ( Yes we can service and supply parts for most Trials bikes. - As most folk know, we sold GG for25 years, and Sherco from 1999 to 2013. - Give us a call if you need more info .

On Friday, buddy Chris Hrabb stopped by & we grabbed lunch down at the local - Chris said he was still sore from the Desert 100 Cross Country Race last weekend , but the he had a lot of fun. - Being lined up with 1500 other riders, was no doubt pretty daunting - Tristan Hart from Invermere BC  took 2nd overall. - Chris finished, but forgot to ask him what position. - I remarked that this must be one of the few big desert races still on the Calendar - Back in the 1950’s the “Big Bear” run was huge as was the Baja -Vegas event.

Friday April 12th 2019

Friday, April 12th, 2019

Does anybody recognize this Trials rider? not usually seen on a Bultaco
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Interestingly enough - the original Bultaco used by Sammy Miller to develop the Trials bike that changed the sport forever, is now up for sale — no price has been listed.  - Notice the unusual cylinder head as seen also in the top pic - and yes that is Mick Andrews.
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Here is a pic of Jordan Szoke on the TRS at last Sunday’s Ontario Trial  - He finished 2nd Expert behind Beta rider Jon English - Jordan of course spends most of his summer racing Super bikes and is a Multi time Canadian Champ.

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This was just posted on FB and is a bit of a shocker - I happen to know  Dave French and called on him when I   was on the road selling Opti and other stuff - He is a really good guy who promotes the sport, and to have this shit come down the pipe - is hard to swallow. - I have never met any organizer of an Off Road event - that did not try their best to follow guide lines on running events on Crown Land. - I feel this to be a vindictive   act by someone  involved in either the Political or Environmental  department to ban off road motorcycle events on Crown land. Everybody who has been reading the reports, knows that it’s money from the US Environmental groups  - that are trying to take over land use in Canada -   I SAY THAT IS WRONG  -  Hopefully, there will soon be a new Government in Alberta who will change this biased way of trying to control land use.

They are using scare tactics to stop all off road use. - Hey Wake up Manufacturers - who is going to buy your bikes, quads, side by sides,  when Governments controlled by a foreign Environmental  organization -  dictate land use? - Good luck to all the dealers who have been trying to make a living selling Off Road bikes - a few already shutting down in Alberta, -

Many years ago - I made the statement that ” The Dirt biker’s would never complain - until the gates went up to their favorite riding area”

Believe it >>>>>>>>>>>>>
This is the post on the case >>
The Brooks Motocross Club and a member of its executive have each been found guilty of contravening the Fisheries Act and Species at Risk Act, and face thousands of dollars in fines.

In his decision given Dec. 17, 2018, Judge Jerry LeGrandeur said the club and David Allen French contravened the acts by allowing motocross bikes to race through streams containing sensitive fish habitat, killing a number of bull trout, as well as west slope cutthroat trout, which are designated a threatened species.

“It is clear that, but for the race and the failure of Brooks Motocross Club to prevent or adequately mitigate the effects of the stream crossings, both species of fish died,” LeGrandeur said in his decision.

During a sentencing hearing Tuesday in Lethbridge provincial court, the Crown recommended fining the club a total of $70,000 – $35,000 under each act – and fining French $20,000 under each act. Defence for French suggested a range of $5,000 to $10,000 for each count, while defence for the club recommended the minimum fine under the Fisheries Act of $25,000 and $5,000 under SARA.

The Crown also recommended prohibiting French and the club from organizing motocross races in Alberta that include water crossings, and suggested the club should publish an article in an approved media describing the offence and the importance of not disturbing fish habitat.

Defence for both clients, on the other hand, opposed the ancillary orders and said ordering the club to publish an article is malicious and paramount to public humiliation.

The two charges stem from a motocross race at Racehorse Creek in the Crowsnest Pass, Aug. 30, 2014. The Crown said during trial last spring the race crossed north and south Racehorse Creek at a number of locations, and although French, who was charged as a party to the offences, said he built bridges in 2014, Crown witnesses who took photos of the race testified there was only one permanent bridge.

Defence for the club asserted there was no evidence to connect the club to the offences beyond a reasonable doubt, or that fish were actually harmed or harassed by the racers, especially since there were non-racers had also used the course. Defence also asserted if the club did commit the act as charged, it was operating under the assumption it was authorized to run the race and was in compliance with government requirements at the crossings.

French’s lawyer asserted his client, who was club vice-president at the time, was operating under the mistaken belief that another individual had obtained temporary authorization and the race was being conducted in accordance with that authorization, so he exercised due diligence and should not be liable.

Defence also said French was not an organizer of the event and didn’t contribute to the perpetuation of the race other than in a peripheral way. However, LeGrandeur noted there is evidence of racers crossing the creeks several times, and a video shows French giving race instructions to the participants.

LeGrandeur didn’t sentence French or the club Tuesday, but adjourned the matter to April 26 when a date for sentencing will likely be set


Then again - there is the good news !! - Yes there are a number of places that we can ride in the OK - Although with the latest developments — I’m reluctant  to say where - who knows the  fish cops might be checking my site. - One thing for sure, they will be out in force on the Easter weekend checking for registration papers ( yes you need to carry them with you)  -Insurance and spark arrestors.
But you can always email or   call me - 250 545-6139 - Although my years may be numbered,  I want to ride all the time.


Thursday April 11th 2019

Thursday, April 11th, 2019

Looking for something to do this weekend? - Check out this poster for a trip to California.
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or you could take in the PNTA Trial in Victoria.

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A reminder that we will have a Vintage class at the Outlaw on the May long weekend.

It won’t be long now and the flowers will be blooming out at Rowdy Flats - This is pic of myself and my son a couple of years ago.

'It won't be long until this meadow is full of flowers - and with a trail running through it's a wonderful experience on a Trials bike, in the Okanagan Valley'


It was quite busy on Wednesday, with people stopping by to pick up  riding gear and parts, with a few saying they are planning on coming to Summerland for Easter.