Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Central New Hampshire
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As for the seat, I've actually found Honda stock saddles to be pretty comfy.
Yes...they are awfully plain looking...maybe somewhat ugly.
And I suspect they may feel too soft for a large person with more body mass than somebody my size?
I'm 6' 2" tall and only around 183 pounds.
Not much padding there :-).
Corbins are much prettier.
However, every Corbin I've ever sat on feels too hard to my backside.
So I have always kept the stock saddles on every one of the Hondas I have owned.
As for your comment about the Valkyrie's 5-speed transmission - unless the bike is cruising at higher velocity then the speed limit on the majority of Interstate highways, you're not going to be running in 6th gear anyway.
I think the consensus is that a motorcycle engine such as a Honda Valkyrie's runs best at around 3,000 rpm, no?
Lugging one's engine on a regular basis is harmful, no?
Well, cruising on the Interstate at 70 mph generates just a hair south of 3,000 rpm on my tachometer.
The Victory Gunner motorcycle I owned before getting into Gold Wings (I have an F6B, too) had a 6th gear.
The tach on the Vic only read around 2500 rpm at 70 in 6th.
And...the only time I shifted into 6th on that bike was when pushing the speed limit on an Interstate, which was rarely.
My motto pertaining to motorcycling has always been that there's enough friggin mayhem out there without inflicting any more on myself by doing 80 like the rest of the sports.
past owner of:
2007 Honda Shadow 600 VLX DeLuxe
2007 Honda VTX 1300
2007 Honda VTX 1800 F3
2015 Harley Davidson Sportster Iron 883
2015 Victory Gunner