Archive for September, 2019

Friday September 20th 2019

Friday, September 20th, 2019

This is the place to be this weekend if you are into Dirt bikes - We will be up there tomorrow (Saturday) with some Beta Trials bikes - unfortunately   not all we were hoping for as a shipment from our Importer in New Brunswick, got screwed up, and our bikes ended up in Quebec. ( We had hoped to have a couple of 300 Evo’s one 2T one 4T)  I guess these will get to us next week sometime.
However, we invite everybody to stop by for a chat, and we can tell you all about what is coming up in our local Trials scene.
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Harold Pospisil from Edmonton, was quick to post us the names of the riders in the pic we showed from Indian Graves. - I’m pretty certain he got them all correct. Sad to say that most of these guys no longer own a Trials bike. ( That was an awesome place to ride & Chris Wilson did a fantastic job organizing the events we had there - before the Forestry guys showed up & put the nail in the coffin - they threatened a $1000,00 fine for running a section in the Creek) -
The problem I see with Crown land use everywhere, is a “Give in”  approach. rather than take a  “This is our land too” -

The Enviro groups are well funded and organized - the Motor cycle riders/ clubs - organizations, factories !!!  have been sitting back for decades, watching and bitching, but doing little.

Its my opinion that future Trials events will all be on Private land - no matter where, which is sad given the wonderful terrain in which we live. - Why should a well funded group of Enviro nuts, get the attention of the Politicians - Oh sorry - I forgot we have   a drama queen as a Prime minister .

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Check out this mint used  Beta Evo 80 we got traded in - it lasted exactly one day before being bought by a local Vernon Club member for his family.

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Another new Beta Evo 80 arrived today - this one the small wheel version - I wonder how long this will be in the shop?  We will have this on display at Silver Star tomorrow.
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And now for something completely different - I’m sure we have a lot of Dog lovers out there & this is a shot of our buddy Heath Brindley’s pooch running on the local beach in the UK collecting firewood,

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Thursday September 19th 2019

Thursday, September 19th, 2019

We see some great old photographs posted on FB - from back in the day when you really had to know what you were doing to get a good result with a sharp image and in focus - not like these days, when a kid with a cell phone can capture amazing images.  This one was posted by Francis Custard & shows a Greeves rider being chased by somebody on either a Francis Barnet or a James. ( likely a FB as it appears to have a chrome tank)
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I started out with an Ilford rangefinder 35mm camera - no money back when you are 15 years old. - I set up my own darkroom  and began to take photos of various events - motorcycle Scrambles/Trials - plus a published Gliding article with  the local ATC cadets, that got me some nice comments, from one of our Editors.
Of course working for the local Newspaper had it’s advantages, and it wasn’t long  before my photos and write-ups were in a lot of the 11 papers we published, plus by this time, I had upgraded to Pentax equipment and was getting my reports and pics in the National Motorcycle publications. ( all very difficult back then when film had to be sent on the train to London to meet deadlines) Unlike today - You never really knew how good your “shots” were until the film was developed. In a nutshell, You had to be a “Pro” back in the day.
Memories !!!
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Results from the 2019 WTC Championship in Quebec.
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I think this has to be the best shot for today.
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While our plans for the weekend, have had to be cut back because of a shipping issue with Beta - We will still be up at Silver Star on Saturday with a couple of Trials bikes to chat to anybody that’s interested in the sport.

The super deals on 2019 models are still in effect, so if you are in the market for new or used, be sure to stop by.

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Blast from the past - an ATRA Trial at Indian Graves Alberta many years ago - can anyone name the riders?
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Wednesday September 18th 2019

Wednesday, September 18th, 2019

Caesar Demarni of Kamloops picked up the awesome TRRS 125 we had yesterday - I’m sure he will have lots of fun on that. ( Kinda sad to see it go)
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Looking at the weather picture for the rest of the week - it seems the rain is supposed to quit by Saturday - which is great news for the Silver Star Enduro.

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This pic just showed up on FB - It is Outlaw Dave testing the very first TRS 250 that we received 4 years ago at Bear Ridge.

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Now this is a tough section no matter what bike - but a real challenge on a Twin shock, no matter how trick it is.
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Well ! The news today is not good - Just had an email from Beta Canada to say that the shipment of bikes that are supposed to arrive tomorrow, are the wrong ones as things got screwed up at the warehouse !!! Wonderful, seems my bikes are in Quebec someplace. ( No idea what is in the shipment due to arrive tomorrow)

All is not lost as we will still have Beta Trials bikes bikes to display at Silver Star  on Saturday, but not what I had planned.

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Results from the CPTA Wet Trial at Iron Mountain will be up shortly on Trials Canada - as expected the ugly weather made things difficult. -  Alex Walton ( TRS) won the Expert - Looks like they had only 21 riders, with a few DNF’s. ( Not surprising given the conditions)
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Last night we attended the VOMC meeting - great club and the meetings are always run in a very business like way - lots of items on the agenda, with attention to work parties up on Vernon Mountain to keep the trails free of dead fall a big topic. I mentioned that club member Andrew Vipond took the overall win in the Junior Class at our 4 event Outlaw Series. Members will also be involved helping out or riding at the Silver Star race this weekend.

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This made me laugh this morning, given the idiotic situation we have in our current Political system.

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Tuesday September 17th 2019

Tuesday, September 17th, 2019

Beam me up Scottie !!! This is a nice shot that Sammy took of me with his dog “Tiki” down by the River at Malakwa.
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James Dabill rode a 2020 Beta Evo at the Spanish National Round last Sunday - Not sure where he finished - I’ve not been able to find any results. - Except that Busto won with Tony Bou second.
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And if you need to know just how insane the Xtrial scene is these days - check this out . # CRASH

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It  was 40 years ago, that Bernie Schreiber won the FIM World Trials Championship for Bultaco - the first American and non- European to do this ( And still is)

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I had an interesting conversation with my mechanic Ken today - we talked about Trials. and why it’s such a great sport, but one that has never really caught on in North America.

Ken has never ridden a Trials event, but he did ride MX a few years ago on Vancouver Island - It surprised me, that even  though I had only had him out on a Trials bike once - he had such an understanding of why it appeals to only a small percentage of Motorcycle enthusiasts in Canada.  -

He mentioned the lack of Publicity, but also the wrong kind of message portrayed by World Trials via video   -  We talked about the fact that  while all other Motorcycle sport continues to present themselves the same as they have since day one  -   IE:  Road racing, Speedway, MX  Enduro -   Trials has been manipulated as a spectator sport at the World level, which has done nothing to either sell bikes, or promote numbers at club events. It’s more like a Circus.
BACK TO BASICS - The sport of Trials does not need changing - it just needs to be portrayed as it is,  a great way to spend a day out in the Country with your family and friends.  -

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Today the last TRS we have in stock will be going out the door - the Raga 125 is a fantastic  bike and we have really enjoyed demoing it, but it’s time for it to go to it’s new home in Kamloops.

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Happy 90th birthday to Sir Stirling Moss today, one of the greatest  racing drivers of all time.
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More news as it happens >>>

Monday September 16th 2019

Monday, September 16th, 2019

It was quite a race in Italy on Sunday, but in the end, it was that kid Marquez who won, but perhaps the new French rookie stole the show.  - 4 Yams in the top 5 places.
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Results Montreal Super Cross.

1st #15 Husqvarna DEAN WILSON
1st 3rd 1st 30

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Big event at Silver Star this coming weekend.  - We will be up there on Saturday at the Endurocross -  with a Beta Trials display ( Beta Canada are part Sponsors)

We will have the following bikes for sale at  HUGE savings - 2019 Beta 80 Jr (sold) - 2015 Beta 80 Sr ( used) - 2019 Beta Evo 125 (demo) 2019 Beta Evo 200 ( demo) 2019 Beta Evo 300 SS (New) - Beta Evo 300 4T(New)

If you are interested in any of these bikes, I suggest you give us a call before Saturday.
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Beta make it Three World Championships in a row !!!

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Congrats to Lexi Pechout  of Calgary, who took a big win at an Enduro in Japan last weekend - this is the second time she has been invited to compete in the Land of the Rising Sun.  She rode a 350 Husky.
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No word yet on results from the CPTA Iron Mountain Trial - but we have heard it was very wet.

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Now this is a “Mans” bike  Brough Superior.
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Over in Spain at the Spanish Championships, Toni Bou had a “Bad day” he finished 2nd to Jaimie Busto !! Adam Raga finished just off the podium in 4th.

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Sunday September 15th 2019

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

Looks like somebody lost their car keys !!!! The Spanish National Trial this weekend.
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Breaking News - The Whistler Gondola folk - have applied for control over all the land presently used by the Squamish Trials club, which could be very bad news regarding access. - check out the details that have been posted on FB by Chessy Knight.

https://www.fraserbasin.bc.ca/Shannon_Basin_Survey.html?fbclid=IwAR33uJPDI7WNhR0MBN2VJpFgjqbsimmbvKTZ5RTl3FJaedY62-mVTxLKf2s
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Andrew Vipond chanced the weather Saturday & looks to have found some neat stuff to ride on his Outlaw/TRS
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The Factory Beta Enduro Team are proving to be pretty much unbeatable this year - Brad Freeman and Steve Holcolme usually finishing 1-2 . - This is Freeman in Portugal.
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Steve Saunders TRS Team took two of the top classes  in the British Championship Series - Ross Danby and Chris Stay - Well done.

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Saturday September 14th 2019

Saturday, September 14th, 2019

Click for Brown Memorial Trial poster

Note :  Entry Fee is $25 per day or $40 for Two days (includes Saturday night Supper) - All Proceeds go to Cancer Research.

Classes will be  Junior B  - (Kids class)

Junior  A -

Intermediate

Sportsman

Advanced

Expert.

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Please note that we will also have the #1 plates for the Outlaw Series winners at the Brown Memorial

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Big Moto GP race this weekend at Missano in Italy - just down the road from where Valentino Rossi lives on the Adriatic Coast ( Beautiful spot we spent our honeymoon there in 1962) - Reports are that the Yamaha’s are  quick.

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Rain - that’s the forecast for this weekend in the Valley, so I think it will be a good time to clean bikes.

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No news yet on Moto GP  stuff from Italy - keep checking back >>>> UPDATE Yamaha on Pole but a KTM 2nd !!! Rossi down in 7th.

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Nice to see Toby Martyn take his first win for Beta at the recent British Championship Trial.

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Friday September 13th 2019

Friday, September 13th, 2019

Anybody looking to ride a Trial this Sunday, check out the one at Mission BC being put on by the CPTA - Don Doerksen  is the clerk of the course. ( Stan helped with set up)   Should be a good event. (Details on the CPTA site) or call Cascade Motorsports.

Here is the official blurb - Note they only mention ADV/Exp  but I’m sure they have all usual classes.
Andrew Allen, the CPTA Secretary reminded me that the 4th annual Iron Mountain Trial will take place this Sunday, September 15, at Iron Mountain in Maple Ridge/Mission, BC.
There will be signs from Lougheed Hwy.
There are 10 sections 3 times for Adv/Exp. on a fairly short loop. Sections should be easier than last year but bring your concentration!
Please note that the District of Mission has advised that we are not to park on the road, so everyone should be inside the gate.
Sign up is at 9 am and the riders’ meeting is at 10. Event fees are per the website, www.trialsbc.com.
Come on out the weather forecast is not looking too bad. Shouldn’t be dusty anyway!

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So here’s the latest scoop - next week is the big event at Silver Star, and we have arranged to have a Trials bike display up there on the Saturday -it will be at the Enduro cross - kids race etc. (Beta Canada are sponsoring  this event)
- We hope to have the following models for people to feast their eyes on, maybe try out, and if you are in the market, -  buy one at fantastic savings, over the 2020 models.  - Beta Evo 80 Junior, Beta Evo 125, Beta Evo 200, Beta Evo 300 Super Smooth and Beta Evo 300 4T.  - Don’t forget, if it’s Trials you are interested in Outlaw Dave is the person to contact.

There has never been a better time to pick up one of the fantastic Italian bikes - see you there.

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Everybody knows that the best time of the year for riding, is in the Fall, and one of the Best places, is the Okanagan - Check with Outlaw Dave for either directions or a guided tour. ( Pic is of Shane) - Did you know that Shane has likely close to 3-400 hours on this bike ? Yes the TRS machines have proved to be not only popular, but easy to work on and very good quality.
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Oh Yes - It’s Friday the 13th !!!! So be careful out there today !! - Birthday Greetings to Harlow Rankin and Glen Kemp today
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Here’s an oldie - taken up above the US border near Grand Forks - there used to be a few riders from that area and they held some events back in the day.

'Fantastic day riding at Midway BC - (right on the USA border)'

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Thursday September 12th 2019

Thursday, September 12th, 2019

We had a visit from old friends Darryl & Lori Copithorne  on Wednesday, who now live in Australia. Darryl is a keen Trials rider, and currently rides  a TRS 250. ( He went home with a Bultaco/Outlaw cap as he also has a    1973 Sherpa T) - They emigrated to OZ-  7 years ago from Alberta. ( They say they love it - out /down there)
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Here’s a neat pic of an old 197 James Trials bike - most likely around 1952 vintage  with the rigid frame. It was called the “Commando”
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And how about this shot of Sammy riding his own bike - The Sammy Miller Special.  It never did go into production.
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The ISDE is happening pretty quick in Portugal - The Brits look to have a strong Trophy Team with the top two Beta riders
2019 Team GB ISDE Trophy Team
Steve Holcombe
Brad Freeman
Danny McCanney
Joe Wootton

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Just one week to go before the big bash at Silver Star Mountain near Vernon, - We plan on being up there to show off some Trials bikes.
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Wednesday September 11th 2019

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

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Roger Boothroyd sent me this pic of Melissa Andrist riding at a Vancouver Island demo.
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After the Ymir Trial, I posted a lot of pics and videos on FB of the event - which I think most riders liked , - But it was interesting to see the comments posted from overseas, regarding the video I took of Stan on Section #8    ( The very difficult Quarry section) - even Ex World Champion Bernie Schreiber, called this a “5″. - Now I’m not sure what went down on Stan’s score card, but very few Experts made it through this section, so maybe a “Good effort” was rewarded by a “Three”.

The problem that I see in Trials today, is a sometimes lack of consistency in scoring, either by group checking or with Checkers.  - A classic example, is when is a “5″ a “1″ for a rider with his foot down, on a bike that is stopped?

We have seen this type of scoring for years in Western Trials, mainly I think, because the sections have become more difficult, and the rules relaxed.  ( We won’t even touch on the fiasco’s happening on the World scene)

In Canada, our sport is very small, and the number one concern, is always to keep riders happy, so that they will come back, but I sometimes wonder, why we have a rule book at all. ( Yes the WTC rule book can be accessed via the Trials Canada website)
At Ymir, I spent some time talking to one of the US riders about the sport in general ( not this particular topic) and found it refreshing  to hear his comments, on how The scene South of the border went downhill, when they had so many classes, everybody went home with a Trophy. ( This Gentleman has put on a ton of Trials events)

It reminded me of 1994 at the Donner World Round - Martin Lampkin, asked me to sit in at the Checkers meeting, to find out just how they were going to score certain infractions.  - In other words, if riders know they won’t get called for either a long dab - or a “Peg-pivot Dab”  - they will use this knowledge to their advantage.

The  ” Non-Stop” rules used in current World Trials, are a joke, in my opinion,  and none of the top contenders get called  for a questionable “5″  by a checker, for fear of being abused, by not only the rider, and his minders, but by loyal fans.

No wonder it’s become so difficult to find people to do this job - they are all amateurs by the way, in a sport that is supposed to be Professional .

On the other side of the coin - you have the Scottish Six Days Trial - going on now for over 100 years - back in the day - they tried to keep up with modern techniques, by allowing  stopping & hopping - but entrees dropped so badly, there was a fear the event would fold.

A return to the No Stop rules changed all that and the Trial is now more popular than ever. BUT and the big BUT - is that the rules are correctly enforced, by a team of hardy checkers with years of experience.

At the end of the day, local Trials should always be about having family fun, and avoiding conflicts over scoring, and the fact that the 2019 Outlaw Series saw very good rider participation at all events, bodes well for the future.
However, it’s important to remember, that the Clerk of the Course is the Boss, and it’s what he or she says  that goes.
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Details of the new 2020 Beta Evo have been released.

With experience gained over the years spent on race tracks, this year’s Beta Factory Team made up of James Dabill and Benoit Bincaz was able to transfer all that technological know-how to the new Trial range, so that both amateurs and professionals could get access to highly-evolved bike technology.

The 2-stroke version is available in four different engine sizes: 125, 200, 250, 300 & 300 SS where “SS” stands for “Super Smooth”, a bike with a smoother character compared to the standard version. The 4-stroke model, on the other hand, comes with the usual 300 cc engine which provides an impeccable combination of performance and ease-of-use.

CHASSIS

Much attention has been paid to the chassis design. In fact, the look of the Evo MY 2020 has been completely revised, making it an even more attractive bike.

Here are some of the details:

New front headlamp cowl: completely redesigned, for that decisive look and markedly racing spirit.

New tank shell: fully redesigned, further highlighting the hydroformed aluminum chassis, a particular feature of the Evo.

New mapping selector switch: with a revolutionary new design, this has been moved from the front headlamp cowl to the new tank shell, making access and visibility easier. It now also has a LED indicator light, making it much simpler to identify which mapping is selected.

New rear fender: completely redesigned shape, with particular attention paid to the tail lamp.

New LED lamp at the rear.

New fork setting: using the experience we gained with the 2019 Factory version, the hydraulics have been made even more progressive and we have also introduced the ability to fit a compression adjuster kit (already fitted to the Factory series).

New anodized parts (gear shift lever, foot brake lever, engine head 2T).

New graphics and colors