1999 Honda Valkyrie Specsby Karen Adams
The 1999 Honda Valkyrie is a cruiser bike designed to handle twists in the road, as well as offer quality design and horsepower. Unlike normal V-twin engines, such as Harley-Davidson cruisers, the Valkyrie is a horizontally opposed, liquid-cooled flat-six engine originating from the manufacturer's Goldwing model. In addition to Standard and Tourer models, the Interstate model was added to the Valkyrie lineup in 1999. However, Honda's Valkyrie saw its last year in 2003. The 1999 model has a range of features and a design that will appeal to fans of Honda's motorcycles.
Engine, Transmission and Drivetrain
The 1999 Honda Valkyrie's engine is liquid-cooled and has six horizontally opposed valves (with one intake valve, one exhaust valve and threaded adjusters). The displacement is 1520 cc and the bore and stroke is 71 mm by 64 mm. The Valkyrie has a wet, multiplate clutch and five-speed transmission.
The Valkyrie cruiser has 100 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 130 Nm, or 95.9 ft.-lbs. at 5,000 rpm. It has a fuel capacity of 5.3 gallons and has a fuel mileage of 30 to 42 mpg, with an average range of 190 miles. The Honda Valkyrie accelerated at 200 yards, top-gear from 50 mph to a terminal speed of 74.2 mph, a quarter-mile acceleration of 12.93 seconds at 104 mph.
The 1999 Valkyrie's chassis boasts a wet weight of 739 lbs. and a GVWR of 1133 lbs. Its overall length is 100.2 inches with a wheelbase of 66.5 inches. The cast wheels are 17 inches by 3.5 inches for the front and 16 inches by 5.5 inches in the rear. Two single-action front brakes with dual-piston calipers and 11.7-inch discs are included standard, as are a single-action caliper 12.4-inch disc rear brake. Suspension includes a front 45-mm inverted fork and a rear suspension with dual shocks, five-position spring-preload adjustability.
Other Features and Storage
The Valkyrie comes with a seat height of 29.1 inches. The Honda Valkyrie's Hard bags provide easy storage for the Valkyrie biker with a reasonable volume. The bag tops hinge at the front so the bag does not blow open if unlatched.
Originally the 1999 Honda Valkyrie had a suggested base price of $12,799 and came standard in black. For an extra $300, other colors were available, such as black/orange, black/silver and yellow/ivory. The 1999 Valkyrie has a trade-in value of $4250 (as of December 2010).
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