What is the "Archilles heel" of the 14/15 Valkyrie? - Honda Valkyrie F6C Forum
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What is the "Archilles heel" of the 14/15 Valkyrie?

Every different model of bike has it's strengths and weaknesses. Some models are built solid and as reliable as they come, and other models are not so reliable.

But even the most reliable models have 'something' (however minor) that has a tendency to cause some trouble.
My other bike is a Honda VTR1000F Firestorm. Much like the Valk and GW's , these are super reliable bikes that need very little maintenance other than the usual oil changes filters etc.

There are a few caveats though. (For the Firestorm)

1) Dodgy automatic cam chain tensioners - could go at any time. - Best solution was to replace with manual tensioners before trouble hit.
2) Rectifier / Regulator on early models were complete SH-1T (actually I think that was the first letters of the model number, serious...) - Often got replaced with a MOSFET one.
3) Design fault: Front springs too light. - Upgrading is an advantage.

If you took care of at least the first two items, you'll have a VTR that is good for over 100,000km with very little but the most basic servicing and maintenance.


What would you guys say the Archilles heel of the 1800C would be?

- I'm going to throw one thing out there. A lot of people seem to have kill switch issues (?)

What upgrades would you consider to be almost non-optional? (eg fixing design faults)

And are there any critical parts of maintenance that are commonly over-looked?

Any maintenance advice for a new owner who intends to DIY the simpler stuff, and keep the bike in tip-top shape?

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No "aftermarket" "matched" set of radial tires available in oem sizing, I just received my Metzeler Roadtec 01 tires 190/55-17 HWM & 120/70-19.

The new front tire will be 0.47" taller than the oem front & the rear tire will be 0.43" taller than the oem rear.

The little bit skinner front tire should quicken corner "turn in" and the slightly wider rear should slow the corner "turn in" so I'm expecting the "turn in" to not change from oem or to be just slightly quicker. Also the added height will give me added cornering clearance and will drop the rpms slightly so as to not rev quite as high at highway speeds and hopefully help with the feeling of wanting to shift into the "6th gear that doesn't exist" lol
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Tires , Wind management . I'm sure the "kill switch issue" is blew out of proportion . My fix is to use a protective lube & just don't use it ! I consider it an emergency use only item.......Use the key. So far this bike has amazingly small amount of quirks .........Rod
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As has been pointed out on other threads (and some debated):, I think the major weaknesses are:
-stock seat is not suitable for overnight, multi-day trips (some say even more than an hour or 2) and there aren't enough 2014/15 made for Ultimate Seats to make one for this model (similar issue as limited availability of tires that was mentioned above, and really all accessories).
- gearing is too low for not pulling a trailer and riding two up, 1st gear is about useless except for waking it into the garage, and the bike is begging to be shifted beyond 5th gear at 65 - 70 mph
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stock seat is not suitable for overnight, multi-day trips (some say even more than an hour or 2)
Agree plus the wind coming from around the tank and under the handlebars.
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Agree plus the wind coming from around the tank and under the handlebars.
Geez we've become soft...
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The seat is junk
Wheels are should be sized for more tire options.
The suspension could use an upgrade.
Should come standard with fog lights.
Should come with cruise control.
Should come with ABS on all models.
Taller final drive ratio would be great to keep the Revy's down on the stock set up.
Keyless ignition would be cool. I hate taking the key out every
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The keyless option is nice when it works. My cousin has it on his Indian Chieftain. Problem is that he has lots of issues with the bike not picking up the fob. Honda would probably do it better than Indian, though. His bike is an expensive piece of junk. He just blew the engine and it only has 30,000 kms on it.


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What would you guys say the Archilles heel of the 1800C would be? .
it has only one. the seat. but then most bikes stock seats are this bad. why there is such a huge industry around replacing them. big bucks.

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The keyless option is nice when it works. My cousin has it on his Indian Chieftain. Problem is that he has lots of issues with the bike not picking up the fob. Honda would probably do it better than Indian, though. His bike is an expensive piece of junk. He just blew the engine and it only has 30,000 kms on it.
my 014 chieftain sn 837 has no such issues. 5 yrs , 25k smiles. never a fob issue. well the dime size fob battery did die and I had to use the turn sig code to start it once. but that is a battery issue not a bike issue. and I don't beat on my machines like I know people who do and then wonder why they fail when they need it most.

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