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Honda Valkyrie 1997 Specifications

Submitted by on March 30, 2012 – 7:28 amOne Comment

The other big limitation of this huge, six cylinder lump is its power characteristics. Honda made a big deal of the changes to the engine, including solid lifters, different cams, and the fitting of six individual chromed carburetors. All in all, these differences don’t make as much difference as you’d think to the power

characteristics of the ‘Wing motor. I was expecting, if not a throbbing idle, at least some kind of seriously lumpy powerband. Not quite. The flat six is the epitome (knew I’d use that word sometime) of smoothness. At any speed, from idle up, opening the throttle results in a turbine-smooth whoosh of seamless power, right up to the 6,250 rpm redline, above which the rev limiter cuts in to end the fun.

Five gears are fitted – and all are well spaced, in a welcome change from the four gear shuffle on many cruisers. The time spent on this first ride was limited, so there was no chance to get performance figures in all of those gears. But cruising along just as fast as the laid back Southern California law allows (well, maybe a little bit faster, at 75mph) the tach was just brushing the 3,000 rpm mark, and vibration was totally absent.

The twin disc front brakes are powerful, pulling the bike up smartly, and the suspension is stiff enough that brake dive is not a problem. The rear brake is a tad on the wooden side and not the most effective in the world, though the effectiveness of the front binders more than makes up for any lack in the rear.

“It’s just too smooth, too good handling, too comfortable.”

One fitting ‘Wing owners may miss is the Gold Wing’s electric reverse gear – it adds extra pounds, say the Honda men, and anyway, all the weight is low down on this bike. So they left off the starter-motor powered crawler gear, and expect all Valkyrie owners to be careful parkers. The huge bike is easy to maneuver at low speed, but ponderous. U-turns on a Valkyrie are equivalent to meeting a grizzly in the forest. Don’t make any sudden moves, and you won’t have any problems. If something does happen, let it do whatever it wants to, then shout loudly for help.

Here’s the beef that most cruiser riders will have. They’re looking for a motorcycle that rattles their fillings at 75 mph on the highway. A little bit of mild dental annoyance isn’t out of place, to them, at 65 mph. It’s the price you pay for being on a real motorcycle, and it’s something that Honda have engineered very carefully into the Shadow 1100 American Classic Edition, by using offset crankpins to give the rider a dose of the shakes.

Yet the Valkyrie, for all the hot rodding, is still a smoothie. So Honda have not only created the ultimate cruiser – they’ve gone beyond ultimate. And this may be enough to kill the Valkyrie’s chances of success. The price is right, at around a grand less than a Royal Star, but everything else is just too right. It’s just too smooth, too good handling, too comfortable.

So the 1500cc six-cylinder hotrod cruiser is all that Honda promised, and more. Yet the flaw in this masterpiece is its lack of flaws. It’s hamstrung by the very thing that makes it unique – its huge six cylinder engine that makes it too smooth for the cruiser crew. Hey Honda, what about a five cylinder? Disconnect one of the carburetors, and you’d have the perfect shaker.

Specifications:

Manufacturer: Honda
Model: F6 Valkyrie
Price: $12,499
Engine: Liquid-cooled, horizontally opposed six-cylinder
Bore x Stroke: 71mm x 64mm
Displacement: 1520cc
Carburetion: Six 28mm CV
Transmission: 5-speed, shaft final drive
Wheelbase: 66.5 in.
Seat height: 29.1 in.
Fuel capacity: 5.3 gallons
Claimed dry weight: 682 lbs.

otomaps.com source article: www.netcarshow.com www.motorcycle.com www.roushperformance.com

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