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Hi to all. New owner of 2014 Valkyrie (blue). It is one they found in containers or held onto and decided to sell them much cheaper than MSRP.. almost half..!!! Midlife crisis? Maybe, but if that is true I should live to be 120..!!! I am almost 60 and not owned a motorcycle since 1981. My Kawasaki 750 LTD was taken out by driver that turned in front of me. I received broken elbow, mangled toes , broke some teeth but healed up ok (full face helmet). Rode a few since and last year went on a ride with friend, him on a Harley street glide and me on his Kawasaki 750. 60 mile trip and I had a blast...!!!! Have to admit I was apprehensive about riding the bike but soon was chasing his Harley. I have grown quite a bit since 1981 and buddy told me I looked like gorilla on a scooter and I was having a time keeping up with his street glide. Anyhow, figured this would be a good place to get and share information and experiences on the Valkyrie.
 

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Congrats on your new Valkyrie! I'll second the motion to take it easy for a while. The handling characteristics of a bike this heavy demand a different riding technique than a 750....the Valk handles really well but unfogiving of mistakes in turns due to its sheer inertia. Concentrate on riding smoothly...slow into corners/fast out...in no time that Street glide will be chasing you! Enjoy.
 

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Welcome back...I too had a lapse of time in riding then climbed onto a NT700V to commute to work in back...racked up 100,000 in less than six years. Was in the dealership on my 100,000 mile oil change when I saw the Valkyrie and the $$$. I had to have one...takes a little while to get use to the power and the weight. Easy does it until you get adjusted.
 

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Welcome. I regard myself as pretty experienced as a road rider but this is one of the very few bikes i have owned that I would not regard as novice friendly. As per other the comments. however, once you get properly accustomed to it its magnificent particularly when ridden as intended, as a cruiser. Just been out this afternoon for a steady 55-60 mph jaunt around country B roads and it was sublime. As these are no longer made I cannot see myself ever selling it.
 
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