Friday January 25th 2019

This is Vada  - The nice lady who looks after much of the Administration work for the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame ( not sure who the guy is) - Like all Volunteer workers in the Motorcycle Industry, Vada does it all for love of the sport, so thanks Vada, for helping out myself and my family at the Vancouver Gala last November.
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Few of our readers, ( maybe nobody) will recognize this old ruin in Wales - but in my youth, we used to drive by it quite a lot outside Llangollen on route over the Horse-Shoe Pass to North Wales, usually to a Motorcycle Trial.  Amazing that a lot of these old buildings are still standing. - I think this one is called Tinc-a-tern Abbey ( or something like that) it’s quite a tourist attraction.
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Not Trials News - but we also keep an eye on other markets>

     


Ducati’s U.S. unit sales down 11 percent in 2018

Claudio Domenicali, CEO of Ducati Motor Holding

Ducati Motor Holding closed 2018 with more than 53,000 motorcycles delivered to customers worldwide. That means the 50,000-bike threshold, first reached by Ducati in 2015, has now been achieved four years running.

Bike deliveries in the U.S. — historically Ducati’s No. 1 market — totalled 7,843, the drop in sales reflecting a 9 percent downturn across the U.S. sector of motorcycles over 500cc. In 2017, Ducati’s U.S. bike sales were 8,898.

A significant contribution to the worldwide results came from the success of the Panigale family, which accounted for the sale of 9,700 bikes (a 70 percent increase from 2017), making Ducati, for the first time, the leader of the superbike segment with a market share of over 26 percent. In 2018, one superbike out of every four sold worldwide was a Ducati Panigale.

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Round #2 of the World Indoor Trials Series goes this weekend in Barcelona - here is the Official info:           ( translated from Spanish)

This will start the fight at the trial indoor solomoto in Barcelona! The International Motorcycle Federation and the Promoter 2 play have already announced the order of departure of the first lap of the competition at Palau Sant Jordi. The criterion followed obeys the status of pilots in the world x-Trial (permanent or invited) and their results in 2018, but does not take into account the race of Budapest 2019.
In the first lap each pilot will travel in 5 areas. The guest pilots will break the fire, and for this order: Luca Petrella, Jorge Casales, takahisa fujinami and jeroni fajardo. The permanent pilots will follow, with miquel gelabert, benoît bincaz, Jaime Bust, Adam Raga and Toni Bou.
The Pilots with the six best results will access the second round, in which they will be framed in two groups of three pilots from which the finalists of the 42th trial indoor only moto of Barcelona will be released. February 3 is coming… and the excitement is on the rise! Don’t miss the best indoor trial in the world! More info and tickets at www.trialindoorbarcelona.com

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Check out this video of a guy riding a Fantic twin shock - You will be impressed !!

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Here is a nice photo by Malcolm Carling, of Jim Sandiford  on a Bultaco - Jim became the Official Montesa Importer for the UK, but sadly passed away at too young an age of Cancer.

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The new TRS XTrack is getting a lot of attention - here is a shot of Adam Raga having fun on one.

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The 2019 Scottish Six Day Trial had 541 riders send in Entries this year - the Ballot only allows for 280 - so that means only half of these will be getting a ride. - Tell me again why old fashioned English style Trials are not popular anymore?

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This is Harlow Rankin, back in the day riding his CZ in a Calgary MX - Harlow has been around the Western Canadian Motorcycle scene for a very long time, as a rider, Photo-Journalist  and was one of the Founding members of the ATRA in Alberta. - He now lives in Nanaimo, where he still attends some local events.  - Harlow was also the guy who nominated me for the Hall of Fame. - Thanks buddy for all you have done and continue to do for the sport.
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Here is another pic of Harlow - this time getting some instructions from the great Bernie Schreiber

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Flash-back - Vancouver show 4 years ago - Tanner, Alex & Brandon.

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