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Vrod fork tube mounts

by Editor on 01/20/18

Next step on the camera mount upgrades was to put some more shape into the aluminum angle brackets that support the plate. It's all about the details ; )

  • Tools used:
  • circle template
  • hacksaw
  • coarse file
  • fine file
  • 0000 steel wool & 320 / 400 sandpaper
  • Autosol polish
  • lots of elbow grease
VROD fork mounts

TDMC Custom 2018 Harley Davidson Softail Breakout

by Editor on 01/17/18

The TDMC Customs team at Trev Deeley Motorcycles is at it again creating motorcycle magic with their latest custom build, a 2018 Harley-Davidson Softail Breakout!


The 2018 Breakout motorcycle takes the idea of long, lean, mean, asphalt devouring muscle to the modern edge. It's time to ride like you're an alpha wolf among sheep.
Features may include:
  • Digital Riser Gauge
  • Wide digital instrumentation, mounted on risers to be close to your field of vision. Speed readout, fuel gauge, and gear indicator.
  • 240mm Rear Tire
  • A muscular tire that is the perfect embodiment of classic drag-bike heritage pumping through this ride.
  • Milwaukee-Eight Big Twin Engine
  • A powerful, smooth-running engine with crisp throttle response and a pure, soul-satisfying rumble. Available in 107 and 114 engine displacements.
  • 3.5 Gallon Tank
  • A newly designed smooth top fuel tank that accentuates the big, powerful Milwaukee-Eight engine.
  • All-New Softail Frame
  • A lighter, stiffer frame (compared to previous Softail and Dyna models) that takes the idea of form and function to a place it's never been before. It's the look of a hard tail from a bygone era that delivers a thoroughly modern ride.
  • High Performance Front Suspension
  • New suspension technology provides the performance of a racing-style cartridge fork for reduced weight with linear damping characteristics.
  • High Performance Rear Mono Shock
  • All-new easily adjustable mono-shock rear suspension allows for dynamic cornering capability while preserving the hardtail look.

Rear camera mount installed on motorcycle

by Editor on 01/11/18

There was a lot of time put into the recent upgrades to our rear camera mount and we wanted to post a picture of it installed on the bike. The mount incorporates a luggage rack, tripod mount, the camera case, and is as compact as possible. Now it's time to test it out as soon as the weather cooperates. 

rear camera mount with tripod and luggage rack 

New headers from the Rockies

by Editor on 01/05/18

We've added four new rotating banners at the top each page, so every time you refresh the page you see a new header.

Here's all four, which is your favourite?

motorcycle touring website

motorcycle travel

motorcycle rides

motorcycle tours

Vrod silver frame paint 98600BNY

by Editor on 01/04/18

If you have a Harley-Davidson V-Rod with a silver frame and you're looking for touch up paint here's what you need.

V-Rod Silver Frame part number: 98600BNY

VROD silver frame paint

Happy New Year

by Editor on 01/01/18

BC Freezing rain Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone, all the best to you and yours in 2018.

Diane captured this shot of the ice covered branches from the freezing rain storm we had a few days ago.

BC Ice Storm and freezing rain

by Editor on 12/31/17

British Columbia Ice Storm

British Columbia's Lower mainland got hit by some serious winter weather in the form of freezing rain on December 28th & 29th knocking out power in the Fraser Valley  to over 120,000 people in Langley, Aldergrove, Abbotsford, Mission and Chilliwack... We lost power on Friday the 29th and got it back on Sunday the 31st (total outage 44 1/2 hours)

We would like to thank the men and women of BC Hydro who braved the severe weather and worked around the clock to restore power to us and many others... Thank you and Happy New Year.

Diane and I would also like to say Happy New Year's Eve to all our viewers, enjoy the time with family and friends. Thank you for another great year, we look forward to sharing our 12th season with you in 2018.

Handlebar cam audio upgrade

by Editor on 12/27/17

The handlebar cam mount was pretty much dialled in and there wasn't anything I could think of to improve the video quality, so I focused on the audio. Originally there was a piece of aluminum angle butted up against the stereo microphone ports at the front of the case. This blocked out most of the wind noise, which is good but it also picked up more of the case noise. I know, you're probably wondering what the heck is case noise? It's when the mic pics up the sound from inside the case resulting in slightly muffled audio instead of the true sounds. I thought about moving the windbreaker forward, any easy fix and that should solve the problem, but decided to take this opportunity to try and improve it further.
The new windbreaker originally started out as 1 1/2 inch aluminium pipe, then I cut out a section of it to make more of a wind deflector instead of a breaker. Next was the filling, sanding, drilling, polishing and then mounted it with 1/4 inch stainless steel button head fasteners. By moving the deflector forward and with the wind now being re-directed it should eliminate the small audio issue that bothered me.
Since the mount was already off the bike I decided to polishing it top and bottom as well as installing new stickers.

handlebar camera mount upgrades

Merry Christmas

by Editor on 12/25/17

Merry Christmas everyone, thank you for watching VRIDETV, all the best to you in 2018.

Enjoy your time with family and friends.

bikers at medicine lake snow

This was taken at Medicine Lake in Jasper National Park, Alberta Canada during our ride to the Rockies in October.

Christmas Eve

by Editor on 12/24/17

Ho, Ho, Holy Smokes it's Christmas Eve

This picture was taken near the Coquihalla Summit in British Columbia Canada.

Christmas eve motorcycle ride

Harley Davidson Vrod Rally

by Editor on 12/22/17

If you own a Harley-Davidson V-Rod mark your calendars for the 13th Annual Midwest Thunder Rally on June 28-30, 2018 in Greenville Ohio hosted by the Vrod Guru himself, Scott Fitzgerald of Fitzgerald Motorsports!


Rear cam upgrades complete

by Editor on 12/18/17

Phase two of the rear camera mount is now complete!
During this labour intensive process I spent over 40 hours building a new internal camera mounting system that barley fits inside the camera case. Then modified to the case to accommodate the new mechanism. Crazy thing is, you would never know just by looking at this picture, but all this work that went into these upgrades will be obvious the next time we shoot and show the rear cam video footage!

Motorcycle rear camera and mounting system

Motorcycle camera mount luggage rack combo

by Editor on 12/16/17

Started making the upgrades to our bike's rear camera mount luggage rack combo with these 5x8x1/8 inch aluminium plates serve two purposes. Firstly they will stiffen up the three uprights that hold the luggage rack to the base plate and by doing so will help eliminate vibration on heavy acceleration or deceleration. Secondly they will provide an excellent spot for VRIDETV signage, folks will be able to read that from a couple of car lengths away while we're riding!!!

motorcycle camera mount luggage rack combo

Castle Mountain

by Editor on 12/12/17

Castle Mountain shot from the Bow Valley Parkway during our ride in the Rockies. 

Castle mountain

Ride Safe patch and sticker for Christmas

by Editor on 12/08/17

ride safe patch and sticker

Get a motorcycle rider the gift that shows you care, the Ride Safe patch and sticker. 

"May all your rides be safe & scenic, Filled with blue skies & winding roads"

Rocky Mountain photo gallery

by Editor on 12/02/17

We have posted 25 pictures from our ride to the Canadian Rocky Mountains in a new photo gallery. 

Moraine Lake

Virtual motorcycle rides

by Editor on 11/28/17

Virtual motorcycle ride

*Please share, you could help save a rider's sanity ; )
Escape Parked Motorcycle Syndrome with VRIDETV....
We know there's a lot of people out there that have had to park their bikes until Spring...

We asked the question: Would you like us to post some motorcycle riding videos 30 to 60 minutes long, with no editing, no music, just the sounds of the wind in your face and the motorcycle's engine and exhaust? The response was overwhelmingly YES : )

We've built an interactive map below using Google Maps. Click on a red marker and a video of that exact area opens up showing you exactly what it's like to ride that road.
To help everyone get through the winter, turn on a space heater and fan in front of your monitor, pick a destination, push play and you're virtually riding....

American Thanksgiving

by Editor on 11/23/17

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American viewers and sponsors, enjoy your time with family and friends.

motorcycle ride in Turkey

100 years of motorcycling

by Editor on 11/22/17

Have you seen the current venue at the Deeley Exhibition in Vancouver?

Here's the description from their website:

"Fred Deeley Limited got its start all the way back in 1914 with the opening of, Fred Deeley, The Cycle Man, on 1075 Granville Street. Continuing the same business he had in England, Fred Deeley initially sold bicycles before starting the sale of motorcycles in 1916 with imported BSA's. Before long, motorcycle business was booming and the sale of motorcycles and bicycles were separated, with a distinct motorcycle shop opening on West Broadway run by Fred Deeley Jr. It wasn’t long until a young Trev Deeley joined the team in 1935 as a mechanic, eventually becoming an integral member of the team. It was Trev's decision to move the shop's location in 1950 to its iconic spot at 606 East Broadway.

The Deeley family name has not only been influential in Canadian motorcycle history, but also holds great significance in the history of Vancouver. A racer, a collector, and a philanthropist, Trev Deeley's distinguished personal collection of motorcycles can be appreciated at the Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition.

2017 marks 100 years since the Deeley family placed their faith in an almost unknown motorcycle company from Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Harley Davidson, thus becoming the first distributor of the brand in Canada. To celebrate such a milestone and the evolution of other motorcycle brands throughout the past 100 years, the Deeley Exhibition proudly presents a brand new exhibit, 100 Years of Motorcycling!"

100 years of motorcycling

BEST Vrod upgrades to make bike handle better

by Editor on 11/21/17

Three of the best ways to make a Vrod handle better:
SuperBrace Fork Stabilizer
Progressive Suspension Fork Springs

BEST Vrod handling upgrades

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