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Moto Update #1

Spoke to Gary at Sandy Bloy motorcycles and it looks like my bike will need some TLC.

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1. Back tyre – as well as being flat I’m going to need a new back tyre as the tread is very low.
2. Battery – although I bought a new battery last year it is not holding a charge.
3. Air filter – probably a good idea to replace this as the big V-twin needs a bucket of clean air to keep the liquid cooled engine in top form.
4. Reg plate – Gary will have to make up a new plate as my current one is not completely legal.
5. Service – the bike will need a complete service overhaul, new brake pads, filters, oil and fluids.

Gary is hoping to get the bike ready for me within a week or so, but as the weather is still not good I’m not in any rush to get out – especially with all the salt and grit on the roads. It’s my own fault as I haven’t been able to use the bike for a long time – but my studies, and student finances, took precedence.

At least I know that my beloved motorbike is in good hands.

Motorcycles and the Law

Get on Your Bike:

Today I took my first steps towards obtaining a legal traineeship.

My plan is to travel around Scotland, on my motorbike, delivering my CV to law firms along the way.

My aim is to stimulate interest in my desirability as a potential trainee and to hopefully open some doors to the next stage of my training. I’m also looking forward to having a good blether with other (legal) bikers along the way.

With the help of some savings and a little extra help from the bank of mum (thanks mum!) I have arranged to have my Harley Davidson V-Rod VRSCA picked up to be serviced by Steve and Gary at Sandy Bloys in Perth. It’s been sat in my rented garage, without power to maintain the battery, for a little longer (18 months) than I’d have liked. My motorbike has had to take a back seat whilst I completed my studies, but it now seems like the perfect time to resurrect my passion for motorbiking and combine it with my new found passion for Scots law.

There appear to be problems with the electrics but Harley are famous for this. Plus there is fuel in the tank that has probably gone off. Fingers crossed it hasn’t bubbled up into the carburetor. Steve arrived to pick him up and, due to a flat back tyre, we struggled to get the bike up the ramp and into the van. Once Steve had strapped the V-Rod down safely he set of for his workshop in Perth. Can’t wait to get the bike back.

Really. Can’t. Wait.

Follow my journey on twitter:

Check out Gary and Steve’s super service at the Sandy Bloy Website

Here’s how it happened in pictures:

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Open sesame

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V is for V-twin, R is for racing, S is for street, C is for custom and A is for the first of a new breed of Harley.

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Here comes Steve

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Sandy Bloy to the rescue

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Managed to get it up the ramp without too much bother

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My Beautiful 2006 Harley davidson V-Rod VRSCA 1130cc

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Flat back tyre didn’t help

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Steve managing the 5 point turn

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Where’s my motorbike gone?

V-Rod VRSCA Overview:

The VRSC was introduced in 2001 in a single model called the V-Rod. The V-Rod was developed to compete against Japanese and American muscle bikes. The “V-Rod” made use of the Revolution engine, developed jointly with Porsche that, for the first time used overhead cams and liquid cooling. Unlike other Harley production motorcycles, a 60-degree V-twin engine, the radiator and the hydroformed frame members support the round-topped air cleaner cover.

The fuel tank on the V-Rod is located underneath the seat, placing the rider on top of it, rather than the usual frontal placement. The “tank” in this case is dressing, hiding the frame. Loosely based on the VR-1000 Superbike, Harley-Davidson builds it as a platform for drag-racing competition machines. All VRSC models are produced at Harley-Davidson’s Vehicle and Powertrain Operations facility in Kansas City, Missouri.

Engine Spec:

Cubic Capacity (cc) 1130
Max Power (bhp) 115
Bore (mm) 100
Stroke (mm) 72
Valve Gear DOHC
Compression Ratio 11.3
Cooling Liquid cooled
Fuel Delivery Electronic sequential port injection
Stroke Type Four Stroke
Drive Belt

Bike Spec:

Length (mm) 2377
Tank (gallons) 3.7
Dryweight (kg) 271
Seats 2
Seat Height (mm) 688
Suspension Front Wide 49mm custom fork
Suspension Rear Polished one piece cast aluminium swing arm
Wheels Front 19 inch cast disc
Wheels Rear 18 inch wide cast disc
Brakes Front Four piston 292.1 mm disc
Brakes Rear Four piston 292.1 mm disc
Tank Capacity (litres) 14
Wheelbase (mm) 1715
Ground Clearance (mm) 141
Trail (mm) 99
Chassis Steel perimeter upper frame with hydroformed main rails and bolt-on lower frame rails, MIG welded