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I crank it sometimes and just walk around and listen to it. I like it and of course I don’t. This is bike #7 since 2011. Not bragging just the way it has happened. I can only have one bike at a time. All were fairly loud except for first one which was a 750 Shadow. I had a Kawai mean streak with aftermarket pipes and it was my favorite loud pipes. It had the single pin sound and everywhere I rode, folks turned to see what that sound was… same with the vtx1800. IT had Rinehart racing exhaust.

I’m still trying to figure out what the valk sounds like when I’m riding. It reminds me of a dump truck shifting gears with its quiet low rumble. Sounds like a sports car sometimes. Yep! I like it. Overall, I’m not going to go deaf because of it but do kinda wish it was louder only as a warning to others that I’m a coming. I used to crank it a little going by cars on my previous louder ones to wake up the less attentive idgits on their idgit phones with their darkly tinted windows.

I am really fascinated, for some reason, by this engine. It purrs! A turbo sound turning the shaft, so it seems. So quiet I can hear the front wheels rolling on the asphalt. I found a gl1800 engine on google (EBay) with lots of pics and I looked at them for good while. It is a far cry from a V-Twin. Maybe it is a stinking engineering mystery to me. I do not work on motors but I’m sure from my reading that a lot of effort went into the internals of this motor.

I notice sometimes that when I twist the throttle and ‘get on it’ a little, it doesn’t seem to have the gitty up and go until I look at the speedo. See, when you have loud pipes, you actually think that you are going faster than you are. I’ve got to retrain my brain. Oh! This valk is indeed a hotrod.

I’m ecstatic that I’ve finally got a big tank. It gets good gas mileage. It flies. It handles with ease for its size. I’m sort of getting used to the look. The seat is still a pain even with a pad. I may get some highway pegs for stretching my legs to see if this helps. I can’t see spending $300 so will have to keep looking.

I guess Honda was just trying something out with the 2014-2015 Valks. I like the naked Goldwing because I don’t do many long range rides. I look for the lonely less-traveled roads because I hate traffic with a passion. The valk serves me well for doing this but kills my butt. I have to stop after about an hour. Nope! Not going to get a seat yet. I think the pegs should be a priority right now.

It is going to get ridden every day as long as weather allows. Right now, however, I have to work around the rain and extreme cold. I don’t like riding below 49°.

I’m already dreading the bugs because I kill a gazillion and they are a pain on a purty bike like this. They somehow find all the nooks and crannies and drive me crazy until I clean them out. I have the oem shield and looks like I’ll be constantly wiping it down. It is ALL worth it because I was created to ride. :D

 

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Nice write up. I have had mine since late September 2018. I have only put on 437 miles so far. I just don't get a chance to ride much. But so far I love it and have put the OEM windshield ($300), Corbin saddlebags ($1800), Progressive spring ($500)(spring was under $100 but had to pay to have it installed), Corbin gunfighter with a backrest (670), Kuryakyn floorboard with the heel toe shifter ($400), and just last week I added the kuryakyn ergos III highway pegs ($300). This bike is really everything I need in a motorcycle. I have had many bikes over the years and at some point I thought most of them were perfect for me at the time. I find it amazing how my needs seem to change with my age. One of the nice things about the Valkyrie is that if I just want to take a cruise and relax.....have it covered. If I want a more spirited ride... have it covered. If I want to commute or travel long haul...no problem. I just wish I had more time to ride. Hopefully I will get it out this weekend for a bit. And I have to learn how to take better pics..lol




 

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I'm in central Mississippi. Try typing that!

I find it amazing how my needs seem to change with my age.
Ain't it the truth! I'm now 60.

I've had 6 bikes and never spent over $4800 on any until this one... made possible from totaling last bike. I used every penny from insurance money. I need this one to last.

Problem is, while many go on 1000 miles trips occasionally, I ride daily which often presents unexpected situations. I consider myself a very capable and experienced rider and still this is no guarantee. And I put lots of miles on my bikes in hot and cold weather, sometimes rain, and often subjected to unfocused drivers wanting to kill me.

I ride and I pray and I am living the dream. :)
 

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This is how I ride and drive. I think everyone is out to get me. Hopefully while riding I am never the one who is unfocused.
Ah!

Potholes, rocks/sand, roadkill, limbs and debris, jumping deer and various dashing critters, buzzards flying away as I approach, idgits dodging potholes and etc., and worst of all... careless drivers.

A momentary lapse can be costly. I know from experience. I love to ride and do it often. There is danger always but the fun factor is a drug.
 

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It's black!

I really like the bags and how they fit. Great pics Swag!
Thanks Dill. The bags look the best in my opinion. But boy were they pricey. As much as I ride....or don't ride depending on how you look at it....I went for more the look over the function. I don't have anything in the bags yet but I am sure at some point they will come in handy. The opening is cut a little weird so I am not sure what would actually fit in there. But I will figure it out when I need too.
 

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Thanks Dill. The bags look the best in my opinion. But boy were they pricey. As much as I ride....or don't ride depending on how you look at it....I went for more the look over the function. I don't have anything in the bags yet but I am sure at some point they will come in handy. The opening is cut a little weird so I am not sure what would actually fit in there. But I will figure it out when I need too.
I can't get the bags due to the price. Besides, I'm not a 'bag' man. My intent was to ride often, which I do, but not for long trips. Your hard bags can't be beat. Mine came with the chrome extra storage plate or whatever you call it so I can add bags there when I do travel.
 

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Thanks Dill. The bags look the best in my opinion. But boy were they pricey. As much as I ride....or don't ride depending on how you look at it....I went for more the look over the function. I don't have anything in the bags yet but I am sure at some point they will come in handy. The opening is cut a little weird so I am not sure what would actually fit in there. But I will figure it out when I need too.
Did you find the bags difficult to install? Looking at the same set for my Valkyrie.

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Did you find the bags difficult to install? Looking at the same set for my Valkyrie.

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I live close enough to Corbin that they installed them for free. But watching the guy, it didn't seem too difficult. He only took about a little over an hour or so. And he worked non-stop without any breaks. He wasn't tyring to break a speed record though...lol. Just a fairly leisurely pace. You could ask BobMoe. I know he installed them on his and did the work himself.
 

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Swag, I just assisted. Took some pics of the spacer and a hidden pin lock. They can be viewed in " Corbin bag install"
 
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