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2000 Honda Valkyrie Tourer GL1500T Review: Beautiful Power Cruiser

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

I've only owned my Valkyrie Tourer for about a week, but it's already taken me on a cople of nice rides - one through a part of the Canadian Rockies (about 350 km) and one trip down the middle of Alberta (about 250 km), and 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. 

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". 

On the downside? The stock seat is going to have to go; Honda made some of the least comfortable cruiser seats in the world, but that would be my only complaint. 

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: 
3
Quality: 
5
Price/Value: 
5
Buy Again?:
Yes
Your Height: 
average
Years Ridden (This Motorcycle): 
1
Miles Ridden (This Motorcycle): 
600
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. Ordered a Mustang seat to rectify the one shortfall of this bike