Rawdonflyer, Weisacre and I spent a good two hours strolling through the Trev Deeley motorcycle museum yesterday, enjoying what can only be described as a wonderful, fabulous world class display. They have bikes running back from the late eighteen-eighties - ones that have friggen coal-burners for 'fire' and run on steam and what-not.
They are ingenious marvels of metal, manufacturing/machine-work, creativity and - well - beauty!!
The current diplay's theme is "the demise of the British Motorcycle Industry" and it covers some incredible ground with some truly heart-stirring older bikes on hand, and Terry - museum curator and all-round nice guy - grew up in Vancouver and was around the m/cycle world and circles ever since. He knows virtually EVERYBODY who ever rode around here in past decades and is a virtual treasure-trove of stories and information - and he loves to tell his tales.
This theme display is up until April, and then it changes. The museum is open for visits even on Sundays and it is 'by donation' so even cheapskates like me can enjoy it without feeling bad.
Oh - and incidentally - Rawdonflyers dad, Ted, raced the very first (AJS) bike on display (well - the first one right after the other, first one which is the $110,000.00 hand-built 200 hp full-carbonfibre MV Augusta F4 - CC on stand) that you'll see as soon as you enter the museum, in 1954 in the Isle of Mann TT ... (the write-up is there to read).
Go check it out during one of these coming down days - it'll be well worth your time and effort !!! Deeley is on Boundary close to 1st Ave ...