Honda GL1500C Valkyrie: review, history, specs


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Class: cruiser, tourer

Production: (1996) 1997-2003

Related: Honda GL1500 Gold Wing

Also called: Honda Valkyrie 1500, Honda GL1500 F6C Valkyrie

Successor: Honda GL1800C F6C Valkyrie

Models
Honda GL1500C Valkyrie (F6C)

(Europe, North America, Australia, Japan)

(1996) 1997-2003

Honda GL1500CT Valkyrie Tourer

(North America, Australia, Japan)

1997-2000

Honda GL1500CF Valkyrie Interstate

(North America)

1999-2001

Honda GL1500CD Valkyrie Deluxe

(North America)

2001-2003

Honda GL1500C Valkyrie (F6C)
Honda GL1500CT Valkyrie Tourer
Honda GL1500CF Valkyrie Interstate
Honda GL1500CD Valkyrie Deluxe

History

History
Year Country Name / Frame / Engine
1997 Europe, North America, Australia, Japan Name: Honda GL1500C Valkyrie (F6C); Honda GL1500CT Valkyrie Tourer

Code: GL1500CV; GL1500CTV

1998 Europe, North America, Australia, Japan Name: Honda GL1500C Valkyrie (F6C); Honda GL1500CT Valkyrie Tourer

Code: GL1500CW; GL1500CTW

1999 Europe, North America, Australia, Japan Name: Honda GL1500C Valkyrie (F6C); Honda GL1500CT Valkyrie Tourer; Honda GL1500CF Valkyrie Interstate

Code: GL1500CX; GL1500CTX; GL1500CFX

2000 Europe, North America, Australia, Japan Name: Honda GL1500C Valkyrie (F6C); Honda GL1500CT Valkyrie Tourer; Honda GL1500CF Valkyrie Interstate

Code: GL1500CY; GL1500CTY; GL1500CFY

2001 Europe, North America, Australia, Japan Name: Honda GL1500C Valkyrie (F6C); Honda GL1500CD Valkyrie Deluxe; Honda GL1500CF Valkyrie Interstate

Code: GL1500C1; GL1500CD1; GL1500CF1

2002 Europe, North America, Australia, Japan Name: Honda GL1500C Valkyrie (F6C); Honda GL1500CD Valkyrie Deluxe

Code: GL1500C2; GL1500CD2

2003 Europe, North America, Australia, Japan Name: Honda GL1500C Valkyrie (F6C); Honda GL1500CD Valkyrie Deluxe

Code: GL1500C3; GL1500CD3

Specifications

Honda Valkyrie 1500: specs.

Specifications
DIMENSIONS Overall length 2525 mm / 99,4 in – GL1500C/CT

2660 mm / 104,7 in – GL1500CF

Overall width 980 mm / 38,6 in – GL1500C/CT

970 mm / 38,2 in – GL1500CF

Overall height 1185 mm / 46,7 in – GL1500C

1485 mm / 58,5 in – GL1500CT

1490 mm / 58,7 in – GL1500CF

Wheelbase 1690 mm / 66,5 in
Ground clearance 155 mm / 6,1 in – GL1500C/CT

150 mm / 5,9 in – GL1500CF

Seat height 740 mm / 29,1 in – GL1500C/CT

730 mm / 28,7 in – GL1500CF

Dry weight 309 kg / 681 lbs – GL1500C

324 kg / 714 lbs – GL1500CT

351 kg / 774 lbs – GL1500CF

Curb (wet) weight 334 kg / 736 lbs – GL1500C

349 kg / 769 lbs – GL1500CT

380 kg / 838 lbs – GL1500CF

FRAME Type Diamond (steel)
Front suspension, travel 45 mm inverted telescopic fork, 110 mm (4,3 in)
Rear suspension, travel Swingarm with twin-shocks (adjustable spring pre-load), 120 mm (4,7 in)
Front tire size 150/80R17 (72H)
Rear tire size 180/70R16 (77H)
Front brake Double disc, 296 mm, 2-piston calipers
Rear brake Single disc, 316 mm, 2-piston caliper
Fuel capacity 20,0 l / 5,3 US gal (reserve – 4,3 l) – GL1500C/CT

26,0 l / 6,9 US gal (reserve – 4,0 l) – GL1500CF

Trail 152 mm (6,0 in)
Fuel economy 6,31 l / 100 km (37,3 mpg) – GL1500C

7,15 l / 100 km (32,9 mpg) – GL1500CT

7,66 l / 100 km (30,7 mpg) – GL1500CF

ENGINE Type Water cooled 4-stroke
Cylinder arrangement 6 cylinders boxer
Bore & Stroke 71,0 x 64,0 mm
Displacement 1520 cm³ (92,7 cu in)
Compression ratio 9.8:1
Valve train Belt driven SOHC, 2 valves per cylinder
Max. power 100,0 hp (73,5 kW) / 6000 rpm – rear wheel
Max. torque 134,0 Nm (13,5 kg*m) / 4500 rpm – rear wheel
0 to 100 km/h 3,86 sec – GL1500C

4,12 sec – GL1500CT

4,37 sec – GL1500CF

Top speed 210 km/h (131 mph) – GL1500C

190 km/h (118 mph) – GL1500CT, GL1500CF

CARBURETION SYSTEM Type Carburetor, 6x Keihin CV, 28 mm
DRIVE TRAIN Clutch Wet, multi-plate (hydraulic operating)
Transmission 5-speed (+ electric reverse – Japan)
Final drive Shaft
Primary reduction 1.592
Final reduction 2.833
Gear ratio

I

II

III

IV

V


2.666

1.722

1.291

1.000

0.805

ELECTRICAL Ignition Full transistorized
Alternator AC generator, 546W
Battery capacity 12V-24 Ah

Images

Honda Valkyrie 1500: images, gallery

Honda GL1500C Valkyrie
Honda GL1500CT Tourer
Honda GL1500CF Interstate

Videos

Honda Valkyrie 1500: video.

1998 Honda Valkyrie Test Drive

Manuals

Honda Valkyrie 1500: manuals, parts, microfiches.