Thursday July 5th 2018

July 5th, 2018

Our readers have seen a lot of modern factory photographs, on the blog, but take a look at this one from the AJS factory assembly line in 1927. The British Motorcycle Industry was the best in the World at one time. ( strange name for the assembly building)
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And here is a shot of Big John Moffat on a 1950′3 AJS - at one of the Vintage runs held prior to the Scottish Six Days.

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A flash back to the Revvy Trial - Andrew showed up with this unusual head gear to keep dry in the rain.
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With the release pending of the 2019 TRS models - We have dropped the price on this lovely 2018 TRRS 300 - call us if you are interested ( sorry no trades)  - We also have details of discounts on 2018  Beta Evos that are still available.

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This is a pic of a couple of Beta riders at Richard Lawrence’s “Griz Bait”   Enduro ride in the North Country around Smithers - Richard also rides a TRS 300, which he bought from us in 2016. - Looks like pretty Country.

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Wednesday July 4th 2018

July 4th, 2018

Today is a big day Stateside as celebrations take place for the 4th of July Independence Day.  - Best wishes to all our American friends, we hope you have a good one.

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Unfortunately for many in the Western States,  the Wild Fires are once again causing havoc, and although our very wet few weeks  have given a reprieve for us - I just read the the famous Reeth 3 Day Trial in the UK has been cancelled because of the Wild Fire danger up on the Yorkshire moors. ( Think this is a first ever)

As we all know the Forest dries out quickly, so we urge caution when out in the woods, and remind people that Spark Arrestors are now required on all Off road vehicles in BC ( We have these in stock for Beta and TRS)

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Here is a pic from our old friend Pat Horan - it’s taken in New Denver, where a bunch of Motorcyclists stopped for breakfast - (Looks like a soggy day) - We have spent time riding the Mountains in this area, with buddies Tom and Nigel ( who just bought a TRS) - there are lots of old trails leading to the many mines from the past -  mostly Silver and Copper I believe.

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As mentioned previously, Sammy was not at the Revvy Trial, because he had a Stunt Show going on in Golden for Canada Day  ( The lad is trying to make a living riding bikes)  However on the Monday, he headed out to the Woods and Danielle got to have some coaching, plus she made this cool video of Sam doing what he does best- check it out >>

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Yesterday started off with a trip to the car wash to get some of the mud off my Evo 200 - then back to the shop, to spend at least another couple of hours cleaning it - ( I’m fussy)  Amazingly, young Bodi Watts didn’t put a scratch on the bike in the Trial, his first ride in the Intermediate class - plus this is only the second event that he has ridden ( Both National Trials) -

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More news as it happens >>>>

Tuesday July 3rd 2018

July 3rd, 2018

Today is a rather special day for us, as it’s our daughter Helen’s birthday - I won’t mention her age, because she still looks like a young lady. - She just got back from an epic car trip to the Western States, along with a bunch of other sports car  enthusiasts, who do a long distance Rally every year.  Helen took about 5,000 photographs on route, seeing some incredible scenery along the way.

Happy birthday Sweetheart.

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Looking back at the Trial at the weekend - here are another couple of shots -  the rider looking at the camera, is Brad Linderman, from Cochrane AB, who was riding his first ever event, and yes he was still smiling at the end, in spite of the rain.
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Yesterday was bike wash day - just for the Evo 200 that I loaned to young Bodi Watts of Wainwright AB - having just turned 16 years old - his Dad, Mitch has bought him a Harley !!!!

Although I unloaded a lot of stuff from the van - there is still much more that needs to be restocked in the shop - I have to say that the loading and unloading is the worst part of going to events for me - at least we are all done now until Sept 30th, as we shut things down for the Summer.

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Monday July 2nd 2018

July 2nd, 2018

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This is the Expert Podium at the WTC National (West) in Revelstoke at the weekend - just two riders, in what could be called a Monster Monsoon Trial. - The rain never let up on Saturday, causing Clerk of the Course Florian Schott to make the decision to drastically, cut back on the planned long loop, revamping things late into the evening. - Flo- Shane and Terry were out, until nearly dark -  helping to try salvage the Trial, all coming in looking like drowned rats, very cold and very disappointed at the way things  the cruel weather had , destroyed weeks of hard work. - I’m pleased to say that all understand that sometimes, the weather controls, how things turn out,  with the degree of difficulty, and the number of riders that show up on any given day. -
All we could do was  try to bolster their spirits, by telling tales of similar things that have occurred in the past - in my case the first CMA National we put on the Alberta in 1971 ( two feet of snow on the ground the morning of the Trial) and the first Canadian FIM World Championship near Calgary, in 1975, when Saturday heavy rain made for drastic changes to the long 69 mile loop.

Not that these are the only events that have been effected by Mother Nature, but unfortunately it it did make for a rather small turn-out in Revvy.   We do thank everybody who did show up - you all now have points for the National Series, which ends at Malakwa in September.
Surprisingly, the Sunday morning remained fairly dry, in fact you could say almost ideal, until mid-afternoon. Of course many of the sections had to be changed, due to the conditions, but it was very gratifying to see the groups of riders all enjoying the Trial, for many, it was their first event.

We even had one rider from Yellowknife and he had a great time - others came from Alberta and other parts of BC .

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We took a lot of photographs and video & will try to post more of this - ( I downloaded quite a lot on FB last night)

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To sum up, while things did not go as planned and I can think of likely 20-30 riders, who were not in Revvy, for whatever reason ( July 1st is classed as a family day for many) To the riders who braved the atrocious weekend weather, I thank you for making the effort.

To Florian and his team - You did a fantastic job in unbelievable conditions - Hats off to you all.
We could also not run these events without the superb Team who look after the scoring and results - all very Professional - So a big thanks to Julie and Judy.
The Revvy Riders Club, far from being disappointed with their first attempt at hosting a National Trial without any assistance, are super gung- ho, to incorporate a complete Trials loop on their Forestry approved area, complete with  marked out sections using colored markers and maps available for future visitors. - ( Revvy is a destination spot for lots of Europeans)

Results - Riders did either 2 or 3 loops of 8 sections over an approx 10 km course.
Junior

1st Martin Lucas - Beta - Celista   BC  - 13 points

2nd Britta Fournier - TRS - Enderby  BC - 24

3rd James Rogers - Beta - Revelstoke BC -25

4th Dennis Brummell -Montesa - Yellowknife NWT - 28

5th Mitch Watts - Beta 4T - Wainwright AB - 30

Intermediate

1st Mark O’Neill  - Montesa - Medicine Hat. AB - 16 points

2nd Ty Morrison - Beta - Scotch Creek  BC - 26

3rd Leigh Stocks - TRS -Revelstoke BC - 27

4th Bodi Watts - Beta - Wainwright AB - 30

5th Max Lang -  TRS - Enderby  BC   - 32

6th - Chris Briggs - Beta - Sorrento  BC - 36

7th Brad Linderman - Montesa - Cochrane  AB - 37
Sportsman

1st Richard Ouellet - Scorpa - Calgary AB - 24 points

Advanced.

1st   Shane Bridden - TRS   - West Kelowna  BC  - 37 points

2nd   Terry Dufloth - Vertigo - Revelstoke  BC  - 50

Senior Advanced

1st Andrew James - TRS - Enderby  BC  - 15 points

2nd Ross Rathbone - Beta - Scotch Creek  BC -33

Expert

1st Stan Bakgaard  - Scorpa - Yale BC - 36 points

2nd Kolten Morrison - Beta - Scotch Creek  BC - 75

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We will now shut things down for the Summer with regards to hosting any Trials - but will be out riding our local great terrain, when weather conditions permit. - Keep in touch via “THE BLOG”

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Sunday July 1st -2018 - Canada Day.

July 2nd, 2018

Familiar podium at the Spanish Championship event

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Saturday June 30th 2018

June 30th, 2018

The last day of the month and we are already 1/2 way through 2018 - After the devastating Forest fires of last year, we have elected not to host any Trials events after this weekend - until Thanksgiving - the message is clear - if you want to ride our fantastic terrain - get out this weekend to the WTC Trial at Revy  -

You will see sights like this, as you travel the long loop set up by the Revy Riders Florian Schott and his crew. - They need your support - sections while at the upper level are challenging are really good - the Revvy crew have learned well, just like the Shuswap  group, who now put on some of the best Trials events in Canada.   Sammy has things under control at Malikwa - and dazzled me by pulling off a great Trial a couple of weeks ago,
With the Carl Kuster organization coming on board last year, and with Sammy King - the future of Trials riding in the Interior has never looked better . - But please remember - without support - all this could fizzle’

This year we saw entrees at the Ioco Super Stars drop - and overall numbers at Trials events have seen a decline out West. - Not the case in Eastern Canada, where they host a lot of Vintage Trials , and of course Quebec is a strong Trials area.

The sport of Trials, in Canada, has always been “Up & Down” - riders come riders go - for whatever reason. - at the moment, we get a lot of calls from Enduro guys, who want to learn how to ride like Graeme Jarvis, !! - I could write a book on that one.

I hope everybody has a good Canada Day Weekend - I know we will in Revvy - the campfire on Saturday night will be loud and fun. - No I won’t have my Harmonica !! (Need to buy a new one - never did get  around to that - dumped three in the garbage last week as they were out of tune - maybe too many fumes !!)

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. - I think  the best Trials events are run the old English way ( I know I’ve mentioned this before)  long loops over beautiful Countryside - ( In our case the Mountains and Bush) -

Want to try one of these ?  Come talk to me at Revvy this weekend.

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Steve Holcombe (Beta) is at the Italian Enduro this weekend and is seen here flying high at the MX Test today.
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How about this nice line up of Spitfires !! All converted to 2 seat aircraft
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Final bit of news - Marc Marquez is on pole for the Dutch Moto GP - Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi are also on the front row.

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Friday June 29th 2018

June 29th, 2018

What to do on a Thursday !!! A buddy phones and suggests a ride ?  - Wow! what could be better, except that I had just prepped my own special Beta Evo 200 for young Bodi Watts to ride in Revelstoke.  - Sold the other new 200 Beta the day before !!
Hang on ! I have a brand new TRRS 300 in the shop !! - - Lets rip!  -
Anyway, I took the Westside road today to meet up with Steve at Bear Creek -(Going through the Kelowna Traffic is such a drag) -  now you might recall. that our old “Staging” area has been closed off, since a vagrant caused a forest fire there last year.

- So Steve and myself headed up Bear Main. - Stopping at the first cattle guard.

I explained, that we originally started our first Kelowna Trials event at this same spot. -  Things have changed a lot in this area since that first Trial in 1985 -  A new Club and some really good places to ride for Dirt Bikers, in this area  - But that is all Enduro or MX
Anyway, We headed up the hill, while all the time I’m trying to figure out how to get to our old stomping grounds  - suffice to say that we made it - via a long loop over the top from the forestry road - Nobody has been down this trail this year and it is pretty rough from the winter snow melt, plus we had to clear a few branches, but  the route is now secure for all our Trials riders who wish to tackle the  old sections. ( Yes they are still good) plus the trail ride is fantastic.
Here are a couple of pics from today - taken with  my Olympus water proof camera ( it was raining)
I have to tell you that this new Raga TRS 300 is absolutely amazing - It starts so easily - it does everything just right and helps old guys like me.  - We went on quite an epic trail ride - I goofed a couple of climbs, but that wasn’t  the bike’s fault  -( I ride like an old man - feet everywhere)

Over on the West side of the Mountain, we saw a number of  deer - but they really weren’t worried about us.  We made a number of stops to take a breath (for me) while I explained to Steve where we had sections all those years ago.
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Here’s the latest Press Release  from Vertigo
Vertigo Motors regrets to announce that, exclusively for industrial reasons, it has decided to end its contract with trials young prospect Arnau Farré. From the Factory, we want to state clearly that Vertigo has no doubt about Farré’s talent and projection to become one of the best trials rider worldwide, and so, this isn’t the reason for such a decision.

The deal with Farré was specifically linked to the development of the Vandal model, which because of promotional goals, was meant to compete in several international Championships during the season. However, following product development issues, Vertigo has decided to stop temporally its launch, and with that, also all the activity and presence of the bike in competition, what means the Vandal won’t be competing neither in the Spanish Championship or in the TrialGP Series from now on.

We want to state as well, the fact that the rider has received the entire economic compensation of the contract in force, giving him the chance to find new opportunities and challenges in other brands or structures as soon as possible.

We wish Arnau Farré all the best, as well as good luck on continuing with his meteoric progression
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Weather for the weekend looks just about perfect for the big Trial at Revvy - not too hot and the super loop that the guys have got set up is sure to please all classes. -
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UPDATE :  Just posted - First pics of stunning new 2019 TRS

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2019 TRRS ONE …

TECHNICAL SPECS / IMPROVEMENTS

New graphics.
Brake lever tip in microfusion with new design, better ergonomics and grip.

Gear lever tip in microfusion with new design, better ergonomics and grip.

Forged exhaust supports with silentblock.

New setting on rear shock absorver.

New plastic protector for the filter box.

New adjustment on front fork.

New cylinder distribution.

New curve CDI program.

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Thursday June 28th 2018

June 28th, 2018

So here we are heading into the biggest, long weekend of the year, and for lots of Trials enthusiasts - that means a trip to Revelstoke. - for Round #1 of the WTC National Trials Series. - This year, the event will feature a long figure eight (30km)  loop (gas stop midway) through the lush trails overlooking the Columbia River Valley. - Florian Schott is the Clerk of the Course, and along with Shane, Chris, Terry & Leigh, has created a stunning loop, suitable for all abilities.

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While most people will camp out across from the MX Track - there are lots of Hotels and Motels in the area, but please be aware that Glacier House, is booked solid for a wedding party.

The action gets underway early Sunday morning at the  MX Track -  with sign in open at 8.30 am, followed by the riders meeting at 9.30 am. - We have elected to go group checking for the day, as this will be the easiest to control. ( yes you get to ride with your buddy’s)

As usual Julie and Judy will look after the scoring, with the tents set up in front of the newly erected Grand Stand at the MX Track.

For spectators, this has to be one of the easiest Trials to  watch - as you can drive your family car - up the fire road, and see a lot of the sections.
Any questions on the event - please either call or email me . We plan on being there Saturday afternoon.

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As I think we have everything pretty much caught up - Tiffany drove in from Squamish yesterday to pick up the last Evo 200 we had in Stock - so today I plan on sneaking out for a ride. Will have more on this later.

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Anybody interested in an old 1985 TY 350?  We had a visitor yesterday, who told me he bought the bike from me back then, but has not used it for many years - I told him to email me a pic ( He lives in Kelowna)

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Roger sent me this pic of a couple of old Beta Alps - owned by a friend he visited up Island last weekend  - I’m still mad at myself for selling the mint one I had.

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Wednesday June 27th 2018

June 27th, 2018

Another nice day in the Valley - hopefully these flash storms will be all done by the weekend.  - Anybody wanting stuff put on the Outlaw Van for the Revy Trial - please email me. !!! (Don’t leave it until Friday night!!!)
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Today is going to be busy, with a lot happening - first off I need to take Babsy’s car  in to get it serviced. - then later a customer is driving in from Squamish to pick up the last 2018 Beta Evo 200 we have in stock.  - Seems like everything is either a “Feast or a famine” in my business - so much so that making a daily list of things to be done is a “must” ( now what did I do with that piece of paper?”

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Sammy had a mixed day at the Rocks & Logs - He told me it was very tough and very humbling for him riding the Pro Class - He ended up 6th overall. - Here he is being interviewed before the event.

2018 red bull rocks and logs 2018 dirtbikenews.ca

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Tuesday June 26th 2018

June 26th, 2018

This weekend is the “BIG” one - The WTC Round #1 at Revy - knowing what the lads have got in, I wish I was 20 years younger-  err - maybe 40 years younger . Anybody that misses this one really does miss big time - . NO excuses. ( Two guys are driving from Yellowknife !!!!!!!!) - I should mention that while the $30 entry fee may seem a bit much for some people - $10 of this goes back to the Revy Riders club for the use of their trail system.
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This is my 1973 Bultaco Sherpa T 325 - the best one of that brand I owned — We took off all the alloy fenders and everything else we could to lighten up the bike -  I joined Yamaha later that year, and like they say the rest is history. ( But it was not easy at first)
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The weather in the Valley has sure been interesting this past week, with storm after storm - power outages and lots of trees blown down - I wonder how many out on our Trials loop for the weekend?

Looking ahead - it should be  perfect for our WTC Trial at Revy - although the July long weekend is always busy on the roads, so please take care, when driving.  Although the Trial is just one day - Revelstoke is a wonderful place to visit, with lots of other stuff to do, so maybe take that extra time to go to the large Train museum or some of the other attractions.

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A blast from the past >>

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