Honda Valkyrie fanatics are a passionate bunch, and they're about to get a whole lot happier: Big Red just announced the return of the Valkyrie, and the new power cruiser reinforces the "big is back" trend that we saw in the recently unveiled CTX1300.
In case you're not up to speed on Valkyrie lore, these hulking power cruisers originally roamed the earth from 1996 to 2003, packing the flat six powerplant plucked from the venerable (and considerably more mature) Honda Gold Wing. Valkyrie spinoffs have included the fantastical Honda Rune, and while futuristic concepts like the EVO 6 have since appeared, the new Valkyrie suggests a more traditional-- but bold-- return to the bike's shock-and-awe roots...
The heart of the beast remains Honda's tried-and-true 1,832cc flat-six engine, hooked up to a five-speed gearbox that spins the rear wheel via shaft drive. Spin is the operative term here: With torque galore, a relatively narrow 180mm rear tire (made to appear even smaller thanks to the massive rear fender), and no traction control, this bike packs a ton of grunt without the annoyance of nannies. The new Valkyrie is also 154 pounds lighter than the 'Wing, promising livelier performance without the hulking saddlebags and bodywork. Weight distribution improves to 50/50, and seat height measures a (relatively low) 28.8 inches.
The Valkyrie will be available with ABS when it hits showrooms in Spring 2014, and is estimated to have a $17,000 price tag.
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