1997 Honda Valkyrie and Valkyrie Tourer Motorcycles
1997 Honda Valkyrie

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.

SpecificationsGL1500CT Valkyrie TourerGL1500C Valkyrie
engine1520cc liquid-cooled horizontally opposed 6-cylinder with belt-driven overhead camshafts 1520cc liquid-cooled horizontally opposed 6-cylinder with belt-driven overhead camshafts
carburetionsix 28mm constant-velocity carburetorssix 28mm constant-velocity carburetors
bore and stroke71 x 64mm71 x 64mm
ignitionsolid-state digitalsolid-state digital
transmission5-speed constant-mesh5-speed constant-mesh
final drivemaintenance-free shaftmaintenance-free shaft
front tire150/80R 17 Dunlop radial150/80R 17 Dunlop radial
rear tire180/70R 16 Dunlop radial180/70R 16 Dunlop radial
front brakedual discs with twin-piston calipersdual discs with twin-piston calipers
rear brakessingle disc with twin-piston calipersingle disc with twin-piston caliper
seat height29.1 inches29.1 inches
wheelbase66.5 inches66.5 inches
fuel capacity5.3 gallons with 1.1-gallon reserve5.3 gallons with 1.1-gallon reserve
dry weight714.3 pounds714.3 pounds
colorsblack; red/pearl white; pearl green/pearl ivoryblack; red/pearl white; pearl purple/pearl white; black/pearl yellow
optional hondaline accessoriesboth 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

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