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Hi from SC. I don't own one but have been looking at them. As for opinions. I sold my VTX1800T because I thought it was to big and heavy for me as I got older. I bought a CTX700 and decided I made a big mistake down sizing. I planned on upgrading to the CTX1300 but don't like the one year and discontinued issue. A 2014 Valk became available and on short notice I have to make a decision. It is at least 100lb lighter than my old VTX but that's about all I know. It is a red 2014. Can folks here jump in and give opinions or insight to help me make an informed decision. I am 185#. 30 inseam. For years the VTX was fine. As in not too big to handle for me. What will I think of the Valk ?? Thanks
 

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My last bike was a 2003 VTX1800c, current bike is a '14 Valk. I'm 29 and in decent shape so I don't tent to notice the weight coming up off the stand or throwing it around. What I can tell you is my 60yo father's impressions of both bikes. He took my vtx for a ride and the only nice word he had about it was for the stupid amount of power. He took my Valk for a ride a month ago and said if he had known a bike that heavy could feel that light and handle that well he might not have bought a spyder. I would say buy the Valkyrie if it gets to be too much look into tilting motor works, they make an inverted trike kit for the wing (yes it will fit a valk) that still allows you to lean in corners
 

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Hey, I know you!!! :D

Red 2014 Valkyrie is exactly what I replaced my totaled CTX1300 with. As much as I loved the CTX before I terminally broke it, I like the Valk even more. I just don't like to talk it up too much on the CTX form. I do miss the bags a bit once in awhile, but not enough to add them. The power, though, is just addictive. I mentioned in the other forum that the CTX doesn't have quite the same neck-snapping torque that the VTX did.... well, the Valkyrie does -- if you want it. It is ridiculously smooth, crazy power available over the whole RPM, and it will definitely surprise you if you crack it too hard. There is so much torque immediately available of-idle, you barely need to throttle up to get moving. It really is an amazing and very unique ride.

The only real drawback is the factory seat -- it's nowhere near as comfy as the stock CTX seat, and you'll probably want to improve or replace it if you're planning on doing long miles. And if you're looking for lots of gizmos and gadgets, it has none. Just big motor and no frills.

As for size and weight, the Valk is very easy to handle for its heft. The flat 6 gives it a lower CG than the VTX, but it has significantly more cornering clearance. I'm about 175#, 31" in seam, and I have no problem flat-footing it or pushing it around parking lots.
 

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Thanks, I needed to hear exactly that. As you know a lot of personal preference comes into play here. I let the 2014 deal pass. It was a fairly even deal. My 2014 CTX700 with a lot of add on's plus 4700 for a 2014 red 7K miles with bags, shield, lowers, professional seat mod, a few other add ones. or $9000. Once I found out new is about 1500 more I started to think why not keep my CTX and go new. The 700 is fun around town and I really like the Blue / blacked out Valk. Most of all was my wife didn't object when I mentioned going new and keeping the 700.
 

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I picked up a used 2014 I couldn't pass up a great deal it has bags, center stand, wind deflectors, windshield PowerPoint, rear rack, running lights, and a custom modded seat from mean city in NC. Still under warranty with 6600 miles I want to add highway pegs, can someone tell me what size the crash bars are?
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I bought the Rivco Aero wings. They bolt to the side of the engine where the Honda emblem is. A little pricey, but they look good and fold right out of the way. They come out with the toe of the boot.
 

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Tanks, I have a black Kuryakyn set and would just need to buy the correct size clamps. hope they work, they weren't cheap
 
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