Saturday December 5th 2020

December 5th, 2020

Editorial.

There is no doubt that the year 2020, will be remembered for the Pandemic - but also bringing changes to how all Motorcycle Sport is run.

At this point in time, we have no clue as to the future of Trials Competition in Canada, but we are sure that there will be some significant changes coming.

From my perspective I see the future of our sport to be very limited, unless things  change - the simple fact is that promoting Trials events as stunt shows, will do nothing to either sell bikes or encourage new riders.

While younger riders will always argue against advice from the older generation - statistics do not lie, so I urge any detractors   to scroll back and look at the entry lists from the World Trials scene, which we posted a few days ago.

In the 1970’s the Japanese were mislead into thinking that Trials, would be the next big surge in motorcycle sport, but of course they not only ended up with egg on their face, but also warehouses full of unsold trials bikes. -

The idea of simply putting a row of Trials bikes on a dealers showroom floor that would be gobbled up by all these “New” customers - simply did not happen then, and it certainly won’t happen in this day and age. ( and remember back then Trials bikes had seats!!)

- There are a number of reasons for this, because the sport of Trials has become so “Specialized” - the average sales guy at a regular dealership, hasn’t a clue about either the bikes or the sport. - Trials bikes that start off in the front row of the showroom are usually soon regulated to a back corner.
Obviously. marketing any product, requires both knowledge and research, and unfortunately a lot of the people who build the machines and the World body that promote the sport, have made some rather  big mistakes.
It is my opinion that while things need to change - with careful planning and input from long time Industry Specialists - the  Trials scene just might improve - The bottom line is that -We need to learn from the past - looking back to the 70’s the Japanese listened to the wrong people .

The increase in Enduro bike sales began when a lot of top Trials riders found the new Hop & Bop sections in World Trials did not suit them, and switched to something they understood - riding a long loop on difficult terrain - Bingo!!! - we have hard Enduro.
Note: We do of course recognize and appreciate the tremendous skills shown by the World Trials Stars, like Toni Bou - Adam Raga etc. - But this is now like a different sport.
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As most of our readers know , we have always been an advocate for  old English style, long loop Trials - using natural terrain. - It was therefore interesting to see a post by Steve Bamford, who runs Trials Tours in Southern Spain. ( See poster) - Now as you can imagine, his business has been hit hard by the Pandemic, but he is taking this time to plot new loops and sections in the hills around his beautiful location. - He stress’s that he caters to all levels, but the sections are all natural, with none of this man made stuff.  - I think Taff might know Steve as he is originally from Wales.

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Steve Foord is back on a new Beta Trials bike - looking fit after his huge accident a couple of years ago. - Steve is another guy ( just like Sam) who contacted us years ago saying he was coming to Canada and wondered if we could help him - this we did with Shercos for a couple of years and then arranged for him to get a Beta Enduro bike from Mountain MC - Steve won  the WTC Canadian Trials Championship back in 2009 and went on to have a brilliant career in the Enduro events - Glad to see that he is back riding.

UPDATE : Just heard back from Steve and he is back in an aircast for 6 weeks - not sure what happened - he also mentioned that his Dad  is not doing good and is in a home suffering with ALS. - Our best wishes go out to Ray and anyone else suffering with this terrible disease.
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And this was when he decided the Sherco was not for him ( ha ha) The National at Summerland - I have a sequence of this, but to his credit he held onto the bike. ( This was a tough section)
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Magical Mick riding in the Scott Trial - think this might have been his last time at this famous event ( I don’t think Mick ever won it- but might be wrong) -

I remember taking him to a section similar to this near Bragg Creek back in 1974-75? - it was huge and difficult for us local Experts, but Mick went up it, like it was a main road.
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In my opinion we need more sections like this in our Trials - yes old style , but not dangerous
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video for today >>

youtube.com The Beta Tape - Jordi Tarres 1987.avi Jordi Tarres is a seven times World Trials Champion, with his first World Championship recorded 25 years ago on the 6th September 1987 four days before his 2…

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Friday December 4th 2020

December 4th, 2020
Here is an interesting observation posted by Bernie Schreiber >>>

Depending on the country you could draw anywhere from 80 to 130 riders at a world round. Spectators were between 20K to 40K per event in the 1970/80’s. What amazes me today is how a Classic 2 day Trial like Costa Brava can draw 500 riders and the SSDT is sold out.
Give people what they want and they’ll come and ride.
All Trials bike sales combined in the late 1970’s hit nearly 40,000 units worldwide. The motorcycle industry is not growing, but we don’t need to look for new customers. We have plenty to introduce and convert to Trials.
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This is a recent shot of young riders being schooled in Italy.
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Trouble is, the average person thinks Trials riding is getting over something like this!!!  - Babsy pointing to section #1 in White Rock  BC !!
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I just saw this old brochure and remembered the time I borrowed one of these from Walt to race in a Cross Country - South of Lethbridge - think it was called the Warner 100, - at one point the course dropped down onto a dried up lake bed, so  it was flat out & wide open - in the distance I saw a group all stopped so slowed down, only to find that it wasn’t a checkpoint - they were all seized up!!!
No such problem with the chrome bored Yam and I finished in good time - unfortunately my co- rider ( It was a team race) Ron Powers on a Zundapp failed to finish - but I think we still got 3rd after the smoke cleared.
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Thinking about buying a Trials bike? - Well ! you could do yourself a lot of good by giving us a call at Outlaw Trialsport - we run a small but efficient shop with a full stock of parts and accessories - in fact we ship all across Canada.
We have been involved with the sport for many decades, both as a competitor . organizer and dealer. - In fact there is nothing we like better than chatting about the sport, and getting our customers into the right bike.
Over the years, we have sold Yamaha, Gas Gas and Sherco -  but we now carry only what we think are the two best bikes on the Trials scene, both with the very best backing for parts and service.
- We started selling Beta in 1993  and the Italian bike is hard to fault. - Then  In 2016 we added TRS to the family, having been duly impressed by the Jordi Tarres design when they entered the market.
While we have been approached by other brands, we feel we offer the best all round range of models to suit every ability, from junior to top expert.
- We now also have an electric start model with the TRS  plus the new Xtrack - which fills the gap for riders wanting a trials bike with a seat and larger gas tank - and the ladies love the estart now available on ALL the TRS models.
We sometimes  get asked about Electric Trials bikes - a few of which are now showing up in small numbers, and yes we have been approached to carry these as well, but the simple answer, is we have no interest in full sized expensive Electric bikes- with a limited range.
( We can supply the small Beta kids Electric models  and TRS are also building some of these - However these would only be on a special order basis)  -
Yes we are old school and love the sound of Motorcycle engines ( except maybe the Harley’s that roar down the Hiway below our place in the Summer - what a racket)
Of course , we are living in strange times and need to have customers phone ahead and also wear a mask - but We are already taking orders for the 2021 models. -( There may be a few 2020 bikes still left in the warehouse at a big saving)
So if you want the very best deal and back up service.  Why not call Outlaw Dave at (250) 545-6139,  and don’t forget  the daily blog for all the latest news. ( End of Commercial!!!)
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We love our Wulf gear and TRS with electric start .( Perfect for old guys with bad knees)  - We just had an email from an old friend and Ex ISDE rider - Turk Perepulkin - who says he now has over  80 hours on his TRS Xtrack and it’s the best bike he has ever had - he also says he would never have another bike without the estart.
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pic by Emily Roberts Motorcycle Mojo Magazine
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Thursday December 3rd 2020

December 3rd, 2020

This is a great shot of Debbie Evans - riding a very steep camber - when we were setting up Trials, we liked to put cambers & tight uphill turns in our sections - it was amazing the number of points these took from “Experts” who were only practicing big steps!!!
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And another great shot - this one of Malcolm Rathmell - now the UK Sherco Importer  - I first met “Rastus” in 1972 at the Scottish - he was having a pint with his buddy Mart Lampkin and they very kindly asked me to join them.

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youtube.com Enduro 1975 Trial-VM, Linköping 30 aug 1975. www.tibromk-enduro.nu Trial-VM, Linköping 30 aug 1975. En film av Mikael Sandberg. www.tibromk-enduro.nu

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youtube.com Trials Guru - Rob Edwards Story - Motorcycle Trials The Rob Edwards Story - on Trials Guru website - www.trialsguru.com - Image Credits: Eric Kitchen, Barry Robinson, Mike Rapley, Iain Lawrie, Jimmy Young, Rai…

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While Sammy Miller is obviously elated to announce that his Museum is reopening this week - and pulls a wheelie out front -  I don’t think this was very smart at age 87 and not wearing a helmet -  I know that we have all likely done this at some time - but as we age, our reflexes also get slow and even a low speed crash can be a disaster. - So I will say what somebody said to me a while back ” Act your age - you silly old sod”

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This was the bike that got me all excited back in 1953, when an old school buddy stopped by our house one night with a brand new one. - I was hooked and started saving my money right away to buy my first bike a year later. - It was a 197 James “Captain”
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Wednesday December 2nd 2020

December 2nd, 2020

Ho ! Ho ! Ho !
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Yes December means Christmas shopping - and we have lots of Trials stuff in stock - all quality items and great pricing. - Don’t leave it until last minute!!!

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A short time ago, we posted the “specs” on rider entries at World Trials, showing the almost complete demise of the sport we love. - There are a number of thoughts on this - many of my own, have been posted on this blog in previous dialogue. - But a  friend recently put this idea forward. -

Perhaps the reason that so many people bought Trials bikes in the past, was so they could have a great long ride in the Countryside - sometimes these long distance events were tough, and some grew to have quite a reputation - but most of the older riders will agree, that they were great and a lot of fun. - The average rider entry was around a 100 in the UK - slightly less over here in the Colonies.

Then things changed - The Europeans invented the Trick riding style, and entries began to shrink as events became more like a circus. - So what became of all these Trials riders ?  Well my colleague thinks that many decided to switch to hard enduro, because this related more to what they liked to do - get out & tackle the terrain. - Obviously, many of the Top Trials riders took this up, which in turn, boosted sales of the Enduro bikes  World wide.  ( plus the best riders could win and make some money with Factory contracts)

So what is the answer ?  Well maybe we just have to consider hosting some long distance rides & family weekends - just a social camp out with a group leader taking out people of various abilities - no stress or pressure - just get out on your bike  - it was also mentioned that perhaps the best bike for newbies to get involved with this, might be the new TRS Xtrack with the estart. ( this makes a lot of sense to me)

Below is a shot of me on the Xtrack - taken by Emily Roberts of Motorcycle Mojo Magazine fame.
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Here is a nice old Beta.

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If you have not yet subscribed to Trial Mag UK - Do  it !! who knows how long a venture like this can last in this day and age? ( coming from the printing industry I have a bit of an insight)

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The 1950’s were exciting times in Motorcycling - the war was over and people wanted to get back to normal and having fun. - For motorcycle enthusiasts, this might have been the best time ever - the Road race bikes all had “Dust bin” fairings ( later banned) and the whole Motorcycle scene was alive. _ I just saw this old pic posted - and from memory I would say that on the outside we see Carlo Ubbialli next to his arch rival Tarquinio Provini. _ ( yes I saw them all race)

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And here is a typical section in the Scott Time & Observation Trial - the rider is getting some advice on what line to take before he tackles the next sub section.

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Tuesday December 1st 2020

December 1st, 2020

OK this is the second time posting this as I’ve no idea why it all got spaced out first time.

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Yes the 2021 TT is cancelled due to the Pandemic.

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Below is the book that I read at the weekend - brilliant account of the Battle of Britain.

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And this is a shot I took of Steve Colley in 1992 at the Scottish - he won that year.  It was one of the “Wettest” weeks on record. The section is Craig Lundie.
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The Beta TR 34 was the first Beta Imported by John Lampkin, and the bike that Jordi took to his big first win of the Scottish Six Day Trial - and his first World Championship - no wonder they sold like “Hot Cakes”

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Monday November 29th 2020

November 30th, 2020

One word - Fabulous !!! - Not Trials I know - but Motorcycle sport in my day covered everything.

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I like this pic of Dougie in Scotland on the Beta - I first met  Doug’s Dad - Martin, in 1972 at the SSDT and then later of course when all the “Lads” came over to ride our perhaps infamous   1975 World Round near Bragg Creek, when my sections proved to be a real challenge for even the best in the World. -

- It wasn’t until 2004 that I met Dougie as a young lad competing in the World Round at Donner,  -Mart and Dougie were sleeping in a tent -  just in front of my Outlaw Van - I was sleeping in my bunk, while Barry was in the back of the long wheelbase van  -( it had a dividing wall)

Already the top riders (Like Jordi) knew he was going to be very good. - It was after this that we supplied Mart & Dougie with Outlaw toolbelts & bakpaks as at that time sponsors were not  knocking on their door, and they were still hooked up with Betas from UK Importer & cousin John Lampkin -

I still have the nice letters that Mart wrote to me from back in the day, and remember the last time I met him at Hawkstone Park in 2005 - he asked me if I needed a bike to get around on!!  -  What a great guy he was and such a loss to the sport.
Mart said he would have preferred Dougie to take up Golf as there was more money in it -  but  he certainly proved to be a smart businessman  as well as a Father, guiding Dougie to a big dollar contract with Honda.
Although Dougie has gone on to be a very good businessman in his own own right, I still like to think that “One Day” we might see him on a Beta again.
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And another Scottish pic - this one by Iain Lawrie of The Japanese Test rider “Harry” Kimura, on the Prototype TYZ - complete with our Outlaw cross bar pad that Mick Andrews put on it !!  -Walt was with me at that SSDT and through his shop we ordered 5 of the new TYZ models.-  I was disappointed when they did not make the changes suggested by Mick, on the production bike,  and sold the one I was riding  when Don Clark phoned me up and asked me to be a Gas Gas -Beta Dealer.  ( And as they say the rest is History)

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My eldest Brother just  sent me this pic from the late 50’s  when he also rode trials - the bike is a 197cc Norman. ( Not a popular brand but worked OK - at that time there were so many British manufacturers)

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Sunday was another “Stay at Home” day - caught up on a few chores - then started reading a book called “Spitfire Ace”  - That somebody left outside my door - it’s a brilliant account of events that led up to the Battle of Britain , from all different angles - including stories from the pilots who flew both the Hurricane and the Spitfire -

Below is a pic of the ATA - The ladies who ferried all the new aircraft from the factories to  the RAF airfields across the Country.  It’s reported that 166 of these brave lassies were killed over the course of the war. ( Later of course many were flown to the UK from Canada)
Air Transport Auxiliary Girls 1942

I could not help thinking how these two fine aircraft  would be related to the Trials World.

I think the TRS would be the Spitfire - light  zippy and maneuverable - while the Beta would be more like the Hurricane - heavier & slower, but able to take a lot of punishment.

- And like the pilots who had learned to fly in old Bi-planes - and flew other “slugs”  -before jumping into the New Supermarine “Spitfire” - riding an old twin-shock  does  give the same impression. to me.  ( Which might come as a surprise considering my age)
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Latest rumor from the Enduro World is that Jonny Walker might be on a Beta for 2021

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To explain this pic from one of the Stony Plain Outlaw Trials - Don Doerksen has just “Caught” the Flying 240 Fantic after Taff jumped off - This is one of my old ones,( I had two)  - & would loan this one to Taff while I rode the other one in the vintage class. ( now owned by Walter Cukavac) -

This bike has an interesting history, having been bought for Steve Day by his Dad when they were running the Alberta Trials scene. - Later a guy from Vancouver Island had it and then I bought it from Don Doerksen. -  I sold it to buddy Roy from across the Lake - who said he blew the motor ?   - but then  he gave it to Steve Richardson from Gambier Island. -( I must try to remember to ask Roy about this)

I noticed a post by Mark ONeil  saying that he thinks he now has this bike.  - What made this bike interesting, was that it had provision for a bolt on accessory Power Valve. ( Although I never did anything with that) - It’s easily recognized as the top steering head has been welded, and if you remove the tank you find that the top of the frame has been tweeked.
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Sunday November 29th 2020

November 29th, 2020

It was this time last year, when Chuck from Salmon Arm picked up his Beta Evo 4T - and it was nice to see him out at the Ross Trials event last month - He says he loves the bike and had a lot of fun.

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A rare pic of me wearing sunglasses, no doubt because of the sun glare on the snow - having artificial lens’  in my eyes  sometimes makes it difficult in these conditions, especially if the sun is low on the horizon.  This was at Bear Creek some years ago.

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I have no idea who this is, or who took the pic - but what great style on the old AJS.

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ah yes -used to be lots of mud in the Trials I rode in the 1950’s

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I love to see some of these old B&W Photographs ( Yes Photographs NOT pics) - likely taken with a glass plate camera, when it took a lot of skill and training to get good results.

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video for today  >>

youtube.com ONE DAY TRIAL Classic trial in japan 2020 クラシカルな旧車でスタイリッシュにトライアルを楽しむそんなイベントです。 選手権のように殺気立った雰囲気はなくみんなで楽しむ!そんなイベントが日本にもあります。 ステッカーの販売始めました! https://moritv.bas…

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A time when Formula One had some credit - Sorry but I am not a fan of the Lewis Hamilton BS, and have stopped watching this on TV.
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Saturday November 28th 2020

November 28th, 2020

So what is the first thing you notice about this old Trials pic?  The riders?  No all the bikes lying on their sides on the bank, because the side-stands  have been taken off!!! - This was quite common in the old days - not because they bent - but because it saved a few grams of weight!!! Oh yes ! everybody was super keen back then.

And how about this one ? John Whitby took this one of me back in 1973 on a VERY steep section - I was on the brilliant 325 Sherpa T - so likely pulling 3rd gear. - Not sure if it was me or Murray that won that Trial.

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Some interesting  old photographs showing up on FB from the early 1900’s when most of the freight and passenger traffic in the Interior was moved by Paddle Boat.
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Still no big snow in the forecast - which is good - not sure what the weekend will bring, but I do have some chores to do. -

We are still shipping out parts and accessories on a daily basis - so if you need something, just shoot us an email. - We have lots of Wulf stock - Boots - Helmets- shirts - pants - gloves etc. - We had a call from Pete Bustin,  thanking us for the Wulf boots that we supplied for both his lads - very happy. - He was calling from Stan’s place and of course bugging me to go for a visit - but this isn’t likely anytime soon.

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Most Trials riders from the past, will remember Debbie Evans and her famous head-stand stunt on the TY 175 ( which she also rode in the Scottish ) but this is a talented lady from the days of silent movies - pretty clever I would say.

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Just saw this on FB - shows NZ TRS Importer Steven Oliver on a new Gold  Special Edition - I think he is a former NZ Champ and posts a lot on FB ( Not always about Motorcycles)

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Friday November 27th 2020

November 27th, 2020

This pic was taken on November 25th 2012 - by Kevin Elbury - up above Okanagan Lake - it was a fabulous day - as is often the case in the Valley - in fact we likely have dozens of pics taken from this same spot. late in the year.
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The pic below of a Lancaster bomber flying low over a lake in Wales, could just as easily have been taken in our beautiful Valley - As most History buffs know,  in order to drop the large “Bouncing” bombs at the correct altitude - the Dam-buster pilots had to approach at 50ft above the water, - all the testing for this was done in the Welsh Elan Valley. - the aircraft were fitted with a small searchlight at the front and rear, which converged at exactly 50 ft - that was how they did it - However - this also gave the German guns on the Dam’s an easy target.  - In case we forget Guy Gibson and his gallant crews, many of whom did not return.
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Adam Raga renueva con TRS:

After we  saw the rumor being posted about KTM/GG - trying to buy Adam Raga - He has just resigned with Jordi’s TRS for a 6th year.  As Jordi says - “We understand Trials”  -
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A couple of days ago, we wrote a blurb about wheelies - so here is a video that lists some of the common mistakes.

7:25 7 MOST COMMON MISTAKES LEARNING HOW TO WHEELIE Cross Training Enduro Cross Training Enduro Skills 32 weeks ago · 940.9K Views

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And a really good video to watch about Mart Lampkin >>>

RIP Martin Lampkin 1950-2016 - Trials Legend Duke Video Duke Video • 33K views 4 years ago

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Thursday I had to go to Kelowna to deliver  some Opti for dealers - but also took Babsy along to visit some old friends - After dropping her off - I did my rounds in the busy afternoon traffic before collecting Babs for the drive home. - By this time it was getting dark and  I experienced something that  I hate - driving in the dark - but what compounded the issue, was I decided to take the back road to Winfield -as I was on that side of town -  thinking it would be quiet !!  Wrong -  we were into Rush hour and the Kelowna Traffic is now nuts - not unlike Vancouver - the back-road gets to be both narrow and twisty - plus I could not believe the traffic headed South from up valley - it was nose to tail a mass of bright lights.

Suffice to say that it was a white knuckle affair and I’m very glad that I don’t have to do this anymore on a daily basis.  In fact I rarely go to Kelowna these days.
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This poem was posted on FB.
The year 2020. And just ‘round the corner - The holiday season, But why be merry? Is there even one reason? To decorate the house And put up the tree, When no one will see it, No-one but me. But outside my window The snow gently falls, And I think to myself, Let’s deck the halls! So, I gather the ribbon, The garland and bows, As I play those old carols, My happiness grows. Christmas ain’t cancelled And neither is hope. If we lean on each other, I know we can cope.

.By: Shawna Hickling, Calgary, AB, Canada November 19, 2020

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Thursday November 26th 2020

November 26th, 2020

Jonny Walker and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing part ways

No other details of what the future holds for the British rider

Jonny Walker, KTM split

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Yesterday was quite a busy day - first thing, I was in the van & headed up the Valley to Backus Racing - They are a very successful Polaris Dealer  selling lots of sleds plus a ton of side-by-sides - they are very involved in Baja racing at the moment, although all this has been put on hold for this year because of the Pandemic. - They also sell a lot of Opti Snowmobile oil, and have used it in their Snowmobile Hill Climb winning sleds over the years.

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Today, I will head the other way - down the Valley to Kelowna, again to deliver Opti Oil - it will also give me a chance to visit Paul at C & S Printers, who do all our Trials cards etc.

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A few birthdays to announce - November 24th was my brother’s 87th birthday back in the UK - today it’s Joel Robert’s 77th and over in Vancouver Kirk McDowel is another year older.

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Check out these videos.

Trialeros del Mundo


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August Workshop Update: New Imperials, Fruin, BSA, Triumph and more!

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This is a shot of the late Martin Lampkin on an SWM - note the perfect style - right arm up - right leg out - finger on the clutch as Mart used to say “Perfect”

New riders today are very lucky to have all the quick hi-tech video available from phones & cameras. - the best tool for learning the correct riding style  - instant play back.  - We use video all the time when out training newbies.
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