The Honda Valkyrie

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Honda Valkyrie

The Honda Valkyrie

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I took delivery of a new (BLACK) Interstate on 1/22/99. It’s a present from me to me (charity at home). Watch the Interstate for evolving comments about the Interstate and a

comparison of it to the Tourer.

In 1997 I purchased a black Valkyrie Tourer. I have a large number of motorcycles, big and small, and this is without the best motorcycle I have owned. It is smooth, comfortable and powerful.

I have logged more than 13,000 on this bike and frankly do not how anyone could ride one and not buy Is it the perfect motorcycle? Well, not but it is MUCH closer than any bike that I have owned or ridden.

Addendum on

Please note below additions to this original As I approach 20,000 miles things have changed. I much information from and I have added a couple of

One thing remains the same, my that the Honda Valkyrie is the cruiser on the planet.

Final on 3/8/99:

This page remain posted as long as is continued interest in it but it will not be revised or amended. I will now maintain the Interstate site. this page is being hit 1500 times per month.

Final Addendum on 1/25/00:

The of this page had not been for a very long time. see the information of the Valkyrie Interstate .

observations about the Valkyrie:

. The Valkyrie has taken a lot of hits of its size. In truth, it is a huge When you first sit astride the it looks like the tank into the next zip code. And it is a bike that you had better with a lot of respect or you are going to it.

However, once you get your up, the bike seems to change and feel like a bike of its size and weight. I am not a very big 5′ 10» and about 145 and I find this bike a lot to muscle around than a GS 1000G I once owned.

. The Valkyrie handles beautifully. this bike through the is a real pleasure. Yes, you are aware that you are riding a large motorcycle, but the handling is and completely predictable. My previous was an 1100 cc Yamaha Virago, a nice bike with handling.

The Valkyrie handles bit as well as the Virago. No, you can not flick the from side to side as quickly as the less massive but the Valkyrie’s suspension is better. very tight cornering on roads the Virago would to wobble a bit; not so with the The low speed handling is surprisingly for a bike this big. The of its straight-line tracking is simply

I am surprised that Honda not emphasize the tracking stability of bike more strongly in literature. It goes where it is with never a twitch. speed freeway driving is and stability in cross winds is good.

One caveat concerning the When the rear tire down to a wide flat (this happened to me at about miles) the handling starts to rapidly.

Comfort . The fact a bike based on the Gold would offer a near riding geometry should as no surprise to anyone. The wind of the Hondaline windshield is outstanding. massive cylinder banks serve to protect your both from water and Of course those big cylinder do have a serious down-side in hot This is a fine bike to in the rain.

As long as you keep up to and keep your feet in behind those cylinder you will stay reasonably If there is a better stock available in the industry I have been on it. Furthermore, the seat to get better as time goes on. At I thought the seat was a bit too firm but at 5000 miles I began to that the seat had conformed to my habits and to my posterior.

My thoughts of a Corbin seat were My passengers have generally about the generous accommodations. The is right on. The front forks are without being mushy and the suspension is firm but not harsh. is more annoying and debilitating on a bike than vibration.

The simply does not vibrate, at scary speeds! It is so smooth after spending a few days you notice, when you get in most any that the car does tend to a bit of vibration. Days of 600 or more are not a problem.

This bike glides effortlessly over the carrying the rider in amazing

Note Added on 7/19/98:

this page was posted I received more than a few some quite strongly expressing surprise that I endorse the stock seat. I the explanation can be traced to the rather geometry at the rear of the seat. and how that impacts each depends on the size of the rider. riders complain that the portion of seat hurts lower back while just deem the seat to be

I find the seat very and have logged many mile days without However, be advised that seat may not fit you quite so well.

. The big six is awesomely powerful and superbly Touring on the open road, it is not to ride through an entire of gas without down-shifting. The motor pull without complaint well less than rpm to the redline.

Passing is simply a matter of the throttle no matter what the The carburetion is clean and predictable and the is legendary. There are very few that will stay the Valkyrie in a 50 mph top gear roll on.

A Harley will fall even after a down-shift about 65 mph. All of this does not come without at the gas pump as noted below.

The Valkyrie has superb brakes. The brake requires a fair of effort but the rider is rewarded a lot of feel. With the amount of brake surface available on bike, if the brakes were you would end up on your nose. me, when you have to stop in a you can, and you will do so in a straight

There have been complaints about the front being noisy. Some say it and others have reported a Mine rattles around MPH but it is not that offensive.

The rear simply can not be improved. I suppose brakes could be an improvement, but I don’t think most riders would find necessary.

Transmission. A typical transmission: reliable and uninspiring. needs to hire a few people the Yamaha transmission group. being a Wing transmission, it has the annoying whine in the 50-55 MPH

I guess Honda needs to a few more of these transmissions to out what is causing that

Note Added 7/19/98:

have written to point out the performance of the transmission is strongly on the oil that you use. While on this matter vary, seems to be a consensus that the performs more smoothly you use synthetic oils or synthetic Honda HP4 and Mobil 1 seem to be choices.

Appearance . As the old saying beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Personally, I that the bike is strikingly looking. The chrome, and there are of it, is show-quality throughout. However, many large people, the does not photograph very

It actually looks a lot better its pictures would suggest. One is for sure, it will attract a lot of It is not unusual to come out of a diner or a and find a small crowd of gathered about the bike at it and talking among themselves it. Even Harley riders been known to say good about the appearance.

Perhaps is because this bike not try to be a Harley or try to be anything that it is It makes a bold statement and it is its own Finally, like most bikes, some of the color available are, to be charitable,

My preference for a bike this is basic black but there are other options that are (and some, in my opinion, are NOT!).

Note Added 7/19/98:

having made the rather parenthetical comment above, I now compelled to say that the color available for the 1998 models are nice indeed. My kudos to big

Accessories . A cruiser is built to be In the case of the Valkyrie, being a new model, the number of accessories both from Honda and the after-market have been This is changing rapidly.

The model comes with a windshield and bags. Both are attractive and functional. The windshield fine wind and rain with a minimum of buffeting and it is free from optical The bags really are water and they hold a lot of stuff. The significant accessory that I added are the saddle bag rails.

I they make a profound and contribution to the overall appearance of the The little tail rack is vestigial, not to mention hard to The most incredible accessory I have seen and heard is the six six exhaust system from Two Racing. Not only is the visual of this exhaust system the sound is simply out of this like a Porsche howling at the

It will be fascinating to see how the accessory try to define this awesome in the next few years.

Note 7/19/98:

Since the original of this page I have two additional accessories to my Valkyrie.

(1) Airwings . The intent here is to the rider some control of the around the bike. And, for the the part, the Baker Airwings carry out their appointed They are most successful in closed position which air around the riders legs and the heat from the engine to the rider in cold weather.

In open position the wings act as air and direct additional air onto the and across the engine. In my opinion, position is not really very While there is a very increase in airflow across the and around your legs, the turbulence at highway speeds is annoying.

So annoying, in fact, I tend to place the air wings in a position for high speed on hot days. The installation is simple and the of the materials is high. Unfortunately, the of this product leaves to be desired. The wings are adjustable, and position is maintained by an ill-conceived that depends on the friction by tightening a smooth chrome ball.

It simply does not very well. To get the wings enough to maintain their at high speeds, you have to put a of leather around the ball, to from marking it up, and use a pair of lock pliers to tighten it. unfortunate and inexcusable design results in the air wing’s support pressing down on the front plug lead on right bank.

Finally, if you have a Hondaline the windshield will hit the wings at the extremes when they are in a position. All of these problems have been easily with just a bit of care by the Esthetically, the Baker Airwings at best, tolerable.

(2) KuryAkyn Pegs. These pegs on the lower brace (1 inch that runs back the front crash bar (which is 1 1/8 in diameter, by the way). These are KuryAkyn accessories: overbuilt, ($129.95), and impeccable in quality.

To comment on the price let me borrow a from Lee Iococa, It ain’t but neither is caviar. When not in these pegs fold out of the way, they are attractive and comfortable.

Overall Finish. A Honda. The fit and finish are right up the best in the industry. My Valkyrie had no serious flaws in the finish.

the design of some of the components detract from this high level of quality below).

Maintenance. I have nothing but routine maintenance so I change the oil and filter every miles (the every miles recommended by the manual is long in my opinion).

I used petroleum based oil for the first or so miles and then switched to synthetic (the price of is preposterous!). Oil consumption has been I lost my front tire to a at about 2000 miles and my tire was essentially worn out at 9000 miles.

Apparently, at point the original equipment is the only tire available for the of the Valkyrie. It is a good tire but it is expensive. I negotiated an on the bike of $250 with my local in Minnesota. However, when was over the dealer said he not do it again for that price.

It was the Valkyrie rear tire he had replaced and I guess the job was less fun. Finally, cleaning and a Valkyrie so you can go out styling with the crowd is a daunting task. You can’t appreciate the total and variety of bright polished on this bike until you try to them.

Warts . As noted the Honda Valkyrie is as close to the motorcycle as any that I have owned. But, perfection is an thing and Honda still has a bit of to do (I hope they are paying to their owners!).

Gas Mileage . To be the gas mileage of the Honda Valkyrie is NOT good. In fact, even its very large tank than 5 gallons), there are in the west and southwest where it between gas stations can cause anxious moments. Like any your gas mileage will on how you drive. By using restraint is not an easy thing to do when all of power is there for the asking) you can get mpg.

On the other hand, if you push the to near its limits you can drive the down to about 20-25 Hey Big Red, if there was some way to get another gallon or two of gas on board it be appreciated. In general, you can go about miles before hitting if you drive legal speeds and how to fill the gas tank (see

The Gas Tank. Splashing gasoline on freshly polished tank is a rending experience. With the the gas tank is cleverly designed to if not guarantee that you will do Topping off the fuel tank on a is an art learned only by long and a task you can not rush.

The last tenths of a gallon must be VERY slowly and with care. If you add fuel quickly and when the fuel erupts all your beautiful tank, you be about a half gallon of capacity. Honda needs to do serious work on the design of the tank!

The Side Stand. I cruiser cool requires the bike lean over far on the side stand (check out the for example). And, that is in ways good.

I once had a (the old water cooled cylinder two … — bike!) that stood straight up on the side stand and it was unstable. It once blew in a level parking lot in a wind that was not all that violent. the Valkyrie is not going to blow that is for sure. Even on ground, raising the Valkyrie off the stand is a load. If you put your on the side stand and the ground off to the left you may be in trouble.

It seems to me the side stand should be to raise the bike a few degrees upright. Of course the bike has no stand. If it did, it would King Kong to use it.

The Turn (added 719/98). I can’t I didn’t grouse about when I first posted page. First of all, the does not have a turn beeper nor self-canceling turn

I presume that the more aura that Honda to project with this would not allow any sissy like that. The only that the rider has that a signal is flashing is a single indicator light mounted in the of the headlight shell. This light is nearly invisible in sunlight.

And, if you are vertically (short) like this and hunkered down in the seat for riding, that dim flasher is behind the handle bar clamp. At point I think Honda put the visceral aura considerations and recognize that this is a safety problem. A cheap and fix would be a beeper!

By the way, the Valkyrie does NOT emergency flashers. I guess a man could always light his on fire to ward off the 18 wheelers dark. Come on, Big Red, we are not you to make a two-wheeled minivan out of the (you have been and done that) but this signal, emergency flasher is a serious safety issue.


Instrument Lighting. The lighting of the is not adequate for night riding.

Reserve. There is no gas gauge, no light, just a rotary that appears to be cheaply and very poorly integrated the bikes design. On the positive of this, the Valkyrie asks for more gracefully than any I have ever owned. you are running out of gas, the throttle simply becomes increasingly

This, as opposed to a Yamaha I owned, that just with no warning at all.

Gauge? A temperature gauge have been tucked into the tachometer and should been. The temperature is always the way to keep track of what is on with a liquid cooled

As it is, when you start your that last indication you of what is going on in the engine is when the oil light goes out perish the thought, when it back on).

Trim. The brackets on the back of the Hondaline and the cheap and cheesy fake accents on the sides of the radiator are not with the overall quality of the The windshield brackets are unsightly and the radiator trim was sand rough by road dirt in the several thousand miles of

Helmet Lock. Clearly, the engineers forgot the helmet until it was too late. What give you is close to useless and I they are ashamed of it.

For those of you who do not a Valkyrie, the so-called helmet is a strange rubber strap you get to by removing the seat.

That Reflection. The gas cap and surrounding trim on the is a huge mound of chrome. It is attractive in the show room. out on the road on a bright sunny day collection of chrome can create a annoying reflection on the back of the

This reflection is EXACTLY in the of your line of vision.

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