I Did a Thing: Valk Build/Mod Thread

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Overall, I'd say the bike as-is is about 85% done. Bump that up to 90% once I get the rear rack sorted. Things that "matter" (engine, suspension, geometry, etc.) are being left alone for the most part, because I agree, this bike is fantastic without any mods whatsoever. What's left is mostly cosmetic, and 100% personal taste.

The "vision" has always been pretty much the same- what if one of THESE:

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...got bumped up with water cooling and 4 more cylinders? Most of my design decisions start there, and then get modified if necessary depending on how the Valkyrie is actually laid out.

For example, the gauges- the chrome-pod-spread-out gauges of the stock Valk are... not great. They work, but I hate the way they look. Ideally I'd get away with a gauge-in-the-headlight-bucket sorta thing, but the angle of gauges to make them visible and the space on the triple tree makes this unfeasable. It's probably going to be something like a plain black headlight bucket scooched forward, while the gauges are brought together and angled up just a touch. I'm still playing with details.

And yes, this means at some point I'm going to be experimenting with a cantilevered solo seat. But that brings me to point 2 of my design process- I'm willing to scrap anything in a heartbeat if it's not working. So when I say "we'll see", it's not just hyperbole.

dontwantapickle wrote: Sat May 15, 2021 11:31 am Suggestion:
you could just remove the turn signals, the fenders, chop off the exhaust, and call it a "bobber".
(paint it flat black for that truly extra custom look)
...I think I threw up in my mouth a little. :drunk lolol
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Lucien Harpress wrote: Sat May 15, 2021 2:11 pm
dontwantapickle wrote: Sat May 15, 2021 11:31 am Suggestion:
you could just remove the turn signals, the fenders, chop off the exhaust, and call it a "bobber".
(paint it flat black for that truly extra custom look)
...I think I threw up in my mouth a little. :drunk lolol

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Re: I Did a Thing: Valk Build/Mod Thread

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Lucien Harpress wrote: Sat May 15, 2021 2:11 pm ...I think I threw up in my mouth a little. :drunk lolol
lolol
I was kidding, butI just googled Valkyrie bobber :drunk
yeah...... don't do that.
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There aren't a whole lot of custom Valkyries out there, but there sure are a lot of UGLY custom Valkyries....
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1980 KZ1300- Header Gaskets and Tuning
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Not a whole lot of movement on my end as far as customizing goes- more riding, less wrenching. Still, I'm gathering parts for the future. I still need to figure out the mount and the housing, but I think I've got my replacement brake light figured out...

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And yes, that may be for a '75 Corvette. :8) (My future sister-in-law has one, so it was simple to get some measurements off it. About a 5 inch diameter, and far as I can tell, will cover all of the stock opening in the rear fender.)
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