Archive for May, 2022

Friday May 20th 2022

Friday, May 20th, 2022

The 2022 TRS Gold Edition is now available to SPECIAL ORDER - no idea on the price or when we will get them - If you want one you need to call us asap

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Flashback to one of our old great Outlaw Sections at Scotch Creek  - a typical English style up a steep watery climb - Brandon Wince is seen here being watched closely by Stan, and Ben Pospisil at the bottom.
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We  have been asked how long it takes to switch the TRS Xtrack from one mode to the other - well today we timed it, and you can see on our Seiko clock ( my award from Yamaha for 10 yrs service) I forgot a couple of things so likely could shave a good ten minutes off this time.
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Marris from Ft Mac - stopped by Jimmy Corkle’s place on Thursday, but seemed like Jimmy might have been having a Siesta - nice to see him still advertising Opti and Beta.

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Saw this pic posted of a 1955 James 197 Captain - I had one of these brand new as my first bike - it was my pride and joy as a young lad and I rode it everywhere - followed Trials events over muddy moors - but soon sold it for a full James Competition model called the Cotswold. - And as they say that is how it all began. ( I don’t remember my bike having the plug wire hanging down like that)

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Thursday May 19th 2022

Thursday, May 19th, 2022

So Wednesday, I drove up to the Shuswap to drop off Trials stuff for Ross - as I don’t do a lot of driving these days,  I  quite enjoyed it - first stopping off in Armstrong to mail off parts to an Alberta customer - (did you know that by doing it this way - the packages go via Kamloops - otherwise mail from Vernon, goes  to Vancouver !! ) even if it’s for a customer in the Valley .

Leaving Armstrong , I headed West - over the lovely country roads surrounded by farm land - places that perhaps only the locals know about. - After dropping down into the Yankee Flats area  - I took the short cut over the top to avoid the very twisty Silver Creek road , before connecting with the main Hiway West of Salmon Arm. ( It will be nice when they get that intersection sorted)
To say that the weather  is a bit “changeable” this year is perhaps an understatement - Wednesday was a a day of driving in rain and sunshine - but later we had a big windstorm in the Vernon area.

My visit with Ross went well at his worksite located at the Captain’s Village Marina, - He has been building some stuff for this huge boat business -Ironically I sold the owner of this a Sherco 4T back a few years - I told him that if he could start it - we had a deal - believe it or not, the bike started  first kick - the ONLY time it ever did that.

Looking ahead to the weekend - we obviously don’t know at this point who will show up - talking to Ross today - he says that while he thought maybe of not doing it - but  he likes both the sport and the people. - Perhaps that is why the Outlaw Trial has lasted so many years. - All our Trials family, should be grateful  for anybody that  hosts  a Trials event  - It takes an unbelievable effort all on a voluntary basis .

UPDATE : WE WILL HAVE A VINTAGE CLASS  - THIS WILL LIKELY RUN LATE SATURDAY - MORE INFO AT THE RIDERS MEETING.

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Today will be spent sorting out the bikes that I will be taking to the Trial - and making a start on sorting parts and accessories to load tomorrow.

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We received the results of the Squamish Trial from Don Doerksen - looks like they had quite a few DNF’s likely due to the weather - the biggest class was the Inter - with 11 riders ( all finished) followed by the Snr Inter - with 10 (all finished) - If you are interested in seeing the full results you can either go on the CPTA website or email me - Sean Bird (Scorpa) cleaned up in Expert.

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Results from Ontario.
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The way it used to be - and why Trials riders were called “Mud-Pluggers”

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Pat Smage was back on top of the box, at the latest USA Championship Round. - looks like they have lots of cash to throw around down South.
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Wednesday May 18th 2022

Wednesday, May 18th, 2022

UPDATE - Scotch Creek is situated on the North end of Shuswap Lake - If driving from the Salmon Arm area - turn across the bridge after you go through Sorrento then follow the road all the way around the Lake - drive straight through Scotch Creek and Celista - You will see a sign for Magna Bay !! turn right  at the bottom of the hill - there will be a sign on the corner.
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Today I will be heading up to meet Ross, with supplies for the Outlaw Trial  - hope to find cheaper gas up that way so will take an extra gas can.

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We have heard that the Squamish Trial went well  in very wet conditions, with Sean Bird winning the Expert class - check the CPTA website for full results.

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It seems the 2022 Factory Betas will be shipped next month - lots of delays and a shortage of bikes this year - most of these are presold.

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The Wulf Trials boots have been flying out the door this past couple of months and our stock is short a few sizes, however the good news is that we get unbelievable service from the UK with shipments only taking 4 days. - We will be taking some Helmets, Boots, clothing - gloves etc to the Trial - but if you have need of something  specific - email before Friday.

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Forecast for the long weekend looks good - not too hot and no real rain storms so it should be a perfect weekend.

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As this is the first Trial for sometime due to the covid restrictions   - the class structure might be a tad different - if you are planning on bringing your vintage bike - we hope a separate class can be arranged for one of the days.( or evenings)  - We will check with Ross on this.

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Hot off the press !!

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Dougie Lampkin launches the DL12 Indoor Trial
Fresh from his recent and record extending thirteenth Scottish Six Days Trial win, twelve times FIM Trial World Champion and legend of the sport Dougie Lampkin is pleased to announce that he will be running his own DL12 Indoor Trial on Saturday 7th January 2023. Having already engaged with the biggest names in the sport, Lampkin has promised that apart from still inviting the World’s top riders, he will deliver a completely new event under his control.
“It’s time for a change,” enthused Dougie “I am happy to say that work is already underway to create six sections using fresh materials plus two new races and subject to final sign off – an elevated new part of the course that has never been done in the UK before.”
True to his roots, the event will be run in Yorkshire and at an arena known well to Trial fans, but the new course layout will mean that seating will be limited to just over four thousand seats, which is sure to make the first edition of this new event a total sell out.
“The ‘steel hall’ configuration as they refer to it at Sheffield arena will bring the fans closer to the action and create a really intense atmosphere, this plus new lighting, new commentators, new format and some other new ideas, which will be revealed in the coming months, will create an event on a whole new level.” Lampkin proudly confirmed.
Looking to give fans an enhanced experience, in addition to the standard tickets, visitors will have the chance to also buy premium passes – gold / silver / bronze - that will offer a range of added value opportunities. Tickets and passes will all have limited availability and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Standard tickets will be available priced at £39.95 for adults and £29.95 for U14s. Premium pass details will be confirmed in due course.
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Tuesday May 17th 2022

Tuesday, May 17th, 2022

Not a lot to report today - but here is a shot of a Vertigo getting Vertical on Trotters burn last week - thanks to Neil Sturgeon  for the pic.
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A nice poster showing one of the young Hemmingway lads
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Don’t forget if you want parts or other stuff put on the Outlaw van for the weekend - we need to know before Friday.

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Monday May 16th 2022

Monday, May 16th, 2022

Another reminder that the Outlaw Two day Trial is happening this coming weekend - If you need me to put anything on the van for you or your bike - you should  email or phone me!!!!!

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Heath Brindley has made a nice job of refurbishing this Beta TR 34 - but still takes along some spare tools in his Outlaw Toolbelt, just in case!!

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At least some people are getting their Factory Evo’s !! Not sure what these are,  But check out those header pipes!!!
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Rated by many as the most beautiful  and  brilliant Road Racer of the last decade, the John Britten Daytona - the video and book  of this project, plus the rather sad ending, are well worth watching./reading.
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May be an image of 1 person, motorcycle and text that says 'JOHN JOHN BRITTEN I BRITTEN Tim Hanna Mobil11 Tim Hanna'

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Sunday was a pretty dull day & still quite cool, with rain showers, so we elected to stay home - watched a new Scottish video just up on YouTube of Trotters Burn - looked to be very tricky at the base before the last big climb up the rock wall, and took a lot of fives ( including Stan)- I don’t remember it being that difficult when I watched from that point a few years ago, but obviously the water has eroded some of the narrow approach.

Dougie of course cleaned it, but I think the smoothest clean ride, was by Ben Hemmingway. - I think Emma got away with a dab.
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Dave Butler was out on his very nice old Greeves at the Ontario Vintage Trial on Sunday.

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Sunday May 15th 2022

Sunday, May 15th, 2022

I see that the Ontario club have a Trial today - they are using a preregister system and have 32 riders entered at last post.  - Nice to see more Trials being held after the long Covid shut down. - The Trials 99 group also have a Trial on today at Squamish.

Interesting to chat on the phone to Stan yesterday, and hear that they were pretty lax with things at the Scottish - no restrictions at the Trophy presentation, with a large group crammed into the hall. - He was a tad worried as the next day he had cold symptoms  - and was concerned he might get put in isolation in Glasgow - but everything turned out OK.

I’m sure he will have a lot of people wanting to hear about his Scottish adventures next weekend at the Outlaw Trial in the Shuswap. So far we appear to have a good crowd coming.
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In Canada we talk about Pipelines and the oil industry - in the Trials  World Pipeline means only one thing the great section at Kinlochleven.
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And still on the Scottish theme - a nice pic of Harry & Wendy McKay’s youngsters  on their Beta Trials bikes - Both are very good Ski competitors - ( They live at Aviemore just North of Fort William and one of the better Ski Hills in the UK)

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A wonderful shot of the 4 cylinder AJS from 1938 - The Brits really did have it all, sad they threw it away.
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The Podium at a Euro Trial - Beta and TRS - Haga on top.

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And here is one for Andrew C - to see if he still clicks on !!!

A Lancaster bomber practicing low level approaches on a Welsh Dam - in preparation for the famous Dam-Busters raid.  - ( low level at 60 feet above the water)

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Saturday May 14th 2022

Saturday, May 14th, 2022

Jason was out for a ride on his new TRS - but didn’t expect this kind of weather - very rare for the month of May especially in the Penticton area.
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The weather in the Valley and everywhere else seems to be much cooler this Spring - which is OK as far as we are concerned, after the Forest Fires last year. - We are hoping for nice sunny skies for the long weekend and the Outlaw Trial - we have heard back from a lot of people with some “Regulars” confirmed.

YES THAT IS NEXT WEEKEND !!!

I picked up the medals yesterday - first order for my Trophy gal for two years, so we had a good chat about the difficult time she has had because of the Covid, as most of her business is based on sports activities.

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A reminder that although the awards next weekend, will only be given for the two day combined scores - some people may decide to just ride one day on a no award basis. - which is OK

Also remember - This year we have a Ladies class - - anybody that has seen video of Emma Bristow riding knows that the gals can also be very good.

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Also please remember that Insurance for these events on Private property is not cheap by any means.

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Hats off to these two Fantic riders, who completed the Scottish, and raised a huge amount for Charity.
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As mentioned before, the first ever Scramble that I attended was in 1955 on my brand new James street bike ( with a cute young lady on the back) - As I looked up the fearsome hill at Hawkstone Park, I really never thought anybody would make it up that hill. - So as this seemed to be a good place to watch we climbed to the top and waited !! - After the roar of the start down below, there was a bit of a lull, then all of a sudden the guy you see below(Geoff Ward)  shot up over the big rocky slabs at the top of the hill on this immaculate AJS - it looked like it had just come out of the showroom !!  We were totally amazed. Wow!! - I was hooked on the sport right then - but unfortunately, my excitement was short lived that day, as when we returned to the very large parking lot - we found somebody had nicked my brand new bike!! - Not a great start to my motorcycle career, but it only took a few months to replace both the bike and the girlfriend!!
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With all the recent videos shown on the Social media from the Scottish Six Day Trial, this rule regarding what constitutes a “5″ may be useful for the newer breed of rider. >>

John Moffat

Just for the record, this is taken from the 2022 SSDT Supplementary Regulations: 5.2 A stop, or failure, is considered to have occurred if
(a) The machine ceases to move in a forward direction relative to the course. Balance, rolling
backwards or moving sideways, whether the competitor’s feet are still on the footrests or not,
will be considered a stop.
(b) The competitor dismounts from the machine.
(c)The machine passes the wrong side of, runs over or displaces a section marker, with either wheel,
before the front spindle passes the ‘Section Ends’ cards.
(d) The machine or competitor receives outside assistance.
(e anyone who has been deemed to be altering any part of the section for their or anyone else’s benefit.
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Friday May 13th 2022

Friday, May 13th, 2022

Trial this Sunday at the Coast - check out this >>

SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY!!! The 99 Trials Association is hosting the first Trials competition in over 2 years! We have two great loops planned for riders of all capabilities from Junior to Expert. The Competition will be at Crumpet woods, with registration starting at 9 and competition beginning at 10.
The forecast is looking wet, but hey there’s no better way of spending a day in the rain than in the woods with your friends riding silly bikes with no seats over obstacle courses!
If this is your first competition, don’t worry, these competition test more of your technical skills than your willingness to “send it”. The courses will be safe and you won’t be forced to ride anything you are not comfortable with. Comps are also a great way improve your skills and learn from other riders. If you aren’t sure, send me a message and I’ll be happy to answer any questions. Or come and spectate, the loops will be flagged and easy to access.
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Surprised to see fresh snow on the ridges across the Westside this morning, although they did forecast some up on the Coq.
This pic taken out of our Kitchen window.
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This a shot of an Expert section that I  laid out at Summerland - much more intimidating when you are close up - but basically it starts on the bottom left - up over the big rock ( a splat) then up the steep trail before making a right turn to climb up the huge slab at the top.
I had Sammy try this when he first came over on holiday, and had Matt spot for him, but he never did make it. - Later I showed it to Brandon Wince who was out with me on his new Outlaw Beta - I asked him if he wanted me to “spot” for him up on the really steep exit, but he said he thought he would be OK       ( You have to see this to appreciate just how difficult it is) - Brandon cleaned it first time, without even walking the section. - Absolutely brilliant.
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Here is a pic we took of Brandon at an Outlaw Trial at Scotch Creek a few years ago. I don’t he rides much these days and has now moved back the Island.
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Here is a rare pic - an English guy by the name of Alan Kimber riding a Lambretta scooter in the ISDT in Wales many years ago. - Did you know that a team of Scooter riders competed in the Scottish Six Days one year ??
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Thursday May 12th 2022

Thursday, May 12th, 2022

The long weekend is happening pretty quick - and this is the place to be !! Stan will be there to tell all the stories from his recent trip to the Scottish Six Days.
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Yesterday, we were in Summerland for the first time this year, a wonderful time to see all the wild flowers over on Rowdy Flats.  The weather was gorgeous and we couldn’t have asked for a better day.

It was a chance to show Dave York what is in his own backyard !! - we rode about half of the Outlaw loop, but did not go all the way around the horse trail, past Adrian’s wall. - We rarely go down this way these days, mainly because the traffic through Kelowna is such a pain.
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Here is a shot of Dave on one of the steep rocky sections at the far end of Rowdy Flats

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I was out on the fantastic TRS Xtrack 250 - stripped into Trials mode at the moment - might have been a better plan to have the seat on yesterday, as I got pretty tired  standing on the pegs.

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Nobody guessed the answer to the Wednesday quiz - the pic is of Moto GP Champ Fabio Quartararo

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Wednesday May 11th 2022

Wednesday, May 11th, 2022

On the weather map - today looks like the best for the week - so I’m heading to Summerland to meet up with Dave York, and show him around the old Outlaw loop. ( First time this year)
Quiz for today - Who is this top Moto GP rider at the top of a very high mountain on his TRS??

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With the May long weekend only a couple of weeks away - please don’t leave it until last minute to check your bike over for parts that might need replacing - At Outlaw, we try to keep as much stock on the shelf as possible, but we are living in strange times, with deliveries and freight costs at an all time high - we are still waiting for the Factory Beta to arrive and most other models are sold out ( but not all)

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Today I will be taking my TRS with the estart - and saw this advt - the Jordi bike is still the only one with the electric start, which for me being old and having bad knees, is a life saver. - However a much younger rider from down the Valley is already praising  this feature on his new bike - so it’s not just the gals and old men who are sold on this.

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