Thursday November 8th 2018

The first 2019 Beta Evo has arrived - as everybody knows I love the 200 ( especially after I trick it up a bit) and have demoed one every year since 2009.
My lad Steve was over to help uncrate it -  as I wasn’t sure how I would feel today  after surgery - more on the the changes ( if any) later but I love the Italian RED
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Done the PDI and can see no changes except for a sticker on the airbox to tell you where it is ?? -They do come with some nice wheel decals -  Just need to put some good Opti 4 in the tranny now for the weekend.


Pic of Jordi’s stand at the Milan show - he’s come a long way since 2016.
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This is a brilliant video of Adam Raga, who like the top World riders are in a class of their own - Sadly we now appear to have two different sports & maybe this fact should be posted more often  - both traditional Trials and Hop & Bop can be great fun - but only a handful of riders in the World can do these stunts.


Please read this > Danny was a great lad- I hired him in 1983 to ride on the Yamaha ISDE Team in Wales, but as you will see he was diagnosed with cancer in June that year, The Canadian Team ( many from Eastern Canada) did Fantastic, finishing 2nd in the Silver Vase ( Now called the Junior Trophy) plus won the Watling Trophy for the best performance by a new Country.  We arrived back in Canada on a high - but the only person to meet us at the Vancouver Airport was Danny - I later visited him in Hospital and attended his funeral -with Al Perret -  one of the saddest days of my life - He was just 28 years old.  - That was the day I decided it was time for me to leave Yamaha Motor Canada.

The Board of Directors of the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the second Members of the Class of 2018.  Daniel Amor will be honored at the 13th Annual Induction Banquet and Reunion which takes place November 17th, 2018 at the DeltAmor.jpga Hotels Burnaby Conference Center in Burnaby B. C.Daniel John Amor was an avid motorcycle competitor. He raced in many disciplines including ISDE, Dirt Track, Enduro, Motocross and Hare Scrambles. He was a mentor for the younger rider, especially the kids that hung around the family motorcycle shop, Amor Honda in Surrey.Dan was born to ride and followed in his father’s footsteps. Vern Amor was inducted into the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2010 and passed away in 2012. Dan was raised in the world of motorcycles. He was taught sportsmanship and mechanics and was always at the shop shadowing his father and learning the bikes. He worked as the parts department manager when he wasn’t traveling to races. In the late 1970’s he started his own businesses, D. J. Salvage and Dan’s Cycle & Recycle.In the 1960’s, Dan started competing at Motocross and Hare Scrambles in Victoria and eventually raced all over British Columbia, Alberta and Washington. He was one of the top racers in the 1970’s - dirt tracked at Hannigan Speedway and Monroe in Washington as well as the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver and Castle Rock, Washington. In the ISDT (E) Dan earned a Bronze Medal at Massachusetts in 1973; broke his wrist in Italy in 1974 and came up with another bronze at the Isle of Man in 1975. In 1976, he claimed a Gold Medal in Austria and competed at Czechoslovakia in 1977. A trip to Sweden in 1978 earned a Silver Medal as well as Germany in 1979.Dan was again chosen to ride in Wales for Canada’s ISDE team in 1983 when he was diagnosed with cancer and passed away six months later.

The Chair of the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame Board and all the Directors, are pleased and honoured to include Dan Amor in the Class of 2018.


Christie Williams posted this pic on FB saying that there will be no Montesa/Hondas for 2019 ? Not that this would be something new for the Japanese Giant, as they have closed down some other models over the years - I think the last time was when Sammy Miller was running the Trials Team ( I have his book)

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Today will be a busy day, with Opti pick-ups and deliveries in the Valley, plus parts to ship off - Glad to say I’m feeling a lot better after spending a lot of time in the Dentists chair this past week


This is a throw back to 1992 - a pic I took of David Main from Ontario. at the Scottish - it was a very wet week. The water in many sections was almost waist high. David is on a Fantic.

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