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2000 mile trip home

I purchased arkyriders 2015 valkyrie 6-30-19. we met at xna airport 4;00 pm, mitchel with motorcycle and myself with cashier check. the bike was everything he claimed and we exchanged valubles, mitchel departed with his wife and I spent the next 30 mins packing my stuff in and on the bike. 90 degrees and humid. took me a while getting use to jerky throttle from stop, 2000 miles later got it under control. I put 115000 miles on the last 1500 valkyrie I owned a few yrs ago and this new generation valk is a different animal, way more power and considerable better milage on a tank of gas. the most distance I would travel before refill was 125 miles this new valk with the larger tank the farthest I traveled was 200 miles on a tank. I never got under 44 mpg even bucking strong headwinds. going thru wyoming encounter a thunder storm filled with scary lighting strikes within 1/4 mile so, after having read a story the week before about motorcyclist killed by lighting strike I decided to power up and get the hel out of dodge. didnt take long at 88 miles an hour in heavy rain kinda scary that fast in rain but the lighting strikes gave me the encouragement I needed. rode thru 8 states getting home to northern ca. beautiful weather all the way but 15 min in a thunerstorm in WY. I discovered that turtle wax in spray bottle and a dozen white terry cloth shop rags purchased from a walmart was magic. everytime I stopped for fuel I would spray and wipe all the bugs off bike and when I arrived home the bike was as clean as when mitchel delivered the bike to airport. the valk will probility be the last bike I will have, at 71yrs old Im pretty sure this bike will make it to the end of my riding days. didnt like the stock seat after 50 miles or so I was constantly finding a different way to sit on seat, the only thing I found negitive about bike. this was the longest trip Ive ever taken on a bike, 2000 miles in 3 1/2 days and was the most fun Ive had on a motorcycle. a great start for me and a valkyrie.
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That is sure one way to break in a new to you bike.



Ya, the seat is crap and one of the first things I changed on mine.


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congrats . i am also up there in age and nether one of us will ever wear out these bikes. as far as the " jerky throttle " I think it is the instant throttle of the fuel injection instead of the six carbs you were use to.

I have 3 older carbed bikes and yes they are much smoother on and off the throttle . good read and enjoy your bike , mine is the finest machine ive ever owned with only 2 wheels

The best part of growing up in Florida is i didn't have to move here when i got old .
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Bravo, what a great start with your new Valkyrie.
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dr, 2k ride home. I see you have warmed up the oil. at 71 and still riding, you picked a long distance race horse to ride into the sunset. I hope to still ride when I get there. keep blazing the trail, these kids here have a long way to go. poncho
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Congratulations, I enjoyed your story and I love these bikes. We all are blessed to have one in the stable. The only advice I have is get rid of that seat, I had my seat done over with memory foam and gel major nice now. Many run Corbin. I also found running 87 octane yields the best mileage. Enjoy!
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thanks for the replys. Ive had bikes off and on since I was 18 but never rode one much more than a few thousand miles a year. once bought a brand new yamaha xs 1100 and discovered it was an inpulse buy before I even made it home. when I bought my 1998 valk I had not ridden a cycle in 10 years and worried that it might be another inpulse purchase but I was thanking Jesus for it by 100 miles. I have thought the purchase of the 98 valk was my favorite bike purchase of all time until this new valkyrie. after2000 miles of superior ride quality and power along with better mpg this new valkyrie has become my favorite bike of all time. wish u all good times and safe travels.
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