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I'm jumping in here trying to gather info to make the final decision between a C or a B.
Going to add bags to the C and a screen, for the occasional long run, but more day to day kicking around fun rides. So not sure I'm wanting to push around the extra LBS for a few long rides per year.
I've owned several bikes been riding 25+ years a few HDs Ultra, Vrod, sporty, 3 kawies Vulcan, mean streak, drifter, yami tdm 850. Honda PC800.
Have yet to find a keeper in the bunch for more than a season or two.

Coming back onto a "big bike" from my sporty post knee replacement surgery due to work injury. Now that I'm back to working order, been riding a while now I need more bike.
Always wanted a Valk, now to decide.
Ups for C less weight, rare (rarer than the B) mean ass looks, and the rest I'm hoping to learn here.
Ups for B tunes, and bags.

Thanks and look forward to feedback
 

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I went from a CTX1300 to the new Valk. I thought I'd miss the bags and windscreen (I added a factory tall screen), but I really don't. The Valk is still a big, heavy bike, but it carries that weight very well. The drive train us where it really shines, especially dragging less weight around. I haven't put anything on mine other than a rear carrier and back rest, and I'm just thrilled with it. You do take a bit of a beating from the wind on longer rides, though not horribly; if you're planning on doing more of those, the F6B might be your better choice. If not, the occasional wind beating is a very livable compromise.

Oh yeah, and welcome to the forum!
 

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I, too, have had a plethora of bikes over the last 20+ years. My last bike prior to the Valk was an 09 Buell XB12Ss Lightning. This bike does so many things so well it still amazes me every time I get on it. I have done several 250 mile days with nothing more than a jacket and helmet (no windshield or bags for me) and am ready for more when i get home. I have always been one to enjoy the wind as I ride and really despise windshields. For me, this bike is great around town, does very well in the twisties, is comfortable, and is an absolute monster when you twist hard on the throttle. I think everyone is different in their likes or dislikes of bikes; but the engine and drivetrain on the Valk was the selling point for me! Good luck with your decision and you won't go wrong with either bike...
 

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The C is the better bike around town, but the B is gonna be a much better bike for the long haul. What you need to decide is if everyday aesthetic is more important than long haul comfort. I have the 2014 Valk and it's my daily driver but it's not the best choice for that 600 mile ride to Fl. I make do because it doesn't happen very often and I can't afford 2 bikes. If I could, I'd have 1 of each though.

The modern Valks aren't very customizeable. Corbin is the only one I know who makes bags for it, and seat options are limited too. For windshields, I use the 12" gustaffson flip and it works well enough but it's noisy. I've never tried any other windshield on this bike though so not sure how it compares. It takes the pressure off my chest, so for those long rides, I consider it a must have. I don't have bags, just strap a big pack to my pillion seat if I need to go far. Otherwise, a backpack is good enough for my daily needs.

I don't make much so I'm very selective in how I spend it, but I'm sure glad I spent it on a Valk.
 

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If you look at my profile, you'll see the wide range of bikes I pull my experience from. As others have stated, it boils down to whether asthetics or longer-ride comfort is more important. One of my previous bikes was a 2008 Goldwing. It was really comfortable, had lots of cool features, but I felt like it was an "old man's ride" (no offense to anyone :), and I never felt "cool" riding it. The B definitely has a better low center of gravity, but still has a similar overall look as the A. In my opinion, riding the Valkyrie is a LOT more fun than the heavier bikes. It doesn't even feel like a big bike to me - very nimble in the corners. I've added an $80 windshield and Corbin seat to my bike. Comfort is great. If you don't need to lug around a passenger, just throw a bag over the pillion as like @turboyoshi stated.
 
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