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  1. Welcome, You may also have luck finding Texan's on the Adv Rider forum - https://advrider.com/f/forums/trials.73/ the wider net you through the better your chances
  2. Hi Frank, The Canadian Beta distributor has very kindly offered to bring along an extra bike for you if you want to join us Sunday. Given the people who have said they are coming we will likely have a Beta 200 2T, 250 2T, 300 2t, 300 4t, and my Sherco 250 2T... plus whoever else might show up :). - He also mentioned the 300 4t demo is the last one they have.
  3. Always happy to share my bike... sent you a PM :).
  4. Hi Frank, Be sure to check out the Maritime Trials Riders here in Nova Scotia we are actually having a fun ride day this Sunday in Elmsdale. The Canadian distributor for Beta is in Nova Scotia and very supportive with bring out demo bikes plus most of us are willing to let people try our bikes. We had our last trials event last weekend but we may have an indoor event this winter... and there is always next season :).
  5. the body position one doesn't really talk about wheelies but there are some good points in this one and you can see people rolling there ankle as suggested...
  6. There is a video out there about body position but might not be what you are looking for
  7. Yeah Dad was posted in Norfolk (with NATO) and we lived in Virginia Beach. It was an interesting time as it was the days of "bussing" which was a really tough racial social experiment and the draft dodgers had just been granted whatever it was that let them return to the States, so as soon as you told people you were from Canada they just figured your Dad was a draft dodger - not very popular in a Navy / Airforce town (typically led to getting a good beating). I did however get my first dirt bike and my first hand gun so it wasn't all bad.
  8. Yes I have to admit that here in NS our life is very protected and I probably should not have chimed in (oh well). Dad was in the Navy when I was growing up and I did live in many places around the world (even a year of junior high school in Virginia Beach) so I do have a bit of an appreciation for how good we have it. It just seems so scary to see a person with no real gun sense waving a gun around at people on the news little lone a political party encouraging that sort of thing. Full disclosure - My Great grandmother actually shot her husband because he "might" have been unfaithful... shot him in the groin - but he got so upset about being shot she shot him again and killed him. I have always enjoyed shooting but believe poor gun handling should not be encouraged as it can have really bad outcomes.
  9. I guess when the couple was on there and she was saying something like "You can get a gun and go on youtube to learn how to use it" and her husband replies with "that's right hunny" It seemed more like an SNL skit. We recently had a guy here who bought a bunch of guns illegally and a couple of police cars then went out shooting people (Killed 22 - shot 13 burned the others in their homes). Just hate to see anybody promoting poor firearm safety.
  10. Yeah... it is always very tough to tell the real story from the news. I know I have been involved in a few incidents and when they showed up on the news it wasn't close to what really happened. If this crowd was breaking into peoples houses and beating them up I could see why you would want to protect yourself... but it seemed more like they where walking down the road to protest in front of the mayors house - but maybe they had a lynching rope and where going to string the mayor up... the whole thing seems so crazy when looking at it on tv because its a bit of a foreign concept (we don't have any gated communities here) - I was watching it as part of the Republican National Convention so not exactly sure how true it was.
  11. "beating up white folks" ... really ? not sure what the news is showing in Australia but there is a fair bit of coverage around here of people getting shot and killed by white folks.
  12. I try not to be too political but watching the RNC the other night I just couldn't figure out why they had a couple on there saying they are worried that they might lose the right to point loaded weapons at people who are walking by their house unarmed... around here I get worried I might not have enough cold beer in the fridge to offer people who are walking by on a hot day ??? ... I guess it just gets a lot hotter where they live - makes people more cranky I guess.
  13. Our local rule is 5 seconds and it is a five - not sure what the rule is in Belgium hard to say from the video as you can't see what scores they are getting.
  14. Looks good to me, 5 different lines of difficulty something to challenge all levels of ability - some pretty good riders to - especially nice to see young riders taking part.
  15. I am no videographer and there was no rhyme or reason to what I captured, really just tried to get a few clips from each section. I will say to me this really shows what local trials is all about – People of all different capabilities challenging themselves and having fun with fellow riders. For me watching Andrea working the clutch on a steep little corner, not stalling and getting through the section with a big smile on her face is just as much about our sport as watching Toni Bou tackling what most might see as impossible sections. We really try hard to have sections for all abilities to have fun with. https://youtu.be/XJVLxqrNLCY
  16. I would say if you are just messing around to see how far you can lean the bike ...etc then you don't need to worry too much about covering the brake. As you get more familiar with the bike and riding I would work towards being able to cover the brake as it will come in handy in the sections - At least with the EM you don't have to worry about stalling
  17. Haven't posted for a while but given these interesting times figured I would share our event from this past weekend. Given that the border between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick is closed (because of the Covid virus) we ended up holding an event in each Province and combining the scores. Not ideal but hopefully the border will open soon and the rest of our events can be held with riders from both provinces in one location. The weather was fantastic in both locations and the sections were really amazing - you know you can clean them but end up dropping a points but feeling you will clear it next time. We had 6 sections but rode them in both directions so counted them as 12. The advantage being you would always finish where you started and that would be in a wide open space to allow for social distancing. Here is a video I tossed together from the NS event (Province limited gathering to 10 people) only 9 riders in the video because I didn't video myself
  18. One great thing about the people of the world is that we are all different. Some people like participating, some like officiating, some like spectating, some like organizing and promoting, and lots of people have no interest at all. It can also depend on how a person is feeling on any given day. I read some place that most people really only have time for 3 things 1-family/friends, 2-work, 3-one hobby (maybe not in that order) . I don't really agree and usually have 3 or 4 hobbies on the go but it is something to think about. Most days I check out this forum and ADV rider a few trials blogs and numerous facebook trials related sites. I have an email list with about 80 people on it that I send updates about local trials events and I never see any of them responding to things on forums (they may be just out there spectating the conversations) and of the 80 I am happy if 20 show up for any given event. Everyone has there own interests its just nice that we have a place to share our thoughts and opinions (if we want to) about a very niche sport we all enjoy in our own ways . Morning ramble over ?
  19. Our Provincial Gov is asking for a plan for getting sports back up and running. We have had good luck getting flat water paddling and sailing approved - Going to work on a plan for trials tonight and hopefully get it approved... of course who knows if anyone will come (we struggled getting riders even before Covid :).
  20. I posted a little April fools video for a little fun - after 2 days I looked at the demographics seems we are a bunch of old guys... I realize that isn't true but the few that are not in that category are less than 1% - at least according to however YouTube figures that out.
  21. Had a little test event on Zoom last weekend... this was the figure 8 challenge (was supposed to be 3 figure eights in a 10X15 space). We also did a static balance challenge - engine off so we could heckle each other :). Have a long list of other possible challenges... Just like a real event it does get harder when you string tape and have a camera on you and nerves kick in a little. Really just a little fun and a reason to get the bike out for a bit. Edited the video at the end to speed things up a bit ? https://youtu.be/9Fx1D_64YV8
  22. As long as you don't touch something then touch your face without washing your hands you should be pretty safe so keep 6ft away from everyone keep your gloves on and give your hands a good wash after the event I think it should all be manageable at some point in the future. I think the best I have heard was from a young person calling into the local news to "ask the expert" and asked "if the virus only lasts a few days and we have all been staying home for weeks how come it is still here?" - Answer - "Well we haven't ALL been staying home".
  23. Still loving my 2015 - It was the last year of the reversed fuel tank but has worked great for me !
  24. Stats posted... based on Youtube
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