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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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Re: Valk Build/Mod Thread: Rejected Ideas

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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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Re: Valk Build/Mod Thread: Rejected Ideas

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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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Re: Valk Build/Mod Thread: Rejected Ideas

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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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Re: Valk Build/Mod Thread: Rejected Ideas

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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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Re: Valk Build/Mod Thread: Rejected Ideas

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I would give a play-by-play of what I managed to accomplish yesterday, but it would be the same exact post as the one above this one. So I'll just post up the pictures.

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Initially the plan was to cut the tips pretty close to the stock mufflers and add extension pipes out the back (and I still may), but I'm kind of liking the look of what I have. I'm still going to experiment with some slip-in baffles in the back of these, but I'm liking what I have.
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Re: Valk Build/Mod Thread: Rejected Ideas

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Okay, I kinda dig it.

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Re: Valk Build/Mod Thread: Rejected Ideas

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmdXN4B-ROE

I finally got the new tips on (mostly) permanently, and figured I'd record a short video to see what it sounds like. I slipped in some cheapo baffles to the ends, and apart from a too-short screw on the bottom of the right can I need to replace tomorrow, they are done. Now, the baffles made things a bit quieter, but for the most part just took the edge off the harshness of what I had before. Drilling baffles on the stock exhaust for these things gets you a bit of a throatier sound, but can also introduce droning during long trips that isn't fun to put up with for hours. I've only gone up and down the street so far, so time will tell if I need to modify anything later.

The only thing I might be worried about is how far I necked down the exhaust outlet. True, each side exits out of three pipes smaller than my current final outlet, and I didn't really seal anything that well (gasses can exit around the entire outside, for example), but it's still restricted quite a bit. I didn't notice any difference in power or throttle response on my short ride, but again, it was a very short ride. I'll keep and eye on it, and if I have to ditch the baffles, so be it.

(I'm also not sure what's up with the crackling from the right side. It might be the missing screw, but I've also got a feeling I've had a minor right side exhaust leak at the headers since I brought the bike home, which may be part of it. It hasn't affected anything, so I didn't worry about it.)
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Re: Valk Build/Mod Thread: Exhaust Work

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Long time, no update. Things got warm enough in the garage I could get back to fiddling, this time with gauges. After getting the tach apart, I realized that the gauge mount I found off a Harley Sportster had holes that were just a HAIR too small, so I had to carefully enlarge them with a grinder until the Valk gauges fit. I got enough of the front tore apart to do a bit of mocking up, and... I kinda dig it.

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Initially I was going to fabricate something to hide the back end of the gauges, but the original chrome covers already fit perfectly, and don't look that bad honestly.

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A bit off-center because the speedometer is still in place- removing that one will be a bit more involved than the tach. The rag covering it was just to help visualize things.

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Initially I wanted the gauges a little flatter, but the view from the saddle was off by too much. The other bit unknown is how the centralized gauges will affect the headlight placement, but I'm fairly willing to kick it pretty far out. The idea is to mount the neutral and blinker idiot lights on the mount itself, and (depending on how well you can see it) the high beam light on top of the actual bucket. But, as always, all of this is subject to change.
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Re: Valk Build/Mod Thread: Gauging Things

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Regardless of placement, it’s gotta be chrome. It’s a Valkyrie, right?
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Re: Valk Build/Mod Thread: Gauging Things

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I don't know... I've made quite a bit of money SELLING chrome off this thing... :lol:

(Real talk, gauge mount will most likely stay black. Gauges, covers, etc., anything I keep stock I will try to KEEP stock, because OH MY GOD, replacement gauge parts are stupid expensive. I'd prefer black covers for the back, but not enough to paint what I have. Fork uppers will eventually be black as well, but I'm still exploring options there. Stupid inverted forks...

Driving lights are eventually going away. Both because I don't like the look THAT much, but mostly because they are pulling stupid high prices right now. Just gotta get my blinker situation figured out first.)
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Re: Valk Build/Mod Thread: Gauging Things

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Valk updates have been slow lately, because it's getting to be riding season and unless I have two other bikes in working condition, I don't want to put the big girl out of commission for any length of time. So things like gauges and front fork powdercoating will have to wait. I can, however, do some detail pieces. I can FINALLY get the rear rack on after staring at it for weeks, and while I'm waiting on some detail pieces for the rear blinkers, I think I've got the front ones sorted.

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These got sent to the powdercoater a couple days ago. The rack makes sense, and while the blinker bodies are probably overkill, I just want to get them done. These will all be gloss black when they're done.

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The front signals use the stock Valkyrie mounts to attach to the bike, while the rears will be attached to a modified version of the license plate mount. The blinkers I'm using came off a Kawasaki KZ1100 Spectre, and once the front forks get colored black, I think the black blinkers with the chrome stems attached to black bodywork is going to look rather sharp.

As far a future non-invasive stuff I can do, it's probably just the brake light. I've got the lights, but I've got to fab a mount and paint it all black. Everything else will require the front end to get torn apart, so that will have to wait.
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Re: Valk Build/Mod Thread: Blinkers & Baby Steps

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Parts are back from the powdercoaters, and we're making progress.

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I've still got to figure out front mounts, but I don't think it'll be too hard- I'm going to start with round aluminum stock and go from there. Blinker bodies are also done, but again, I've still got to mess with mounts a bit, plus wiring. Still, progress is progress.

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Re: Valk Build/Mod Thread: Blinkers & Baby Steps

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Looks good! It never ceases to amaze me how difficult it is to find a simple, useful rack for this bike is.
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