Custom motorcycle photography Sometimes Nothing… – Part 71

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2014 Honda F6C Valkyrie unveiled

In all its naked glory, the Gold Wing-based, inline-six-powered 2014 Honda F6C Valkyrie!

Honda seem to have found a rather unlikely, but totally rocking platform for their hot new custom bikes – the Gold Wing! Last year, they had unveiled the Gold Wing-based bagger-style F6B and now it’s the completely stripped-out F6C Valkyrie, which is almost as cool as the F6B.

Powered by the Gold Wing’s 1,832cc inline-six, the new F6C Valkyrie is 70 kilos lighter than the GL1800 full-dress tourer and, according to Honda, it “provides a riding experience that’s dynamic when required and chilled-out when not, thanks to well-controlled suspension, dual four-piston calliper front brakes and an ergonomic riding position.” Indeed, with 114bhp and 167Nm of torque from its six-cylinder engine, we do suppose the F6C wouldn’t exactly hang around twiddling its thumbs when you twist the throttle…

The new F6C Valkyrie’s twin-spar frame is constructed from lightweight multi-box aluminium sections and, helped by the bike’s low centre of gravity (the engine is a stressed member), it’s been optimised for all-around handling prowess. The F6C’s 45mm telescopic fork, adjustable monoshock, single-sided swingarm, 19-inch (front) and 17-inch (rear) alloy wheels, standard ABS, shaft drive, 5-speed gearbox, twin 310mm brake discs at the front with 4-piston callipers, full LED lights, LCD instrumentation and 341 kilo kerb weight translate into a package that not only looks good, but also offers reasonably good riding dynamics.

Colour options for the 2014 Honda Valkyrie include metallic red and graphite black, and available range of accessories includes bits like LED fog lamps, high windscreen, rear carrier, leather saddlebags and wind deflectors etc.

Video and more F6C Valkyrie high-res pics after the jump.

2014 Honda CB1100, CB1100 EX unveiled

The 2014 Honda CB1100 and CB1100 EX look damn cool! Revisiting the 1980s was never better.

Honda have released official high-res pics, specs and details of the 2014-spec CB1100, which gets a new 6-speed gearbox, revised instrumentation and turn signals, repositioned headlight and ‘graphite black’ paint. The standard CB1100 has, according to Honda, “evolved into a bare-bones café racer” for 2014, while another variant – the CB1100 EX – is a bit more retro, with wire-spoke wheels and twin exhaust silencers.

Staying true to its 1980s roots, the 2014 Honda CB1100 is still as basic as its gets – steel tube double-cradle chassis, air-cooled, fuel-injected 1,140cc inline-four that produces 88 horsepower and 93Nm of torque, 41mm telescopic forks at the front and adjustable twin shocks at the back, twin 296mm brake discs with 4-piston Nissin callipers at the front, 18-inch aluminium alloy wheels (shod with 110/80 and 140/70 tyres, front and rear), and an upright riding position for all-day riding comfort. ABS is standard and the fuel economy, at 18.5kml, is not too bad at all, though the bike is a bit heavy with its kerb weight figure of 247 kilos.

We think the Honda CB1100 is simply brilliant – it looks beautiful and while it may not have the outright performance potential of, say, a Fireblade SP, it’s an honest motorcycle which is likely to be much loved and appreciated by those with a fond memories of the 1980s…

Video and more 2014 CB1100 high-res pics after the jump.

Triton, Commando Fastback Rob North triple

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