Those who enjoy their cruisers recognise that there is normally a gulf between the handling of their bikes and even relatively modest sports bikes. We, however, have just experienced a distinct closure of that gulf on our recent Valkyrie Custom build. So we thought we would share the experience.
Given the Valkyrie donor bike was a 2000 model and also given that the Valkyrie is pretty heavy, we included in the project scope new (Hagon’s top of the range Nitro) shocks and new Progressive Fork springs for the front.
Now with over 200 miles of shake down riding completed I have to report that this turns out to have been a brilliant idea. The big heavy Valkyrie rides firmly and really sticks to its line even on bumpy roads. Braking is steady and good. A truly excellent ride for a cruiser.
In fact it has been such a success that exactly the same set up (Hagon Nitros and Progressive Fork springs) are now being retro-fitted to our 2004 Triumph Rocket 3 Bobber – whose suspension has steadily become more “baggy”. We are hoping for a similar result to that achieved with the Valkyrie.