Some bikes just feel right from the first ride, and the '98 Valkyrie Tourer is such a motorcycle. From the moment you sit on the comfortable wide seat, place your feet on the large rubber covered pegs it's love at first ride. The bike will cruise around town effortlessly, as the long low chassis with it's very comfortable seating position just feels natural. What I personally love about it is that it sits low and even a shorter guy or a woman could use this bike without having to be on their tip-toes at stops. I am 5' 10" with a 29" inseam and I plant my feet flat at stops with several inches to spare. The first time you twist the throttle and bring the 1520cc liquid-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine to life, you'll realize that this truly is the ultimate package of comfort and muscle. The engine pulls from even the lowest of rpm's and it's totally tractable and forgiving and when you nail it, that whoosh of power will astound you. What could be better than a comfortable cruiser with enough power to always keep a smile on your face. Count me in.
Built around a pumped up Gold Wing engine, the Valkyrie certainly carries it's own special character. I call it a Gold Wing engine "ON STEROIDS". The large displacement engine is fed by six separate 28mm CV carbs, the cam timing is more radical, redline is higher, and the cruiser uses a more free flowing six-into-six exhaust system which produces an exhaust note all its own. Valve adjustment is by screw and lock-nut adjusters, camshafts are belt driven and the alternator pumps out a whopping 546 watts. The Touring model adds a full-size windshield and hard travel cases (saddlebags) over the standard model.
Although this beauty packs some weight, it is suprisingly nimble for such a large machine. A crotch rocket it is not but it will handle nimbly in the parking lot and be totally competent and stable at highway and above highway speeds and with enough comfort so that you actually feel good after a long cruise.
And the gas mileage is very acceptable considering the size and power of this machine. She will average between 30 to 40 miles per gallon depending on your driving style.
She has beautiful professionally done pinstriping on the fenders, gasoline tank, and side covers. And there is a very nice little bag by the handlebars for change, papers...what have you. The hardbags are lockable and waterproof and you can take this baby to the shopping center or across the country comfortably.
For many riders, the Honda Valkyrie is the ULTIMATE EXPRESSION of riding pleasure. Strong...totally reliable...awesome looking...and reasonable handling for a bike of such large size. Do you agree? Do you love your Honda Valkyrie or do you have other feelings? Do you have a story to tell about your ownership or interaction with a Honda Valkyrie? It can be funny, sad, factual....Was it a love relationship...hate??...America and the world is wanting to know. If you have a cool picture involving a Honda Valkyrie please post it for us to see.