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all products; Valkyrie. More. Here's the formula: Take the Honda's legendary cc flat six and build it into the ultimate cruiser—powerful, ENGINE. The honda gold wing valkyrie is a modern cruiser that has all it needs To enhance the motorcycle's performances, the Valkyrie's engine is Here's the formula: Take Honda's legendary cc flat six and build it into the ultimate cruiser—powerful, awe-inspiring and like no other. Loads of torque?. It hasn't been lost on the Honda faithful that the company has been without a truly large-displacement cruiser since the VTX line was last.
In fact, we found the suspension tuning of the Valkyrie quite firm. The suspension tuning is an excellent compromise, which is a good thing given the fact that it is largely non-adjustable, with the exception of a remotely available spring preload adjuster for the rear shock. The new Valkyrie provides the perfect platform for testing powerful brakes, with its long wheelbase and extremely low center of gravity.
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The brakes deliver with excellent power and modulation. I really appreciated the wider contact patch on the inch front wheel, as contrasted with some of the skinny inch front wheels I have sampled on other cruisers. It made a huge difference when braking, and particularly when cornering. Speaking of cornering, the Valkyrie can achieve some very impressive lean angles before touching down a footpeg feeler.
Moreover, it has the chassis and rubber to take advantage of those lean angles. When you try to do that, you realize that the Valkyrie needs to take its time, a bit, when it comes to changing directions. The bike will start to understeer slightly when you try to mimic a sport bike. Nevertheless, for the category of motorcycle the Valkyrie fits into, it handles extremely well. It provides confidence and holds a line well through bumpy turns.
The ergonomics may or may not suit Gold Wing enthusiasts. The pegs are relatively high and forward, providing a more aggressive platform that will be unfamiliar to Gold Wing riders. Nevertheless, it proved a comfortable perch for our miles in the saddle in Southern California yesterday. Honda went to the trouble to tune the intake and exhaust notes on the Valkyrie to provide a lower rumble at low rpm levels, and a throatier shriek at high rpm levels. As far as we could tell, they achieved their goal, but we would like to ride the bike outside of a tight group of journalists to further assess this.
The LCD instrumentation is thorough, and it has 5 levels of adjustable brightness so that it can be tuned to be legible in bright sunlight.
A very useful feature. The Valkyrie is fast. This engine is flexible with a broad spread of thrust. Honda says that the torque peak is down at 4, rpm, and that the horsepower peak arrives at 5, rpm.
In practice, gear selection is far less important on the Valkyrie than it is on many other motorcycles when it comes to corner exit performance. Often two, and sometimes as many as three, gears will do the job well. Vibration is never an issue on this bike, which remains silky smooth at all rpm levels.
The Valkyrie has aggressive, forward-looking styling. Honda knows that it is pushing the envelope with some of their new styling exercises, and certainly must know that it will leave behind a good deal of the aging demographic that clings to the Gold Wing platform.
Nevertheless, Honda needs new riders drawn to that platform, and the radically styled, high performance Valkyrie might turn that trick. One thing that is not in question, however, is the polished, refined nature of the Valkyrie. Raw, aggressive acceleration in a package that is possibly the most tested, refined mechanical system in the motorcycle universe. The Valkyrie performs exactly as the Honda faithful expect. If the radical new styling hits home, Honda will have another hit on its hands.
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