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|Honda Announces Launch of US-Manufactured Valkyrie Custom Bike and Valkyrie Tourer Long-Distance Touring Bike - '99 Models|
|Tokyo, October 13, 1998 --- Honda Motor Co., Ltd. has announced the launch of the modified Valkyrie 1520 cc heavyweight touring bike, manufactured by Honda Motor's US production subsidiary, Honda of America Manufacturing (HAM). The '99 export model, which incorporates a reversing system, will go on sale in Japan on October 14.
The Valkyrie Tourer, an upgraded version of the Valkyrie for long-distance touring, fitted with an extra-large windshield and rear saddlebags, will be launched as an addition to the series on November 10.
Both bikes in the Valkyrie series incorporate the largest displacement engines fitted to any models in Honda's entire motorcycle range. They are the top-of-the-series models within the Honda American-style custom-bike line-up.
The incorporation of an exhaust air-injection system in both models serves to clean up exhaust emissions enabling the bikes to comply with new stricter Japanese motorcycle exhaust emission regulations due to be enforced from October 1999.
Main features of the '99 ValkyrieHorizontally-opposed 6-cylinder engine delivers large amounts of power smoothly at low, medium and high revs
Featuring the same quiet, super-smooth and ultra-powerful liquid-cooled 4-cycle horizontally-opposed 6-cylinder 1,520cc engine as used in the Gold Wing SE, the Valkyrie produces a maximum power of 100 PS at 6,000 rpm - with the rich, flat torque profile that a high-displacement engine typically produces.
gas cleaning system is fitted to enable the bike to comply with new Japanese motorcycle
exhaust emission regulations
The new reversing
system is exclusive to the Japanese import model
Main features of the '99 Valkyrie TourerLong-distance touring modifications
Based on the Valkyrie, the Valkyrie Tourer is fitted with an extra-large windshield and double rear saddlebags to make it more suitable for long-distance touring.