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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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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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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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I'm still gathering parts to customize some of the larger areas, specifically in this case the headlight. I'm looking to replace the stock bucket and rim (which is too flat and has that "visor" on the ring that's way too indecisive) with a more "basic" bullet-shaped housing. Problem is, the Valkyrie is so large a standard 7" replacement headlight looks comically small between the front forks. I've had to branch out to looking at car headlights, and I think I may have sorted it.

Via a headlight and bucket from a 1936 Ford. :mrgreen:

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Diameter is about the same, maybe a half-inch smaller around than stock. However, it's about an inch longer than stock as well- not crazy-long, but (hopefully) gives the front end a bit less of a "smashed-in" look to it. I've still got to paint it (black) and clean up the internals (and find a lens that doesn't have "Ford" stamped on it :lol: ), but that shouldn't be too hard. Luckily it looks like you can essentially rebuild these to be brand new without too much trouble.

I'm getting to the point where I can't modify a whole lot without taking the bike off the road, so unless I get a couple other bikes roadworthy, any real modifications are going to be a winter project. Still, I think I've got most of the major changes figured out, I've just got to fit them.

Either way, it was enough to keep this thread alive for a bit.
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