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Non-Radio – Turbo VRod in storage until Spring

A shot of the business part of the Trask Tubo kit


This was an very weird year for motorcycling.

Leaving home to make a great big loop with perhaps a gas station fill as the only intermediate destination really didn’t appeal.

With most potential destinations shut, restaurants largely doing only take out food, the virus swing in temperament making it “bad form” to drop in on friends rather than a welcome diversion, I found it hard to motivate to ride.
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Non-Radio – Turbocharged VRod Harley-Davidson

Before the cosmetic & comfort stage.

This bike started as a brand new Harley-Davidson V-Rod “Night Rod” model.

Modifications started once the break-in miles were run off, and center on a Trask Turbo Kit.

There was a lot to do to install the kit and tune it to a good balance between torque/horsepower and road-ability.  Few creature comforts had to be dealt with and of course a few cosmetics.

RJ at Harbor Town Harley-Davidson did all the hard work and he really knows his stuff – link:  https://www.harbortownhd.com/

Horsepower dyno at the rear wheel is set about 160% of stocks 115-120 engine horsepower, and torque is up to a similar 165% of stock.

Pushing much further would have required some serious modifications to the rest of the drive train, including changing out the belt for chain-drive.

Everything we could easily remove was black power coated, a different seat was installed, and the factory bags added.  Right side foot pegs have been adjusted/lengthened to provide a bit more clearance from the hot drop pipes and the inter-cooler’s bulk.  A tank cover (bra) was added and usable mirrors.

Various screens, controls and other parts as powder coated.

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