The formula seems so simple, like building a classic American hot-rod: We took the biggest engine in our
considerable inventory - the 1520cc horizontally opposed liquid-cooled six-cylinder from our Gold Wing line -
and slid it into the longest, leanest chassis our engineers could design. More than eight feet long from the
front tire to the rear fender. Handlebars more than a yard across.
That alone would have been enough to blow every other custom into the weeds, but we weren't content to stop there. Because if a lot of horsepower is good, even more has got to be better. So the Valkyrie's got six carburetors, solid lifters, positive screw-and-locknut valve adjustment, and about a 25-percent horsepower increase over our 'Wings'. And Torque? Motorcyclist magazine strapped a Valkyrie to the dyno and found that it produced more torque than any production motorcycle they'd ever tested.
If you're going to go touring and actually enjoy the experience, you'll want to add the Touring Package. With
all the features of our original Valkyrie, the Valkyrie Tourer adds a full-coverage fork-mounted windshield and
a pair of color-coordinated 35-liter top-loading saddlebags.
So go ahead: Sit back, get out the maps, and start dreaming again. Because when you're on a Valkyrie or the new Valkyrie Tourer, you'll be turning those dreams into great memories in no time.
|Specifications||GL1500CT Valkyrie Tourer||GL1500C Valkyrie|
|engine||1520cc liquid-cooled horizontally opposed 6-cylinder with belt-driven overhead camshafts||1520cc liquid-cooled horizontally opposed 6-cylinder with belt-driven overhead camshafts|
|carburetion||six 28mm constant-velocity carburetors||six 28mm constant-velocity carburetors|
|bore and stroke||71 x 64mm||71 x 64mm|
|ignition||solid-state digital||solid-state digital|
|transmission||5-speed constant-mesh||5-speed constant-mesh|
|final drive||maintenance-free shaft||maintenance-free shaft|
|front tire||150/80R 17 Dunlop radial||150/80R 17 Dunlop radial|
|rear tire||180/70R 16 Dunlop radial||180/70R 16 Dunlop radial|
|front brake||dual discs with twin-piston calipers||dual discs with twin-piston calipers|
|rear brakes||single disc with twin-piston caliper||single disc with twin-piston caliper|
|seat height||29.1 inches||29.1 inches|
|wheelbase||66.5 inches||66.5 inches|
|fuel capacity||5.3 gallons with 1.1-gallon reserve||5.3 gallons with 1.1-gallon reserve|
|dry weight||714.3 pounds||714.3 pounds|
|colors||black; red/pearl white; pearl green/pearl ivory||black; red/pearl white; pearl purple/pearl white; black/pearl yellow|
|optional hondaline accessories||both models: cb radio, rear carrier, studded seats, front and rear fender trim, chrome swingarm-pivot cover, front-fender guard, chrome sidecovers, smooth chrome sidestand, backrest trim, chrome control levers, chrome handlebar risers, chrome handlebar clamps, chrome radiator screen, chrome radiator cap, chrome oil-filter cap; Valkyrie only: windshield, exhaust-pipe tips, leather saddlebags; Tourer only: chrome saddlebag guard-rail set|