2014 Honda Valkyrie Announced! (with video) …

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Honda F 6 C Valkyrie
Honda F 6 C Valkyrie

2014 Honda Valkyrie (with video)

As I write there are three hours on American Honda Motor’s on posting photos or writing its new Valkyrie—and I’m amazed there’s yet on the Internet. There’s been no about a new Valk that I find, so you’re probably as as I was when I got these photos of the new

The first Valkyrie used a formula well-known to American builders: take the frame and of a big, heavy car and chop everything you don’t need. first iteration was built here in the USA from 1996-2003 and has legions of fans. It used the liquid-cooled 1520cc motor and gearbox from the old GL1500 Wing (1988-2000), but with a tube-steel chassis.

It weighed in at 682 pounds dry—much than its touring brother. forums for the Valk are still (hot topic: using a car on the rear wheel), and one thing is these folks love bikes. They handle (for something so heavy), are reliable, smooth, fast and a heck of a presence—for a while, it was the baddest cruiser you could “Surely, with this speculated Motorcycle.com’s Andy in 1997, “Honda has reached the of cruiser size.” How quaint.

Honda … the old girl in but that year a limited-edition called the Rune arrived—you may it. At $27,000, it was kind of a legacy a made-to-order custom designed to showcase the brand than to the heavyweight cruiser market. it was good-handling and luxurious-feeling, something Edge and I took great in riding.

Another possible was the EVO6. Honda displayed concept bike at the 2007 Motor Show, and it made a big can an 1800cc, six-cylinder sporting not? It was missing the clutch and gearshifter—would the next Goldwing use an transmission?

If anything, the new Valk is a Rune for the as it uses much the same albeit for a broader audience. The swingarm and powerplant are all from the but with lighter, more bodywork. A low 28.8-inch seat and one-inch cruiser bars “cruiser,” but an 45mm cartridge twin-spar aluminum frame, tires (130/60-19 in front, in back), single-sided Pro-Arm linkage rear suspension and discs with four-piston calipers (that look what Honda used on its from the late ’90s to the mid all scream out “sportbike.” After the GL1800′s Large Project Masanori Aoki, came the sportbike side of Honda, bikes like the NSR250R and

Honda F 6 C Valkyrie

All that development nets a that weighs in at 750 pounds—154 lighter than the GL1800. than the original Valk, but it does have a lot more GL1800 makes over 100 of torque at the wheel, and the number above 90 from 1500 to rpm—and a six-gallon tank, than the ‘Wing’s.

Other features include passenger seat with rail, included solo black-out treatment on the frame and LED lighting (everywhere, including the a multi-function LCD instrument cluster and big shrouds covering the side-mounted (which duct heat from the rider). The styling be controversial, but it is growing on me, and I actually like that big front

Pricing is not yet set, but Honda it will be in the range of $17,000, the F6B. It should be available in US next spring. I’m also looking forward to riding but maybe not as much as the many fans—Christmas may have come for them.

Gabe Ets-Hokin is the Editor of Bike magazine, and a frequent contributor to MotorcycleDaily.com.

Honda F 6 C Valkyrie
Honda F 6 C Valkyrie
Honda F 6 C Valkyrie
Honda F 6 C Valkyrie
Honda F 6 C Valkyrie
Honda F 6 C Valkyrie


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