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Goodbye Winter Hello Spring

by Editor on 03/20/19

I made this graphic up a few years ago and post it every year on social media. Last night I saw it on the Facebook wall without my VRIDETV.com watermark on it and someone photoshopped clouds over it...
I contacted Rock 'N Roll City H.O.G. Chapter Cleveland Ohio via private message and asked them to take it down and got no response. Then left comments under my picture that a PM was sent, still no response. I did however notice that the message was "Seen" but still no reply...

Feeling ignored and annoyed I made a post calling them out on my Facebook page and got an overwhelming amount of support from my Facebook friends and VRIDETV followers. They were quick to let Rock 'N Roll City H.O.G. Chapter Cleveland Ohio know that what they did was unacceptable.

When I check this morning the picture was pulled down.

Thank you everyone, I appreciate your support!

here's the picture in it's original form

winter spring VRIDETVcom

Carbon fiber Vrod update

by Editor on 03/19/19

Here's a sneak peek of the progress made to the MDI Carbon Fiber conversion on our 2003 Harley-Davidson Vrod. The front and rear fenders, airbox, side covers and radiator covers are all fitted but I still need to install the nose faring.
I have a mounting bracket on the way from Wayne Motorsports and as soon as it arrives I'll post more pics.

You can see detailed images, specs and direct links to all of the carbon fiber parts on our Reviews page

carbon fiber vrod VRIDETVcom

OEM Harley-Davidson Vrod wheels cut and chromed by Ruthless Designz

by Editor on 03/17/19

I should have sent my solid OEM Harley-Davidson Vrod wheels to Ruthless Designz years ago, Bill Gorby did an amazing job cutting and chroming them!
more images and 13 different choices of machining here http://www.vridetv.com/vrodwheels.html

VROD wheels machined and chromed

Last look at the Red Vrod

by Editor on 03/15/19

As much as I love the look of the red body panels, I'm excited about taking them off and replacing them with carbon fiber parts this weekend.

Watch the Instagram video at:

RED VROD

Carbon Fiber Airbox for Harley Davidson VROD

by Editor on 03/12/19

Another box of awesomeness arrived from MDI Carbon Fiber, the Harley Davidson Carbon Fiber V Rod Airbox with Air Vent Grills. SKU: HA-007

I have posted more info, detailed images & a direct link here

carbon fiber VROD airbox

Get your bikes ready for this riding season at Trev Deeley Motorcycles

by Editor on 03/11/19

Our 2003 Harley-Davidson Vrod is at Trev Deeley Motorcycles in Vancouver is having some work done by the techs at TDMC Customs in preparation for the 2019 riding season!


VROD at trev deeley motorcycles Vancouver

International Women's Day

by Editor on 03/08/19

Happy International Women's Day to all the women of the world!

international womens day

Harley Davidson Battle of the Kings

by Editor on 03/05/19

Check out the killer build TDMC Customs at Trev Deeley Motorcycles submitted for the Battle of the Kings

What is the "Name" of the BOTK bike?
Urban Assault
 
Which stock H-D model have you chosen for this year's BOTK and from which platform - (all platforms excluding CVO and Trike are eligible for 2019)
2019 FXBB Softail Street Bob
 
Which bike build category did you choose and why?
Please note categories are:
CHOP = Nothing says  "Bad Ass" more than a Chopped Bobber
 
 
Did anything or anyone provide inspiration for the design?
The streets of Vancouver, and urban sub-culture
 
What significant changes have you made e.g. frame chassis modification, wheel change, and different tank?
Quarter Fairing modification, Handlebars
 
What is your view is the most special part/change about/to the bike?
Paint Set
 
Are there any build details/changes that need to be mentioned to appreciate?
Replacement of fairing clear panels to metal mesh screens.


Many more images, info and link to Vote at https://customkings.harley-davidson.com/en_CA/bike_detail/150

Harley Davidson battle of the kings

Carbon fiber Vrod nose faring. Cowl

by Editor on 03/04/19

Another box of awesomeness arrived from MDI Carbon Fiber, the Harley Davidson Carbon Fiber V Rod nose fairing. In order to fit this on our 2003 VRSCA we will have to change the headlight and mount but it'll definitely be worth it!

I have posted more info, detailed images & a direct link here

carbon fiber headlight fairing. cowl

Polished Vrod swingarm

by Editor on 03/01/19

Slowly but surely progress was made hand sanding down all the "Casting Dimples" on my Vrod's swingarm.
Starting with 80 grit in the worst of them, then working my way through 150 220 320 600 800 1000 up to 2000 grit & after that, polish to a mirror finish. It's a lot of work but I think it's worth it ; )


Vrod swingarm rear fork

Paul Jr. Designs Tru North wheels made by Ruthless Designz

by Editor on 02/22/19

Our sponsor Ruthless Designz did another amazing set of wheels for Paul Jr. Designs Tru North bike build. 
I acquired this picture from Ruthless Designz Facebook page where they wrote, "Wheels we did for PJD that aired on last nights American Chopper episode. Hard to tell but a lot went into designing the front wheel. 26 inch chrome smoothie and and the Tru North emblem was stationary and didn't spin! Came out pretty cool"

In my opinion you guys are too modest! The level of complexity that it took to make these wheels is phenomenal!

ruthless designz tru north wheels

Red's Annual Garage Sale/Swap Meet

by Editor on 02/21/19

Red's Annual Garage Sale/Swap Meet
Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM PST
1875 Boundary Road, Vancouver, British Columbia V5M 3Y7


Come on down to Red's Annual Garage Sale and Swap Meet on Sunday February 24 from 10:00AM till 3:00PM. Whether it's a cylinder from a Pan Head to an engine crank for your Evo, you're sure to find something. There's no need to worry about the Winter weather as it's INDOORS!! That's right our service department will be completely shut down for the weekend so we can bring you this incredible event indoors with over 65 individual tables/vendors. Table registration is now open please email tdhd@trevdeeley.com to reserve your spot;)

Here's the direct link to this event on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/589840841455889/

reds swap meet

Carbon fiber Vrod radiator side covers

by Editor on 02/19/19

Another box of awesomeness arrived from MDI Carbon Fiber, the Harley Davidson Carbon Fiber V Rod radiator side covers fits V Rod models VRSCA and VRSCR. SKU: HA-001

I have posted more info, detailed images & a direct link here

carbon fiber vrod radiator side covers

Ruthless Designz wheels for Paul Jr. Designs MLB build

by Editor on 02/18/19

Our sponsor Ruthless Designz did an incredible job cutting and chroming our OEM V-Rod wheels, Bill Gorby's work was flawless!

Did you know Ruthless Designz did the wheels for Paul Jr. Designs Major League Baseball motorcycle build? Yes indeed, the episode aired last week on the Discovery Channel. Take a look at those beautiful wheels with matching sprocket!!!!

I grabbed this pic form Paul Jr, Designs Facebook page where he wrote.

 "Wanted to give a shout-out to Ruthless Designz who did the wheel design on the MLB Network Bike from this week's episode of American Chopper  Big props to them for such a killer set of wheels. (Photos by Dino Petrocelli Photography)"

Pauls jr designs mlb bike and Ruthless Designz wheels

VROD scripted shifter linkage by Fitzgerald Motorsports

by Editor on 02/15/19

Great news everyone, if you want a V-ROD SHIFTER LINKAGE

It's up to us, the V-ROD community to act now & pre-order 30 of these to convince Scott Fitzgerald of Fitzgerald Motorsports to move forward & start manufacturing. If for some reason the 30 units are not pre-sold by March 15, 2019, Scott will issue full refunds to everyone who pre-ordered them. SHARE THIS POST to let your fellow V-Rod enthusiasts know about this offer & lets meet that quota.

They will be shipped out on April 12, 2019.

 

  • Specs:
  • 304 Stainless Steel Milled from 3/4 diameter bar stock.
  • 304 Stainless Steel ball joints and all hardware.
  • Available in:
  • Stainless Black Oxide with CNC milled lettering.
  • or
  • Polished to a mirror finish that looks & feels like chrome after polish.
  • Automotive black enamel paint is used to enhance the CNC milled V-ROD lettering.
  • $198 USD with FREE SHIPPING in the lower 48.
  • International shipping is extra.

 

Vrod scripted shifter linkage by Fitzgerald Motorsports

Valentine's Day

by Editor on 02/14/19

Ever wonder what a big horn sheep says to his lady on Valentine's Day?

Big horn sheep valentine's day joke

Tilley Vancouver brand ambassador photo shoot

by Editor on 02/12/19

My lovely wife Diane & brand ambassador for Tilley Vancouver looking sharp in her:
Tilley Raincoat
Kuhl stella full zip fleece
Royal Robbins Lucerne Ponte Pant
Sherpa Maya Jacquard Dress


"Loving this outfit, the fabrics are incredibly comfortable, they're both stylish and functional, and when layered this way, I'm ready to take on the days adventures."

Tilley Vancouver brand ambassador Diane from VRIDETV.com

Visit the Tilley Vancouver website at https://www.tilleyvancouver.com/ for these items and more from their wonderful travel apparel!

Vrod carbon fiber side covers

by Editor on 02/08/19

Another box of awesomeness arrived from MDI Carbon Fiber, the Harley Davidson Carbon Fiber V Rod Side Covers Vented Fits V Rod models VRSCA, VRSCB, VRSCD and VRSCR. SKU: HA-002

I have posted more info, detailed images & a direct link here

Carbon fiber Vrod side covers

OEM solid Vrod wheels back from Ruthless Designz

by Editor on 02/06/19

My wheels are back from Ruthless Designz and I am beyond happy with the results! Bill Gorby did an amazing job cutting and chroming my stock solid rims. I've posted more detailed images and all the info you need to get yours done here

VROD WHEELS

32 tooth VROD pulley made by Fitzgerald Motorsports

by Editor on 01/25/19

32 tooth Vrod pulley made by Fitzgerald Motorsports

I'm really excited about the new 32 tooth pulley made by Scott Fitzgerald at Fitzgerald Motorsports. The majority of our riding is long distance and I've always thought it would be great if these V-Rods had a 6th gear, but unfortunately that is an impossibility. This 32T pulley will be as close as it can get by dropping the rpms and this will result in better millage. Big shout out to Scott for listening to his customer's needs and building these!

I've already pre-ordered mine because i think these will sell out quickly!

These will be ready for shipping on February 11, 2019.

Here's all the specs:

Price $280.00




Who doesn't want overdrive or a 6th gear on a VRod?
Well unfortunately it will never happen so the next best thing is purchasing a 32T Aluminum Pulley and HD Belt Kit from us.
 


Pulleys will be ready for shipment on February 11th, 2019!
 
  • Made from 6061 Billet Aircraft Grade Aluminum
  • All Pulleys Receive HARD Coat Anodize treatment in Black this insures the pulley will last! (Pictures are the pulleys before anodizing.)
  • A new HD Belt is required for ALL Vrods bought in North America! This insures proper installation and more importantly proper tension.
  • Kit includes (1) 32T Pulley, (1) HD Belt, Hardware, and Detailed Installation Instructions
International VRod owners CLICK the 32T Pulley ONLY Option cost is $280USD plus shipping your VRSC is equipped with the proper belt length.

  • North American VRod Current Setup 28T Front at 60 MPH = 3860 RPM Equipped w our 32T Front at 60 MPH = 3380 RPM that is a difference of 480 RPMs
  • International VRod Current Setup 30T Front at 95 KM/H = 3605 RPM Equipped w our 32T Front at 95 KM/H = 3380 RPM that is a difference of 225 RPMs

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