Archive for November, 2020

Friday November 20th 2020

Friday, November 20th, 2020

This is World Champion Road racer Giacomo Agostini - trying out a Bultaco Sherpa T back around 1973 - not sure if he ever rode in any Trials, but many Road racers did during the winter months to keep fit.
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So you will notice that there is a tool bag fitted behind the seat of this old vintage Ossa - a great idea for long distance events - We make an Outlaw one like this for only $29.95 - also great for Enduro bikes.

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or you can grab one of our World Class Outlaw toolbelts - hand made in the OK Valley since 1987  - only$69.95.
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Here is a pic I took of Zoli JR at Blackfoot Park back in the 70’s - I remember that I talked to Zoli SR first before signing JR for Yamaha Canada, as of course they were both involved with Scona Cycle Honda.  - Zoli Snr said - “Sure go ahead Honda is not helping us at all”Image may contain: 4 people, people standing, motorcycle and outdoor


As most of our regular  members know - we have been promoting both the TRS 125 and the Beta 125, for a couple of years. - Great bikes especially for junior riders, but they can also pull off amazing stuff in the right hands. - make sure you turn the sound on FULL. - to see Adam Raga on the new TRS 125.

JordiTRS on Instagram: “Adam Raga play with New 125cc engine👊🏻 it is a good influence for young riders😉”


Any Bob Hannah fans out there? - Click on this to order his CD>


The weather continues to be very mild in the Valley, so I spent Friday morning out in the shop working on the bikes. -After lunch I headed up to the Landfill to get rid of a bunch of garbage - and of course got caught up on all the latest news with Andrew.


STOP PRESS.  Another top Trials rider calls it quits - Vertigo’s Jack Price is the latest.


Thursday November 19th 2020

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

Stan took this pic of me on my final ride up Joss Mountain - the sun broke through the snow clouds for a short time when we were up  into the Alpine. in 2012.
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==========================================> trial “seventies” Championnat de France Carcassone Coutard - Desnoyers


Did you know that a bike similar to this 1938 BSA Empire Star, lapped the Brooklands track in the UK at 100mph in 1937 ( The year I was born) - And did you know that a Billionaire from India is planning on building the iconic BSA line of motorcycles again?

Read all about it by clicking onto this link>> BSA returns with new UK factory, petrol and electric bike plans Read about the return of the BSA marque as the Indian-owned firm plans a new UK factory building petrol and electric motorbikes.

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Here is the  entry list for the 2021 Scottish Six Days - One Canadian rider -Jon English and I see Marc Colomer is also entered and a few other “Old timers” from Europe.

This is a Neil Sturgeon photo of Dougie on a very wet day in Scotland - maybe caption should read “Full Steam ahead”

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Wednesday November 18th 2020

Wednesday, November 18th, 2020

Yesterday, we mentioned the 1971 National Trial which we did for the Calgary Club - and how it snowed 2ft overnight !!  This is the program which we printed up ( we did this for all our big events back then) - It shows John Jones on the cover riding a Bultaco in the Scottish Six Days Trial.

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Dibs calls it quits!!!  James Dabill has announced his retirement from World Trials after a successful  career spanning almost two decades - He has not indicated if he plans on continuing riding British events, or if he will be tempted to do like many other top riders and get into Enduro.
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video for today >>>>>>


Glad to say that the warm weather continues in the Valley - hope it stays for a while, makes for a shorter winter  and of course a lot easier on getting around. ( Although we don’t go out much)  I see they had some blustery conditions on the West Coast with snow on Vancouver Island, and all the passes.


You can tell Christmas is getting closer, as the lines at the Post office are getting longer. - We spend quite a lot of time their, shipping parts and Accessories  all over Canada. ( And in case you haven’t noticed - the cost of shipping ANYTHING - these days is outrageous . Don’t mention rear fenders for the Evo !!)

We had a call from a guy named Bakgaard yesterday - No it wasn’t Stan, but turns out to be an older relative of our good friend - seems he lives in Vernon and plans on stopping by to talk about getting a Trials bike - He told me that he is quite old for getting into something like this at age 63 - so of course I just laughed and said that he is just a “youngster”. - ( He asked where my shop was as he had read about me in Motorcycle Mojo Magazine)

I saw this posted on FB and took note that the rider is Dutchman John DeGraf - which reminded me of a guy  by that name Peter De Graf - who showed up at one of our early 1970’s Trials in Alberta on a Honda TL 125 - and proceeded to spank all us experts.!! ( We learned later that he was a former Dutch Champion) - Pete would  become well known for his success in Moto Cross and we got to know him quite well - we even sold him a couple of Beta Trials bikes at one time, but I don’t think he ever entered a Trial at this time - Just used them for playing around his land near Lethbridge.
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Tuesday November 17th 2020

Tuesday, November 17th, 2020

Here is a an old pic by Mike Davies - of a “Scramble” back in the day - these events were often a real mud-fest  as they were often run in the winter months.

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and  here is another one

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We had a Wulf delivery yesterday - and another is on the way - hard to keep some sizes of the new Trials boots on the shelf - I must say I’m very impressed with these and we are getting very good reports from customers. - Christmas is coming and Wulfsport UK, can supply all the very best  gear for Trials - Helmets,shirts,pants - jackets - gloves - We stock lots of this - great quality at a very fair price.
New Wulf Trials boots


This is a shot of a nice Kawasaki at a vintage event in Japan - I remember that John Jones   from Toronto showed up at the 1971 Canadian National Trial that I set up for the Calgary club, with a “Special 175″  which he had made up from an Enduro bike - ( I think he was riding for Manly the Kaw Importer )
John who was another transplanted English rider - was a top dog at the time and with the Japanese Factories all “Eying” the Trials market - this was one of the first attempts that we saw. - unfortunately  we had a big dump of snow the night before the event, so I had to lead everybody around the 30 mile loop through the deep snow, as I was the only one who knew the way.

What a day that was - I was out for the first time on the Blackfoot Motorcycle Montesa, and struggled all day - the bike eventually quit & I had to push it down through five  creek sections to the finish.

Jones took the win that day, with his bike also running very poorly seizing up more than once in the difficult conditions ( and  high altitude)  - I have a video somewhere of that day shot by John Whitby.


And finally for today - a great shot of Steve Oliver’s lad from Australia ( or NZ) - A lot of kids started their career on one of the little TY 80’s.  - This was back in the day when Yamaha were promoting Trials as a family sport -  TY 250 for Dad - TY 175 for Mum and TY 80 for junior. - It was a very good Marketing strategy.


Monday November 16th 2020

Monday, November 16th, 2020

You can’t argue with success >>>>

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Jordi’s - TRS Team have won all three Classes of the Spanish Trials Championship


And Beta’s Steve Holcombe is the World Enduro Champion.  second Year in a row - Brad Freeman Beta - 2nd overall and winner of the other Enduro class. - Yes we sell both TRS and Beta for a reason !! They are winners.
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Sunday was the final day for the Masters Golf - and it was interesting to watch the event, from Georgia with the Autumn leaves  blowing around - held late this year due to the Pandemic - Last year’s winner Tiger Woods had a real horror show on the 12th hole - ending up with a “10″ on his card after punting the ball in the water twice. - Kudus to him for keeping his cool and playing well after that. - It was Wayne Gretski’s son in law Dustin Johnson who took home the gold, and got his first green jacket.


Later Shayne stopped by to pick up some parts in his neat old 59 Ford truck - we  had a good chat about our sport and what a strange year it has been for everyone.


Sunday November 15th 2020

Sunday, November 15th, 2020

Beta wins World Enduro Championship - AGAIN.
As a lot of older readers will recall - our original idea for hosting the “Outlaw” Trial back in 1986 - was for a Two day with a Free first day to ride the loop on their vintage twin shock bikes for a FUN time ( We did give trophies )
This proved to be so popular - that we continued the following year, and now in the year 2020 ( When everything is cancelled) We would have still been hosting this event. - So what does that tell you? -
.Well #1 it’s hugely popular  and while for the most part - our events were held in Summerland - ( The first was at East Kelowna where -believe it or not - we held a couple of National Trials - we also held one at Postil Lake and other spots ) - the reason that I mention this - is that the interest in Vintage bikes appears to have sparked again, particularly in Vancouver, where this real beauty is located. -
Of course in Europe the “Classic” scene is huge  - which may have prompted a few people to spend time and money on the old bikes. - Looking ahead to next year I can say for sure that we will have a traditional Classic Trial the day before the Modern event.  So gentlemen - you have all of the winter to work on your Vintage bikes - but please remember the first thing you need to do is fit New soft 2 ply Tires.
Check out the pic below and the specs !! - ( BTW I do have a 76 TY 175 in my shop in original mint condition) -
Another story on the TY 175 is that when they first arrived in Canada  ( I was working for Yamaha Canada at the time) I got one of the first ones and right away ran into problems, because most of the Alberta Trials were long distance ( still the best)  - and often at high altitude.
The bike would not work at about 6 thousand feet. - Well I listened to all the so called Experts about  carb settings ( Which I tried) but in the end I went my own way - which worked and that was later verified by the Japanese Tech guys. - ( They told me that they fitted a special carb to these bikes for operating in South America. My Japanese boss said he would send me one - but I’m still waiting!!
This was back in 1975, and I was putting on the very first FIM Canadian World Championship, so I couldn’t have a bike that was acting up - I fitted a larger gas tank and jetted the carb to set up the 69 mile course in the Alberta Foothills, and as they say - The rest is History. - Sometimes you just have to go with what feels right!

Suffice to say that Yamaha sold a lot of 175’s after that.
After a few compliments at the local club I thought maybe worthy of a post. Built for competition, not a restoration or museum piece. Tried to maintain stock look as much as possible with a few personal touches.
-Autolube removed
-Lighting coil and lights removed
-DT175 cylinder bored to 68mm, shortened for compression and ports polished
-DT175 head, higher compression
-New Wiseco 68mm piston
-RD350 intake manifold
-RD350 reed cage, enlarged
-Boyesen 2 stage power reeds
-PWK 26mm carb
-Uni pod filter
-225cc boost bottle and 5/8 hose @20cm (based on Yamaha published research)
-TM125 progressive fork springs, shortened (new)
-Tapered Showa steerer bearings
-Lengthened clutch actuating arm
-Betor shocks, nitrogen removed.
-50lb springs
-All new bushings, bearings, cables, seals, tires, grips, condenser (relocated) and coil
-Original tank, seat and fenders.
-S3 Hardrock pegs
Not much on the agenda today - so might just kick back & watch the Golf on the box.

Saturday November 14th 2020

Saturday, November 14th, 2020

Here is the TRS poster listing the various models for 2021.

In its fifth year of life, the new TRRS ONE RR 2021 reaches an optimal moment in maturity, powerful, reliable and fun, take a big step forward in terms of quality and performance.
Its innovative design with asymmetrical shapes, keeps brand DNA, present in the GOLD and One R 2021 models that preceded it.
The engine has been completely redesigned, in order to house the new melted aluminum injection cranks, substantially improving finishes and achieving better low-speed behavior by increasing pre-compression.
The new clutch cover with oil level viewer and filling, all on the same side, makes maintenance easier.
With the incorporation of the temperature sensor into the cylinder, you manage to control even better thermal variations and the optimal start point of the fan, controlled by the new CDI.
The ONE RR is confident as a benchmark motorbike, both for the user and the most demanding pilot.
The RR 125 cc engine also improves remarkably, its new crankshaft, piston and head, confer a considerable increase in power as well as a reduction in vibration.
In this case, the final development 8-45 has also been reduced, with a better response and optimal use of the first three marches.
The new ONE RR, like the other brand models, will be available in two versions:
Normal: 300 - 280 - 250 - 125 cc.
With electric start: 300-280-250 cc.

And here is a great Neil Sturgeon Photo of Jordi in the Scottish - For most Off Road riders in North America - Trials Competitions are a mystery - they don’t understand why the riders park their bikes and then walk each marked out section, studying each obstacle along the way - almost in a daze as they plan their ride through one at a time. - It has only been in recent years, that many have “Caught on” to why ALL the tough Enduro events are being won by Ex Trials riders - Think about it.!!

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Here is a rare pic of Roger Decoster checking out a Beta MX bike - back in the day - Something else I did not know was that Jim Pomeroy raced a Beta ( after the Bultaco thing shut down)

And here is another showing Jim Pomeroy on one of the early Beta MX machines ( Check out those rear shocks!!)
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I wonder how many remember this weekend at Sumerland back a few years, when we held the Ady Brown Memorial Trial in the snow !! This pic of Jay Colley’s camp site was taken the day after the event, but that year we had early snow and very cold temperatures - I remember that Bob & Brett Clark and myself  - stayed over at Pete’s place and the temperature was I think -19 in the morning. - It was so cold, that Bob & Brett had to park their Sherco 4T’s next to the exhaust on the truck to warm them up, before they would start. - We had a great turn out at all the Memorial Trials and later of course we added Pete Brown’s name to that rather sad event.
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This is an interesting Talk show  from Australia, where they interview various riders from around the World - this one is on our own Sammy King who gives a really good account of his life in the sport.  check it out >> Ep 49: Sam King - O.G. (Oakleigh to Golden) Sam King should be known to a few of our Australian and Canadian listeners. Sam rode juniors in Australia and got to quite a high level including a few trips as a junior over…

Hard to believe that it’s over 4 years since Sammy emailed me and I supplied him with a  Factory Beta Evo while he was over - We had some great rides and I showed him lots of our stuff in Summerland -and other spots -  He just had to try this Tree!!

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Friday November 13th 2020 ( Unlucky for some)

Friday, November 13th, 2020

There are still a lot of people out there that don’t know that the Beta Factory has been around for a very long time - since the early 1900’s first in bicycles then Motorcycles - still family owned. - They have always built a variety of models ( not just Trials bikes) and this is an early example of their 125cc Moto Cross machine.

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Many of our readers will remember seeing my pics of Motorcycle Mojo Magazine gal Emily Roberts, out riding Trials with me - but she can also handle big bikes as well, doing a test of the 1200cc BMW this summer - at only 5ft 4inches - Emily certainly isn’t a big lady, but what she lacks in size, she makes up for in the skills department. check this out >> and get a subscription to Motorcycle Mojo Magazine - it’s Canadian and needs our support.
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Here is a rare photo from “D DAY” 1944 - with Dispatch riders arriving on the Beach at Normandy.

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This is Tilly Shilling - A truly remarkable  lady who not only built this bike, and lapped the famous Brooklands Speedway  at 105 mph - but also designed the special anti-stall device that was fitted to the Spitfire.

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A light dusting of snow last night - with more expected today - not my favorite time of the year.


Jordi Tarres has posted some great pics of the new 2021 TRS models - most available with the optional e start - He is certainly not resting on his laurels with updates every year. - As most of our readers know - I took advantage of pre-ordering  a “Gold” Special Edition which was an early shipment - this has the estart and is absolutely fantastic - But I would strongly suggest that anybody planning on buying either a Beta or TRS for 2021 - Get your order in NOW - with this Pandemic, we never know when European Factories might be shut down. ( Note Beta still have a few 2020 Evos left in the warehouse but these are going fast)

Here is a great shot of the new  TRS Engine - and a video>

New TRRS Raga Racing 2021


Christmas is just around the corner and we have a good stock of Wulf riding gear - Helmets-Boots- Gloves etc - plus of course our unbeatable Outlaw Toolbelts and Enduro fender bags. - Why not give us a call as we have been told that all mail & courier deliveries are likely to be slow this year due to the Pandemic.

Check out this article by Beta Trueba - The Spanish Importer for the Beta Brand -

Interview with Marc Trueba


Thursday November 12th 2020

Thursday, November 12th, 2020

The Brits like to preserve  history as much as possible, and we can be glad of this when it comes to Motorcycles - The name Norton brings memories flooding back - for old timers and here is a fine example.
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And they call the Sidecar passengers “Monkey’s -
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Video for today >>>> Tomiyuki Ogawa se proclama Campeón de Japón de Trial 2020 Tomiyuki Ogawa se proclama Campeón de Japón de Trial 2020, por delante de Kenichi Kuroyama y Nozaki.


Although it’s not likely that anybody from our neck of the woods is planning to go next year ( except maybe Stan) - due to the Pandemic.  The club have just posted this info.


Just a reminder that you only have until Monday 30th November to get your entry in for the 2021 SSDT. Click the link below to submit your online application.
November 11th is also Sammy Miller’s birthday - and he is still going strong at age 87. -This pic shows him on “Pipeline” in a Pre 65 Scottish a few years ago.  - Did you know that Sammy won over 1,000 Trials in his career?
And was also a World Class Road racer. The pic below shows him on the streamlined NSU at the Ulster Grand Prix. - The other one was taken with his incredible Ariel GOV 132 on which he won so many events.
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Wednesday November 11th 2020

Wednesday, November 11th, 2020

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Outlaw Trialsport is closed for business  today, as it’s Remembrance Day

Thought I would add this pic of my old watering hole when I was a young guy. - Had some good nights in there.
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On this day in 2009 - Doug Nimmo and myself rode up to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain - it was a great day to sit quiet and reflect on how fortunate we are. Because of the sacrifice of so many.