Archive for April, 2018

Monday April 30th 2018

Monday, April 30th, 2018

Last day of the month, before we roar into May with the Scottish Six Days starting next week, then our famous Outlaw Trial at Scotch Creek on May 19/20th.

Getting early season practice, is always a bonus before the first event, and the West Coast riders tend to have the edge here, but this is a shot of Richard Ouelett (Scorpa) and Gord Rinke (TRS) on some neat looking stuff in Alberta. ( pic by Doug Doel)

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Had to post this pic of Eddie Crooks on his Manx Norton  - These were the bikes to beat, back in the early 1950’s, before the entrance of the four cylinder MV Augusta, and Gilera. - nothing quite like the sound of a Manx making the turn at the Gooseneck in the Isle of Man - the megaphone exhausts were music to the ears. Note the open primary chain.
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I chatted to Jimmy Corkle on the phone yesterday for quite a while, he is back home after his operation and sounds good, although he needs to take things very easy for about a month.


For the second week in a row, Pat Smage ( Sherco)  doubled up to take the Expert win both days, in Colorado

He appears to be the class of the field in the US National Series, and excels on big dry rocks - here is a Shan Moore pic of him at the previous round in New Mexico.

MotoTrials New Mexico Results 2018

And here is a James Dabill (Beta) winning the Ste David’s Trial in South Wales at the weekend - thanks to Heath Brindley for the great pic.


It was a rainy start to the day on Sunday - so I just did some chores, cut up a bunch of bike crates and hauled it all to the dump. - Then just kicked back for the rest of the day. - This week is shaping up to be fairly busy, with more bikes coming in and customers to look after, plus we will be getting a visit from Jamie McGregor who is out from Ontario.

More news as it happens >>>

Sunday April 29th 2018

Sunday, April 29th, 2018

We have rain today, and in spite of the fact that I really wanted to go out for a ride today - it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. - Still tired from the Golden trip and all the other stuff from last week, so it might not be a bad idea to kick back today - Jamie McGregor from Ontario, will be stopping by tomorrow, plus I have more bikes coming so things are certainly hopping around here.

I should really load up all the empty crates & take to the dump as the back yard is getting to look a bit messy.

The St David’s Trial is on in South Wales today - and I will post results a bit later  UPDATE:  - Ross Danby TRS wins. But it only shows 2 loops for Masters?  ( Not sure what happened to James Dabill ?)

OK - Got it sorted - They run a separate Championship class & Dabill won this so that is three wins from three starts

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- and the excitement is building as we approach the running of the 2018 Scottish - No Canadian riders in this year, but a few from the USA, so we will be cheering for Dennis Sweeten & his daughter. ( Dennis has ridden the SSDT quite a few times)

Ben Hemmo: will be back on the Beta 300 4T this year - he really loves these bikes - this shot of him in 2010

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This is a pic from my last visit to Scotland in 1993 - it shows Harry McKay,  Jim Fracy and Walt Healy.

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Ross and his crew will be out again today, working on the Outlaw Trial at Scotch Creek - I can’t thank him and his helpers, enough, for putting in all the work for the past few years, to keep this long standing event going. - Unfortunately I struggle these days with my bad knees making hiking around the sections difficult.


Here is a neat video of MX from back in the day - when Danny “McGoo” Chandler was in his prime - he sadly got paralyzed from a crash, and spent his last years in a wheel chair.

Here is another good video - An advertising clip from Michelin  but it does show how the new tires made a huge difference on Trials bikes. - In the old days, we only had 4 ply Dunlops, which gave very little grip - so rider ability needed to be even better.


And yet another one - this time from the Spanish Enduro Championship - Top gun Steve  Holcombe having a spot of bother with the water in the special test.


He kept it pinned - to win another overall victory on the Factory Beta

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Saturday April 28th 2018

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

Well ! my Friday appeared to be fairly well organized - at least that is what I thought. - I would head out to Golden around 11 am, to allow myself lots of time to meet Brad Cromey, around 5 pm Alberta time., and deliver his new Evo 250- He would be coming from Elkford  - However, before I left the house, I made sure that Babsy would look after signing for the TRS that would be arriving in the afternoon or at least - that was the plan.

Funny how some days seem to go down the tube, no matter what your best intentions - but first lets start with the good stuff - Yes my trip to Golden went good, with only a couple of minor delays, and my rendezvous with Brad went bang on time - A very nice American chap, who I think we will see a lot more of. ( Forgot to take a pic !!)
Neither of us wanted to hang about, because of our long drives back home, but little did I think just how everything would go haywire.

The weather was warm and absolutely beautiful, but I noticed the road sign just you leave Golden, where it warned of up to 2 hour delays due to avalanche control ( I guess I lucked out when coming the other way)

Surprisingly, I saw no traffic, until climbing up towards the snow sheds, when I passed a couple of trucks - However when I approached the top - everything was stopped - but only for a few minutes, when the long convoy of traffic , with dozens of semis, gradually built up speed down the other side. - This was when I began to think, I was in a stock car race, because although the trucks and the rest of the traffic, were doing 110 - a look in my rear view mirror saw two or three cars and pickups pull out and go charging past at what must have been close to 140. - I watched in horror as vehicles somehow managed to dodge back in to avoid oncoming traffic, while all the time keeping a safe distance from the car in front - one pickup used this space to miss a head on, but nearly spun right in front of me when he braked to miss the vehicle I was following, somehow he held it wildly sliding onto the shoulder & then back.

Took this pic through the windshield with Olympus - just as I came up to all the stopped traffic.

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Making it safely to Revelstoke , I followed the convoy, for a few miles, before everything slowed then stopped - I phoned Babsy and said if we didn’t have any more issues, I should be home by 8 pm, !!! ( Ha Ha)
Then the news from a flag guy, that there had been a bad accident many miles ahead near Malakwa, and the road was closed ( and  no idea when it would open) -This news did not surprise me having witnessed the chaotic driving on the Rogers Pass, so Using my option, I turned around and headed back to Revy - gassed up, phoned Babs, and told her I would try to go around via the two ferry’s South of Revy, and get home on Hwy 6 through Lumby.

And that is how the evening went - others chose to do the same, and racing along the twisty roads to try and make the last Needles Ferry South of Nakusp, was a bit of a white-knuckler. - But we made it home at 12.45 am!!!

So that was a very long day - I’m sure Brad was home in Elkford long before me.

( I still don’t know details of the accident , but this stretch has long been known as the hwy of death.)

Update>  It seems the road opened at 11.30 pm - which still means I got home about an hour earlier than if I had waited in the line up which went back for miles. - Injuries but no deaths in the accident.

Rolling along on a cloudy Saturday morning, - I will try to get other stuff sorted, have some customers picking up parts, and maybe give my Beta the once over, before figuring out if I have enough energy to go for a ride tomorrow - watch for more news later. ( And no the TRS did not arrive, because Day & Ross are so backed up they are days behind with deliveries)


Here is my “Blast from the Past” pic - Outlaw Dave as a young 25 year old with the Norton my wife and I went to Italy on in 1963 - A round trip of 3,000 miles.

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Friday April 27th 2018

Friday, April 27th, 2018

Thursday was another go-go day - - back in the shop first thing doing more PDI on the Betas - then delivering Opti downtown plus shipping off on the bus - the weather has really warmed up with temperatures around +20 - so it’s a case of out of the blue jeans and into shorts for the afternoon session.

Rob Ouelett stopped by to pick up his new  RR 300 Beta ( a long drive from Hinton AB)  then it was time to kick back & wait for the Truck with TRS bikes - but it didn’t show. ( So I took time for a power-nap)
Later Roger Tessier showed up with his good lady Shelly,  to pick up a nice Evo 200  - We certainly seem to be getting more gals involved in our local Trials scene.

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Today I’m off to Golden to meet up with Brad from Elkford, who has bought a nice new Evo 250 - He used to ride in the USA, before married life & family took over  - now it’s time for him to get back at it.  ( with the blessing of his wife)
As next week is the first of May - We thought we would show the poster for the Outlaw Trial, coming up on the Long weekend ( it’s been a fixture at this date for 30+ years) - If anybody has any questions on the new start area, etc - don’t hesitate to give us a call.  ( To see complete poster click onto Trials Canada)
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Steve Howland of Beta Canada, is making another cross Canada tour in the next couple of months - he will be in the Okanagan during the May long weekend and says he will spend a day up at Scotch Creek.

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Thursday April 26th 2018

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

A very nice Trials photo - this is of course from the Scottish Six Day Trial. - There is nowhere quite like Scotland - with stunning views across the Mountains, but the moors can be very bleak when the weather is ugly.

This map shows the routes the riders will follow this year at the Scottish. ( approx 100 MILES per day)

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We just saw the Results of the Joe Brown Trial run by the Victoria Club at Shawnigan Lake - Nice to see Brandon Wince (Beta) back on form , taking the Expert win over Thomas Cordner ( Vertigo) - They had 25 riders out for the day.  Full results can be seen by clicking onto the VMC website.

Well ! Wednesday was sure a busy day around the Outlaw shop - we had four new Betas arrive ( all sold)  so it was all hands to the wrenches to start work on the PDI.

Today our friendly Truck driver will be back again - this time with TRS - the late Spring conditions have certainly spiked a lot of interest in the Trials market. - Like that old saying “It’s either a feast on a famine”

Here’s a blast from the past, when Jordi was King of Trials and Cigarette manufactures were allowed to use Motor Sport for Advertising.
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Over in the UK, the 3rd Round of the British Trials Championship goes this Sunday in South Wales - In the Master’s Class, James Dabill (Beta) will be looking to make it three wins in a row, before heading North to the Scottish Six Days.

Here is a recent quote from Dabill -   “I’m absolutely loving the Beta. We’ve worked together before and I can’t tell you how chilled out they are. There’s no stress. We’ve got our goals and they trust me to get on and do my job. That’s cool because there’s no added pressure.”


This pic just popped up on FB - It shows Jake Cook and Adam Hague at the Outlaw Shop, picking up new Betas - sadly both have now appeared to have dropped out of the sport - a shame as they were both brilliant riders.

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Tuesday April 10th 2018

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Lets hear it for the Ladies - showing good style here in this pic.  - Arm up- leg out !!!
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I know a lot of our readers are interested in aircraft and in particular the Spitfire of World War Two - Here is a nice shot from 1940. - These are actually Hurricanes  - which, while slower than a Spitfire, could out-turn both those and the ME 109. - The German aircraft were fuel Injected versus the Carbs used on the British planes. - The Spitfire would stall sometimes because of lack of fuel.
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Jordan Szoke has joined the TRS Family

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Check out this video of Gary MacDonald practicing on the 350 Triumph he will be riding in the Pre-65 Scottish next month.  - Turn the volume up.

And here is another goodie !! The Lomax Cup   in North Wales - the start was always about 5 miles from where I grew up. It was the only National Trial that I ever rode in the UK. - As I recall the conditions were similar !!!


Here’s a different shot from Ioco - all the bikes parked while the modern riders check out the section - How many different manufacturers can you count?

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In case you are counting - there are more Beta’s in this bunch followed by TRS  !!!

more news as it happens ………………

Monday April 9th 2018

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Wow - A Brit leads the Moto GP Championship - who would have thought?

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Meanwhile Marquez was doing what he does best  >>>   “Oh Sorry Valentino”

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This is Roy on his Wife’s Scorpa - they live over on the Westside  at the “Valley of The Sun”   -( Only about 1/2 hour drive from my place)  Roy has an Evo 250 which he likes to put- put  around on - and we have enjoyed some great rides together - one time up to an old Gold Mine - which we covered on the blog.  - Sunday we were late getting out but still managed a good hour of practice and exercise ( the most important thing)  - The Evo 200 is working fantastic as all my “Special” 200’s do. - the only thing that stopped me trying some tough stuff today was the lack of a good minder - You really have to work together on this, and while I looked at some big ups - I figured that I would save them for another day    ( and maybe  somebody with a soft mattress for me to fall on)

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Snow all gone from this area - lots of water - but good riding

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Of course because I headed out Sunday afternoon - I missed the finish of the Masters, but my darling wife was able to tell me all about the guys that screwed up by hitting the ball into what she calls ” sand boxes”  !!!!!!  Rory who ??

Good news from the West Coast - that our WTC Director and Trials Canada Website Guru , Bob Johns, is now well on the way to recovery after a triple by pass surgery.  - Bob would like everybody to know that he will be back up and at it reporting the Trials news pretty quick.


Sounds like the Classic Trial at Ioco went well in the rain - Dave Craig set out some traditional sections for the old bikes plus some modern lines which kept everybody honest.

Here is TRS Importer Bob Clark on the SWM  - photo credit Jeff Green.
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Results are available by checking the CPTA website.


Saturday April 7th 2018

Saturday, April 7th, 2018

Here are the results of what they call the X trial des Nations  -
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Well Saturday was pretty cloudy & dull in the Valley - but my customers from Williams Lake who arrived said they had snow up their way - A nice couple of “Mature” gentlemen” - who both arranged to buy TRS bikes from the old guy - We also promised to head back up to their neck of the woods this year, and I explained that we held a few Trials at McLeese Lake a few years ago.  - Both these guys live close to Crown Land - so this area definitely  is on the agenda for 2018.

In other related topics - the Alberta Forestry area is still very much under the gun, with a Political Power that appear to have  links to the USA Environmental movement -( they have HUGE funding)  lots of under cover BS going on here - all the more reason to make your vote count in the next election

This is Gary MacDonald, with the bike he will ride in next months Scottish Pre-65 - It’s a 350 Triumph Twin  specially built by the same engineer who supplied Gary with the BSA Bantam last year - he is hoping to take another win in the two day event.
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They sure know how to advertise Trials events in Europe - check this out>

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We have just heard that Trials Canada Editor and WTC Director Bob Johns is on the mend after his Heart Surgery - I’m sure that all our readers wish him a speedy recovery.


The Tragic accident in Saskatchewan involving the Humboldt Broncos Hockey Team - is on everybody’s mind today - I traveled this area a lot when working for Yamaha. Our condolences to the families.
More news as it happens >>>>

Friday April 6th 2018

Friday, April 6th, 2018

This is a shot of Barry Sheene  the Super-star of Road racing back in the day   - Barry was loud, flamboyant - always had the chicks around him - and he did a tremendous amount to bring Motorcycle Road Racing to the every day customer. - The Lucky #7 only lasted so long, until his horrific crash that left him with pins in most of his limbs.

Barry came back and raced again, before moving to Australia where he died of cancer - yes he smoked, lots.
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It’s been a busy week for all sorts of reasons - birthday’s,  ( Momma bear - John Lampkin - Adam Raga to name a few)  -  bike sales, have been brisk - and  the Masters Golf started yesterday .

The Team X Trial event goes tonight and I read somewhere that Toni Bou is riding - I really think the Champ is pushing his luck.

The Moto GP Teams are in Argentina this weekend - can Dovi pull off another win?

Chatted to Sam yesterday about the upcoming season - he has his Rodeo gig happening next weekend in Armstrong. - our conversation also included the June Trial at Malakwa.

The Sedin Twins are retiring and the Cannuck fans gave them a great send off in their last home game - voted as two of the nicest guys in the NHL, they also did a lot for the Vancouver children’s hospital.

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Weather is a bit rainy in the Valley at the moment - but consider how things are in Alberta - I talked to Chris Tronnes yesterday and he said it was going down to -28 in Bentley overnight - crazy stuff happening all over.


We hope to get out for a ride this weekend - but with customers coming from out of Town - not sure if this will happen.

more news later >>>>>>>.

Thursday April 5th 2018

Thursday, April 5th, 2018

It was an early start for the old guy yesterday - out the door at 6 am & headed to Revy to deliver a Beta Factory 4T - Mitch Watts and his family are on a sledding holiday for the week, so we took the opportunity to hook up. - Glad to say the weather and the roads were both good - but could not help notice the ton of snow up on the mountains around Joss.  ( five years since I was up there with Stan)

Later Hugh stopped by to pick up his new Evo 200 - unfortunately he has to fly down to California for the next couple of weeks, so he won’t get to ride it for a bit.


Then it was time to head out for a very nice birthday celebration dinner with Babsy and the family - it was a great evening at the Vernon Lodge - good food  and excellent service .

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Roger Boothroyd sent me this old pic of Stan - not sure if this was the Monty that he hated or not,  I ended up with the 200 that he had quite a lot of success on - then he was on the TY Mono for a lot of years ( he still has one)
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It’s hard to believe that 2018 Scottish is only 3 weeks away - with all the snow that they have had in the Highlands this might be one of those very wet years, ( last year was a rare dry one)  - We haven’t heard if anybody from Canada is entered.


In weather news - our friends down East are getting hammered with cold temperatures and snow - they have a Trial scheduled for Sunday so good luck with that. - It’s the same story in Alberta, with the coldest April on record.


Here is a good article by Jim Snell on Del Orto carbs. - We had a couple of these float issues back in our Gas Gas Dealer days - As always, it’s sometimes the little things that get missed when problem solving.

(this message applies to any brand trials bike with a DellOrto carburetor)

If you have an older Trials machine and you are experiencing a rich condition, hard starting, fouled spark plugs, and/or excess gasoline is coming from the float bowl overflows onto your engine cases, it could be a faulty “float”.

Older Dellorto carburetors use the black floats that are not hollow. when they are bad, the only way to test them is by weighing them with a very precise scale or the “floating test” as shown in one of the attached images.

If you have the newer white plastic floats, they are easy to diagnose as they will be full of gasoline if they are bad. Shown in the two attached images.
The two images of faulty white plastic floats are a perfect example of the damage caused by using Ethanol blended gasoline. (Ethanol fuel can damage the black floats as well)The black floats and the white plastic floats interchange as they are used within the Dellorto carburetor model range for trials applications since the early 1980s. Typical correct float weight for this application is 2.8 grams. Dellorto typically casts or imprints the OEM float weight specification in the side of the float.

JETTING NOTE: It is advisable to NOT change carburetor jets until you have first tested your floats. Bad floats will mimic rich jetting.

Installing jets that are too lean to correct a rich condition that is actually caused by a faulty float can cause engine damage.

Note : You can see the full article with pics on the TRS Rising Sun website.

We just received our latest copy of Trial Mag: UK - Fantastic reading - gets better with every issue.

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