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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
15 Jun 2017

Riding the Southwest

Hi Andii,

Here’s a picture of Scott and I standing on the edge of the Schaffer Trail in Utah. We did a lot of back country riding down there as well as the typical, blacktop, tourista spots, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, etc. We took a lot of pictures with your t-shirts on but this is probably the best one where you can clearly read “Imperial Motorcycles”. The other pics had lots of scenery but you can’t really make out what the t-shirts say….trade-off…t-shirts over scenery!

 I bought a pair of Garne Dual Sport boots that worked flawlessly. We encountered a severe storm in Utah, flash flood style, for several hours and my feet were completely dry when we finally made it to Rock Springs; my hands, with the summer gloves, were soaked though!. The Shoei DS helmet was fabulous too. Anyway, we had a phenomenal trip and saw parts of the USA that not many people get to see. All back roads were planned by Scott, so if you need a tour guide of the Nevada, Utah, Colorado back country give Scott a call!!
Thanks again for your fine service and best regards,



18 Mar 2017

Best Western Likes Bikes


Finally, a hotel chain realizes that motorcycle riders are a big part of their business and they actively promote riding. Check out Best Western Hotels “Explore North America” website. Not only do they give you routes and blogger posts, but you can book BW hotels on the site. Cool!

Here is another website designed to make finding accommodations easier. Bike-Stay is more of a world-wide directory of places to stay in the region you choose. They list accommodations and “Motorcycle Friendly” places as well as “Distances to..” guides.

Like many sites like this, it may be limited to registered businesses, but if you don’t have the resources, its a good place to start.

I’ve written a few pieces about planning rides and the tools to use. You can see them here titled “The Ride – Find Your Destination.

All of these things are good tools to plan your next ride.

Behind the counter

8 Mar 2017

Peter O; 1936 – 2017, Rest In Peace

Peter Oechsler:  1936 (?) – Feb 19, 2017

The North Shore Time Travellers Motorcycle Club is sad to report that Peter passed away at Lionsgate Hospital following a medical emergency while snowshoeing. Peter was a Club Member and one of our regular riding buddies. Our rides won’t be the same without his quirky sense of humour, stories and unique take on all things. A real “Trooper” to the very end, Peter will be missed.

Imperial Note:

Peter O. was our customer since 2005. It was always a pleasure to meet with him. Through his many adventures, we enjoyed the stories. He was the kind of person that we never hesitated to go out of our way to help. He was unassuming but very venturous in his life, living it the only way he knew how. We shall always remember him for the kind person he was.

1 Oct 2016

Do Your Own Winterizing!

We have deals to help you set-up for winter storage.

Check out our “Specials” page for the deals.

4 Aug 2016

The Motorcycle Hub – Check Them out!!!

This link was just sent to us. We’ve taken a quick glance and like what we see.

When you have some free time check them out.


1 Feb 2014

Service Time???


The weather is changing (for the better?), the sun is out and you are getting that riding itch. Have you looked at your motorcycle lately? Is it telling you something?

Pretty soon everyone will be wanting to ride, only then do a lot of us think about what our bike needs. By then most shops are getting very busy. It can be days or even weeks before your bike has been serviced.

Maybe now is the time to think about what your bike needs.

Not sure? There are a couple of ways to tell. First is to check your Owner’s Manual, your odometer and a calendar. That will give a good indication of what NEEDS to be done. Still not sure? This is where a good shop can advise you. A little preventative maintenance is money and time well spent. Nothing is worse than having that planned ride ruined by broken bits or waiting for parts.

Then there is your desire to have upgrades. Winter is the time to get those modifications completed.

Where does Imperial Motorcycles come in here?

  • We can service your bike for you.
  • We offer service packages for economy.
  • We have pick-up and delivery options available.
  • We will be happy to assist you in any way to make your ride enjoyable.

That is why we like to think that February and March are “Time For Service” months. Come by and talk to us about your motorcycle needs. We are happy to help.