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My Motorcycle Accident

by Editor on 05/21/18

my motorcycle accident


I'm so very grateful to be alive...
Twenty years ago today I was involved in a near fatal motorcycle accident when a tow truck turned left in front of me and changed my life forever.
I spent the next 2 1/2 months in the hospital while doctors worked on my legs at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster and then the Burns and Plastic ward at Vancouver General Hospital.
On Aug 6th I was released and sent home in a wheelchair to build up strength to prepare for the next round of surgeries. At my first doctors appointment my orthopedic surgeon gave me two options, the first being amputation of my left leg above the knee and get me fitted for a prosthetic leg, then rehab and be up and around in 4-6 months. The second many surgeries while they rebuild my legs meaning I would be non weight bearing and stuck in the wheelchair until the bone graphs were completed. The damage to my left leg was so severe that even after all the operations were completed a full recovery wasn't even a possibility. This was complicated further by contracting the MRSA Super bug while in the hospital, the infection is in the bone. Due to the amount of surgeries that needed to be preformed it would take approximately a year and a half to complete and because of the infection there were no guarantees the leg could be saved.

 I thanked him for everything he had done for me thus far and for giving me the choice, and said without a doubt option two. He asked me if I was sure because most people wouldn't want to have to go through what you're about to to try and save a leg. I told him that I'd rather try everything possible, have all the operations to rebuild my leg and if some where down the line that I did have to have it amputated because of infection then I would know it was the only option and there would be no wondering "What if." Option number one would have always had the "What if " factor and I wan't wanting to have that...

He smiled and said, "I thought so."

read more here


 

vrod rear master cylinder cover kit chrome 42204-04

by Editor on 05/17/18

I'm looking to buy this Vrod rear master cylinder cover kit in chrome.
part number: 42204-04

If you have one for sale you can reach me here

vrod rear master cylinder cover kit chrome 42204-04

Here's the description from the Harley-Davidson catalog:

REAR MASTER CYLINDER COVER KIT

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. This easy-to-install kit includes all necessary mounting hardware. 42204-04 Fits 2002 - 2005 VRSCA and VRSCB models

Midwest Thunder Vrod Rally

by Editor on 05/15/18

Midwest Thunder Vrod rally

This event is free to all attendees thanks in part to our amazing sponsors, volunteers, and last years efforts which is making the 13th Annual MWT / VRod Rally to be one of the best to date. So with that said here is the lineup.

Thursday Night Buckeye Harley Davidson Bike Night Dayton Ohio
-Invade their bike night and show the haters how we roll!
-We will eat dinner while we are there and enjoy some live music.
-Kickstands up and heading south at 530 pm.

Friday Drag Racing at Muncie Dragway Sponsored by Vreelands HD! 1-5pm
-Meet at Fitzgerald Motorsports first bike out at 11am, last bike noon.
-$20 per bike to race, free to spectate 
-1/4 mile timed, Grudge style racing this insures we get as many passes as possible.

Friday night 630pm is pizza at Fitzgerald Motorsports from our friends at Teaford's Dairy store Saturday Dyno Day/ Shootout 11am Sponsored by Fitzgerald Motorsports! 
-Free two pulls on our in house dyno. 
-We will have classes and award prizes for top of each class.

Saturday afternoon 1pm we will have a ride heading south to Hueston Woods State Park in Oxford Ohio so if you don't want to run your VRod on the dyno you can head out for a nice ride.

Saturday night 5pm at Fitzgerald Motorsports -HOG Roast, Awards Ceremony, and Raffle Prizes! 
-We have a STRONG table of raffle prizes this year and this is how we pay for the event so bring some.

Saturday 7pm live entertainment until 11pm
-We will have a Beer trailer on site and operated by the Greenville Boys Baseball with all proceeds going to their organization which also happens to be our neighbour.

We will have transportation available if you have a few too many drinks $5 per person this will get you back to your hotel. This is being operated by some high school boys.

I'm sure I have left something out feel free to call the shop during business hours if you have any questions about the event or you can email us at info@fitzgeraldmotorsports.com

We hope to see as many people as possible and have planned a kickass event.

Here's the direct link to this event on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/282086928862792/?active_tab=discussion

Mother's Day

by Editor on 05/13/18

Happy Mother's Day to all the Mom's around the world and especially to ours : )
Mother's Day flowers


Project Vrod Red Rod Edition

by Editor on 05/10/18

It was nice to finally have the Red Rod on the road, i swapped the insurance from the silver bike to test it out and I'm very happy with how it has come out so far. I'm still waiting on a few parts, exhaust and tuner but hopefully they will be shipped soon.

I've posted 14 images from Tuesday's ride from Aldergrove to Hope.

kilby historical site

Ride for Yuki

by Editor on 05/08/18

It was great to see so many rider come out to show their support for Yuki Ochial

bikers at light

Motorcycle Awareness

by Editor on 05/01/18

May is officially motorcycle awareness month, This campaign really hits home with me, on May 21st, 1998 I was involved in a near fatal motorcycle accident that changed my life.
I decided to produce a video to help bring awareness to rider safety with a simple message, tunnel vision kills and injures Motorcyclists. Please share this video with others, another way to help bring attention to this important cause is by wearing "Motorcycle Awareness save Accidents & Lives" read more on my accident at http://www.vridetv.com/accident.html

motorcycle awareness

Saddlebag lunch

by Editor on 04/28/18

Perfect spot for a saddlebag lunch at the Kilby campgrounds near the Kilby Historical Site. 


Vrod Lake and Mountains

Ride for Yuki hosted by Trev Deeley Motorcycles and Bilis Motorcycle Apparel

by Editor on 04/23/18

Diane and myself were so sorry to hear of Yuki Ochiai's motorcycle accident & wish here a SPEEDY RECOVERY.

We want to let everyone know about the ride organized for her!


Ride for Yuki hosted by Trev Deeley Motorcycles and Bilis Motorcycle Apparel Ltd.
Sunday, May 6 at 11am-3pm

Details:
One of our own was in a very serious bike accident yesterday and is starting the road to recovery in hospital as we speak. Those that know Yuki know what an amazing person she is inside and out, one few truly beautiful souls. We will be having an all day fundraiser BBQ in our rear parking lot, a silent auction, and a ride starting & ending at Trev Deeleys. Her work family & riding family want to do everything that we can to help with her recovery, medical costs, and rebuilding the beautiful Dyna Unicorn bike that she loved so much. Please share the heck out of this event & the gofundme account that we'll post in the comments below. Silent auction donations can be emailed to events@trevdeeley.com or call & speak to Harmony. Fittingly the day prior May 5th is International Female Ride Day and Yuki is the embodiment of the fearless female riders that represent so well!  Much love Yuki on your journey.

Here's the direct link to the ride of Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/179853412831069/

Here's the direct link to the Go Fund Me page that was started on her behalf  https://www.gofundme.com/help-our-sister-yuki-with-recovery


VRIDETV will be attending the ride and would like to film it for her.
We ask everyone to come see us so we can record your well wishes and include all of them in the Yuki Ride video.

Ride For Yuki

Fitzgerald Motorsports new product alert! Vrod aluminum clutch basket

by Editor on 04/20/18

Fitzgerald Motorsports has a NEW product available for your high performance VRSC Harley-Davidson Vrod. "After high demand for quality parts we decided to produce our own 6061 aluminum clutch basket anodized in green. $550 shipped anywhere in lower 48 states international shipping is available."

Remember, at Fitzgerald Motorsports "Anything is possible"

Email them direct at info@fitzgeraldmotorsports.com

Fitzgerald Motorsports Vrod clutch basket

Polishing Vrod sliders

by Editor on 04/18/18

The lower legs have been needing some TLC for a long time, scratches from rocks, road debris and the previous owners kids liked leaning their bikes against Dad's bike...

Process:
Wet & dry sandpaper starting with 320 grit, 400, 800, 1000, 2000 then polished with Autosol, a soft cloth & elbow grease, lots and lots of elbow grease!

Vrod sliders

Unlimited Engineering 5 gallon tank

by Editor on 04/14/18

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 : )

vrod 5 gallon tank 2002 - 2006

Friday the 13th

by Editor on 04/13/18

Happy Friday The 13th everyone

We took this picture using a Harley-Davidson Vrod model from The Franklin Mint, placed it on a glass pedestal cake plate, then put in front of our fireplace... Behind the scenes.

Vrod fire

Harley Davidson test rides in Vancouver

by Editor on 04/12/18

Mark your calendars for the event everyone's been waiting for, Test our Metal Demo Rides at Trev Deeley Motorcycles

Sunday, April 22 at 10 AM - 3 PM

1875 Boundary Road, Vancouver, British Columbia V5M 3Y7


The Harley-Davidson Test our Metal Truck will be in town and parked at our dealership from 10-3. Come test ride the latest 2018 models, and while you're here enjoy some live blues music(see our other event listed on this day) & BBQ from 12-2. No pre-registration required just show up on the day of with the below requirements met. The test rides are done in group format with our volunteer road captains to keep us on track and to make sure you get a good sampling of how your demo bike handles in different areas (highway, city, curves, straight).

  • Test Ride Requirements:
  • Proper Riding Attire
  • DOT Helmet
  • Full B.C. Motorcycle License
  • ROADS MUST BE DRY

Our next visit from the Test our Metal Truck at our dealership will be September 30, 2018. Between events we also have 5-10 demo bikes in stock at all times for you to arrange a test drive on.

here's the direct link to this event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2168951890095847/

test our metal demo rides

V-Twin Tech Motorcycle Garage in Port Coquitlam British Columbia Canada

by Editor on 04/11/18

Big thank you to Al Horne of V-Twin Tech for installing a Unlimited Engineering 5.3 gallon conversion kit and also solving a front brake issue on our 2003 Harley-Davidson V-Rod. Your time, craftsmanship and attention to detail is greatly appreciated!

V-Twin Tech
Providing a level of detailed work that strives to be the best. Always  working to keep pace with changes in technology.  

  • SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE
  • MECHANICAL REPAIRS
  • HD WARRANTY WORK
  • PAINT & BODY WORK
  • CUSTOM WHEEL SETS
  • TIRE UPGRADES
  • HANDLEBAR INTERNAL WIRING & CABLE SWAPS 
  • INSURANCE REPAIRS
  • SUSPENSION & HANDLING UPGRADES 
  • INTAKE & EXHAUST UPGRADES 

now that it's back home I can reinstall all the camera gear, saddlebags, luggage rack etc. more on Project Vrod RedRod edition

Vtwin Tech

Motorcycle pick up & delivery service

by Editor on 04/10/18

This kinda reminds me of my Hog Hauler days...

Big thank you to John Fairweather for providing safe transportation to & from the shop while V-Twin Tech was installing a Unlimited Engineering 5.3 gallon conversion kit and solving a front brake issue.

now that it's back home I can reinstall all the camera gear, saddlebags, luggage rack etc.

Motorcycle trailer service

Vancouver Vintage Motorcycle Show & Shine

by Editor on 04/10/18

Vancouver Vintage Motorcycle Show & Shine

Sunday, June 24 at 11 AM - 2 PM

Deeley Motorcycle Exhibition
1875 Boundary Road, Vancouver, British Columbia V5M 3Y7

Do you have a Vintage motorcycle you'd like to show off? Love antique motorcycles? Whether you ride or not, come down June 24th for the 5th annual Vancouver Vintage Motorcycle Show & Shine!

Select rare motorcycles from the collection will be on display as well as several vendors for you to check out. Bikes, burgers, and a good time to be had by all!

$10 bike registration gets you a free lunch as well as free museum entry!

For more information or to pre-register, call us at 604 293 2221 or email info@DeeleyExhibition.ca.

direct link to this event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/581199258939423/

Vancouver Vintage Motorcycle Show & Shine

V-Twin Tech Motorcycle Garage

by Editor on 04/09/18

Our 2003 V-rod is in goods hands at V-Twin Tech
Looks like Al has completed the Unlimited Engineering 5.3 gallon fuel cell conversion on #ProjectRedRod
I really like his work ethic, attention to detail and love the fact that he treats customer's bikes as if they were his own!
more on Project V-Rod the Red Rod edition here

vtwin tech

Images from the Rocky Mountains

by Editor on 04/03/18

More pictures have been posted from our ride in the Canadian Rockies,


Bow Lake Mountains

Happy Easter

by Editor on 04/01/18

Hoppy Easter everyone, enjoy your time with family and friends.

Easter rocks

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