Archive for December, 2019

December 31st 2019 NEW YEARS EVE.

Tuesday, December 31st, 2019

I’m not sure why I posted  this pic of me standing by the Yamaha Factory TYZ Prototype in Scotland, in 1992 -at this particular time. - But it does bring back a lot of memories. .

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As we turn the page on another year - read this >>>

George Carlin’s wife died early in 2008 and George followed her, dying in July 2008. It is ironic George Carlin - comedian of the 70’s and 80’s - could write something so very eloquent and so very appropriate. An observation by George Carlin:
The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.
We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.
We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.
We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.
We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.
These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.
Remember to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.
Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.
Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.
Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.
Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.
Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.
And always remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by those moments that take our breath away.
George Carlin

Happy New Year everybody - no matter what you ride, what club or association you belong to - whether you like Hop & Bop - Regular Trials - Vintage or just plain trail riding fun in the woods.   We wish you all the very best for 2020 .


The weather forecast for our area looks pretty ugly for today, so not sure if I will be able to make my Opti Oil deliveries up the Valley.  - If you are out on the Hiways today and tonight, take great care . Better to arrive a day late - than not at all.

After looking out the window in the predawn light - I see a day of shoveling !!!!  NO deliveries happening.

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Monday December 30th 2019

Monday, December 30th, 2019

We now have our new 2020 Beta Evo 200 demo model and like the new sharp graphics plus some neat updates to the tank top and rear light. - Glad the factory decided to keep this model as it has been our top seller for the past 10 years. - I call it the “Giant Killer”

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This pic shows the new tank top with advance switch & neater cable routing

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( Also shows my untidy shop)

We had old friend Doug Nimmo stop by yesterday - we haven’t seen him for a long time - Doug is looking to grab a new TRS Xtrack E start as he buggered up his right knee this year, and can’t kick over his Beta 4T - ( This will be up for sale soon at a very good price and it’s immaculate - call me if interested as it will sell quickly once we post it) - Doug lives in Alberta, but has a retirement place near the Valley of the Sun where he spends time in the summer.

Update we now have pics of the Beta it’s a 2015 model as said very low mileage and immaculate going for $6200 as a private sale.

We share a lot of memories from competition days, and used to have some good battles in our Okanagan Trials.


Your video link for today >>> More of lap 1 from Petersfield, featuring Steve Saunders, Jordi Tarres, Thierry Michaud, Diego Bosis, Donato Miglio, Eddy Lejeune. Commentary by Murray Walker.

and another >>> Lap 2 from Petersfield, featuring Steve Saunders, Jordi Tarres, Thierry Michaud, Diego Bosis, Donato Miglio, Eddy Lejeune. Commentary by Murray Walker. (more)


Looks like the last couple of days of the year are going to be busy for me, with Opti deliveries - yes we still sell a lot of Snowmobile oil..  Hope the roads are good for driving.


Sunday December 29th 2019

Sunday, December 29th, 2019

This is Sheffield -  Yes Toni Bou won - but the big surprise of the night was the brilliant 4th place by Toby Martin - first time at Sheffield first time on a TRS.  - Even John Lampkin stopped by to chat with the TRS crew.
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It was looking good for TRS half way through.
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Check out this shot of Toby Martyn landing hard !!! All pics courtesy Heath Brindley.
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More snow today - Hum bug!!

Saturday December 28th 2019

Saturday, December 28th, 2019

Here’s a blast from the past >>  Foordy before he came to Canada.

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The big Arena Trial goes tonight at Sheffield with Dougie in Charge - this one in Memory of his Dad Martin. - Things starting to shape up on Friday.

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Here’s a pic of Martin, who would have turned 69 today - He was the very first FIM World Trials Champion, back in 1975 ( Before that it was called the European Trials Championship)
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I had one of these old Bultaco Pursang’s for a while - had visions of racing it in Cross Country, but then I joined Yamaha so my Bulls had to go.

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Check out this nice pic of a young lady with her vintage bike - maybe a James with a 4 speed Villiers engine, ( The one I grew up with) I notice that the rear muffler is outside the rear shock, which was a common mistake back in the day, because if you fell on that side the exhaust pipe bent the rear shock. ( Funny how I know that)
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If we can get more kids involved in the sport it will prosper. This is a nice pic. ( We have one of these little Betas in stock)
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And here is a good video clip especially for Walter - Just shows what can be done by a good rider on a Fantic,  >>>>  post


Had a nice visit with Florian & his wife late yesterday - they had been to see old friend Bruce Baker in Kelowna, who is recovering from a nasty crash on his big bike - sounds like it will be a long haul around two years before he will be back, after wrecking his shoulder.

The good news from Revvy, is that they will host a round of the 2020 Outlaw Series - just need to sort out the date.

Scottish entry list posted no Canadians listed ( as far as I can see)  Dennis Sweeten from the States going again.


Friday December 27th 2019

Friday, December 27th, 2019

So we had a new customer stop by on Boxing day  to pick up some Opti oil - and he told me his Dad once bought a Vincent Black Shadow for $100 in Alberta  WOW! obviously the guy didn’t know what he had, as bikes like this can now sell for big $$$$$$$.

That would look something like this

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Here’s a pic of some good old boys at Ioco on Boxing Day. - Look Mum - no snow !!

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The pic below reminded me of 1989, when I  saw Jordi show off the Prototype of this at the Scottish - unfortunately - it seized up  early in the week with the rad clogged with the thick Scottish mud - Aprilia also debuted their water cooled bikes that year and also struggled  with overheating issues - terrible weather and more than one rider washed down stream causing huge issues for the organizing club as they had to make detours to the routes.
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Check out this video of the Cleveland Trial in the UK - We have the original 2 tape VHS and it’s awesome - old style long distance event with traditional sections

Trials 91: The Cleveland a Bennett Video production Commentary by NB Like us on Facebook:

Although the latest Hop & bop type sections do little for older riders like myself - we do understand why the youngsters enjoy doing these tricks, with the bottom line being - “Do whatever turns you on”

We have a Beta Shipment scheduled to arrive today, although at this time of the year - things often go haywire. - The TRS bike are also due in Vancouver so things could get busy around the Outlaw shop next week.   We also have fresh snow to make things interesting -  Stay tuned.

There are a lot of pics being posted of beautiful  rebuilt Trials bikes in Europe - absolute works of art, but I couldn’t help  notice the front brake steady on this Sherpa T has been drilled with holes. - Of course back in the day, we all did everything we could to save weight on the bikes, but seeing this reminded me of a mistake I made that could have had  a very serious outcome.  - I made a new front brake steady from Magnesium. !!  all very trick- However, while  racing with Bob Sadownick at McLean Creek - I was leading on a steep downhill  and on hitting a cross ditch hard - this brake arm flexed and put the front brake on  - sending me over the bars to land in some rocks. - The other bad thing, was that in those days, we did not wear crash helmets for Trials, and I hit my head on a rock - resulting in concussion but back then we all tended to just shake this off & go again.   ( a lesson learned)
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Perhaps one of the greatest riders to take this weight saving to the limit, was Sammy Miller and his famous Ariel GOV 132.  - Even Sam made a mistake by drilling the front wheel axle to save a few grams - it broke and cost him a win.


December 26th 2019 Boxing Day.

Thursday, December 26th, 2019

A bit late getting to the keyboard today - but it was nice to sleep in for a change. - We have just checked the many pics of Christmas Day activities on FB, and glad to say we had a wonderful time with our Family.  - No snow overnight, which is good for travelers -  Boxing Day, always brings back memories of riding the local Trial back in Wales - this started from the Cross Keys, in Selattyn near Oswestry, and usually had two loops of a short course, with lots of riders taking a break after one, to grab a quick Pint. - Of course things were a lot different back then.

When we lived in Kelowna, we carried on this tradition for a few years, with a fun ride in the snow out at the East Kelowna area, that we used for many years.  -  while a lot depends on the weather, the CPTA in Vancouver can usually host a Boxing Day Trial, so we will likely see some pics posted from this, at Ioco.

Another tradition in Canada is the start of the  World Junior Hockey Tournament, so we will kick back and watch this. - In the meantime, whatever you do - we once again wish you all the very best of Christmas tidings.

Here is a video for you.


December 25th 2019 - Christmas Day

Wednesday, December 25th, 2019

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We wish everybody a Very Merry Christmas  and hope that Santa was good to you  - Hopefully all the wee kiddies got what they hoped for - especially if it was a mini Trials bike. - Santa has another one to choose from this year with the Elves working overtime to prepare these TRS e bikes - plus of course the mini Betas are likely already out in the back yard on the West coast where they have no snow.
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Tuesday December 24th 2019 -Christmas Eve.

Tuesday, December 24th, 2019

I guess this pic  taken from my office window reflects  the Christmas Season - Swan Lake always freezes over and sometimes we see a few bikes & cars out there. Across the other side behind the white hillside, is the North end of Okanagan Lake. I like to head over that way, to ride with Roy at the “Valley of the Sun”
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At this time of the year, most folk take time to reflect on family and friends, it’s a time for joy and giving. - It’s also a time for remembering people who didn’t make it through the year - often  a friend who shared happy times.  - Obviously, as an old man, I have lots of these memories - but I love to look back and think about all the good times we had.

We wish everybody a Very Merry Christmas.
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Forgot to mention - I bought myself a Christmas Present yesterday  “A Snow Shovel”

Monday December 23rd 2019

Monday, December 23rd, 2019

Outlaw will be open until noon today - then closed for the Christmas Holiday - A very Merry Christmas to all our friends and family in the Motorcycle World.

Note - If you are still looking for some last minute stocking stuffers, check our updated misc file. - You can also try giving us a phone call as long as it’s not too late or on Christmas Day !!!!

We had a very nice visit with Josef yesterday, who was in from the Coast to spend Christmas with his Mum who lives in Vernon. - It’s been a long time since we saw him, so we had a lot to catch up on. - Josef just bought himself a new Vertigo Titanium model, and was telling me all about it - he is really enjoying living in Vancouver and getting to ride Ioco at least three times a week.

Here is a pic of some of the CPTA guys, enjoying a ride on a recent Sunny day at Ioco.

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Good news is that we did not get any fresh snow overnight - while a White Christmas looks great on Christmas cards - it does cause a lot of stress for travelers.


Here is your video for today >> Trials 91: The Alan Jefferies a Bennett Video production Commentary by NB Like us on Facebook:


More news as it happens >>

Sunday December 22nd 2019

Sunday, December 22nd, 2019

We thought our readers might like to read this letter from one of our Opti customers - Outlaw have distributed this fine line of Lubricants since 1987.
Note:  Toby Creek have been buying Opti Injection oil in 45 gal drums from us for at least 20 years.
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Also, as most people know,  Opti Oil goes out in all our bikes and yes we mix at 100-1 - but this product, like any other mix oil needs to be mixed CORRECTLY. - - Simply put the Opti oil is the best, and dates back to 1920 in Germany.  - Is now sold under license by Interlube International USA.

If you have any questions regarding any of the Opti Products - give us a call.
Note: It can be purchased at Mountain Motorcycle in Coquitlam  BC or Cascade Motorsports in Mission BC, - Turple Bros in Red Deer  AB,- Sherwood Park Motorcycle  AB, and Blackfoot Motorcycle  in Calgary AB. - as well as at many Lawn & Garden stores.

This is the reason I love gas powered motorcycles - History and Nostalgia. - Check the plaque.
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A great shot of the cover of Motorcycle Magazine, showing Don Smith on the Factory Greeves - As usual, he has a cigarette in his mouth - always a trademark of the British rider - he went on to develop the Kawasaki Trials bike.
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Interesting to see that Vertigo have introduced a 200 Trials model - the  Beta 200 has been a top seller for us since 2009, but the model was produced in the Techno range before that, by special request of Beta UK Importer John Lampkin -Dougie must have got wind of how many of these his Uncle John was selling, and got Vertigo to make one.  ( We will have our 2020 Beta Evo 200 arriving next week)


We see some pretty crazy sections put in at World Trials events these days  - but this also happened back a few years, especially if the weather suddenly changed - This is Jordi on the Beta Submarine.
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Still on the crazy edge - check this out >>  Compilation 2019 de chutes en moto trial


Birthday Greetings go out today, to our long time friend and business associate Bob Clark - We hope he manages to celebrate by getting out for a ride at Ioco.