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2014 Honda Valkyrie First Ride Photo Gallery

After a long absence, Honda brings back its original 'muscle cruiser' in a new guise, the updated 2014 Valkyrie borrowing some of the performance aspects of the Gold Wing in addition to sourcing the same 1832cc Flat Six engine.

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The 2014 Honda Gold Wing Valkyrie is available in blue metallic, black, and dark red metallic for $17,999.
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Though its classic cruiser lines have been ditched for a more modern look, the 2014 Valkyrie still paints an attractive silhouette.
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Dual 310mm discs with 4-piston Nissin calipers anchor the front end of the 2014 Valkyrie.
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The slash-cut mufflers on the 2014 Valkyrie are shorter and lighter than those found on the Gold Wing and give the Valkyrie a richer exhaust note.
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Mid-controls tuck a riders legs in while the Valkyrie's bars stretch back enough to provide a comfortable upright riding position with a slight forward lean.
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Honda had plenty of reasons to bring back the Valkyrie, among them the desire to add new customers to its flagship umbrella of Flat Six-powered motorcycles by appealing to a younger demographic.
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While Wagner composed the original 'Ride of the Valkyrie,' Honda wrote it's own compelling drama with the return of the upgraded 2014 Valkyrie muscle cruiser.
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Hidden beneath all this bodywork is a powerful water-cooled, horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine.
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While the Valkyrie borrows plenty from the Gold Wing and F6B, its bars are 1.3-inches more forward,1.5-inches taller and 0.7-inches wider than the F6B.
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Honda put more sport into the Valkyrie equation, from its road-hugging abilities to increased power off the line.
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LED's are used in the headlight, taillight and turn signals of the 2014 Honda Valkyrie.
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The shape and angle of the radiator shrouds on the Valkyrie are designed to re-direct hot air away from riders.
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After spending a day riding the 2014 Honda Valkyrie around California's San Jacinto Mountains, we give its performance and power a big thumbs up.
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While the front end of the 2014 Valkyrie is big and beefy, its backside is relatively light and sports a Rune-like look.
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The solo gauge on the '14 Valkyrie has a digital speedo, fuel gauge, trip meters, clock, and an rpm indicator in the form of a bar running along the bottom of the gauge. The speedo is easily viewable in direct sunlight.
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Under the left side cover below the seat resides the knob that allows riders to manually adjust the rear shock for preload.
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Remove the right side cover underneath the Valkyrie's seat and there's a small storage compartment, just big enough for basics like an owner's manual and insurance card.
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Honda wanted to inject the 2014 Valkyrie with its own identifiable exhaust note so it made its muffler shorter and more compact.
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This ain't your daddy's Valkyrie as the 2014 version sports a fresh look and its performance has been upgraded compared to its classic-styled forebears.