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If the 1500 has 2 carbs how come they didn't put 2 carbs on the "Valkyries" ?:baffled:
 

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If the 1500 has 2 carbs how come they didn't put 2 carbs on the "Valkyries" ?:baffled:
The Valk has more poop, it's kinda Naked Goldwing on Steroids. The 1500 really doesn't have the gumption of the 1200LTD/SEI. I haven't had a chance to compare it with the other 1200s but the fuel injected 4 cylinder bikes had more giddiup. Not that I feel my 1500 is a slouch, but the 86 SEi I had could easily leave it in the dust. Two carbs on the 1500 make it more fuel efficient and simpler to maintain.
 

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Thanks "Exavid" , interesting ?!
 

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Other than the Valkyre having equal length intake runners for all cylinders, how does 3 carbs per side produce more horsepower than 1? Only 1 cylinder is sucking gas/air thru the carb at a time.
 

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Other than the Valkyre having equal length intake runners for all cylinders, how does 3 carbs per side produce more horsepower than 1? Only 1 cylinder is sucking gas/air thru the carb at a time.
See, that's why you're from "the Show Me State" !:baffled:
 

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Other than the Valkyre having equal length intake runners for all cylinders, how does 3 carbs per side produce more horsepower than 1? Only 1 cylinder is sucking gas/air thru the carb at a time.
With four cylinders that might be true, but with a six you have three cylinders sucking on the carbs each revolution. That means one carb is feeding two and one is feeding one. With six carbs each carb has the same airflow at all times when the carb is pulling mixture. It would appear the airflow through the 1500s carbs has to be varying depending where you were in the cycle. This would mean the carb throat size and jets would have to be more of a compromise, than on a system where each carb had the same amount of air going through it each cycle. That's what I think, could be wrong, wouldn't be the first time.
 

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I understand the velocity changes can (will) cause a performance drop, but does a 6 cylinder engine ever have 2 cylinders on their intake stroke at the same time? With the engine divided into 2 groups of 3 cylinders, this futher reduces the chance of 1 carb feeding 2 cylinders.I haven't cracked any books to check on this. So I may be wrong!
Of corse, the Valkyrie has other performance differances like valve timing and final drive gearing.
 

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I think the camshaft profiles on the Valk are different than the GL1500 as well. Either way the Valk has astonishing acceleration, much more than the GL1500 and itstops much better as well.

I'd say the mein reason for 2 carbs on the GL1500 was lack of available space to fit 6. Even trying to balance 6 carbs would have been a major hassle with all the plastics to be stripped.
Other GL1500factors might be that most of the R&D budget went into the reverse system, teh engine and the more modern bodystyle. The carbs and brakes were cheapskated in my opinion
 

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I understand the velocity changes can (will) cause a performance drop, but does a 6 cylinder engine ever have 2 cylinders on their intake stroke at the same time? With the engine divided into 2 groups of 3 cylinders, this futher reduces the chance of 1 carb feeding 2 cylinders.
I just went out in the shop to take a look at the Honda manual. The crank throws appear to be spaced on 120 degree intervals, not 180 as I was thinking. With that interval it looks like there would be a pretty evenly spaced intake cycle and little variation in carburetor throat air velocity. So it appears Browan might have had it right that it was difficulty squeezing it all in the fairings and or economic factors. All I can say for sure about it is that I'm glad there aren't six of the buggers in there.
 

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The Valk is a different animal to the Wing altogether, you really need to ride one to appreciate the difference. :action:
 

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The Valk is a different animal to the Wing altogether, you really need to ride one to appreciate the difference. :action:
Is that good or bad or what ?:baffled:
 

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Not to mention that carbs are expensive! Why put 6 on a bike, when 2 will do the job, and at a few hundred dollars savings that don't get passed onto the customer.
 

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6 carbs would have been nice on the 1500, a pig to work on (the 2 already there are hard enouigh to work on as it is) but the extra poke would have been interesting. Probably just as well Honda didn't go down that road though, the brakes can barely handle the available power as it is.
 

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Not to mention that carbs are expensive! Why put 6 on a bike, when 2 will do the job, and at a few hundred dollars savings that don't get passed onto the customer.
There are six carbs on the Valkas much for performance as appearance.It looks brute. It's damn impressive! HD guyshave been known to shrivel up and blow away when they look at six cylinders and six carbs. I guess one could irritate the HD guys (the less astute ones anyway) by telling them a Valk is just a Goldwing with the plastic off. Mostly true.
 

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Lots of people alread think the Valk is a stripped down Goldwing. It's a pity some Goldwing clubs and groups won't allow Valk owners in.
 

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Just one of the reasons I've never been much of a joiner.
 

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Lots of people alread think the Valk is a stripped down Goldwing. It's a pity some Goldwing clubs and groups won't allow Valk owners in.
The "Valk" was a beefed up Gold Wing, stronger internal parts and Tranny/gears untill 97 when the 97 Wings got the "Valks" internals and gears!

That's why 97 Wings sell for a little more!:clapper:
 
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