Steve Drane – Hall-of-Famer, Gentleman, Friend

We are off to Vancouver to interview members of the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame.  So, thought it would be fitting to give our host and pal a bit of an attaboy.  Steve was inducted in 2014.  Worthy of the title, to be sure!

Steve with 40 year member award – Victoria Motorcycle Club

 

Steve Drane – Class of 2014

(From the Canadian Motorcycle Hall of Fame)

One of Steve’s earliest motorcycles – powered by, a gas-powered, washing machine engine.

The Ambassador of motorcycling on Vancouver Island

He’s been called the Ambassador of motorcycling on Vancouver Island. His strong mechanical skills coupled with his addiction to adrenaline have contributed to a long career in competition including trials, motocross, sidecar, hill climb, drag and road racing.

Steve’s favorite – the Hill Climb.

To this day Steve holds the Mount Doug hill climb record set in the 1980’s aboard a 6 cylinder Honda CBX of all things.

Surprisingly it is not his racing accomplishments that Steve Drane is most noted for – it is his motorcycle community philanthropy. In 1971 Steve personally helped to develop the rider training program for the Vancouver Island’s Safety Council, then became one of the first class 6 instructors in BC. A founding member, Steve still serves as a director on the Safety Council board.

Early Steve

As a competitor, Steve personally identifies with Island racers and provides support to the race community through sponsorship from his Harley-Davidson dealership. His dealership is well known for its community involvement and support of charitable causes.  During the year, between arranging bike shows of all types and community events, Steve Drane HD raises funds for charitable organizations such as the Cancer Society and Muscular Dystrophy.  To date over 125 charities have benefited from the generous efforts of Steve Drane Harley-Davidson.

Steve has been a member of the Victoria Motorcycle Club for over 40 years. His unique and broad motorcycle expertise has been sought by many organizations. He has served as an expert witness for motorcycle accident scene reconstruction for both the office of the Crown Prosecutors and Coroner of British Columbia.

Steve’s hobby is vintage motorcycle restoration and he then generously loans them to museums for all to enjoy.

Steve and Ray Prince working on the 350 HD peashooter.

His enthusiasm for all things motorcycle related appears endless. For decades Steve Drane has been a constant positive influence on Island riders and the Vancouver Island community at large.

FARKLE On CHEK TV

As the weather cools and gets rainy, you Might not be riding as much as you like.  Perfect!  Spend a half hour with the Farkle gang on CHEK TV – Seen across BC!  We’ve spent many weeks re-editing the series.  We’ve added new segments to every episode and we’ve created some great local motorcycle commercials.  We are happy to report that our community supports Farkle Garage and motorcycling, in general.

Island BMW has teamed up with us and is proud to help present the new show as well.

Tom and Bill are also great supporters of your local motorcycle TV show!

First Episode Airs: Saturday, Novemeber 17 at 2:30 pm.  Enjoy!

Could this be Your NEW Winter Motorcycle?!

Winter is coming.  And for most of Canada that means the motorcycles are stored until the snow melts.  Of course if you live near us, you could ride year-round.  But, for those of your who are winter-bound, this could be the next best thing for winter riding, er, driving.  The SOLO is a full electric car or more accurately, a 3 wheeler, built for one.  With all the amenities of a car, including heated seats, air-con, bluetooth etc. etc.. 

A very cool little rig, great range, power and comfort.  And, they are headquartered in Vancouver:  https://electrameccanica.com/solo  We may have to pay them a visit and take this cozy trike for a scoot!

Paul

Last Shoots and First Cigar Throttle

The ultimate #WTFarkle came to us from our friends in Arizona.  We promised them a few words because, well, this is the coolest farkle we’ve seen in a LONG time!  However, we have a problem.  We can’t put smoking devices on TV – period!  But, we thought you know what, people have got to see this thing at least, so we decided to shoot a short segment on this device.  It’s incredibly well built and if you are really into smoking cigars and want a place to hold it, while you are out on the road, this is the ticket!  Cars still have ash trays, don’t they?  Well then, this is your bike’s ashtray if you will.  Here’s a link to their site:  https://www.cigarthrottle.com

This shoot was our very last FG shoot for Season One.  We had a couple loose ends to tie off, before sending the completely reworked first season over to CHEK TV for airing in the Fall.  We had a blast!  Just the four of us Farkle Productions Ltd. gang, doing what we love to do – shoot video, talk motorcycles and have fun.  It’s been a hard, long haul, getting prepped for this, but, we are nearly there.  Get ready for some new content, some old stories and a farklin good time on TV, with CHEK!  November.

A Tiny Tiddler – 1964 Suzuki 50cc N15

What is a Tiddler?   Don’t blush, it’s not what you think it is! If you watched episode 9, Clive Ironbutt Brown explained it to the hosts in a ‘tiddlating’ conversation, if you haven’t watched episode 9 check it out here! WTFarkle is a Tiddler?

Meet Jason, this is his ‘tiddler’ a 1964, 2 stroke, 50cc, Suzuki N15. A Tiddler is a vintage bike that is at least 25 years old, 250 cc’s and under. This bike has a story to tell, this little Suzi belonged to his dad when he was young man.  His dad would ride this intrepid little 2 stroke 50cc Suzi over the Hope Princeton Highway Route 3, from Hope to Kelowna to attend University. That might not sound like a big deal, but it is! BC is wild and vast, the Hope Princeton highway is twisty, windy, climbs up steep grades, and has sheer drops. This could be a daunting trip on a little bike and not for the faint of heart. Check out the link to Google for images of the Hope Princeton Highway – YES, this little bike did travel over that mighty highway!    Pictures of Hope Princeton Hwy 3 

In 1969, Jason’s dad lent his Suzi to a friend, unfortunately he drove it over a 6ft cliff, bent the bars, and the Suzi was relegated to the barn, where it sat gathering rust (LOTS of rust) until 1980. Jason rediscovered the bike and his grandpa loaded it onto a truck and brought it to Victoria for him, where it followed him from place to place, patiently waiting to be brought back to life. Finally this 53 year old beauty stirred to life in 2017.

There is beauty in these little old bikes, this one is held together by rust and probably a few prayers. It has  a nice roachy antiqued patina, she needs a lot of work and a little moto botox. During this past winter the Suzi had a brief sojourn at my place with my hubby tinkering with it  trying to get parts un-seized, and getting it shakily running again. It was glorious to see it grumble to life again out of her long moto hibernation.

Last Friday Jason brought the Suzi by for a little TLC and tinkering, the mix was off, she was running, but barely.  She rolled down the street belching a trail of acrid blue smoke, accompanied by the high pitched whine of the 2 stroke engine mixed with coughs and sputters, and the strong smell of gas perfuming the air.

If you look beyond the layers of rust there is a charm to this gnarly little bike.  Jason is slowly polishing off rust, and looking for replacement parts which are hard to come by.  The charm of this restoration is that it is pretty much going to live on its present state.

That is the original tire on the bike.

You better have an iron butt to ride on that seat! Jason has been sanding the rusty chrome bits and managed to get the majority of rust off the back carry rack.

Looks a little roachy doesn’t it?!

I love the look of this vintage 1964 Suzi! It holds a lot of family memories and adventures of the past.  The bike was last insured in BC in 1969, and it is now out of hibernation getting a little TLC, and Jason hopes to pass it onto the next generation, his kids.

Hopefully he will be tiddling along on the roads of Vancouver Island and maybe make it to the Farkle Garage Tiddler run coming up on July 15th.

 

 

Highway 4 Vancouver Island – Rider’s paradise

I recently rode to Tofino on a motorcycle weekend getaway with my husband.  The roads are narrow and twisty – riding nirvana! The scenery is stunning.  If you haven’t ridden Vancouver Island’s Hwy 4, you are missing out! The treasure at the end HWY 4 is the Pacific Rim National Park where Long Beach is located and is a BC surfer mecca.  Just ask Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, he was out here ripping the waves last summer. At one end of the park is Ucluelet which in the first people’s Nuu chal-nuth language means “People of Safe Harbour” on the other end is the fishing hamlet of Tofino which is situated on the picturesque Clayoquot Sound.

Both communities are accessed via Hwy 4, which is a very isolated stretch of road on Vancouver Island. Tofino and Ucluelet draw tourists from around the globe to take advantage of the stunning scenery, ocean adventures, hiking/camping and the best motorcycle twisties!

Stop by the Visitor Centre to learn a little bit about the area.

On your ride in stop at the Ellis River and dangle your feet in the icy cold water and enjoy the scenery.

Next stop at Long Beach located in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve and take a stroll on the beach and wiggle your toes in the sand.

Go for a stroll on Long Beach to find the Red Chairs perched on a rock, the view is incredible!  You will find these chairs in most of Canada’s National Parks which encourages visitors to sit and take in the view.

Once you’ve had enough beach time leisurely make your way into Tofino and explore this eclectic little hamlet.  There are quaint shops to browse in and great places to eat! Enjoy your stay!

 

Posted by Dar

 

Farkle Garage Backgrounder – The Harley Shovel Heads of Langford

Shaw TV Community Access Show, Farkle Garage host, Clive Brown visits the shovel heads at Phoenix Cycle in Langford, BC. After some digging of his own, Clive learns that the Harley-Davidson shovel head is the motorcycle responsible for that infamous Harley “potato, potato, potato” sound, a sound that is getting harder to hear as mechanics like the boys at Phoenix, disappear.