Tuesday August 11th 2020

August 10th, 2020

Many of you clicking on today - will be thinking “Didn’t I read this yesterday?”  - the answer is of course yes you did, because I pressed the “post” button by mistake. - - I usually try to work a couple of days ahead. -( But I have added a bit)
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Jeff Smith having fun with a ‘Tommy’ helmet & BSA WD M-20. Designed by Val Page M-20 was most used MC in WW II with 126,000+ in service. Shaky start but became dead reliable, easy service, quiet & would run on anything, said to have run on ‘peanut butter’!! 496cc SV, 13 HP @ 4,200 RPM, produced 1937-1955. (Photo; Thanks Chris Smith)

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Trystan Hart from Invermere BC - has finally beaten Cody Webb after finishing 2nd to him in the last two USA hard Enduros - Trystan took his US KTM to a convincing win in a very tough event. -

As most people know, we sold Trystan an Evo 300 earlier this year, so now count him in as one of our Trials family.
5 minutes: “I want nothing more than to win TKO” – Trystan Hart

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Now here’s a neat pic - Dougie Lampkin taking Veteran Sir Tom Moore for a ride.

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This is the type of section that I like - long rocky Gullies  with water and mud as a bonus - Heath took this of a buddy in the Rhondda Valley of South Wales

The Rhondda is well known for it’s History of Coal mining plus the tragedy at Aberfan - and of course Tom Jones.  - We lived in Caerphilly near Cardiff for a short time, where I worked at Allen’s Printers. - This was across the road from the famous Caerphilly cheese factory.
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There was a race held down in the New Brunswick area last Sunday and Beta Canada were there to show off the bikes plus ride with the boys. Sounds like it went well, but no results as yet.

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Monday August 10th 2020

August 10th, 2020

Sunday we had a “Visit a  Friend” day” - Babsy and myself went over to visit Roy & Heather on the Westside

The road has become quite busy with lots of Bikes and traffic - (we got stuck behind a real dawdler doing 60k)

Anyway - Babs and Heather headed out in the ranger side by side - and after I did the Photo shoot on the old Monty - Roy  and myself met up with the ladies   up high on a vantage  point overlooking the Valley.


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This is an old pic of me riding the Blackfoot Motorcycle Montesa in 1971.

It was a gorgeous day in the Valley - this is the spot where we met up with the ladies so had a pic taken.

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Fantastic view from this spot where we met up with the gals - I was out on my favorite Beta Evo 125 !!

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Well the nice used Xtrack 300 we listed for a friend sure didn’t last long - one phone call and sold next day - We still have our demo model with the electric start, which is absolute magic, but this and the new Evo 200 are both for sale at very good prices. - ( Like they say - You snooze - You lose)

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In Moto GP - looks to be a changing of the guard, with a bunch of brilliant young riders fighting for the spot vacated by the injured Marc Marquez - Brad Binder from South Africa took the win in Czecho - in only his 3rd start in Moto GP !! and plus a “First”  for KTM.

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Sunday August 9th 2020

August 9th, 2020

Lady riders have proven themselves very good at riding motorcycles over the past few decades - this is Elisabet Solera of Spain., on her TRS.
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And this is Revy Gal Emily Roberts, who stopped by for a visit after picking up the new BMW which she will be test riding this Summer for BMW Canada. - Small in Stature, but big on Talent - watch for her upcoming articles in Motorcycle Mojo Mag, on this, and on Trials riding with the old guy.
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This is a pic of Barry Van As-  on “OK Devil’s Staircase “  - Pete can be seen watching - he helped me build this really impressive section many years ago - it involved removing a couple of large trees, and raking a ton of bark mulch from the bottom part. - Nobody cleaned this Expert only section, the first time we used it. ( Barry is looking good here, but stopped soon after)  The “Lads” did some yard-work to the one spot the following year, which resulted in a few “Cleans”  - Of course we have not held any events in this area since around  2005
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Cooler weather in the Valley which is great - we might get out later for a ride.

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Results from the Moto GP in Czecho - KTM get their first win.

WHAT. A. RACE. 🔥🔥🔥 #CzechGP 🇨🇿
🥇 Brad Binder KTM
🥈 Franco Morbidelli Yam
🥉 Johann Zarco  Yam
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Saturday August 8th 2020

August 8th, 2020

Another Stylin’ pic - not sure who this Spanish guy is but he’s looking good on the TRS
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Anybody ever heard of one of these??
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One of our customers just called & has decided to sell his immaculate 2019 TRS Xtrack 300 - less than 6 hours on the bike so absolutely like new. - Super deal at $7795.00 call us if interested. ( He has some health issues)

SORRY THIS BIKE IS NOW SOLD.


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Not often we post pics from NZ, but I like this natural section they set up for a Vintage Trial. - The rider said he is riding the same Sherpa T he rode in the SSDT a few years ago.
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We don’t get to see many pics of our friends from Eastern Canada often, so as it’s Steve Fotheringham’s  birthday - here is an old pic taken at one of the ATAQ events.

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Much cooler weather yesterday and maybe for the next couple, which is fine with me - We heard from Dominique, to say she had a great weekend at Osoyoos with the wild bunch from the West Coast  - early morning riding - then beach time.  she says nobody seemed to be taking any pics!!

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I see Steve Foord has a new Beta Evo supplied by Beta Canada to help with his rehab after that terrible motor vehicle accident he had a year ago. - All the best Steve from all your Trials friends, we hope to hook up with you at some point.

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And for History Buff’s - Today marks the anniversary of the “Battle of Britain”  - check out the link.

Battle of Britain 80

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Friday August 7th 2020

August 7th, 2020

While this is mainly a Trials blog - we do try to incorporate other aspects of Motorcycle Sport and even the odd pic of Spitfires which we also happen to like. - The article below is about MX Star Rex Staten and makes for some interesting reading,

Check it out.

motocrossactionmag.com/mxa-interview-rex-staten-on-fighting-for-everything-he-got/

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Yesterday we showed a pic of Bernie Schreiber doing a “Floater” - Today we have an old pic of Jordi “Stylin’” on the Beta.
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Although Trials bikes are made primarily for “Competition”  - only about 40% that are sold will ever be used for this purpose, with most ( especially when they had seats) being used for simple recreational riding . - We have long been aware of this factor and encourage people wanting to explore the woods or Mountains to consider a “Trials” bike rather than a heavy enduro with a high seat and limited torque. ( The new TRS Xtrack is perfect for this)
Here is a pic of Taff and myself on top of Joss Mountain near Revelstoke - a very difficult and long climb up to the 8,000ft old Fire Lookout. ( Now closed to off road bikes)

I think this was taken in 2005 -  but my first time up the mountain was in 2003 on a 300 Gasser - when the weeds were so thick it was a real battle to get through the lower trail.  In later years, the mountain bikers started using this area, and did a lot of work to clear the trails of debris and rocks.

- Unfortunately this wonderful trek is now  closed to people like the Trials riders ( even though the lightweight trials machines did absolutely no damage to  the soft environment)  - It’s very sad when one group who love the mountains are restricted because of another group with a different mindset, but who seem to have a louder voice in Political circles.

I was lucky enough to do this ride a total of 8 times, the last time when I was 75 years old. ( No it was not easy)
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It was nice to have the weather a bit cooler yesterday and even a “Sprinkle” of rain - the hot spell has  created forest fires now burning in many areas. ( most by lightening but some human caused)

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We got a call from Sammy yesterday chatting about the feasibility  of putting on some Trials schools - which would be great if things can be sorted in these uncertain times - these would be limited to 10 riders, but watch for more info on Facebook and also here on my blog. - Possible locations in this area might be Summerland or Scotch Creek, but nothing has yet been finalized.

Here is a short clip from a recent one Sam did in the Yukon,

youtube.com Sam King’s DIRT SCHOOL - Trials day in Whitehorse We had a fantastic turnout of great Trials riders for the Trials specific DIRT SCHOOL. All the riders had fun learning new skills on their trials bikes. More…

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Thursday August 6th 2020

August 6th, 2020

One of the guys who started the “Trick” riding - Bernie Schreiber doing his “Full Floater” a neat way to get around tight turns, when using the clutch or hopping wasn’t an option.
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A couple of videos to check out.
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http://www.todayscyclecoverage.com/wordpress/2020/08/04/catching-up-with-mert-lawwill/

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Not Trials - but what a great Speedway pic.
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SutS1peonored

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PUSH THE BUTTON
Talk about taking a good machine and making it even better; ladies and gentlemen, let us introduce you to the ‘Push the Button’ electric starting TRRS ONERR 250E model. Yes you just read that correctly: stall the engine; pull in the clutch lever, push the button and the engine fires back into life! Yes, it’s that simple. Oh and if you are as good a rider as the official TRRS UK importer Steve Saunders you can also stay ‘Feet-Up’! Trust me, Saunders can still ride a bit, and when we gave him the opportunity to show off the new elements found in the new TRRS ONERR E model he was in his element. Showing his faith in a product he imports, Steve has taken the new yellow machines well to the front of the showroom sales with this new and innovative motorcycle manufacturer from Spain.
Article: Trials Media talking with Steve Saunders
Pictures: Heath Brindley @R2WTrials – TRRS
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This pic is from last year, when was at the ATRA Cow Patty Trial near Rocky Mountain House - This guy stopped by and after a short ride around on the new Beta 300, he was sold.  Strange that like so many of my customers, they buy a new Trials bike, & we never hear from them again!!
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Wednesday August 5th 2020

August 5th, 2020

OK  - we will start off today with a funny for you - being Welsh we sometimes get asked to pronounce the name of this town in Wales. - And yes we can.

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And another post from Wales.

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A few events still taking place down East.

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Here’s a pic of Sammy King doing one of his training sessions up in the Yukon - Not sure, but he might be the first guy to travel that far to put on schools.  Sammy is sponsored by Beta Canada.
Sam King's DIRT SCHOOL - Kids day in Whitehorse

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Weather forecast is still looking HOT for the rest of the week, with maybe a Thunderstorm Thursday  - We have seen a ton of Holiday Traffic in the Valley this past couple of weeks - Hope this doesn’t prompt a spike in the Virus.

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Your video for today >>
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Tuesday August 4th 2020

August 4th, 2020

There have been a few events finally taking place in Europe - this is a pic from a Classic Trial in Yorkshire Anybody know what the bike is?

And here is another one from the same event  - nice natural section

And an old video - this time from Japan>

youtube.com ONE DAY TRIAL Classic trial in Japan【HONDA KAWASAKI Suzuki Triumph ARIEL BSA montesa BULTACO 】 2019年春のヴィンテージトライアル。 天気は快晴!レトロでかっこいいトライアルバイクでたくさんの愛好家たちが集まりました! HONDA KAWASAKI SUZUKI Triumph ARIEL BSA montesa Greeves BULTACO Norton国内外の様々なバイクが集まりました…..

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Back to 2016 and the start of a new era in Trials - Jordi with his “Lad” Adam Raga and the very impressive TRS - We were happy to become a dealer for this brand and sold a LOT that first year ( no I’m not going to tell you spies how many)
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Another memory from one of my Mountain rides.
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We hope everybody enjoyed the long weekend  - weather in the valley was super hot, so I’m guessing that a few are nursing sun burns today - we haven’t seen any pics posted as yet..

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Monday August 3rd 2020 - BC DAY.

August 3rd, 2020

Once again it was too hot for this old guy to consider going riding, so instead I did a few chores, then watched the golf on the box with the air conditioner on !!

It was a very good game - very close with Justin Thomas finally taking the win - What I enjoy is that Golf, just like Traditional Trials, is a “Thinking man’s game”  - each hole is like a section, with the player/rider trying to figure out how to get the best score, in order to beat out the competition. -

One of the things that make the difference between winning and losing at a traditional Trial, is the ability to read the terrain - something the golfer does usually by looking at his notes from a previous event - In Trials it’s all about “Walking the section” - picking the best line, the right gear and if it’s really tough - where to take a “Dab” in order to save a “5″ -It’s all about being consistent. -

I’ve noticed that riders new to the sport ( especially Enduro riders) fail to understand the importance of walking the section.      ( Many just blast through with no set plan)

Just like in Golf - Trials riders have a score card which is tallied up at the end of the day, and sometimes like in the Golf today - a failure in one of the last  few (Holes) or sections -   can leave the competitor frustrated. - Both sports are a “Head game”

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This is a pic that I took of Shane a couple of years ago at Bear Creek - he was attempting an Expert section that we used in the 1995 Outlaw event we held at this venue. A very steep uphill rocky series of steps - not getting it quite right - he let the bike go and jumped off - looking through the camera lens - I saw all this starting to go wrong and fell while trying to avoid the flying TRS - fortunately I managed to press the shutter to gt this all action sequence. - Chris looking to grab Shane as he does a downhill dance. - The TRS is going to land close to where I had been standing.
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The Australian Trials Championship has been cancelled. due to the Pandemic.
2020 GASGAS Australian Trial Championships Cancelled - Motorcycling Australia

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I see Steve Holcombe finished 2nd overall at the Italian Enduro Championship this past weekend another Beta rider took the overall. - Brad Freeman had a nasty crash Saturday and elected not to ride Sunday - weather was extremely hot. - Holcombe is racing a Beta 350cc 4T this year.

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Weather is slightly cooler today, but still +28 - not sure what our plans are -  when many will be celebrating BC Day. -

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Heath posted this nice pic of a rider on the 1996 Beta Techno that he recently rebuilt - on a day out riding in the Rhonda Valley of South Wales.  The bike looks fantastic ( Heath updated some of the rolling gear on it to the later Beta Rev 3)

The 96 Beta was the first one that I really took to, as it had a decent kick-start lever on it and everything suited my riding style - in fact I liked it so much that I kept my demo through 1997 because all that changed were the graphics.

Sunday August 2nd 2020

August 2nd, 2020

I took this pic of Tino trying my TRS 300 back in 2016 at Rocky Mountain House - this was the first year for the Jordi bike, so we were just getting some feed back on it, I posted this on Face book and of course Jordi recognized Tino as he is Spanish. - Tino came to Canada to train for his Helicopter license and later moved to Toronto - not sure if he is still there or not.
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We had a visit from Dominique and a couple of her buddies on Friday - we gave them  a brief tour of our Trials set up, before they headed out - Dominique was planning on going to Osoyoos to meet up with the lads from the coast.

We also  got a phone call from Sammy yesterday - he is now back from the Yukon, where he put on a bunch of training sessions - he told me they had around 80 participants - which is pretty incredible for the Whitehorse area. Well done Sammy for making the effort ( I forgot to ask him how the black-flies were!!)

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Friday we chatted about the JCM Trials bike - well this is the guy who started that - Joel Corroy - seen here test riding an Ossa.

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We have mentioned before , about the fact we never went out on the loop without a pocket full of sparkplugs, spare chainlink etc etc - and we know a lot of the lads who ride the Scottish carry a spare inner tube - but how about this shot from 1950 of a rider carrying a spare inflated tube around his neck !!!  ( I guess it could  act as a life vest if it was a wet year on the moors!!)
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