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What motorcycle has a flat-Six engine and causes power junkies to salivate and then beg whenever its name is mentioned? What performance cruiser has been out of Honda’s lineup for 10 years? What motorcycle, when mentioned in conversation, almost always ends up with someone recounting the broad sliding behemoth on a dry lake bed that set the standard for an exciting motorcycle advertisement for many years?

By this point, the faithful are well aware the moment is at hand: The almighty Honda Valkyrie returns to the streets of a grateful nation! Okay, maybe that was laying it on a bit thick, but any time Honda upgraded the Gold Wing – and particularly when the F6B was announced – a question was posed by expectant fans. Is this the year when we finally have the answer and a chance to buy another Valkyrie.

Today, Honda ended all of the questioning. The 2014 Valkyrie has been more than updated. It’s been reworked from the ground up. Gone are the retro cues that make the old, beloved, Valkyrie look as dated as the open collars on the polyester shirts of the disco era. Instead, Honda’s designers clearly wanted to make the new Valkyrie look like a modern tarmac-consuming beast.

The LED headlight is both futuristic and effective at casting illumination.
The LED headlight is both futuristic and effective at casting illumination.
While the style may be futuristic, the equation Honda used to create the new Valkyrie is the same as with the original. Starting with the Gold Wing, they stripped the chassis down to the bare essentials then grafted on a low, 28.8 in. seat height. Next, layer on only the most necessary components to achieve the muscular style and performance associated with the name. Oh, and update it by blacking out as much of the hardware as possible.

The angular LED headlight has a new flash-to-pass feature. The turn signals and brake lights are all LEDs, as well. The bodywork is minimal, consisting of fenders and covers for the side-mounted radiators, engine lowers, and side panels. The instrumentation is minimalist yet totally modern. The pillion and grab rails are removable, and covers will hide the mounting holes.

The Gold Wing’s fuel-injected 1832cc engine is known for its torque delivery. The shortened dual exhausts are designed to deliver a deeper exhaust note, while the airbox has additional intake holes to allow the rider to hear more of the resonant, throaty intake growl.

With higher pegs than the F6B, the Valkyrie should have even better cornering clearance.
Add 10-spoke cast aluminum 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels and ladle on 130/60-19 and 180/55-17 radial tires, respectively. Make sure the brakes match the rubber by making them dual 310mm front discs with four-piston calipers and a single 316mm rear disc with a three-piston caliper. Give the customer a non-linked ABS option.

By lessening the mass of the Gold Wing, the Valkyrie will be able to do more with the power with which it was graced. The new Valkyrie weighs in at 750 lb. ready to ride. That’s 154 lb. less than the Wing! That’s the same as an instant horsepower bump.

Just sitting on the Valkyrie and lifting it off its side stand reveals not only the reduction in weight, but also the lowering of the CG. Speaking of low, the seat’s measured height is pretty low, but the width of the chassis may make the perceived seat height feel slightly higher than 28.8 inches listed.

Riders who have been fortunate enough to ride the old school Valk will feel instantly at home with only the slightly higher pegs giving a hint at a changed riding position. The upper body and arms fall into a slightly forward bend which will help handle the acceleration that the engine is sure to generate.
 

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I find it amazing that they've finally integrated an LED headlight into the headlight assembly. Even Ducati isn't doing this.
 

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Thanks for the detailed post.

All I can really think of is how much the F6C tresembles to the F6B goldwing but less fair and a touch of modern added.

To begin the LED headlight is a very nice touch. I have been seeing this new tech in cars and was wondering when it would be incorporated in to two wheelers. The first I saw was from bmw, I never would have thought honda would have snagged it up so quick.

Comapring the front to the f6b I like the valkrie's mug way better.





C'mon... you be the judge!
 

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Gee, my first post and already I get pounced. Guess, I'll just lurk on the site and learn from reading the boards. I just want to research the good and bad things about the F6C and decide if this will be my next bike.
 

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Gee, my first post and already I get pounced. Guess, I'll just lurk on the site and learn from reading the boards. I just want to research the good and bad things about the F6C and decide if this will be my next bike.
My first post too and already taken the wrong way :(

No offense in any way was meant, just discussing why our motorcycle is so different from the other options which are already available with things like navigation and cruise.

I love the F6C because the controls and features are exactly the same as my first motorcycle in 1972, clutch, gears, brakes all in the same position. A set of wheels and a monster engine with no other clutter all adds up to pure freedom :)
 

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I've always favored "less is better" on bike gadgets - but I vote YES for cruise control. (You can keep the Nav, thank you... :) )
 

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Could someone tell me if motorcycles have radar cruise yet? I wouldn't be happy with the old 1970's style cruise control, once you've used radar cruise (like on our 2015 Honda CR-V) it's very hard to go back.

Hey what about Lane Keep Assist? Our CR-V also has LKA and it's good on long trips. Maybe the Valkyrie could have little servos on the steering head to get it around the corners... would be useful on long trips, could really enjoy the view and maybe do some knitting at the same time.

YES I AM JOKING, cheers from Australia :)
 

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laughing :laugh::eek:>:D


Could someone tell me if motorcycles have radar cruise yet? I wouldn't be happy with the old 1970's style cruise control, once you've used radar cruise (like on our 2015 Honda CR-V) it's very hard to go back.

Hey what about Lane Keep Assist? Our CR-V also has LKA and it's good on long trips. Maybe the Valkyrie could have little servos on the steering head to get it around the corners... would be useful on long trips, could really enjoy the view and maybe do some knitting at the same time.

YES I AM JOKING, cheers from Australia :)
 

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I really like mine too. It needs the cruise control though. Whenever I actually cruise at a constant speed, as opposed to accelerating, changing gears etc, my right hand goes numb. I'll install a MCCruise very soon. They are right here in Melbourne.
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Did my own cruise control

I put on a universal Rostra electronic cruise control on my bike for a lot less than the MC Cruise. Mine only cost about $300 in total and a little fabrication.
If you are interested I can post the details.
 

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I put on a universal Rostra electronic cruise control on my bike for a lot less than the MC Cruise. Mine only cost about $300 in total and a little fabrication.
If you are interested I can post the details.
I also would vote for the details.

EDIT: Just found it on the other but a dedicated thread here as well would be awesome bscrive.
 
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