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Vrod rear rotor detailing

by Editor on 01/20/22

Time to detail the rear brake disc by sanding and polishing all the inner edges and the flat surfaces. No real point in doing the contact surface as the brake pads will score it up on the first ride.

vrod rear rotor detailing

Mark my words, this is the last wheel I restore.

by Editor on 01/18/22

It took 8 hours of sanding with 220 grit to do ONE side of this wheel....

The pitting was some of the deepest I've seen and there were very deep scratches and gouges, some as deep as the thickness of a fingernail. My guess is from the last time the wheel was removed and the brake caliper was not out of the way. (Probably for a tire change)

Mark my words, this is the last wheel I restore.

vrod rear wheel restoration

VROD Rear Wheel Restoration

by Editor on 01/15/22

Time to restore this rear wheel from a 2003 Harley Davidson 100th Anniversary VRSCA VROD. 
I will be using the same process as the front wheel restoration so it seems repetitive to shoot 6 videos of the same process. This video is to show the "Before" and upon completion I'll post the "After".
My process will be: wet and dry sanding with 220, 320, 400, 600, 800, 1000, 2000 and the polish. 
To see all the videos as well as images click here

Restored front wheel is back on the VROD

by Editor on 01/14/22

The restored front wheel is back on the VROD, time to remove the rear and start doing it, as well as the pulley, compensator bowl, brake disc and bolts. That should keep me busy till Spring...

vrod strapped down on lift

VROD wheel restoration complete

by Editor on 01/12/22

The restoration of this 2003 Harley Davidson Vrod front wheel is finally complete:
Sanded with 220, 320, 400, 600, 800, 1000, 2000 grits of wet / dry sandpaper then polished with AutoSol. Wheel, Rotor tabs and edges, Rotor bolts. 

Harley Davidson CVO key part number 71031-04

by Editor on 01/10/22

My Custom Vehicle Operations key has arrived for my 2005 Harley-Davidson VRSCSE CVO VROD. (part number 71031-04)

It came in what I can only describe as a jewelry box for a ring. 
I almost feel the need to propose to my bike... LOL


Harley Davidson CVO key

Polished Vrod rotor bolts

by Editor on 01/09/22

The final touch on this front wheel restoration is to sand and polish the rotor bolts with 220, 320, 400, 600, 800, 1000, 2000 then polish with AutoSol.
One down, nine more to go!

Polished Vrod rotor bolts

The how many fingers am I holding up test

by Editor on 01/07/22

When polishing wheels I rely on the internationally renowned "How many fingers am I holding up" test to determine clarity quality. Looks like this wheel needs to be polished one more time.

polishing aluminum test

Vrod front wheel spacers

by Editor on 01/06/22

These front wheel spacers cleaned up nicely with a little AutoSol and elbow grease, it's a small detail but all those little things add up to the overall presentation of the bike.

VROD front wheel spacers

VROD wheel restoration part 5

by Editor on 01/04/22

All the wet and dry sanding has been completed with: 220, 320, 400, 600, 800, 1000, 2000 grit. Now for the fun part, polishing! 

Happy New Year

by Editor on 01/01/22

Hello 2022, we are looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us! 
Happy New Year everyone & ride safe!

This picture was taken at the Columbia Icefields in Alberta Canada.

happy new year 2022

Happy New Year's Eve

by Editor on 12/31/21

All the very best to you and yours in 2022.

VROD happy new year

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

by Editor on 12/24/21

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year everyone, enjoy your time with family & friends.
All the best in 2022.

motorcycle riders in Jasper national park

VROD front brake discs

by Editor on 12/23/21

Time to detail these brake discs by sanding and polishing the inner edges and the flat tabs on the 2003 Vrod restoration. No real point in doing the contact surface as the brake pads will score it up on the first ride. 

vrod brake disc

VROD aluminum wheel restoration part 4

by Editor on 12/22/21

Good progress on restoring the 2003 Harley Davidson VRSCA front wheel. I've completed wet & dry sanding with 220, 320, 400, 600 & 800. All the labour in the lower grits is really starting to show now. Sanding with1000, 2000 wet & dry are next then I can finally start polishing. 

Tab Performance Slash Cut Exhaust Pipes

by Editor on 12/18/21

I removed these Tab Performance Slash Cut Exhaust Pipes (UN-Baffled) to do a deep cleaning with AutoSol (light pressure due to abrasiveness) and then Mother's chrome polish. Just put them back on and must say they look as good as new!

tab performance mufflers for VROD

VRIDETV's Harley Davidson VRODS

by Editor on 12/16/21

  • 2003 Anodized 100th Anniversary VRSCA with 4 Sony Professional video cameras.
  • 2003 Carbon fiber 100th Anniversary with 3 Sony Professional video cameras.
  • 2003 two tone sterling silver and black 100th Anniversary VRSCA
  • 2005 CVO Screamin Eagle VRSCSE. (One of 20 in Canada)

VROD aluminum front wheel progress

by Editor on 12/14/21

Here's a pic of the front wheel after being dry and wet sanded with 220, 320 and 400 grit sandpaper. It's sure nice to have those lower grades done, they are definitely the most work and are incredibly time consuming. 
Time to jump up to 600 grit!

vrod wheel restoration

Torin Big Red Motorcycle Lift

by Editor on 12/11/21

Gotta love when you need something and actually find it on sale!
Princess Auto had this Torin Big Red Motorcycle Jack for $139.95 regularly $199.99 and they were also running a promo where they would pay $30 of the shipping!
It arrived yesterday and the build quality looks to be very good, time to assemble it so I can get the CVO VRSCSE off the ground.

After I assembled the jack I was unable to slide it under my VROD, it is too high at it's lowest position. In order to use it I needed to roll the bike up onto a couple 2x6 wood pieces then slide the jack under.

motorcycle jack

VROD rear master cylinder chrome cover kit. part number 42204-04

by Editor on 12/10/21

Very happy to have tracked down this "Chrome Grenade" for my CVO VRSCSE as they are extremely rare and are classified as a unicorn part!

Vrod rear master cylinder cover kit in chrome.
part number: 42204-04
This bullet-shaped chrome cover is designed to add a custom look while hiding the working components of the V-Rod rear master cylinder. The two-piece design covers both the brake line banjo bolt and the cartridge housing.

VROD rear master cylinder chrome cover kit 42204-04

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