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Just bought an '04 VLX for SYKOMOM to learn to ride on. I've taken it out a few times (just to keep the gas fresh! :D ). I ride a Valkyrie Interstate, so there's a little adjustment for me... I've noticed 2 things so far. The first is a clanking sound when I hit a bump. Thought it might be the chain, but then read about the tank rattle. Could be that I guess... Second thing is top end. Down hill with tail wind WFO I can get up to 80. I go about 250 lbs, so that might affect it, but is that about right for this machine? SYKOMOM will probably never top it out, but you know how it is with a new toy... (BTW I've never topped out the Valk, chicken out around 115) Any thoughts from those of you more well versed with the VLX will be much appreciated.
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Just bought an '04 VLX for SYKOMOM to learn to ride on. I've taken it out a few times (just to keep the gas fresh! :D ). I ride a Valkyrie Interstate, so there's a little adjustment for me... I've noticed 2 things so far. The first is a clanking sound when I hit a bump. Thought it might be the chain, but then read about the tank rattle. Could be that I guess... Second thing is top end. Down hill with tail wind WFO I can get up to 80. I go about 250 lbs, so that might affect it, but is that about right for this machine? SYKOMOM will probably never top it out, but you know how it is with a new toy... (BTW I've never topped out the Valk, chicken out around 115) Any thoughts from those of you more well versed with the VLX will be much appreciated.
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My tank never actually rattled, it more squeaked than anything.
I was able to cure that with some anti-seize on the neck bushings.

The chain is a very good possiblity.
If it's loose, it can slap the chain guard.

As for 80... that's about right for the VLX with your size.
If you want a little more out of it, pipes, air filter, and rejet will
get it up easily to over 90 and upwards of 95+.
 
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