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converting valkyrie to tamer version

I own a 96 aspencade.I love the bike.Its my third wing,had 2 96 and one 88.But now at age 65 i wish it was lighter.I owned a 98 valkyrie tourer.It was about 100 pounds lighter.perfect weight.problem was, it was too fast, too revvy, drank gas like down to 28 mpg because I couldnt resist twisting the throttle.When I say revvy to me it was like a 700 pound crotch rocket.It was hard to just cruise along at 65, it sounded like it needed to be shifted, like it wanted to go and play roadracer.Is there some way to calm the valkyrie down? If so, I might trade for one.I am not one to buy new and make payments.I only paid 33 for my present wing.I have a brother in law that has a custom painted ultra classic limited edition partially watercooled, extra chrome etc etc.He paid $26,000.I never will be that crazy to spend that on a bike.

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A drug store may have a wrist brace that would control your twisting of the go the handle .

Seriously I dont think a Valk will get much better then 35MPG under the best conditions. Those six beautiful carburetors just use a lot of fuel.

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A drug store may have a wrist brace that would control your twisting of the go the handle .

Seriously I dont think a Valk will get much better then 35MPG under the best conditions. Those six beautiful carburetors just use a lot of fuel.



that's funny.The day I picked up my valkyrie it had a full tank of gas.99 miles later it ran out of gas.I was about to call the dealer and tell them to come pick up this piece of junk.I could hardly believe when I looked in the tank and found it empty.Now with my wing, I consistenly get 40 mpg and I don't baby it.

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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-07-2014, 12:30 PM
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gw vs valk

So while I can get as much as 40mpg with the Valkyrie, same roads/route will return 44 on the Goldwing. It's like having an Impala with a 350 and a Corvette with a 350, you just have to air it out.

So if weight and gas mileage are the goals, you might want to think about going to a four cylinder. Whether a GL1200, ST1100 or another model but something a bit lighter all around. How about a GL1200 Standard? Very affordable and comfortable. There's a beautiful GL1200 standard in the for sale section right now. link: https://www.goldwingfacts.com/forums/...rd-1995-a.html

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I get 38 maybe 40 mpg on a good day out of my '99 Interstate. However the quick wrist throttle temptation is always there!
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Couldn't you simply Re-jet the Valk leaning it out? That would reduce the power, and improve the fuel economy.

I once accidently accomplished the same thing (extreme lean) on a sport bike, by adding Ram Air intakes to the air box ...It leaned out so bad, that I could not ride above 20mph until the carbs were rejetted (to add more fuel to the mix).


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Correct me if I'm wrong but it's not just the 6 carb set-up. The cams are different also!! So to "de-power" the Beastie would really require going to the 2 carb set-up along with a cam change and possibly having to change both heads also...

Why not check into the new Valkerie?? The engine is the same as the Goldwing I believe but the bike is lighter due to it being basically a stripped version of the Goldwing. Should get the same if not better mileage due to it's being lighter I would think....

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What about changing engines?
Put a 1500 wing engine in then it should run like a wing but lighter still.

Is it just the engine that lowers MPG or is it also the gearing?
What is the ratio in Final Drive for a Valk and Wing, are they the same? If not do they interchange?

Are all the gears the same in the tranny for both, or do the ratio's change to make the Valk have more zip and go?

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Chromo , the Valk has 6 carbs, hot cams and timing advance curves different from a Wing .

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I'm pretty much convinced that anything you could do to a Valk that would effectively detune it would only screw it up. The naked Wings made from '75 thru '79 could be described as early Valks...... kinda.

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