Pros: Ride, power, stability, handling, looks, now...
Cons: Too big to get through the front door.
I bought my 2000 Valkyrie in July of 2003. It had 10240
miles on it when I got it. Today is Oct 27 2004. I have had
the bike for 1 year and 3 months and have put 12000 miles
on it in that time. I have driven it from Amarillo, Tx to
Indianapolis, to Iowa and back to Amarillo. I just got back
from a 1200 mile round trip to Arkansas. I have been
on many shorter trips of a few hundred miles over the past
year also. So when I tell you the bike is comfy for a 5' 8"
180 pound man, believe me. I have seen others complain of
the seat but I have had no such problem. I find the seat
most comfortable and with the hiway pegs mounted to the
crash bar, I can really get positioned right for those
The handling is very good for such a large bike. I have gone
through mountain passes and winding roads with ease and the
clearance on tight turns is plentiful. But it is a large
bike and is not going to speed through tight turns the way
a sport bike will.
The gas mileage is not all that good but that's to be
expected when you're feeding such a large engine, especially
with all those cylinders. The tank holds 4 gallons plus one
reserve. I can get about 130 miles before I hit reserve.
But it is my habit to stop on trips every hundred miles to
refill the tank anyway, this gives a good chunk of riding
and a quick 10 - 15 minute break for each fillup. This helps
to keep from getting tired butt also.
Smooth and quiet. There is no fatigue from vibration at all.
The bike had Jardine Headers on it when I purchased it. I
replaced those with the stock pipes and stock carb jets, the
previous owner had kept all the stock parts when he did his
customization. Smart guy.
The bike has power to spare. The horsepower rating is right
around 100 horses. I pulled a fully loaded trailer full of
camping gear to Arkansas and back on the last trip and had
no problems going up and down the mountains. Without the
trailer it's megafast. At least as fast as I need to go. The
speedo reads 140 mph and I believe it will do every bit of
it with some to spare.
I can't really think of anything I don't like about the
bike. In fact I was thinking about that the other day while
on a trip and wondered if I were to trade what would I trade
for. The answer came to me very quickly, I won't get rid of
the Valkyrie. I can't think of anything I need that the bike
doesn't have except maybe a cruise control and I'm looking
at installing one of those myself.
I take that back the paint jobs on these bikes were hidious.
So I did my own custom pearl with metalflake flames. I have
won a First and a third in 2 shows.