For those who slept through 1996, the Valkyrie is Honda’s flagship cruiser, based on the magnificent 1520cc opposed six-cylinder engine from the Gold Wing touring machine. Besides giving it a facelift for cruising duty, Honda also hot-rodded the engine a bit, with warmer cams, six 28mm carbs (instead of the Gold Wing’s two 34mm units), mechanically adjusted tappets instead of hydraulics, a redline bumped up to 6500 rpm and other tweaks. A unique exhaust system with six pipes peeking out from within the semi-fishtail mufflers is the final step in the powerplant upgrades. The transmission’s five ratios were shifted closer together, but shaft drive and hydraulic clutch operation were retained. The enormous engine, which has been sprinkled with chrome accents, rivets the attention of everyone who first sees the bike and also manufactures the kind of power to qualify it as a real musclebike.