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I have to be honest. The Valkyrie is not the bike that I wanted, in fact, it was not even a consideration. I overlooked another Valkyrie when I tried to purchase a different bike. My previous bike was a Can-Am Spyder and just never really liked the ride or the product. I was upside down and desperate to get rid of the bike. I needed a special bike that would hold the negative equity of my Spyder. The Valkyrie was about the only choice I had because of the great pricing. I decided that I disliked the Spyder enough that I could make the Valkyrie work for me. After all, it could not be any worse than the Spyder. Don't get me wrong, the Can Am is a great bike with a very loyal following. I just prefer two wheels. I went to the dealership and decided I would ride the bike to see if I would be happy with it. I turned around in 2 blocks and went back to the dealership. I told them to hurry up and draw up the paperwork. (I did not want them to change their mind about my trade). I bought the bike at Dream Machines of Texas and had a 2 hour ride home. Before I got out of Dallas, I was in love. Turns out to be one of the best bike decisions I have ever made. I cannot even describe the feeling I get when riding this bike. I swallowed a large amount of negative equity and have absolutely no regrets. What a bike!! I have been told that the bike gets better with a few more miles on it. I am not sure how that is possible. I have since added a few things to help me using it as a commuter bike. One happy rider.

 

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Yep, it wasn't the bike I intended to buy. I was originally looking at a CTX1300, but after I rode it, I kept thinking about it until I finally decided to go for it. I haven't regretted it one bit.
 

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I had much the same experience as you only without negative equity. I wasnt looking for a Valk, I didnt even know they existed, I was looking to check out a Super Tenere which I did but the Valk is so much better!
 

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Yep, it wasn't the bike I intended to buy. I was originally looking at a CTX1300, but after I rode it, I kept thinking about it until I finally decided to go for it. I haven't regretted it one bit.
I had a CTX. Loved it but it was lacking. If i was able to get an aftermarket set of pipes for ir Id probably of kept it. But then again always wanted a Valkyrie. To be honest? The CTX is a better bike. Did everything. Touring, was pretty quick. But the Valkyrie... It's a friggin flat 6 , man. Sounds like a **** car. Had to have it... :nerd:
 

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I still have my CTX. I love it on those cold winter nights I ride to volleyball in shorts. Lots of heat off the pipes, stiff suspension. I pass a semi at 90 without any without anyone resistance. But, I do like the Val a lot. More power!
 

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I liked the look of the CTX, but once I sat on it I didn't care for it. The mirrors are useless since they are directly behind your hands, and it felt like I was riding a scooter. Granted, I wasn't sold on the Valkyrie either. I prefer sport touring bikes but wanted a bike my wife would be comfortable on. The Valk was pretty sweet as far as the motor goes. The aftermarket support sucks since it was only made for 2 years. But I got a great deal on the bike and it already had the back rest, rear floorboards, and windshield (which will come off in the summer). I have since added hard bags and increased the practicality of the bike tenfold.
 

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It was the cheap saddle bags and low HP that turned me off the CTX. I loved the styling though.
I was just about to drive almost a 1000 mile round trip to test drive a CTX1300. I had spent an enormous amount of time researching it and weighing the pros and cons. I'd even let the owner know that I was pretty interested.

Then, I saw this valk. It was much closer but still had to drive a few hours to see it. I felt it worth the trip so my wife and I made the one day drive. I rode it, bought it, made the trip home. It of course had no shield so this made the 70 plus mph ride a little taxing. Right before I got home, happened to look down(he said it had a full tank) and the last bar was blinking. I thought, what the heck is that? Where is the low fuel light? :|

I have no doubt that I would have loved the 1300 but now I'm a real bad ass... >:D
 

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I was looking for a sport tour bike originally. But I wanted one of these or the F6b for a long time. I could just never justify the price for a little as I ride. Then when I saw how the price came down on these I knew I was going to have to have it. What a great bike for a very reasonable price. I still have my CBR1000f for more sporting type days. Just rode it through town and it is pretty awesome. But the Valkyrie is way smoother and more comfortable for the longer rides. No regrets.
 
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