Saturday April 14th 2018

Here are a couple of good ol’ boys, picking up their TRS Trials bikes from Outlaw on Friday - they are from Williams Lake and we definitely plan on making a weekend fun Trial up in this area later in the year, so keep an eye open for news on my blog.

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Many people are unaware that KTM built a couple of Trials models back in the Twin-shock era - Walter Luft rode one a number of times in the Scottish Six Days Trial.
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A question, we often get asked - especially when we sold three different lines of Trials bikes, is - Which is best? - and my answer to this has always been - “Which ever is right for you.”- We then ask the customer to explain what they want to use the bike for ? - most Trials machines are never ridden in a Trials competition !! ( That might surprise a few) - The most common answer is -”To ride around my property: or to explore the Mountain trails.”
Back in my Yamaha days, I taught a Sales Seminar right across the Country, from Vancouver to St Johns Newfoundland - an epic journey that saw me tackle a lot of “Super Salesmen” - on the merits of qualifying a customer. - A lot of those dealerships have since gone broke, maybe because they didn’t listen? or maybe for other economic reasons.
Naturally - we always point out the selling features of each model - AND mention some things that could be improved on, because believe me, there are NO perfect trials bikes out there - and we know them all.

The plain fact is that no Big Box store has the slightest interest in Trials bikes - Why? because sales are few and the market is so different they don’t understand it.

Again referring to my Yamaha days - in 1974 sales of the TY 250 were greater that most Trials models today - because each Yamaha Dealer across the Country bought one unit - so 500 dealers x one = 500 bikes.

The trouble was most of these were still on the dealers showroom floors at the end of the year - in spite of  Trials promotions involving Mick Andrews across the Country.  -( Hell I did more Trials demos than I care to remember on my travels around the West.) - and yes it was a great time with much promise.

At that time, all the Japanese Factories thought “Trials” was a great way to promote their products -but they also failed to understand the limits on numbers. -  In 1972 Honda introduced the TL 125 - later we saw Suzuki with the RL 250 then Kawasaki with the KL250   - none of these models sold well, and were soon dropped, only Yamaha continued  with the TY gaining popularity for it’s performance and reliability ( in truth they had so many left in the USA Warehouse they had to continue- in Japan it’s called “Loss of Face”
Leaping ahead to the modern era, we all know that there are too many manufactures in a very small market - most of them in Spain. - How many will survive is anyone’s guess.
Simply put - Factories making Trials bikes need to limit their production to sales projections - having left over models to be sold at discounted prices, does not work. - Trials buyers want the latest and greatest, or a used machine that has been proven. ( at a very good price) - Staying small - is -in my opinion the secret for success .

We hope that the above, has given  an incite into the past and future of the sport in Canada. - We fear that there are battles ahead with use on Crown Land.  - But we really hope that the sport as it was originally designed, will not be lost.
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The reports on last weekends MotoGP race in Argentina - have been both for and against what happened between Marquez and Rossi, - Here is what somebody else thinks, ( Kevin Schwantz)
“As a rider you can’t knock someone down just because you’re four seconds a lap faster than they are. It’s really basic. I think that it’s still something that they teach in every new rider school for racers: that it is the responsibility of the rider making the pass to insure that the pass is safe and clean.”

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Just checked the entry list for the Scottish which is now only a couple of week’s down the road -  no riders from Canada, but 4 from the USA and a few from OZ plus one from NZ.

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