Sunday August11th 2019

August 11th, 2019

Pretty young ladies on the podium in Norway.

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It’s time to thin out the herd - take advantage  of  this super buy on the very last Beta Evo 200 available in Western Canada and also the last for ever, as the Factory have dropped this model - yes it’s going for a very good price - is it free - no  - ( It’s immaculate - never been dropped - no scratches)

This model has been so good, that we have promoting it and used it as our personal demo since they first brought it out in 2009 - and yes we have sold more of this model than any other. -  We know that it is so good and it is the best buy for a large percentage of the riders out there.
Because the Beta factory are going BIG in the Enduro market, and have only a short time to produce new models for the following year, so some things need to go -plus they have no 200cc class in Euro Trials. -

To say the least - this is a sacrifice for me, to sell this bike - but as we grow old and times change, it’s  also a time to move on to other challenges ( the Evo or TRS 125′S) - I have set the price of the 200 at $7650 plus tax - a very good price considering the regular price is $8250 plus freight & tax.. Any questions - call me.
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Saturday August 10th 2019

August 10th, 2019

Wow ! that was great to wake up this morning to hear the rain pounding down !! something that I would have never said while living in the UK !!! - Lets hope it helps the fire situation near Oliver.


I got my latest Trial Mag from the UK yesterday, and noticed this blurb on the new electric start TRS Xtrack - it comes in 250-28 & 300 engine sizes, but if you want one, better call us, as they will be in big demand and limited supply.
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Who remembers the days when we had a few sections like this?
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How about this neat pic of some American Trials legends  > Lane Leavett - Debbie Evans Leavett - Geoff Aaron, and Bernie Schreiber ( the only non-European to ever win the World Trials Championship and also the Scottish Six Day Trial) It was taken at a recent Trials school in the USA.
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So how about this for a bit of a sobering thought - I just bought some Michelin  X lite tires for a group of friends, and as usual because of the high cost, I pass these on at basically my price - but on checking the suggested retail - did you know that a rear X lite is supposed to sell for over $400 !! and a front lite for over $200 ???  Crazy prices, and no wonder that Beta are fitting Dunlop to the Evos ( Which seem to work well at half the price)

Leigh Usher stopped by late last night, and strapped 7 tires to his roof rack for the trip home to Nelson - at least some of the local lads will have new rubber for the upcoming Trial at Ymir.


Friday August 9th 2019

August 9th, 2019

Holy Moly it was hot on Thursday - I was up early doing some more unloading from the van after the weekend - then it was off to Kelowna to pick up some Tires, before heading back home and the air conditioning.

When I was chatting to Darryl Copithorne the other day ( he called from Australia) he mentioned that another good friend from the past Gordie Lalonde is having some health issues ( C) Gord & Donna used to live near Spruce Meadows, before moving to Oz and have always been very active in the Off road bike world. - We wish Gordie all the very best and hope he beats this.


Lots of interest in the new 2010 TRS Xtrack Electric start - here is video of the man himself King Jordi testing the new bike.


By the way, did anybody lose a side-stand at the Rocky Trial?  I have one that was picked up on the loop.


Nice to see a cloudy morning !!  Sunny days are nice, but we need some rain to help with the forest fire situation South of us. -  It’s in the forecast, so maybe a Sunday ride might be in order. -

A reminder that we still have some great deals on 2019 Beta and TRS Trials bikes, so if you are in the market, don’t delay, because when they are gone they are gone. Nothing better than a new bike for the great Fall riding we have in the Valley.

Only three weeks to go until the final round of the Outlaw Series at Ymir BC - the camping area is great  with a river running nearby or you can check into the Ymir Hotel ph ( 866) 925-0459 - Pete and Jay have everything under control and this is never on to miss. I will post some “Teaser” pics in the coming weeks.


Thursday August 8th 2019

August 8th, 2019

In World news - Albert Cabestany has joined Team TRS

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Here is Andrew at Rocky - He had a great time.
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Blast from the past - around 2005 at the top of Joss - Taff has trimmed his wild Welsh hair since then - I still have my White stuff. - Looking down from this spot at 8,000 feet, you can just see the end of the lake at Three Valley Gap.
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This is Sara Wells from the UK who just won her class at a big Trial, on her Beta Evo 125 - I see she has an S3 pipe fitted on it. - We have one of these little beauty’s in stock.
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So Yesterday, I got a call from my old friend Darryl Copithorne  in Australia, we had a good chat & he told me he has just bought a TRS 250 - after spending time on a Beta Evo 200 and a Gasser. - Seems he is coming to Canada later this month and will stop by for a visit. Darryl and another guy put on the Calgary Club Trials after I switched to racing Cross Country in 1976


More news as it happens >>>>

Wednesday August 7th 2019

August 7th, 2019

The pic I took with my small Olympus camera when I stopped to change out of my long johns !! Yup it gets cold   sleeping in the Outlaw van in Alberta - especially when your blood is getting thin!! What a beautiful spot.
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The results of the ATRA Cow Patty Trial are now up on Trials Canada - I will be working out the Outlaw points before the last round in Ymir on Sept 1st.

I have posted a ton of pics of the event on FB and can supply to any rider who wants a copy - here is a great shot of Walter on my old Fantic - he rode the intermediate line which was not easy.

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Hard to believe, but this is Yorkshire England and the place where the annual Scott Trial is held - the flash floods caused a ton of damage, but fortunately no lives were lost.
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Shane was not at the Rocky Trial, because he had booked a trip to Utah for the Dougie Lampkin school - here he is watched carefully by the many times World Trials Champ.

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Tuesday August 6th 2019

August 6th, 2019

Well it turned out to be another epic weekend at Rocky Mountain House. - The drive out was not too bad with traffic (9 hours)  and the weather was just about perfect for the WTC ATRA Trial at Bernie Schoderous’  Farm. - The club are really fortunate in having the use of this property, which could be referred to as a “Trials Heaven”.

We have attended this great venue, for many years, which features a lush Valley, with a creek, and a wonderful camping area. - The rider turn out, was really good and the camp area was filled with trailers and tents, with riders from all over - many from BC plus Dennis Brumwell from Yellowknife NWT  ( his drive is 17 hours !!!)

This was Round #3 of the Outlaw series, with the Sunday Trial counting for total points - Round #4 takes place at another beautiful spot, at Ymir BC on the September long weekend.

It was really nice to see so many old friends, including Neil Ward - out for the first time in over a decade ( I think he may have the bug again)  - Steve Doel showed up for the Saturday Trial, having an unexpected weekend off from his work up North, he took the Expert Class on Day #1 on his Outlaw Beta - in fact all the classes on Saturday, were won by Beta riders.

A new feature at this event was the big cook out on Saturday night - Ross Rathbone started this back a few years at the Annual Scotch Creek “Outlaw” trial, and was on hand to help the local cooks - thanks to the Pospisal family and Taff for acting as Chefs - it really was amazing  - take a look at this pic .

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This event was so good, and had so many stories, that we will likely need more than one blog to cover all the action, but glad to say that I managed to take a lot of video and still shots, a lot of which I posted on FB when I got home yesterday afternoon. - The drive back on the David Thompson and down to Lake Louise was spectacular ( no break down this year!!) and as I started at 6 am BC time, traffic was minimal  -Thanks to Ross help me take down the Beta tent as nobody else was up at this time of the morning. —

However, once I hit the main drag at #1 - it  became a convoy. - still I made good time 8 hours. ( A long time behind the wheel for me these days)

Here is Steve Doel (Outlaw Beta) who won the Expert Class on Day #1 - This was a neat and difficult section.

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This is Taff - jumping out of the Sandpit section on another Outlaw Beta - He won his class both days.

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Kev Smith from Vancouver,  trying hard on the Mountain Motorcycle TRS.

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Because there is so much to report on this great Trial ( Maybe the best ever at Rocky )  -We will add more in the days following.

However we must give a big Thank you to Judy Rathbone, who supplied the Results boards - unfortunately, she could not make the trip as she has a broken arm ( a horse accident)  We all wish her a speedy recovery.


Special greetings to Mark Villeneuve who picked up this nice 2019 Beta Evo 300 from me at the Rocky Trial

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Friday August 2nd 2019

August 2nd, 2019

Nice to see this pop up again on FB - it was in 2012 -when Stan and myself did the Joss ride on my 75th birthday ( last time for me) - I’m sure glad I was able to make so many trips up the Mountain. ( Now off limits)
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Just in case anybody has forgotten >>

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Ready for the long drive - just my cooler to go in the back !!!
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After he saw this my old buddy Darryl Copithorne  posted his pic -from Oz - and I see he has now swapped his Beta Evo 200 for a TRRS !! Darryl used to live near Cochrane  AB and was heavily involved in the Trials scene in the late 70’s. before moving to Australia a few years ago.
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Even the best sometimes don’t make it >>>

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No news now until after the weekend.

Thursday August 1st 2019

August 1st, 2019

We have a busy day ahead to start the month, as we load up the van ready for the trip to Rocky Mountain House Alberta tomorrow. - In fact I now find this becoming a real chore, both loading & unloading at bot ends. ( Old age) -  However, I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of old friends at the Trial. ( Traffic is likely to be a bit of a gong show)  Weather forecast today is a high of +32 in Vernon, so I need to get at it early


Many people may remember the young lad at Scotch Creek riding the Oset all the way around the mountain - Well here he is trying out his Dad’s Evo 200!! - Olivier, stopped by to grab some Opti, and showed a video of him actually doing a “Wheelie” on the bike.  The lad is only eight years old !!  ( The plan is to get him into a small Beta next Spring - we will see how much he grows over the winter !!)
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Here is your video for today - Don’t forget, if you are interested in one of these great bikes - better get your name on the list early !!!


Not much else making news today, as we appear to be in for a spell of Hot Summer weather - check back here for the latest tomorrow morning. >>

Wednesday July 31st 2019

July 31st, 2019

Last day of the month - and we are heading into the August long weekend - Lots to do before we leave for Rocky Mountain House on Friday to take in the ATRA Cow Patty Trial. Quite a few people have called to make sure I have parts & accessories for them on the van - deadline for orders is tonight !!!!!!

Here is a shot of some vintage class riders a couple of years ago.
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This photo just showed up on FB - It’s one I took of Steve Colley at ” Piper’s Burn”  in the 1992 Scottish Six Days, which he won - not many made it up this big step and difficult exit., -  taken with my Pentax 35mm.
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Looking at this post - I see something of a similarity in the World of Motorcycle Sport !!  FIM versus  the rest. - CMA versus WTC - Club versus club etc etc etc.  Too many politics. - Why don’t people just forget about the social media and get out and ride - but more than that -  put on an event - if they think they could do better - put their MONEY  and effort where their mouth is.
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Here is a pic by Ron Walsh of Dougie giving the lads instructions at Ioco. ( I wonder how many understood his Yorkshire accent)  Did you know that we supplied Dougie and his Dad with Outlaw Toolbelts, backpaks and gear bags, back in 1995?  -I first met Mart Lampkin in 1972 at the Scottish - then in Calgary at the FIM & later at the World round at Donner. USA. - Funny story from that event -

Barry & myself were camped out in my van in front of the Hotel, while Mart & Dougie were in a tent not far away. They had long time friend and former super MX rider and dealer  Ernie Page with them - I was sitting in a lawn chair chatting to Ernie, when Dougie came to collect his Beta to go for a practice - Ernie said ” I’ve turned that mixture screw a quarter turn - so don’t come back here and say there is no difference” - ( The Del-orto carb has a fuel screw)
The event was at 11,000 ft and was causing real issues for the bikes and we heard that Takumi Narita went into town and found a machine shop to take some off the head of his Beta, to raise the compression. - Jordi was having big issues with the Gasser and it really sounded like crap. ( The result would not reflect this)
It’s nice for me to look back at these memories, of great times with great people in the Motorcycle World - I count myself very fortunate.  - The last time I saw Martin, was at the World round in the UK in 1995 - he asked me if I wanted to borrow a bike to ride around & take photos. What a great guy he was.
It was also at this event, that I caught up with Yamaha UK rider Andy Huddleston - I had supplied him with a toolbelt for the Scottish. - Although not riding mainstream Trials anymore , Andy will be stopping by to see us at the end of the month on a visit to Canada ( I will try to  get some pics of him in the backyard)
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Just dropped off the van at the shop for an oil change and check over, before the long drive on Friday - I don’t go very far these days, unlike my 30 odd years on the road, when I covered all of Western Canada, first for Yamaha, then promoting Outlaw Accessories.


Tuesday July 30th 2019

July 30th, 2019

Directions to the WTC/ATRA Cow Patty Trial this coming weekend - Round # 3 of the Outlaw Series - This is a fantastic location on Private land, with Free camping and this year, also a big free Cook- out on Saturday night. - If you are planning to attend please email Ben Pospisal as they need to know numbers for food.

As usual, we will be there with the van packed with spare parts and accessories  - This is one not to miss.

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Another Mick shot - love to see these old mud & water sections ( wonder if he managed to stay inside the tape?)
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And here is Happy guy Marcus - the day he picked up his new Beta Evo - He certainly does love that bike.            ( Doesn’t he look a bit like Bernie Schreiber in this shot?)
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Here is a video of the 2020 TRS Xtrack electric start  ( maybe my bike for next year ?)


And another video - of some Classic Trials >>

And yet another one >>>


Here is a report by Jamie McGregor on the Bernie Schreiber School in Ontario.

Jamie McGregor is with Bernard Schreiber.
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The Bernie Schreiber ZERO BS school on Saturday went very well David H Rhodes Ron Golden Les Birchall Tom Farr for all 25 riders.Bernie went over his life in Trials and how he approaches training to become a better overall rider.After the early morning info session all the riders did some simple basics on their bikes & Bernie would critique and give helpful tips.After a super lunch break we all went out into the woods and worked a few sections with varying lines.Bernie did a great job with our group aging from 14 -72 years,he is truly giving back to the sport & Trials community,after being away for so long,Thanks need to be given to Tom Farr for hosting this unique weekend,plus all the hard work of the SOVT crew,Good job for sure.Sundays event had a good turnout with some hot & humid conditions,Great food & refreshments afterwords was a bonus.Bernard Schreiber was the Best, he signed everything from a bar pad to a guitar & gave out the awards which finished off an excellent weekend and he’s now off to California for another school there.
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