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2014 Honda Valkyrie First Ride Photo Gallery
We tested lean angles on the 2014 Honda Valkyrie as we hustled up the San Jacinto Mountains in California on our way up to Idyllwild.
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.
The 2014 Honda Gold Wing Valkyrie is available in blue metallic, black, and dark red metallic for $17,999.
Though its classic cruiser lines have been ditched for a more modern look, the 2014 Valkyrie still paints an attractive silhouette.
Dual 310mm discs with 4-piston Nissin calipers anchor the front end of the 2014 Valkyrie.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hidden beneath all this bodywork is a powerful water-cooled, horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine.
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.
Honda put more sport into the Valkyrie equation, from its road-hugging abilities to increased power off the line.
LED's are used in the headlight, taillight and turn signals of the 2014 Honda Valkyrie.
The shape and angle of the radiator shrouds on the Valkyrie are designed to re-direct hot air away from riders.
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.
While the front end of the 2014 Valkyrie is big and beefy, its backside is relatively light and sports a Rune-like look.
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.
Under the left side cover below the seat resides the knob that allows riders to manually adjust the rear shock for preload.
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.
Honda wanted to inject the 2014 Valkyrie with its own identifiable exhaust note so it made its muffler shorter and more compact.
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.
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