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2000 Honda Valkyrie Tourer GL1500T Review: Beautiful Power Cruiser

Motorcycle: 
Year: 
2000
Color: 
Red over black
Review Summary: 

I've owned my Valkyrie Tourer for a couple of years now, and it's already taken me on some nice rides, including to the N. Dakota / Minnesota border, a weekend ride to Great Falls, MT, as well as to Missoula, MT, not to mention through parts of the Canadian Rockies and some trips around Alberta. I am having a hard time believing how much I LIKE this bike. tONS of power, and a smooth shifting 5-speed transmission add to the pleasure.  The previous owner changed out the stock exhaust for a set of truck stacks that add a very nice "growl". He also added Cobra rider and passenger floorboards - I prefer the OEM rider pegs; fortunately, they came with the bike, so they are now back where they belong. The stock windshield provides an amazing amount of protection and calm air. Better than the batwing I put on a previous bike. I’ve also added a vented Clearview windshield to replace the original, as it was starting to delaminate. The Clearview gives the same protection as the stock shield. 

this is a bike that will get looks, and comments, almost every time you ride it. People who know motorcycles appreciate the beauty of the exposed engine and the history of the Valkyrie; people who don't know anything about bikes just think its very "cool". Both of my daughters think it’s “badass”especially when compared to the Goldwing I replaced.

On the downside? The stock seat had to go; Honda made some of the least comfortable cruiser seats in the world, but that would be my only complaint. I’ve replaced it with a Mustang seat, and couldn’t be happier. 

Best Features: 
Power, engine, handling, wind protection, saddlebags, Honda legendary reliability, looks (this bike is COOL)
Improvements: 
Stock seats are "Honda horrible"
Compares to: 
Nothing! Nobody else makes a power cruiser that has this beautiful flat-6 engine. Seriously, I guess a Harley Road King would be the closest.
My Overall Rating: 
5
Power : 
5
Looks: 
5
Handling: 
4
Comfort: 
4
Quality: 
5
Price/Value: 
5
Buy Again?:
Yes
Your Height: 
average
Years Ridden (This Motorcycle): 
2
Miles Ridden (This Motorcycle): 
8,500
Owned: 
currently own
Riding Style: 
around town, commute, with passenger, short trips, long trips
Customized: 
some accessories
Customizations: 

Chrome trim additions, truck stack exhaust, Show Chrome driving lights, heated grips, Hondaline luggage rack. Clearview vented windshield. Mustang seat to rectify the one shortfall of this bike