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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

22 Feb 2018

Bernie Ryan’s Daytona Party 15 & Final – MARCH 18


Celebrate Bernie’s 15th and final headshave for BC Children’s Hospital Oncolgy. Watch the MotoGP and Daytona Races. Eat, drink, Skytrain home, maybe with a prize under your arm.

Tickets required.

March 18th, 2018 – 11 am

The Library Square Public House, Vancouver.

Come enjoy an afternoon watching the Daytona race and MotoGP while helping kids.



21 Feb 2018

World Supers Starts this Weekend – Feb 23

Jake Gagne Joins Honda World Superbike Team for 2018.

Yes, the World Superbike Series takes of this weekend at Australia. Now that racing has started, us rising won’t be far behind. Let’s get ready for the fun and action.

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.


7 Sep 2017

NFB: Ride for Your Life – Mike Duff

Recently this link was brought to my attention. The NFB has a 9 min. documentary on Mike Duff, the only Canadian to win in the motorcycles World Championships and finished in 2nd place in 1965 in the 250cc class.

NFB Ride For Your Life

He also has a biography “Make Haste Slowly” a good read for any race fan. Check either or both of them out.


20 Jul 2017

Dreamcycle Motorcycle Museum

On Canada Day several of us did an over-nighter to Salmon Arm, BC. We took Sea-to-sky, Lillooet and east across #1. I knew it was there. I contacted them ahead of time to confirm they would be open on Canada Day. Around 3:30 pm we rolled in.

It was everything we thought it would be and even more. The collection of bikes there is amazing when you consider the location. Rare bikes from the turn of the previous century: Scott, BSA, H-D, Pearce-Arrow are just a few of what is on display.

There are Japanese, European and American machines. Some historically important race bikes as well. Per Riba’s 1990 (date ?) CBR600 World Supersport ride as well as an ex-Goodfellow GSXR WSBK.

The cafe next door (run by the owner’s wife) makes excellent pie.

My personal favorite part is the gift shop next to the museum. All sorts of collectibles are in stock; shirts, books & magazines, die-cast models (my weakness) and other bike-related goods.

If you are in the neighbourhood or are looking for a destination to ride to, I definately recommend checking out Dreamcycle Motorcycle Museum.

If just for the pie and a chance to glam on some cool bikes, check it out.

Dreamcycle Motorcycle Museum

20 Jul 2017

California Bound

Recently a couple of our regulars rode down to California. Here is a little snippet.


“Here’s a couple of pics of my trip with Al to Monterey, California earlier this month for the World Superbike races at Laguna Seca.  Al was riding his BMW R1100S and I was aboard my Triumph Tiger 1050.  Great trip, some amazing roads in California and Oregon but we also were denied a couple of favoured routes due to snow in the Sierras and spent a few hours in 42 degree C heat in the Central Valley.
Here’s a pic of both bikes on Highway 97 in northern California, Mount Shasta (14,179 feet)
in the background. “
   Steve, July, 2017