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Hi everyone. I'm bike shopping for the first time in 20 years after parking my Kawasaki GPZ 1100 racer and raising my family. I came across a 2003 Valkyrie that had six carburetors and 6 tip pipes. That really caught my attention. What are the pros and cons between carburetors versus electronic fuel injection concerning performance and maintenance? While doing my due diligence I came across a used 2014 Valkyrie with 4800 miles on it and a new 2014 still in the box. I've read about some clunky gear shifting from 1st and 2nd gears on the 2014 which seems to be remedied by synthetic oil. What should I be careful of if I buy a used 2014 versus a new 2014 Valkyrie?
 

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I had a 98 and a 99 Valkyrie great all around bike better looking than a 2014. But you have 6 carbs that you have to worry about if you drive it offen and store it right no problem. If you don't you have to clean those 6 carbs which can cost $1000 if you take it to a shop. Plus the other problems that come with a older bike. I love the old Valk's.
The new Valkyrie is new, it's a better bike than the older ones and no carbs to worry about.
It rides and handles better, better MPG, the new will have a 3 year warranty.
I would go new unless the used 14 is a lot cheaper. These bikes at less than $10,000 is a great deal.
If you want more of a show bike buy the 2003.
 

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I remember when the 2014 came out . I quickly warmed up to how different it looked, but NEVER liked the look of the rear fender as seen from the side. I knew it would need hard bags so it's not an issue. It pretty much blows away the older valk in all things performance. I decided I wanted ABS , there are a few out there new. I lucked out and found one with two years left on the warranty with 2100 miles at a great deal . The fact that I only had to drive fifty miles to pick it up sealed the deal. it was in immaculate condition as the PO was very picky. So look around ! Every so many years a deal will pop up on new leftovers. These bikes are the best deal out there on a Big bike period !
 

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Thanks for this valuable info. I'm torn between the 2003 based on the looks of those carbs but leaning towards the new 2014 for practical reasons.
 

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Thanks for this valuable info. I'm torn between the 2003 based on the looks of those carbs but leaning towards the new 2014 for practical reasons.

It's a bike. Don't let the practical reasons get in the way of your choice mate. I will say one thing though, ride both. If you have the same feeling I did I had bought the bike (2014 Valk) in the first 100ft of that test ride and it had little to do with looks.
 
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