Archive for January, 2022

Monday Janury 31st 2022

Monday, January 31st, 2022

Here’s a flashback to the great days when the Alberta Edition of the Outlaw Series was held at Stony Plain  - unfortunately no longer available to the ATRA - I took this pic of Taff riding one of my Fantics.
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And here is another flying his Beta  - in the modern event on day#2

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Another Fantic shot of the old guy riding in his final event also at Stony Plain - at age 70 -
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And one of Harold perched above the big step on his TY 250

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Quiz - Who is this Fantic rider>>
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This pic was posted 8 years ago around this date - and shows me out with my Evo 200 demo at Bear Ridge - obviously the winter weather was much milder that year.
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Some info on upcoming events at Ioco >>

The first event of the year is taking place at the club on February 13th. We are hosting a Club Social and Barbecue along with guided trail rides. Memberships will be on sale in the clubhouse until noon. Locks on the gate change at the end of that day.
Please download and fill out your membership beforehand to help speed things up.
Thanks to our Club Treasurer for taking memberships and to Tim Wright for organizing the barbecue.

2022 Schedule of Events

Date
Event
Location
Clerks
Points
Feb 13 Club Social
Barbecue
Trail Ride
Ioco, BC Ted McDowall
Tim Wright
No

Mar 6

Small Wheel Trial Ioco, BC Ron Walsh No

Mar 20

TRS Moto Canada   Trial Ioco, BC Jesse McDowallSkip Parker Yes
Apr 10 Spring Classic Trial Ioco, BC Sean Bird modern
Apr 24 Outlaw Trial Ioco, BC Steve DayBrent Anctil

Sunday January 30th 2022

Sunday, January 30th, 2022

This pic is one I took of Shane Bridden on this day in early 2017 at Bear Ridge - still lots of snow but Shane had a ball blasting his new TRS around.
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He may look like just another old guy now - but Jeff Smith was perhaps the best all round Motorcycle rider to come out of the UK, a many times World MX Champ, plus he won the Scottish Six Days Trial and numerous gold medals in ISDT competition.- I was lucky to meet him first at a Scramble in Wales, where I was taking Photographs - and many years later when he came to Moose Mountain while working for Can Am. Jeff now lives with his wife in the USA.
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Better known for his roles on the big screen - Steve McQueen had to obtain a FIM License like everybody else in order to compete in the ISDT as part of Team USA. - McQueen was a very good rider as can be seen in the movie “On Any Sunday”
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A classic Jordi shot on the early Beta TR model - this was a brilliant bike with the expansion chamber exhaust helping to get him up those big steps that were becoming to be a part of the Trials events in the 1980’s

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Perhaps my favorite Yamaha Street bike - The RZ 500 V4 two stroke - maybe more suited for the racetrack than the street - but when I was involved with Kelowna Yamaha in 1985, I used one of these to  commute between Vernon and Kelowna - this was before the new Hiway over the top  from Winfield - I used to be able to do the trip in 23 minutes from my place up above the Vernon Airport to driving in the front door of the shop. - ( Amazingly I never got any speeding tickets)
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We just got this Sherco 320 4T in for service - I sold the bike to Pete back in 2008 - he insisted on wanting one, so we brought this in - after the disaster of the 05 model - Sherco had fixed some of the starting issues  and in fact I had some fun rides on this bike, - it sounded neat and would pull like a tractor - but again it was too much for Pete, so we sold it to Randy from Summerland and got Pete into a Beta Evo. - Only three of these 2008 Sherco 4T’s were imported into Canada - we got two, but I can’t remember who I sold the other one to.

Note: We have a very thick binder full of stuff that we did with the Sherco, Jimmy Corkle had a big hand in this. - Our findings were sent to the Sherco Factory and we received a letter of thanks. from Andreu Codina.
Graeme Jarvis, won the Scottish Six Days Trial on one of these, as Sherco tried to promote the new four-stroke - but after seeing some of the pics from that event - it must have been a brute to ride for six days. Graeme looked absolutely knackered. -  ( I’m betting he would not want to do it again)

Below is a pic of the bike before mechanic Ken gets it into the shop. - Amazingly, Bob from Mountain MC still had some parts we needed.

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Albert Cabestany also campaigned the Sherco 4t in World Trials and of course made the bike look very good, but when the FIM dropped the Four-stroke only rule - Sherco quietly moved on with their successful   2T models.

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And finally - How films were made before the GO PRO.

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Saturday January 29th 2022

Saturday, January 29th, 2022

Waiting to read this article in the next issue of Trial Mag : UK - Also looking forward to trying out the new 2022 Evo 200 when the snow clears.
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TRIAL MAGAZINE ISSUE 91: www.trialmaguk.com
QUICK SPIN - BETA 2022 - WHAT’S NEW IN 2022? Beta UK Trial Magazine UK
What’s new in 2022 at Beta? The answer is some very nice updates to the suspension, a new look with the Italian racing red frame whilst also retaining the previous engine updates that make the Beta Evo grip so well and easy to ride, that is why it’s still so popular. Proven very much as a winner in 2021 in the capable hands of the FIM TrialGP rider Matteo Grattarola, who secured a superb fourth place overall, and winners in the hands of Spain’s Aniol Gelabert in FIM Trial2 and Great Britain’s Harry Hemingway in FIM Trial125, why would you make radical changes? Further attention to detail is the way forward of the new model range, but the main focus of attention in the UK is the price as the recommended retail price remains the same as 2021. More importantly, the Italian quality and reliability remains the same in 2022.
Words: Trial Magazine, Dan Clark, John Lampkin
Pictures: Trial Magazine
Go to the website: www.trialmaguk.com and go to the black toolbar and click on Current Issue or Subscriptions to receive six copies with an annual subscription.
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In other Beta news - Apico will sponsor James Dabill   in 2022 in both Trials and Enduro events - including the Scottish !! Great news.
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Jordi also seems to be helping a lot of the junior riders - which is good to see.

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Below you see a 1928 Scott “Flying Squirrel” - a  water cooled two stroke twin - the brain child of Sir Alfred Scott, the man who also started the famous “Scott Trial” - this bike was so far ahead of it’s time, quite amazing. - My father had one, although I was too young to remember it or what happened to it.
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Chris Hrabb sent me this pic after reading the Joss Mountain story - This is what it looks like in winter at the summit. Chris stopped off in the Helicopter. - Note the snow is up above the door.
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Last night I clicked onto Utube and came across old videos of the Kicktart Trials in the UK - from the 1980’s - They are really good to watch if you can find them, and show some well known names as young lads competing as 10-14 year olds. - Steve Colley  and others  like Andy Huddleston - who stopped  off to see us a about three years ago - now a Police Inspector with a grown up family.

The last ones I watched  showed Steve Saunders and Eddy Lejuene on the Rothman Hondas, plus some European riders also Bernie Schreiber,  Tony Scarlett and John Lampkin -plus a brief shot of Stan -
Check it out as it makes for interesting watching on a cold winter’s day

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Answer to Friday quiz - Bernie Schreiber taking a flying dab in a watery Scottish section - no correct responses

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Friday January 28th 2022

Friday, January 28th, 2022

This clipping popped up on FB - showing Walt with his Venture Royale -what it doesn’t mention is that Walt ran this bike on Opti 4 for all those miles - including the Australian adventure ( we shipped it to Oz especially for him) - He told me that it was so hot at one spot that locals advised him not to go on - the tarmac on the road was bubbling!! - naturally, Walt carried on - Walt and I were of course very good friends and because of this, I was able to get him to sponsor that first World Trial in 1975, - plus I arranged for Walt to sponsor Stan Bakgaard on the new 1984 TY -Stan went on to record the best finish ever by a Canadian at the Scottish that year, finishing 13th. -

Together, Walt and myself (Through Yamaha Canada) - were able to get many top riders on Yamaha bikes, both Trials and Enduro -  Although I left Yamaha Canada in  January 1984 - Walt and I remained very good friends, and maybe that is why he promoted Opti Oil for me. - But he really believed in the product. ( And the Venture Royale story speaks for itself)
Perhaps our most interesting trip was to the 1992 Scottish Six Days.  - I was in Walt’s shop and he asked me when I was leaving for the UK - I said in three weeks - Walt said “You know David - I think I’ll come with you” - now Walt and myself had been on a lot of Yamaha vacations - Japan, and the  USA - LA- Daytona etc - but  Walt had never been to Europe, so I was quite surprised as he was not getting any younger.

Anyway he turned up at the Calgary Airport with a back-pack and his visa card - and we were off - I will save the rest of this story for another blog.
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Time for a bit of English humor !! ( spelled Humour in English)
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Interesting UK post on tires - As you know Beta swapped to Dunlop on all the Trials models about three years ago and we have had no complaints - The story we heard was that Michelin refused to give them a break on the pricing, and we no longer stock these as we could only sell a rear tire for $220 - which was our cost. ( Note : English spelling Tyres)

***Trials Tyre Update***
As you may by now be aware, there is a massive shortage of trials tyres, both Michelin and IRC trials tyres are in very short supply and have now gone up significantly in price to what they were 12 months ago.
Michelin have informed us that we in the UK should not expect to receive more than around 30% of our annual off road tyre allocation, this is a massive ongoing problem.
We already have 100’s of tyres on back order dating back to December 2019 that are still not showing as deliverable to us.
IRC tyres will now not be available in the UK until the 26th of March.
However we have just taken delivery of a small quantity of Michelin Trial Lite front and Trial X Light rear tyres that are available now.
I you would like a set, these will only be available by calling 07770670696, we will not be putting these for sale on the internet.
£220 a set plus shipping ( $385.00 cdn)
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We see a lot of pics posted of Switzerland  - and it takes us back to when Babsy and myself toured through the Alps on route to the Italian Adriatic Coast.  - The scenery  is breath-taking - I remember one night we camped in a meadow in a setting just like this, being awakened in the morning by the sound of the cowbells as they were being herded to higher pastures to graze. - Wonderful.
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Answer to the last quiz - Alan (Syd) Lampkin - John Kitchener (UK) was first with the answer then Harlow,
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Thursday January 27th 2022

Thursday, January 27th, 2022

While most of Canada is either freezing, or under a blanket of snow - the West Coast guys are able to get out on days like this after a brief melt! - here we see some riders from the Victoria club paying a visit to Ioco Vancouver on a foggy day. Lucky @@@@@.
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Another oldie showing Tino on my Beta Evo 200 at the Calgary Trial where he lost just one point - none of the group could believe that the bike was only a 200, - Yes you will notice that  it has the S3 header pipe on this.
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Quiz - Who is this rider?

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A great shot showing Sam Yeomans riding a typical English style section at the Annual Vic Britain  Trial in Shropshire, not far from where I lived.
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Wednesday January 26th 2022

Wednesday, January 26th, 2022

THE JOSS MOUNTAIN STORY.

In early 2003 I got a call from Mark Thompson - he asked what I had for Trials bikes and could he stop by? - This was the start of a new adventure for me, as Mark told me he knew of this neat Mountain near Revelstoke, and while he was quite an accomplished enduro rider  - he said they were too big and awkward to traverse the trail up to the top of the Mountain, which had been made using pack horses in 1920. - The reason being to build a fire look-out at the 8,000ft summit.  - Mark figured that a lightweight Trials bike would be ideal for the tight turns and tough terrain.
The next day Mark picked up a Gas Gas 300 from me  - on the condition that I would get to go with him on his next  trek up the mountain.- Mark had told me that we would need to carry extra gas - so I had my Bag lady make up special back packs that would hold extra gas bottles, plus rain gear and lunch.

I would be riding a new Gas Gas 300 Pro  for the trip, not without some concerns, as it had already needed a major engine rebuild as the factory left an extra screw in the air intake which went through the engine !! Yes we heard Don Clark had a few words to say to Andreu Cordina about that!!  - our buddy Luke Towers came along on his Beta and a couple of others riders.

With Mark leading the way - we were soon riding a narrow rooted trail alongside a creek - very Trialsy and no problem as we were fresh !! ( At age 66 I was still riding reasonably well) -

On we went, skirting avalanches and crossing creeks, before we came to the base of the switch backs - that led the way up into the Alpine. - Now we were into tall weeds that hid the trail, some so tall that we needed to put our heads down as we forced our way through. ( I remember I kept running into Luke’s back wheel) - Mark had already been out the week before and cut out some of the dead fall, but it was still tough going. - next we were into a rocky side-hill section, where Mark said one of the guys that was with him on a previous attempt had gone off with the bike  (XR 600) ending up way down in the toolies - took them 6 hours to pull it back up. ( I began to understand why he had wanted a Trials bike.)

Eventually we broke out into the Alpine - Wow what a relief - and a chance to rest & have a snack. - We were now surrounded  by large rocky cliffs and rock slides, as we picked out way onward and upward, to the next plateau which also had ice cold lakes and snow drifts in ravines that we had to cross. - All this left me with some trepidation as you didn’t know just how deep or soft some of these  were.

Later we were up onto what is best described as a “Moonscape”    following stone cairns that had been erected all those years long ago - eventually reaching the last goat trail up to the Fire Look-Out. - This sits on the edge of a cliff, with views all the way around for miles, and you can only wonder how long it took those guys to drag all the stuff needed to build the Shack  with their mules - which as it turned out was never used!

Standing up on that spot for the first time - was an incredible moment and made me realize just what makes mountain climbers   do what they do. - The only sound was the wind. - It was like being on top of the World
In 2007 the Forestry built a new roof on the look-out and replaced the broken windows (  via Helicopter)  and also put a visitors book inside.

Mountain bikers got wind of the trail and it wasn’t long before they were asking the Forestry for permission to make this into a Mountain bike Trail - Yes you’ve guessed it - that was the beginning of the end for Trials bikes on the Mountain.
Altogether, I did the Joss ride 8 times, the last being on my 75th birthday with Stan - yes that was difficult for me  - And as the trail is now closed to Motorized vehicles - I’m likely the oldest guy to have my name in the book.

Below I’ve posted some of the pics we took over the years - we have a ton  of these plus video.

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Tuesday January 25th 2022

Tuesday, January 25th, 2022

Another foggy day in Vernon Town !! and supposed to be around zero for the rest of the week - I’m sure everybody is getting restless to get out on the bikes.- Obviously this is a time when enthusiasts are doing service work and we are getting more people calling to arrange to drop off their bikes. - It’s important to plan ahead if you need parts -accessories etc.

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A old pic of  Fajardo, Bou and Raga - as young pretenders to the throne of Dougie Lampkin.!!

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Another old one - Terry Porter on the left and myself  - think this was around 1972. - It was Terry that I got to know back in 1969 at one of  the Calgary Motorcycle Club meetings - and together we hatched the plot to put on English style, long distance Trials events in the Forestry West of Calgary, which eventually led to the first ever Canadian World Round in 1975.  - I bought my first Canadian Trials bike from Terry, his Bultaco Sherpa T - and managed to beat him on it first time out. ( We had a laugh about that)  - The Plaque that I’m holding is a “One of a kind” Engraving of Sammy Miller, which we lost track of and don’t know who has this. - It’s very rare so it would be nice to get it back into circulation.

I notice that I’m wearing a Cycle Canada T shirt and Jacket as I was supplying that new Trials Newspaper with photographs and articles at that time, including the Scottish Six Day Trial in 1972. ( The US Magazine Dirt Bike used my article and you can see the center page spread coverage in the pic below)
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Below is a pic of Pete chatting to Ron Walsh at the Vancouver bike show a few years ago - Pete and myself attended a few of these together - that was the Mountain Motorcycle Booth - the Trials bikes were at the far end where Brett Clark is standing . Unfortunately all these shows have had to be cancelled for the past couple of years because of the Covid Crisis.
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Monday January 24th 2022

Monday, January 24th, 2022

Today we will chat about “The Trial that never was” - It began in the head’s of Andrew Christiansen and Outlaw Dave. - To put on a  Trial at Silver Star Mountain Resort in Vernon BC. -

The idea was to run a WTC National Trial the same weekend as the Hare Scramble that Andrew and his Team had hosted a few times.
Together with the help of the local Ski hill guide -  Mike Hano- we did a a reccy of the Mountain, with me supplying bikes for both Andrew and Mike.
Mike was the guy that new the mountain upside down - and led us  UP on the already existing Down Hill Mountain bike trails  to explore the possibilities. -

As the old guy with all the experience !! -  I naturally did not lead - leaving it to the younger guide who was very familiar with the Mountain. -

I explained that my idea would be to have sections all the way up to the top and a couple at the Summit, where spectators could view after riding up on the Gondola ( Euro style)

I must say  that I was impressed by the riding ability of both my companions - as they were on unfamiliar  machines,  some of the trails we explored were not easy and one stretch had a root section that was really challenging - but all the time I was searching the sides of the trail as we rode ever higher. - always looking for sections. -

Eventually we reached the summit and paused to both take photos and also for me to scout around for possible sections close to where spectators would embark from the gondola.  The view from the top was fantastic and you could see for miles up and down the Valley.
It takes a lot of experience and planning to put on any event and while for a time, this looked like it might happen  and be the beginning for International Trials in Canada. - At the end of the day, I had to pull the plug, as I felt there was just too many other Motorcycle activities - ie Hare Scrambles, and Endurocross - going on that weekend.  Sad really. ( Note since this time - the Dirt bikes have been banned from the Mountain due to local residents complaining.  - I guess it was really too good to be true) -

It is perhaps Ironic that the Trials bikes would have been less troublesome being very quiet and the soft tires leaving very little damage to the terrain.
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Sunday January 23rd 2022

Sunday, January 23rd, 2022

This post was on FB >>>>>>>

BC Off-Road Motorcycling - BCORMA

To our our BCORMA Canadian riding friends , we are your Australian ARRA friends at step 1 of forming a unified association for Australian off road riders. We look forward to forming a international connection with BCORMA !. To all Off road registered trail riders interested in supporting and influencing riders to unify towards lobbying for legal & safe single track riding. ARRA is now forming State Trail Riders committees to unite all off road riders to a national advocacy single trail project , operated by riders for riders. We need more committee reps for Tasmania, SA, NSW/ACT ,Victoria and Qld. Email your interest to : arra@amaclubs.com.auhttps://www.facebook.com/ARRA.Land
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Comparatif Trial 300 BETA - SCORPA - MONTESA - VERTIGO - TRRS
You can see a lot of Trials stuff on U Tube - just have to scroll through - Lots of regular club events, check it out.  I watched the one listed below, as e have been riding and promoting the Beta Evo 200, since they were first introduced in 2009 - Did you know that it was John Lampkin that got the Factory to make a 200? it all started with a Techno, but was only Imported into the UK.
This bike was our best seller for many years and we do trick up our own demo a bit, with personal add on stuff, so readers might want to check out this video, because although these guys have gone overboard with spending - the stock bike works absolutely fantastic   for the average rider, -  below is a pic of Tino on  one of my Evo 200’s - he rode it in a Trial at Blackfoot Park losing just one point - his comment was that the 200 worked fantastic. - only big rock walls would be a challenge on the smaller bike.
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This is a shot of Bernie Schreiber riding a World Trial in the States back when spectators understood what Trials were all about and maybe thought “I could do that” - this prompted sales to the general public. -  Now when people click onto World Trials on  U tube etc - they think “That’s really neat  - but I could never do that” - the result - a huge decline of new Trials bikes World wide. - That’s why we have always tried to keep our events set up in Traditional old  English style. ( Those events in the UK are still popular)
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Saturday January 22nd 2022

Saturday, January 22nd, 2022

This old pic just popped up - taken in 2010 at Bear Ridge on a snowy day out riding with Barry. - some very good memories of days like this.
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Not sure if you can click onto the video link - but this video about the history of the ISDT - is REALLY good - and of course Sammy is still going strong restoring old bikes for his museum - ( Kudus to him)

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The International Six Days Trials, often hailed as the ‘Olympic Games’ of motorcycling, were a series of annual events in which countries pitted their best riders against each other in a grueling six-day enduro-style race against the clock.
Riders were responsible for maintaining their machines throughout the six days, highlighting the necessity for mechanical nouse, as well as reliability from motorcycle manufacturers.
In this special feature, you will hear from motorcycle historian, Alan Cathcart, as well as former ISDT riders for Great Britain; Ron Langston, Gordon Blakeway and of course, Sammy Miller.
The aim for this episode is to give a brief insight into this unique and historic event, as well as the opportunity for some of its participants to recount a few stories, which we think you’ll find of interest!
Thank you to all the original sources that helped to inform this video, especially https://speedtracktales.com/.
We hope you enjoy this video and that it may become a useful historic reference for people seeking to learn more about the ISDT
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The Trials business is very small in Canada - but as dedicated enthusiasts - we are still ( like Sammy) fully committed  to helping the sport, and cater to all customers, no matter what brand they ride. - This is an old pic, and we don’t have this many bikes in stock right now - but as soon as the snow melts, new models will start arriving. - Give us a call if you would like to stop by. (250) 545-6139.
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Except for the brief influx of Japanese machines in the 1970’s - the majority of Trials Manufacturers are all in Spain, with Beta in Italy.
The new kids on  the block - Jodi Tarres TRS Factory are improving all the time - this is a recent shot of their assembly line.
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This Beta Promo shot looks almost like it was taken in the Okanagan!! - But I suspect it’s above Lake Como - back in 1963 Babsy and myself camped high up on the hillside above Lake Como - it was very impressive in the early morning sunrise.
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Don’t forget the best oil for your bike or sled - is Opti 2 or Opti 4 - Call us if you need to know where to buy it. - We have been Distributing it since 1987- There might be some as good - but none better!!!
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Answer to the Friday quiz  - Malcolm Rathmell - also known as Rastus in his heyday - plus another shot of Jeff Smith riding the National Bemrose Trial,
Harlow guessed  all  correctly and John Kitchener got “Rastus”
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