Taller is better and I need one that is extremely sturdy. My fairings on the 1800 drove me krazy! I often ran 80-90 and often had to adjust until I reverted to super glue.
Ha! I'm thinking I've seen your handle on the vtx forum. While I am excited about the possibility of owning one, I am already missing the ride and sound of the pipes. VTX was far from perfect but it was paid for and had an incredible motor... never let me down!You got 8K for a totaled VTX! Good job and a great insurance company!
I paid the same for a 14 Valk with 5200 miles on her 9 months ago. Like new.
I also came from an 1800R that I put over 70K on and was the best bike I’ve ever owned, and I’ve been riding for almost 40 years. Compared to the X, I found the Valk lacking in everything except reliability, power, smoothness, acceleration, braking, electronics, handling, value for the money and excitement factor. The looks took a bit getting used to but I managed. The sound of the engine is totally different, more like an F1 that a John Deere tractor. I had a 205 car tire on my X and thought about going with one on the Valk but the way it handles may be compromised with one so I’m holding off, for now. I think a wider tire should fit and shouldn’t affect handling. A CT would of course.
I did add bags, a Honda Tall windshield, highway pegs, cruise and a driver's backrest, plus a few other comfort items. The original owner had the seat redone with memory foam and even though much better than stock, I still use an Airhawk for road trips. No regrets trading in the X for this ride at all other than the dearth of aftermarket parts sucks.
Best of luck and safe riding.
We are lined up to meet and test ride this Sunday. Weather is supposed to be a 10. Hi 75F and sunny.That's a lot of bike for 8 grand. Snag it and run.