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Hi everyone! Just wanted to say “Hi” and see if I could get some good info here. Looks like a great site with lots of knowledge. I’ll jump right into the info search. I am wondering if the Valkyrie (f6c) would make a good tourer? I do lots of riding in the New England area. So long/short one up riding. However, I have a son living out west and look forward to some real long days/travel time to get out there. I’m wondering how the Valk would handle that. I see that there are some dealers that have zero mileage f6c’s on the floor for 10k. I just hate to miss out on that deal but I don’t want to come up short on the occasional long trip and find the valk not up to it (as if that would happen!!) I love that Valkyrie engine. I’m also eyeing a victory cross country. I know I need to get some “seat time” on them. I’m just looking for some opinions. My riding is more day trips with the occasional over nighter. I’m more than willing to scrape the pegs and or just poke around. I currently ride a ZRX1200. I would appreciate any thoughts and look forward to hearing from you all. Thanks!
 

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Hi Downeast welcome to the forum.

I think the F6c makes a good tourer.It isn't a Goldwing but the lack of all that plastic and weight in my opinion only adds to the enjoyment.
I have the original Honda bags and with a 80 litre bag strapped across the back seat that meets all my needs for touring.
I do find the original seat a little uncomfortable and will be looking at sorting that soon,but i think that goes for most manafactures seats.
You obviously realise what a tremendous engine the bike has.When i was looking and researching i could not find a poor review anywhere about the bike.
I think they are a very underrated motorcycle and probably didn't sell that well because of the price.
In my opinion $10000 is an steal for a bike of this calibre.
Here in the UK if you are lucky enough to find a brand new one they are the equivalent of $20000
If anything happened to mine i would seriously look into buying one from the states and importing it into the UK and It would be a blue one because we are unable to get that colour over here.
 

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I love it for touring though I only do day rides (28 hours is a day! Lots of videos I have put in the video section).

I run quad driving lights, the small boulevard windshield with a wing on it, aeropeg hiway pegs, saddle bags and a bag on the back seat. Also I ditched the seat for a corbin with a back rest (so so good), the OEM seat was terrible for me, even for short rides.

Love it.


Oh and welcome to the forum :)
 

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I own a F6C and a F6B. Since I've owned the C I've ridden it much more than the B. However, if I was going to take a multi day trip, I'd take the B. I'd much prefer more fairing with questionable weather or if riding at night.
Regarding the seat: I've been pretty happy with the stock seat and a bead rider. I've done 800 mile 2-day trips with this setup and have been happy enough that I'm considering going back to the stock seat with a bead rider on the B (currently have an Ultimate King on the B).
I suppose it depends on what kind of touring you've done before with what kind of bike.

Welcome to the forum. Maybe I'll see you on the road, I ride all over New England.
 

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Thanks for the responses. I think I’ll just have to try one out. I honestly don’t know how often I would be doing multi day trips out west. Life obligations can get in the way you know! I’m sure the C would foot the bill for cruising around New England. On my current bike my left knee starts to get SORE after about 40 minutes or so. So I’m wondering if the C’s riding position would help or hinder that. I need to find some seat time on one.
 

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On my current bike my left knee starts to get SORE after about 40 minutes or so. So I’m wondering if the C’s riding position would help or hinder that. I need to find some seat time on one.
I came off a VTX . The feet forward riding position put me in misery after an hour or so in the saddle. I found out after buying a second bike (KLR650) that the feet under position fixed my comfort issues & I could now ride as long as anyone else without pain . So it might be just what you need ! ......Rod
 

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I have put on 5000 miles in the last 2 weeks, the factory seat with an air hawk cushion is tolerable - just - next big run of riding will not be until at least next year, think I will go for a russel seat - IMO the ultimate comfort factor on any bike for distance is the seat, do not like to put 1000 in to the seat on a bike in this price category but it could put it ahead of the gold wing for comfort and fully accessorized still less than half the price
 

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The stock seat with bead rider is probably acceptable to me because I am very comfortable on the C with my feet on the passenger pegs. Feet on the passenger pegs on the C is very comfortable for me. I have Ergo-II highway pegs which I use probably 10% of the time. I have them set very far forward so my legs are fully stretched. I probably use the stock driver pegs 5% of the time. I don't think I could tolerate the stock seat (even with the bead rider) if I was locked into one position.
 
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