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Saw a couple of guys riding their (obviously new) M109R's yesterday and felt a bit of a twinge. That was the only other bike I was considering when I bought the Valkyrie. Took a test ride on the big Suzuki and loved it. It was a close call for me. The Suzuki looks superb, has brutal power and just makes you feel fantastic astride it. If I could go back, would I make the same decision? I think I would but it would still be a close thing. I can see why the 9ers are such a cult bike. Probably what swung it for me in the end was the incredible smoothness of the Valkyrie. I have carpal tunnel issues and minimizing vibrations is important. Plus the ergo's on the Valk are hard to beat. The M109R-type ergo's can lead to soreness in the lower back for me. Maybe I'll just have to have both (wakes up from dream).
 

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I considered the M109R for about .003 seconds. The egos are horrible for me. I don't know how anyone could ride it for more than an hour without their back killing them. The same with the V-Rod.
The 9 WAS my first NEW bike after 30yrs of NOT riding. I first saw it at a bike show in 2004 and two yrs later...Suzuki had one at a stealership in my favorite color. If the Valkyrie (OUR Valkyrie) was around back then, I think the 240 rear tire and the thumping of that big V-twin would have LOST OUT to the Valkyrie. I do wish there was a way to mount a wider rear tire, but it is what it is. I "do" like the fact that I don't see another 2014 blue Valkyrie every time I ride...it adds to the Mystical nature of the BEAST!!!
 

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I like the 9's it was the bike I really wanted when I got back into riding last year. At that time I just couldn't afford a 109 even used, not what I had in cash. Crappy ones were 6k some were cheaper but the were really bad. Anyway settled for the its little Brother the M90. Anyway after owning that and the Valk, The Honda is a better machine in every way. I personally don't enjoy the V twin engine, especially after buying the Valk, but I once owned a vf750S with the V4, which I liked better as well, but not so much the carb maintenance.
 

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You can't go wrong with this one. It has it all but you have to understand what it's designed for.

Will it continue being the ONE several years from now? Will you get tired of it?

It definitely is an eye catcher and sure it's a lot of fun.

If you have a big enough 'twinge', sell the valk and jump on it. Love the one you're with.
 

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If I were to go that crazy it would be a V-Max all day. The M-109 to me lacks originality.
 

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I never got use to traditional cruisers but the 109 reminds me much of my VTX1800S which i was glad to see go.
 

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A friend of my has a 1800R with a fiberglass fairing with a radio and four big speakers in it and is very heavy.
It feels like it wants to tip. I will not drive it.
 

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I like the 109, has lots of "character" and I was well aware of these things when I was going to buy it. The Valkyrie on the other hand has very little "character" :)
 

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If I were to go that crazy it would be a V-Max all day. The M-109 to me lacks originality.



If the V-Max had a decent sized fuel tank, that would have probably been the bike I would have bought. I just couldn't see myself filling up every hour on a ride. For that reason alone, I didn't consider it when I was looking.
 

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If the V-Max had a decent sized fuel tank, that would have probably been the bike I would have bought. I just couldn't see myself filling up every hour on a ride. For that reason alone, I didn't consider it when I was looking.
This is something I've always questioned. Why?

I assume it is the size of a full fuel tank that can affect the performance of the large number of motorcycles that have an itty bitty tank. I am always giddy filling up the tank on the valk because I know that I can ride a long time and not worry about it. This makes the experience much better. I've had too many bikes that require constant fill ups and concerns about distance.

Thank you Honda for a decent sized tank.
 

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If the V-Max had a decent sized fuel tank, that would have probably been the bike I would have bought. I just couldn't see myself filling up every hour on a ride. For that reason alone, I didn't consider it when I was looking.
This is something I've always questioned. Why?

I assume it is the size of a full fuel tank that can affect the performance of the large number of motorcycles that have an itty bitty tank. I am always giddy filling up the tank on the valk because I know that I can ride a long time and not worry about it. This makes the experience much better. I've had too many bikes that require constant fill ups and concerns about distance.

Thank you Honda for a decent sized tank.
Agreed. Honda did it right.. fyi- there is a third party that makes a tank mod for the G2 Vmax that takes the fuel capacity up to 6.6 gal and ~200 mile range. I’ve been considering a Vmax and this would be a must have...
 

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not to derail but talking about tank size did you ever see under the hood of a Busa ?
 

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Agreed. Honda did it right.. fyi- there is a third party that makes a tank mod for the G2 Vmax that takes the fuel capacity up to 6.6 gal and ~200 mile range. I’ve been considering a Vmax and this would be a must have...
Had to look it up.. There is a 6.6gal US tank.

http://vmax-fueltank.com/en_us/vmax-1700-larger-fuel-tank

As of this post about $1200US. Pricy. But on the other hand for a guy that has pushed a 800lbs bike for any long distance? Cheaper than a flatbed and numerous chiropractor visits.
 

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Agreed. Honda did it right.. fyi- there is a third party that makes a tank mod for the G2 Vmax that takes the fuel capacity up to 6.6 gal and ~200 mile range. I’ve been considering a Vmax and this would be a must have...

I looked at the installation for the larger tank and it is a pretty involved task. The whole back end of the bike has to be taken apart.

The comments on the video were interesting. One person commented that the plastic on the tank they bought was way too thin. They got another tank and it was the same. Tank is about $1600. That is an expensive piece of plastic. Another fellow mentioned that the tanks leak.
I will stick with my Valk.
 
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