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Harley-Davidson chrome inserts p/n: 44477-99

by Editor on 11/04/22

More new genuine Harley-Davidson parts for the blue VRSCSE CVO V-ROD have arrived, these chrome inserts are for the front brake calipers p/n: 44477-99

vrod chrome caliper inserts

VROD VRSC Chrome cylinder base covers part number 50303-04

by Editor on 11/02/22

Time to pull these out of the box and install them on my 2005 Harley-Davidson Screamin Eagle Custom Vehicle Operations VRSCSE VROD  Two-Tone Candy Blue and Dark Candy Blue (446 were made & only 20 were sent to Canada)

Genuine Harley-Davidson VROD VRSC Chrome cylinder base covers part number 50303-04

VROD VRSC Chrome cylinder base covers part number 50303-04

2005 Harley-Davidson VRSCSE INTERNATIONAL Owners Manual

by Editor on 11/01/22

Stoked to have found this 2005 Harley-Davidson VRSCSE INTERNATIONAL Owners Manual.
There's lots of Domestic ones available but these International ones are very hard to find. 

vrscse 2005 harley davidson international owners manual 99739-051

Explorer GPS

by Editor on 10/26/22

Good news, bad news...
A few weeks ago I lost my InReach Explorer GPS Roadpost Inc. while riding my motorcycle. (Yes I understand the irony) Made a post on our social media networks but unfortunately that yielded no results.
But then last night I received an email from Garmin that it had been found and told me where I could pick it up.
I was beyond happy to get this wonderful news from Garmin and very grateful to the Good Samaritan who found it.

Okay now for the bad news...
I picked it up today and as you can see in this picture the plastic piece broke off the back of the orange case that slides into to clip, which was attached to the belt on the left side of my jacket. That plastic piece must have broke while I was riding (probably when shifting gears) and when it was bouncing down the road the display screen cracked from the multiple impacts to the pavement....

Unfortunately it is now unusable...

I've had this Explorer for many years and ridden a lot of miles with it allowing our viewers to track our rides and see all the additional stats it provides. One of the things I will miss the most is the piece of mind it gave me knowing I was only a push of the SOS button (satellite network) away if I ever had an accident and needed help, or if I rode up to someone else in a similar situation needing medical assistance. 

So like I said at the beginning, good news, bad news...

EXPLORER GPS VRIDETVcom

For Sale: 2003 Harley-Davidson two tone gloss black and sterling Silver 100th Anniversary VRSCA V-ROD

by Editor on 10/21/22

Lifted, strapped, battery tender attached and now for the cover till Spring. 
On March 1, 2023 this 2003 Harley-Davidson two tone gloss black and sterling Silver 100th Anniversary VRSCA V-ROD will go up for sale. 


2003 VROD for sale

RIDE SAFE

by Editor on 10/18/22

NEW VIDEO: Motorcycle riding on Green Mountain Road in the South Okanagan of British Columbia Canada is a beautiful and scenic ride, BUT on this day it could have ended very badly....
Be careful my fellow riders, you never know what's around the next corner....


Okanagan fruit and vegetable stands

by Editor on 10/14/22

Gotta love all of the fresh fruit and vegetable stands in the Okanagan and this one was so colourful I had to stop for a pic.

okanagan fruit stand

Chrome swing arm for VROD

by Editor on 10/08/22

Very happy to have found this brand new in the box chrome swing arm (rear fork) for the 2005 VRSCSE CVO V-ROD. The one currently on the bike has flakey chrome on the inside from road debris hitting it and a few small bubbles under the chrome on the outside that was more noticeable. 

VROD chrome rear fork swing arm

VROD motorcycle at Area 27 Motorsport Park

by Editor on 10/07/22

Beautiful metal Eagle sculpture at the entrance to Area 27 Motorsport Park in the south Okanagan. Area 27 Motosports Park
I was going to pull right up to it for the pic but the ground look soft, hoped off the bike to check and sure enough WAY TOO SOFT....  

Sure glad I looked before I leaped...

area 27 motorsport park motorcycle

Wildfire aftermath

by Editor on 10/01/22

Yesterday I had the opportunity to ride up Green Mountain Road that runs between Keremeos and Penticton where the Keremeos wildfire raged on...
I shut the bike off and stayed here for 15 minutes or so taking it all in, I could still smell the burnt wood even though it was extinguished quite some time ago. It was silent here, no birds singing only the occasional car or motorcycle going by...
It was an awful sight to see first hand realizing the what the brave firefighters must have gone through saving homes & structures in the area....

vrod fire green mountain road

Vrod volume collector and heat shields

by Editor on 09/27/22

Spent some time detailing the volume collector and heat shields. Cleaned everything with Harley Davidson spray cleaner than polished with Mothers chrome polish. On the mating surfaces for the pipes I cleaned them with Autosol, this will make installation a breeze. This will be going on the blue CVO VRSCSE VROD along with the Screamin' Eagle slip on mufflers and billet clamps.

vrod_volume_collector_and_heat_shields

Harley Davidson photo op

by Editor on 09/23/22

Had to stop at these haystacks for a photo op, thought the black bike against the golden hay would make an interesting picture. 

black harley with golden haystacks background

Screamin' Eagle Vrod mufflers

by Editor on 09/21/22

Very happy to have found this set of genuine Harley-Davidson Screamin' Eagle slip on mufflers, chrome end caps, chrome billet muffler clamps and volume collector. This set will be replacing what's on the 2005 VRSCSE CVO V-Rod. 

screamin eagle vrod slip on mufflers

Screamin' Eagle Vrod mufflers

by Editor on 09/21/22

Very happy to have found this set of genuine Harley-Davidson Screamin' Eagle slip on mufflers, chrome end caps, chrome billet muffler clamps and volume collector. This set will be replacing what's on the 2005 VRSCSE CVO V-Rod. 

screamin eagle vrod slip on mufflers

Corbin saddlebags for VROD

by Editor on 09/17/22

Omg I'm liking the way these Saddlebags are looking. If they don't sell soon I might end up keeping them and maaaaaybeeee build a "Sport Bagger VROD"  or "VROD Sport Bagger"
Once the bike is on the ground and the shocks compress they will have enough space to clear the exhaust safety without any heat damage. Still need to figure out exactly how far forward the mounting bolts need to be moved to centre the well around the shock. Appears to be 1 1/4 inches After that's done I'll be able see where the 3rd bolt (for the bottom corner of each bag) needs to be relocated to. (most likely 1 1/4 inches forward also, but it's on an angle, so one step at a time)
The crazy thing is I was selling these bags as is and who ever buys them do all of this  (The smokey skies have prevented me from riding the last couple of days so I had some time for this)

If I do all the work figuring out the mounts and finish them, I'm going to be raising the price on these.... 

corbin saddlebags for vrod

White Lake

by Editor on 09/15/22


The Okanagan is full of amazing roads for motorcycle riding

vrod_desert_road


Info from the BC Parks website
"The White Lake Basin has long been a priority for conservation efforts in the Okanagan. The primary role of the protected area is conservation: to protect the very hot and dry grassland, open pine forest and alkali ponds and rock outcroppings of the Southern Okanagan Basin ecosection. The protected area captures the full elevational gradient from lakeshore to mountain top and provides important habitat for many of British Columbia's red and blue-listed wildlife, plants and plant communities.

White Lake Grasslands Protected Area is contiguous with other protected areas around Vaseux Lake, thereby forming a significant large conservation area."

Carbon fiber Vrod

by Editor on 09/10/22

Our 2003 Harley-Davidson VRSC VROD build has been an ongoing project for several years now and I must saw we are very happy with the results.

click here for more on this bike

carbon fiber vrod

VROD CVO Reactor front wheel

by Editor on 09/07/22

Here's a before and after of the Reactor front wheel from our 2005 VRSCSE CVO VROD. It was in quite poor condition, there were many little bumps in the chrome and if left untreated they would have turned into pits, rust then flaking chrome. First i cleaned the wheel with Harley-Davidson spray cleaner, then went over the whole wheel with Autsol, and lastly with Mothers chrome polish. 

VRSCSE VROD Reactor front wheel chrome restoration

Yellow Brick Road

by Editor on 09/02/22

Goodbye... 

Goodbye yellow brick road VRIDETVcom

Harley Davidson Vrod in the desert

by Editor on 08/30/22

Love the way that road snakes its way through the hills...

Vrod in the desert

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