Sunday, December 4, 2011

Honda Valkyrie Cruiser Motorcycles

The Honda Valkyrie is amotorcycle that was manufactured by Honda, from model years 1997 to 2003. It was designated GL1500C in the US market and F6C in other markets.
The Valkyrie was offered with a reverse gear in Japan. The Valkyrie was made in the U.S.A. at the Honda motorcycle plant inMarysvilleOhio.The Valkyrie engine is a 1,520 cc (93 cu in) liquid cooled, horizontally-opposed flat-six engine transplanted from Honda's Goldwing model. 
This was unusual since most "cruiser" style motorcycles were based on aV-twin engine design similar to the engine of a Harley-Davidson. In its transplant from the Goldwing, the most notable engine changes were the camshaft and the change to six individual 28 mm carburetors, one for each cylinder, changes which increased power and torque.
Honda Valkyrie  Specifications
Also calledGL1500C, F6C
Engine1,520 cc (93 cu in) liquid cooled SOHC flat-6
71 mm bore × 64 mm stroke
Compression ratio 9.8:1
Power100 hp (75 kW) @ 6,000 rpm
Torque130 N·m (96 ft·lbf) @ 5,000 rpm
TransmissionFive-speed, shaft drive
SuspensionFront: 45 mm inverted fork, 130 mm travel
Rear: Dual shock, preload adjustable, 120 mm travel
BrakesFront: Dual 296 mm floating discs, 2-piston calipers
Rear: Single 316 mm disc, 2-piston caliper
TiresFront: 150/80R-17
Rear: 180/70R-16
Wheelbase1,690 mm (67 in)
Seat height735 mm (28.9 in)
Weight300 kg (660 lb) (dry)
Fuel capacity20 L (4.4 imp gal; 5.3 US gal)

Honda Valkyrie Standard, Tourer and Interstate

On introduction in 1997, a naked Standard and a Tourer model were offered. The Tourer included a windshield and lockable hard saddlebags.
In 1999, the Interstate model was added to the lineup, which included a fork-mounted fairing along with a trunk at the rear of the motorcycle.
As sales eventually dwindled, the Interstate and Tourer models were dropped after 2001, leaving only the Standard model remaining. 2003 saw the Standard offered only in black and was the last year of the original Valkyrie.

Honda Valkyrie Rune

Honda introduced a limited edition model in 2003 named the Valkyrie Rune with a 1,832 cc (111.8 cu in) engine. It was a major departure from the original Valkyrie in styling and purpose.

Honda Valkyrie EVO6 concept

Honda presented the EVO6 concept motorcycle at the Tokyo Motor Show 2007. Based on the flat-six 1,832 cc (111.8 cu in) engine from the Goldwing, the EVO6 produces more power than its touring ancestor. The EVO6 features Honda's Human Friendly Transmission (HFT) transmission that can be operated in a fully automatic mode or a six-speed manual mode


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