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Men and Women think differently sometimes

by Editor on 09/25/21

During yesterday's ride we stopped alongside the Kettle River just outside of Rock Creek when out of the blue Diane says, "take off your shirt."
I'm thinking, "Okay I like where this is going" pealed off my shirt but then quickly realized I misread the situation when she held it up and said' "take a picture for our merch." 

Don't get me wrong, it was a good idea but.... ; )


VRSC V-TWIN RACING STREET CUSTOM merch:
Men's and Women's T-shirts, long sleeve t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, tank tops, baseball hats, stickers, patches  drinkware and more. Available for all VROD enthusiasts at our online store.

VRSC shirts printed on front only start at $19.95 USD
Here's the direct link to our online store: 

VRSC V-TWIN RACING STREET CUSTOM merch VROD

VRSC V-TWIN RACING STREET CUSTOM merch VROD

Tourism Oliver

by Editor on 09/24/21

Stopped by the Oliver Visitor Centre that's located in the historic CPR station along the Okanagan River. 
6431 Station Street, Oliver British Columbia, Canada.

Tourism Oliver

First full day of Fall

by Editor on 09/23/21

This happens every year...

Bikers against FALL

VROD parts for sale

by Editor on 09/22/21

More 2002-2006 Harley Davidson VROD parts have been added to our for sale page.
here's the direct link: http://www.vridetv.com/vrodparts.html 

VROD PARTS FOR SALE

Motorcycle camera gear

by Editor on 09/17/21

We have outline all the motorcycle accessories our 2003 Harley-Davidson 100th Anniversary VRSCA V-ROD many times, so lets talk camera gear.

These are the items we use and pack with us:
  • Four SONY Professional HXR-MC1 video cameras
  • SONY CX700V Handycam
  • Eight SONY NP100 batteries
  • Fourteen memory cards
  • Six SONY battery chargers
  • Two SONY Sport Pack waterproof cases
  • SONY telephoto Lens
  • SONY wide angle lens
  • SONY remote control
  • SONY microphone
  • Two fisheye lenses
  • Velbon Sherpa carbon fiber monopod
  • Velbon Sherpa carbon fiber tripod
  • Manfrotto 500A video head
  • Tripod ball head camera mount
  • Tripod ball head and quick release plate
  • Four custom made camera mounts for motorcycle.
  • Two power bars with surge protectors. 
  • motorcycle with 4 professional video cameras

Rider wave

by Editor on 09/13/21

Our monopod cam capturing me waving back to a group of tourists from Alberta that were waving to me as I rode by. They were out of there car taking pictures of the old buildings and the funny thing is how far away I was when they turned around, reminding me once again how load my bike is!

biker waving at tourists

Roadpost Explorer

by Editor on 09/10/21

I take this Explorer by Roadpost everywhere I go!
Our viewers can track where we are riding and filming, that SOS button could save me or someone else in the event of an accident or emergency AND so much more!

The world’s first satellite communicator with navigation built-in.

The inReach Explorer has all of the features of the inReach SE, plus built-in navigation capabilities to get you there and back – every time. And just like the inReach SE, the inReach Explorer is rugged, waterproof and ready for anything you are.

Use inReach Explorer to:

Create or view routes including distance and bearing information.
Navigate a route, to a waypoint, or find your way back with a high-detail breadcrumb trail.
Create or view waypoints to mark key locations such as a campsite or vehicle location.
Plan your route(s) and waypoints ahead of time using the Explore portal and then share your journey with others to allow them to follow along.
Just like the other inReach devices, you can use Explorer to:

Send and receive 160-character text messages to cell numbers or email addresses worldwide.
Trigger an SOS, receive a delivery confirmation, and communicate with our 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center to provide and receive critical updates.
Select your tracking interval, track your progress, and share your GPS location, elevation and speed with others.

inReach Explorer

The world’s first satellite communicator with navigation built-in.

The inReach Explorer has all of the features of the inReach SE, plus built-in navigation capabilities to get you there and back – every time. And just like the inReach SE, the inReach Explorer is rugged, waterproof and ready for anything you are.

Use inReach Explorer to:

Create or view routes including distance and bearing information.
Navigate a route, to a waypoint, or find your way back with a high-detail breadcrumb trail.
Create or view waypoints to mark key locations such as a campsite or vehicle location.
Plan your route(s) and waypoints ahead of time using the Explore portal and then share your journey with others to allow them to follow along.
Just like the other inReach devices, you can use Explorer to:

Send and receive 160-character text messages to cell numbers or email addresses worldwide.
Trigger an SOS, receive a delivery confirmation, and communicate with our 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center to provide and receive critical updates.
Select your tracking interval, track your progress, and share your GPS location, elevation and speed with others.

Roadpost Explorer

VROD custom wheels

by Editor on 09/08/21

These started out as the stock solid wheels on our VROD, they were sent to Ruthless Designz to be machined and polished. When I got them back from Myrtle Beach I had a brand new set of Avon cobra tyres installed and balanced. Then I sanded and polished the brake rotors and all the bolts. The pulley and compensator bowl was also done to complete this custom wheel package.

vrod custom wheels

BC Wildfire ride

by Editor on 09/07/21

I decided to take a ride up McKinney Road towards Mount Baldy to shoot a video of the damage they caused by the wildfire. It was very eerie riding when every corner would reveal another part of the fire's path. Some areas were completely ravished while others untouched, while the next area's trees were scorched on one side only...
The NK'Mip wildfire is still 20,066 Hectares in size and stretches from Osoyoos to Oliver British Columbia Canada.
Thank you to the brave Men and Women who risk their lives battening this wildfire and the rest in our Province.

This is an extended length video showcasing the entire ride, so que up some of your favourite music, push play and go for a virtual ride VRIDETV's extended length video series put you in the riders seat, it's as real as it get without having to wear a helmet or getting bugs in your teeth ; ) This video was shot with a SONY Professional video camera mounted to the handlebars of a Harley Davidson VROD. The road up the mountain was quite rough in most spots so the video quality is not as good as we would have liked. 


Wildfire damage in British Columbia

by Editor on 09/05/21

The wildfires in British Columbia have been very bad this year and have been all over the news and social media. I decided to take a ride up McKinney Road towards Mount Baldy to shoot a video of the damage they caused. It was a very eerie riding when every corner would reveal another part of the fire's path. Some areas were completely ravished while others untouched, while the next area's trees were scorched on one side only...

There were many places I wanted to stop for a picture, but there was nowhere to pull over, or too much incline, or the shoulder was too soft, finally this spot was safe enough.

motorcycle in wildfire aftermath British Columbia Canada

The NK'Mip wildfire is still 20,066 Hectares in size and stretches from Osoyoos to Oliver British Columbia Canada.
Thank you to the brave Men and Women who risk their lives battening this wildfire and the rest in our Province. 

Kaleden abandoned hotel

by Editor on 09/04/21

While riding on Highway 97 I took the turn off at Kaleden to check out the lake and also to stop at the iconic Kaleden Hotel. First saw this on Global News during one of their "My Community" segments and wanted to see it in person, it did not disappoint! 

Kaleden Hotel British Columbia Canada


Here's some info I found online:

History of the Kaleden Hotel
The park itself gets its name from the shell of an old hotel that was built back in 1912 when Kaleden was in its heyday and was fast becoming a boomtown. The hotel only operated for two years until World War I broke out the hotel was forced to close its doors. The hotel never did reopen as improving roadways reduced the need to stop in Kaleden and the town never fully reclaimed its former glory. Over the years the empty hotel was stripped of anything valuable and now all that remains is the ghostly frame and the remnants of failed dreams. That being said it is a neat place to visit especially for history buffs.

source: https://www.exploratoryglory.com/travel-blog/kaleden-hotel-park-okanagan-valley-bc

02-06 VROD Owners groups launched on Facebook

by Editor on 09/03/21

I have launched a new Facebook group for first generation owners, the only requirement is you must own a 02-06 VROD. 


02-06 VROD group

VROD clothing and merch

by Editor on 09/01/21

VRSC V-TWIN RACING STREET CUSTOM 
Men's and Women's T-shirts, long sleeve t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, tank tops, baseball hats, stickers, patches  drinkware and more. Available for all VROD enthusiasts at our online store.

VRSC shirts printed on front only start at $19.95 USD
Here's the direct link to our online store: 

VROD clothing and merch

Old church and a VROD

by Editor on 08/31/21

We see a lot of cool old buildings in our travels and some make us turn around and go back for a picture. 

Old church and a harley davidson vrod

Two Vrods and a view

by Editor on 08/29/21

It's pretty awesome when you're riding in the middle of nowhere on the backroads of the South Okanagan, you run into someone you know AND they have a killer VROD! 

two vrods in the mountains




Vrod front brake rotor tab polished

by Editor on 08/28/21

One of 5 tabs before & after.
Sanded with 220, 400, 600, 800, 1000, 2000 then polished with Autosol. 
Did that a total of 20 times... Front and back of both rotors.

Sanding the tabs on the VROD's front brake rotors was both time consuming and an exercise in patients, BUT worth it in my opinion. All these little details will combine into the overall look for a complete wheel package. 

vrod brake rotor tab polished

V twin racing street custom shirt back

by Editor on 08/27/21

Stopped here to do a video for our Tik Tok account with my old iPhone 6 Plus, yes I said iPhone 6..... LOL... 
Time to finally upgrade as soon as the iPhone 13 Pro Max comes out!

The selfie cam on the handlebars caught me starting up the prehistoric device and also captured this pic of our VRSC V-TWIN RACING STREET CUSTOM shirt back.

check out all the VRSC merch at https://www.cafepress.ca/vrsc

vtwin racing street custom shirt back

Liberty Sport Triumph sunglasses for motorcycle riding

by Editor on 08/24/21

I've been wearing Liberty Sport glasses for over seven years now and one of my favourite styles are these Triumph sunglasses! 
They are specially designed for motorcycling and I have my prescription in the lenses!

Here's the details right from the source:

The Triumph provides all day comfort and wear especially under a helmet with the soft flexible temples. The sleek design fits best on medium to small faces and those with high cheek bones. The Powered by Switch removable side shields also offer ultimate wind and debris protection while riding and the option to turn the frames from motorcycle to lifestyle in seconds.

Key Features
  • Prescription available through your Optical Retailer.
  • Comes with removable magnetic eye cups (Powered By Switch) to help protect the eyes from wind, dust and light flying particles.
  • Raised eyerim back lip provides additional lens retention.
  • Head hugging temple design to add to frame comfort. Temples are flexible for under helmet fit.
  • Plano frame comes with Liberty Sport Ultimate Driver polycarbonate premium performance lenses:
  • Comes with semi-rigid case, cleaning cloth, eye cup pouch & adjustable cord
Lenses
  • Prescription available through your Optical Retailer
  • 8-base wrap around lens shape delivers excellent peripheral field of vision.
  • Passes all Global Driving Standards.
  • Hard Coat Premium Scratch Coating.
  • 100% UVA & UVB Protection.
  • Rx Lens Recommendation:
  • For sports and cycling we recommend a Polarized lens with Clear Vue anti-reflective coating.
  • For motorcycling, we recommend our Ultimate Driver lens which is a Rose Amber lens with silver flash mirror coating.
Here's the direct link to the Triumph glasses:

liberty sport triumph sunglasses motorcycle rider

Enjoying the view

by Editor on 08/23/21

We're very grateful to be able to ride a motorcycle, travel Canada, explore new places and share it with our viewers.
Thank you so much for being apart of VRIDETV

Hmmm, looks like Diane caught me enjoying the view, she's like a photo sniper!

V TWIN RACING STREET CUSTOM vrsc vrod shirt

VROD CLOTHING VRSC V-TWIN RACING STREET CUSTOM merch

by Editor on 08/21/21

Wanted a few shots of our VRSC V-TWIN RACING STREET CUSTOM shirt while riding, here's one I pulled this still from our selfie cam video footage. 

Men's and Women's T-shirts, long sleeve t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, tank tops, baseball hats, stickers, patches  drinkware and more. Available for all VROD enthusiasts at our online store.
The printing company we chose is based in the United States, they'll print items when ordered, package it, and ship it. This saves us having to buy a bunch of different sizes and styles of shirts, store them, package them, and ship them... With this service we're unable to get a bulk discount on the products raising the prices a little, but they're still reasonable. 
VRSC shirts printed on front only start at $19.95 USD
Here's the direct link to our online store: 

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