Considering a Valkyrie and weighing the pros/cons
I am currently strongly considering the Valkyrie along with two other bikes and basically looking for owner's two cents in all the various forums. Little about me... I prefer to not use a car.... I ride unless it is just not possible... I am originally from the Gulf Coast and have ridden in hurricane-force winds rather than drive a car. I use a car about 10% of the year if at all possible. I also do a good bit of cross country trips. Owned several M109Rs, 3 Kawasaki Concours 14s-Currenlty ride one, and Indian Scout, Several Vulcan 1500s, and a few KZ 400s, and couple more small bikes.
Looking at the 2014-15 Valkyrie ABS, 2015-17 Triumph Rocket 3, Moto Guzzi California. In all honesty, none of them are a slam dunk for me... each has it's negatives and it's attractive points. For the Valkyrie, it is the dependability and two up capabilities are the pluses.
Not may fav on looks but not my bottom choice. However, due to the wide variety of riding conditions I do and the fact I try to ride as many days of the week as humanly possible, ABS is NOT an option for me every again. It is a dealbreaker. The Valkyrie only comes in black for the ABS and I really prefer the blue as it has blacked out forks and other components.
Are there any options for deeper pipe sound? Black? Is this a bike you can just forget about valve checks and ride it? The Moto Guzzi has the look I love, ABS, cruise, but 85 hp worries me with two up, and of course dealer service. Rocket is a Triumph which I love and and I do love it's look, but same with dependability. The Honda is strong on dependability and ease of finding service, but a little too modern with non analogue guages, though I like the rest of the look, and ABS is limited.
Just looking for some thoughts from each owner's group so I can get some clarity, as i'm not really sold on anything as of yet. Has anyone painted their 2014? Wondering how much of a job to disassemble and pay to have a black one done in blue?