The V Rod was the bike that bridged the gap for Harley and introduced a whole new rider to the brand and whilst our V Factor owner Reg admired Harley’s he always had his concerns with the handling and the introduction of the let’s say ‘’power cruiser/Vrod.’’ Reg decided to finally buy one.
Handling was an important factor because Reg came from a racing background and rode in the Australian Superbike series through the mid 1970’s to the early 1980’s on everything from Kawasaki Z1B and Z1A’s, Honda Boldor’s and the Honda 6 cylinder 1300 up, that was up until racing had to take a backseat so he could concentrate on his transport business.
It was almost 20 years later that Reg bought his first Harley, it was a 2004 Deuce and he fell in love with it immediately and the bug bit and in 2010 Reg bought the Night Rod and it was only 12 months old when Reg decided to make some changes. First thing to go was the front guard replaced by a custom guard and then the tins were sprayed Sunrise and Sunset by Angelo from Cool Customs in Minto.
When Reg got home and reassembled the bike he didn’t like the look of the black swing arm with the orange tins so he took the bike to Dave from Mild and Wild and had him take off the swingarm so Angelo could paint it and that was where it all started. Reg had Dave fit a 260 tyre replacing the standard 240 tyre, then the rotors were removed and chromed, new hand controls fitted, braided lines, Avon footpegs and grips. The seat was sent to Geoff Squires in Peakhurst and Body Mould in Hurstville who made the Vrod graphics for the rims and around the bike.
Reg decided to use mainly Harley Davidson genuine parts and says 90% of the bike is still Harley with the addition of 9”Burleigh handle bars, bolt covers he bought from Ghost Rider in the USA and a set of Vance and Hines 2 into 1 pipes which he heat wrapped but found he was scraping and wearing it out so he went to his local exhaust shop and bought a length of 45 degree 2½ inch cut it to size and made a heat shield to protect the wrap.
Reg decided to keep the standard rims to keep some of the integrity of the bike and has resisted doing any engine modifications, stating it goes well enough but stops short of making any modifications in the future.