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Hello fellow Valkyrie Riders from Perth, Western Australia.
Have had my 2014 Black Valkyrie for 8 months after trading in my
HD XR1200X. I have done 11000kms of hard, trouble free riding and have got up to 20km/l. The bike was everthing I was looking for smooth power, comfortable,trouble free shaft drive and styling lines reminiscent of the Phantom Corsair or the Delahaye cars built in the 30's and 40's.
I have stripped the rear pegs,pillion seat and grab rails(replaced with the rear guard covers),used a few stainless dome head bolts here and there and put a thin black and white chequered strip down the middle of the tank and rear guard.(not sure how to upload a pic yet)
Am planning a 9000km trip in October to Phillip Island for the GP which will include the Nullabour Plain and scenic routes through South Australia and Victoria.Have installed a set of Rivco Highway Pegs and Boulevard screen for the trip.I will be fabricating a nicley shaped rack to carry my gear.Should be great.
After reading your posts and having to re-place my tyres before the trip I have come across the dreaded oddball tyre scenario that Honda has put on the Valkyrie.The local dealer has got me the front tyre at a heavily discounted price luckily(but I still had to bend over).I set myself a goal of 100000kms on this bike so hopefully some other nice multinational tyre companies will smile on us all.
Anyway safety first and that means good tyres and its worth it to ride a Valkyrie. Once you have had six you never go back!!
Regards Gareth
 

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The best motorcycle name in the universe!

Thanks GA Valk
In my opinion "Valkyrie " has to be the most original and best name for a motorcycle on this planet(and in this universe). The Valkyrie certainly lives up to that!
Black Shadow and Jota are also up there on my list.
If I told some one that had no knowlegde about motorcycles that I rode a "Valkyrie" I am sure their first sighting would impress!
 

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Thanks GA Valk
In my opinion "Valkyrie " has to be the most original and best name for a motorcycle on this planet(and in this universe). The Valkyrie certainly lives up to that!
Black Shadow and Jota are also up there on my list.
If I told some one that had no knowlegde about motorcycles that I rode a "Valkyrie" I am sure their first sighting would impress!


I couldn't agree more about the name! How cool is that? Being a Richard Wagner music drama (opera) fan, I was so excited when I first heard the name. I was even more excited when Honda brought the name back. What could be more appropriate to listen to than "The Ride of the Valkyries" when riding a bike of this caliber? (or heading into battle with the music blaring from beneath the helicopter!) I guess I'm showing my age! Here's a question: If the wife rides, does she need to wear a helmet with horns and a jacket that has "Brunhilda" written on it?!
 

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Fuel Economy getting better

Hi there Buffalohead,
That piece of music is awsome I agree. It tells a great story.
Just did a 975km trip on my Valkyrie with my new boulevard screen and my fuel economy was better than usual
not sure if it is my engine running in or the screen or both.
Flashing fuel bar usually comes on around 300kms this trip was up around 340km.
In theory I should be seeing about 430-450km per tank. Awsome
Also tested my Rivco highway pegs which worked great also, that second foot position makes big km days easy.
Might look at getting the belly pan as discussed on this forum to keep the overflow tank and oil filter safe.
I have learnt lots of good info from this forum!
 

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I'm already getting some good info from you guys.

Hi there Buffalohead,
That piece of music is awsome I agree. It tells a great story.
Just did a 975km trip on my Valkyrie with my new boulevard screen and my fuel economy was better than usual
not sure if it is my engine running in or the screen or both.
Flashing fuel bar usually comes on around 300kms this trip was up around 340km.
In theory I should be seeing about 430-450km per tank. Awsome
Also tested my Rivco highway pegs which worked great also, that second foot position makes big km days easy.
Might look at getting the belly pan as discussed on this forum to keep the overflow tank and oil filter safe.
I have learnt lots of good info from this forum!
Thanks TheG,
Yeah, I've only been on the forum a few days but I'm already learning a lot. This is the first I've heard about the belly pan. I'm sure I will be adding one to my bike. Also, I am pleased to hear your good gas consumption report. Good gas consumption is especially important to me because after I add the sidecar.......well, you can imagine what that does to gas consumption! I also have a 2014 Indian Chief with a sidecar and the gas consumption is pretty bad. I'm a lot more optimistic about the Valkyrie. A different sidecar will help as well.


I'm glad to hear that you like the boulevard screen, I wondered about it. I ordered the tall screen and it should arrive about the middle of next week. I'll say one thing for sure, Honda accessories are a LOT more reasonably priced than Indian's stuff. Thanks for the info.
Ride Safe(ly)
 

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I think I'm getting around 40mpg, but since I put the center stand on if I fill the tank and let the air burp out I can get an extra 1/2 gal which throws off my mileage.
 

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I think I'm getting around 40mpg, but since I put the center stand on if I fill the tank and let the air burp out I can get an extra 1/2 gal which throws off my mileage.
Hi Surfndad,
So you won't think I'm stupid, let me explain why I need to ask this question. I'm handicapped, which is the main reason I ride bikes with sidecars, and my new Valkyrie will sport one as well. I've only had the bike a few days. Since I cannot get down on the floor (and get back up again!), I can't check this for myself.


Question: I was told (by the salesman) these bikes don't have center stands. Is there one under there? Was he wrong? Or, can a center stand be added to the bike? Are you guys putting them on? Of course with a sidecar, it won't matter. But, I'd still like to know. Thanks for the info!
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The center stand off a full size gold wing bolts on stock. Same location same parts. The only thing you have to swap out is the front exhaust cover on the left side. It allows the center stand to tuck up flush.
 

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The center stand off a full size gold wing bolts on stock. Same location same parts. The only thing you have to swap out is the front exhaust cover on the left side. It allows the center stand to tuck up flush.
I suspected that might be the case because I was told the full Goldwing did had a center stand. I also noticed the underneath of both bikes looked the same from a glance. I assume when you say "full size", that means the F6B doesn't have one either.(?) It does seem a little ironic though, that the heaviest bike (the one that should be the most difficult to hoist up on a center stand) is the only model that has one. Thanks for the info.
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Welcome mate, btw I have several times got over 400K before the warning indicator does it thing but 407 is my best and that wasn't setting out to do any economy riding either although I did make sure it was full... which can take a while ;)
 

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I've gotten as high as 47mpg on a tank and that is about the same as your 20 km/l. Nice to hear someone else sees similar performance.


I too, like the Valkyrie name, but when parked next to a 2000 model recently, I admit, I felt a bit unworthy of the namesake, almost like a poser. I wouldn't trade my '14 for the '00, but I fully respect the old Valks and how different they are from the current model.
 

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Hi there curt,
Good to hear the good fuel consumption stats.
Yes the original Valkyrie was an icon.
I was into sports bikes at the time but test rode one at the local dealer
and was impressed.
Most people comment on how big the Valkyrie is but I tell them once you ride one and get used to it,its a breeze to ride.
The twin horns are the best on any bike! Move aside truckers the Valkyrie is coming through.
A couple of links to some custom Gen 1 Valkyries in Japan.Kool

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVgYuFDwBss
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pb2q8DiI9Qg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VD47JbL2v9k
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtHrJjZFXlM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCYs13ibVLE
 
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