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VROD New Years Eve

by Editor on 12/31/20

Hang in there folks we're almost through 2020...

Happy New Years Eve everyone, all the very best to you and yours in 2021 and thank you for watching VRIDETV.

vrod new years eve

The Holidays

by Editor on 12/24/20

Dec 24 - 31, 2020: Merry Christmas & Happy New Year everyone, all the very best to you in 2021. 

Thank you for being apart of VRIDETV

Merry christmas from Medicine Lake Jasper National Park

First day of Winter

by Editor on 12/21/20

It may be the first day of winter but I'm already thinking of going back to the Icefields Parkway this summer! 

motorcycle rocky mountains

Harley Davidson Vrod winter storage

by Editor on 12/19/20

Our 2003 Harley Davidson carbon fiber VROD is all cleaned up, lifted off the ground and strapped in place. Time to throw the cover on and wait for Spring. Oh who am I kidding, sure I'll find something to do on it!

VROD winter storage

VROD WHEELS before and after

by Editor on 12/17/20

Here's a before and after picture of the stock 2003 Harley-Davidson VROD wheels, a lot of time & elbow grease went into these but I think it was worth it. 

vrod wheels before after

VROD Front and Rear Brake Calipers for sale

by Editor on 12/16/20

For sale: Genuine Harley-Davidson VROD Front and Rear Brake Calipers
Front right brake caliper assembly: part number: 44451-01C
Front left brake caliper assembly: part number: 44452-01C
Rear caliper assembly: part number: 4457-01B

These came off a 2003 Vrod with only 29,000kms

$350 USD for all three + shipping and PayPal fees. 
contact info bottom of this page.

harley davidson VROD front and rear brake calipers

VROD Wheels

by Editor on 12/15/20

These wheels have been on a journey, sent to Ruthless Designz in Myrtle Beach to have them machined with their 930 design, then I broke out the elbow grease and polished them myself sanded the rotors, sanded and polished the pulley and compensator bowl. Here they are all assembled, torqued to spec and ready to mount on our 2003 Harley-Davidson VROD carbon fiber camera bike. 



Trev Deeley Motorcycles customer service

by Editor on 12/12/20

HUGE SHOUT OUT to the folks at Trev Deeley Motorcycles & TDMC Customs for impeccable customer service! 
Thank you Chris, YookieMonster, Lorne, Lennard & the rest of the TDMC team!
You guys & gals are AWESOME! 

Trev Deeley Motorcycles

I bought my first Vrod from Trev Deeley Motorcycles back in 2003 and was actually on the waiting list in 2002. That's the bike that Diane and I rode across Canada in 2006, we were the first people to do that ride coast to coast on a Vrod! That trip was 18,786 kilometers, 2 up, no support vehicle and with the stock 3.7 gallon fuel tank. 

VROD wheel parts

by Editor on 12/10/20

Update on the wheels for the 2003 Harley Davidson Carbon Fiber Vrod build.
Wheels were cut by Ruthless Designz with their 930 design, then I polished them by hand. Then I hand sanded and polished the pulley and compensator bowl. Thought I was done until inspecting the rotors and decided to sand down all the inside edges exposing the bare metal which I then coated with clear coat to prevent oxidation. Next, all the rotor bolts & compensator bolts were cleaned with alcohol completing the final prep work prior to assembly.  


Vrod rear pulley front and back views

by Editor on 12/09/20

Final stages of sanding and polishing on this Vrod rear pulley. When working on the backside I decided to sand and polish that area because it can be seen at certain angles when looking through the slots and in the reflection of the wheel. The outer ring is made of steel, not aluminum so I left it as is and the other area I left raw will be covered up by the compensator bowl.

vrod pulley front and back views

Tricks to polish aluminium wheels

by Editor on 12/07/20

Front wheel is done, now it's the rear wheel's time to shine.
Made up a DIY wheel stand with two chairs and a broomstick to do the final polish on this rear wheel before installing it on the bike. 

vrod rear wheel

DIY wheels stand

by Editor on 12/04/20

Made up a DIY wheel stand with two chairs and a broomstick to do the final polish on this front wheel before installing it on the bike. 

DIY wheel stand

VROD oil change

by Editor on 12/03/20

For a number of years now Amsoil 20W-50 V-twin synthetic oil paired with the Amsoil oil filter is what we've been using in both our 2003 Harley Davidson Vrods. I highly recommend the speciality oil wrench tool from Harley-Davidson, it slides right over the oil filter and using a 3/8 extension makes for easy removal in a confined space.  


Motorcycle winter storage

by Editor on 11/28/20

It's that time of year that riders dread, winter.... 
I've given this one a good cleaning and polishing, hooked up the battery tender, jacked it up off the ground, and securely strapped it down. Now it's already for the fitted motorcycle cover and wait out the winter. 
... or until the next mods begin ; ) 

VROD winter storage

Thanksgiving motorcycle ride

by Editor on 11/26/20

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

motorcycle ride in turkey

Escape Parked Motorcycle Syndrome

by Editor on 11/24/20

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.... 

motorcycle riding videos

Vrod cam tensioner covers

by Editor on 11/14/20

When it comes to customizing a motorcycle I'm a firm believer that, "the Devil's in the details" it's the little things that make the over all presentation pop. Scott Fitzgerald of Fitzgerald Motorsports has come through once again with this beautiful cam tensioner cover! 

vrod cam tensioner covers

Vrod on Fire

by Editor on 11/13/20

Happy Friday the 13th everyone, have a great day, ride safe & thanks for watching VRIDETV

vrod on fire

Remembrance Day Lest we Forget

by Editor on 11/11/20

Thank you to the brave men and women who fought for our freedom.

National War Memorial in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. 

Unveiled 21 May 1939. 

November 11th is Remembrance Day, "Lest we Forget"


VROD Rally t-shirts

by Editor on 11/07/20

My order of Midwest Thunder V-Rod Rally t-shirts arrived from Fitzgerald Motorsports yesterday! 

I would have loved to been able to attend these events but unfortunately I was unable to make it so a t-shirt souvenir will have to do. 

They still have some left, you can order yours at Fitzgerald Motorsports
Fitzgerald motorsports

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