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I just added to the total - 5. I got a run around bike, a Triumph Bonneville T100. I got a great deal and I wanted a smaller bike for city riding. This could be my last bike I buy, unless I find another great deal. You never know.
I’ve learned over the years, when it comes to bikes, never say never. I lost count of the number of last bikes I’ll ever buy that have left my garage.

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I just turned (agh!) 60 this year but feel like I'm still 25, at least in my mind. I've been motorcyclying since the age of 12, when my dad took me to a minibike track and I rode my first Honda Z50A. They told me not to shift it (it had automatic clutch and they just left it in 2nd) but I didn't even know how back then. I came off the track and dad asked me if I wanted one. I was stunned. Of course, I said yes. So he bought me the Z50A for $300 and we sold it when I was 16 for $250 - not bad. Dad always regretted doing that, as he put me on the path to lifetime motorcycling, and never lived another day without fear of me getting killed on the road. Every time he heard a siren, he feared it was me getting scraped off the road.


My previous bikes are all listed in my signature below. Hondas have always been my favorites. I'm just a Honda guy. I like reliability and things that just ALWAYS WORK when you want them to. I have a Honda portable generator, which has come in handy with all the tropical storms we get here on the East Coast. That thing will run literally all day on a tank of gas, and just purrs as it keeps my fridge, TV and sump pump and a light or two on. And I have had a Honda lawn mower since 1991 that has never needed a lick of service other than an occasional blade.


That V45 Magna was just an AWESOME bike and a pure rocket. Gorgeous looks and fast as could be. I dearly love my CTX 1300. It won't win any speed contests but is still lightning fast and I have enjoyed every second of riding it. But then when I saw the Valkyrie, I knew that was the bike I had to have. Never even test rode one. It's being picked up tomorrow and shipped to me, and I will be counting the hours until it arrives.


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Honda Z50A (sold)
Kawasaki KS 125 (sold)
Kawasaki KZ 650 (sold)
Honda V45 Magna (sold)
Honda VTX 1300r
Honda VTX 1800r
Honda CTX 1300
Honda F6C Valkyrie
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Richmond, welcome! You will not be disappointed with the Valkyrie. I love mine. It's the first really big bike I've owned and it feel like the bike you always wanted. Mine is blue because they're the fastest. Again Welcome.

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Richmond, welcome! You will not be disappointed with the Valkyrie. I love mine. It's the first really big bike I've owned and it feel like the bike you always wanted. Mine is blue because they're the fastest. Again Welcome.
As we all now know, the blue ones may be the fastest but the black ones are the quickest
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post #35 of 42 (permalink) Old 06-12-2020, 10:30 PM
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It is anecdotally PROVEN that black is fastest. I have to go with that.


They picked up the bike this morning at the dealer in the Midwest. I don't know what its route or ETA is. Here are some pics.



The dealer had assured me over the phone that it was cosmetically and mechanically perfect, but it has some pretty severe scratches on the housing of the right radiator. I called it to their attention after the shipper identified it, and he said he hadn't seen that before, so I'm guessing it happened on the way to the truck. I will be discussing it with the dealer, as I can't stare at that eyesore on an otherwise perfect bike.




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Previous bikes:


Honda Z50A (sold)
Kawasaki KS 125 (sold)
Kawasaki KZ 650 (sold)
Honda V45 Magna (sold)
Honda VTX 1300r
Honda VTX 1800r
Honda CTX 1300
Honda F6C Valkyrie

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I hope the shipper brought it to the attention of the dealer before accepting it from them, otherwise it's on the shipper if they signed for the bike, and hopefully not for you to resolve.

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Previous Bikes:
’66 Benelli (Montgomery Wards) 125 cc Riverside
’74 Yamaha Enduro DT360
’74 Honda CB450
’76 Kawasaki KH500
’77 Yamaha RD400
’80 Kawasaki KX250
’71 Honda CB750K1
’82 Yamaha Virago XV750
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I'd seriously consider not accepting the bike until responsibility for that scratching is clarified. You paid for the shipment of a pristine bike, and if that's not what you're getting, SOMEONE has to own up and make that right.

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I showed the dealer that it was present prior to shipment, since the shipper took the pic before he loaded it. So it is documented that the bike had this fault at the dealer. Now I will have to get the dealer to make good. We'll see what they say upon arrival. I think they owe me a cowl.


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Previous bikes:


Honda Z50A (sold)
Kawasaki KS 125 (sold)
Kawasaki KZ 650 (sold)
Honda V45 Magna (sold)
Honda VTX 1300r
Honda VTX 1800r
Honda CTX 1300
Honda F6C Valkyrie
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... I think they owe me a cowl.


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Yikes, there goes a fair whack of their profit margin...
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Yes. They took it on consignment from someone, and I don't know what their cut is, but who knows what that part costs. But it was their doing.


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Previous bikes:


Honda Z50A (sold)
Kawasaki KS 125 (sold)
Kawasaki KZ 650 (sold)
Honda V45 Magna (sold)
Honda VTX 1300r
Honda VTX 1800r
Honda CTX 1300
Honda F6C Valkyrie
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