Archive for January, 2021

Monday January 25th 2021

Monday, January 25th, 2021

This is a pic from 1989 and shows Jordi ready for the Scottish Six Days with the Beta Zero Prototype - I was there that week, but unfortunately the new liquid cooled bike only managed one day - the weather was absolutely terrible with the moors and creeks almost impassable - the rads on the new Liquid cooled bikes - (Aprilia also had their new model out) . - became clogged with mud, and overheated - Jordi tried to cool his steaming Beta by throwing water on the cylinder, but that just caused it to seize, and he was done.

It was the beginning of a new era for Trials bike design - and Jordi went on to take the World Championship with what many people still say was the best looking bike of the day.

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Last Friday we had a visit from another local lad, who had just bought a used Beta Evo 300 - turns out this was the one I sold Trystan Hart last year, and now KTM have bought Gas Gas   - Trystan will be getting a free one of those to practice on.

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This is a great Heath Brindley shot from the UK Super Trial a couple of years ago  - while the obstacle is “Big” - I think it’s very good as it includes some water as well as the rock, all good for testing the top riders, and not dangerous.
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At this time of the year we always seem to be posting snow pics - and I’ve always said that riding in the snow is great for practicing throttle control. - When we were younger, we were always out during the winter months having fun - ( not so much now I’m old and feel the cold temperatures) This is a lad enjoying himself in Italy, on a 2021 TRS. - complete with electric start. (UPDATE : Just found out he is a Spanish Moto GP rider)
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A good video to watch - especially for Newbies.

youtube.com How to stand correctly on a Trials Bike - Trial Tube Ep2 In this video we help you have the correct hand and foot position on the bike. As this is the best way to start off. Set up is key!As well as also featuring …

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We often get calls for Fork Seals for all brands of bikes, and often followed by questions on how to fit them etc - We are lucky in that we have a mechanic who is a real “Whiz” on doing this sometimes difficult job.  But thought I would post this to help anybody tackling Beta forks for the first time, >>

With your forks…
· Drop the forks out of the yokes
· Take the caps off each leg and remove the springs so that you can drain the oil
· Flip the dust seal out
· Circlip out
· Then you will be able pull the oil seal out by tapping a thin flat screwdriver in to the rubber of the seal and using it to flick the seal out.
· Leave the leg upside down so that any leftover oil can drain out
· Slide the new oil seal back over the leg and tap it in
· Circlip
· Dust seal
· Then put the legs back in the yokes
· With the spring out, compress the forks and keep them compressed.
· The left leg sat on the bike oil needs an air gap of 130mm from the top of the fork leg and the right leg is 65mm
· Put the spring back in and tighten the caps back on.
You don’t take the bottom bolt out at all, all done from above.
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Anybody remember this advt?
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For the past couple of months, we have been telling people that the 2021 Trials bikes will be in short supply, due to the Pandemic that has slowed all the factories with production schedules.  - Now we are heading into what is always the busy “Buying” season - I can confirm that if you have not placed an order with us for either a TRS or Beta, you could be waiting a while and in fact might be out of luck   -  — email or phone if you have questions.       ( 250) 545-6139 -email daverhodes@shaw.ca.
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Check out this video of a BP Film from back in the day - Walter  emailed it to me - and mentioned how Commentator Graham Walker says that to learn to go fast, you should first learn control at slow speed like Trials. -The film features a lot of riders that I saw Road Racing back in the day, and John Hartle used to ride some of our Trials in the winter months to keep fit - The clip of Bob Mac at Oulton Park brought back memories, as I attended a lot of races there - I acted as a Flag Marshal at the corner called Knicker Brook when they held the Clubman’s TT at that circuit instead of in the Isle of Man - ( They did this because of the danger of racing on the TT Course in the Island,) but sadly I had to help carry off a fatally  injured rider at Knickerbrook that day.     ( Hartle was killed racing at Scarborough - Bob Mac was killed at Oulton Park - Gary Hocking was killed racing cars. The mortality rate was pretty high in those early years.
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A nice TY 250 reno - by David Main of Ontario -  David rode the the 92 Scottish Six Days on a Fantic  and is a real nice guy - Great to see the Vintage Trials scene evolving in Ontario.
Nice to see David wearing WULF riding gear - WE think it’s the best and yes we ship all over Canada,
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Sunday January 24th 2021

Sunday, January 24th, 2021

Another very good Trials rider has died - Peter Fletcher was a Works rider for Royal Enfield he was 83 ( same age as me)  RIP.
Peter Fletcher 1937-2021

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Check out Sammy Miller’s latest video on his website - I think Sam is 87 now and still going strong.>

Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum

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Flat caps were all the rage back in the old days, before Helmets became compulsory - This is Ralph Venerables chatting to Mick Andrews.  Ralph had a good weekly column in the Motorcycle Press for many years, and was very well respected.
The pic below, shows me riding a steep uphill section in Alberta wearing a cap I brought with me to Canada ( and still have it)
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No this is not Vernon - it’s my old hometown on the Welsh Border - first they had floods, now a lot of snow, very rare and strange weather conditions.

This is a pic of Harry McKay and his family enjoying another great day Skiing near Aviemore in Scotland - just 20 miles from Fort William and home of the Scottish Six Days Trial. Harry and his Kids are very much involved in the local Trials scene.

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Birthday greetings today to Guy Laycraft - old friend and desert racer -  Guy lives in Vancouver, he turns 64 today and still loves the Baja. He has spent a lot of time down there with another of our old buddies, Al Perret.
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I see that Eddie Lejeune has been posting some videos of himself practicing with his young son, ( or Grandson?)  who is 5 years old - Eddie ( Former 3 time World Trials Champ) - is riding a TRS Raga - and the young lad one of the new TRS Electric bikes.  Cool stuff - nice to see the family legacy being passed down.

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Here is your video for today >>

youtube.com VM Trial Värnamo 1982. World Trials Championship 1982 - Varnamo SWEDEN Publicerad med benäget tillstånd av Roland Skårner, Emmaboda. Published with kind permission from Roland Skårner, Emmaboda, Sweden. “1982 blev en milstolpe i…

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Saturday January 23rd 2021

Saturday, January 23rd, 2021

Glen Kemp from Canmore Alberta, posted this pic of the Outlaw set up at a Ymir Trial a couple of years ago.  …    ( That’s his #59 TRS) - I think both the Beta and TRS are the 125’s that we brought in and had a real blast on- both sold now.
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Shot of the floods near my old home town in Wales.
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This shot shows Terry Porter( Left ) and myself way back when, at an Alberta Trial - likely around 1971-2. ( My hair was still brown!!)- Terry moved to Toronto and we lost touch.
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Yesterday I listened to Dougie Lampkin being interviewed by David Grice on the Australian   radio Trials network - This is the 2nd one that I’ve listened to - the first being the one done with Sammy King. - Although Dougie’s Yorkshire accent is a bit hard to understand at times ( even for me) - He really does come across as the real deal -      ( Having met him I already knew this)  - Very humble with regard to his achievements in the Trials World, and I urge our readers to click on the Webcast - I noticed a couple of things when he talked about the Vertigo Project - while he mentioned Honda/Montesa - Gas Gas - Beta - he left out TRS - that other Spanish Upstart Company that are selling a lot of bikes these days.!! -He did say that Vertigo will be adding an electric start to their bikes ( Like TRS) and maybe bringing out an Enduro model. –   - I found Dougie’s answer regarding attracting new people to Trials  interesting  ( because we share the same philosophy) - Talk to a local Trials shop & get out to a local club event - forget about all the u tube videos & hop & bop - if you ride with few friends you will soon be “Hooked”.  -(There are also links to a lot of others of interest, including one with Stan coming soon. check it out.)

David has asked me to do an interview for his program, but unfortunately because of old age , being quite deaf and also a bit of a problem with my voice, I’m going to have to decline his kind offer.
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Here’s a copy of a letter we got from Mart Lampkin a few years  ago. ( Signed with Dougie’s name as well)

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Canadian riders at the ISDT a few years ago - Helmut Clasen posted that they were all on Zundapp bikes - using 100-1 Opti 2 and they all won Gold Medals (- It was 2006 at a USA event.)
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Here is a pic of Jordan Zsoke with his family - they just picked up a Beta 80 for junior.
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I wonder how many readers can relate to this shot ?  The bike is an Ariel Arrow 250 two stroke twin and a real “Blast”  I had a ride on one back in the day, and an Irish guy by the name of Peter Inchley  tuned one up for the TT races in the Isle of Man. - They were quite the Rocket ship.
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Looks like we are in for a bit of a Wintery weekend, with snow forecast.

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Friday January 22nd 2021

Friday, January 22nd, 2021

This is a pic I took of Sammy when he first came over from OZ - We showed him around the Summerland loop with him on my Beta Evo 300 - That’s Matt Reading,  doing the minding.

When I first posted this, I reminded people that  the new Beta models were arriving soon and to get their orders in - the same applies this year even more so,  -  the bikes are in short supply and being bought up quickly. - If you want a 2021 Beta - call us (250)545-6139. - You snooze-you lose.
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five years ago - our shop was full of Beta Trials bikes waiting to be picked up - this year it’s empty - due mainly because of the strange times we are living in.

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More Beta Info > Again limited supply so if you want one better call  quick.
BETA EVO FACTORY MY 2021

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Racing DNA
Beta reveals the new version of the best-seller Evo Factory My 2021.
The experience developed during the most important world competitions enabled the further refinement of the Factory’s performance, creating a vehicle with a purely racing soul. The R&D department, working with the Beta Factory Team and the riders Matteo Grattarola, new Trial2 world champion, and Benoit Bincaz, has once again been able to raise the bar of the Evo Factory by updating the chassis set-up, giving greater control and a pitch-perfect reactivity on every type of obstacle.
The Evo Factory My 2021 range consists of four different engines: three 2-stroke versions (125, 250 and 300 cc.) and one 4-stroke (300 cc.).
Each of the four versions is characterized by its own distinctive personality, making the Factory range suitable for the riding characteristics of each type of rider.
ENGINE
Factory version engines differ from standard version power units as follows:
2-Stroke
• Black magnesium casings: a more appealing look and greater weight savings to help create an even more agile ride.
• Titanium manifold (with conical cylinder connector - 125 cc only): boosts performance and reduces weight.
• Profiled clutch discs: ensure clutch precision under all riding conditions.
• Cylinder with optimized timing charts: brings out the full racing character of the engine without affecting user-friendliness.
• Cylinder head with specially designed volume and squish (300 cc only): for a further performance boost; what’s more, the red paintwork enhances the ‘factory’ character of this bike.
• Optimized control unit mappings: ensure excellent low-rev handling without compromising mid-high rev performance.
• Black anodized engine oil plugs.
4-Stroke
The 300 cc 4-stroke engine on the new EVO Factory MY 2021 features a lighter, even higher-performing titanium silencer and a new electronic control unit. This increases sparking stability (thanks to higher electrical power) and consequently improves combustion throughout the rev range.
CHASSIS
From a design and chassis viewpoint, the new EVO Factory MY 2021 differs from the standard version as follows:
• Fork with re-calibrated fork hydraulics and compression adjustment: ensures an optimal setting whatever the conditions.
• Gold anodized machined-from-solid triple clamp: besides reducing weight and increasing stiffness, lets the rider shift the handlebar risers forwards or backwards to adjust bike set-up to perfection.
• Rear suspension with longer wheelbase and adjustment of both compression and rebound: more progressive hydraulics allows for a more refined set-up that provides benefits in terms of pre-obstacle compression and push-off.
• Rear suspension with new red spring and revised hydraulic calibration: allows greater control at low speeds, all to the advantage of balance and stability while driving.
• Rear suspension with new ’spring guide’ geometry: increases high-impact absorption through greater flexibility of the shock absorber plug, which now features a bigger containment space.
• Linkage progression: even more sensitive and progressive, ensuring better responsiveness and traction.
• Lanyard-type kill switch: ensures even greater riding safety.
• Black anodized bar end plugs: protect the grips and throttle.
• Black anodized chain adjusters: make chain tension adjustments extremely precise.
• Machined-from-solid foot pegs in non-slip steel: besides clearly improving boot grip, these ensure significant weight reduction.
• Galfer racing brake discs: deliver more powerful braking, weight savings and a ‘racier’ look.
• BrakTec brake and clutch pumps: for improved braking modulation.
• Rear brake caliper with brake pad anti-vibration system.
• Gold Excel rims.
• Michelin X-light tires: maximize grip whatever the riding conditions.
• New look and new decal graphics: the racing spirit of this bike is enhanced by new graphics in the Beta Factory colors of red, white and blue, with gold trims
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I have no real idea who these Yamaha guys are out riding in the Vancouver area - but one could be Ted McDowell and maybe his lad Kirk - - Ted used to be a great Cross Country rider (Alberta) and of course later  proved himself at Trials when he moved to Vancouver - since that time his son has become one of the best at Downhill Mountain biking and has also taken up Trials- - Back in the early 70’s when I used to call on Walt Healy every Saturday morning to discuss Yamaha stuff - Ted’s Dad Ken and a bunch of old cronies would always be there to go for a coffee across the street and have a general BS session with Walt.  -The stories were priceless. I’m glad I was able to listen in to some of them.
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We don’t often give  our Trials dealers much exposure on our blog - but without doubt Dave Fair living in Victoria on Vancouver Island  - has done a tremendous  job over the years to promote the sport. - It would be “fair” to say that if you live on the Island and need info: on Trials - Call Dave.
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Yesterday we had a visit from Trystan Hart - he was here to pick up some parts for his Beta Evo. - Trystan as most people  will know is the top Cross Country Racer in Canada at the moment - He is also classed  in the top 3 in the States along with such great Trials riders as Cody Webb.. He told me he is heading South pretty quick to race in another Hard Enduro ( Think he said it was called King of the Motos)
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Thursday January 21st 2021

Thursday, January 21st, 2021

Manuel Soler died yesterday aged 63 - he was one of the great Spanish riders back in the day at a time when Bultaco ruled the market, and was responsible for testing and development, he was also the first Spaniard to win a World round. -In 1965, Sammy Miller jumped ship from the failing British Ariel Factory to introduce the new lightweight Sherpa T - and like they say - “The rest is History”

Fallece Manuel Soler, el

Manuel was at the 1975 FIM World round that we put on - he was just 18 at that time. ( Unfortunately I don’t remember him - but I was pretty busy)Image may contain: 1 person, tree, motorcycle and outdoor

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A pic from the 1982 World round in Calgary - Bernie Schreiber took the win and got the Indian Head dress as a Trophy. - I recognize some of the faces in the pic - especially Gord Lalonde.  - I think Steve Day’s Dad might have taken this photo.
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The FIM Enduro Vintage 2021 Trophy will be held as a separate event from the Six International Days of Enduro, and independently, on the island of Elba, from October 20 to 23, 2021.

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A reminder to our customers - that yes we are open, but please phone ahead if you wish to stop by - we require people to wear a mask ( no exceptions)  We trust in medical science.
Thanks

Outlaw Dave.
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Birthday greetings today to Trystan Hart - he will be stopping by to see us later today on route back to Invermere, after spending time Trials riding at the Coast with Sammy and others. - Trystan rides a Beta Evo 300 which we supplied last year.

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Wednesday January 20th 2021

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

I saw this and figured Stan might want to know a bit about history of the place he now lives in. - Who knows future stories might show pics of Stan’s Trials playground!!

8ponsorr  ·

Located on the Fraser River,
it is generally considered
to be on the dividing line
between the Coast and
the Interior regions of
the British Columbia Mainland.
Immediately north of the town,
the Fraser Canyon begins and
the river was generally considered
un-navigable past this point.
Rough water is common on
the Fraser anywhere upstream
from Chilliwack and even more
so above Hope, about 32 km
south of Yale.
However, steamers could make
it to Yale, good pilots and water
conditions permitting, and the
town had a busy dockside life
as well as a variety of bars,
restaurants, hotels, saloons
and various services.
Front street depicted a row
of gabled log buildings with
almost every alternate one
labelled “saloon” - often a
gaming house.
The ungraded street is shown
as thronged with a heterogeneous
collection of people -
hoop-skirted women and flannel-
shirted miners with long boots,
some depicted as dancing a
jig on the street or the rough
board walk.
The places of amusement never
closed their doors, day or night.
Bennett’s gambling house where
the roulette wheels were constantly
turning, was the chief rendezvous,
where public gatherings took place.
Ladies of the evening peddled
their promises of sinful activity
to the randy miners.
Panama Lil had her log hut
ornately furnished, its trappings
being brought from San Francisco,
and the lamps with their clusters
of dangling prisms were features.
In its prime, Yale had 13 saloons
within a short distance along
Front Street.
The Yale directory of 1882-83
lists no less than six hotels,
five saloons, a private boarding
house, and two restaurants.
Aside from these, it also lists
more than 50 shops or businesses,
just in that one year !
From the directory it also appears
that every hotel was full.
The Branch saloon and Bennett’s
saloon are only two of many
that were constructed along
busy Front street.
Yale’s maximum population during
the gold rush era was in the
15,000 range.
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The pic below, shows a rear wheel bearing packed with Opti Grease - few owners take the time to do this, and therefore end up replacing wheel bearings  - NONE of the wheel bearings supplied in new bikes, have enough grease in them and they should be repacked using good quality grease.  ( Unfortunately Interlube cannot supply this to us anymore)
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Shot of Christie Williams I took  a few years ago up above Ymir. That was a great afternoon ride we had up high on the ridge. - At this point we don’t know if there will be a Trial at Ymir in September - depends on the Covid situation. - The same applies to all the other venues we normally use - Ioco - Scotch Creek - Revelstoke - Rocky Mountain House.
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Industry  News>
Fantic Motor has closed a deal that sees the Italian company buying 100% of the Motori Minarelli operation from Yamaha Motor Europe – a move that is said to strengthen the partnership between the two motorcycle manufacturers.For those who don’t recognize the Motori Minarelli name, the Italian brand is an engine manufacturer in Bologna that made its name by specializing in small-displacement two-stroke engines for over 50 years.Brought into the Yamaha corporate structure in 2002, Motori Minarelli now builds a whole suite of two-stroke and four-stroke, 50cc to 400cc, for scooter and motorcycle applications
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Note:  Older readers may recall that Sammy Miller used the Minarelli engine in the Trials bike he built many years ago, but never put it into production.
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As we head for the end of January, a few people have been asking about  any possible Trials happening this year - of course this will depend on how things pan out with the Pandemic.  - The VMC have posted some possible dates, but Roger tells me that these will all need to be confirmed. -  The CPTA have nothing listed so far, and of course our Outlaw series is still in limbo. - The May long weekend is 22/23/24 this year. - We will post any updates as they become available
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We have heard of a few more Trials riders in the Valley, who have picked up used bikes , so hopefully we will see some new faces out there this year. - One
We have also chatted to Olivier of the Vernon Off Road Club, who is super keen to have some kind of Trial on the same weekend they hold their annual Poker run out in forestry near Lavington.   Stay tuned for updates on all the latest news, by clicking on to the blog
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As many of our regular readers will have seen  by the pics that I’ve posted from last weekend - there is very little snow at Bear Creek, and Andrew tells me it’s also good down at OK Falls, so I encourage people to get out on their Trials bikes into the fresh air, but please use common sense and social distancing.  -Please Wear a mask !!!!!!

( We still have some Wulf ones available $10.00) as you will see I always wear my Wulf gear - It’s warm, comfortable and lasts forever - plus the price is great. - call us for more info)
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Birthday Greetings today go out to Bernie Schreiber  - first and only North American World Trials Champion.

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Tuesday January 19th 2021

Tuesday, January 19th, 2021

I saw this posted on FB - not sure where the bike is, but somebody has done a really nice job on  renovating this TY 175   -  I see pics like this and for a moment - think about the original one I have in the shop, and ponder if I should spend money doing all the updates to make it more like a modern bike  ! - Then I wake up!!
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youtube.com Scott 1974 Trial very old

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This is Ron Golden on the Chinese bike he is Importing - He asked us to sell them but I declined.
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Sad news that this Motorcycle Museum in Austria burned to the ground with the loss of over 200 vintage Motorcycles.

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Quick tour through the TOP Motorcycle Museum in Hochgurgl!

Vintage racer section in the TOP Mountain Motorcycle Museum

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While I thoroughly   enjoyed my day out riding with the boys last Saturday - I never feel comfortable having to wear layers of clothes in order to keep warm. - I feel very restricted on the bike - also my clutch finger freezes up pretty quick, due to old age or poor circulation, which requires a lot of stops to warm my hands on the engine.  Olivier mentioned that he wraps some hockey tape around his levers, which helps - might have to try that.

On that theme - check out this pic of Stirling Moss racing a Formula One Maserati with open cockpit and bare arms!!

Obviously the upgrade in both car design and protective fire proof clothing, have saved many lives in F 1 racing  - as have the new rules on riding apparel for Trials ( at FIM level ie: back armor)

But looking back at the early days, when all we wore for Trials, was a flat cap and a rain proof Barbour suit - I have to concur that Safety Helmets are a good idea. However, bulky MX type gear with chest protectors - elbow guards etc etc - are I think a bit overkill for our sport. ( Unless you are planning on doing back flips etc)
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A lot of racing drivers were killed in the early years - many thrown out of the cars and in the Pre War days they only wore a leather helmet. - Others like Dick Seaman and Bandini were burned to death - Nicki Lauda was also badly burned but survived to eventually run the Mercedes Team. - These are a few of the drivers who lost their lives racing - Ascari -Gonzales -Rosemeyer,  plus others from that era - I can’t remember the names - - then in later years, Peter Collins, DePortago, Lewis Evans, Jim Clark, Ritchie Ginther, Bruce McLaren– plus Canadian Legend  - Villeneuve - and perhaps the greatest of them all Ayrton Senna.

The F I - cars these days look  more like fighter jets with wheels - but are without doubt much safer.

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Here is a shot of Adrian Prato - stylin’  on the 240 Fantic - He is able to move around on the bike, because he is not restricted by heavy stiff riding gear. - It should also be noted that MX style boots are not the best for Trials as they are too stiff at the ankle and some even have steel toes another no-no. - If you want to ride your best and feel comfortable - do as the top club riders do - buy Trials clothing, helmet and boots PLUS don’t forget  thin Trials gloves ( You will notice that Prato is not wearing gloves in order to get the best “Feel” for the controls)
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Check this out - Steve McQueen’s  FIM license. - TRIALS and Scrambles. ( He did of course compete in the ISDT)
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Monday January 18th 2021

Monday, January 18th, 2021

Our two local youngsters from Vernon, had a real “Blast” riding their Outlaw Beta Evo 80’s on Saturday - typical kids - they didn’t want to stop!! Olivier took this shot of them going up a step side-by-side.
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Sunday morning saw a dusting of snow on the yard - but with temps looking to be above zero it should all melt pretty quick.
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Jonny Walker Off-Road Racer

Trials Riding When Air Cooled Monoshocks Arrived!

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Natural gullies, like this one at Bear Creek are great to practice on - there are others farther up the hill with more rocks - I would like to see more sections like this in our Trials events, instead of all the big logs and Rock steps.  A good organizer  can always work out a few twists for the better riders.
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Nobody correctly guessed the Saturday quiz of the guy playing Dominoes!!  It was Jeff Smith World Champion MX  rider and also a winner of both the Scottish Six Days Trial and the Scott Time Trial when he was with BSA.

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No this isn’t the quarry at Revelstoke  that we have used many times for our WTC Trials - it’s one at Taff’s old home town in Wales and the rider is the great Jordi Tarres.
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Nice to see Beta Canada boss Steve Howland out helping the local Club setting up for their first Trial  of the year in Nova Scotia. - Steve has been out riding with us a couple of times at Summerland.

One of the riders taking a “Bow” after dropping his Gasser on a greasy log .
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ATTENTION:  2020 Beta  RR 390 has been  obtained by using a fake Credit card - watch out for it and if you know anything - call the cops - not sure where this was bought but here is the vin #

ZD3E31604L0320719

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Sunday January 17th 2021

Sunday, January 17th, 2021

Alan Lampkin jumps off his Sherpa T on “Grey Mare’s Ridge” in the Scottish Six Day Trial - Cancelled this year due to the Pandemic.
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Yesterday we made the most of a cold but dry day to take our first ride of the New Year - no snow in this area of Bear Creek and we had fun with Andrew, Olivier and our two young “Up and coming” riders on their Beta 80’s - It felt great to get out in the fresh air - I see we have snow again today, so our timing was perfect.

The lads had got a fire going which felt good after the ride.
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Olivier practicing logs on his Outlaw Beta Evo 200 - he is doing well.
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Saturday January 16th 2021

Saturday, January 16th, 2021

Toni Bou has just signed with Honda for another three years - making this a total of 18 years that he will have been with the Japanese Factory. During that time he has won just about everything in the Trials World ( Except the Scottish Six Days)

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Still on the Honda theme - here is a terrific shot of the Dakar winner Kevin Benevides- (no idea who took the pic)

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To win a Trial - you have to sometimes try to get through a section with a “3″ when your competitors have all “Fived’ - here is Mick Andrews on the Ossa working hard on doing just that - saving two points can sometimes win you the “Overall”

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Still some events being planned Stateside for this year - neat poster.
Image may contain: text that says 'Plonkers Southern California Trials Club is putting a one day trials class and is brought to you by Brad and Clive Hannan. The class will be on January 31st. The class will be from Novice to advance rider and include basic riding, bike setup walking section ano more. The class is free of charge but only up to 12 riders. First come first serve. pm for location we will start at 9am. Last time class was wonderful you don't want to miss out. Thanks Lior PLONKERS CALIFORNIA SOUTHERN RIALS CLUB'

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Quiz - Name this Domino player.
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I saw this pic listed in Trial Mag UK - showing dealers locations -Likely the ones who Advertise with the Mag: -      I see only two listed in Wales  - one in Taff’s home town of Merthyr Tydfil #18 on the map.
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A Steve Troupe pic of his brother riding at a Trial in Sudbury - likely when Dave Butler had his shop there - looks like a great spot - I do recall putting on a Sales Seminar in Sudbury back in my Yamaha Days - also flying back to Toronto in a DC3 !!! The Air Stewardess looked like Mary Poppins. !
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Some people sure spend a lot of money and time into updating their old vintage bikes - check out this TY175

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