Monday April 19th 2021

April 19th, 2021

Early Sunday morning, I clicked onto the F1 race from Italy - the first such race I have watched for over a year, mainly due to all the Lewis Hamilton BS. -

As it turned out it was a very good race for a change, with early rain causing lots of crashes and a win for Red Bull - However, I must say Hamilton drove extremely well to finish 2nd after an early mistake dropped him to 9th spot. - He was even bearable in his after the race comments.

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Results from the Moto GP race - Yamaha win again - Marquez grabs 7th after a year off.
1. Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP)
2. Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) + 4.809
3. Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) + 4.948
4. Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) + 5.127
5. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) + 6.668
6. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) + 8.885
7. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) + 13.208
8. Alex Marquez (LCR Honda Castrol) + 17.992
9. Enea Bastianini (Avintia Esponsorama) + 22.369
10. Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) + 23.676

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Sounds like the Spanish Federation got it all wrong again to start the Trials Championship last weekend - they introduced new rules, which rewarded riders for finishing the loops in record time by deducting points from their score. - This resulted in the winner ending up with zero points!!- as did the others on the podium.- Naturally none of the riders were happy with this format and so things will change next time out - but the damage could already have been done. to quote that famous Spanish Trials term “FIASCO”

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And here is one for our friends over at Ymir.

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And a good shot of Heath on  his rebuilt TR34 - looks like a nice natural section.
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A flashback to the Scottish - Rob Edwards (Cotton)- Sammy Miller (Ariel) and Peter Fletcher at the start
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Another “Old bike shot” but this was taken at a Classic event in the UK last weekend - check out the nice natural line around the corner & up the hill - Perfect for simply having fun.

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Sunday April 18th 2021

April 18th, 2021

Today is the first round of the Spanish Championship and Team TRS is raring to go.
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Hakin Anderson signed with Yamaha at the end of 1971 and is seen here out testing the first Prototype at his private test track in Sweden - the bike was painted green to fool any spies watching.
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Saturday April 17th 2021

April 17th, 2021

Below you see a couple of pics from an early season ride at Summerland a few years ago - Josef on his TRS and Bob below on his Beta - We had a great day with me showing them around the Outlaw Loop.
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Heath has done a very nice job of rebuilding this Beta TR34 and has now taken it out a couple of times as the UK Lock down eases up a bit - he made up this neat poster.
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Josh Roper (TRS)  has won the Early Season Trial in California - will post results when we see them.
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The first round of the Spanish Trials Championship is being held this weekend - so a few events going ahead in these strange and troubling times.

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We got more bad news yesterday, with our TRS shipment delayed again - Beta also “Missed the boat” - It’s been a very frustrating year so far.  However, we can still get a few Beta Evo’s including a rare 250 model so if you are interested - call us NOW.
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Birthday greetings go out to Jimmy Corkle - 73 and Bob Underhill 82

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Friday April 16th 2021

April 16th, 2021

Bultaco Motorcycles ruled in many aspects of the sport in the late 60’s and into the 70’s - the most famous perhaps the Sammy Miller designed Sherpa T Trials model - but the Moto Cross “Pursang” was also hugely popular -as shown in this pic of the bike raced to World success by Jim Pomeroy -

Barry Sheene began his road racing career on a Bill Webster Bultaco, while the Flat Track “Astro” model is still being used today. - Plus lets not forget the ISDT “Matador” model and the lesser known “Frontera”.  -  A legacy that lives on in the name of the Spanish founder.May be an image of motorcycle, outdoors and text that says 'BULT ACO 8 International Motocross Museum'

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And here’s one for our vintage enthusiasts >>>>.
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dirtbikenews.ca VIDEO | Official Kenda Rev Limiter Texas Hard Enduro Highlights 2021 Kenda Rev Limiter Texas Hard Enduro Watch the Official Highlight Video

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Stan found a rock in his yard!!!!

Thursday April 15th 2021

April 15th, 2021

I love the Xtrack TRS - having spent quite a lot of time on them for the past year - the estart makes this a joy to head  out onto the trails, no matter what age you are- and while I did like to zip up a lot of hills - I was sensible enough to remember my age. - Now I have to wait and see if I can keep one for myself later this year. ( They are in huge demand)
The bike has all the top suspension and power that the regular Trials model has - in fact it comes with a spare Trials gas tank should the owner decide to convert it to a regular Trials bike.

Adam shows just what the bike is capable of.
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Here is a pic that shows Euro riders enjoying the high Alpine - Although we did a little of this when we lived & rode in Alberta back in the 70’s - it wasn’t until much later after moving to BC that I got really into exploring the high mountain terrain.- There is no doubt that a Trials bike can get you into places that are only otherwise accessible  by Mountain Goats - But you do need to be prepared and take extra gas. ( We make special bags for this)

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Sun is up and it looks like it’s going to be a glorious weekend - glad to say that Babsy is coming along well - but will need 6-8 weeks to recuperate  from her operation.

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Wednesday April 14th 2021

April 14th, 2021

Team of TRS riders in Europe.
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With my daily routine having been changed due to Babs’ Health issues - my Motorcycle updates have had to take a backseat I’m afraid.

We have heard that a bunch of the lads will be riding down South in the Penticton area on Saturday  - ( with social distancing in effect).

I was hoping to get out on the neat Beta 300 SS this weekend - but doubt that will happen now - I’m interested to see how it performs with the updates I’ve done.

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Nice to see that Jordi has released pics of the new 2022 Xtrack model - However, we are still waiting for the rest of our 2021 units to arrive, so hard to get too excited.

Here is Adam putting one through it’s paces.

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Tuesday April 13th 2021

April 13th, 2021

A blast from the past at Summerland on one of my favorite Beta Evo 200’s - complete with one of the old NZI Helmets which we used to sell ( still have it on the shelf)
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Jordi with an Xtrack - brilliant bike and in big demand - complete with estart.
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Late getting to the blog today as I slept in - rare for me but with all the extra activity around the house with Babsy - things have got a bit out of sync:  - Also had Steve Doel stop by yesterday to pick up some spares parts & Opti as he is out in the Valley for the week - then later we had other customers called to pick up parts - so a lot happening at the moment.

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This is a great event from what our buddy Turk tells us - good to see that it’s going ahead in these troubling times.
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Monday April 12th 2021

April 12th, 2021

Babsy is home from the hospital and thanks everybody for the kind messages - she will need to take things easy for a while and has enough pills to stock a drugstore ( big job for me trying to figure them all out & when to take them)

Helen (seen here with her Mum)  has been fantastic - a wonderful caring daughter.

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I like this old poster
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Here are the results of the Rev Limiter in the States - Cody wins- Trystan grabs 3rd - Shelby Turner takes the Ladies class.

dirtbikenews.ca RESULTS - 2021 Rev Limiter Extreme Enduro Results 2021 Rev Limiter Extreme Enduro KENDA AMA Extreme Championship MJSMotoPhotos Shelby Turner, Trystan Hart

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An old pic with a gaggle of new Evos arrived at Outlaw.
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This is a great poster >>
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There is no  doubt that a large percentage of Trials bikes are bought just for doing this - Exploring in the Mountains”

Another great shot of the Late Prince Philip watching the start of the TT in the Isle of Man -  # 3 is Phil Read on the Yamaha.
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They finally got to run a few events in the UK last weekend - this one in the Yorkshire snow.
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And finally  Jordi posted this pic, showing himself (arrowed) at age 13 watching the great Yrjo Vesterinen - A World Champion who inspired many, and the winner of the first ever Canadian World Round which I set up near Bragg Creek Alberta in 1975.

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Sunday April 11th 2021

April 11th, 2021

The morning Hospital Report >>

Chatted to Babsy last night and she says the operation to remove her gall bladder went well with the surgeon pleased with her recovery and may send her home today - !!   ( Big sigh of relief) - A huge thanks to people who have sent emails and kind messages from all across the Country, and around the World  - We really do have a very large Trials family.
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A lot of people have contacted us with regard to the WTC these past few weeks - so here is a brief summary of how this all came about.

In 2009 I got a phone call from somebody involved with the WEC ( World Enduro Canada) - asking if we would like to host a National Trials Round - He explained that we would get free  insurance coverage for the organizers and Land owners ( if required) -

.Now I was aware that the WEC had been very successful in running an Enduro Series, so this appeared to be a good opportunity for our Western Clubs to hook up with a group as part of the WEC and under the MCC  National umbrella.

- As most people who have been around the sport for any length of time will recall - We had to give up on the CMA for our events, because of the cost.  -  ( and other issues)
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This first WEC National Trial was held at Summerland in 2009 - with another one in Eastern Canada  -  the rest is History -

It was suggested ( by WEC) that we call our Trials group by  a slightly different name, and hence the WTC logo was decided on. ( World Trials Canada) - For over a decade successful  WTC Trials were held from Vancouver Island in the West to Quebec and Nova Scotia  in the East.   -  National Championship events were also promoted. - All very successful, all run by volunteers with nobody getting paid -

Bob Johns set up a webpage attached to his widely read Trials Canada site ( in English and French)  it was widely accepted by many competitors, that the WTC was the way to go..

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In 2020, with the Pandemic causing a shut down of all  Motorized events - plus WEC operations - the WTC were left in a similar situation, with no free Insurance to offer clubs,  if and when, any Trials competitions could be held, in the future.   - The 2020 season was a Non-event for everybody.

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.At this point in time, going into the 2021 Season - the WTC are unable to offer any help to clubs wanting to use the extremely easy and popular approach to organized Trials at a club level, so we have decided to discontinue  under this format - but will look at options being explored by our Eastern members,  who are also operating under the MCC banner. -

- We will post details of any news as we hear more.  ( Yes there has been a lot of “Behind the scenes talks)

As times and the World have changed, perhaps the question should be “Do we need a National body for Motorcycle Sport ?” - Obviously the WTC proved that unpaid volunteers can help guide clubs promote Trials in their  area.
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That is a question that I will leave for the masses.

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As both Bob Johns and myself are now on the wrong side of 80 - we really would like younger enthusiasts to pick up what has been a very good and popular series . But the choice is yours.

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In the meantime -get out on your bike, when you can, while still social distancing.
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Our Motorcycle Mojo gal Emily is in the Valley this weekend and riding with a bunch of friends at OK Falls - looks like they got up into the snow level on Friday.
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Here is a nice shot of 19year old Bill Wilkinson   riding in the British Experts Trial held near Builth  Wells in Wales - The young Yorkshireman surprised many of the established stars by winning the event. ( Check out his rather strange boots!!)
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I’ve posted this pic only because it shows a Viscount aircraft - When we came to Canada in 1965 - this was the last plane that we  were on, when we landed in Calgary. - We started in a Boeing 707, from Manchester UK to Montreal - then switched to a DC 8 from Montreal, with stops in Toronto and Winnipeg - then the Viscount with one more stop in Saskatoon before landing in Calgary at midnight March 3rd with the temperature -20. - Talk about a milk run. - And as has been reported by Mr Harlow Rankin - my first thoughts as the icy blast hit us from the open cabin door - with everything outside completely white was “What have I done”?
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Yes the grand old Duke loved bikes and cars.
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Saturday April 10th 2021

April 10th, 2021

The Morning Hospital Report.

Babs was due to have an op: last night to remove her gall bladder - but we won’t know anything further until later today.  - We will keep everyone posted.
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We have fitted these nice S3 pegs to our 2021 Beta Evo 300 SS  demo and really like them - now we just need to get more in for stock.

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I’ve seen pics of this lady road racer before in her Isle of Man TT debut - not many gals were into this back in the day - but looking at this pic, it struck me as to how insane a place it was to mount the registration plate ( just in front on top of the forks) - Now I’m not sure why these race bikes would need to be licensed  but it reminded me of a similar design flaw (IMHO) with the early Yamaha IT series - a round plastic number plate mounted above the headlight.  - Of course back in the day - this was quite popular on ISDT type bikes.   But I can tell you from experience it was a bad idea. -

Back in the day I was racing with buddy Murray Nutt out West of Calgary when we crossed a creek on an old  logging trail - both “Pinned” he was on his CR Honda - I was on an IT 175 - over a bit of a hill we roared side by side, only to find a large tree across the trail -  Murray was on the left side and luckily for him the tree had broken leaving a narrow gap - I was not so lucky hitting the large log - with both me and the Yam going up in the air - but what goes up - must come down - and in my case, I came down with my chin onto the top of that number plate!!  -

The result was a rather large nasty gash, which required a trip to the hospital and another long explanation to  first the Doc - then my wife Babsy when I arrived home from another “Fun day out in the Woods” - ( Yes we all wore open face helmets back then)

One interesting aspect that should be added to that story - was I drove myself to the Hospital - told the guys I would be fine -I didn’t want to spoil their day -  but as I was heading out of Cochrane on the road to Calgary - I met an RCMP car going the other way - lights came on as he did a u-turn and came after me - I remember I was speeding in my rush - so pulling over - I sat waiting for him to walk up to my window which I had opened - As he started to read the riot act to me - I lifted my head up which dropped my blood soaked bandana  to show my injury - at the same time - I said -” I just need to get to the hospital” !
“Holy shit” - he said - follow me- - that’s the first and last time I had a police escort lights flashing doing over 80 mph - in order to get to the Foothills hospital - I followed him in where he parked in front of emergency - He quickly jumped out of his car - came back to me and said go in there - I’ll look after your van. - ( Think I had over 20 stitches in my chin that day )  I often wonder who that nice RCMP Officer was..

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Another road race pic - this time it shows Prince Philip starting the 1949 TT in the Isle of man -( He was a great Motorcycle enthusiast)  The rider is Artie Bell - and I remember listening to that race on the radio  with Graham Walker commentating. - Ah yes memories.

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