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I’ve only had this machine a few weeks and have so many wonderful mental comparisons to all the others I’ve owned but I am continually puzzled that such a well designed and engineered motorcycle was allowed to have these ugly scars on left and right sides.

I am not obsessed or overly concerned about these welded areas but just believe that somehow, it could have been smoothed out a bit.

Your thoughts?

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These are not as bad as the ones on the Wing. On my F6A and F6B I bought a chrome, plastic boomerang and stripped it, and then painted it black. It was cheap and looked good. Just go to the GoldWing site and search for boomerang.
 

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I don't even see them anymore. They look pretty compared to my tank. It has so many scratches from my pants and coat that it is ridiculous. My 99 Valk Interstate that I had for 12 years looked way better. The paint on our bikes is crap.
 

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The paint on our bikes is crap.
I've seen you say this before and I wonder if it is just the black. The color on mine is the red metallic and has a very high sheen. I really like it and I'm determined not to scratch it up if I can help it.

That scar is perplexing and wondered if any of you who have had your bikes longer know the reason. From reading various articles I understand that it was quite a few aluminum parts that came together to keep the weight down as well as a ton of plastic. I appreciate the weight distribution and the handling. Carving some curvy roads recently has been a blast. I have noticed how the ride is sensitive to the bumps but still much better than my other machines.
 

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Honestly I know of them but never really been concerned about them. If I remember rightly my 'busa had similar and are just "there" for me.


Now that you have pointed it out as a disfigurement I will be scared now. Good job :D
 

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On my 2013 F6B Honda put a cover over the scar but a year or two later they stopped putting the cover on.
If you look closely you should see it.
 

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The thing about these valks... they all look the same and I think very few guys seem to be going all out and making it their own like we can do with "normal" bikes.

I'm compelled to take pics but ask myself, why? IT looks like a gazillion others except mine may be cleaner. :|

Maybe if I paint the scars florescent green or something... :D
 

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The thing about these valks... they all look the same and I think very few guys seem to be going all out and making it their own like we can do with "normal" bikes.

I'm compelled to take pics but ask myself, why? IT looks like a gazillion others except mine may be cleaner. :|

Maybe if I paint the scars florescent green or something... :D
You are right they are look the same.
You can buy chrome side covers or paint them to match which I think looks good.
I have the black F6B pictured above and that's how it looks when I bought it.
This is how it looks today.
I usually try to make it my own.
 

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You are right they are look the same.
You can buy chrome side covers or paint them to match which I think looks good.
I have the black F6B pictured above and that's how it looks when I bought it.
This is how it looks today.
I usually try to make it my own.
I like it because I'm a chrome hore and having black wheels on this valk has taken getting used to. I expect I'll get around to adding the chrome additions. The black wheels are easier to care for than chrome but ain't as purty. :(
 

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I like it because I'm a chrome hore and having black wheels on this valk has taken getting used to. I expect I'll get around to adding the chrome additions. The black wheels are easier to care for than chrome but ain't as purty. :(
I've been thinking about having the black wheels powder coated silver.
But the black is growing on me.
 

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So am I understanding correctly that the boomerangs can be fitted to our 2014 - 2015 Valks without modification?
The F6B bike in this thread with those covers has a trim piece up at the top near the tank that the C bikes do not have.. I wonder how the top piece is molded across as you’re gonna see it oddly stop a few inches from where the frame ducks behind the radiator cowling.. It would be cool if it had some type of nice taper to it.. but the bike it was made for hides that portion behind plastic trim.. doubt they would have put fourth effort to make it look finished in some way.. Anyone have it on?
 

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That's not a scar. That's a TIG welded butt joint. Grinding it smooth for the sake of appearance would weaken the strength of the joint. And I don't know about your bike, but the welds on mine are very well done and beautiful to look at.
 

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That's not a scar. That's a TIG welded butt joint. Grinding it smooth for the sake of appearance would weaken the strength of the joint. And I don't know about your bike, but the welds on mine are very well done and beautiful to look at.

TIG weld alum is like laying down nickels. for those that don't appreciate their physical appearance, paint them red like stiches. tell your buddies that you got into a fight. your wife/girlfriend won but you got keep the dog and the bike. win-win
 
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