Archive for May, 2019

Tuesday May 21st 2019

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

After a fantastic three days of Trials Competition at Scotch Creek - Here are the full results

Day #1 Saturday  Outlaw Modern Trial  41 riders


1 Leigh McKay  Sherco  Kamlops BC  12 (tie break)

2 Dennis Brumwell  Mont  Yellowknife NWT 12

3 Starla Smeeth  GG  Surrey  BC   14

4 Andrew Vipond  GG  Vernon BC  19

5 Domique Doyan Beta  Winfield  BC 21

6 Oscar Usher  Beta  Nelson BC   25

7 Roger Tessier  Beta  Kamloops  BC  30

8 Britta Fornier   TRS  Vernon BC    31

9 Christian Zanders  Beta  Scotch Creek  BC 33

Jeremie Bonnefoy  Oset  ( Battery ) DNF


1 Max Lang  TRS  Vernon BC   50

2 Russ Nelson Beta  Celista BC 63

3 Josef Reschreiter  TRS Vancouver 65

4 Martin Lucas  TRS  Celista BC  67

5 Steve  Mills   GG  Bragg Creek  AB  79

6 Olivier Bonnefoy  Beta  Vernon BC 87



1 Bob  Clark  TRS  Coquitlam  BC  5

2 Marcus Buhrig  Beta Blind Bay BC 16

3 Craig Parfitt  Beta  Edmonton AB  22

4 Dean Seaman  Beta Sorrento  BC 28

5 Richard Oullete  Scorpa  Calgary AB   35

6 Marcus Garvey  Mont   Nelson BC  36

7 Chris Hrabb  TRS  Revelstoke BC  40

8 Lee Usher  Beta  Nelson  BC  41

9 Leigh Stocks  TRS Revelstoke  BC  67

10 Chris Briggs  Beta Sorrento BC  80


1 Brian McNeal  Mont  Vancouver BC  34

2 Wyatt Pospisil  Beta  Edmonton AB 35

3 Jake Wideman  Beta  Scotch Creek BC 44

Senior Advanced

1 Ross Rathbone   Beta  Magna Bay BC  22

2 Guy Smeeth   GG Surrey  BC  26

3 Andrew James  TRS  Enderby  BC  28

4 Don Doerksen  Scorpa  Mission BC 46


1 Sam King  GG   Golden  BC   7

2 Sean Bird  Scorpa Vancouver  BC  12

3 Pierce McNeal  TRS  Vancouver BC  22

4 Steve Day  Vertigo Mission  BC  23

5 Ben Pospisil  Beta  Edmonton AB  33

6 Kolten Morrison Beta  Scotch Creek  BC  41


Sunday May  19th  WTC National (West)  42 riders.

1 Starla Smeeth  GG  Surrey  BC  zero (0) points

2 Andrew Vipond  GG  Vernon  BC   1

3 Oscar Usher  Beta  Nelson  BC  8

4 Walter Cukavac  Bultaco  Spruce Grove AB  11

5 Roger Tessier  Beta  Kamloops  BC  13

6 Christian Zanders  Beta  Scotch Creek  BC  16

7 Roly Thibault  Beta  Blind Bay BC   27

8 Britta Fornier  TRS  Vernon  BC  28

9 Jeremie Bonnefoy Oset Vernon BC 35

10 Dennis Brumwell  Mont  Yellowknife NWT 41

11 Dominique Doyan  Beta   Winfield  BC  63



1 Lee Usher  Beta  Nelson BC  18

2 Richard Oullete Scorpa  Calgary AB  20

3 Max Lang  TRS  Vernon  BC   33

4 Russ Nelson  Beta  Celista  BC  34

5 Olivier Bonnefoy  Beta Vernon  BC 42

6 Martin Lucas  TRS  Celista  BC  50

7 Dave Soloiak   Mont  Vancouver  BC 62

8  Steve Mills  GG  Bragg Creek AB  63


1 Bob Clark  TRS  Coquitlam  BC  6

2 Marcus Buhrig  Beta  Blind  Bay BC  11

3 Craig Parfitt  Beta  Edmonton AB 17

4 Chris Hrabb  TRS Revelstoke BC  19

5 Dean Seaman  Beta  Sorrento  BC  20

6 Marcus Garvey  Mont Nelson  BC  28

7 Leigh Stocks  TRS Revelstoke  BC 36

8 Chris Briggs  Beta Sorrento BC  82


1 Brian McNeal  Mont  Vancouver  BC  9

2 Wyatt Pospisil  Beta  Edmonton AB  17

3 Jake Wideman  Beta  Scotch Creek  BC 29

Senior Advanced

1 Ross Rathbone  Beta Magna Bay  BC - 9

2 Guy Smeeth  GG  Surrey BC - 12

3 Carl Muller  Beta  Surrey BC  21

4 Don Doerksen  Scorpa  Mission BC  31



1 Sam King  GG  Golden  BC  - 4

2 Sean Bird  Scorpa  Vancouver BC - 6

3 Steve Day Vertigo  Mission BC - 24

4 Pierce McNeal  TRS  Vancouver  BC -33

5 Ben Pospisil  Beta  Edmonton AB  62

6 Kolten Morrison  Beta  Scotch Creek  BC 74


Monday May 20 - Outlaw Vintage Trial

Class A

1  Don Doerksen   Trixie   Mission  BC  11

2 Guy  Smeeth  Yam  Surrey  BC  12

3 Brian McNeal  Trixie  Vancouver  BC  23

4 Bob Clark  SWM  Coquitlam  BC  31


Class B

1 Dale Coull  Kaw - Mission  BC  15

2 Walter Cukavac  Fantic - Spruce Grove AB 23


A special thanks to all riders who attended -and to Ross and his crew for spending many hours on the set up, plus of course Julie and Judy & Celena   for doing a fantastic job once again on the scoring.  We are very fortunate to have the use of this land so Thanks to Dan & Helena Roane ( what great people)  ( sorry if I forgot anybody)
The annual camp fire cook out was simply amazing - thanks so much everybody for making this a wonderful weekend. - Next round of the Outlaw Series is at Rock Mountain House on the August long weekend.


Saturday May 18th 2019 - The Day of the OUTLAW.

Saturday, May 18th, 2019

Well it was another Blue-assed Fly day Friday !!! - lots to do - Brad came from Kamloops to pick up his new Beta, so we had another great chat - I think he will really like the Trials family scene.

Later I started to pack the van - no easy task trying to remember everything - - and only room for the two 125’s plus all the other gear - Tent etc. - Opti Oil for Don at Cascade - and other regular users of this great product. - Finally got that done -  Had a bit of a rest - then Dominique stopped by to pick up her Evo 250 - we did some work on it to fix the brakes, so she is all set to ride today at Scotch Creek.

Next on the agenda was grocery shopping  - picked up some food and some liquid refreshment !!  Hopefully the weather will be nice for the annual camp fire.

My email page has been very quiet Friday  - so I guess everybody that wanted something already ordered.

By the time most people read this - ( posted late Friday night) - I will be well on the way to Scotch Creek - arriving in time for the sign up scheduled for 8.30am.


In other news - Jan Peters is in the States to ride some events on the TRS - Here is a pic from today

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The weather report isn’t that great for travel - even snow on some of the Alberta hiways - Just thinking about this brings back so many memories of spending months setting up a Trial, only to have the weather turn bad.

Somehow back in the day, we all coped - waking up to snow on the ground in the Mountains West of Calgary   - we always knew that we would somehow manage to get out with our Travel Trailers.


We had a call from Dennis , our Yellowknife Trials enthusiast - he is already close to the Shuswap and is super keen to ride - can you imagine driving for a couple of days to get to an event?  - We need a long distance award.


Friday May 17th 2019. - One Day away from the Outlaw Trial

Friday, May 17th, 2019

So to sum up the past few days might be to say that I’ve been running around like a “Blue-Assed fly”  - - not that this is that unusual, at this time of the year, prior to the May long weekend -  thank goodness that I have Ross & the lads to look after the Trial set up these days - For anybody new to the sport - they simply have no idea about all the work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure the event goes off smoothly. - Needless to say my emails have been full of requests for stuff to be put on the van - then there are last minute bikes to fix for customers and new ones for others. see below >>

This is Brad from Kamloops who just picked up a new Beta Evo from Outlaw -
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Not that I’m complaining - Babsy says I’ve been moving around better this past week - so maybe the exercise is helping.

Today is going to be another full day - loading everything before heading out to Scotch Creek - I always make myself a couple of check lists so that I don’t forget something ( But that doesn’t always work as I get older)

Trying to shoe-horn everything into the van is another challenge - which bikes do I take?  - then I need to pack my sleeping bag etc plus buy groceries - it all gets to be a bit of a chore, as you get old. - ( BUT NATURALLY IT WILL ALL BE WORTH IT WHEN I SEE THE SMILING FACES AT SCOTCH CREEK)


We will close today - with a wonderful shot of Gille Burgat (Beta) at the Scottish - Gille was the youngest ever World Champion back in the day, when he was just 19 years old.

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UPDATE:  Jaime Busto & Gas Gas terminate their agreement.


Thursday May 16th 2019

Thursday, May 16th, 2019

Click here for the Outlaw Trials poster

Yes I know you may have already seen the poster - but it’s there as a reminder for some folk who only click on once in a while. - There is no question that the excitement is building, as I have had phone calls from a lot of riders from all over  -

We started the Outlaw Trial in 1986  at East Kelowna, with a Vintage on the Saturday ( Free) then the Modern on the Sunday. - Obviously it has been a huge success, with camp fire stories that definitely are something else.

- Of course, as I’m now an old guy, I had to hand over the reins to the Shuswap lads - and for the past few years, they have done an outstanding job, maintaining the traditions of the event. - This is now I think one of the longest running Trials events in Canadian History.
Ross and Jake plus helpers - always cook a big something or other on the Saturday night around the main campfire and everybody is welcome - we even have local family members attend on a regular basis, plus the land owners ( What great people they are)  - It’s all about Family.
Because of the Forest Fire issues that we seem to be plagued with at the moment - We elected to combine the WTC National (West) on this weekend, which makes it a three day  -” Bonanza” Trial -  Maybe this is the way for the future.?

So the schedule is that most people will arrive on Friday afternoon - evening - Remember the campsite is located on the left side of the main hiway just before you see the sign “Welcome to Scotch Creek” . The gate may be closed, but it will not be locked please close after you enter.

Some fairly obvious things to remember   - everything is very dry so if you are a smoker - be careful  - we are on Private land. Also pets should be controlled. - Check with Ross BEFORE you light any campfire. and PLEASE pick up all your garbage.

Sign up will start around 8.30am Saturday morning at the Beta Tent with Julie and Judy in charge. - Please note: we are not set up to take debit or credit cards cash or cheque only.

If you have any questions regarding the event - please email me - or phone (250) 545-6139 (my land line)

Wednesday May 15th 2019

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

A reminder that if you want something special put on the Outlaw Van for the weekend - you need to email or phone TODAY - We only have so much space.


Click here for the Outlaw Trials poster

Also A reminder that only Trials Motorcycles are permitted on this property - ( No Enduro or MX bikes)  Also no random camp fires !! We will have a big one on Saturday night.

So as we head into the biggest event of the year - the weather looks to be pretty much perfect - a few showers - but not too hot.  -We have heard that a good number of riders plan on coming from the West Coast and also the Nelson area- Dennis is driving all the way from Yellowknife and the ATRA lads always attend - Who knows who else might show up? - The Outlaw is always a “Hoot” - It’s a “Family Affair” -  plus of course Sunday will decide who takes the #1 Plate for the WTC National Championship (West). ( all classes)
Having checked out the loop and sections, I can tell you that Ross and the lads have done an outstanding job. for all classes, plus as has always been the tradition, you get to ride some nice terrain over a longer course..  There is nothing crazy, but riders need to know the “Basics”

Spectators can walk around at least the first 5 sections not far from camp.

Have a peek at this great shot by Heath of Toby Martyn riding the Beta Evo 125 in the top Expert class at the famous St David’s Trial in Wales a  couple of years ago. -  It is always a British Championship event. He finished well up in the awards list. -  Yes we will have one of these on display at Scotch Creek.  Also a very trick TRRS 125.
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More news as it happens >>>

Tuesday May 14th 2019

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

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DIRECTIONS Head to Scotch Creek in the Shuswap   just before the “Welcome to Scotch Creek” sign turn left into the open field camp area - very easy to find.


Test ride in the Okanagan - TRRS 125- Beta Evo 125.  Monday May 13th.
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So Monday morning I hooked up with Andrew Vipond and went over to visit with Roy on the Westside, to do a “One on One “   test, between the TRRS 125 and the Beta Evo 125..

The TRRS is a 2018 model - the Beta a 2019 model

I have selected a number of different often asked questions and then given scores based on a 1-10 system.

#1  Weight  -   TRRS = 10  - Beta =8 ( We did not officially weigh the bikes but the Beta is definitely heavier)
#2  Starting - TRRS = 10 - Beta = 10  both extremely easy to start.

#3 Clutch Operation -  TRRS = 10  - Beta = 10  no issues with either TRS is Diaphragm  - Beta Conventional.

#4 - Throttle response - TRRS = 10 - Beta =10 - both are revvers.

#5 - Suspension - TRRS =10  - Beta = 8  ( Note the TRRS is top of the line while the Beta is stock)

#6 - General balance - TRRS = 10 - Beta = 10 - both are first class.

#7 -Handling - TRRS = 8 - Beta = 10. - this is based on the opinion of two of the test riders.

#8 - Torque - TRRS = 7 - Beta =10

#9 - Transmission - TRRS = 10 ( 5 speed) - Beta =10 ( 6 speed)

#10 - Traction - TRRS =8 - Beta = 10

To sum up - the 125cc class does not exist in Canada, so these are the only bikes of this size at present in Western Canada. - The Beta has long ruled the class in Europe - where TRS are new to the game, and for next year this model will have a power valve.
My feeling as an old rider ( but with some 125 experience) is that the TRRS is more suited to the Hop & Bop style, where the Beta seems to work better in traditional sections. ( Of course none of the testers were of the Hop & bop class)
Make no mistake both these bikes are rockets - and were ridden exactly how they came out of the crates . Both are a lot of fun. - They have to be ridden with lots of clutch work.
Apart from myself we had Roy who is by his own admission just a put put type rider - Andrew is new to Trials but has a lot of experience on the big bikes.

The terrain we rode was a mixture of deer trails - plus some loose hillside sections  - now very loose because of the dry weather - I struggled on a couple of these climbs, being more used to the more forgiving Evo 200.

So there you have it - both bikes are State of the art - if you are in the market for a 125. - Interesting enough, Andrew rides a Gasser 300 but was really impressed by the Beta. - Sometimes bigger isn’t always better.
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Monday May 13th 2019

Monday, May 13th, 2019

NEXT WEEKEND !!! Turn left just before the “Welcome to Scotch Creek” sign ( large open field)
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Nice to see old friend Steve Doel getting some riding in on his new Outlaw Factory Beta. over in Alberta.
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Wulfsport UK were one of the sponsors for the 2019 Scottish - this is a pic of Steven Moffat looking very spiffy.
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Yesterday we had a very nice BBQ at our place with the family to celebrate Mother’s Day .

Today I’m going over to visit with Roy on the Westside to test out the new 125 Beta Evo - should be fun - more on this later.


Sunday May 12th 2019

Sunday, May 12th, 2019

A very happy James Dabill who took the factory Beta to a well deserved win at the 2019 Scottish Six Days. surrounded by his family.
(pic courtesy Nige Pearson)
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Here is the last video of the week in Scotland.

So now with all the excitement of the 2019 Scottish done — It’s time to focus on this coming weekend’s BIG event - IT”S A THREE DAY TRIAL” - Saturday is the Annual Outlaw Trial -  classes for everybody. - Sunday is the WTC National West - This will use the same loop but with a couple of  “Ross - additions”  for the top classes ( OK I might have had something to do with this )

The Object of all our Outlaw Trials ( started in 1986) has always been to promote English type Trials events. - the fact that we are still holding these some 33 years later, says that we might be on to a good thing. - Over the years, we have tried to  cater to the new young guys, who like the extreme stuff - but the overall plan has always been to make this a family weekend that everybody will enjoy.

Here is a poster that just popped up on Face book from an earlier Outlaw event, in 2014
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The new Jitsie Trials seats have arrived - I took a pic of them just resting on  the bikes - not  fastened down - call me if you want one..
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The old Fantic 240 I picked up   a couple of week’s ago - took some work to sort out - it had been sitting for about 6 years. - but thanks to my ace mechanic Ken Hawksford - the carb was refitted all nice and clean. - I added new domino levers - Venhill cables and some other stuff, before giving it a boot - to my surprise it fired up 3rd kick.- Like all the old bikes these seem pretty heavy - but at one time this was the bike to have. - Not sure how many are left in Canada, but I’m sure there are not many in running condition.
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Today being Mother’s day - will be  at home - later we will have a family BBQ  - SO Saturday, I   spent about 2 hours cleaning the Barbie - after it’s been sitting all winter ( Who the Hell didn’t clean it after the last  time we used it ?)  Of course the weather is now definitely in Summer mode with some records already being broken - a bit scary looking ahead to the Fire Hazard, - All the more reason for us to combine our Outlaw and WTC National into the same long weekend.


Looking ahead to Monday - I plan on going over to see Roy in “The Valley of the Sun” and will take the new Evo 125 to test at his local area. - I’ve already had the TRS 125 out at this location, so it will give me a good comparison.


Don’t forget if you are looking to get a new bike - We have quite a few in stock at very good prices - Beta or TRS


Saturday May 11th 2019

Saturday, May 11th, 2019

So here we are on the last day of the 2019 Scottish - James Dabill (Beta) still leads Dougie Lampkin ( Vertigo)  by 2 points, so it could all boil down to be a “Battle of Ben Nevis” again - last year Dabill had the terrible luck when his rear tire came off the bead on the very last section - handing the win to Lampkin - Maybe this year the Gods will shine on James - whatever the outcome, the top riders have put on a fantastic show of skill and stamina, while the ordinary club lads have enjoyed their annual “Holiday in the Highlands”

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Here is the video link for Friday >>>


Friday I was out early in the shop before it got too warm. working on the 240  Fantic - There is no doubt that we are all spoiled with the new bikes, the old clunkers are  much more difficult to work on - seems like you have to remove two other parts to get at the one you need to fix. - And all the bolts seem to be about twice the size they need to be - no wonder they weigh a ton. ( I had forgotten how much FUN it is to work on the old Classics) -  I fitted new top of the line Domino levers, and new cables - then took the front wheel off to check the front brake - shoes seemed OK and were the good ones - but I fitted new ones anyway. - Sadly I think we need more work in this area, in order to get it to stop. — Today I get the carb back and will perhaps be able to fire it up.  - Watch this space. - also for more news on the 1975 TY 175 that I bought. - Just trying to get some interest back into the Classic Trials scene. - I know old friend Walter Cukavac will be coming down from Spruce Grove Alberta with at least a couple of old twin shocks  and there are lots of other people who have these - it’s all about having fun on a low budget ( at least in Canada)  in Europe Classic bikes sell for as much as $30.00.

It will be a while before we get to see the final results from Scotland, (6.45am) but the first riders have just reached the final section at Town Hall Brae. weather appears to be good which is always a plus.

keep checking back for the latest news. >>>


Just saw a video of Dougie in trouble and a possible five points - but looking at the way things have been scored this week in Scotland - he will likely get away with a dab. - - I watched him struggle at Forrest Gate earlier in the week in a similar situation where he was scored a “2″ - stopped with both feet on the ground !!. - Obviously as long as the observer scores all riders the same - then it’s maybe justified, but as we have seen many times at the World level, there is some very “Partisan” scoring - even given the OK by a FIM official. at an event that cost a British lad a World Title.


UPDATE : James Dabill (Beta) wins the 2019 Scottish - Dougie Lampkin (Vertigo) 2nd - Dan Peace (Sherco) 3rd.


Friday May 10th 2019

Friday, May 10th, 2019

The long day on Thursday ( 101 miles) at the Scottish turned out to be easier than expected, but there were still only 4 riders who stayed feet up - and 2 of these were Welsh lads -  Iwan Roberts and Tom Sagar. -( Iwan is cursing his poor day on Tuesday)  the other two riders were James Dabill and Dougie Lampkin - so the order remains the same going into Friday. - Dabill on 2 points - Dougie on 5 followed by Michael Brown on 7.
check out the video by Bigfoot.


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And a candid one of John Lampkin - Beta UK - always around to support his riders  - pic courtesy Don Young.

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While most of the blog this week is focused  on the SSDT - A reminder that the Outlaw and WTC National are now only just over one week away. !! - We have just received a whole bunch of trick stuff from the UK ( plus some Fantic bits I needed) - You won’t get a better deal than at Outlaw so let us know what you need. we can ship out the same day - or you can pick up - example new shorty seats for all modern Trials bikes - fork guards - tether switches - spark arrestors . - clothing, helmets - you name it we have it. - We ride what we sell!! - stop in and enjoy a chat.


Looks like another warm day in the Valley - and even warmer for the weekend - don’t forget that it’s “Mother’s Day” on Sunday.


We will post updates on the Scottish when we see them as the 2019 event enters the final couple of days. I think Saturday is going to be another nail biter.

No change at the top so far - Dennis Sweeten from Portland is still going - he has now lost a total of 242 points and is in 142nd position.


A couple of riders from Italy trying the Scottish for the first time - one on a TRS Xtrack. - the other on a Beta.
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