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Hello all, as I type this its cold & very wet/miserable in the UK. Spring is still some time away and the (rural) roads where I live are filthy with mud, salt and fresh potholes. Two farms in the village so loads of tractors back & forth all the time. So I end up watching youtube and looking at all these other bikes for sale and start thinking about changing. Again. I have had loads and loads of bikes over 30 years and get really fed up with myself because I Go round and round like this every winter. Should I get something faster, something lighter, an adventure bike, a classic, a big Harley (again)? Am I the only one like this or do some of you get this too? Hence the thread. I go and look at my black 6 sat in the garage and think its magnificent so Why cant I stop wasting money and looking for the next thing? Anyone willing to fess up too? Regards Jon
 

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Nope, I am a valkaholic. I had my last Valk, 1999 Interstate, for 12 years and then I bought my current one four years ago. I don't have any inclination of getting something else. Anything else will be a disappointment to me.


Maybe you have chronic, I want every bike out there, syndrome. I know a few people like this. Or, you are looking for the all in one bike. But, I think the last unicorn rode off on it. :)
 

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I do the same thing I retired 4 years ago and since then I bought a new pickup truck, replaced the wife's car, bought 3 new motorcycles ( F6B, NC700X and a Valkyrie, sold the NC700X), replaced my garden tractor. But I look for deals. I buy when the price is right.
 

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Why cant I stop wasting money and looking for the next thing?
Because you've got too much.

Here is where I give you my motorcycle history but won't. Suffice it to say that I had to work my way up to this valk. Because I can only have one machine at a time, I had to look at buying a motorcycle as an investment. My last one only paid off due to an unfortunate accident and I actually got twice the $$ I could have gotten if I had attempted to sell it outright.

I look at it like God smiled on me and said, hey! Let's get you in a small accident that totals your machine and get you one light years better. 0:) Of course I don't really believe this but, I feel blessed anyway.

Save your money and count your blessings.
 

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I have the same problem. Watch too many you tube videos and want to go try something else. Then I jump on the Valkyrie and that idea quickly dissipates. I wouldn't recommend riding it in the mud, but I have spent some time on the dirt with her. She performed pretty well for the big girl she is.
 

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I Go round and round like this every winter. Should I get something faster, something lighter...
I have a comparable problem whereby I constantly dream of purchasing the latest and greatest motorcycle, but I've learned to stop acting on my impulses after understanding that I am simply being a perfectionist. Perfectionism is not a mental disorder, but it leads to self-doubt and anxiety among other things. I too have spent many a winter antagonizing needlessly over a new motorcycle purchase, and I'm sure there are many more of us out there. The ongoing cure for me is to recognize it for what it is, let it go, and be content with what I've got.
 

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Been there also and no regrets buying , riding and moving on .

in 55 years riding have pretty much owned them all . from a yamaguchi 50 and cushman eagle to a Hayabusa and BMW R1200R . this is my 4th GW and it is the best bike i have ever owned.
enjoy life and ride what makes you happy .
67 today but warming up into the 70's = we ride year round
 

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Some great comments here...

I can empathise - there are so many great bikes in the world.

But I've decided to say "no" from now on too and try and live by the old saying:

"Beware the one-gun gunslinger: he probably knows how to use it"

Like any great bike, you could spend a lifetime riding it and still not plumb its depths. I'm going to try and get every last ounce out of my Valkyrie. I know I won't, but I'm gonna enjoy trying ;)
 

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Very Happy with my 2014 Valk. Have had 9? Motorcycles in 45 years. Each one was special in it's own way, and because they were mine. Or at least i got to be their steward for a while.
I love test riding and do it whenever availiable but alas I'm mostly a one motorcycle at a time owner. Unless i had Jay Leno $ then i could see having a stable of bikes.
Is there a perfect motorcycle? Not yet but todays offerings are the best ever produced. For now I'll be content (read happy) to make small modifications and improvements to the Valk.
 

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Compared to the 6 I’ve owned since 2011…

It’s the newest bike I’ve owned yet
Gets the best gas mileage and has largest tank
Has the most cylinders
Quietest
Smoothest overall except for feeling every bump in road
The most torque in every gear
Only one that hasn’t smelled of gas after a ride and after parking in my closed garage
First one to have most accurate speedometer
 

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Try backing off your rear shock pre load. I think factory is about 18 clicks right. I run mine about 11. Some riders here set them lower. I want it firm but where it doesn't hurt my back.
 

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Try backing off your rear shock pre load. I think factory is about 18 clicks right. I run mine about 11. Some riders here set them lower. I want it firm but where it doesn't hurt my back.
I'm definitely going to try that. I actually thought it was the front shocks that I was feeling. We've got some really bad roads here. The valk ride is still so much better than my last bike.

I'll let you know what I think after I adjust the shock.
 

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I put on a Progressive rear spring for a F6B. It helped a lot. The top portion is soft and the bottom portion is stiffer for when you have a passenger.
 
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