The Honda Valkyrie
is a motorcycle
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 engine is a liquid cooled
, horizontally-opposed flat-six engine
transplanted from Honda's Goldwing
model. This was unusual since most "cruiser" style motorcycles
were based on a V-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
The Valkyrie was offered with a reverse gear in Japan. The Valkyrie was made in the U.S.A. at the Honda motorcycle plant in Marysville
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 introduced a limited edition model in 2003 named the Valkyrie Rune with a engine. It was a major departure from the original Valkyrie in... Read More