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VALKYRIE GL1800C Price: $20,199 + ORC

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Overview

Injecting a massive dose of adrenaline and attitude into Honda's new custom cruiser, meet the low, mean and muscular 2014 Valkyrie.

VALKYRIE GL1800C Details

New Custom Cruiser

The original – and naked – 1975 GL1000 Goldwing set the benchmark for the breed, with its horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine and cruising form. Quickly becoming the definitive touring motorcycle thanks to a turbine-smooth power delivery and mile-munching ability, Honda’s Goldwing is known by many as the world's greatest touring motorcycle.

Dynamic when required and chilled-out when not, Honda’s Valkyrie has a show stopping presence. Sharing the engine and chassis with the Honda Goldwing, the new Valkyrie is a new breed of custom cruiser.

The Valkyrie‘s bold look is chiselled and purposeful, flowing organically from the solid front quarter to the strong, burly rear. Honda’s Valkyrie is available in Graphite Black.

Unforgettable Performance

To give Honda’s new power cruiser appropriate esteem, the engine needed to provide a rush of acceleration at a split-second’s notice along with unforgettable drive from low rpm in top gear and super-smooth throttle response everywhere in the rev-range.

The Valkyrie utilises Honda’s legendary 1,800cc, horizontally opposed SOHC, two-valve, six-cylinder engine which is fed by PGM-FI controlled fuel-injection with twin 40mm Keihin throttle bodies and a Valkyrie-specific 6.6-litre airbox and panel-type air filter.

The five-speed gearbox, which employs 5th as very much an overdrive for relaxed cruising, delivers the engine’s torque via shaft drive. The hydraulic clutch lever’s pull ratio has been revised to offer a lighter action for stress-free operation.

Chassis & Suspension

Employing the bare minimum of chassis needed to house the Valkyrie’s mighty engine, the chassis is constructed from lightweight multi-box aluminium sections. The twin-spar frame is aided by the engine’s low centre of gravity to create superbly balanced handling at all speeds.

A new aluminium subframe lowers the Valkyrie’s rear and offers easy ground reach from the comfortable, carefully shaped seat thus enhancing rider confidence at standstill.

The Honda Multi-Action System (HMAS) monoshock with manually adjusted spring preload works through a Pro-Link on the single-sided aluminium swingarm. Spring and damping rates front and rear have been modified to suit the Valkyrie’s weight reduction and urban cruiser intent.

Additional Features

The combination of stretched out steering geometry with wide, rubber-mounted swept-back handlebars ensure excellent control with improved rider feel through the chassis. To further improve stability the front/rear weight bias has been adjusted to be more even, while the engine support beam’s rigidity balance has also been slightly altered.

A Dual Combined ABS braking system ensures the Valkyrie provides rapid and secure stopping power on all road surfaces and conditions.

VALKYRIE GL1800C Specifications

ENGINE
DISPLACEMENT 1832cc
TYPE Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 12-valve, SOHC flat-6
BORE & STROKE 74mm x 71mm
COMPRESSION RATIO 9.8:1
STARTER Electric
CARBURETION PGM-FI electronic fuel injection with automatic choke
TRANSMISSION 5-speed
DRIVE Enclosed shaft

FRAME
DIMENSIONS (LxWxH) 2,473mm x 942mm x 1,154mm
WHEEL BASE 1,707mm
SEAT HEIGHT 734mm
GROUND CLEARANCE 147mm
FUEL CAPACITY 23.2 litres
KERB WEIGHT 341kg

TYRES
FRONT 130/60R19M/C (63H)
REAR 180/55R17M/C (73H)

SUSPENSION
FRONT 45mm telescopic fork
REAR Pro-Link Pro-Arm with spring preload adjustment

BRAKES
FRONT 310 x 4.5mm dual hydraulic disc with 4-piston callipers, ABS, floating rotors and sintered metal pads
REAR 316 x 11mm ventilated disc with 3-piston calliper, ABS and sintered metal pads

WARRANTY
WARRANTY PERIOD 24 months


 

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