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Agreed... that bike should have cost 7500 to 8200.
 

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I just sold my 98 standard two days ago... and while I am sure I will regret it... I also know I did the right thing. For me... and that bike.

I know this flies in the face of all the folks here that love Valkyries... BUT... Valkyries are not for everyone. I would also point out that none of these folks that continually sing the praises of Valk's... lined up to buy mine.... even though it has been listed here for months.

Granted... fun to ride... excellent rides... but heavy, heavy, heavy... and with a bad knee... that has sent me seeking solace in a older 4 cylinder wing I am stripping naked.

Also... and this was a very big deal for me. Because of the mystique and somewhat rarity of these bikes, they are increasingly becoming minor collectibles. A LOT... (lots) of the parts are no longer available from mother Honda and that drives up the costs of online used parts. For example: last fall I bought a brand new (yoinked at the dealer for a trike) rear end, drive shaft and u-joint for a 1500 Goldwing for 98 bucks. It was lovely. Perfect!

This last October as I was performing rear service on my Valk and just on a lark, I browsed Ebay for about a month... just to see what parts were going for... I was floored. There were 60K Valk rear ends in what I considered to be rough shape selling for 800 dollars. That's a bit too rare for the blood of a public school teacher...

So I sold mine... to a friend in Wichita who is a lot better off than I am... who can afford to baby it at a level I cannot support long term. He gets the bike of his dreams... I know the bikes is well cared for. it's a win-win.

And this is just one tale... of one part. These bikes are really worth far, far more as parts than they are whole...

Just saying... having looked at Valks from both sides now, I can attest that they are not for everyone... and whether or not the Valk is or is not a superior ride had little to do with my choice to sell.

It's kinda like having a vintage 1965 Shelby Cobra... except long term, you can actually still find parts for a Shelby.

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Had I not just purchased this baby in February, I would certainly have taken a serious look at yours. Timing is everything. But you are correct in saying that a Valk is not for everyone. As could be said about most bikes - including our beloved Wings. And, as for parts, unfortunately the Valk was not produced for a long run and thus the limited availability of parts. That's why you want to be careful to get one that's been babied.
I sense your friend will benefit from that fact. Doesn't change the fact that the Valk is one unforgettable ride. And truer to the spirit of the original Wing.
First let me attest to what I am sure you already know: "Tasty sweet ride, bro!"

Agreed on all counts. Back when I started looking at my wing one of the things I REALLY liked about it was the huge pool of parts... one just does not have that with the Valkyries.

It is a good fit for all three involved that my bike should be passed along to my bud. What odd is... there is a precedent here... long ago, he gave me a car. wasn't a really expensive car but I loved that thing like no car before or since.

It was a 1972 Triumph Spitfire 1500. I am hoping this bike will prove to be similar for him...



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