2014 Honda Valkyrie — First Official Photos and Specs

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2014 Honda Valkyrie

To create the 2014 Honda Valkyrie, Honda pulled the fairing and luggage off the Gold Wing, replacing that instead with minimalist, futuristic styling. In the process, the Valkyrie sheds 154 lbs of weight, massively increasing performance from its 1,832 cc, flat-six engine.

No changes have been made to the Valkyrie’s engine, but a minor growth in fork length increases rake from 29.15 to 29.50 degrees, increases trail from 4.3 to 4.5 inches and grows the wheelbase from 66.5 to 67.2 inches.

As a result, the Valkyrie may sound like it differs from the Gold Wing only cosmetically. But, those cosmetic changes are so significant, they reap physical benefits.

2014 Honda Valkyrie
The 2014 Honda Valkyrie is a large, imposing motorcycle to sit on.

By dropping all that weight, the Valkyrie’s power-to-weight ratio is dramatically improved. It has the same engine as the Gold Wing, developing 117 bhp at 5,500 rpm and 123 lb.-ft. of torque at just 4,000 rpm. Where the 904 lbs Gold Wing makes .129 bhp-to-lbs, the Valkyrie manages .156. Obviously, the same effect occurs with torque; .136 lb.-ft./lb on the ‘Wing, .164 on the Valkyrie.

To put those numbers in perspective, the Valkyrie will out-accelerate Honda’s own VFR1200F with its .171 lb.-ft./lbs torque-to-weight ratio, but still fall slightly behind the heavier Triumph Rocket III thanks to its superior .201 lb.-ft./lbs ratio. At “around $17,000″ the Valkyrie will cost a little more than the Rocket III’s $14,999 MSRP.

The other big differences over the Gold Wing are in foot rest position and brake disc diameter. Versus the Gold Wing, the the pegs sit a full 1.3 inches higher, providing a substantial, but as-yet-unreleased increase in available lean angle. Brake discs grow 296 mm at the front to 310 mm, clamped by the same four-piston calipers.

2014 Honda Valkyrie
2014 Honda Valkyrie

Yes, the rest is cosmetic. The pillion seat and grab rails will bolt-off, revealing a fender untainted by bolt holes or black plastic. Turn signals, taillight and headlight all go LED. A new, minimal cowl shrouds the radiator while diverting hot air away from the rider. Bars grow in diameter to a full inch.

Given the limited changes between Valkyrie and Gold Wing, it’d be understandable if you’re a bit nonplussed by the new model. We felt the same way when the F6B was unveiled, but discovered a bike that differed near totally over the Gold Wing when we rode it. Will this Valkyrie do the same? We’ll bring you a review early in the new year. Look for sales to start in the Spring of 2014.

More Pictures, Page Two>>

Related Links:
The Inline-Six Bagger: Honda Gold Wing F6B Review
V4 Cruiser: Honda CTX1300
Honda’s 2014 Flagship: Honda CBR1000RR SP

  • Babble

    what a cheap looking bike. not a scratch on the rocket.

    • Sasha K-S

      Are you kidding me? The Rocket III has to be one of the most boring looking vehicles on the road.

    • runnermatt

      The only thing that I see that looks “cheap” would be maybe the grips and handlebar controls.

  • Micah Christie

    Honda’s cruiser range has me pretty excited lately. It’s nice to see metric cruisers not just aping Harley.

  • Charles Quinn

    Just …. Wow. Love them or hate them, this latest raft of Hondas is dragging the cruiser kicking and screaming into the 21st century, finally.

    • Lourens Smak

      I’m not a cruiser-person but still I really like what Honda is doing here (and the F6B, and CTX). I like v-twins and round headlights as much as the next guy but it’s about time for a modern 21st-century twist to the cruiser-concept. I also like it that they chose the blue for these promo-shots. It will undoubtedly be available in black but this is just better.

      • Reid

        It is a lovely shade of blue.

  • Archie

    I’m confused; where is the rudder?

  • Khali

    Looks like B-KING big brother. I like it.

    • BryonCLewis

      Was going to say the same thing, would complement my B-King well except that it will probably cost 20k+

  • William Connor

    First thing people will do is add hard bags, windshields, and highway pegs.

    • cheese302

      Totally agree, well played

    • Riedl

      Haha, I was just thinking I would want bags at least off the F6B. I kinda hate the styling of the bike but I freaking love it as well.

    • Don Fraser

      or just buy the F6B

    • John E. Jablonski

      I’m guessing there will be a Tourer version eventually as well.

    • dinoSnake

      Yep, damn straight. That’s what I was thinking: “How about a set of bags and a shield?”

      Why? Why not “just buy the F6B”? Weight. Hopefully, a well chosen set of bags and a shield will still end up lighter than the F6B.

      So, I await with baited breath.

      Oh, but no highway pegs, please.

  • Ganz

    I sincerely never knew the Goldwing was 904 fucking pounds.

  • Cory McNair

    Dammit, this is what it was supposed to look like.


    • Fava d’Aronne

      This would have been pretty cool indeed…

  • KW

    Is that a Simpson helmet?

  • Jonathan Berndt

    i have to tell you Honda has not had a motorcycle to make me want to buy one since the RC51.
    they may run fantastic and be reliable but look sooooo bland! if someone gave me one id sell it and use the cash for something with soul.

  • Don Fraser

    Genius. If you have never ridden an 1800 Gold Wing, you should just shut up. Once moving, the 904 lbs. disappears, like magic. Amazing motor in a bike that will go around corners, and now nekkid.

    • Justin McClintock

      Seems a little harsh. Maybe you’ve never ridden anything with sporting intentions. I’m sure the 904 lbs. doesn’t feel as bad as it is, but it’s still there. It’s not going around any corner like my DRZ400SM or my SV1000S, that’s for sure.

      More importantly, this thing probably isn’t going to go around corners like plenty of more sporting oriented cruisers out there. And it is in no way, shape, or form naked. What about that thing looks even remotely naked?!!

      • Don Fraser

        I am 63 and ridden my ’08 EX250 40,000 miles so far, ride before that was an “86 Yamaha SRx600, before that an ’81 Kaw GPz550, and have been working Hon, Yam, Kaw, Suz, Duc, Tri dealers since 1974. There is a guy that owns The Dragon riding a GL1800. That Valkyrie is a nekkid as the Indian.

        • Justin McClintock

          I wouldn’t exactly call the Indian naked either. An SV650 is naked. A CB1100 is naked. This ain’t naked.

        • Justin McClintock

          Also, you’re using the term “owns” rather loosely. I’ve seen Yellow Wolf at the Dragon myself. He’s fast, no doubt. But there’s several guys on sportbikes and motards who OWN the Dragon.

        • Piglet2010

          Was Kawasaki still calling the pre-gen Ninjette an EX250 in 2008? Whatever you call it, a hoot to ride.

          • Don Fraser

            2008 was the first year for the new generation Ninja, but it is still an EX250

      • Don Fraser

        Genius was in reference to Honda taking an excellent engine and frame and building different models around them. kind of like HA/DA, only with better parts.

      • Piglet2010

        What cruisers will go around a corner better than a Gold Wing (excluding of course the F6B)? Moto Guzzi California 1400 and… Triumph America maybe?

        N.b. I do not consider the Diavel a cruiser.

        • Justin McClintock

          I’ve been told the Victories do pretty well for themselves, although I have no direct experience with that. Then there’s the V-Max, and a whole host of other “power cruisers” that from my standpoint don’t handle that well, but coming from a Goldwing’s standpoint they’re fantastic. The Goldwing has extremely limited cornering clearance.

          • Piglet2010

            My riding instructor (who races a SV650 and had a CBR1000RR) thinks the Gold Wing is surprisingly good on a twisty road, and I have heard the same from other people (but I have also heard very good things from Victory CC/CCT owners too).

  • Benjamin Reynolds

    Well… it’s still too heavy for me, but it’s actually not bad looking.

    • John E. Jablonski

      Regarding weight, I find the bigger V-twins to feel quite a bit heavier than my 1998 Valk Tourer. Because the weight is so low, it is very easy to lift up off the side stand. Ref Valk at 660+ lbs vs VTX1300 at 640 lbs: Harder to bring the VTX up.

  • Fava d’Aronne

    The front reminds me a lot of the Suzuki BBking.

  • Brett Lewis
    • Justin McClintock

      No surprise there. The Goldwing has a single side swingarm. This is just a Goldwing with different bodywork on it. Beneath, it’s still the same bike.

      • Renato Valenzuela

        well, it is shaft-driven.

      • Brett Lewis

        Thanks, didn’t know.

  • grahluk

    Not bad. I agree and applaud Honda for taking the cruiser idea out of the 1950′s. I also agree this thing has resemblances to the Suzuki B-King. Not an attractive bike. Fortunately this thing also has some resemblances to the Valkyrie Rune which was a very good looking bike.

    Not into cruisers myself but I should have picked one up back in 2004. The model on the showroom looked every bit an unadulterated concept bike. Wonder what those are going for these days?

  • gleite311

    I remember doing a charity ride a few years back and a guy had an older Valkyrie that was supercharged. What a monster that thing was, and with the minimally muffled pipes it sounded like an angry Porsche. I like the revisions Honda’s made here, I hope it pans out for them in sales.

  • James Monroe

    Blech. Need to ditch the upper side fairings and we might have something though!

    • Michael Howard

      You mean the upper side fairings that enclose the radiators? You’d rather have them displayed in all their heat-spewing, radiator-esque glory? ;)

    • Don Fraser

      remember the side pods on the Buell?

      • Richard Gozinya

        Erik Buell was once again ahead of the curve. Of all the things Buell was doing ahead of others though, that’s something I’d rather not see duplicated.

      • Charles Quinn

        Yeah I though Buell 1125CR too, plus a dash of V-MAX.

        • Don Fraser

          I work at a dealer that sells both Honda and Yamaha. We have not sold very many of the new V-max’s, even though it an amazing bike. Given the choice , I would buy the V-max, but I bet we will sell many more Valkyries.

    • James Monroe

      I was thinking maybe have it in between/by the downtubes like the last Valk…..but the more I watch the promo vid the more they grow on me, lol.

  • Chris

    What a horror. I can can already see the post season incentives begging suckers to buy one. HONDA! You just won Motogp. Wake up! Send some of that magic down here to the mortals.

  • Mykola

    Pity there’s nowhere else to put the radiators, but the brawny-shouldered look might grow on me. Honda should have taken the CTX1300 in this direction stylistically.

  • thegreyman

    Wow love it. Ducati lead the way with the modern cruiser by creating the DIAVEL. Guzzi kinda followed with the new california, and now Honda- wow as rider who rides cruiser’s and naked bikes- l love it!

  • John Tiedjens

    The style of this bike doesn’t get my immediate admiration however I applaud Honda’s (F6B, CTX1300, Valkyrie) efforts in bringing the Cruiser out of the dark ages and giving us choices that aren’t akin to a John Deere tractor or a lumbering dinosaur. As for the complaints about the side radiators….. it’s the same principle as many of their bike such as the VFR800.. I never heard anyone complaining about that.

  • 480272

    Judge Dredd….

  • Alpha_Geek_Mk2

    I wonder if they’ll make a new Rune version. I love the styling of that bike- it’s like a retro-futuristic sci-fi comic-book hotrod.

    • Edward B

      That’s nice..

      • Mark Saddler

        I’m only 5’3″ and I rode the rune in filthy Toronto traffic. EFFORTLESS
        HD guys please don’t compare Honda to HD, because the latter is designed by joe sixpack

    • Chris Cope

      Can you imagine the challenge of actually getting that thing up on its centre stand?

      • Mykola

        Funny thing, the Goldwing is actually easy enough to put on its centerstand.

  • Clint Keener

    That looks REALLY cool! And it should handle well to boot.

  • Don Fraser

    no one, not even NASCAR use carbs anymore

    • Justin McClintock

      I know, I was just comparing the Valkyrie and its original form awesomeness to the Goldwing that spawned it. The original Valkyrie was a badass bike and this Goldwing in a different dress doesn’t deserve the name.

    • Mykola

      Carburetor Schmarburetor, they could use a bank of shiny chromed throttle bodies on either side instead. Sort of what Justin was getting at was the old Honda Valkyrie was an apparently and honestly mechanical machine in the way classic bikes and traditional cruisers typically are. I’d like to take a different direction from Justin’s ‘naked’ classification and say that the O.G. Valkyrie was the ultimate cruiser if you disregard the air-cooled v-twin formula. Classic/basic bodywork with mechanical bits exposed to the world, long, easy-riding geometry, relaxed ergonomics, big displacement, massive torque. They looked and sounded righteous with Cobra’s six-into-six pipes too.

      • Piglet2010

        Triumph has the fake carburetor thing down.

  • Theda

    It kinda reminds me of a 60′s honda dream. i think its the fenders and headlight…

    • http://metabomber.com/ Jesse

      That blue. Wow!

    • DLW

      I had one of those and in 64 I brought back a CL250 from Japan that was prepared by Pop Yoshimura. Used to spend most week-ends at his house and shop. RIP

  • matthew manley

    hmm. I have a 98 valkyrie and love it. Not sure on this thing…. need to ditch those stupid side radiators(like the rune) and add at least 20 more horsepower.

  • Erik Gloor

    Looks like he’s riding a refrigerator. Unimpressed.

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  • Edward B

    I like it.
    Looks mean and capable.

  • Taylor King

    So apparently torque to weight is the main factor to acceleration now. So how come a 328d with 280 foot pounds doesn’t accelerate as fast as a 328i with 260? This thing will accelerate quicker than a vfr1200 ? (which can do high 10s with a bit of practice) come on….

    • Piglet2010

      What matters is not torque at the crank, but torque at the crank multiplied by the gear reduction ratio*. The petrol engine in the 328i revs higher than the diesel in the 328d, so the former can use lower gearing for more torque multiplication.

      *Assuming that drive-train friction losses vary linearly with torque.

    • Jack McLovin

      Though these monstrosities are shaft drive consider that a tooth up or down on the sprockets will greatly affect acceleration and top speed and not budge the power to weight ratio at all. It’s way oversimplified but these hipsters are complicating it by dividing the opposite of the norm and making the resulting numbers very difficult to compare.

  • j.d. thompson

    I think I could get used to the funny, new look. I am sure once you got on it, it would run so well you wouldn’t care anymore. I love my Harley, but I am afraid to cross the desert on it. A Honda like this is a riding man’s dream.

  • barney fife

    That’s a good looking bike and reflects the current change towards organic classic styling among the more successful mocos. The day of the garishly ugly plastic clad sport bike is hopefully history. The new CB1100 is also rather nice though they could have given the tank a more classic shape. The new Valkrie is very impressive, didn’t think Honda had it in them., must have gotten new designers with actual talent..

  • Piglet2010

    Looks much better than a Harley-Davidson Fat Man, Wet Glide, or whatever they are calling their living fossils these days.

    • DLW

      Hmm, HD sells more big bore bikes than all the metrics combined!

      • Piglet2010

        Justin Beiber sells more recordings than Roberto Alagna – does that mean “Beaver” has the better voice?

        Most people that buy H-D do not cross-shop other brands, because they “want a Harley” for the image, heritage, mystique or some other non-performance criterion. I would never buy a H-D for the same reasons (also why I wear a hi-viz Roadcrafter and ride a Honda Dullsville that looks like a cross between a sport-tourer and a maxi-scooter when I go out of state) – I have no desire to be associated with “biker culture” and pretend (or real) 1% MC members.

        • DLW

          I ride an 1800 Wing anda WideGlide. Best of both worlds! Had a Wing since 79 and a WG since 82. What do you ride?

          • Piglet2010

            Honda Dullsville and Elite, pre-gen Ninjette, modern Bonnie, and TW200. Nothing a “biker” would ride (OK, maybe the Bonnie in a pinch, or the TW200 across a bog).

  • barney fife

    Justin, get back on your gixxer 250 and go home…your mother’s got buns.

    • Justin McClintock

      I’m 33 and I have a SV1000S, a DRZ400SM, and a 1978 DT175. And guys like me are the bullseye of every marketing campaign out there. Honda wants me to buy one. And I could. But I don’t want to. Now get away from the keyboard until you either grow up or sober up.

  • JT

    In flat black this thing will look amazing.

  • Speedo007

    Honda really need to hire new designers. It seems all their aiming for lately is “different” with no concern for aesthetics. If they made a proper looking naked bike with this engine, I’d be all over it.

  • John E. Jablonski

    I’m not in the market for a new bike right now, as I’m still perfectly happy on my 1998 Valk.

    This is only the second bike I’d consider as a replacement for that tho. The other being the F6B.

    Having to switch to a V-twin would be a downgrade from what I’ve got right now. Just couldn’t do it.

  • MC MotoHistory

    Well I owned a Valkyrie for 10 years and I always thought Honda screwed up by not continuing to develop that bike. The original was an honest motorcycle, with an beautiful exposed engine, I loved the “dussenberg” look of seeing the banks of carbs running into the heads and the exhaust running out, one of the best looking motors anywhere. No shrouds or covers , and an incredible blank slate to make it your own.
    This is nothing but a goldwing without a fairing, you can’t really see the engine (like a wing) and it going to be very hard to modify in any significant way. Having said all that, its a Honda and I’m sure it’ll be a blast to ride.

  • Charles Quinn

    Except Dredd would go darkside … with BOTH tyres.

  • Timothy Gammey

    want it.