Metzller ME 880 Marathon

  • Front radial 120/70ZR-19
  • Rear radial 180/55ZR-18
Q: What kind of video camera and accessories do you use?
SONY
  • HDR-HC9 High Definition camcorder
  • SPK-HCB Sports Pack
  • RM-AV2 Remote Commander
  • VCL-HG1737C Tele Conversion Lens
  • VCL-HG0737C Wide Conversion Lens
  • NP-FH60 Battery Pack
  • NP-FH100 Battery Pack (3)
  • BC-TRP Battery Charger
  • GPS-CS1KASP GPS Unit
  • Memory Stick Pro Duo 16 GB
  • LCS-VACSoft carrying case
SONY
  • HDR-HC3 High Definition camcorder
  • SPK-HCB Sports Pack
  • Memory Stick Pro Duo 1 GB (2)
  • LCS-VACSoft carrying case
  • NP-FP60 Battery Pack
  • NP-FP71 (3)
  • NP-FP90 Battery Pack
  • BC-TRP Battery charger
  • Digital Master HDV 63 mini cassettes
A: I am currently running four Sony High Definition Handycam Camcorders.
Q: What kind of riding gear do you wear?
Q: What kind of helmet do you wear?
A: We wear Schuberth C3Pro and C3Pro women
Dunlop

  • Front radial D207F 120/70ZR-19
  • Rear radial D207 180/55ZR-18
Q: What kind of tires do you use?
In the past seven years I've used three other types of tires.
Avon Venom - R

  • Front radial 120/70ZR-19
  • Rear radial 180/55ZR-18
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What kind of editing software do you use do you use?
A: Final Cut Pro 7
The Fourth camera is the Sony HXR-MC1 Digital High Definition Video Camera Recorder. This professional HD helmet cam provides a true point of view experience.
SONY
  • HXR-MC1 Digital High Definition Video Camera Recorder (two)
  • NP-FH60 Battery Pack
  • Memory Stick Pro Duo 16 GB (2)
Click here for: HXR-MC1 Specs.
Long Distance Motorcycle Riding, Frequently Asked Questions
A: No problems what so ever. The 3.7 fuel capacity was at times, challenging. By this I mean careful planning of gas stops, choosing appropriate routes. We took the main highways West to East but on the way back we took the more scenic roads and highways with a lot less gas stations, some of which close early and aren't open Sundays. Bottom line I was able to do the entire trip without running out of gas once. I did not pack any gas on that trip, but I did carry 10 feet of clear fuel line just in case. (never used it) The newer v-rods have larger fuel cell. I think 5 gallons.

Q: Did you have any problems with your Harley-Davidson V-rod on the ride across Canada, minor or major?
Q: Did the solid wheels on your bike posed problems for others when riding in windy conditions. Did you have any handling problems of being blown all over the road?
A: Yes the solid front wheel catches the side winds like a sail. There has been times when I have had so much lean on the bike that I should have been turning. Some days it can be a real wrestling match but you do get used to it.
Q: What did you do to mechanically to the bike to prepare it for the long trip? Ex, drive belt tires etc.
A: I didn't need to do anything mechanically to the bike to prepare it for the long trip. Changing the stock seat to a Harley-Davidson sundowner seat was essential. They are designed for the long haul, I used it on the cross Canada trip and never took it off. It's worth every penny.
Q: Did you take any spare parts?
A: No I didn't take any spare parts, luckily for my wife and I the V-rod is incredibly reliable and performed flawlessly. The bike was ridden through a great deal of extreme weather. Insane rain and wind, bitter cold, and up to 40c near the end of the trip.
Q: Did you use a GPS for trip?
A: No GPS, I had a standard paper map for each Province, they now hang on my office walls and are battered, ripped, and weather beaten. I smile every time I look at them, each map holds priceless memories.
Q: Would you recommend a windshield?
A: A windshield is definitely a good idea on a long trip. The windshield was removed for the camera equipment, and yes the one I had sitting in my garage was differently missed.
Q: What do you reccomend for riding gear and equipment?
A: My riding gear and equipment has definitely been throughly tested and has proven to be solid choices, it's probably easier to give you the link to my equipment list.
Q: Would you recommend the Harley-Davidson V-Rod as a touring bike?
A: My personal opinion is that it's an all around excellent bike and a great choice for day trips or long distance riding. I'm sure some would disagree with me, but I like the reliability, power and the handling. 80,000 kilometers and counting :)

Q: What would you have done differently?
A: There are a couple of things I would do different. The first would be to allow more time for the trip, spend more time at each stop and spend an extra day in each hotel to explore the surrounding area. This will of coarse will double the expense but it will also double the experience.

Secondly I would haven take a satellite phone. Normal cell phones won't get reception when it could count the most, it could save your life.

Lastly, I would start the trip in the middle of May and complete it by the end of September.
Q: What company do you use to host your site, and how is their customer service?
A: Our website host is Homestead.com, we have been with them for three and half years, and the customer service has been excellent.
Avon Cobra

  • Front radial 120/70ZR-19
  • Rear radial 180/55ZR-18
A: For the 2010 and 2011 riding seasons my choice of tires are the Avon Cobra.
Virtual Riding TV will be riding exclusively on Avon's Cobra touring tyres for the 2010 season. Visit Avon Tyres' website for more information on their full line of high performance tyres.

http://www.avonmoto.comVirtual Riding TV will be riding exclusively on Avon's Cobra touring tyres for the 2010 season. Visit Avon Tyres' website for more information on their full line of high performance tyres.

http://www.avonmoto.comUnique ’snakeskin-effect’ sidewall and aggressive tread pattern. Avon Cobra motorcycle tyre for a 2003 Harley-Davidson V-Rod VRSCA. Rear: 180/55-ZR18 74W
Visit Avon Tyres' website: http://www.avonmoto.comVirtual Riding TV will be riding exclusively on Avon's Cobra touring tyres for the 2010 season. Visit Avon Tyres' website for more information on their full line of high performance tyres.

http://www.avonmoto.comUnique ’snakeskin-effect’ sidewall and aggressive tread pattern Front: 120/70-ZR19 60W
Avon Cobra motorcycle tyre for a 2003 Harley-Davidson V-Rod VRSCA.
Visit Avon Tyres' website: http://www.avonmoto.com
SONY
  • HDR-CX700V Digital High Definition Video Camera Recorder
  • NP-FV50 Battery Pack
  • NP-FV100 Battery Pack (2)
  • Memory Stick Pro Duo 32 GB (2)
  • Direct copy usb adaptor cable VMC-UAM1
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