Tuesday January 29th 2019

Famous Motorcyclist Struck by Golf Cart in Death Valley

Famous motorcyclist, Malcolm Smith was struck by a vehicle on Friday and sustained major injuries. On January 25th, at approximately 1:30 in the afternoon, Bishop CHP responded to an accident taking place at the Furnace Creek Golf Course in Death Valley.

Malcolm Smith was with is his friend, Greg Lang of Redlands, CA playing golf, when the accident occurred. The famous motorcyclist walked behind the golf cart being operated by Lang, who thought the golf cart was in drive, but was actually in reverse. Lang accelerated the rearward moving cart and struck Smith, which subsequently knocked him to the ground.

Malcolm Smith was quickly transported via ambulance to Desert View Hospital in Pahrump, Nevada. As a result of being hit, Smith sustained major injuries.

Bishop CHP is currently investigating the collision.

Smith is considered by many to be a motorcycling legend. He has won the Baja 1000 six times, and the Baja 500 four times. The motorcyclist won the Baja 1000 three times driving a motorcycle and three times in a car.

The famed biker was inducted into the Off-road Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1978, the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1996 and the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1998.


In 1976 it was reported that a group of Yamaha Sales reps held golf kart races at the Yamaha Japan Sportsland - they took the governors off the 292 snowmobile engines , to make them faster - then added a  monkey like in sidecar racing, as the karts were 3 wheelers. - Nobody was hurt in these exciting races, but it is said that the Japanese were not amused. !!!  ( Karts were immediately modified to stop the “tune-ups)


Did you know that the Outlaw Website is one of the most successful on the Internet ?  In  January alone, (and it isn’t over yet) we had 5,000 new visitors, and over 8,500.00 checking the pages.

( Unfortunately we don’t earn a dime for this, as we keep saying “For love of the Sport”)

Last night, we watched a re-run of the movie “Bullet” with Steve McQueen - made a change to find this on the Tube, instead of all the repeats week in week out . - The car chase was one of the first really good clips, where-as now all the movies seem to be filled with crazy staged scenes of crashes and no real story.

One I would really like to see is Peter Stars “Take it to the Limit” all about Motorcycle road racing.

Looking ahead to the weekend - The World Indoor Motorcycle Circus will be in Spain - ( I thought it was last weekend but was mistaken) - I hesitate to use the term “Trials” - because these indoor events bear little resemblance to what the original idea was all about - and to be honest I’m getting a bit tired of seeing all the video clips posted on the media of back wheel hopping - while very clever, I now find it quite boring. - Yes I realize that I’m an old man - but I’m sure I’m not alone in this observation.


In weather news - the Eastern Provinces are getting hammered again this week - we continue to be very lucky out West. -  However, the mild conditions are raising big concerns about Avalanches, and with not may snowmobile enthusiasts chancing the Alpine slopes. - Sled sales and for us Opti Oil are very slow this season. ( Although early season bookings were on par)
For those people that used the Opti 2 - 5 gal mix bottle - before it was discontinued by Interlube - Good news, as this is back in the line for this year - now in cases of 24, instead of 36.

While on the subject of oil - I checked out one of the Trials forums this past weekend, and noticed a few people posting about problems with the diaphragm  clutches in Europe. - This seems to have been pinned down to a batch of Nils product, being mislabeled. ( not available in Canada)  - Glad to report that all our bikes go out with Opti oil and to date we have had no issues.   - If in doubt - give us a call - we sometimes get people from the USA phoning for information, usually regarding the Opti 2 mix  ( We have been in the oil business since1987)
Another question often asked, is about chains and chain lube - Trials bikes are not fitted with O ring chains, for a very simple reason - these are heavy with a lot of drag effect, and are not needed for bikes that are not used at high speed.

For chain lube - we recommend a very light, non-sticky type of lubricant ( Opti used to make a good product called Opti-Pro - which worked great, but was discontinued due to high manufacturing costs.

These days we just use WD 40 - but have tested a product made by Pro-Lab out of Quebec which is similar to the old Opti Pro, and is available at Canadian Tire . ( sells for $10)

Here is your video for today - shows the Vic Brittain Trial held not far from where I grew up - These are great sections - check it out >>  https://youtu.be/Zy8cBCx9cpI


UPDATE :  We listed an Evo 200 for a friend on FB - which was incorrectly posted at $200, - Yes we got lots of responses !! - Glad to say it sold , but with a “6″ in front of the “200″

We do have new ones - in our opinion  the best Beta Trials bike for many riders.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.