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    1998 Valkrie Tourer


    New for 1998
    Eye-pleasing two-tone color combinations are added to classic Black: Black/Pearl Jade Green and Pearl Red/Pearl Ivory.

    Special Valkyrie Tourer Features
    Large-size clear Lexan windshield with chrome-plated mounting brackets.
    Sleekly styled, color-matched, hardshell, weather-sealed saddlebags with 35-liter capacity each.
    Lower saddlebag stays form a protective loop under each bag.

    Liquid-cooled 1520cc six-cylinder engine is tuned for excellent roll-on power and sophisticated cruising comfort.
    Six carburetors, a high redline, and more radical camshaft timing combine with a free-flow exhaust system to raise engine output considerably above that of its Gold Wing predecessor.
    Carefully designed chrome engine accents, including manifolds, timing belt cover and reshaped head covers, add to custom styling appeal.
    Five-speed transmission with close ratios for exciting roll-on performance.
    Quiet and virtually maintenance-free shaft drive.
    Simple-to-service screw-and-lock-nut valve-clearance adjusters.
    Tuned six-into-six exhaust system has three individual outlet pipes enclosed in a single muffler-like casing on each side. The six separate pipes give a unique and exciting sound, along with excellent performance.
    Maintenance-free hydraulic clutch, elec tronic ignition, belt-driven camshafts and shaft drive reduce servicing time and cost
    Powerful, 546-watt alternator offers plenty of power for electrical accessories.


    Tuned chassis features solidly mounted engine for confidence-inspiring handling.
    Massive, 45mm inverted front fork gives 5.1 inches of plush but well-controlled travel.
    Large-section aluminum alloy top and bottom triple-clamps add to fork rigidity.
    Dual rear shocks with five-way preload adjustability give 4.7 inches of wheel travel.
    Very large-section radial tires provide excellent grip and a smooth ride.
    Polished aluminum hollow-cast wheels complement the sweeping styling.
    Dual-front and single-rear disc brakes are equipped with twin-piston calipers.
    Long-range 5.3-gallon fuel tank.
    Large, comfortable two-piece custom seat features a detachable passenger section and rear backrest
    Relaxed and comfortable riding position comes from a wide, low, large-diameter handlebar and low, 29.1 -inch seat height.

    Additional Features
    Powerful 60/55-watt halogen headlight with unique eyebrow-style chrome case and multi-reflector-type lens.
    Chrome-case-enclosed tachometer and speedometer with attractive white- colored faces.
    Push-to-cancel turn signals.
    High-quality pearl two-tone or black solid- color finishes combine with the powerful styling and many chromed components to deliver a stunning visual presence.
    Comfortable, large-diameter handgrips.
    Three-year transferable unlimited-mileage warranty.
    Made in Marysville, Ohio.
    Model GL1500CT
    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-way spring
    preload adjustability
    4.7 inches travel
    Brakes Front Dual disc with twin-piston calipers
    Rear: Single disc
    Tires Front 150/80R-17 radial
    Rear: 180/70R-16 radial
    Wheelbase 66.5 inches
    Seat Height 29.1 inches
    Dry Weight 714.3 pounds
    Fuel Capacity 5.3 gallons, including 1.1-gallon reserve
    Colors Black
    Black/Pearl Jade Green
    Pearl Red/Pearl Ivory

    California version differs slightly doe to emission equipment.