I purchased my 2014 dark red Valk over the weekend. I took it out for the first time tonight. For reference, My previous bike was a 2008VTX1800T. I sold it in march after 8 years and bought a CTX700N. After a week I regretted what I did. First thing that I noted was that it sounded incredibly powerful. The whine bothered me for about 5 minutes then I didn't notice it again. Shifting the first few miles was a learning curve; they were awkward and rough. By the time I was back the shifts were seamless and smooth. I am 5"7 30" inseam and 185#. The bars were a little far away and the foot pegs were a little high. They are in the perfect location though. I really don't need to tell anyone here what I thought about the acceleration or torque do I? It has all I Need and some left over. I like a bike that can go where and when I want it to go in traffic. I ran one of my usual routs to judge the suspension. The front end wasn't bothered by ripples in the road. No teeth chattering over bumps. The rear felt a little funny to me and I told myself I need to play with the rear shock adjustment. One point of contention for me was when I got on the interstate I got up to speed and felt the rpms were higher than they'd needed to be. 3200 rpm @70 mphI made a mental note to count down shifts when I got off and yup I was in 5th. Wish it had a 6th or optional rearend. Wind didn't have any effect on it on the highway. Clearly I found my next bike. It just feels right.
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