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Honda Valkyrie

The New Honda Valkyrie Mocks Midlife Crisis Chopper (w/

Something is happening at Honda days. They’re sick of all whining about how they their way” and they’re to … of Mercedes power McLarens look slow and are choking on rage-vomit at the thought of – freakin’ Ducati! – thinking have some sort of on the power-cruiser segment that. Invented.

They’re done all of that, and if the latest round of do-anything UJM Hondas didn’t you of that, let me introduce the new daddy. the 2014 Honda Valkyrie.

A Bit of Valkyrie History

Back in the 1980s, Honda’s wasn’t the bloated road it is now. It wasn’t a sportbike, it was comfortable, you sat low like you did on a Harley, Like said Harleys, the GoldWings had 2 wheels, but the similarities there. GoldWings were powerful in their day, and the ‘Wings would leave a like it was stuck in 2nd gear- with just about else.

In 1985, Yamaha the Honda’s power cruiser with the first-generation VMax, a experience that was once to me with the words “I screwed it on I could see Jesus, then I

At the time, Honda played up the touring capabilities and took the further away from the cruiser aesthetic, leaving to the small-displacement Shadows and Viragos of the leaving the VMax alone as the cruiser daddy. At the dawn of the Yamaha announced that be taking the VMax’ terrifying V4 and it into a retro-styled bagger the “Royal Star”, which then be set upon the woefully and under-powered Harley-Davidsons, the big BMW cruisers, and GoldWing.

Honda fully the Royal Star to be a monster, and with a monster of its own, the Honda Valkyrie.

That bike made use of the 80s GoldWing’s flat-6 in a body was stripped of bags, fairings, heaters, speakers – what, you know GoldWings had all that? the Honda GoldWings of the era had more than a Honda Civic. of all that nonsense, the Valkyrie was one of the straight-line bikes in the world.

Honda Valkyrie

the world wasn’t ready for a muscle-cruiser. Remember, this was before American Chopper a bunch of middle-aged bankers and that a big-inch chopper was they should own. The was moderately successful, but the redesign of the and the realization that the market care how objectively superior the Star was to the Harleys meant was no budget to build a new Valkyrie.

Since then, however, the cruiser market has exploded- with the previously mentioned VRod and evolving to include the cc Triumph Rocket and the Audi-designed that’s wrong with the Ducati Diavel Douche-mobile. of being shown up in the market invented, then, Honda is

2014 Honda Valkyrie

For Honda’s new power-cruiser ditches the luggage, fairings, and a host of that it didn’t need, The end result is a bike that more than a 150 lbs. than the already quicker-than-you-think-it-is leaving a mere 6 lbs. for of the 1800 cc flat-6′s horses to lug compared to 8.6 for Porsche’s newest 911 and than 7 lbs./hp on Nissan’s GTR (and don’t even get me on how the Honda nearly doubles MPG). It’s plenty in other words, and Honda has – – realized that a motorcycle have to look like it was by your grandfather to be appealing.

Honda pushed out a number of of its new 2014 Honda Valkyrie cruiser, but these are my favorites. this bike to show up on year’s “best bike” and a full review in the spring.

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