Tuesday February 12th 2019

So the word from Vancouver on the Beta Trial, was that they had 25 riders, amazing considering the conditions. A full report will soon be up on Trials Canada, but it sounds like everybody had fun.  - Alex Walton (TRS) took the Expert win.

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I had to laugh when I saw this posted  - but it also took me back to my Yamaha days, and the time I took the new Japanese President to visit Walt Healy in Calgary. - Walt was busy, so I took the Japanese upstairs to the next level, where Walt had a “Bunch” of used bikes stored. - “Oh” was the exclamation as I flicked on the light switch, and they saw the rows and rows of bikes - every make & size - a total of 600 on that floor!!  - At a later date, I got Walt to pick 10 of these each week and post them as “Saturday Specials” in the Calgary Herald Classified advts. - You would have been amazed at how this moved product, but it also got customers in to look at new Yamaha’s as well.  Great memories.

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Nice to see that the Island boys got some snow !!! ( That will teach ‘em for posting all those pics riding on the dry ground day after day !!!)
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Some of our readers may recall seeing a photo of me riding one of these ! - I borrowed it from “Ton-Up” Cycle in Calgary to do a test for the Cycle Magazine, and ended up riding it in a Trial at Blackfoot Park in early 1971 ( still snow on the ground)  This was my first ever Trial in Canada, and saw me winning the “Best Opposite” award ( A strange system the CMA had back in the day)  - The Greeves Factory closed shop soon after, but quite a few good lads from the UK rode them for a while.  - I sometimes wonder what ever happened to that bike I tested.
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Check out this Retro World Trials video - All the top riders with sensible sections.
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I like this pic that Pete took of me - as usual I’m on an Evo 200 and just starting into this neat section at a secret location. - It even looks like I’ve got things under control!! It must have been around 2013, because I’m wearing old gear and my NZI Carbon Helmet.
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Here is one of me out testing the 2013 Beta RR300  ( Now owned by Kevin Fleming) very impressive bike, but the new high seat style and the fact that back then I was already 75 - had me spending a limited amount of time on it. ( Likely just as well, because it sure got my heart thumping)

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Lots of snow pics being posted at the moment, so thought you would like to see this old one taken at the Summerland Ady Brown Memorial Trial a few years ago - actually it was the day after - that is Jay Colley’s camp set up - not ideal camping conditions for sure - but Steve Day & the Bustin family also stayed over.
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