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Rear camera test

by Editor on 09/19/18

Big shoutout out to the owner of the bike behind mine. Back story: After a couple of days making a wedge bracket to raise the rear camera higher, the sun came out long enough to test it. Met a fellow rider on the Langley backroads, told him what I was doing and asked if he'd ride behind me for the test footage.... He agreed Thank you Sir

(picture taken with iPhone 5S... I know, I need to update...)

motorcycle rear facing camera

UE tank for 02-06 Vrod

by Editor on 09/15/18

Robin from Unlimited Engineering announced today that he only has 20 Unlimited Engineering fuel tanks left, when they are gone they are gone for good. When it's down to 10, the sale & dealer discounts goes away too. Get them while you can.

I got mine, so get yours while you still can!

If you have a 2002-2006 Harley-Davidson Vrod this is your last chance to get your hands on a 5.3 gallon kit for your bike. Unlimited Engineering has made one last batch of these tanks and once they're gone, that's it because they will be discontinued!!!!

here's the direct link:

In my opinion this is one of the very best upgrades to do for the 02-06 Vrods and there is nothing better than riding past gas stations that I used to have to stop at... beep beep : )

ue 5 gallon tank for Vrods

Project Vrod update: Red Rod

by Editor on 09/13/18

We have been busy working on our 2003 Harley-Davidson VRSCA V-Rod 100th anniversary camera bike and have posted more images / info at


VROD Muscle Mirrors

by Editor on 09/08/18

I've liked the look of these genuine Harley-Davidson V-Rod Muscle mirrors from the very first time I saw them & have thought about getting a set for my bike. Well, a few weeks ago I made a post on one of the Vrod Facebook groups that I belong to and was contacted by a friend from Australia that is building a killer 2014 Vrod Muscle. He said he had taken off his stock mirrors and upgraded to a custom set that went better with his build and could send his old ones if I wanted them!

They arrived today and they're in pristine condition, thank you so very much Ant, I appreciate your help on my build.


McLaren 720S

by Editor on 09/06/18

The owner of this McLaren 720S was very accommodating when I asked if I could take a pic of her beautiful Supercar! She said yes, "would you like the doors up" How cool is that!
Thank you once again for your time, it was great talking with you!

McLaren 720s on VRIDETVcom

McLaren 720S SuperCar on VRIDETVcom

Long weekend gas prices

by Editor on 08/31/18

It amazes me how the price of gas goes up every long weekend... What an incredible coincidence!

gas prices

Moto Hooligan airbox system on our Harley Davidson VROD

by Editor on 08/28/18

After installing a Moto Hooligan airbox system on our silver V-Rod I was so impressed that I decided to get one for the red bike too!

I think it's time to start looking for a used airbox cover because I think it would look pretty cool to trace out the Moto Hooligan lid onto it and then cut it to make a "shaker style hood" Then I wouldn't be covering up this beautifully crafted piece of art!
I'm not sure if anyone has done this before, if so I haven't seen it yet...

Moto Hooligan airbox for VROD

Air Quality Experiment in Langley, British Columbia Canada

by Editor on 08/27/18

We posted this air quality experiment last week on our social media networks and decided to post it here now that the warnings have been reinstated.

 On Aug 16, 2018 a state of emergency was declared Province wide for British Columbia as 559 wild fires burn.

Air Quality Experiment: Aug 20, 2018
This morning at 10 am Diane cleaned the glass table outside & 8 hours later wiped it with a paper towel. That is a scary amount of particulate matter accumulated... is reporting that it's a 10+ on the air quality index, they also said that the particulates are so small that they can go through your lungs & enter your blood stream causing a number of potential Heath problems. So let this picture be a reminder to listen to the warnings & protect yourself the best you can...

  I will not risk Diane's or my health riding a motorcycle in these conditions... We desperately need several days of heavy rain to help the brave fire fighters get these fires under control.

Air quality experiment

Moto Hooligan airbox for the Harley Davidson VROD

by Editor on 08/24/18

Now that theMoto Hooligan airbox system is installed on my bikes I don't want to cover up that beauty with my cover....

This airbox looks like a sculpture, a piece of art, the craftsmanship is outstanding, the design is flawless and the fact that it adds between 3-5 horsepower is the icing on the cake!
The amount of air that can now be consumed is an enormous amount compared to the stock snorkel. The difference is like a person breathing through a straw, then taking a breath with out the straw...

more images and info here:

MotoHooligan airbox VROD

VROD rear master cylinder chrome cover kit 42204-04

by Editor on 08/21/18

Finally got a rear master cylinder chrome cover kit 42204-04 for our VROD. These are extremely difficult to find & when you do they fetch top dollar... Lucky for me a Facebook friend contacted me and sold me this one for a fair and reasonable price.

vrod rear master cylinder chrome cover kit 42204-04

Pristine 2003 Harley Davidson VRSCA 100th Anniversary VROD Bagger for sale

by Editor on 08/16/18

This bike is being sold by a friend in Saskatoon Saskatchewan, and it's absolutely incredible!

here's the details:

2003 Harley-Davidson VRSCA 
1130cc 5 speed, water cooled, 2003 100th Anniversary VRSCA V-Rod, professionally converted to a Bagger with the best of everything used.  (driven only 7,500 km)

The bike is immaculate, custom paint, lowered 1 inch front and rear. Steel, Indian style fenders, LED lights, chrome Reactor wheels, Corbin, lined and lockable, saddle bags, Kenwood AM / FM CD player, HD Sundowner touring seat with back rest, complete, fresh service just done by the HD dealer, new lighter, lithium battery. Tons of chrome, including chrome heel and toe shifter, chrome brake calipers, chrome lower fork legs, chrome master cylinders, chrome HD CVO, rider and passenger running boards.

*Please note that he has an Unlimited Engineering retrofit 5 gallon gas tank. This will be included with the sale of the bike. The new, larger gas tank can be swapped out without any modifications to the bike. This is a $1000.00 addition.

This bike is quick, agile and easy to ride in the city or on the highway.
Serious inquiries only, no test pilots.

Well over $50,000 cdn invested into this bike build!

Price to sell at only: $19,500 cdn

contact the owner at:

more detailed images can be seen here:

2003 harley davidson vrod bagger for sale

VROD Saddlebag installation instructions. Step by step direction

by Editor on 08/14/18

VRSC Saddlebag Kit
kit numbers: 91492-01 and 91493-01

A lot of people contact us about the Harley-Davidson hard shell saddlebags we have on our bikes. They are hard to find and when you do there's rarely instructions. So I've scanned the original genuine service sheets from mine, including the expanded view with all the part numbers and made up a webpage for anyone to access, here's the link:

Harley Davidson 2002 - 2006 VROD Saddlebag installation instructions

click image to access full size pages

vrod saddlebag installation instructions

The instructions above will work for both types:

Harley-Davidson Leather Saddlebag kit  90956-02a

Harley-Davidson Saddlebags: color-matched molded: 91492-01BDJ

Trev Deeley Motorcycles Test our Metal event

by Editor on 08/10/18

5th Annual Squamish Motorcycle Festival hosted by Trev Deeley Motorcycles

Saturday, August 11 at 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM PDT

Join Trev Deeley Motorcycles and our Harley-Davidson Test Our Metal Demo truck at this great annual Squamish event! Wear proper riding apparel and bring your bike license to hop on the latest Harley-Davidson models and take a test ride through the back roads & Sea to Sky Hwy of beautiful Squamish BC.

trev deeley motorcycles

The Squamish Motorcycle Festival is back for 2018! Located in the Sea-to-Sky Corridor, one of the world's greatest motorcycle destinations, the family-friendly Festival is a celebration of the thrill of riding for the entire on and off-road motorcycling community,

* Stunt Shows
* Motorcycle Clinics
* Show and Shine Competition
* Entertainment
* Activities
* Food and Drink

All proceeds from this year's Festival will be donated to the Squamish Food Bank.

here's the direct link to this event on Facebook:

Gravel roads and Vrods

by Editor on 08/08/18

Spotted this cornfield as I rode by & thought it would make an interesting picture. What I didn't realize, was how sketchy that loose gravel on that dirt road was. There were many rocks the size of my fists to navigate through and getting this picture could have ended up costing me more than a few moments of my time... Another lesson learned!

Motorcycle in corn field

BC Day

by Editor on 08/06/18

Happy BC Day everyone, enjoy your time with family & friends.



by Editor on 08/06/18

Today Diane and I are celebrating our 23rd wedding anniversary : )

wedding anniversary

Harley Davidson 100th anniversary VROD backrest pad: 53315-03

by Editor on 08/05/18

These Harley-Davidson Vrod 100th Anniversary backrest pads are getting harder & harder to find. I have one on the silver bike & feel lucky to have it. Out of the blue I got a message from someone on Facebook letting me know that he's followed our bike builds & wanted to offer me first chance to buy his brand new 100th Anniversary backrest pad! It arrived the other day and now both of our camera bikes have one, thank you Sir : )

100 anniversary vrod back rest pad

Global News Our Community

by Editor on 08/04/18

A Big THANK YOU to Kasia Bodurka of Global News for choosing our submission for "Our Community" featuring Hope, British Columbia, Canada. A Big THANK YOU also goes to Brian McKinney of Tourism Hope for allowing us to use the Rambo Knife in this picture!

Daymaker LED headlight with visor

by Editor on 08/03/18

Installation of the Daymaker headlight is quick and easy unless you want to be able to use a headlight visor.  Mixed comments online, some say it won't fit, some say it fits and some say you have to spend some time to get it to fit.

Well it definitely fits but I had to trim off approximately 3/8 x 3 inches off the visor and then had to do some grinding on the headlight itself in order for the headlight to have a full range of motion for headlight alignment. 


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