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I am trying to decide between two Valkyries. Both 2014, both black.
Valk A:
26k mikes
Non-ABS
Corbin gunfighter and stock seat
Madstad and MRA windshield
4000 lumen fog lights
admore rear brake and turn signal led lights,
top case
breakaway throttle lock
highway pegs
Scratches on tank from tank bag
$8000

Valk B:
10k miles
ABS
Bone stock
Small dent in side of tank (looks to be about the size of a dime)
$9700 obo
 

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Very difficult choice. Given only the stated criteria, I think I'd choose A, only for the fact that (1) that tank dent on #2 would bug me until I died and everyone will notice it, (2) A is much better equipped, and (3) is less expensive. Despite the higher mileage, you'll get plenty out of it. Whichever you select, look at the maintenance history to see whether everything that should have been done has been done, such as air filter, oil changes, coolant flush, clutch and brake fluids, etc. Some of those procedures can be quite expensive (air filter alone is $400).

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On A, it appears maintenance has been kept up. The air filter has been changed (which seems to be a huge undertaking) and it just got a new set of tires. The only other ding against it is the Corbin Gunfighter. I would need something with a passenger seat for when my son (10) wants to go for a ride. Could he ride on the back part of the Gunfighter? Sure, but probably not comfortably for a long ride.

Then dent on B is super small and probably about where your left knee would be. I am just not 100% sure if the ABS is worth the extra cost, in both cash and "lost" accessories. I've been riding a long time and only locked up the back tire twice (outside of the MSF course).
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I have a VTX 1300 that fell over on the first day I owned it while taking a pic of it on a slanted surface. I was absolutely heartbroken when I saw a tank dent. I contacted a dent specialist who came out to my home and was able to get it popped out for, as I recall, around $150 at the time. I was all too happy to pay him. That may be an option here as it looks like it might be repairable. Not to confuse the situation any more!

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This is the only new motorcycle I have ever purchased, 2005 VTX 1300. It was custom painted by the dealership before I bought it. The day after I brought it home, I loaded it in the back of my truck (which had a roll up bed cover) and peeled a chunk of paint off the front fender on the aluminum bed cover frame. Needless to say, I went and bought a trailer.

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I'd go with A
 
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When I first bought my Valkyire I locked up the rear brake a few times but I must of figured out how not do it anymore.
I have never locked up the rear on my F6B.
I would go with the $8000 bike.
 

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Without actually seeing the bikes, it is difficult. I've locked up the rear tire a couple of times in the last week, so the ABS model piqued my interest.
 

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Without actually seeing the bikes, it is difficult. I've locked up the rear tire a couple of times in the last week, so the ABS model piqued my interest.
That's my only concern with not going with the ABS model. It seems the rear tire locks up easier on these (from what I have read). The couple of times I have locked my rear tire on previous bikes, I remembered my MSF training and didn't go down.

I don't know if these bikes are lighter in the rear than others and that contributes to the easier locking. Self-canceling signals would also be an added benefit with the ABS model, but that can also be added to the non-ABS with a STS module.
 
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