Archive for May, 2021

Monday May 31st 2021

Monday, May 31st, 2021

Another nice pic from a May Long weekend Outlaw Trial at Scotch Creek - riders checking out Stan’s line.
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THE DREAM THAT MANY WILL NOT UNDERSTAND:
I bought a BIKE for a personal dream.
One day when I am very old and when I can not walk anymore, it will be in my garage as a trophy of my memories.
I met people who taught me something and have the same spirit. I met others that I’m glad I forgot.
I got wet,
I felt cold,
And I felt warm,
I was afraid,
I fell,
And I stood up,
I even hurt myself,
But also, I laughed out loud inside the helmet.
I spoke a thousand times with myself.
I sang and shouted with joy like a madman,
And yes … sometimes I cried.
I have seen wonderful places and lived unforgettable experiences.
I often made curves that even Marc Marquez would be proud of; other times I made curves full of terror.
I stopped a thousand times to see a landscape.
I spoke with perfect strangers, and I forgot people I see every day.
I went out with my demons inside and returned home with a feeling of absolute peace in my heart.
I always thought how dangerous it is, knowing that the meaning of courage is to advance even feeling fear.
Every time I go up to my machine I think about how wonderful it is.
I stopped talking to those who do not understand, (they just do not understand) and I learned through gestures to communicate with other riders.
I spent money that I did not have, giving up many things, but all these things are not worth even a moment about my BIKE
It is not a means of transport or a piece of iron with wheels, it is the lost part of my soul and my spirit.
And when someone says to me: “You have to sell the BIKE and you have to be a more serious person”, … I do not answer. I just swing my head and smile.
talking about BIKES….. only the person who loves them understands it. Lucky I do.
May God bless my friends and their joy of great people!
And the adventure continues
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Yesterday I met up with old buddy Doug Nimmo over on the Westside - Although Doug lives in Alberta, he has a nice retirement home all ready in Fintry not far from where we usually ride. - He is also anxiously waiting for his new TRS Xtrack - still on the boat someplace, so just to let him get a feel for what the TRS feels like, ( he has always bought Betas from  us in the past) we let him try the Goldie, which of course has the e start. - Yes he loved it.
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A pic of an old Norman - a brand that many have not heard of - complete with square header pipe - long before Greeves used this rather strange design .
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Well done  young Harry. !!!

Sunday May 30th 2021

Sunday, May 30th, 2021

Below you see Rene Opstal from Spain riding the Scottish - a very good rider, he actually led the event one day & finished in the top 20.
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And for any Canadian riders wanting to do the Scottish - I have just compiled some of the expected costs, as they have been posted at the present time.
CMA membership $80 - CMA License $75 FIM License $126 - Entry Fee $900 - Medical Cost (new) $500 - Air fare $1,000?  Hotel $ 1500 ? - Rental Bike $2000? - Rental car ??  Plus of course spending money for the night time activities. - Expensive “Holiday” but certainly one to remember.

Whatever happens regarding the FIM/Canada affiliation in the future - it would be nice to see all riders wanting to compete overseas at International Events like the Scottish get some Financial help from either the MCC or CMA.

Did you know that the Australian Team who compete on the World stage each year at the ISDE  have all their expenses covered by the Australian Government? - This was what I heard at the 1983 ISDE in Wales.
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Scores for the Ladies European Champion Round.

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Heath just posted this pic on FB of the Outlaw Toolbelt that he always takes with him when out practicing!! ( We also make these in various combinations and colors)

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I’ve had more than one comment about the high handlebars on both my Bultaco and Yamaha from the 70’s - so just to show that this was quite the “Norm” at one point - here you see a pic of John Draper on a Sherpa T.

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I think some of these guys riding Classic events in Europe are starting to get a little  Xtreme !! This one ended in a big crash.
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Saturday May 29th 2021

Saturday, May 29th, 2021

Here is a nice shot of Steve Foord on one of the Shercos we sold him a few years ago -( Not sure who took the pic)  Steve contacted me from the UK, saying he was moving to Calgary and asked about the Trials scene etc -He was already an established top club rider in the South of England. -  later when he arrived we were able to help him out with a 250 Sherco -followed by another  one later. -

Steve did well in Canadian Trials, before switching to Enduro, first on a Beta supplied by Mountain MC. and later being sponsored by Beta Canada. - A horrific vehicle accident, left him with a broken neck, putting him on the sidelines for at least a year, but we hear that he has now recovered so that he can now get back on a Trials bike. - We wish him well for the future.
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This is a fantastic shot from the start of a Moto X race in Europe - Jeff Smith leads the pack  with it looks like Torstan Hallman alongside , with Dave Bickers #12 and Vic Eastwood tucked in behind Smith. -Other riders I see in the background are Don Rickman and Arthur Browning.
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A few fantastic shots like this, have been appearing on FB - posted by a Spanish rider of wonderful days spent up in the Mountains on Trials bikes. - What could be better?
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Yesterday we had a  nice visit from Dominique, who we have not seen for about a year, since the Pandemic hit - she moved to Lumby, and is enjoying her new home, being able to ride out of her back door. - She needed a few parts for her Beta Evo 250, which she uses primarily for trail riding .

Earlier Mike Philips stopped by to get a Thermostat for the Evo 250 that he recently picked up - Mike used to ride with my son many years ago, and went on to compete in a lot of Cross Country events in the Kamloops area.

Yesterday we also had a call from a guy asking if we knew anything about Trials bikes? - I replied that “Yes a little bit - what do you want to know?” - Seems he had picked up an old Rev 3 and had no luck sourcing info on parts from the usual Beta shops. - I explained that I understood the problem, as most of these are new, and cater only to the Enduro market. - Anyway - suffice to say the parts he needs are packed up and ready to ship out today.
This weekend we are expecting to see Doug Nimmo who has a place over in Fintry - Doug has a new Xtrack on order and like everybody, is anxious for it to arrive. - I will let him try out the Estart Gold Edition to whet his appetite.
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Here is a Blast from the past - Luis Gallach on a Mecatecno - who remembers those?

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Birthday Greetings go out today to Bill Thomson - from Bellingham and a former President of the CPTA

Not sure how old Bill is, but he might be older than me and still riding last I heard.

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Friday May 28th 2021

Friday, May 28th, 2021

The next Trial Mag: has  a great cover pic of Steve Saunders - the man who came so close to winning the World Trials Championship, a few years ago.  - Now of course Saunders is the UK Importer for TRS Motorcycles, and doing extremely well.
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Check out this neat video of Trystan Hart in Alberta. >>
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Below  you see a great shot by Len Weed, of Bernie Schreiber on the section called “Town Hall Brae” - this is located in the middle of Fort William, and is the last section on at least one day during the Scottish Six Days. -It was put in mainly so that spectators could see the riders close up, without a long trek out onto the moors.

Although it was quite easy in the early years, these days, they have placed more large rocks to add to the difficulty and any tired rider who loses points here, is often given a bit of of abuse, by the fans.
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As I have often mentioned, to me, the Scottish, is the greatest Motorcycle Trial in the World, which takes an incredible amount of both skill and stamina to complete the Six days, and to win is perhaps the greatest achievement possible for anybody on a Trials Motorcycle.

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So now you know which Trial is my favorite !! - you can likely guess what I think of all the latest hopping and bopping around man made obstacles!. - Don’t get me wrong - i think these young guys are fantastic at what they do - but to me this just isn’t Trials riding as I see it.
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Beta have released details of their 2022 Enduro models - I see they mention a new Diaphragm clutch!! Although this is not listed in the official factory write up today. The burning question is “Will we see this on the 2022 Evo?”
Gas Gas were the first to bring this feature out on their 2002 Pro model -  It was a breakthrough in many ways, but also caused huge problems for many years. - TRS now have this type on their bikes which works very well.  ( No doubt they learned well from the GG mistakes)

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Thursday May 27th 2021

Thursday, May 27th, 2021

Things appear to be getting back to being more normal in the UK, with a few events going ahead - including this one put on by Big John Moffat in Scotland

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This pic popped up on FB - which shows Britta making her way across a snow drift in the Mountains a couple of years ago on her TRS - not sure where this was taken.
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Here is a link for Norton lovers >>

youtube.com A visit to the amazing National Motorcycle Museum to look at Norton’s hey team! in this video we go to the amazing national motorcycle museum in England to look at some pre war Nortons! #nortonmotorcycles #motorcyclemuseum

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Looking forward to the next Edition.

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Here is another great Heath Brindley shot of Ben Hemmingway on the Beta Evo 4T at the British Championship Trial last weekend.

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Another Beta shot - this is Alicia Robinson picking up her trick Evo from Bosi Off road.

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Don’t know who the rider is or who took the pic - but no mistaking the guy sitting down watching.

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Just up - the CPTA have announced they will hold a Trial at Ioco on June 6th ( D Day) - check out their website for details

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Wednesday May 26th 2021

Wednesday, May 26th, 2021

I took this pic of  Jake Cook a few years ago at Bear Creek - the day after he and his buddy picked up new Beta Evos from our shop - Jake was a top rider who sadly did not stick with the sport. - He now lives in Fort Mac.
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Here is the link to the results of the British Trials Championship Round last weekend.

trialmaguk.com Hookwood Results Hookwood Final 23-05-2021

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Below you see a bunch of former “Great MX riders” at a reunion event - Jeff Smith on the left, but who can name the others ?
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Emily from Motorcycle Mojo Mag: sent us this pic of her new Beta Enduro bike !!! Looking good Emmy !!
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As mentioned earlier - Both James Dabill and Jack Price have dropped out of the Trials scene to tackle some hard Enduro events on Beta sponsored bikes  - here is a report from Enduro 21 on the reason that Dabill decided to have a change.

For James Dabill it was certainly a case of been there and done it and he is entering this new career phase from a different perspective to his younger compatriot. Having been at the top of World Trials for 17 years, Dabill has been very much a part of an iconic era in the sport led by Toni Bou.

The Beta UK sponsored rider says it was the pandemic which accelerated the decision after spending time with his family and seeing life from a different perspective. “Like a lot of people, spending time at home during the pandemic made me reassess what I was doing.” Says Dabill. “Normally at that time of year I would be away a lot but last year, like everyone, I was forced to stay at home and it made me see things in a different way. I enjoyed that time at home. I started questioning whether I wanted to be on the road and travelling as much.

“I went to the World Championship events in 2020 not really giving 100% and it kind of went from there to making the decision that my heart’s not in it. I could probably have carried on for another few years but my heart just wasn’t in it and I didn’t want to waste everybody else’s time.”

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This pic sums up the bike situation pretty well - as we wait for our 2021 TRS bikes - We can still get a few Beta Trials bikes - but if you want one, better be quick.
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Podcasts appear to be quite popular these days - check this one out.
dirtbikenews.ca PODCAST - Stephen Foord - Coming up Next Time - DBN With a never quit attitude and is so easy going. Well respected as a coach he is truly one of the good guys. Foord talks about his accident, and I hope you have some Kleenex on hand because it is quite a talk.

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Tuesday May 25th 2021

Tuesday, May 25th, 2021

We hope everybody had a great weekend - another strange one with the Covid restrictions - I  know a few Albertan’s managed to sneak across the border into BC !! and who could blame them with snow in many spots the other side of the Mountains.

This pic that I took at the 2011 WTC Canadian National of Steve Foord, in Summerland, just popped up on FB, with the caption saying the event was a huge success with over  100 riders.

I thought this might be a good time to mention that with the WEC no longer operating ( World Enduro Canada) - the MCC are in the process of looking to take over their mandate and also the Trials division WTC. - This process has been ongoing for some time now, and I have been helping behind the scenes, but because of my age, I have decided to step back from having any involvement with  the  re-organization .

The WTC started in 2009 after a phone call from down East -  it was very successful, in running low cost, events, on a volunteer basis, by Trials enthusiasts from across the Country, - National Championships like the one listed here, and others in Quebec, were very well attended, and  successful. - A huge thank you, goes out to Bob Johns, who has done all the required posting of the news, rules etc in both English and French, on the WTC Website.
We hope that future Trials will continue in this format - without the need for a lot of bureaucracy, and that our small sport will continue to flourish.

As always, I will continue to do my daily blog, and run Outlaw Trialsport, helping all Trials riders when ever possible.  We will post more info: on this subject as things progress.
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I saw this tribute to John Hartle, a great rider, who was killed at Oliver’s Mount, when a lapped rider moved over into his path. - We used to see John at some of the Trials events during the winter months, a very nice quiet lad.
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The weather was quite dull on Victoria Day - so once again we just caught up on some chores & took things easy - watched an interesting movie last night about Queen Victoria ( played by Judy Dench) and her involvement with an Indian in her later years - he acted as her servant and teacher as she held the title of Empress of India - quite a fascinating story which was supposed to be based on facts that were only discovered in 2010, as the Royal family hated all this, and had everything destroyed after her death.

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Monday May 24th 2021 - Victoria Day.

Monday, May 24th, 2021

Toby Martin (TRS) took the win at the British Championship Trial Sunday at Hook Woods.

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Below is Chris Stay - pic by Heath.

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Here is a full report courtesy Trial Mag: UK

MICHELIN STAR AT THE 2021 ACU CHAMPIONSHIP OPENER
Hookwood trials venue near Guildford opened the 2021 ACU Trial GB season with a strong entry of close on 90 riders who were entered across the four classes to be contested: Trial GB, Trial 2, Trial 125, and Expert. Heavy rain showers in the early part of the week made way for a cold, and at times wet day as the riders took on 12 hazards, ridden over three laps with challenging and variable muddy banks, rocks and man-made elements.
Following on from the success of the 2020 championship which ran under a new ACU Trial GB marking system, it was implemented again in 2021. These rules include a one-minute time allowance for each section to be traversed. Other changes allow competitors to stop, go sideways or reverse without penalty. However, going backwards whilst footing incurs a five-mark penalty. An additional championship point is awarded to the best performance on observation on each lap of the trial to all four classes.
With the challenging conditions found in a very turbulent May weather, Michelin riders seized the advantage to dominate in three of the four classes. Toby Martyn (TRRS UK) led the way in the premier class to take the maximum points haul in Trial GB as a new comer to Trial 2, Alexz Wigg (John Lee Mc’s Vertigo) secured the victory and the maximum points. He was followed home by the elder of the two Hemingway brothers Harry in Trial 125, joined by his younger brother George on the podium in third position.
Trial GB Winner Toby Martyn (TRRS UK): “I am very happy to have opened up 2021 with a winning result at round one. The event, as expected with the recent very wet weather conditions, turned out to be a very challenging course. Mud was carried onto the rocks and the hazards became very polished and slippery. In these conditions tyre choice is essential and the feedback and feel from the Michelin tyres gave me the confidence to fight for the victory after the very closely contested day in Hookswood. The Michelin trials tyres have once again proved vital to my success showing how they can adapt to the changing conditions we have encountered at round one.”
Results Round One – Hookwood Trials Centre - 23/05/2021
Trial GB Class
1: Toby Martyn (TRRS UK) 78; 2: Jack Peace (MRS FACTORY Sherco) 91; 3: Dan Peace (MRS FACTORY Sherco) 93; 4: Billy Green (BMS Scorpa) 108;5: Iwan Roberts (TRRS UK) 135.
ACU Trial 2
1: Alexz Wigg (John Lee Mc’s Vertigo) 65; 2: Ross Danby (TRRS UK) 70; 3: Sam Connor (Beta-UK) 70.
ACU Trial Expert
1: Chris Alford (BMS BVM Scorpa) 28; 2: Tom Affleck (MRS Sherco) 30; 3: Joel Edwards (Non-Stop Trials Scorpa) 31.
ACU Trial 125
1: Harry Hemingway (Beta-UK) 21; 2: Harry Turner (BMS Scorpa) 28; 3: George Hemingway (Beta-UK) 35.

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While Matteo Grattarola  ( Beta )- Beat out Busto & Fajardo in Italy.

Here is the complete report. by Beta.

BETA WINS IN ITALIAN TRIAL IN TADINO
On the weekend of May 22/23, the second round of the Italian Trial 2021 Championship took place in Gualdo Tadino (Perugia province), which saw the participation of more than 140 participants. These include some international-class riders, who took advantage of Gualdo Tadino’s weekend to measure themselves in a first confrontation with their opponents ahead of the World Cup.
The test, organized by Moto Club Gualdo Tadino, characterized by a high level of tests held in 12 different zones to face for two rounds. The soil turned out to be very insidious, dry and gravel, typical of the Central Italy regions, while the weather was typically spring, with a hot and sunny day.
Team Official Betamotor takes home first and third place in the TR1 category.
Uncompromising victory for Matteo Grattarola who disconnects the first of the chasers by more than 40 points. Third on the other hand, Lorenzo Gandola, who climbs for the first time on the podium riding his Beta. This is two very satisfying performances for the two official riders considering that during the race weekend there were many riders who were training ahead of the World Trial GP, which Matteo will confront.
In training ahead of the World Championship, young Spanish driver Aniol Gelabert Roura, who finished third in the INTERNATIONAL category, riding his Beta.
In the FEMALE category, Andrea Sofia Rabino, the young driver, who turned 15 on Saturday during the race weekend, deserves a second place struggling with opponents far bigger than her.
In the TR 3 category 125 podium all Beta with Giacomo Brunisso 1th, Mirko Pedretti 2th and Gabriele Agostinis 3th.
Next appointment June 19-20 in Montoso (CN), adopting Format B with double Saturday and Sunday race.

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As for me - I just did a bunch of chores - then kicked back & watched the Golf - great to see Phil Mickleson  win - at age 50 he has set a record. ( In Golf you are called old at 50 !!!)
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Finally - If you are a looking for buddies to ride with on your Enduro bike !! - Check out the club website.
VORMC: Vernon Off Road Motorcycle Club – Your local dirt bike club.

Note: WE support the local club and do have plans for a Trials event, when this Covid thing clears up.
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Sunday May 23rd 2021

Sunday, May 23rd, 2021

Al Dyke was out with the new Outlaw Xtrack model which he shares with his wife ( seen here) - this is a perfect bike for the ladies having the electric start. - Only wish we could get more of them. ( They can be converted to “Trials Trim” in about 20 mins as they come with an extra Trials tank)
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check out this video >>>  #motoverde

Team TRS all ready for the big Trial in Italy. today.
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Here is a shot of Ulf Karlson   winning the 1981 British World Round - Note: the “Normal” section. bit different from what we see these days with the World Trials Circus.
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And here is Mart - who finished 2nd on the day.

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Early morning post - but a Ferrari on pole at Monaco -who would have thought ??

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Dennis Brumwell from Yellowknife posted this showing off his Outlaw Toolbelt - we have these in stock and STILL at the unbelievable price of $69.95. red - black or blue.

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Interesting stuff from back in the day - see the “James” advert.

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Saturday May 21st 2021

Saturday, May 22nd, 2021

Although we have no events happening in Canada ( as far as I know) this May long weekend - over in the UK they are hosting the first round of the British Trials Championship - interesting this year now that both James Dabill and Jack Price have retired from the sport at least at this level - both competed in last weekends’ Hard Enduro - which was won by Ex Trials rider Billy Bolt - Price finished 7th and Dabill 8th.

In F1 ( if anybody cares ) The Monaco Grand Prix will be happening with the race through the streets of Monte Carlo.

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Bikes for sale - both immaculate contact Outlaw Dave.

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And a couple of rare bikes from Europe >> ( I don’t think these are for sale)
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Another Outlaw Memory - this one from Scotch Creek showing Stan - but not sure what year I took this. ( Too bad about the branch across his face)
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The first ever Motorcycle race I saw as a lad, was a local Grass Track - I remember being impressed by the colorful helmets and the smell of the racing fuel. - Interestingly in this picture - you see the two different styles of the time the old leg dragging and the more modern foot forward that became the norm:.

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Every time I see a pic like this I remember the Walt Healy bike that we did a lot of updates to make it “Trick” - YZ forks - aftermarket pipe - alloy swing arm & different shocks - shortened seat  - motor work, and a zillion holes drilled to save weight. - Too bad I don’t have a photo. - Not as nice as this, but it was a great bike, I sometimes wonder what happened to it.

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We now have both the S3 and Jitsie  pegs available - call or email for prces.

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I had to go to Kelowna on business yesterday - so decided to drive back via the Westside road and stop off to see Roy - I just happened to have my TRS in the van !! so we went for a ride - Roy has been working on his 125 Sherco 4T, trying to get it to run right. - Here he is on it.

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and the old guy in TRS gear out with Goldie 99

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