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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by LadyDraco, Feb 21, 2008.
TransAlp or African twin?
How much leg room is there for a 6ft rider on a Valk?
Transalp, I did find an africa twin nearby once, but after talking with a guy who owned both, I kept the alp as it does fine on the fire roads around me. And an africa twin costs twice as much and the parts are 10 times harder to come by.
Only my opinion, honestly!
The room is (how do I say this) limited, and at 6'4" I am not as comfortable as I am on my other bike, but I absolutely love the Valk. Yet my other bike has a 37 inch seat height. The Valk I am guessing but maybe a 23 inch height?
I'm only 5' 10" and I need highway pegs for long rides, there is a lot of info about peg relocater kits (lose some ground clearance) and aftermarket seats that move you up and back.
check the valk boards
I am relocating to Portland in the fall. Hope to ride with you.
I do need a dirt bike as well, the trans is a great bike and so is the KLR.
Great, lots of good riding, not as cold as Alaska, but plenty wet.
I'm 5'11 and I use my highway pegs alot. I absolutely love my Valk and it is not the most comfortable bike I've ever riden, but it's good enough for 2 to 3 hours at a time.
Well the saddle I'm sure has a whole lot to do with ya'lls comfort...
I know a bunch of valk riders that are well over 6'.2" and say it's the most comfy bike they rode... After all it is 8' long !!
But have put Mick-O-pegs on for LD rides...
My mate is 6' ... ... But he too has Russell-day long saddles.... I know if he wasn't comfy he wouldn't have 4 valks right now... But we all have our own opinions
Tell me more about Mick-O-pegs.......
Secondly, I have the mustang seat and the "ultimate big boy" seat. I am 6'4" and even though I love the Valk, it throws my lower back out riding it. Neither seat has changed the end result. Where my other bike doesn't hurt even after months (really !) in the saddle. Peg location might be the fix. I need to do more research.
Also risers will help you out... The deuce ones really bring them back....
Here is a link for Mick-O Pegs..
Hope this helps ya out...
Still maybe my favorite bike I have owned (if not, its in the top three). Put 20K on it. Just saw another '98 a couple of days ago...got me to thinkin'
For the size of a Valk.. They are very quick for such a big cruiser..
Dang I just love the power....
As I said my mate has 4 valks .. He said they all ride and feel different...
Hope to see some of you at InZane in July in Johnson City , Tn...
lady draco,what are the dates for inzane in JULY in johnson city,tenn.??
July 30 ~ Aug 3... But lets face it on Sunday everyone packs up and is leaving...
Here's a link for ya'll who might just want to check it out...
If you can get to Moses Lake Washington, then you need to go here. They make a belly tank specifically built for the Valk, and it goes under the bike. Theres a bunch of pictures of other bikes with it installed here, and here I am with my new range-extension:
and another of the bike solo:
The belly tank is the the black box just in front of the rear tire. The I/S tank, combined with the belly tank, easily makes for a range of > 300 miles between fillups.
I also took a bunch of pics of the install and posted them here.
If you go, tell them "Tim from Ontario" sent you.
BTW - 28 MPG is low for a Valk at ~3K RPM - it should be in the 30's. If you're going faster, then the MPG drops pretty quick though. Some things you to have looked at would include making sure the carbs are clean, there aren't any stuck valves, the vacuum lines aren't cracked and leaking, etc.
The VOAI site is another good resource to check into.
Hey Gus - I've got an Ultimate Bigboy too (although I'm 5'7") - I'd suggest getting the Ultimate backrest to give your lower back the support it needs. I've got one on my bike, and can feel a huge difference between having it and not having it.
If you do get one, make sure they give you one with a long 'tounge' so it sits in the small of your back. The stock one was too short - even for me...
You know I am moving?
So the Valk is on the block. Listed on CraigsList and we havd seen some nibblers, but just like Harley, sales for larger displacements in Alaska have sunk.
Might be keeping her anyway.
But the Valk is a hoot, just not the long mileage bike the GS is, for me.
I knew you were moving, did not know you had the Valk up for sale.
Good luck whichever way things work out.
EDIT: Looking here, it would seem the market for Valks is a bit soft right now.
Going back to extra fuel tanks.... We are looking at some fuel cells that look like little beer kegs.... They are way more reasonable then the belly tanks...
And hold more fuel ... Priced under $ 200 ... Can be removed also... That's why we are looking at them.. So we can take it off and put it on another Valk....
GusGus so sorry to hear about you selling your Valk...
My mate just bought another Valk last night a Blk I/S....
Dang need to build a bigger shop
Yes we really are Valk poor....
Nice Valk Timk519 ... I always loved the Champ/Blk combo