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It must have been the late summer of 2005. I was riding in southern Sweden and the dealer in the area there had just received the new model of V-rod, more specifically a sportier variant (R), with upside down Showa fork, larger fuel tank, Brembo brakes and a higher ground clearance. I walked into the store with high expectations. And came out 10 seconds later. Disappointed. What had they (MoCo) done with the VRSC model ?? Sigh!

I must be a little late in the trigger, year 2016 there is a used 2006 R in the garage at home. My. A little shabby in the look, some wavy brake discs, pitted aluminum. On the plus side 1 owner and 6k miles since new. It's time for some TLC ...

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To be continued.
 

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Wow you and I have a similar history with the R. Only difference is I picked up mine in 2018. Our bikes even look the same! Next year I'll be giving mine some TLC as well. I'll be staying tuned to see what you come up with for yours. Cheers!
 

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Not spotless but way better.

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Had a floating disc collecting dust, now back in service...

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Then the Akrapovic header was TIG`d & extended by 4" so the rear heat shield would clear the footpeg. Yes, the brake lever clear too.

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Great Knut! Your new extended portion will be close to fixing threads in lower frame. Maybe neat support from under is way cleaner than hanging from the passenger peg?
 

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Mukle: Its been done :) .
Had it pc`d at a local business here in our small hometown.
Bracket not as good looking as RBabos, but holds the can well. Stainless bolts`n washers.


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Tested out a mod "B" handlebar riser and speedo housing, conclusion still poor visibility.
Had to change the fluids and gaskets too...

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Nasty clutch fluid!
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Mostly for the look - drilled a couple of holes thru the linkage.

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The temporary sidestand rubber bushing has now been replaced with a genuine H-D one.
 

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Some emblems made by Biceps.
Before:
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After:
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Black levers.
Before:
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After:
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Some minor work on the side stand:
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Replaced the neck bearings:
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Some spots with the MIG and the outer races pretty much drops out.
Yes, I did mask/cover the front end of the bike during the "welding" session...
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Time to upgrade:
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Drilling and threading session:

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Voila. A zerk nipple.
The neck head is originally of the closed type, ie the frame is not filled with grease :).
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After further disassembly of the bike, it was time to go black ..

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Parts back from the powder coater.

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New bushing for the brake pedal:
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The new upgraded version of the tree with steel stem. And washer/nut.

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Looks great Knut. Will the rake angle be same with new upper tree?

Also did they sand or soda blast painted parts before powder coating or can it be done on top of previous finishes?
 
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