Honda Valkyrie 1500 (Honda GL1500C Valkyrie)

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Honda GL1500C Valkyrie (F6C)

The Honda Valkyrie 1500 was first introduced in 1996 and was produced until 2003. The model had a factory designation - Honda GL1500C '', was sold in the United States under the name - Honda Valkyrie 1500, and in other countries it was known as - Honda F6C. The abbreviation F6C stands for - Flat Six Custom - a cruiser with a 6-cylinder boxer engine.

The motorcycle was based on the engine from the luxury tourer Honda GL1500 Gold Wing with a number of changes and improvements. First, the engine was equipped with 6 carburetors, one for each cylinder (instead of 2 for Gold Wing 1500). Secondly, the engine received new camshafts, which significantly increased the dynamics of the motorcycle and increased the maximum engine speed. Thirdly, instead of hydraulic lifters, the Honda Valkyrie 1500 receives the usual valve clearance adjustment (screw-nut). Fourth, the bike gets a new 6-6-2 exhaust. As a result, the engine began to produce "clean" 100 hp. (on the wheel) and almost 140 Nm of torque.

In addition to engine improvements, the Honda GL1500C Valkyrie gets a new super-rigid steel frame, modified gearbox ratios and loses reverse gear (except for the version for Japan - it had the ability to reverse reverse gear).

The Honda Valkyrie 1500 was produced only in the USA, at the plant in Marysville, Ohio. Most of the motorcycles were destined for the North American market, the rest were exported to Europe, Australia and Japan. The motorcycle became one of the first high-volume cruisers with an atypical layout for this class, in particular a 6-cylinder boxer engine. Nevertheless, the model turned out to be extremely successful and immediately gained wide popularity. A total of 48,420 motorcycles were produced and sold, of which only 6,670 were. ended up on the market in Europe and Australia.

Among other features of the Honda Valkyrie 1500, in addition to the 6-cylinder boxer engine, an inverted fork should be distinguished (the right feather - as a guide, the left - responds to damping), a timing belt drive, the presence of a motorcycle fall sensor (turns off the ignition when falling on its side), hydraulic clutch, disc brakes front and rear, 20L fuel tank (Interstate version - 26L) and 334 kg unladen weight (regular version).

The main modifications of the Honda GL1500C Valkyrie:

  • Honda GL1500C Valkyrie
  • Honda GL1500CT Valkyrie Tourer
  • Honda GL1500CF Valkyrie Interstate
  • Honda GL1500CD Valkyrie Deluxe

Despite the presence of interesting modifications of the Honda GL1500C Valkyrie motorcycle, they were not in great demand, and therefore were quickly discontinued. The basic classic version of the Honda Valkyrie 1500 remained available on the market until 2003, after which it also disappeared from sales. Instead, in 2004, Honda releases a limited edition model Honda NRX1800 Valkyrie Rune, built on the basis of a new version of Gold Wing 1800, and at the end of 2013 presents a new reincarnation of the F6C model - Honda GL1800 F6C Valkyrie.

The main competitors of the Honda Valkyrie 1500 in the class:

Photos

Honda GL1500C Valkyrie
Honda GL1500CT Tourer
Honda GL1500CF Interstate

Specifications

Specifications Honda Valkyrie 1500:

ModelHonda GL1500C Valkyrie (F6C)
Motorcycle typeluxury tourer
Release year1996-2003
Framesteel
Engine type6-cylinder, 4-stroke, boxer
Working volume1520 cm³
Bore / stroke71.0 x 64.0 mm
Compression ratio9.8: 1
Coolingliquid
Number of valves per cylinderSOHC, 2 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply systemcarburetor, 6x Keihin CV, 28mm
Ignition typefully transistor
Maximum power100.0 h.p. (73.5 kW) at 6000 rpm - on wheel
Maximum torque134.0 Nm (13.5 kg * m) at 4500 rpm - on the wheel
Gearbox5-speed
Drive typecardan
Front tire size150 / 80R17 (72H)
Rear tire size180 / 70R16 (77H)
Front brakes2 discs, 296 mm, 2-piston calipers
Rear brakes1 disc, 316 mm, 2-piston caliper
Front suspension45mm inverted fork, 110mm travel
Rear suspensionpendulum with two shock absorbers (preload adjustment), stroke - 120 mm
Motorcycle length2525 mm - GL1500C / CT

2660 mm - GL1500CF

Motorcycle width980 mm - GL1500C / CT

970 mm - GL1500CF

Motorcycle height1185 mm - GL1500C

1485 mm - GL1500CT

1490 mm - GL1500CF

Wheelbase1690 mm
Saddle height740 mm - GL1500C / CT

730 mm - GL1500CF

Minimum ground clearance155mm - GL1500C / CT

150 mm - GL1500CF

Acceleration to 100 km / h3.86 sec. - GL1500C

4.12 sec. - GL1500CT

4.37 sec. - GL1500CF

Maximum speed210 km / h - GL1500C

190 km / h - GL1500CT, GL1500CF

Fuel tank capacity20.0 L (including reserve - 4.3 L) - GL1500C / CT

26.0 L (including reserve - 4.0 L) - GL1500CF

Motorcycle weight (dry)309 kg - GL1500C

324 kg - GL1500CT

351 kg - GL1500CF

Motorcycle weight (curb)334 kg - GL1500C

349 kg - GL1500CT

380 kg - GL1500CF

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