I vowed I was going to keep my Valkyrie stock. I decided the bike was perfectly fine as is and I would just enjoy riding it.
And then two things happened.
1. I was out riding with a mate and the narrow asphalt road ran out. It turned to mushy gravel and neither of us was keen to proceed. So we did U turns and went another way. Only it wasn't quite that easy. Easy for him, not so much for me. I struggled with the U turn and had to duck paddle my way around it. I was embarrassed. Never had to do that before.
2. I stumbled across Fast Eddie and Motojitsu:
"Shut up and practice" is his motto. "Get comfortable with being uncomfortable" he says. And I watched a bunch of his videos. And I had to admit: I needed to improve my slow speed skills on this bike.
So I've been out training every day for a week, all the while scared as **** that I would drop my baby. And then just yesterday, for the first time, I felt the handlebars hit full lock as I did some tight circle work. Wow! The sense of achievement was amazing.
Which brings me back to where I started. I'm breaking my vow. I'm going to mod my Valk. I'm going to take the passenger foot pegs off and put some frame sliders on so that I can REALLY get into Motojitsu on this thing. I want to be able to throw it around with ease. I want to feel total control. I want to be able to "do a Shrubbo" and scrape my pegs! Not to hoon, just to explore the delights of what this bike can really do.
I'm with Eddie. When you reach this level of control over your bike you're not only a heck of a lot safer out on the road, YOU ACTUALLY ENJOY YOUR RIDING SO MUCH MORE.
And at the end of the day, that's what it's all about, right?
PS: I'm 60 ... "never too old" is my