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Re: Valk Build/Mod Thread: Rejected Ideas

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I've actually seen some Indian aftermarket seats that do something similar. I'm considering seeing how that would work on a Valk seat. Maybe get that quilted crosstitch look maybe.
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I might try to mock something up in Photoshop first, see if I like the look. That'll be relatively back burner, though. I need to get my lighting and gauges sorted first I think.
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Speaking of lights and gauges, here's a basic idea of something to mock up this winter. The light has a 7 inch lens, so that's standard. However it flares out to an 8 inch bucket- only 1 inch diameter smaller than stock. It should fit nicely without looking tiny.

The gauge mount is from a 70s Harley Sportster, and from what I can tell the stock Valk gauges will just drop right in. I'll need to clean up the backside somehow, but that's a later problem. I figure the High Beam and Neutral lights can go in the smaller holes, which just leaves the blinker light to work in someplace.

This is all winter work, because I'm trying to make the best of my riding season. I was checking the front forks after one of these rides, and sure enough one is leaking. Thankfully this give me the opportunity to strip the forks down and get the uppers anodized black (powder coat or paint being too thick for the triple tree clamps). Now I just gotta find a small batch plating shop near me who can do it...
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Just get yourself a seal savor from somewhere like Amazon, and run around it to fix it…. :-D
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Hey guys;
I just discovered this thread, I like it. I have always wondered what kind of a sexy beast was hiding inside a Valkyrie, now you are giving me ideas for a winter project build up. By the way Lucien, take a look at a Ducati 9" headlight, I have one on my Wing and they are magic. I think that GS1100 / 1150 Suzukis had them too.
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Re: Valk Build/Mod Thread: Rejected Ideas

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I'm a Weber guy. Then there are blower guys. Why not have a party? Why not have two?
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My favorite, FAVORITE story about that setup is that, despite running twin blowers, the builders had to de-tune it, either for practicality or so they didn't blow up the engine, so the actual power was only that of one. But still looks rad as all get out, huh? (And one serpentine belt to run both. Crazy craftsmanship.)

I've been sort-of looking at exhaust for mine. The one I'm running is okay, but the drilled baffles are kinda.. something I'd like to address in the future. The headers changing color definitely point to it running a bit leaner, and the popping on decelleration and midrange is not really my thing. I've considered a Cobra 6 into 6, but they don't come up often, require re-jetting, and I'm not sure the sound is what I want, exactly.

However, just for fun I pulled the exhaust tips (maybe seeing if the 6 exhaust holes could get some kind of slip-in baffles- answer being "no"), and realized the overall muffler diameter is 4 inches. Now, I can get my hand on 4" exhaust tips pretty easily that are designed to be installed on 2.5" muffler pipe. I figure, a little bit of trimming, flip them around, add a short length of 2.5" resonator pipe off the back, maybe a slip in a 2.5" baffle to taste- bam, I've got vintage-looking mufflers on the cheap, and maybe get a bit more backpressure back.

It's no 6 into 6, but if I tried to cobble something together with parts, I would be spending the same as I would on a "new" exhaust system, with no guarantee it would work or sound good. At the very least this cheaper option is worth pursuing.
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1969 CT90- Melted Wrist Pin Circlips. Somehow.
1976 GL1000 (Yellow)- In Many Pieces Scattered Around the Garage
1980 KZ1300- Deciphering Carb Tuning Mysteries
1972 CB750 Barn Find- Sidecovers Away At Painter
1974 Velosolex 3800- Better Than Walking

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