2003 Harley-Davidson VRSCA V-Rod

  2003 Harley-Davidson VRSCA V-Rod

The V-Rod Revolution engine was co-designed by Harley Davidson and Porsche...yes, THAT Porsche!  As such, it runs smooth as a sewing machine, and puts out 115 horsepower from 69 cubic inches (1130 cc).

I traded a guy a car for this bike, and thought about selling it.  After a while, it grew on me, and I soon discovered what an excellent machine I had stumbled upon.  I've since added a windshield, touring seats, and saddlebags for more comfort.  It still hauls the mail!  0-50 in FIRST GEAR!  Magazine tests show V-Rods taking the 1/4 mile in 11.4 at 115 mph.  No other STOCK Harley will do that, and not many other stock motorcycles will go that fast either, especially not a touring bike.  I'm sure happy with the trade, because this motorcycle fits my personality to a TEE!

Current photo, out for a warm afternoon ride!

The bike now has a windshield with leather storage compartments, a double Sundowner seat, and Harley leather saddlebags. 

I sure enjoy this bike!

On Hwy 94, near the border with Mexico.

Drag Racing Time!

I've raced the bike a few times at San Diego's Qualcomm Football Stadium parking lot, in the 1/8 mile.  Fun!

This first video is onboard against a sportbike of some sort.  I was expecting to lose, so I pointed the camera to where I though he'd be.  It's fun to listen to him flicking his throttle at the line.  I got the jump, and stayed in front of him the whole way.  V-Rod wins!  The guy quit racing right after this...maybe he was embarrassed to be beaten by a bike with a windshield and saddlebags!  Be sure to click the full-screen button in the lower right corner, and turn up the volume!

This is a side-view looking at my throttle hand.  Interesting to see the scenery go by so fast!

This is a video of my tachometer and speedometer.  A friend clocked my 0-60 at 3.7 seconds.

Fun stuff!

2013 Drag Action!

The first racing action of 2013 is with a new Shinko 011 soft tire, and a real racetrack at Barona 1/8 Mile Raceway.

I tried to do a dry burnout like at Qualcomm, but the track at Barona is much better prepared, and the bike would only hop when I dumped the clutch.  The first time at the line, I left at 3000 rpm, and killed the motor, the grip was so good.  The next time, I did a wet burnout, left at 6000 rpm, and it went well.  I then tried it wide open against the 9000 rpm rev limiter, and it picked up the front tire about an inch, then bogged a little, and moved out.  My best time was 8.12 seconds at 86 mph.  The best runs were leaving at 6000 rpm, and opening the throttle wide-open as the clutch was released.

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