All New 1999 Valkyrie Interstate
First Ride - Review (1-26-99)

A new touring custom - $15,499 - $15,999
771 lbs., 3 color choices, 6.9 Gal., with stereo standard

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1999 Honda Valkyrie Interstate
Honda's all-new Valkyrie Interstate is a motorcycle that combines a traditional tourer's weather protection and luggage capacity with the Valkyrie's hot-rod six-cylinder performance and wraps it up in a 50's classic retro style. To make the Valkyrie Interstate a true king of the road, Honda crafted a fork-mounted fairing with a prominent chrome-case double headlight, topped by a duct below the windscreen in the fairing to reduce low-pressure turbulence for the rider and passenger.

There's more air management down below, in the form of radiator side-covers that route hot engine air away from rider, and incorporate vents to direct cool air to the rider's legs. Nestled in the fairing is a traditionally styled instrument display, as well as an AM/FM radio with 80 watts of output, intercom, automatic volume control, ambiance setting and connectors for an optional CB radio and rear speakers. Handlebar-mounted controls operate the various audio functions.

For proper touring-style cargo capacity, the Valkyrie Interstate gets a full-size trunk capable of holding two helmets to complement the 35-liter hard-shell saddlebags. Passengers will appreciate the full-size backrest on the front of the trunk, to go along with a wider seat than on the standard Valkyrie. And riders will be pleased with a recontoured saddle that drops seat height below that of the Valkyrie, down to 28.7 inches. And the Valkyrie Interstate achieves that seat height without sacrificing suspension travel or plushness.

Honda also added a rubber rear mount for the liquid-cooled six-cylinder engine to reduce vibration, and revised spark timing and carb settings for punchier midrange performance. To make good use of all that touring ability, the Valkyrie Interstate boasts a 6.9-gallon gas tank, almost a half-gallon bigger than a Gold Wing's. Two-tone color choices include Metallic Gray/Black, Black/Red, and classic Black.

Valkyrie Interstate Features



Additional Features


Specifications: 1999 Valkyrie Interstate

Model: GL1500FT
Engine Type: 1520cc liquid-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder
Bore and Stroke: 71mm x 64mm
Compression Ratio: 9.8:1
Valve Train: SOHC: two-valves per cylinder
Carburetion: Six 28mm diaphragm-type CV
Ignition: Solid-state digital
Transmission: Five-speed
Final Drive: Shaft
Suspension Front: 45mm inverted telescopic fork; 5.1 inches travel
Rear: Dual shocks with five-position spring preload adjustability; 4.7 inches travel
Brakes Front: Dual disc with twin-piston calipers

Rear: Single disc

Tires Front: 150/80R-17
Rear: 180/70R-16
Wheelbase: 66.5 inches
Seat Height: 28.7 inches
Dry Weight: 771.0 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 6.9 gallons, including 1.1-gallon reserve
Colors: Black, Pearl Dark Green/Metallic Gray, Black/Red
Pricing: (US) $15,499 - $15,999
California version differs slightly due to emissions equipment.

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