Archive for September, 2021

Thursday September 30th 2021

Thursday, September 30th, 2021

Below you see a pic of Outlaw Dave taken 17 years ago at a Classic Trial in Stony Plain  Alberta.- I’m riding a TY 175 that I had tricked up a bit with a Sammy Miller tank/seat unit plus other stuff which I don’t remember. - The bike worked really well and I had good success with it, before I sold it to Mark ONeil. - You will also note that I am wearing the old traditional Trials gear, much of which I had especially made in the UK. ( Pic by Steve Richardson)
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Like anybody who has been riding in competition for any length of time - I’ve accumulated quite a lot of hardware - a lot plasters the wall of my shop with others either in boxes hidden away someplace or given to clubs for recycling. - However, none are more precious than these few that have somehow survived all the moving around over the years, including the trip across the pond, I know that I still have the first ever award that I won in a Trial back in 1956 someplace, but it’s not one of these, although it looks very similar.

Back in the old days, you did not know how you had done at a Trial on the day, and would only get this result, by checking out the National Motorcycling Newspaper the week after - where all results of the previous weekend events were posted.

Don’t forget that in the 1950’s - most Trials had an entry list of around 100 riders and everybody rode the same line, so at many Trials you were competing against the top “Works” riders.

Here are a few that I found, notice that they always engraved your name on the award, which you received in the mail a few weeks later.  - It took me a minute to remember the name of the B&B MC club. - I think it was Broughton and Bretton - from the Cheshire Center. - WMC may have been Wrexham. - and as I recall the cup was for finishing runner-up at  a  Trial in Wales. - Ah! yes - lots of memories.


Below you see a pic of Sammy Miller  - note that Sammy is using “Body Lean” or as the Americans called it “Body English” to avoid running over the section ends card. - If he had knocked that card over, it would have been a “5″ mark penalty. - We often neglect to explain the rules at riders meetings, but I did remember to do this at the Revvy event. -
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And one of Mick - showing the importance of body position - no hop & bop in those days.

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Check out this video link as it pertains to the suggested hook up between MCC and CMA - It will obviously get mixed reaction especially from BC where many of the top Trials riders in Canada reside. - On the plus side, at least it’s something, and only time will tell if in fact any clubs West of Saskatchewan decide to join any new alliance. - The bottom line is that most  Western clubs have now forged ahead with their own event Insurance, and do not need any National body except for any rider wishing to participate in either the Scottish Six Days, or the Trial Des Nations. - I think we just need to keep an open mind, and hope that any new joint Administration is for the  good of the sport.

On a personal note - I take my hat off to anybody that spends their own money and goes over to Europe to compete. -

Wednesday September 29th 2021

Wednesday, September 29th, 2021

This is a great shot of Revvy Rider’s Florian Schott on his Outlaw Beta a few years ago - Flo has now moved on to a TRS Xtrack and also put on the recent  Outlaw Trial at Revelstoke.  “Stylin”
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And what a great Trials pic this is of Gary MacDonald riding a sponsored Triumph Cub at the Leven Valley Trial last weekend.  Gary only lives minutes from where all these great sections are, so does have a home town advantage. He is the most successful  Scottish Trials rider “Ever”
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Yesterday we caught up on  the news from the Hare Scramble at Castlegar last weekend - a bunch of local Vernon riders went down and enjoyed what will be the only race for this year - Andrew Christiansen, told me that it was a tough event, with 70 riders, - he also mentioned that he got 2nd in his class and that Emily Roberts was there as well, riding in her second cross country race. - no doubt the full results will show up someplace soon.


Yesterday was also a day to make contact with a couple of old friends - I called Jimmy Corkle to see how he’s doing as we all get older - Jimmy has had some medical issues, but glad to report that he still gets out and about driving his Russian Sidecar outfit, visiting back country lakes and streams to do a little fishing. Yes he still has his Beta Evo and we have shared some great times over the years when I was a Traveling man - Jimmy’s place backs onto a Trials riders Paradise and we have lots of memories from riding there on a variety of bikes.

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So with October and  the Ross Rathbone 2 Day Trial coming up - a reminder that due to the increase in the cases of Covid 19, we would prefer that only vaccinated people attend. - We need Ross and everybody else to stay safe and healthy.


Pic shows Bob Hannah bunny hopping his Team Mate back in 1974 - I remember we had those Yamaha  Bicycles at our Dealer show that year, and Stevie Baker & Bill McLean were riding them up and down the stairs at the Hotel.

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Tuesday September 28th 2021

Tuesday, September 28th, 2021

Here is a pic from last weekend’s Leven Valley Trial in Scotland - would you believe that  this Two Day Twin Shock event was over-subscribed ( all Pre-Entry) by 170 !! Yes you read that correctly - Classic Trials in Europe are HUGE - maybe because they run more of the old style sections which don’t require stunt riding, plus they are more suitable for older riders. - We have also heard that there are talks of a new Twin-Shock club opening up in Edmonton.
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Trystan Hart was the big winner at the Corduroy Enduro in Ontario - the young man from Invermere is on a roll.

We just received this pic of the huge Tent, which Ross has erected on his property before the Thanksgiving and Brown Memorial Trials coming up on OCTOBER 9-10. - I suspect the local gang will also utilize this for Winter training .

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I remember seeing a lot of riders in this predicament  back in the 70’s racing in Alberta Cross Country Races. - Mel Skaar was usually on the other side of the Creek shouting “Cross here”  - then of course killing himself laughing when they drowned out.  ( That was one thing you learned real quick - never trust Skaar)
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And this was just posted from the Corduroy Enduro last weekend - been there done that - !!

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Monday September 27th 2021

Monday, September 27th, 2021

The British Championship round in Wales last weekend was sponsored by Wulfsport - the gear that we have been Importing and selling since1995 - Lots in stock - Helmets, Boots, Clothing. - all great quality at very good prices.
After losing the top spot on Saturday by a single “Dab”  New World Trial 2 Champ Toby Martyn made no mistakes on Sunday and took the win on his Steve Saunders Sponsored TRS - In fact the Trial 2 Class was also a TRS win with Ross Danby doing the job.May be an image of motorcycle, outdoors and text that says 'WULFSPORT ACU TrialGB Supported By point T& Autocare Network Round 8 26th September 2021 Hafren Dirt Bike Club Glyn Hafren, Llanidloes Official Programme MHS points TMX SHERCO SCORPA m TRRS'

Toby Martyn jumps out of a Welsh Stream - pic by Heath Brindley.

The Alberta Ladies cleaned up at the Corduroy lst weekend - here they are on the podium.
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We were surprised to get a nice email from Andy Huddleston, who was a former contender in the World Trials scene riding a Hamilton UK Yamaha. - Outlaw supplied Andy with a Toolbelt  and we later met him at the 1995 UK World Round. - We kept in touch over the years, and he stopped in to to see us a couple of years ago, with his family. - He sent us this pic of himself trying out a very nice TY 175 at a Trial ( dressed in his Mont gear!!)

He mentioned that when he got to ride this bike it reminded him of his visit to our place and seeing our TY 175 which we have parked in a corner of the shop. ( Although ours is very stock, not all tricked up like this one)
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Sunday September 26th 2021

Sunday, September 26th, 2021

Check out the scores at this last British Championship Round - It was in Wales, land of Song - and Mud. - one dab made the difference.


An oldie of Heiki Mikkola flying high - look at those crowds - no idea where  or who took the pic.
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Chris Hrabb posted this a couple of years ago - - just before this area was made out of bounds  to motor vehicles- the first TRS up the mountain.
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I see that Trystan Hart is leading the Corduroy after day #1 - over 400 riders started this event which is a surprise in these Covid 19 times.


We have this nice clean 2017 Beta Evo 250 at our shop- it’s a private sale - call us if interested.

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Saturday September 25th 2021

Saturday, September 25th, 2021

This is Steve Troupe who is enjoying a return to Classic Trials in Ontario - Here he is on his 125 Honda TL - first introduced in 1973 - I was invited to test ride back then, but found them very much under powered.

The Importer in Vancouver at that time was Clarke Symkins   if my memory serves me correct - they sponsored Peter Smith  who had good success on a bored out 150cc version.
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Also in the Classic mode - Dave Butler rode his old Greeves at the Corduroy and won an award for the oldest bike - Dave is the longtime Beta and TRS dealer for that area.

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The CPTA had a Trial last weekend which was won by Sean Bird (Scorpa) - Don Doerksen sent us the results, but I can’t seem to re-post them  ( I’m not too CP savvy) - I can however forward via email to anybody interested.

The Club also have their annual Classic Trial this Sunday at Ioco - details on their website.


The DOT was a very popular bike back in the 1950’s, being used in both Trials and Scrambles - this is an early version with a European engine, but these were soon replaced by the Villiers units.


Team Beta are already for the last World Enduro this weekend in Italy - This is Steve Holcombe’s bike - beauty.

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Check out this fall by Adam Raga - those rocks were slick. Watch this reel by adamraga on Instagram


For our aircraft fans - this shows a De Haviland  Rapide in the foreground ( I think)  , but what caught my eye was the Fox Moth in the top of the pic - this was a cabin version of the famous Tiger Moth, used as a trainer for the RAF - It was also in one of these that I had my first flight, a guy was giving joy rides at a seaside resort in the UK, taking off from the beach. It was quite the thrill for a young lad.
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Friday September 24th 2021

Friday, September 24th, 2021

We are posting this as we have mentioned in earlier blogs - Bob and myself have worked together to promote Trials in Canada for many years. - His expertise in hosting both Trials Canada and the WTC site - have been perhaps overlooked by many.  - Obviously - we wish him well in his retirement.

An Announcement from the Editor

I first started as an effort to put all the news and information about our sport into one place, hoping that it would have a beneficial effect on this sport of moto-trials. I’ve competed in trials at various stages of my life, for a total of close to thirty years. I got a lot of pleasure from the sport, and this website was my effort to put something back into it.

As editor of this online trials magazine since February, 2003, I’ve been noticing that many of the ideas we’ve been advocating seem to be coming to fruition. I’m thinking of the CMA’s willingness to accept the MCC as a partner in the organization of our sport, and for the MCC to go ahead and take their part in this effort. Now that the MCC has taken on a considerable part of the funding for this year’s Trials Des Nations team, it seems that these goals have been largely achieved.

My next birthday will mark the nineteenth anniversary of, and I’ll be celebrating my eightieth - all in all a good time pull the plug. It’s my understanding that the MCC has plans to create and administer a new Canadian trials website, so the need for will cease to exist.

It has been an enjoyable nineteen years; I’ve really enjoyed being in touch with so many trials folks across the country.

With the onset of the COVID pandemic last year, and the resulting reduction in trials acvtivities, I stopped billing for the advertising on It’s been about two-and-a-half years since I did any invoicing - another indication that it might be time for me to retire from the website business!

I do believe that this website has a unique record of Canadian trials events over the past nineteen years - the results of just about every trial in Canada over that period of time are included on the site. So I plan to leave it online for a while, just in case anyone wants to refer to the information there. But I won’t be adding any more news.

It’s been fun - all the very best to everyone who has followed our little trials website over the years.

Bob Johns


A few more events are now being organized - this one at Bear Creek - I remember riding with Alf Klassen a few times when we still lived in Kelowna, a nice guy, and I was not aware that he had passed on.
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Nice to see Toby Martyn getting some good press in the UK.

I have copied these links from the Trials Canada site before it shuts down, readers can store them for reference.

Thursday September 23rd 2021

Thursday, September 23rd, 2021

While browsing  through some of the latest releases on new models etc, it reminded me of how important a “Name” is. - For example when  at a Yamaha meeting many years ago - we were being shown a new scooter up on a screen for the upcoming season, with the Japanese staff, doing the commentary - it was announced as the all new Signus!! - After the presentation, we were asked what we thought of this exciting new model. - When it came time for me to respond, I said well it looks good, but the name needs to change - because in the advertisement it sounded like it was being called “The Sickness”

Over the years, I think a lot of models might have benefited   from a rethink on the names. - For example the “Vertigo” seems to be a strange name for a Balance sport motorcycle when it means a ” Fear of heights” - as is the latest model they just introduced being called “The Nitro” - does it blow up?  - Obviously there are many other strange choices with other brands and maybe it’s just me that thinks this way, however, in the case of the Yamaha Scooter - the name was changed and it sold very well. !!!

I’m sure this post might spark a response from others, who either like or dislike model names - I always thought the “Sherpa T” designation for the Bultaco Trials bike was very appropriate , as it relates to climbing in the Mountains.

Of course there is always the opposite, and this might be a good example of that - the BSA ‘Bantam”  one of the best selling bikes of the 1950’s. -

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Here is a nice shot of Amy’s TRS Xtrack out yesterday at Bear Creek - Amy loves  this bike as it lets her go anywhere to explore the many trails in the area. - We still have one of these left if you would like to join Amy.


We have had a couple of calls asking about the upcoming Trial  on the Thanksgiving long weekend - and yes, this is still on although we are observing all Covid 19 rules, and not advertising this on Social media. - If you wish to know further details please read the blog or email me for directions. ( The Thankgiving Trial is on Saturday Oct 9th - the Brown Memorial on Sunday October 10th.- location Ross Rathbone Property - Magna Bay)
Any changes will be  posted here. UPDATE :  - Camping available (free) - Entry Fee $40 per day or $50 for 2 days)  Note this covers Insurance and free Saturday night Supper.

Wednesday September 22nd 2021

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021

Here’s one for all you Enduro enthusiasts - another long time running event in Ontario, Blair Sharpless and his team do a great job on this. -

Also this weekend is a Hare Scramble at Castlegar  BC  - some of our Vernon lads will be going to that.  - I remember the days when we had a Trial in Fruitvale and also Grand Forks - a bunch of us from the Kelowna area would go down.  We also did some riding at Midway when Gord lived there  - plus we put on a Trials demo one weekend for him - when the temperature reached over +40 -  Jimmy Corkle and a few of us had our lawn chairs in the Kettle River along with a cooler of beer to cool off after the event - and yes I even rode that one on a Beta Rev 3. -

I see they also have a Devil’s Staircase in the Corduroy - the original section by this name was of course in the Scottish Six Days Trial, although no longer used except on a daily route. - Pete Brown and myself also built a section at Summerland, which we called this - one of the best we found and where we have small plaques to remember both Adrian and Peter Brown.

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Today I have put a face to the person who did 90% of the work for WTC - Bob Johns - Bob rode trials in the UK and also later in Canada, - Together with his brother John, they lived in the South of England and from what I have learned they liked to ride the big British 4 Strokes.

I first met Bob at an ATRA  Trial  many years ago when he was competing - then much later we combined with the organization of the WTC, after I got the call from WEC in Ontario - At that point Bob had moved to the Island and rode a TL 250 Honda, but in addition, Bob always played music with a local group. - An accomplished writer, Bob also published a children’s  book, which my Grand daughter still has in her collection.
Behind the scenes, we have shared many ideas on what way Canadian Trials could or should progress, and some did work out. - Bob has managed the Trials Canada website for many years, but I think this might soon come to an end. - Bob also did the WTC website - both English and French. - did I mention that all of this was done for FREE. - These Days Bob is having some success with his music. - We wish him well and thank him for his contributions to Trials in Canada.
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Tuesday September 21st 2021

Tuesday, September 21st, 2021

If you want one - we have one - give us a call- 2 bikes in one - Trial & Trail with electric start.
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So last night I watched a Political show on TV - No not the Canadian fiasco - but the “House of Cards” on Netflicks - It is an older popular series about US Politics and I found each segment really captivating. - I guess reality returns today when we continue with our Turdo BS.


Weather is very much like Fall   with cool mornings, but sunny afternoons a great time for riding - Andrew Christiansen stopped by yesterday to pick up some Opti for his Yamaha and said he was out on Sunday with a group who put on around 70km in the Vernon area.

I know a few Trials guys were also out at Summerland on the old Outlaw loop. Must have been fabulous.


We had a call from Beta Canada to say we will be getting a 2022 Evo 200   next month - that’s if the shipping details all go according to plan - This is not Pre-sold - so if you want it - better shout up.


Finally a great pic of Bernie Schreiber winning his final British World Championship  round on the SWM

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Emily was out having fun at Bear Creek with her friends on her birthday - but not on a Trials bike.

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