Thursday February 28th 2019

When it comes to general news on Motorcycle Sport - Trials tends to be in the same class as Speedway, or  Hill Climbing - Very little news is posted, except by people involved in the Sport.

Small wonder then, that the average person who sees the World Videos that are posted on the Social media gets the wrong idea about what Trials are all about.


Pat Horan posted this pic as a memory of Cross Country racing back in the day  - the starts were often a bit chaotic, when the shotgun went off - In this shot you see Al Perrett getting a bit sideways (#2) while Pat is over on the right on a Yamaha. - Not sure where the race was held..
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This weekend will see the Annual Snow event put on by Lawrence Hacking in Ontario - they usually get a good crowd out for this, as enthusiasts try to shake off the winter blues. - Unfortunately it appears they will be getting  quite a lot of snow, for this one.
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Also on this weekend >>
Trials Demo’s at the Nova Scotia Bike Show in Halifax

Here is the schedule for trials demo’s at the Moto Show in Halifax:

Friday, March 1 5:00-5:30pm TRIALS 8:00-8:30pm TRIALS  Saturday, March 2 12:00-12:30pm TRIALS 4:00-4:30pm TRIALS 7:00-7:30pm TRIALS  Sunday, March 3 12:00-12:30pm TRIALS 3:30-4:00pm TRIALS                             

Stephen Howland of Beta Canada has mentioned that he will have a couple of demonstrator bikes there, so it should be fun


I have chatted to a couple of would be customers this past week, on getting into the Sport of Trials, and once again the subject of “What is it all about” came up - both had clicked onto the Social media, where Trials is portrayed as a Stunt Show, done mostly on the back wheel, so it came as quite a relief for them to learn that No - our club Trials events are not like that, -  in fact you could say that the World Trials events, are a different sport entirely.

With this in mind, we would like to remind everybody, especially the new riders, that we will be out at Summerland on the Easter long weekend April 19-21 - for a FUN time with routes and sections to suit everybody, from beginner to Expert. - We will have both Beta and TRS bikes there for people to try under supervision.  We will post more details nearer the date.


There are not a lot of advantages  to getting old - but if you are a Motorcycle enthusiast, remembering the bikes from the past, might be one of them - This is a photo of Sammy Miller’s Museum, with the wonderful V8 Moto Guzzi in the foreground. I was lucky enough to see two of these race in the Isle of Man, back in 1957 - when “Dustbin” fairings were popular, but were later banned as they proved to be dangerous in cross winds.

I can still recall the amazing sound as they passed by on Sulby straight at over 100mph.
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A special birthday wish goes out to my brother Don in the UK today on his 87th trip around the sun. - Don rode Trials with me back in the UK, and later when he was over on a visit, I was able to take him for a ride up on Vernon Mountain - I think  he was 72 at the time. -

This pic shows Don after a 75th birthday flight in an RAF Tornado flown by one of his former cadets. ( Not many 75 year olds get to go through the sound barrier in a jet fighter- I heard it took a lot of “String pulling”)
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More news as it happens


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