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Recently I've seen some pre-owned Valks on Craigslist with very low mileage and I'm scratching my head wondering why do they want to sell. These are individuals who seemed to have just changed their minds for whatever reason.

I've bought and sold 7 bikes in as little as 8 years so I understand some of the reasoning but I've always managed to put quite a few miles on each of them.

So, can you give me an idea why some folks decide so quickly to sell and if in fact any of you have had a change of heart about your machines and maybe thinking of selling but kinda hanging on to it?

I wonder what the number reason would be for selling it. I look at these bikes and think, they look as though they all should have a much higher price on them. Maybe the sellers are trying to make a buck off of them.
 

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I bought my 2014 Valkyrie in 2016 with 3500 miles on it from a Spyder dealership in Woodstock, IL. I asked basically the same thing. In my case, the bike’s previous owner was in his mid-sixties, had always been on two wheels and decided, for whatever reason, to sell his bike and buy one of those three-wheel Spyders where the passengers sit side-by-side. He and his wife liked it, but he eventually missed being on a “real” motorcycle and bought the Valk new. However, after putting on the 3500 miles he said his wife missed the side-by-side seating, so he traded it in on another new Spyder. I’m assuming he couldn’t afford both and/or felt the Valk was perhaps too much for him. That’s how I came across it, scratch-free, broken in, and I got it for just under $10K complete with large OEM windshield and backrest in December of 2016. This will be my third season of joy riding it.

I’m 68 myself, had owned a big, custom HD bagger for years before the Valk. It’s interesting to see the different responses from various people, and I can’t help but compare those experiences to my past ones on the Harley. I honestly believe that some people, perhaps previous HD owners like myself, don’t like the ostracizing behavior they might get from some on the road. Some people feel a very strong need to be a part of the pack as opposed to apart from the pack. This might explain a few of the bikes for sale now. And don’t get me wrong, most of the responses I get, whether riding or parked, have been uniformly positive. I have zero second thoughts about my bike, especially now that I've modified little things to my own liking.
 

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I asked basically the same thing.
This will be my third season of joy riding it.
the responses I get, whether riding or parked, have been uniformly positive.
I’m 68 myself
I have zero second thoughts about my bike
Well! I constantly get positive comments. It's a big sucker so I can understand those like myself that can only have one bike at a time. I'd love to have a smaller one only as an extra toy. This thang is just so much fun whether zooming on the slab or riding the 2 lanes. I don't like having to get off it much less selling it.
 

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riding for 55 years now i have had about 50 bikes from cushman eagle , yamaguichi , Bridgestone GT350 , Hayabusa , BMW R1200R , they come and they go as we enjoy motorcycling .
the size of the Valk i easily mastered by understanding where the weight is being carried.
that heavy transmission is just off the ground and the low cylinders balance like a teeter totter. what an amazing machine that i countersteer into a turn like the Busa .
 

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I bought mine new last fall with hopes of making it my next long distance tourer and everyday ride. I've added a large windshield, Viking bags, driver backrest, highway pegs, passenger backrest and rack and 2" bar risers.
But sometimes I think it will never be able to replace the comfort of my 2012 Victory Cross Roads I've put over 115,000 trouble free miles on. To be honest I've only racked up about 1,000 miles on the Valk. I need to get serious and put some miles down with some short trips. Mainly having a hard time with leg position and the stock seat. Hate to dump $$ in a seat right now, wish there were more options.

There are many things I love about the bike and a few things I don't. Decisions Decisions, Time will tell.
 

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I originally wanted a F6B Deluxe but did not want to spend the $$. The F6B listed for $3,000 more and there was less manufacturer incentive at the time - $1,000 F6B vs $3,000 Valkyrie when I bought mine in early 2015. I added bags and tall windshield to the Valkyrie but was not thrilled with the look after the add ons and was still missing and wanting a audio system. I eventually swapped my bike for the F6B and am now thrilled. I miss the naked Valkyrie but if I was to get a 2nd naked bike it would be the CB100 for the nostalgia.
 

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I'm in the process of selling mine, and for the first time in a very long time I'm not replacing it. I'm 61 now, and over the past 10 years or so, my interest in riding has gradually waned to pretty much nonexistent. The desire is just gone. It doesn't make any sense to keep it just to sit there collecting dust in the garage. Somebody's getting a decent deal, and I'm getting one less loan and insurance payment. I thought for sure I'd be riding well past retirement, but that turned out not to be. So far, no regrets. Sometimes things just change in life in ways we didn't anticipate.
 

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I appreciate the honesty!

The responses give an idea of the difficulty in producing a motorcycle that has a little something for everyone. They just can’t do it! So, you either work with what you got or you sell and get another one or nothing at all.

And for me it always comes down to just being able to ride. Like yesterday, I’m riding, thinking about how much I enjoy it even though I’ve put thousands on 2 wheels. If you ain’t got the right bike and you love riding, sell it, try another.
 

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I bought my 2014 Valkyrie in 2016 with 3500 miles on it from a Spyder dealership in Woodstock, IL. I asked basically the same thing. In my case, the bike’s previous owner was in his mid-sixties, had always been on two wheels and decided, for whatever reason, to sell his bike and buy one of those three-wheel Spyders where the passengers sit side-by-side. He and his wife liked it, but he eventually missed being on a “real” motorcycle and bought the Valk new. However, after putting on the 3500 miles he said his wife missed the side-by-side seating, so he traded it in on another new Spyder. I’m assuming he couldn’t afford both and/or felt the Valk was perhaps too much for him. That’s how I came across it, scratch-free, broken in, and I got it for just under $10K complete with large OEM windshield and backrest in December of 2016. This will be my third season of joy riding it.

I’m 68 myself, had owned a big, custom HD bagger for years before the Valk. It’s interesting to see the different responses from various people, and I can’t help but compare those experiences to my past ones on the Harley. I honestly believe that some people, perhaps previous HD owners like myself, don’t like the ostracizing behavior they might get from some on the road. Some people feel a very strong need to be a part of the pack as opposed to apart from the pack. This might explain a few of the bikes for sale now. And don’t get me wrong, most of the responses I get, whether riding or parked, have been uniformly positive. I have zero second thoughts about my bike, especially now that I've modified little things to my own liking.
I have yet to see another Valkyrie on the road in IL. If I do, I'll assume it's yours!

Regarding the low mileage bikes, I bought a 97 GL1500A with about 6k miles on it. I put another 4k miles on it, and I'm ready to sell it. My reason is it's too bulky and cumbersome compared to the Valkyrie or my Yamaha V-Star 1100. I'll miss the storage and the ability to do my grocery shopping on a bike, though.
 

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There are 20 something-year-old Valks on eBay all the time with 5,000 miles on them... cruiser bikes tend not to rack up the miles, even with a touring bike motor
 

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Ed, there is a guy in London, Ontario looking for a newer Valk. He is on the other site. You may try reaching out to him.
Thanks, but it looks like we have a (very anxious) buyer. Just waiting for the title from Honda Finance so he can close his loan.

Weirdest thing about this whole deal is that I feel worse about not wanting to ride any more than actually getting rid of the bike. But, we're starting to see some nice weather, and there are more and more bikes on the road and in the work parking lot, and none of it is making me itch or have second thoughts. Must be the universe telling me it's time.
 

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Bought my 2014 in July 2018 from the original owner who put 1200 miles on it since purchasing it only 12 months before, explaining that while he loved it, he loved spending time with his 3 kids more, wasn't getting to ride it as much as he thought he would, and was making payments on it. Reminds me of people who buy a boat with a loan, only to discover that factoring in weather and other activities competing for their free time, they use it a lot less than envisioned, and are reminded of that again with each payment.

Looking forward to riding this weekend.... !
 
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Bought my 2014 in July 2018 from the original owner who put 1200 miles on it since purchasing it only 12 months before, explaining that while he loved it, he loved spending time with his 3 kids more, wasn't getting to ride it as much as he thought he would, and was making payments on it. Reminds me of people who buy a boat with a loan, only to discover that factoring in weather and other activities competing for their free time, they use it a lot less than envisioned, and are reminded of that again with each payment.

Looking forward to riding this weekend.... !
Well said. I ride every chance I get (daily, sometimes twice a day) coz I'm 60 and every riding day is a bonus. Now if I could just work out how to sleep, eat and go to the bathroom on the bike...
 

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Well said. I ride every chance I get (daily, sometimes twice a day) coz I'm 60 and every riding day is a bonus. Now if I could just work out how to sleep, eat and go to the bathroom on the bike...
I don't know about sleeping on the bike, but I would be interested in the bathroom part. I can already eat on the bike ( not recommended).
 

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I bought mine new last fall with hopes of making it my next long distance tourer and everyday ride. I've added a large windshield, Viking bags, driver backrest, highway pegs, passenger backrest and rack and 2" bar risers.
But sometimes I think it will never be able to replace the comfort of my 2012 Victory Cross Roads I've put over 115,000 trouble free miles on. To be honest I've only racked up about 1,000 miles on the Valk. I need to get serious and put some miles down with some short trips. Mainly having a hard time with leg position and the stock seat. Hate to dump $$ in a seat right now, wish there were more options.

There are many things I love about the bike and a few things I don't. Decisions Decisions, Time will tell.
What bar risers did you use? I need about 2 inches of rise to make the bike comfortable so I am not reaching too far...
 

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I bought mine new last fall with hopes of making it my next long distance tourer and everyday ride. I've added a large windshield, Viking bags, driver backrest, highway pegs, passenger backrest and rack and 2" bar risers.
But sometimes I think it will never be able to replace the comfort of my 2012 Victory Cross Roads I've put over 115,000 trouble free miles on. To be honest I've only racked up about 1,000 miles on the Valk. I need to get serious and put some miles down with some short trips. Mainly having a hard time with leg position and the stock seat. Hate to dump $$ in a seat right now, wish there were more options.

There are many things I love about the bike and a few things I don't. Decisions Decisions, Time will tell.
What bar risers did you use? I need about 2 inches of rise to make the bike comfortable so I am not reaching too far...
I used the 2" Rox Risers. Made a couple of small brackets to raise the instrument cluster.

https://www.jpcycles.com/product/50...bHvKQvq54BFBIxmkNs8sFpC7MA8OUGHRoCA2AQAvD_BwE
 

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I have yet to see another Valkyrie on the road in IL. If I do, I'll assume it's yours!
It could be me if you are in southern IL (area around I64). I've not seen any newer Valks around here, but a few older ones.

On point, no selling thoughts here....yet...F6B would be the only bike that could drag me off my Valk!
 

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It could be me if you are in southern IL (area around I64). I've not seen any newer Valks around here, but a few older ones.

On point, no selling thoughts here....yet...F6B would be the only bike that could drag me off my Valk!
I'm all over the place around Alton and the River Road
 

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And I'm a bit less than an hour south of Champaign, IL. Have never seen a Valk in the area in the 19 years I've lived here, except for a beautiful black trike ("new" Valk model conversion) that I met at a light here in town last summer. Great design, especially in the rear. Very sweet. We only had time to chat at the red light for a few moments. Mine's a black '14. There's a great BBQ place in town, Smoky's on Rte. 16, that will make you pull in by aroma alone, should you happen to venture into this neck of the woods. Let me know in advance, and I'll be there to buy your first beverage. (I have no financial interest in the place other than making sure it stays in business as long as I'm alive. Long live BBQ!)
 
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