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Our Vintage Show & Shine is back!

Are you dying to show off your Vintage motorcycle after a year of social distancing? Whether you ride or not, come down Saturday, August 28 for the 10th Annual Vancouver Vintage Motorcycle Show & Shine at the Deeley Exhibition!

Select rare motorcycles from the collection will be on display plus don’t miss seeing our newest exhibit RIDERS CHOICE. Bikes, food, and a good time to be had by all!

Vintage Motorcycle owners register for $10, which includes a free lunch, a poster plus be part of the public’s choice for favourite motorcycle.

For more information or to pre-register, call us at 604 293 2221 or email Registration begins at 10:00 AM and the event will run from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Stay tuned with event announcements on our Facebook event page!

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5 Things to Consider When Selecting a Meeting Venue: Pandemic Edition

Now that we have a better understanding of COVID-19 and the best practices to mitigate transmission, we want to get back to live meetings.  Training and education can be delivered virtually but if you are a company investing in the training of your staff, you want to be certain your message or content is being delivered.  When the biggest cost of a meeting is the expense of employee’s salaries and their absorption of your message or training, the cost savings of a virtual meeting may not be worth it.  Similarly, for corporate strategy and planning sessions, face to face interactions bring teams together in a way that cannot be accomplished remotely.  The live meeting still plays an important role in communication.

But the virus has changed how we can get together.  Social distancing requirements have brought on a host of considerations when planning your meeting.  Here are some of the things you have to consider when organizing your next event in this age of COVID-19.

1. Capacity

When planning your meeting, know how many people will be in attendance before selecting your venue.  Aside from the local or federally mandated gathering maximums, all venues are struggling with seating layouts and capacities.  For example, hotels that may have been previously able to host 400 people for dinner at 8 persons per 6 foot round table find that they can now only seat 2 people per table.  Compound this 75% reduction in guests per table with the requirement to spread tables at least 6’ apart, where previously, the tables would be placed much closer together.   Long story short, your favourite unique venue may no longer have the capacity to service your 50 person meeting anymore.

2. Price

Have a good (but realistic) idea of your overall budget (Rental, AV, food and beverage, staffing, etc.) prior to your search. While most of the events industry is doing everything they can to keep pricing consistent to pre-pandemic levels, the cost per attendee will most likely be higher.  

3. Safety Protocols

Ask your venue about their COVID-19 related policies and what your requirements will be.  Whether you are hosting an internal corporate planning session or a public training seminar, you want to know that your selected venue has mandatory safety policies including pre-event health declaration waivers, enhanced cleaning provisions, pre-assigned seating, food and beverage distribution protocols and contact tracing processes.

4. Air Circulation

Ceiling height and routinely maintained HVAC systems have an impact on the transmission of COVID-19.  Check that your all day meeting venue has the air circulation your guests will need to feel comfortable and safe.

5. Access to the Outside

Venues that have easy access to open or outside areas allow attendees the opportunity to connect while socially distanced during break times, as well let guests get a breath of fresh air!  

While virtual meeting movement may be growing, it cannot replicate the in-person experience.  If you are looking for a unique venue for meetings under 25, please give us a call (778-231-4249) to see if the Deeley Exhibition may be the right fit for you!    

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20 Years Later, Speed Week 1998 and The Deeley Exhibition’s Own Historic Bonneville Run

Speed Week 2018 is in the books and a number of records were broken. To celebrate, yours truly at the Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition dusted off our own Bonneville champion, the 1998 Buell Lightening S1.

The 1998 Buell Lightning S1 – 1350 cc Production-Push Rod Class land speed record breaker (Photo courtesy of The Deeley Exhibition).

To celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the Buell’s record-breaking run, I sat down with two members of Team Deeley; Shane Kenneally, the record setting racer and Terry Rea, the Crew Chief, and revisited the events leading up to and including the big race on August 7, 1998.

Bonneville Speed Week – August 1998 (Photo courtesy of Darwin Osarchuk).

So how did this idea of racing the Lightening S1 at Speed Week come about?

Shane Kenneally, Racer: I did some mathematical calculations on my slide rule and realized it was possible for the Lightening to break 150 mph. After doing the math, I walked into the Deeley Exhibition and discussed this with Terry.

Terry Rea, Crew Chief: Right off the bat I should tell you that Trev (Deeley) was not keen on the idea of us racing at Bonneville. We had to convince Trev that straight-line racing was racing since he was never interested in land speed records. To him racing was dirt/flat track not drag or time trials.

Shane Kenneally: But this was where the idea sprung from. Trev and I spoke about this further on a number of occasions and eventually we put a team together.

Team Deeley: Back Row – (left to right) Jason McVickers (Racer), Peter Sellers (Technician), Mike Rowland (Project Manager/Bike Builder), Michelle Wilson (Head Office Admin). Front Row – Terry Rea (Crew Chief), Shane Kenneally (Racer), Debbie Kenneally (Shane’s wife), Trev Deeley. Missing: Len Creed, Steve Drane (Photo courtesy of The Deeley Exhibition).

Terry Rea: Even though Shane did his slide rule calculations, Trev still called the Buell engineers and asked if their bikes could reach 150 mph; they said it was not possible. Trev was skeptical but both Shane and I challenged him saying it could be done.

What was so special about this motorcycle?

Rea: The Lightening was an unmodified bike. The only things we did were get European belts and sprockets for better gas mileage and a steering dampener to control wobbling. As a matter of fact, we entered the bike into the 1350cc Production-Push Rod Class but in reality, our bike was only 1200cc. We were giving up 150cc!!

I heard there were some issues leading up to the race. What happened?

Rea: The engine suffered serious damage on the dynamometer the day before it was scheduled to leave. Over-revving bent a pushrod and we didn’t have a spare! We managed to find a dealer in Victoria (Steve Drane) who had one but it was lost at the bus depot. I had to bribe the terminal workers with a Harley test ride so they would search for it. We repaired the bike at the very last minute, rode it from the back of the shop to the front and loaded it into the trailer. Since we needed to be there the next day, Jason McVickers and I drove all night to get there in time.

Kenneally: I didn’t even know the pushrod was broken. I had left before everyone else. Trev flew everyone there except Terry and Jason who drove.

Rea: We had to detour through Prosser, WA. which added 2 extra hours to the drive. The tech inspection at Bonneville was closing at 5pm and we rolled up at 4:30; 22 hours after we started! The first run wasn’t until the next morning though.

So now you’ve made, how was race day?

Kenneally: The weather was great, it was hot!

Rea: We had traction the whole way, tires were not slippery.

Kenneally: I did three runs altogether. The first run hit 132 mph (the record was 144) but the bike was misfiring on the top end. I jetted out the carbs a couple of times and the second run was 142 mph. Peter Sellers (Team Deeley Mechanic) jetted out the carbs twice more. On our third run we broke 150 mph. We did our return run the next morning, again over 150 mph, so our average was 150.022 mph, a new record!

Rea: Bonneville has its own radio station so after the third run as I was nearing the CB radio I heard, “That’s a new track record set by Trev Deeley Racing!” Trev and I ran to the truck and listened enthusiastically. That was the first time I ever saw Trev running (Terry muses).

What was the reaction like from the crowd?

Rea: There were congratulations all around as everyone celebrated that the rookies set the record! Trev asked me how I knew the Buell would beat 150 mph and I answered, “Shane’s Slide rule!”

Kenneally: I was pretty close to my calculation (Shane laughs). Eric Buell said 144 mph was the best the Lightening could do. They did hundreds of runs but we beat them in only three. It was hard to get Trev excited, but he was pleased with the Buell record. Looking back, the Buell was very stable, the most rock-solid bike I ever raced in Bonneville. It was just “waaaaahh’ing along” and I was just sitting there watching the mountains fly by…

There is still residue on the gas cap from the wax tape used to seal it after the race inspection. Below it is a piece of paper cut from a pack of Winston cigarettes. “Trev told Team Deeley we had to win so we taped the word ‘Win’ onto the bike for motivation,” says Terry Rea. (Photo courtesy of The Deeley Exhibition).

The aftermath of the Buell Lightening’s record-breaking run was a huge success for Trev Deeley as he made full use of the bike as a marketing tool. The Lightening was sent on a cross country tour of Canada and sales for Buell motorcycles more than doubled. The next year The House of Buell (Buell dealership) opened its doors on Boundary Road in Vancouver.

Along with the Buell Lighting S1, Team Deeley raced 3 other bikes at Speed Week 1998. Shane raced a Suzuki Gamma RG500 and Jason McVickers raced both a 580cc Gamma in Modified Gas and a 750cc GSXR Suzuki. All three bikes broke their respective records which still stand today.

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Hosting a TEDx Event

What is a TEDx event?

TEDx events are locally organized gatherings featuring live TED-like talks and videos. Sometimes these are previously recorded at TED conferences, and sometimes they’re new, original content. The purpose of these events is to foster the TED experience within the local community, and the content and design of each TEDx event is unique. They are developed, organized, and hosted locally by visionaries within the community.

The format, diversity of topics, and community-based (bias-free) content is idea-focused, thought-provoking, and direct. TEDx events are organized by volunteers and lack any commercial, religious, or political agenda. TEDx events are also non-profit events.

These aren’t events with a single topic, industry, or special-interest agendas. Ideas which spark conversation, connectivity, and community are the word of the day.

Organizer Responsibilities

The Organizer’s goal should be to drive the sharing of big ideas, rich storytelling, and the interaction of multiple disciplines. Engineers should be talking to artists, coders should be swapping tales with doctors, and motivational speakers should be busy being motivated by other people’s stories. These are the qualities that make a great TED event – you’re expected to capture the spirit of TED.

This means unearthing local voices. Who are the undiscovered voices and unknown talents of your community who have the power to influence change and the insight to see it when it’s happening? If you choose to include individual speakers, choose extraordinary people with fresh eyes and strong voices.

Produce great content to enthrall, entertain, and educate. People should leave the TEDx event feeling like they learned, shared, and experienced a lot in one place, while having their eyes opened to new opportunities.

Most of all TEDx events are licensed TED events, and you have to apply for a license and be granted one before hosting a TEDx branded event.

TEDx Rules

There’s a super straight-forward list of rules setup for TEDx events. These rules are meant to create a framework to preserve the spirit of the TED event, and to make it easier to organize and structure TEDx events in your community.

Some of the rules are very straight forward, and actually aid in the selection of a venue, for instance:

    • Up to 100 individuals may attend your event. Only individuals who have attended an official TED conference in person may organize an event with more than 100 attendees.
    • Tickets for TEDx events must always be less than $100 USD and should go towards event and operating costs. Based on approval from TED, you can charge an attendance fee for a TEDx event featuring live speakers.

Some of the rules are there to protect the TED brand, and relate to programming:

    • A minimum of two official, pre-recorded TED Talks must be shown at events which are less than half a day in length. For longer events, 25% of the total number of talks must be official, pre-recorded TED Talks from the talks library.
    • TED and TEDx events are stand-alone events, and may not be co-branded with other events or identities (organization, non-profit, corporation, etc).

Before you plan on organizing a TEDx event, familiarize yourself with all the rules and read the TEDx Organizer Guide.

Event Types

There’s a broad array of different event types available to host.

There are the standard event, inspired by the TED conference. There are also University and youth events, for events which are hosted at a college or university and organized by current university admins and staff, or catered towards schools and youth communities.

There are Salon events – small weekly or monthly events – which help to keep a community engaged between regularly scheduled larger events. (In order to organize a Salon event, applicants must already have an existing standard license.)

There are also TEDxLive and TEDxWomen events, aimed at topics of women and gender, or working with a simulcast of the annual TED Conference. These two categories specifically tend to become global events.

TED in Vancouver

Even if you’re not interested in becoming an organizer, you can still get engaged in helping be a part of the action. TEDx events are volunteer organized, planned, and driven events. Without the help of valued volunteers these events can’t happen. Get involved!

Local TEDx Events in Vancouver include TEDx Stanley Park.

Deeley Exhibition and Conference Facilities is an ideal and unique venue for a TEDx Event. Our main meeting room can comfortably accommodate 100 seated guests, we have built-in professional A/V and projection, and we are centrally located and accessible by car or transit. IF you’d like information about hosting a TEDx event with us, give us a call.

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When Lawrence Met Brough: How the death of a legend paved the way for motorcycle safety

Described by many as the “Rolls Royce of Motorcycles” in its hey-day, Brough Superior was the pinnacle of luxury motorcycles; appealing to nobility, aristocracy, and even royalty. Starting around 1914, George Brough began developing his brand as a way to branch out from under the shadow of his father’s flat track success. George wanted a motorcycle unlike any other he had encountered before. He wanted to create a motorcycle that fit all of his personal ideals. While still doing War work, Brough took his share of his inheritance and spent his days developing the now iconic brand in a small shop in Nottingham. By 1920 the first advertisement was released. George was an innovator in motorcycles, developing the first prop stand, twin headlamps, crash bars, and interconnected silencers. Although there were four primary models during Brough’s popularity, the SS100, S880, SS680 O.H.V., and the Model 11.50, each Brough motorcycle was customizable, made to each rider’s specifications and needs. This is partially where the exclusivity of the brand comes from, but also, by manufacturing standards, only around 3000 were ever made. Unfortunately, production came to an end during the close of the Second World War, with a recent revival of the brand beginning in 2017. However, our story doesn’t end there.

Part of Brough Superior’s renown and success came from the prestigious people who owned a Brough. One of the most famous owners and riders of Brough Superiors was T. E. Lawrence, otherwise known as Lawrence of Arabia. Lawrence was a British soldier, scholar, and writer. During the First World War his sympathies with the Arab people brought him to mobilize an Arab revolt in which he led a small force against Turkey that attacked communication and supply routes. Sensationalization of his time in the East led to his fame upon his return to England.

Lawrence was a proud owner of Brough Superior, having owned eight in his lifetime, describing one of his bikes as, “… a skittish motorcycle with a touch of blood in it.” He even gave his favorite, a 998cc, the nickname of “Boa” which was a shortened version of the Aramaic word meaning “son of thunder.” It was on this 998cc that Lawrence met his tragic end. The story goes that while riding near his Dorset home in England, a small dip in the road blocked his view of a couple of boys on bicycles ahead. Maneuvering to avoid the boys, Lawrence went flying off his bike and hit his uncovered head. Sadly, it was common to ride without a helmet at that time. On May 19th, 1935, six days after the accident, T. E. Lawrence passed away at the age of 46. His death was hailed a “tragic waste” by the New York Times.

One of the attending medics at the hospital was Hugh Cairns; one of Britain’s first neurosurgeons. Cairns’ post-mortem found that Lawrence had passed away from severe lacerations and damage to the brain. Had he survived, the brain damage would have left him blind and unable to speak. It is speculated, through examination of his diaries, that it was Lawrence’s death that first led Cairns to begin to formulate his thoughts on crash helmets. It wasn’t until six years after Lawrence’s death that Cairn’s, now a consulting neurosurgeon to the Army, published an article in the British Medical Journal on the importance of the crash helmet. His findings showed that in the 21 months leading up to the Second World War, of all the motorcycle deaths in England, 2/3 of those deaths were from head injuries. His conclusion was that crash helmets should be examined more closely, not as an ultimate solution, but as a way to mitigate the amount of motorcycle deaths. In November 1941, the same year as the articles publication, the British Army having been convinced by Cairns, ordered all dispatch riders to wear helmets. It was the coming together of a legendary motorcycle and a legendary man that led to Cairn’s research, and eventually to the widespread use, for both military personnel and civilians, of the crash helmet.

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Preparing Your Motorcycle For Transport

Motorcycles have become increasingly more visible on the roadways in the last ten years as more people have discovered how fun and economical riding can be. Motorcycles are much easier to handle on the roads than larger vehicles and they are also easier to transport when you need to relocate a far distance from home and can’t take the time to ride, or when you may need to travel overseas and want to have your bike accompany you.

Just as when you need to find motorcycle services to keep your bike well-maintained, you also need to hire a dependable motorcycle shipping company to move your bike . Whether you need to have it shipped locally, nationwide or even overseas, you need to know every detail of the shipping process to make sure your bike is properly prepared. The first thing you need to do is speak to the agent at the company to find out what they require specifically.

Some companies will require that the bike has the fuel and all other fluids drained while others will allow them to remain. This is something that will be important, especially if you need to ship overseas because regulations for sea shipments will usually demand that fluids are removed for safety purposes. Local and even state-to-state transport will typically allow the owner to keep the gas and other fluids either filled or at least with a quarter to half tank of gas and all other fluids filled appropriately. The reason that some companies require fluids to be drained is due to fluid leaks that are flammable or could cause damage to other bikes that may be shipped on the same carrier.

When you begin your motorcycle transport preparation, keep in mind that one of the most important aspects of fully preparing the bike is going to be choosing a reliable company. Making a decision on this can often be a big challenge as there are so many companies listed that say they provide safe motorcycle shipping when in reality their standards are sub-par. Something to watch out for are companies that offer cheap rates because sometimes, these companies will offer a price that is far below everyone else but once you have scheduled services they will add extra costs to your final bill. It is also very important to choose quality and safety over price when you are entrusting someone else to handle your bike while you are not with it. A cheap price often means low quality and fewer restrictions on safety during transport.

When you need to hire a company you can trust, you should really get no less than three price quotes before you decide on the one to hire. This way, you can hear how professional the agent is, learn about their services and also check into their company history and driving and transport records, licensing and insurance coverage. On average, it will cost anywhere from $200 to $500 to ship a bike locally while pricing can range from $300 to more than $1000 shipping nationwide. Overseas shipping can usually be handled for $2000 to $3500 depending on the country you are shipping to as well as the mode of transport used for the bike. The company you hire will usually take care of getting the bike to the port if necessary for overseas transport and will pick up and deliver with door to door services when you ship within the country.

Once you have hired a company, you then need to make sure that it is ready to be loaded for delivery when the company driver arrives to pick it up. A personal inspection of the bike to check for any signs of damage, even small cosmetic blemishes, paint chips, or small dents should be noted in writing with time and date stamped pictures or video. In order to appropriately check for damage, keep the following in mind:

  • The motorcycle should be clean.
  • Pictures should be taken from all angles of the bike.
  • Make a copy of the notes to give to the driver when he picks the bike up.

Once you have completed a personal inspection of the motorcycle, you need to take some time to get other important issues taken care of to fully prepare it for shipment. If the bike will be crated or shipped overseas, you need to drain the fuel and other fluids. If not, then the fuel and fluids should be fine to remain at the levels you have them unless the company has a specific requirement. To ship a motorcycle locally or via the interstate you need to:

  • Make sure the tires are properly inflated
  • Make sure the battery is fully charged
  • Make sure the brakes are in good working condition
  • Remove saddlebags or other loose accessories from the bike.

Unless otherwise stated by the transport company, your motorcycle needs to be in good running condition. It will not be driven except to load and unload into the trailer or onto the flatbed and even then, the driver may just need to push it instead of riding it. Depending on the company and the driver, you need to let them know ahead of time if the motorcycle is inoperable or has anything quirky with starting or even pushing that they will need to know about in order to properly load or unload it for transport.

For international relocation there are a few other things that need to be taken care of for shipping:

  • The fuel needs to be drained.
  • The battery should be removed.
  • All fluids should be drained if shipping inside a crate.
  • Any loose accessories or bike parts need to be secured by rope or shipping tape.
  • Saddlebags and other accessories should be removed before shipping.
  • The tire pressure should be lowered.
  • Detailed pictures should be taken of the motorcycle as well as the crate or container if possible.

When the bike arrives at the new destination, be sure to walk through the inspection with the transport driver and complete a careful inspection to check for signs of damage. Most often, as long as the bike has been carefully prepared and is shipped in the hands of a professional, it will be just fine when it arrives at the new location and you will be able to hop on and take it for a ride as quickly as possible.




Guest article written by Jason Mueller.


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The 5th Annual Vancouver Vintage Motorcycle Show & Shine


JOIN US on SUNDAY JUNE 24 for our Vintage Motorcycle Show & Shine!

Do you have a Vintage motorcycle you’d like to show off? Love antique motorcycles? Whether you ride or not, come down June 24th for the 5th annual Vancouver Vintage Motorcycle Show & Shine!

Select rare motorcycles from the collection will be on display as well as several vendors for you to check out. This year we are also inviting a limited number of vintage cars to be on show as well! Bikes, burgers, and a good time to be had by all!

$10 bike/car registration gets you a free lunch as well as free museum entry!

For more information or to pre-register, call us at 604 293 2221 or email

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Avtar Singh Dhillon – Rebel With a Cause

True to the form of his riding predecessors, Avtar Singh Dhillon took a stand for his beliefs and transformed British Columbia laws in the process.

Dhillon emigrated to Canada in 1970 and, as a baptized Sikh, stood out in crowds thanks to his traditional turban and beard – signs of the Sikh faithful. Throughout his early tenure in Canada, Dhillon was challenged many times, bouncing from job to job due to his inability to adhere to safety codes. As a practicing Sikh, Dhillon is forbidden to remove his turban and thus could not wear hardhats at construction sites, limiting his ability to work to only low paying jobs while trying to provide for his family.

Dhillon could also not ride since a motorcycle helmet cannot fit over a turban either. After feeling the freedom and thrilling exhilaration of riding in his home state of Punjab, Dhillon attempted numerous times over the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s to obtain a BC motorcycle license but was turned away each time for a lack of a helmet. During this time, Dhillon petitioned to the government but was ultimately unsuccessful.

Finally, in 1995 Dhillon filed a complaint with the BC Human Right’s Commission and, backed by the support of the Sikh community and the British government (who had allowed turbaned Sikh riders to enjoy the open road since 1976), Dhillon challenged the BC Ministry of Transportation and Highways.

The hearing took place March 18-20, 1997 at the Vancouver Art Gallery and generated a lot of interest from the community in general, the Sikh community specifically and members of the Vancouver and Surrey Senior Centers. In the end, the Human Rights Tribunal ordered the Government of BC to amend the motorcycle helmet law to accommodate for Sikh’s wearing a turban. This significant victory lead to the amendment of the Motor Vehicle Act by the Provincial Government, accepted on July 19, 1999.

Due to his tireless efforts, determination and Sikh faith, Mr. Dhillon not only changed the laws of our land but also changed the way we see riders today. Members of the BC Chapter of the Sikh Motorcycle Club can be seen on the streets today proudly riding the streets, with their faith intact. After 30 years of perseverance and dedication Avtar Singh Dhillon stands as a great example of one man making a change because of what he believes in.

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A Brief History on Hill-Climb Motorcycles

Many argue that motorcycle hill-climbing got its start in the early 1900’s thanks to Indian Motorcycles. Taking a motorcycle from the bottom of a steep hill, up and over, was a way to prove the power and strength of that motorcycle, and it was the method used by Indian to show off their latest models. These displays were often done at some of the steepest hills in Springfield, Massachusetts and eventually drew a crowd. Soon enough it became a sport for thrill seekers, and motorcycle companies began manufacturing hill-climb-specific models to meet the growing market of racers. Triumph began competing in 1905, with Harley Davidson joining the races five years later. The sport and the specific bike models both thrived together, with racing creating a demand, and new hill-climb models drawing in new racers.

hill-climb harley davidson

The 1920’s saw the biggest boom of the sport, with more and more competitors in hill-climb races and more motorcycle companies manufacturing hill-climbers. The sport was particularly popular in Southern Orange County, with its ideal terrain. Unfortunately the sport’s popularity did begin to wane, especially with the rise and prominence of other forms of racing, like flat track. The sport almost died out altogether until 2008, when the Daytona Motorsport Group took over from AMA, creating a 21st century resurgence in hill climbing popularity.

As part of our commemoration of unique bikes over the past 100 years, The Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition has on display a 1930 Harley Davidson Hill-climber. One of only thirty built, this unique bike was first introduced by Harley Davidson in 1929, during the height of hill-climbing popularity. This DAH with its overhead valve v-twin engine produces over 60 horsepower. First bought from the factory by Fred Deeley Jr, the bike was later gifted to Trev Deeley who had considerable success at hill-climb events throughout the Pacific Northwest.

hill-climb modern day

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A Brief History of BSA

Coming out this month is the fourth season of the hit BBC show Peaky Blinders. The show takes place in Birmingham, England after the First World War and follows a gang through all their debaucherous endeavors. One of which, featured in the first season, was the accidental stealing of arms from a BSA factory. Not many know of the military sector of the Birmingham Small Arms Company, but many do know the name through their history in manufacturing British Motorcycles.

Many of BSA’s factories were situated in Birmingham, also known as the workshop of the world. The company manufactured just about everything from military and sporting firearms, to bicycles, to cars, to tools, and of course to motorcycles. The first motorcycle officially manufactured by BSA was the 3 ½ H.P. Built in 1910, this bike was first displayed to the public at the 1910 Olympia Show in London, with the bike being made available for the 1911 season. Needless to say, this unique bike led to entire production being sold out.

As the brands motorcycle division grew, the company began to market their bikes as affordable and easily handled by beginners. Additionally, reliability, availability of spares, and dealer support were emphasized. A majority of BSA motorcycles were used for commuting; the models having a mixture of side valve and OHV engines. However, BSA made a push to have their motorcycles recognized in the racing realm as well. In 1954, in an attempt to improve U.S. sales, BSA entered a team of riders in the 200-mile Daytona beach race. In the end, they won 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 5th.

At its peak, BSA’s motorcycle division was the largest motorcycle producer in the world, owning smaller motorcycle companies such as Triumph, Ariel, and Sunbeam & New Hudson. Unfortunately, the company did not take seriously oncoming competition from the Japanese motorcycle companies. With Honda overtaking the company in 1959, BSA saw a dramatic decline in the 1950’s and 1960’s in sales. Inability to foresee Japanese competition and poor management led to the downfall of the company’s motorcycle division in the 1970’s. In 1972 there was a last-ditch effort to save the company by combining it with Norton-Villiers and Triumph, but that plan failed, with the last official BSA motorcycle being produced in 1973.

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Preparing Your Bike for Winter Storage

As the days get shorter and the nights get longer; as the leaves turn to orange and you dust off your coats, it’s time to start thinking about preparing your bike for winter storage. Of course there may be a few more months of good riding left, but these days, the weather is unpredictable. It’s a tough call to make when to tuck her away, but when you’re ready, here is a checklist for prepping your bike for storage.

  • Wash your bike
  • Wash thoroughly, making sure to dry the bike very well after. Don’t forget to lube the chain and wax any chrome afterwards as well.
  • Remove and clean the spark plugs, change them out if necessary
  • Change the oil – This helps to ensure your bike is ride ready come spring.
  • Fill the gas tank – This helps prevent rust from forming inside the tank
  • Remove the battery and connect it to a charger – This maintains the battery life through long periods of inactivity
  • Make sure to store the battery in a clean and dry place away from any heat sources or chemicals
  • Cover the exhaust pipes – This prevents moisture from collecting inside, as well as keeping out any curious critters
  • Find a dry storage location and cover up the bike
And lastly,
Sigh with longing for the spring when you can ride again!



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10 Things to Keep In Mind While Planning Your Corporate Event

Organizing a seminar, conference, brand promotion, or the launch of a product is not a cake walk. In such a situation, paying attention to the minute details is very important to make an impact on the customer or other corporate houses. This article aims to acquaint you with the know-how of planning a corporate event.

The devil resides in details they say, and it is this devil you need to cater to when planning a corporate event. Such an event, unlike an informal event, needs a lot of prior planning and proper execution to avoid losing out on customers. This means, one has to begin ahead of time and get everything in order before the D-day approaches. Well, that is a whole lot of work at hand for the one planning the event to make it a success.

The success of a seminar, conference, or even a customer appreciation day depends on the details. As a planner, the responsibility of making it a memorable event depends wholly on you and your proper execution. These are the following points you need to bear in mind.


The most important point to be taken into consideration when planning an event is to decide on the theme. This just means that you need to first conceptualize your idea. You also need to bear in mind the targeted audience for the particular event. Based on these two main aspects, i.e., the audience and the theme, you need to plan and accordingly execute the corporate event.


To make an event successful, ensure you cross-check the calendar to rule out any clashes with other events. For a better turnout for your event, assure that your guests are not preoccupied with another event. Collaborate the event in such a way that it does not hamper your guests’ routine; rather make it convenient for them to remember your event. Take care that it does not clash with a holiday or festive celebration when the turnout for your event is sure to dwindle.


After drawing a rough estimate of the number of people you expect at your event, venture out to hunt for the possible locations. Make it a point to discuss the cost pertaining to room rentals, the number of hours you can have access to it, and the added benefits of the place in question. Do make sure to visit a couple of places and talk to a handful of competitors to get the best deal for the event. Also, see to it that you book the caterers, bartenders, and security beforehand.


Book your key speakers, guests of honor, and other important people well in advance. Doing this will ensure that you are not let down at the eleventh hour, and your guests are not left hanging in thin air. Besides, those attending the event would benefit from knowing who would be addressing a particular subject, thereby, increasing the turnout if the speaker is well-known.


Once you have your location and guest list ready, make it a point to advertise your event. Send out the invitations, reach out to your guests and the media if need be, and book them in advance. Getting your audience interested in the event beforehand is of utmost importance to have a good turnout.


Sponsors are an important part of any event―they not only fund the event, but are also crucial for the success of the event. Treat your sponsors like royalty, and at the same time, be sure of what you want from them and of what they can expect from the event.


It pays to know your resources well, and it will only help you delegate the responsibilities well in advance. Remember, it is always best to have designated people to do respective jobs rather than taking it all on your shoulders. Distribute the work evenly, and keep backups just in case there is a last-minute slag. Most importantly, collaborate the event with them at all times.


The only means to generate revenue for your event is to set up a registration fee. Ensure you have enough registration forms sent out along with the invitation cards. It will help collect data that’s necessary for marketing and promotional activities after the event. Make sure you have incentives ready for the early birds who register. You can set up a site for online registration to have an idea of the turnout. Giving discounts to those who have participated in earlier events is sure to attract and keep the customer satisfied. If possible, keep a counter at the entrance for last-minute registrations.


A corporate event requires the attendees to sport badges. Hand out customized badges to everyone who is attending your event. Make sure to keep extra badges just in case you need them on the day of the event.


A day prior to the event, make sure you have everything in place. You could visit the venue a couple of hours prior to the event and check the sound and light system. Ensure that the arrangements are proper and everything is looked into. Handing out programmed brochures to the guests is sure to make the event seem more organized. Remember, the first impression is sure to leave a lasting impact on your guests. To do this, you would have to ensure that the entry management is efficient and well-organized.

Last but not the least, ensure there are no snags and delays in your event that will put off your guests. Also, remember to place your guests’ safety and satisfaction at the helm of all your efforts. By keeping all these things in mind, you are certain to leave your guests with a smile, which will translate your event into a huge success!




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