Quality Of Life Mods For Your Motorcycle

WHATS YOUR FAVORITE QUALITY OF LIFE MOD YOU HAVE DONE TO YOUR MOTORCYCLE?

IM NOT TALKING ABOUT A BETTER SEAT, OR APES, OR MOST COMFORT/FITMENT MODS RIDERS DO TO THEIR MOTORCYCLE, BUT OTHER SMALL ITEMS OR MODS THAT MAKE THAT DAILY OR WEEKEND RIDE ON THE BIKE THAT MUCH BETTER.

THIS WEEK I’M GOING TO OUTLINE A FEW THINGS I LIKE TO ADD TO MY BIKEs and things that generally make the ride that much better.

  1. MY FIRST MOD IS A CELL PHONE MOUNT (YES WE ALL KNOW YOU “REAL BIKERS” RIDE TO GET AWAY FROM THE PHONE, OR JUST THROW IT IN THE SADDLEBAG).

    MY FAVORITE CELL PHONE MOUNT IS THE IRON ACES Speed SHOP MOUNT, THEY CAN BE FOUND @ WWW.IRONACESSPEEDSHOP.COM AND I LIKE THESE BECAUSE THEY ARE A HIGH QUALITY BILLET ALUMINUM MOUNT THAT CAN FIT OR ADAPT TO ANY STYLE OF MOUNTING YOU PREFER, RAM BALL, QUADLOCK, OR EVEN A CUSTOM PHONE HOLDER FROM SLIPGRIP.

  2. A USB OUTLET.

    YES MODERN BAGGERS HAVE THE USB IN THE TINY GLOVEBOX ON THE FAIRING, WHICH DOESNT FIT MUCH ESPECIALLY WITH A LARGER CELLPHONE. THIS ADDS THE CAPABILITY TO CHARGE CAMERAS, BATTERIES, BATTERY BANKS OR NEARLY ANY OTHER USB DEVICE WHILE YOU RIDE.

    I LIKE TO FIND A COMPLETE USB OUTLET REPLACEMENT FOR MY BIKES, TO DIRECTLY REPLACE THE 12V OUTLET HARLEY HAS ON THE BIKE FROM THE FACTORY, BECAUSE USB HAS BECOME MORE AND MORE COMMON PLACE, AND MOST ITEMS DONT USE THAT OLD CLUNKY 12V STYLE ANYMORE, PLUS THERE IS NO NEED TO WORRY ABOUT THE ADAPTER FALLING OUT, AND DRAGGING WHATEVER YOU ARE CHARGING OUT ON TO THE HWY IF IT HAPPENS TO FALL OUT OF THE SOCKET.

  3. A CUP HOLDER

    THIS IS SOMETHING I HAVE USED YET, I CANT COMMIT MYSELF TO BEING THAT OLD YET, EVEN THOUGH I PROBABLY AM. I SEE THE CONVENIENCE THIS WILL ADD ON THAT LONG RIDE, OR FOR THAT GO-GO JUICE FOR MAKING SURE YOUR AWAKE AFTER YOU GET TO THAT BORING OFFICE.

  4. HEATED GRIPS

    THIS COULD PROBABLY BE CONSIDERED A COMFORT MOD, BUT I WANNA INCLUDE IT ANYWAY, BECAUSE AFTER HAVING THEM ON MY ULTRA, AND NEEDING THEM IN YELLOWSTONE, I WAS SO GLAD THEY WERE THERE, AND IT BECAME A DAILY QUALITY OF LIFE ADDITION FOR ME IN THE FALL MONTHS.

  5. LAST BUT NOT LEAST IS THE ROAD GLIDE FAIRING SCREENS

    WHEN I RESEARCHED THE ROAD GLIDE I KNEW ABOUT THIS FAIRING BEING THE BUG CATCHER WITH THOSE 2 BIG NOSTRILS AT THE FRONT, BUT I THOUGHT NAH, IT CANT BE THAT BAD……. WELL IT ACTUALLY IS. I GOT MY ROAD GLIDE IN SEPTEMBER, AND THOUGHT I WAS WAS IN THE CLEAR TILL SPRING UNTIL I TOOK A BEE TO THE FACE, AND HAD HIM SWIRLING AROUND ANGRILY ON MY JACKET, AND I HATE BEES MORE THAN ANYTHING. SO I WAS FREAKED OUT TRYING TO GET HIM OFF OF ME BEFORE HE GATHERED HIMSELF AND STUNG ME FOR INTERRUPTING HIS DAY.

    WELL, THERE YOU HAVE IT, IT COULD BE MUCH LONGER BUT I KEPT IT TO MY TOP 5 FOR NOW AND THATS MY LIST, WHATS ON YOUR TOP 5 QUALITY OF LIFE MODS FOR YOUR BIKE?

Voiding Your Warranty

WE HAVE ALL HEARD OF FLAGS VOIDING WARRANTIES DUE TO INCREASED DRIVELINE STRESS, BUT DID YOU KNOW, THAT NON HARLEY STAGE 1 YOU JUST PUT ON YOUR BRAND NEW BIKE, HAS ALREADY VOIDED YOUR ENGINE WARRANTY?

AH YES THE NON PUBLICIZED WARRANTY ARMAGEDDON HARLEY IS WAGING AGAINST OWNERS WHO USE AFTERMARKET PARTS TO MODIFY THEIR BIKE. LITTLE TO NONE HAS BEEN MENTIONED BY MAJOR MOTORCYCLE NEWS OUTLETS AS OF YET ABOUT THIS RED FLAG VIN ISSUE, YET ITS ALL OVER HARLEY FORUMS AND DEALERS ARE EVEN MAKING YOU SIGN A PAPER WHEN YOU BUY A BIKE STATING YOU ARE AWARE OF THIS.

“WELL, WHEN YOUR SHIP IS SINKING, YOU DONT INSTALL A NEW PROP AND ENGINE AS ITS GOING DOWN.” -me

SO WHY AND HOW ARE WARRANTIES BEING VOIDED WHEN WE HAVE LAWS IN PLACE LIKE THE MAGNASON-MOSS ACT? WELL ITS SIMPLE REALLY. THE EPA. RUMORS HAVE CIRCULATED THAT PART OF THE SETTLEMENT WITH THE EPA STATED THAT HD WOULD VOID FACTORY WARRANTIES OF BIKES THAT HAVE HAD THEIR ENGINES MODIFIED IN ANY WAY THAT AFFECTS NOISE OR POLLUTION REQUIREMENTS SET FORTH BY THE EPA (KEEP IN MIND NON OF THIS IS VERIFIED BY HD, BUT I HAVE HEARD 1ST HAND FROM DEALERS) SO THIS FALLS IN LINE WITH RED FLAGGED VIN STORIES THAT HAVE BEEN CIRCLING HD FORUMS.

SO IF YOUR NOT LIKE ME AND MANY OTHERS, WHAT CAN YOU DO TO KEEP THAT WARRANTY INTACT ON THAT $30K BIKE YOU JUST PURCHASED?

  1. BOW DOWN TO HD AND THE EPA, AND USE THE HP/TQ CHOKING PARTS, AND BE FREE TO NEVER WORRY ABOUT AN ISSUE.

  2. MANY DEALERS WILL “HAVE YOUR BACK” IF YOU PURCHASE AFTERMARKET PARTS FROM THEM, AND ALLOW THEM TO INSTALL THEM FOR YOU, YET IF YOU ARE IN YELLOWSTONE AND YOUR DEALER IS IN INDIANA, THAT OTHER DEALER MOST LIKELY WONT WARRANTY ANY ISSUE THAT ENGINE HAS (AND IF THEY WANT TO BE PRICKS THEY COULD RED FLAG YOUR VIN WITH HD)

  3. LEAVE YOUR ENGINE AND BIKE COMPLETELY STOCK (NO THIS ISNT A JOKE)

  4. TAKE THE ROUTE LESS TRAVELED, GIVE HD THE BIG MIDDLE FINGER, AND HAVE YOURSELF OR AN INDY SHOP CORRECT ANY HD ENGINEERING ISSUES WITH QUALITY AFTERMARKET PARTS LIKE S&S OR FUELING (SUMPING ISSUE) AND CUSTOMIZE AWAY TO YOUR HEARTS OR WALLETS CONTENT.

THE #4 OPTION IS THE ROUTE I WILL BE TAKING WITH MY 2019 FLTRXS. I HAVE ALREADY STARTED ACQUIRING THE NEEDED PARTS TO PROPERLY VOID MY WARRANTY, AND ITS GONNA COST ME ABOUT $3K JUST IN PARTS TO PROPERLY VOID IT, AND FEEL CONFIDENT I WONT BE PURCHASING A SHORT BLOCK OUT OF POCKET ANYTIME SOON.

IF YOU WANT TO VOID YOUR WARRANTY PLEASE DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK, JUST BECAUSE I AM WILLING TO TAKE THE RISK, DOESNT MEAN YOU SHOULD DO THE SAME, ITS YOUR BIKE AND MONEY AT STAKE IF IT FAILS

Harley vs. Indian

YOU MAY ASSUME BECAUSE I RIDE HD, THAT I AM COMPLETELY BIASED AGAINST INDIAN MOTORCYCLES, BUT I’ M NOT.

I LOVE THE COMPETITION INDIAN CREATES FOR HD, DO YOU THINK MY 2019 FLTRXS WOULD HAVE RECEIVED THE 114 , GTS BOOMBOX, AND OTHER UPGRADES IF HARLEY WASNT RECEIVING PRESSURE FROM INDIAN? HELL NO.

OVER THE YEARS HARLEY HAS HAD A HARD TIME KEEPING UP WITH THE TIMES, BUT A FEW FACTORS LIKE, THE RETURN OF INDIAN IN 2011, DECLINING YEAR TO YEAR SALES, AND OTHER FACTORS HAVE FORCED A MORE RAPID CHANGE FOR HD.

2014 BROUGHT RIDERS THE “PROJECT RUSHMORE” BIKES, WHICH IN MY OPINION WAS A SLOW RESPONSE TO POLARIS’ FRESH PURCHASE, BUT IT BROUGHT US THEE BEST LINEUP OF TOURING BIKES EVER IN 15’, WITH THE RETURN OF THE ROAD GLIDE. MID 2016 GAVE US INDIANS RESPONSE TO THE BOOMBOX, AND EVER SINCE INDIAN HAS BEEN GIVING RIDERS HARLEY CVO LEVEL OF FEATURES AS STANDARD FEATURES. LIKE A TPMS SYSTEM, REMOTE LOCKING SADDLEBAGS, FULL LED LIGHTING (WITH THE 18 FXDR BEING THE FIRST ALL LED FACTORY BIKE FROM HD) AND NOW FOR 19’ INDIAN GAVE RIDERS RIDE MODES (WHICH HARLEY HAD THRU TUNERS LIKE THE FP3, BUT WAS NEVER ON THE FLY LIKE INDIAN)

WITH A NEW SPECIAL BEING $27K RETAIL, HOPEFULLY HARLEY CAN START GIVING RIDERS MORE STANDARD FEATURES LIKE INDIAN, WITHOUT THEIR CONSTANT HD PRICE INCREASES.

YET, ON SECOND THOUGHT, THAT WOULD TAKE ALL THE FUN OUT OF CUSTOMIZING A BIKE, SO MAYBE HARLEY SHOULD JUST START TO LOWER PRICES MAKING THE BIKES MORE AFFORDABLE.

I’M GOING TO DISCUSS THE DEBUT OF THE FTR1200, AND HOW HARLEY WONT BE ABLE TO FEND OFF THE FTR’S FUTURE SEGMENT DOMINATION.

Whats my name VTWINKIE all about anyways?

It all started after buying my first HD a 2006 XL1200C.

I started making videos of my 1979 Honda CB650 that went from stock, to cafe, to bobber, to an unfinished Hardtail Chopper. I was making videos on youtube under the channel name “Vintage Revolution” because I liked the simple older bikes, but once I purchased and fell in love with my 2006 XL1200C, and with the CB650 chopper project being sold to help buy that HD the name just didnt fit anymore.

I wanted a name that represented the engine style I loved, as well as helped point out where in this tiny world I was from. That some how morphed in VTWINKIE being explained as VTWIN for obvious reasons and Twinkie being related to a common nickname for the MN twins - the twinkies, which makes zero sense because I am not a baseball fan at all.

I know there are other ways the name can be mistaken like Twink, or twinkie, both of which if your interested can be looked up on the Urban Dictionary, because there is no need for me to describe them here.

I was sorta stuck with the name after purchasing my website, but i think it gives me a unique name to grab attention with, rather than other possible creative names I never would have thought of lol.

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HD is committed to attracting younger buyers, but how?

It seems Harley Davidson is committed to attracting younger buyers, but so far all they have done is announced new models like the naked sportbike for the 2020 MY.

Today, I noticed what I assume to be part of their plan to appeal to younger buyers/riders as well, in an email i received a few days ago. (Like most people I don’t get around to opening my emails immediately) The email was for their “new collection” of motorclothes.

When I clicked on the link in the email, it took me directly to their new arrivals section, and although their is plenty of standard fit clothing, there was a full page and a half of “slim fit” clothing, which is perfectly fine, its just not my style being 6’ tall and 220lbs or maybe its because like our fathers did, we also jumped of the fashion train awhile ago.

The problem becomes its not just HD changing, do me a favor and go try to buy a pair of jeans that arent “stretchy or stretch fit” its nearly impossible, even at country style stores like Fleet Farm. What happened to regular jeans, without the fancy bro country girly back pocket decorations? Dont get me wrong I dont want that grundge style back either, but c’mon what happened to regular denim?

How do you all feel about this? leave me a comment on my blog page on my website, or on my vtwinkie facebook page.

Winterizing your HD, what, why, and how.

Yes, yes winter has been here for awhile now, and some of us dont actually bust the bike out for a quick blast on a balmy 35 degree day like some riders like to do, either because our bikes are stored at a dealer, or the possibility of salt or sand on the roads can hinder the urge.

So if your not the occasional less freezing day rider, or you dont store your bike at an off site location, what can you do to make getting ready for spring riding easier. Here are a few tips, and I gotta be very honest even when i did store my bike at home, I didn’t take many of the recommended steps many pros suggest, and I should have, (especially with the older carb bikes i had) But i will also annotate ones i dont like myself.

  1. Put a cover on the bike. This can be a double edge sword, because yes you want to keep your bike protected from mother nature and her tendency to ruin nice things if you store them outside , but you can also be creating a nice cozy home for critters. Me personally even when storing in a garage I dont like to keep the bike covered. So this one is a no for me.

  2. Washing the bike. I dont wash my bike but maybe once a month during the summer, I hate washing the bike, i would rather ride. The longer those bugs sit on your paint, or grease or oil, whatever it is they should be cleaned off before long storage, because they can do major damage over time. Also dont forget to use something like Amsoil metal protector for raw metal surfaces.

  3. Fuel system additive. With EFI being the norm nowadays you may think, ah why do i need to add a stabilizer. Well a few good reasons, Fuel has much more ethanol these days which isnt as kind to fuel systems as good ole pure gas is. (MN has 92 non oxy at nearly every station in my area so ethanol is of little concern here) Some may disagree but fuel these days is much poorer for long term storage than it used to be, so an additive will stop varnish from clogging your injectors.

  4. Battery Tender. For all my Harleys I use a Harley branded battery tender that can actually tend two bikes at the same time (when I had two to tend lol) and ever since using that I have always had great luck with batteries being ready to go in the spring. I also pull the main fuse, since even with a tender the security system can create a small draw. good segue for the next topic lol

  5. Secure your Motorcycle. No matter where you store the bike, inside, outside, at someone elses place, take precautions. There are many things you can do, but nothing will stop a determined thief, but adding complications for the thief can stop them in their tracks because it wont be any easy take. Disc locks, chain, brake lever locks, locking your forks, hiding the bike out of sight from the road, all these can add time, and time is a thieves worst enemy

    This list probably didnt even scratch the surface for winter storage tips, but they are the basics, and will make spring much less of a headache when it comes time to ride. Please feel free to add your tips for winter storage in the comments section.

What do you do to help protect your rights as a Motorcyclist?

Our gun rights are being attacked on a daily basis, but do we need to be worried about our rights as a Motorcycle rider? Yes, yes we do.

In the news recently was a victory for all motorcycle riders here in the US, and it was related to profiling. Some of you may not experience this, but as a rider we can be targeted by officers at any time, because they may feel that vest or the patch on your vest is a sign that your in an MC, and unless its one of the many LEMCs (Law Enforcement Motorcycle club) you may become unfairly targeted, simply because you ride a motorcycle.

Now here in the Frozen hellhole known as Minnesota, no one I know, including myself, has had this happen. Maybe they leave us alone because we cant ride all year (well some do, but not I) I assume this is a much more common issue where its warmer in the winter months, as well as a larger number of clubs in the area.

Now this brings me to the main idea behind this post. Do you belong to a Group that helps protect your rights? or are you a non-participant in things that protect your hobby or lifestyle? I was recently considering my support to Pro Gun Rights groups, and how i donate and am a member of their organizations, and that made me think, are their groups that help protect motorcyclists?

This made me dig into google for an hour or so and do a bit of research, here are some of the more well known groups that help protect your rights, just to name a few.

  1. A.B.A.T.E. - American Bikers for Awareness, Training, and Education

  2. AMA - American Motorcyclist Association

  3. MRF - Motorcycle Riders Foundation

    I would suggest you look into joining a local ABATE group as well as a national group like MRF. These groups have a dedicated lobbyist to keep constant contact with lawmakers so they stay informed on possible anti motorcycle legislation, and inform members for a call to action, because we get more done when we unite to defend ourselves. That isnt all these groups do though, groups like abate do other things for their community like toy runs, and ditch cleanup to name a few.

    I was greatly uninformed about groups that help defend the motorcyclist, so I recently joined my local ABATE group, and the first meeting is January 5th.

3 years into the Milwaukee 8 engines.

We are 3 model years into HD’s Milwaukee 8 engine platform with 2017 being the first year for the M8.

The engine displacement options for M8’s are 107, 114, & 117. So starting with 2019 HD made an even bigger change to their touring lineup to distinguish models unlike prior years (except CVO’s) Now standards have the 107, the specials get the 114, and the CVO’s getting the 117.

The MoCo claims the M8 was an all new engine from the ground up, yet they havent strayed from the much loved and hated TC in regards to looks or basic V-Twin design a whole lot. The best part is HD learned from their mistakes with the TC, and built the M8 to be a better, more powerful, and cleaner version of the TC. Well that hasnt come without its own issues. So now lets take a look at some of the growing pains the M8 has endured so far.

  1. Loose valve seats

  2. Oil pump failure

  3. Oil sumping

  4. Trans to Primary fluid transfer

  5. Rocker box leaks

Now these arent all the small issues some M8 owners might see, these just happen to be some of the larger issues that are getting noticed on forums and on Facebook HD groups (I rEaD iT oN tHe InTeRnEt, sO iT mUsT bE tRuE !!) and some that Harley themselves have had to address thru warranty. I debated on listing complete engine failures as well, but it seems most have come from the Oil issues, as well as owners not noticing and addressing an issue right away.

Some of these issues are being addressed by Harley techs themselves like a popular Youtuber John Maxwell, I will link his channel here. He works at a dealership in GA, and states most of the issues the internet is freaking out about haven’t been widespread, and his dealership has seen very few of the issues come thru their shop so far.

With all this negativity I have talked about with the M8, should you even consider buying an M8 powered bike or should you stick with your TC or Evo powered bike? You need to remember the TC had a lot of growing pains, and has been around a long time, with my opinion of the 14+ 103’s being the best version of the TC engines. Like with any machine its going to have issues, and most of these M8 issues will be covered under your warranty, but only time will tell how epic the M8 engine will be.

Like with anything, do your research, get verification from the dealership that possible issues have been addressed with that used bike, and I say go for it, I only have 1k miles on my 114 so far, but it has been a complete blast so far!