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As not to hijack another thread. I figured I would start a new one.
As many of you have read I was offered a bike for free, I just had to ship it from CA to NY. This is an older bike 98' Honda Valkyrie 1500 Tourer with 3600 miles on it. My former business partner took it with him to CA when he retired 10 years ago. 19 years ago I helped him pick out the bike I went with him to look at at I even drove it before he agreed to buy it, I actually wrote the check for it and paid for it from the business. Fast forward close to 20 years to today and he found he hasn't been using it enough to keep it running well. He only put 300 miles on it in the last ten years since he moved to CA. I received a phone call and he asked me if I wanted it and jumped at the opportunity! Before he let me ship it to NY he brought it in and had it serviced yet again to make sure everything was in good working order. The mechanic rebuilt the carbs and gave it a good once over. A year ago the bike was somewhat overhauled carbs tires fluids and flushed brakes and radiator. I have been riding most of my live and very familiar with the older bikes I started riding as a kid at 12 and only stopped several years ago mostly due to other interests and the fact that my wife wouldn't ride with me, I was more into sports cars at the time and maybe still. I fully understood that a 20 years old bike that has been sitting would likely need some service or repairs but I'm no stranger to a wrench so I'm really not too worried about minor stuff, Minor to me may seem more major to others.

The bike arrived almost two weeks ago we have had a lot of rain and not a lot of riding weather. I did a good systems check and then a decent cleaning and hit the road nothing crazy but have put over 200 miles on the bike. At the 180 mark I ran into a problem with the petcock I consider this a minor setback however someone in another thread made it sound like this was a big deal and that I made a bad choice "BUYING " this bike I'm not sure what his issue is? Anyway I have replace the part changed the oil twice and just to be on the safe side changed the timing belts while I was working on it and had my tools out. I have since put another 30 - 40 miles on it and all seems well. I hope to enjoy the bike for years to come. This is not my daily driver it is just a toy to enjoy when I have time. I'm really enjoying the 6 cylinder smooth power that this bike provides it is unlike anything I have every owned in the past. My last bike was a Kawasaki Vulcan 1500 big V-Twin this was a great bike but it like Harelys have a thumbing heart beat that you feel every time you hit the throttle which is cool and exciting in the beginning but gets old. The Valkyrie is like a Lexus I can crack the throttle sitting on the seat in neutral and the bike doesn't shake of even vibrate slightly! It reminds me of the old Lexus commercial where they stack glasses on the hood of a car and nothing spills or even ripples. This bike is a beast I'm sure it will be fun for a while. I was a little concerned before I got back on it that I wouldn't feel comfortable on the streets again but after a few miles maybe hours I'm loving riding again. There is actually a forum just for Valkyries I have find some good info there regarding maintaining this bike. There are members of that forum that have put well over a 100k miles on these bike without issues I guess I have about 96,000 mile to go. BTW the manual suggests "checking" the timing belts at 100,000 miles I figured based on age I would just replace them.

I hope this answers the couple of questions that some have asked. I know there are plenty of people here with both older and newer bikes all enjoying what they have, not sure why someone would question my choice as if I made a mistake but I don't take kindly to it!
 

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If you look on youtube, somewhere there is a video of a guy balancing a nickel on it's edge, on the valve cover a of a running Goldwing.
I doubt you'd be able to do that with any other bike.
Good luck!!! Ride safe.
 

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I bought my '98 Valkyrie Tourer three years ago, with 37k miles, and it's been great. Having a DigiSync to balance all six carbs makes it as smooth as a Rolls, and lets all the power out. I've used it to pull a 700 pound camping trailer to Deal's Gap and western Virginia without issue, and am planning another trip to the Dragon for later this summer. A great bike on the super slab or in the twisties, once you get used to the weight in the turns.
 

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Two years ago I took my last Vette to Tail of the Dragon what a blast I would love to do it on the bike but I would want to drive it there I would consider trailering it there. I spoke to a friend from Ohio and he said he would consider meeting me there I think that would be fun trip! All I need is a trailer :)
I've have been looking for a good deal of a Cargo trailer if one pops up I will **** it.

I took the bike out today for a ride and it is running like a top!
Funny that one would mention 30 year Honeymoon period I just celebrated my 30th anniversary with my wife on the 5th. I don't know where the time went.
 

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Well, you could get on the Blue Ridge Parkway, which a friend from CT rides from that end. Nice, mostly out-of-the-way ride, and 50mph the whole way. It gets real interesting once you pass Asheville. I recommend staying at the Iron Horse, near the Gap; great for camping in plain tents, bigger tents, RVs, and they have cabins, too. If the name doesn't give it away, it is primarily for MC riders.
 

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I drove the Blue ridge on the way home from The Tail I stayed in Roanoke for a night and drove home from there it was a long trip! There is a Valkyrie gathering next week in Roanoke call In-Zane there should be a few hundred Valkyrie there for about 4 days, it would be interesting to see but it's too far for me without taking time off from work which is not an option at this time even though I own the company I still have to show up for work :)

At the Dragon we Fontana Village resort it was a nice stop I would go back for sure. We spent two nights there and my wife really like it and frankly that surprised me a bit she is not usually into rustic places. At night they have a campfire and supplied the making for smores it was a nice family resort people go there for weeks at a time.

Somewhere I have a bunch of pictures of this trip again it was a Corvette trip not a bike trip but the bikes there outnumbered cars two to one while I was there. Now that I have both a new corvette and a motorcycle it would be tough to decide which would be more fun on this trip. I know my wife would vote for the car!
 

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Fontana Village is nice - spent two Solstice weekends there.

If you could make In-Zane, there would be several riders there with the sync tool I mentioned. I can't make it this year, but the VRCC group is a great bunch.
 

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Fontana Village is nice - spent two Solstice weekends there.

If you could make In-Zane, there would be several riders there with the sync tool I mentioned. I can't make it this year, but the VRCC group is a great bunch.
I can't make it there this year either this said the bike was synced less then three weeks ago before it was shipped to me. I took it for a ride today and I have to say it is running like a top smooth as can be I'm very impress with how well it runs. It purrs it's hard to believe it is running unlike my Vulcan or my Vette for that matter this bike is quite as can be! My friend told when he used to ride with his friends they used to tell him to start his bike first so they would know it actually started. There is no way to hear once the HD's were running near it.

I have a light work day again tomorrow I usually plan for this on Fridays this time of year I like to get an early start for boating weekends. I hope to get some riding in before I head to the boat for the weekend.

I believe this Sunday is a car club ride to the Chatterbox on Sunday it's a toss up as to what to do as I've said before too many nice weather toys and not enough time!

I hope to hit Bear Mountain tomorrow really enjoy the ride up there maybe they opened Perkins peak?
If so I will post a little video sometime after the weekend.

Hope everyone has a great safe weekend!
 
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