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17 May 2019

Ergonomic Set-Up Seminar

Imperial Motorcycles Ergonomic Seminar
Sunday, June 9th, 2019

9am – 11am
@ Imperial Motorcycles


Are you new to motorcycle riding? Have you ever wondered if riding your bike can be a little more comfortable? Well, If no one showed you, you don’t really know. Most levers and foot controls are adjustable.

In this seminar I will show you how simple it is to adjust the ergonomics of your bike for a more comfy ride as well as better operation & control.



  • Limited Space (15 max.) available. $20 Pre-booking required.
    register by sending email to Subject “Ergo Seminar”
  • Meet at Imperial Motorcycles – come around the back of the shop.
  • All you need is a bike and your tool kit.
  • Coffee and snacks will be served.


We will go over the bikes and discuss how and why to adjust. You will then make any adjustments and then take a little test ride to see how it  helps.

Andii “Oldyeller

13 Dec 2018

The Off-Season – What do we do?

The weather has turned to “not so accommodating” for motorcycle riding, and race season is over – Yeah! Marquez/Rea won again, their respective championships.

So what is one to do during this time of year, other than Jonesing?

If the sun is out and its reasonable dry, I would ride but…

YouTube really helps me through these dark days (and nights).

Watching other bike disciplines; Speedway, Off-road, Ice Racing or Hillclimb. They are all have their respective appeal.

So no matter what or how you ride, enjoy our sport in all matter of fun.


Behind the Counter
5 Dec 2018


Mat Oxley is a journalist and author who has been writing about going fast on motorcycles for more than thirty years. He is an Isle of Man TT winner.

His current book is an interesting & detailed story of the early days of the internal combustion engine and mans quest for speed.

A great read for any Gearhead.

Get it online at: Mat’s Website

29 Jun 2018

Guinness off the list!

I recently had the the opportunity to go to Dublin, Ireland in order to fulfill a dream. Drink a Guinness. This I did and it was a beautiful experience that I will never forget.

Since I was so close, I decided to take a little week long side trip to the Isle of Man. It was the first week of June so the timing was perfect for the TT!!!!!

In all actuality, this was a trip that had been in the dreaming for 40 years and planning for 1.5 years. And now that it has happened I will go again.

There is a lot I could write here, but I will leave it at this; Make it happen, it’s not that hard. Everyone was pleasant and the atmosphere a blast. You just need to book accommodations a year in advance.

Other than that enjoy it.

Behind the Counter

9 May 2018

Club Day Training

Our “Behind the Counter” person, Andii, is a retired Motorcycle Instructor. But he still enjoys helping riders improve their skills.

Once a year he works with the Coast Riders Club to brush off the cobwebs.

Here is an overhead shot from a video one of the members shot.

If you want to to see the whole video it’s only about 5 min. long – Enjoy it Here


8 Mar 2018

What’s In A Tune-Up?


It’s that classic question that is hard to answer with today’s motorcycles, “I need a tune-up?”


With electronic ignitions, fuel injection and an array of other electronic devices loaded on a modern motorcycle, what’s there to tune? If you look at the owner’s manual (see below) there is a Maintenance Schedule that the manufacturer suggests following to ensure that your bikes runs at optimum performance. These are scheduled based on distance traveled (Km or Miles) or an elapse of time. If you read through it, you will find it is mostly checking certain parts and/or replacing others.

So nowadays we don’t “Tune-Up” motorcycles so much as service them. The two main services we offer are a “Minor” or “Full” service.

Minor Service – Changing of all the fluids, checking the charging system, lubing and adjusting key points.

Full Service – May or may not include checking the valve adjustment (depending on vehicle mileage), checking (and usually replacing) the spark plugs and air filter and anything else required by the maintenance schedule.

All bikes require these services throughout their life, especially if you want to keep them in tip-top shape. So, if you are not sure, ask your mechanic or consult your manual to know what you need.


Sample of one page of a Maintenance Schedule.

28 Feb 2018

Kork Ballington – MotoGP Legend – Finally!

 Kork Ballington, a Two-Times DOUBLE World Champion (’78-79, 250 & 350cc Class) is to be inducted as a MotoGP Legend this year. I am surprised that it has taken this long for him to be considered. As a young rider in the 70-80’s I knew of Kork, Barry Sheene & Kenny Roberts as some of the greatest racers of the day. The fact that he was twice a double champion suggests that he should have been considered a “Legend” long ago. All I can say is it is about time.

Andii, Behind the counter.


“I am overwhelmed and spent the day reflecting on my journey since as a young boy I was gripped by the desire to become intimate with motorcycles and embarked on the incredible journey which still affects all aspects of my life to this day in such a positive way,” says Ballington. “To join the elite group already on the list is such an honour. I am deeply humbled that I am to become one of them. Throughout my career I never expected or made it a goal to become recognized. My focus was just on giving the best account of myself while honouring the true values of sportsmanship and respect for fellow competitors and those members of the GP fraternity who followed the values. Recognition became a by-product of success and this recognition of my achievements has followed me to this day.”

Kork Ballington


Read more here!

27 Feb 2018

Yamaha History from 1955


Spring is almost here. We should all be getting itchy to ride. While we’re waiting let’s enjoy this History of Yamaha video.

History of Yamaha

11 Jan 2018

Around the World on a Motorcycle – The First Person


An Interesting Read;

First Motorcyclist to Ride Around the World 1912-1913

I recently came across this story; Carl Stearns Clancy, Motorcycle Adventurer. Since I am a bit of a fan of motorcycle adventure stories, I had to give this one a go. I’ve read a few books about the early days of motorcycling and it always amazes me what these Adventurers accomplished. Mr. Clancy was the first rider to circumnavigate the globe on a motorcycle. In 1912-13.

It is an interesting story about the state of travelling, the adventurist spirit and of the times (Social & political, Just prior to The Great War). While Clancy did not actually ride the entire way, as it was impossible back then, he still managed to accomplish quite a feat. Not only did he have to deal with the motorcycle technology of the day he had to secure fuel, food, transport, survive in foreign lands and work, for that is how he partially paid for this adventure. This book is his words as written for magazines and papers of the day.

For anyone who rides long distance or tours, this read really puts into perspective how easy it is nowadays to pursue the same passion as Mr.Clancy which make his accomplishment all the more amazing. I wonder if any of us could even come close to what he did in that time.

A very interesting read for any rider.

Behind the counter
2 Nov 2017

The Lillooet Loop – In October

All that was said was “The weather is perfect for a fall ride – How often can you go to the interior of BC at the end of October?

We were coming to the end of a sunny warm week of weather in southern BC. It was ripe for a “Last Ride” and we took advantage.

The down-side was most of my riding friends had their bikes already put away for the winter. Not me! And this particular weekend was why I keep it tagged year-round. But another friend – whom suggested the ride –  was right in there. We met some buddies for a mid-morning coffee as we wanted it to warm a little bit before we took off. By 9:30am we were on our way, sun shining and wind & leaves blowing.

Fall riding can be a joy. The colours, leaves and the coolness delights the senses. Coffee and gas in Pemberton, then off for what we thought would be the coldest part of the ride. It was. But not intolerably cold. Temperatures for the day ran between 6-15 C. Road conditions were good and my new Dunlop Roadsmart 3’s worked very well in those conditions.

We got to Lillooet at lunchtime finding that on Sunday there isn’t much open. So we hit the only crowded restaurant in town for a nice lunch.

The entire loop was around 600km – we went clockwise – with the weather being mostly sunny with a little high overcast clouds in the Pemberton valley. Coming in on the #1 was a windy affair. Chilliwack being the worst and quite bad at that. All-in-all, a great day of riding to cap off the year.

Dealing with the Cold

For the past month several of my riding friends didn’t want to get out early cause “It’s Too Cold!”.

This is where a little proper gear comes in handy. Let’s start with the basics; Winter riding jacket – I recently got the Scott Turn ADV, very warm and comfy. A few good under-layers helped. One can even go electric for warmth.
Pants – I wore textile overpants with just wool long-johns underneath. Boots – Alpinestars WebGT are my winter boots. Dry and warm in any conditions that I’ve been in. Gloves – Standard winter gloves were fine. I didn’t feel it was cold enough to run my heated gloves.

There are a few other little things that help; something to protect your neck like a bandanna, knit tube or, in my case, I wore a micro-fleece with a high turtleneck. Some proper under-layers make it comfy. I prefer thin wool whenever I ride – hot or cold, it just makes for more comfortable riding. If you have the capacity, bringing a thermos of something warm to drink or hot-pockets in case of severe cold. These things along with stopping a little more often to stop the chill will make for fun riding. Just remember to ride for the conditions – for us the sun was out but the road was cold. It was tempting to go a little quicker but I’m sure the tires would not have liked it.


Andii, Behind the counter

The Lillooet Loop

If  you have not done it, it’s a good ride. Just be prepared. Too early and the roads won’t be perfect (sand or gravel), too late and frost may be a problem. Either way it’s an all day ride and one enjoyed by many riders.