Harley Davidson VROD VRSCB (2004)

Aug. 2015 - g.

Feb. 28, 2018

  How I got this bike:

  Through a friend of Mike W, I met the woman trying to sell this bike to settle an estate.  I thought she'd have no trouble selling it for the price she was asking, but offered her my help and my trailer if she needed it.  When she said there was no action at the used car place where it was for sale since the spring, we moved the bike to a Subaru dealer she knew in Queensbury.  They were also unable to sell it.

  So, at the end of August, I bought it.  I slapped a plate on it and rode it back to her house.  Had a great first ride home on Aug. 31, 2015.  15,800 miles.

   

Glenville Hills - Sept. 11, 2015

 

Dropped off at Queensbury Subaru - July 27, 2015

 

  The sound is intense but using ear plugs really helps so I am holding off retrofitting the stock exhaust for now.  The ride is remarkably smooth.  The exhaust sound helps  shifting because I know exactly what the engine is doing. 

In Front of Ed's Barbershop - Schenectady NY

Sept. 1, 2015

  The windshield that came with the bike was put on in Sept.  A very nicely designed  Harley product.  It works without much buffeting and looks good.

  The seat is comfortable too.

Washington County - Sept. 18, 2015

 

After Lunch in Clifton Park - Sept. 18, 2015

 

  By mid-November I've downloaded the Power Commander software, put on the stock exhausts and remapped the fuel injection using a map from the web site.  The bike sounds completely different; and I can now hear the mechanical noises that were masked by the hugely loud exhaust noise.  Much more pleasant to ride and and not abusively loud.
2016

  First ride for the season, Feb. 28th.  Sunday afternoon 25 mile ride to Latham, temps in the 50's.  Exhaust noise is quite subdued. Any decrease in performance is not noticeable.  The mapping seems fine and the bike revs cleanly.

   The ride experience is completely different.  It's not dominated by the exhaust noise and I can enjoy the performance, the scenery and the feel of this great bike.  Gas mileage seems to have improved from the low 30's to nearly 40 mpg.

       Yankee Lock Old Erie Canal - Fort Hunter NY

 

Thacher Park

 

  Oil changed Aug. 1, 2016 at 17,369 miles  (Castrol Full synthetic 20-50).  Not necessary to loosen the radiator. Filter KN174.

 

East Berne NY

 

2017

  Oil changed at 18,200 miles, June 29, 2017. (Castrol full synthetic 20-50). KN174 filter.

Feb 28, 2018

2018

   First ride of the season, Feb. 28.  I kept the battery in all winter and charged it regularly so it started up right away.  Only the rear tire needed any air.

 

 

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Edited March 1, 2018