Saturday September 8th 2018

Click for poster for WTC (West) championship trial

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We are only 3 weeks away from the final WTC National of 2018 - and Sammy has assured us it will be a “Goody”  - All on Private land so no worries regarding Bike Registration or Insurance - or even Spark Arrestors ( Although this is a good idea)

Carl and his staff make us all very welcome, and if the weather turns ugly - we can use the shop for sign up and awards.

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It’s a battle between Team Ducati for top spot at Misano, with home boy Dovizioso leading Lorenzo in Practice. - Cal Crutchlow is close behind. ahead of Marquez  - Valentino 8th fastest on Friday  UPDATE : Lorenzo on Pole - Marquez crashes.
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This is a pic of a group of enthusiasts who are on a trip riding the Far North and Alaska - I believe they are all from Ontario, but I would like to mention that the one white haired guy near the top right, is Lawrence Hacking - I got to know Lawrence, when  we both worked for Yamaha Canada - he later became a founding member of the WEC in Ontario. - However, maybe his biggest achievement may have been to race and finish the famous Dakar Rally on a Yamaha - he wrote a book on his experience. - I find it comforting,  that there are so many people that I know, that have done so much for Motorcycling in Canada.
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I just love the old MV Augusta race bikes and the Gilera - They started racing in the 50’s, when I couldn’t get enough of anything  that included bikes - Sadly Les Graham crashed and died on the early version at the bottom of Bray Hill in the Isle of Man TT in 1953 - This had Earles type forks, which a few Factories experimented with - - It’s interesting that after decades of trying different designs, all the Manufacturers use the tried and proven Forks seen on modern bikes.
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I recently had a Trials guy, asking about suspension settings, and in fact I had another visit the shop today with the same question - The first guy asked about “Bottoming” of the forks ( He also races Enduro) - the second guy asked about a similar situation. - So this is what I told them both - If you are bottoming the suspension a lot - maybe it needs adjusting - but on any Off Road bike - If it has 14″ of suspension on the front - you should be using all that when you are hitting the whoops - the same thing applies to a Trials bike - the softer the suspension the better the traction will be - but this all depends on what you are doing and ability. - In the old days when I raced Cross Country, I would see guys bouncing all over the place, because they had their suspension set up too hard.

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Check out this - Some good old nostalgia
Jeff Smith & The Golden Era of Moto-Cross

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