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Honda F 6 C Valkyrie

Honda F6C Valkyrie (March

Whether it’s big Nordic or big Honda motorcycles, Motorcycle Rob Smith is your Valkyrie man

As gain in popularity the emergence of the has been an interesting development and one even the originators of the cruiser couldn’t ignore. Three before the V-Rod and a long years before the new Triumph — err I mean Rocket III was the Honda Valkyrie. And as far as buying-used there’s a lot to like about the so in this issue we’re to put the Valkyrie under the microscope.

It was … a genius to take the six engine from the Gold and turn it into a cruiser; it was an bigger … of genius to it such a good motorcycle. already on record as having a dislike of cruisers, especially the HD clones, regardless of their So it takes something special to me like it and something extra for me to actually say Yes, I’d own one of

Let’s start with engine.

This baby is as as Honda’s now-legendary V4s. cooled, 12 valve, SOHC opposed six cylinders displacing a large 1520.3cc with a and … of 71x64mm and a compression of 9.8:1. Stirred into the mix are six CV carbs, different cams to the Wing bringing the end result to a 100bhp and a fat, creamy of torque measuring 13.3kg-m at

Power delivery is via a five box and shaft drive and running-gear a low-slung steel ‘diamond’ frame with the engine a member. Numbers are the expected 32¼ of rake and 152mm of trail, the seat height levels out at Up front there’s a heavy set of non adjustable 45mm USD forks south of the seat there’s a of preload-adjustable conventional shocks.

a claimed 309kg (dry) that the brakes will their work cut out for them. The big runs a pair of 296mm discs with twin calipers bolted to the legs and a 316mm disc and twin caliper on the back.

Since introduced back in 1997 as the GL1500C and the GL1500T2 there has been one notable variant of the namely the full dress all the fruit plus blender Interstate that arrived in The T (Touring) model had panniers and a as standard and so had more functional as as aesthetic aspirations over the C.

The had some substantial mods, lower seat height, fuel tank (26 litres) and engine tuning that a little more midrange

ON THE ROAD

Firing up the quick six is fun all by itself. The six just spins up a rushing note that ‘Exotic’ and has you blipping the thing it feels so good. Just as expect, the Valk is a big machine, the feels about a metre as you drop into the wide and seat, notch the gear into first with little effort and look to the chrome dials somewhere in the

The other thing you notice is at last there’s a cruiser hasn’t succumbed to the ergonomic of forward controls. Your actually locate comfortably to, if not actually under, the riders allowing the rider to take weight over bumpy instead of transferring road straight to the lower spine. one for common sense.

Clutch out and the six whisk you away with a hint of throttle as you can’t noticing just how light the has become. At low speed the Valk has balance courtesy of the flat opposed engine layout and as a can pick its way around with confidence.

Fifth comes up quickly as, while the Valk object to a diet of revs, kind of pointless and there’s than enough response available to deal with any whether it be jumping into the gaps, whooooshing past of traffic or hauling hard out of It’s not breathtaking and some of the would undoubtedly nail it in a but it is plentiful, eye-blink instantaneous and seamless.

Ride quality is carpet excellent and there’s any doubt that you could huge distances on one of these. said that as with a lot of the rear shocker springs are a bit on the side and lack rebound so with a decent hit you’re to feel the hit and deal with the afterwards. Even so the suspension is far and more sophisticated than on others and it feels like it.

With a fuel capacity of 20 litres, it could do with five as at 16km/l after you’ll be pushing it and the riding could definitely tolerate periods in the saddle.

Another where the Valk scores is in the bendy stuff. Handling is leading and rewards a smooth and approach with a combination of chassis stability and surprising Even now there’s no other that comes close in of rioting around the hills.

steering (for a cruiser) suspension and a decent amount of clearance (those footrests means that bends can be with a degree of spirit than feared as with others of this ilk.

it comes to stopping, the brakes do a good job of tying the plot to the They’re not brilliant and could do with an upgrade but for the most they’re enough for most

IN THE WORKSHOP

Being a six you’d the servicing costs to be pricy well — the good is that despite appearances the won’t break the bank. costs are a wallet-easing $150 6000kms for a minor service, at 18,000kms for an intermediate and $350 for a at 24,000kms that includes clearances.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Simply the architecture of the Valk is rock Buy with utter faith very, very little if is going to go wrong. As with any there are always a few minor so we’ll run through the ones have cropped up during the

Not unusually it was the early models than the later more versions that suffered the and so it’s no surprise that of the issues related to the first model. First up is the droopy indicator syndrome. Admittedly not shattering but let’s face it wants anything droopy on motorcycle.

This problem is fixed by fitting a later set of

Other minor things leaking coolant reserve from the lower hose it connects to the lower tank And while on the subject of leaking there are reports that the shut off switch can leak fuel to get into the cylinders. is not good because if the engine over with raw fuel in the chambers, then the cylinder hydraulic lock with the for breaking the starter idler

Of course the simple answer to is to make sure that the tap gets turned to the offf when the machine isn’t in

Loose header pipe Easily identifiable by the tap-tap of exhaust gas or popping on the over-run, need to be checked regularly and torqued to the recommended settings. Honda in Ferntree Gully, our Gold Wing and Valkyrie recommend that they get after replacing the rear as the left hand exhaust has to be in order to get the rear wheel

Apparently a fairly common, but again, minor problem is a lack of electrics. Yeah-yeah it serious but in fact it’s more than a dodgy from the battery caused by a of paint. A simple scrape and sorts it.

Honda F 6 C Valkyrie

What to look for on Have a look under the to see the side stand casting. for damage from bouncing up a decent hit or repeated hits bend the cross member.

from that all the obvious relating to service history and damage should apply.

Discounting the tourer stuff panniers, screens and all the usual type chrome and glitter, the has to get a going over. The USD cartridge forks are far easier to achieve results with than forks, due to their inherent Pete the Spring from recommends a change to a higher progressive spring to retain the plus changes to the shim and oil grade.

Rear shocks cop a rebuild and Gold valves to a huge increase in rebound

The results would be a ride to before but offering much control. There’d be a bit more clearance and thus the means to the performance the Valk is capable of.

it comes to brakes, experimenting pads and braided lines produce improved brake to take advantage of upgraded performance. Regarding braking, practising full-on braking a training course is the best spent on improving braking and is of more long-term use.

If you have to have more performance then a visit to the web sites will have you your wallet as those have everything you’re to need from Two Brothers to superchargers.

SPEX (C model)

Type: Four-…, Liquid-cooled, three valves per-cylinder six cylinder

Bore x …: mm

Displacement: 1520.3cc

Carburetion: Six CV type

Transmission type: speed constant mesh

drive: Enclosed shaft

Honda F 6 C Valkyrie
Honda F 6 C Valkyrie


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