Archive for June, 2019

Sunday June 30th 2019

Sunday, June 30th, 2019

Last day of the month  !!  Weather is actually great for being out in the woods - the recent rain storms have made things ideal.

I saw this pic from a Trial in the UK, where they still get a big turn out of older bikes at club events. - We know that there must be a ton of these old Yam Mono’s kicking around and we would really like to see some of them out at our events.  Yes, if you come out, we will have a special class for you. But you have to let us know if you are interested.
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There is a World Round in Belgium this weekend - Nothing really new happened today with Bou posting the best time in qualifying -James Dabill  ( Beta)  was 2nd, in the race over the parking lot rocks. I wonder who remembers the event at Bilstienn (?) - when the riders all went on strike, because the rain soaked sections became impossible?
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The Moto GP teams are at it again  this weekend - the new French kid is on pole for the second time in a row - Marquez - will start 4th and the Doctor is back in the field - Lorenzo crashed hard and is out of it for the weekend.

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Although this might seem like a regular shot from a UK Trial - this is actually quite rare, as it is from an event in the Shetland Isles ( Off the coast of Scotland) - A few keen enthusiasts have been working hard to make this unique Trial happen - looks like a great location .
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Good news on the Computer issues - I seem to have found the solution, and we are all good again.
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We have seen some early morning video from Belgium and the weather looks to be dry - results later.
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Saturday June 29th 2019

Saturday, June 29th, 2019

This pic is from our Thursday ride at Summerland - lovely view from this spot over on Rowdy Flats - Ted & Brad take it all in. - Flowers have all gone now, but earlier in the year, this Valley would be all yellow.
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Sad news out of the USA today - Marland Whaley has died at age 60, reported to be a heart attack. - He was a top Trials rider for Honda/Montesa and is seen here at the Scottish Six Days Trial- (Photo Credit Ian Laurie)
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Yesterday we had a nice visit from Steve Doel and his daughter Shelby -  the family are in the Okanagan for the weekend, staying at their place near Enderby - Steve picked up some stuff for the Beta and some Wulf boots for Shelby ( Who has grown a lot since we last saw her)

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We have been experiencing a lot of “down time” with our internet connection lately - not sure if it’s just Shaw Cable or what - Anyway, if you have not had a reply to an email - please give us a call at (250) 545-6139

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The long weekend is here, and with it we had a big storm late yesterday - but rain is good !!   see that Calgary also got this, with flooded streets - but then again this often happens at the start of Stampede week.

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We have not heard if anybody is planning on riding over the next couple of days - remember that long weekends are usually the time when the CO’s   like to frequent riding areas to check for papers & Spark Arrestors.

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Meanwhile - the weather in Europe has been super hot +44 in some areas  of France, where the Women’s Soccer is going on  Italy and the Netherlands are playing today - over in Spain they have another huge Classic Trial happening, and our old friend Mick Andrews is there, still enjoying his Trials riding - you can tell it’s hot by the fact that Mick has a bandana  inside his helmet !! - looks like a very nice Majestry that he is standing by - not sure who the other guy is or who took the photo.

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Friday June 28th 2019

Friday, June 28th, 2019

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On Thursday, I took the lads to see  the small plaque we put on the section we called “Devil’s Staircase” - Pete & myself spent many hours clearing this - two large trees had to be cut down to make a line up the rocky gully and a ton of bark mulch raked off the lower part., - Both Pete and I agreed that this was likely one of the best sections we ever created. - We first used it in the WTC National with no cleans reported ( Only Expert line) at a later event we eased up the middle part and quite a number of the top riders got through without losing points.
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So Thursday we played “Hooky” - Brad came down from Kamloops, and we went to Summerland - met up with Ted Pepperdine and had an incredible ride. - Originally, I had planned to take the 125 Beta Evo - but a last minute change of plans saw me out on the TRRS 125, and what a hoot that was. - Although this was really just a “Trail” ride - one of my short cuts, had us into big boulders covered with long grass - on route to Pete’s Plaque.

Glad to say that Brad survived the experience ( but I did say sorry)  - The amazing thing for me, was how well the little TRS handled everything - Yes you need to be good with the clutch, but it’s so light ( plus easy to start)  that I really felt great. ( You always know you have had a good day, when you get near the end of a ride and want to try some difficult section - just because. - Of course being an old man, I recognized the symptom and called it quits - but it’s been a long time since I’ve felt that way)  Simply put - I’m having a blast on both the TRS and Beta 125’s - and  I  think maybe  we should have a class for them in our Outlaw Series next year  - yes they are that good. ( Remember Starla Smeeth rides a 125 Gasser)

The question is of course, if a 125 works so well, why would anybody want to ride a big bore?  - Again a lot depends on both the size and ability of the rider, and what they   want to do - ride Trials competition? - trail ride ?

I have said many times times that lots of riders “Over-bike”   themselves and with a Trials bike, this usually means two things - hard to start and too much power.

So there you have it - We sell all sizes and they all work very well - which one is for you?
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Oh Yes - I saw a HUGE brown bear while leading on one of the lower trails - it was heading around the corner in front  and don’t think the other guys saw it - this is only the second time that I’ve seen a large bear at this location.

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Thursday June 27th 2019

Thursday, June 27th, 2019

Not sure if it’s just our area out near Swan Lake, but our Shaw Internet service lately has been terrible - down during the day a lot of the time - so if you have been expecting a reply to your emails etc - I’m afraid that is the reason. - I intend complaining as it seems to be getting worse , we also had another Power Outage last night       ( likely another car crash into a telephone pole as we heard lots of sirens on the hiway.)
Here is an old shot from a few years ago at Summerland - Once again I’m on the Evo 200 - this is quite a tricky section with adverse cambers & tight turns ( glad to see I have my left arm up)
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Today we will be going to Summerland, to take Brad for a trail ride & general coaching session on his new Beta 300 - meeting up with Ted Pepperdine, hopefully we don’t caught in any thunder storms. - I will be on the TRS Raga 125 today.
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This shot is from the Mintex Cup Trial in the UK - sometimes called the “Mini-Scott” the rider is Ben Hemmingway on the Beta.
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I saw a news release from Gas Gas saying that they are not closing !!!! ( think we’ve heard this story before)

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Wednesday June 26th 2019

Wednesday, June 26th, 2019

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This pic of my old 1973 Bultaco Sherpa T 325 showed up again  on FB - too bad I still don’t have it as it was the best Bul that I owned ( and I had a few) Of course we always took the stock alloy fenders off plus the side-stand and anything else that would save a few grams. !!

This was the bike that took me to 3rd Open and 6th Overall at the 1973 Moose Mountain Cross Country. - Can’t remember if I won any Trials  on it, but had to let it go when I joined Yamaha Motor Canada in October that year - the start to another amazing chapter in my life.
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Yesterday we had a  surprise visit from the Heidrick brothers - I knew they lived in Kelowna, but have not seen  them for years - naturally we had a lot of old stories to relate. - they hope to get back into the  vintage Trials scene at some point..

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Today will be spent doing a bit of clean up on my van - crazy how much stuff gets left in it after events. - will then load up for a ride/coaching day tomorrow at Summerland. - Brad is coming down from Kamloops with his new Beta, and we will meet up with Ted.

- I really enjoy introducing new Trials riders to this area, as it has so much to offer, no matter what your ability.  I think I will take the Evo 125 tomorrow as it’s so much fun, and being 6 speed is well suited to these trails.

Looking ahead to the weekend, naturally a lot of people will be out in the Forestry ( including the CO’s) please be careful out there, and remember those spark arresters are now required. ( We have them in stock for Beta and TRS).

Of course if you are in the market for a new bike, there has never been a better time to pick up a super deal on either a new Beta or TRS - Huge savings - ( Up to a $1,000 off retail on many models) - but when they are gone - they are gone. - Remember at Outlaw, we do not charge for PDI or documentation, plus you get a years supply of Opti Lubricants FREE.

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I see that Marc Colomer has now joined EM Electric. - I ‘m not sure how many factories he has worked for now, but these are a few I remember - Montesa, Beta, Gas Gas, Ossa, Vertigo. -

Just for the record - we have been approached by a lot of the different Electric brands ( and Chinese) to sell their product. - But for me the joy of the sport is with and always has been, with the gas powered bikes. -  As my old buddy Walt used to say ” Whatever turns you on” - and for me Electric just doesn’t cut it.

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For a lot of old timers -  looking back at photographs from the past, brings back so many memories - here is one of Chris Horsefield on the big 500 Matchless at Hawkstone Park, in 1965 - I attended that event in 1955, my first ever visit to a “Scramble” - I wondered if the bikes would ever get up the big hill after the starting straight - and was amazed at seeing Geoff Ward on a big AJS roar over the top rocky slabs in a cloud of dust -  yes to a 16 year old that was impressive and a sight I will never forget.  ( The bad part about that day, was that some jerk nicked my brand new James from the parking area - there were hundreds of bikes  but he took mine.- I eventually got it back but that basically ruined my Summer)
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( not sure who took this great shot but thanks for sharing on FB)

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Here is a Blast from the past - Back in the day we wore open faced helmets ( often called Pudding bowls) with a scarf or bandana around the mouth to keep the dust out - then came the Swedish Joffa mouth guards - followed by this idea from John Banks ( he made his first one out of a plastic kitchen strainer)  - Over in North America, the Iron Jaw was the choice of many, ( including me)  as the first full face helmets were too hot and confining.
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Tuesday June 25th 2019

Tuesday, June 25th, 2019

Here is a nice pic from a Classic Trial in the UK ( pic by Tim Britton)  - It shows a very natural section - camber  uphill - the type of section that can take the odd point, on a nice long loop. ( Not sure what the bike is)Image may contain: 2 people, mountain, motorcycle, outdoor and nature

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Big thanks to Scott Barrie from Ontario, who saw my note on where to buy new DVD discs for copying VHS tapes - He sent me a bunch, and Yesterday, I made a a couple of copies of some of my old Trials training tapes, for the  new riders we have. - Interesting to watch one of these that I took with my Cam- Corder at Summerland, back in 1995. - We had a good group out that day - Barry, Hugh,Ted, Neil, Richard, Peter, Mike and Doug. -Many of the sections we had the lads practice are still there, and still a challenge - even on the latest bikes.

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We have heard from both Beta and TRS with price reductions on the 2019 models that are still available .  The 2020 bikes are on order and these need to go.
We have on offer. a very limited number of -
1 only  2018 TRRS 125 - 2019 TRS 250,- TRS 280 - TRS 300  + Raga Racing 280 and 300 and Xtrack 300

2019 -  Beta Evo 125 - Beta Evo 300 - Beta Evo 300 SS - Beta Evo 300 Factory - Beta Evo 300 4T Factory.

These are going at huge discounts, so if you are interested - act quickly and phone us for pricing.

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It’s hard to believe that we are in the last week of June already - with Canada Day next Monday. The rain we have had this month has certainly made the Forests great for riding, but don’t forget you need a Spark Arrester.

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Looking back at things from last weekend, - I see that the Ladies day at Revvy was a great success, with 70 gals out for the event, which also featured training by Lexi Pechout. - I talked to Dominique about this as she often rides at that location with a friend who has an Enduro bike. - as she says, a lot of these women would be better off on a Trials bike.  -

In fact look for an article in one of the top Canadian Publications on this subject, as we have been approached to do a Test day.  ( Likely featuring the often overlooked 125  Trials bikes)

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In spite of what we think regarding the World Trials scene, they certainly get a good crowd out to most of them - be interesting to know what the financial breakdown is, and where all the money goes.

This pic shows Franz Kadllec (TRS)  who finished in 8th place in Holland.  ( not sure who took the pic)
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Monday June 24th 2019

Monday, June 24th, 2019

Steve Holcombe took another win at the weekend on the Factory Beta - neat shot but don’t know who took it.
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Meanwhile Sammy was doing his stunt show in Moose Jaw - scary stuff - but he does come from “Down under”

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It was another weekend of no riding for us - Hopefully manage to get out in the week sometime. - watched the Women’s World Football game between Brazil and France - 24,000 fans all singing the French National Anthem  - they took a narrow victory and are through into the next round. - Canada play the Netherlands today.

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We had a big rain storm yesterday afternoon - when we lived in Wales, we got tired of all the rain, now because of the Forest Fire hazard, we love it.

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Max stopped by with some fresh veggie from his garden - turns out he was hiking when he fell and broke his hand - not on the bike !!!

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I’ve checked out some of the video from both the World Trial in the Netherlands, and the Extreme Enduro from Spain ( won by Graeme Jarvis)  - My thoughts are as follows. -

Although the Dutch did a great job with the Trial, - because they have no hills, they have to build everything -and  this became an Arena Trial.  - So not really what could be termed on a par with other outdoor locations  for a World Round.. ( All very clever - but boring in my book)

Interestingly they had an Electric Class with 5 riders, won by Albert Cabestany ( yes 5 riders)
In comparison - the Spanish Enduro had places that resembled Trials sections, with top riders ending up with bikes drowned out in water, or thrown off the top of steep hill climbs.  As one  European person wrote ” Why do we now have Enduro that is like Trial and Trial like Circus?”  Very strange.

Of course looking back at Alberta Cross Country races from the 70’s - it was common to have deep River Crossings - big hills and muskeg bogs etc,  which killed off most of the entry,  and that is why,  later these  races became multi lap Hare Scrambles. -

What I do know, is that modern bikes cost a lot of money, and anytime an organizer puts on a Super tough event - entrees are way down the following year.

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Sunday June 23rd 2019

Sunday, June 23rd, 2019

Sammy Miller certainly hosts a lot of  events at his Museum in the UK - the latest was an invite to all Rickman enthusiasts. -Many will recall the brothers Don & Derick, who were not only successful - “Scramblers” back in the day - but also had a very good  business, building special frames for a wide variety of engines, which were sold in Kits, Worldwide.

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Results from the FIM World Round.

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Here is a great shot of the late Brian Pearson from Lethbridge - like many riders, Brian started out on a Yamaha DT 1 - riding it in Cross Country races and Hill Climbs.  - He went on to become a Champion in Hill Climbing, and was a very successful Kawasaki Dealer in Lethbridge, before his untimely death from LGD.

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The Vernon “Half Throttle” event up above Noble Canyon had a good turn out of riders  with weather just about perfect.  Unfortunately, we could not attend this time.
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Saturday June 22nd 2019

Saturday, June 22nd, 2019

Today is the Vernon Club’s big Half Throttle event up above Noble Canyon   - great for everybody - looks like we will have to miss it because of business - but I’m sure everybody will have fun - weather looks to be perfect.

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After a very successful Trial and Training session in Scotland - it seems that Bernie Shchreiber will be coming to Canada to do a school in Ontario, He will teach both vintage and modern.   Not that this is the first time Bernie has put on Trials Schools - he did one back in the day at Panorama  BC - which was organized by Harlow Rankin. see info:

Bernard Schreiber

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MASTERCLASS in CANADA 🇨🇦
The next Schreiber Experience will be hosted in Ontario, Canada on July 27th. Don’t miss this opportunity to improve your skills, lower your scores and witness an approach to coaching not seen in our sport. All level of riders and bikes are welcome. More information at: http://www.sovt.website/schedule.html

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Early today, we had Hugh stop by to pick up his Evo 200, which he has decided to keep ( smart decision) after which Max Lang and a buddy called - Max with his arm all wrapped up after surgery for a broken finger !!! ( out for 6 weeks) - then late afternoon Chris Hrabb paid a visit with all the news from fighting the Forest Fires up near High Level  - plus he told me that Terry Duflott has gouged his leg really bad when his boot slipped off the Vertigo kickstart. - Talk about the walking wounded !!.

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Just saw that James Dabill  ( Beta) set fastest time in Qualifier #1 in the Netherlands.
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Friday June 21st 2019

Friday, June 21st, 2019

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I just had to post this pic of a young lad on the TRS 125 - The same bike ( and the only one in Canada) that we have - This is where it all begins for the young riders in Europe - the new bikes are frankly quite amazing - this is when they learn the correct clutch technique - combined with lots of revs these small displacement bikes are fantastic and lots of fun as I’ve found out recently. ( they are not just for kids)
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Bit of Nostalgia just showed up on FB - The letter sent by Bruce Brown to the Military base before filming some of the “On Any Sunday” movie - of course the Greeves that was ridden by Mert Lawill, had Harley Davidson decals on the tank, as he was contracted to them at the time.

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And here is another bit of history - The year Bernie Schreiber won the World Trials Championship

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The weather has certainly been strange this week - much cooler with snow on the connector and 10cm expected in Banff and Jasper - plus heavy rain which has caused the cancellation of the Trial at Falun Alberta. ( Sunday)
However, things should brighten up in the Valley for the big Poker Rally at Noble Canyon on Saturday  scroll back to see the poster. - Always a lot of fun for all ages especially the kids.

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There is a World Round going this weekend in the Netherlands - so we will watch to see what kind of sections they put in - likely the same man made rocks as usual. Here is the official info:
Following a 40-year absence, top-flight Trial action returns to Holland this coming weekend with TrialGP Netherlands – round three of the 2019 FIM Trial World Championship – at a purpose-built facility at Zelhem in the east of the country.

The event will feature the premier TrialGP class along with the Trial2 and Trial125 categories and for the first time this season the TrialE competitors on electric motorcycles will be in action at the highly-regarded venue that’s staged acclaimed rounds of the FIM European Championship in 2012 and 2017.

Leading the TrialGP title race on a maximum 60 points is defending champion Toni Bou (Repsol Honda) who remains unbeaten following the opening two rounds in Italy and Japan. The Spanish superstar is the most dominant rider in the history of the sport and on his current form he surely must start favourite.

So who can stop him? While Bou is certainly the man to beat there is a queue of talented riders ready and willing to depose him headed by two-time World Champion Adam Raga (TRRS).

Already 11 points adrift of the leader, the Catalan rider knows he must strike soon if he is to deny Bou a record-breaking 13th consecutive title. Last season was the first time since 2002 that he failed to win a World round and after two second-placed finishes in Japan earlier this month the 37-year-old is determined to go one better this weekend.

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In other news - we just saw that Gas Gas are closing the doors again - at least for Six months. - ( unofficial)

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With things a bit slow - I’ve been able to watch a few of the Women’s World Football ( Soccer) games - Canada lost to the Netherlands today, while the US Team beat Sweden - but I think the biggest upset so far has been the game which Scotland lost mainly due to some very bad referee calls. - One thing that stands out is the energy and skill that the teams have these days - I’ve never been much of a Soccer fan ( called Football in Europe) but these matches are fun to watch.

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Finally for today - We just read  the VMC Newsletter which Roger Boothroyd does such a great job on - in particular, I enjoyed reading about the guy who rode all through Europe on a 197 Francis Barnet - back in the day- that must have been  a struggle going over the Alps - check it out on the VMC website.

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