Archive for May, 2021

Sunday May 9th 2021 “Mother’s Day”

Sunday, May 9th, 2021

Today is “Mother’s Day” - and for young people who still have their  Mother - spend the day with her - cherish the memory, because she won’t be around for ever.

And for the rest of us old codgers - Well! maybe we will just keep out of the way and let Momma enjoy the day with the kids.

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A lot of memorabilia has been posted this past week about the Scottish Six Days - Without doubt “THE” greatest Motorcycle Trial in the World. - For many it has been all about nostalgia from previous years of wonderful competition, and spending the week, riding with buddies. Obviously the cancellation for two years in a row, has been devastating - especially for riders who may never get another chance to enter. - I think the comment by this Welsh Team speaks volumes for life in general ” If you think you would like to do it - “Don’t wait” - because tomorrow might never happen.

Woody Hole posted his bit of memorabilia - with a not so good reminder of a dumb thing he did on Day Five a few years ago - As the Corran Ferry Docked - Woody didn’t wait for the crew to let the ramp go completely down, and instead jumped off the end - unfortunately landing in a heap and breaking his ankle, putting him out of the Trial with only one day to go. - I’m sure he regrets that.
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Here is Woody on the 92  Screenart Beta.

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I can’t remember the name of this section, but I have a couple of great pics taken here in 1989 - one of Nigel Burgat on the JCM and Steve Saunders taking a dab on the Fantic.  - Not sure who this rider is or who took the pic, but it shows the wonderful backdrop of the Loch  that is all part of the Scottish.
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2019 Scottish Six Days Trial… That was Fun, Part Two…

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I don’t know who this rider is - but love the pic of the 1965 Bultaco Sherpa T - designed with a large input by Sammy Miller, the bike looked “Right” and went on to change the  World of Trials. - Check out the Radial  fins on the cylinder head. - A Calgary rider had one of them - Al Lindquist was his name, and I used to phone him to come out and ride our events in the early 1970’s.
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Cancelled !!
https://www.enduro-austria.at/das-red-bull-erzbergrodeo…

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Here’s a great shot of Steve Baker with the Yamaha dressed out in Canadian colors. ( Taken in Italy)
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Saturday May 8th 2021

Saturday, May 8th, 2021

Today would normally be the final day of the Scottish - so here is a nice shot of Gordon Jackson  on his AJS - the man who won the event in 1961 with just one “Dab” all week. - Dougie Lampkin is the only other rider to do this, but on a Lightweight modern bike, compared to the heavy old 4 strokes from back in the day, and yes a lot of the sections remain unchanged.

The Scottish Six Days committee ( John Moffat) have held a virtual radio broadcast each day this past week, with interviews that included many of past winners of the event - ( including Gordon Jackson) - Don’t know who took this pic but might have been Peter Howdle of “Motorcycling” the same photographer who captured that famous “One Dab” by Jackson on Grey Mare’s Ridge in 1961. - The Observer who marked down that famous dab - was David Johnson who later emigrated to Canada and had a Montesa dealership in Calgary.
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A nice display of Beta Evos outside the shop a few years ago - not something we have been able to do for the past couple of years due to the covid situation.
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Arthur Lampkin  - back in the hey day of British Scrambling - Arthur - the eldest of the famous Yorkshire family, is mostly remembered for his achievements  on the track, but he also competed in all off road events, including the Scottish.
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How many fans knew that the late great Jim Pomeroy rode for Beta in his final MX years ?  Here is a rare pic.
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Contact for the mag >>>
https://www.on-the-pegs.com

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Back in the day, a few of us Trials riders entered Cross Country races, and did quite well, because the events were usually very technical and demanding. - Then things changed and the races became faster and more like Hare Scrambles, so the short suspension travel Trials bikes didn’t “Cut it” - Fast forward to today, and we see Enduro bikes being used in events that feature difficult Trials type terrain !! Plus the latest gem - trying to do Trials tricks on big displacement Dual Purpose bikes!! - Pol Tarres started this trend, which in my opinion is asking for trouble, as seen by the fact that Toni Bou was in hospital after a crash trying one of these stunts.

Many years ago a buddy of ours by the name of Bucky Johnson made a comment when we were out West of Calgary in mid winter snow, on our Cross Country bikes - lots of getting stuck and pushing - Bucky said “I think we brought the wrong machines out today - we should be on Snowmobiles”

In other words the bikes today are very specialized and therefore should be used in the events they are designed for - at least that’s the way I see it. ( You don’t bring a knife to a gun fight)
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39 years ago Formula One and Canada lost one of it’s hero’s,  Gilles Villeneuve. - He was young , fast and very popular with Enzo Ferrari. - I was lucky enough to see him race a Skidoo once, back in the day.
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Friday May 7th 2021

Friday, May 7th, 2021

Back in the day, Alberta Cross Country races always had a lot of water crossings, some very deep !! - and this caused a lot of DNF’s - Here is a pic of Walter Cukavac heading into one of them - Walter was on our Yamaha Canada Team and was always in the top finishers. -Before that he rode CZ’s and Hercules - He now has quite a collection of Vintage bikes both MX and Trials, plus a fairly new Beta Evo 300 4T, and a Fantic 240, Sherpa T etc etc.

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Great story this >>
everythingmotoracing.com MotoGP Feature: Jack Miller’s incredible story to factory MotoGP victory - Everything Moto Racing Jack Miller is the definition of starting from the bottom and working his way to the top.

and another great old video of early ISDT action in Wales.
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And here is a Fantic Story >>

FANTIC 300 the story of failure 🥺
Early 80, Italy with innovative SWM, Beta, Fantic factories land with light and pretty trials but what will ring the bell of the mythical Bultaco, Montesa and Ossa.
Fantic develops an amazing little trial 200 with the help of Pilot Jaime Subira. Then in 1982 the Fantic will hit a big shot with the famous Fantic 240 Professional very agile model with an amazing engine of only 212 cc but also its kick start from the front and sturdy hard chrome cylinder. 🤪
Gilles Burgat the 1981 World Champion is signed by Fantic then Thierry Michaud and this 240 becomes a commercial success with nearly 60 % market share! 🤩
In 1984 everyone is waiting for the new Fantic with a real 250 cc engine that will be the Fantic 300 but will be a commercial failure with a motorcycle that is too imposing and physically. 🥺
Yamaha just pulled out an incredible TY Mono-shock absorber Trial and an easy ride.
Fortunately for Fantic Thierry Michaud will stay at Fantic and soon get a Mono-shocker proto that will become 301 and bail out Fantic.
Thierry Michaud wins 3 titles 🏆🏆🏆 on Fantic in 1985, 1986 and 1988
Jean-Aignan Museau photo 📷 in 1984, Thierry Michaud on Fantic 300 forced to cut the tank puddles at the level of the fork tubes to improve the steering radius!
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Here we have  a beautiful example of the 1996 Beta Techno owned by Lawrence Hacking. - This was the first year that I rode a Beta for any length of time, as they finally fitted a kickstart lever that made sense and didn’t take a slice out of your leg if your boot slipped off the end.   We sold a lot of these and also the 97 model which was identical except for the decals. Prior to that we usually promoted the new Gassers.
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Well it looks like some dealers are getting new bikes at least - this one is in France.
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Good to hear that Tim Coleman  is now out of Hospital in OZ after about 60 days !! scary situation for Tim who collapsed from heat exhaustion in a Cross Country race.
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The Scottish Six Days Trial is the most prestigious, historic and traditional event in the sport of Trials. Looking back on my Trials career, that 1982 SSDT victory was my single greatest achievement. In 100 years from now, the SSDT will remain Trials crown jewel and greatest event ever. I’m looking forward to 2022 marking my 40th anniversary. Photography by Eric Kitchen and Mauri/Fontsere
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I had Opti Oil to deliver to some customers in Kelowna on Thursday, so I picked up Al Harding and we went for a great ride over on the Westside. - I got quite the work out, as the enduro bikes have chewed up the rocky climbs, making them way more difficult than I remember, however the Goldie had no trouble at all - many spots would make good junior/ inter sections. - I was glad that I took the TRS with the estart, as I needed to make a lot of stops especially on the way back to the truck to catch my breath, and the magic button saved what little energy I had left.
Meet Al the Wulfman.
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Thursday May 6th 2021

Thursday, May 6th, 2021

Today we are dedicating most of the blog to the great Sammy Miller. - Even at age 87, Sammy is still working at the shop every day restoring more old vintage bikes to his collection. -  In the video he talks about the dozens - maybe hundreds of Trophies he has in his collection. - But I also see that he has one that I also have. - The Japanese Samuri Helmet - which was given to me on one of my trips to the Yamaha Factory in Japan.

Long before Outlaw Trialsport - we were importing Trials Accessories from Sammy - he was the first to offer a Trials Catalogue with lots of “Trick” parts. - I regret never visiting his museum, but can say that I rode in one UK National Trial which he won called the Lomax Cup.  ( Still held each year) - I never did meet him, but spoke on the phone one time when ordering some stuff.

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Many people have requested a video of Sam giving a walkaround tour of his trophy room, here at the museum.
Well, with the cabinets currently being renovated, we took the opportunity to prise Mr Miller away from his workshop bench for a few minutes to do just that!
Sammy’s remarkable career is especially unique - from 1952-2006, he chalked up 𝗺𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝟭𝟰𝟬𝟬 𝘄𝗶𝗻𝘀 at all levels in a multitude of motorcycle disciplines, including but not limited to:
🏆 Road racing
🏆 Trials
🏆 Enduro
🏆 Motocross
🏆 Grass track
🏆 Sand racing
… all whilst developing and maintaining his own machines.
We hope you enjoy this video where Sam recounts but a handful of the stories and memories associated with some of his famous victories on 2 wheels.
This video was filmed over a couple of days, hence the shifting backgrounds.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming you all back to the museum when it is deemed safe to do so! In the meantime, we have some more videos in the pipeline to keep you in the loop with the workshop projects.
𝗕𝗲 𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗟𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗳𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗙𝗮𝗰𝗲𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗽𝗮𝗴𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝘆 𝘂𝗽 𝘁𝗼 𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝘃𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗼𝘀! 👍
𝘔𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘶𝘮 𝘖𝘯𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘚𝘩𝘰𝘱: https://sammymiller.co.uk/online-shop.php
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I think it’s fair to say that when Yamaha introduced the TY 250 in 1974, followed by the TY 175 - they pretty much took over the market. -  Now all these years later, there are still a ton of the twin shock versions  being ridden in so called Vintage or Classic Trials. - Especially down the States. - Take a look at this group at a recent event.  We still have a nice TY 175 tucked away in a corner of the shop - in very original condition. - It hasn’t been started for about a year, but usually gets a few comments from our visitors.
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A blast from the past, showing buddy Kevin Smith setting up his new Beta Evo a few years ago - Kev still lived in Calgary at that time  and drove out to pick it up. - He has since moved to Vancouver and after a few years on TRS, is now back on a Factory Beta for 2021.
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So Toni Bou has had surgery for a leg injury? - No details but maybe his crazy stuff on the big Africa Twin caught him  out?
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While chatting to Al Harding from Williams Lake last Sunday, we got to talk about Mike King and his great collection of bikes at Tatla Lake. - This is a pic Mike just posted of one of his latest “Finds” a very nice BSA Scrambler.
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Wednesday May 5th 2021

Wednesday, May 5th, 2021

Well my trip to the dentist went fairly smoothly - if you can call getting a tooth yanked out smooth!!
At least it was good to see the price went down again ! - I think my guy now has quite a lot of competition in Vernon.
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Birthday greetings to our old friend Bob Work, who turns 82 today - I spent a lot of good times with Bo while we were at Yamaha Canada.
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This  was up on FB and thought it deserved a re-post here>

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The luck of reigning champ Vesterinen also started to change too. At the American round in Colorado, Schreiber took an emphatic win from Rob Shepherd and Martin Lampkin, and was now beginning to look like a serious title challenger. Although French man Charles Coutard won the Italian round in July, it was Bernie Schreiber who finished runner up, a position that elevated him straight into the lead of the championship table. It might well have been Karlson who was favourite to win in Sweden, but instead it was Schreiber who took the victor’s spoils, consolidating his slender lead in the title chase.
The Finnish round certainly upset the apple cart with Spaniard Manuel Soler taking the win and Schreiber finishing a lowly seventh! Nevertheless, the American still led Vesty in the championship by three points going into the final round in Czecho, so it was all to play for! Schreiber made no mistake and took an emphatic victory with Karlson finishing runner up and Lampkin third. He’d done it! The first and only American to win the Trials World Championship……Bernie Schreiber!
Check out these radio clips >>>
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Not sure who the rider on the TRS is - but he is being observed by Adam Raga.
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In keeping with our policy of posting pics of bikes that just “Look right” - here is a 1973 Cheney cantilever  framed Triumph cub “Scrambler”
Pure Nostalgia: Cheney / Triumph Tiger Cub
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Interesting article on the FIM-CMA-MCC - Check it out >>>
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Tons of riders from all over the World are thinking and remembering the good and bad times at the Scottish Six Days - cancelled again this year. - Pic shows James Dabill on what looks like the sections at Craig Lunde - Stan will likely set me right on this, although I do remember spectating there in 1992.
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And this wonderful photo taken by Grant Adamson, showing the fantastic scenery of Scotland. No mention of who the Beta rider is, but it must have been a nice day as we don’t see any umbrellas!!
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Tuesday May 4th 2021

Tuesday, May 4th, 2021

Today I go to the dentist !! never a good thing - and no doubt will get the usual lecture on why I should spend about $20g on new teeth ( Not happening)

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Saw this nice badge from Wales.
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Sammy always had a rather strange style when riding the Ariel - weight very far forward, so the big “Plonker” obviously got a lot of traction.
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No guessing as to where this pic was taken and which Country !!
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Lots of people posting comments on how much they are missing the Scottish and all that nice fresh Mountain Dew!!

This is a pic of Scots rider Gary Mac on a very rainy day. Not sure who took the pic.
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Canadian lad does good - again!!! Well done Trystan.
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A pic from the 2015 Scottish when the creeks were high !! Riders play it safe.
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Monday May 3rd 2021

Monday, May 3rd, 2021

We hope everybody had a good weekend - the weather was really nice yesterday and the sun hot enough to leave some traces of sunburn.

Alec Harding was in the Valley so we took him out for a ride - Social distancing  of course - Al bought one of our first TRS models, a nice 250. Plus he likes his Wulf riding gear.

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A shot of Mick Andrews from the 1973 Hurst Cup in Ireland - this was the first time for the Helmet rule to come into effect, so Mick chose one from the Horse Jumping stable. - The report says the event was very muddy with lots of marks lost.
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I see that Australian Jack Miller won the Moto GP race in Spain for Ducati, when the leading Yamaha ran into  problems with just 5 laps to go.

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I got home yesterday afternoon just in time to see a young Mexican driver win his first Indy Car race - must say the new design has these cars looking more like fighter jets on wheels.

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Somebody just posted this old copy from the 1975 ISDT in the Isle of Man - I think Turk might have been on the Canadian Team that year - that was the year we hosted the first ever Canadian World Trial at Bragg Creek.

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Here is a pic of Stan taken by Dave Butler in Scotland - Although Stan was entered to ride last year and then again this year - because of Covid - those “Canny” Scotchmen still have his money!!!
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video for today >>

Jitsie | Vlog SSDT 2019 - episode 6 featuring Dougie Lampkin, Benoit Dagnicourt and Jan Peters Jitsie Jitsie • 13K views 1 year ago

More news as it happens >>>

Sunday May 2nd 2021

Sunday, May 2nd, 2021

Dennis Sweeten of Portland and a good buddy of Stan Bakgaard- at the 2017 Pre 65 Scottish -  Notice how he is using the bank to get around this corner.
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This is a page from the Trial Mag: article on John Lampkin - The Beta TR34 was one of those “Break-through” models that changed how things were done in the sport when Jordi arrived on the “Scene”
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In normal times - this would have been the scene in Scotland - Maybe next year ??
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Trials events are a “Thinking Man’s (or ladies) Sport” - Top riders will always take a “Planned dab” in a a difficult section where they might otherwise struggle for a “Three or Five” - Here is Christian Desnoyers doing just that on his SWM.
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Weather is a bit more like April with showers this past few days - but of course better than the late season snow that they have had in Alberta and other places.

We will have a visit today with one of our TRS customers from Williams Lake, who is in the Valley - like most people we have not seen any of our regular Trials group for many months, However staying safe is the only logical thing to do in these strange times.

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Saturday May 1st 2021

Saturday, May 1st, 2021

Brilliant pic of Welsh lad Iwan Roberts in the Scottish - ( or the Scott) Iwan was a World Champ in T2 plus  always well up in British Trials, but his career has been plagued by illness.
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Anybody in need of a replacement rear fender bag for an IT or XR ?  We have our handmade units in stock, for only $29.95. Almost Free!! Plus of course we have stock of our famous Outlaw Toolbelts - used by riders Worldwide. STILL only $69,95.
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interesting old article

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Check this Radio broadcast  >
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and another video>

youtube.com Trials 1970: First Morning, Six Days Trial motorcycle event - Six Days In Scotland The full 1970 film follows the Six Days Trial motorcycle event that takes place across the Highlands of Scotland. A Castrol Film.The trial starts in Edinburg…

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The Man himself - Sammy Miller.May be an image of 1 person and motorcycle

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This is a million to one shot of a lifetime - the primary chain breaking on the Manx Norton ridden by 1952 Senior TT winner Reg Armstrong, just as he crosses the finish line. - (Not sure who took it)
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Check out this great  pic from the MX de Nations in Sweden - UK rider Vic Eastwood (RIP)  heads the pack which includes all the top names-  Sweden won overall on the day .

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Brilliant pic ( not sure who took it) showing John Giles (Triumph) watched by Eric Adcock and Ralph Venables - Adcock  (RIP) used to win most of our local Trials back in the day.
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