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Honda Valkyrie
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2014 Honda Gold Valkyrie First Look

November 20, 2013

The 2014 Gold Wing Valkyrie has modern styling than the cruiser look of its predecessor. of a single large radiator in of the engine, twin rads left on the sides (as on the Gold to help keep the bike’s shorter and improve handling.

years after Honda the touring crowd by unveiling the six-cylinder Gold Wing tourer, cruiser riders got chance to experience the smooth and power of the GL1500 engine in the Valkyrie F6. With the opposed engine mounted in an open frame and a regular gas tank six carburetors, the Valky brought new to the term performance cruiser, and hopefully stand-in for the large that Honda had yet to create.

And indeed the bike created a following that included the Tourer and Interstate editions quickly followed, but alas, were popular enough to in the lineup beyond the 2003 year, not counting the wild limited-edition Valkyrie Rune the GL1800 engine. In the early of the new millennium, cruiser riders V-twins, and by 2002 Honda had bit the and created the VTX1800, at the time the production V-twin the world.

The Honda Gold Wing is 154 pounds lighter than the but offers the same prodigious

Times have changed. The has been gone for a while and just a year after introduced the Gold Wing F6B Six Bagger) it has announced an all-new Wing Valkyrie . But rather the traditional cruiser look of its the new Valkyrie has thoroughly modern

Unlike the GL1800 and F6B, the doesn’t have a fairing so the radiators have unique that match the sculpted of the front and rear fenders and protect the rider’s legs wind. The headlight is encased in a plastic housing that the blacked-out look of the fork, frame and engine that’s from the F6B. Chrome is to the twin exhaust pipes slash-cut tips, which are and lighter than those on the and F6B, and two small, rectangular on the engine.

Of course, when it to any Gold Wing, the torque-rich, horizontally opposed flat engine is where the magic The last GL1800 we strapped to the churned out 106 lb-ft of torque at rpm and 101 horsepower at 5,700 rpm. The should offer the same level of performance on a motorcycle claimed to weigh 154 pounds pounds fully fueled.

Unique intake ducting air to the two 40mm throttle bodies, feature six high-pressure fuel and Honda’s tried-and-true Programmed Injection (PGM-FI). The Valkyrie has the 5-speed gearbox, clutch and final drive as on the GL1800.

The Honda Gold Wing has short, compact exhausts slash-cut tips.

Attached to the aluminum frame is a new rear to accommodate the Valkyrie’s unique arrangement. Unlike the GL1800 and the Valkyrie’s fuel tank is in the location rather than the seat (capacity is 6.1 gallons). To it a more typical cruiser position, the footpegs are 1.3 inches and 0.6 inch forward, and the handlebar is 1.3 forward, 1.5 inches taller and 0.7 wider, than on the F6B.

A new two-piece seat puts the backside at just 28.8 (a little higher than the a little lower than the The rear seat and aluminum rail can be removed for a sleek, look.

Honda Valkyrie
Honda Valkyrie

Lacking a fairing the GL1800 and F6B, sculpted cover the side-mounted radiators on the Honda Gold Wing

The 45mm cartridge fork has lengthened to accommodate the larger front wheel, and it has unique settings. The larger front and (17-inch) wheels are said to cornering clearance relative to Gold Wing models. The Pro-Arm swingarm has a Pro-Link shock with sporty and a remote preload adjuster.

Dual full-floating 310mm (larger than the 296mm found on the F6B and Gold Wing) and new calipers up front, plus a rear disc brake, provide impressive stopping on this lighter machine. ABS is and adds just 6 pounds to the weight.

The Valkyrie’s 1-inch is rubber-mounted and features all-new An all-digital LCD instrument panel a speedometer, tachometer, tripmeters, and fuel-level gauge, as well as a opening message when the key is on. LED turn signals, headlight and round out the Valkyrie’s not-like-other-cruisers

Tailor-made Honda Genuine will include a backrest, deflector, passenger floorboards, rack, saddlebags, two different LED fog lights, a 12V power outlet and bits to add a custom look.

The 2014 Honda Gold Valkyrie will be available in Dark Red Metallic and Blue Although final pricing been set, it should be in next spring starting $17,000.

(This article was in Kickstarts in the February 2014 of Rider magazine.)

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