There's going to be a bunch of pricing tomfoolery, because each dealer can get no more than 5 of these, and when they're gone, that's it. Soo, salesmen aren't going to be doing any deals on these...in fact, I'd be surprised if many sell for anything less than full retail.
What with the 19 injectors and 7 spark plugs per jug, and so on.
I applaud Honda for the engineering skills of this thing. I want one, though I have to ask whether we are apporaoching the practical limits of how big one cylinder can be...for the sake pf perspective, just ONE of the VTX cans displaces almost as much as ALL FOUR pots on the Fireblade! I wonder about the viability of a 900cc "adventure touring" thumper.
I still think the closest competition for the Vanguard comes from the Road Star. It's a bit smaller displacement-wise, but where the air-cooling looses power, it gains easy maintenance and relatively inexpensive hop-up capability. And for a lot of cruiser owners, customization is important; and that's harder to do with shaft drive.
I've been taught never to buy version 1.0 of anything. So I'll probably wait until next year, when the availability is up, and by God, if $12,700 is the list price, why would I want a Valkyrie anymore.
Hey, pipe dream time: what are the chances of Honda using the motor in a "wide-open class" sport-tourer, a-la what Buell was supposed to be? Yeah, that's it! a VTX mill, longitudenally mounted, providing the basis for an ST1100 PanEuropaen redesign! ST1800?!?! Whoo-Hoo!
well lets hope that honda doesn't harley davidson us on there new 1800cc vtx if they start jacking it up just because its a half way cool bike then that will just be one other thing some of us will just have to do with out!!and ya know the one thing i have discovered is that 90% of the fun of owning a big cruiser is the harley mystic its not just a huge honda thats going to be over priced owell lets hope for the best lets hope that honda doesn't follow in harleys foot steps and yamaha's roadstar foot steps of hard to get and more $$than they said!! lets hope if they finally do make this a real production bike that it is what they say at the price they say!!
Dopeboy, you seem to bag on Harley a lot and never have any worthwhile input. Your loyalty to Honda would allow you to fit right in with the Harley owners that think there is no other motorcycle to ride. You should buy one and continue to be an ass.
I was at my local Honda dealership today and they finally spoke to me after three visits. They probably need to speak to someone since they don't seem to be unloading some of those '98 bikes. They sure do get cheap after sitting on the floor for three years. Anyone need a clean, excuse me, NEW '98 Valkyrie with 1 mile on the odometer?
The local Harley dealer will at least say "Hi", but doesn't have any new '98s for sale. Sucks to be him!!