Hello all! I just joined this forum the other day to do some research, and as of today, I am proud to state I am the owner of a 2014 F6C!
I have ridden Hondas most of my life. In my early years I had a Honda Z50A, which my dad bought me and forever regretted, setting me on the path of motorcycle ownership. I then moved up at age 16 and bought a Kawasaki KS125, which I quickly outgrew. I traded that for a Kawasaki 650, and then traded that for a V45 Magna (one of my lifetime favorite bikes, and a sheer rocket of its own volition). I then sold that and had a hiatus for awhile until I got my house paid off. I then got a VTX 1300r, and a year later bought a VTX 1800r. Then, I discovered the CTX 1300 and bought one of those. I still own all three of those. It's getting a bit cramped in my 1-car carport.
A few days ago, a biker who posts videos on YouTube took delivery of a 2015 Valk, and from the moment he first brought it into camera view, I was obsessed. What a bike! The arm ripping sheer power of that torque factory, the gorgeous lines, the Honda reliability. What more could I want?! After watching his first two videos, I was drooling with envy.
So, then I started doing my research on the bike. Didn't find too many things that critics disliked or complained about other than the usual nitpicky stuff about the seat height being 1/4 inch too high or too hard, etc. The CTX has plenty of complaints from the tabs that hold the plastc shell together, to the stiff suspension. Though I have been incredibly happy with it. But when I saw the Valk... I saw that sheer rush of gut grinding power, and the gorgeous look, and I was hooked.
After determining it was a rock solid bike, I started looking around. My color HAD to be black, since it looks the most badazz, and (as we ALL know), it's scientifically and anecdotally proven to be the fastest color. Ahem!
So after narrowing things down to two model years, a price point under $10,000, and black color, I came up with about 8 options on Cycle Trader. Really wanted the ABS upgrade, but I can live without it. Anyway, a dealer in Texas had one for $8400 but had sent it to auction and he didn't really feel like dealing with me. My next stop was a dealer in Iowa that had a 2014 with ONLY 108 miles on it, basically mint and right out of the showroom from a consignment sale by a guy who bought it and never rode it. Effectively a brand new Valky for half the original price, we agreed on $8500, down from the listing of $8995. For this mileage, I felt it was a very fair price, and I went for it. I am STOKED.
Now I have to deal with all the fun stuff of having it shipped, and dealing with the dreaded DMV. And I must sell my other three beloved bikes. So that's a lot of online work, photo taking, dealer servicing, and jockeying around. Puts quite a crimp in my finances for the time being.
The bike's only aftermarket accessory is the taller windshield, otherwise it is pure stock. I am having them install a battery tender lead before it ships. I'm hoping they still have the shorty shield, as I like the sleeker look of the shorty.
I already own a phone mount and a cup holder. I'd really like to have some bags and a luggage rack. And having gotten used to the stereo and charging cable on the CTX, I am going to have to do something about a charging port.
I find these forums an endless source of information and comaradarie. I hope to contribute in the days and months ahead! I feel this Valk is going to be THE bike I always dreamed of.
So talk to me. What else do I need to be thinking about for add-ons, what can I expect as I ride it, and what advice do you have for a Valk newbie here?
The forum wouldn't let me post the ad link, so you'll have to settle for images from their website.
Do you think I made a pretty good deal? It's basically like the deal I got on my CTX - bought it showroom new right out of the crate for half the original retail.
I await your input and thank you all!