The Honda Valkyrie returns

November 21, 2013
Valkyrie_Blue_Beauty

Honda strips down the Gold Wing and reintroduces the Valkyrie.

Valkyrie_Blue_BeautyMany will remember the original Valkyrie, introduced in 1996. It was based on the Gold Wing and had a 1,520 cc horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine.

Its unique cruiser styling set it apart from anything else available in the day. Production ceased in 2003.

Honda made a surprise announcement yesterday that it is bringing back an all-new Valkyrie. The Valkyrie F6C uses the Gold Wing chassis and the latest, 1,832 cc version of the flat-six engine.

A new rear subframe lowers the rear end and seat height is  734 mm, falling between the F6B and the Gold Wing seat heights. Wheelbase has been lengthened to 1,707 mm from 1,690.

Wheel sizes are 17-inch in the rear and 19-inch up front, and tire sizes are 180/55 and 130/60 front and rear. Claimed curb weight is 341 kg, which is 44 kg lighter than the F6B and 76 kg lighter than the Gold Wing.

Fuel tank capacity is 23.5 litres, just 1.5 litres less than the Gold Wing. Brakes include slightly larger front discs and standard ABS. The braking system is not linked. The Valkyrie will be coming to Canada but pricing has not yet been released.

With such a drop in weight the Valkyrie F6C promises impressive acceleration, emphasized in the first video below. The second video is of an ad Honda ran when the original Valkyrie was introduced. We prefer the second video.

 

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