The good news is that Valkyrie 2.0 is still rocking that muscular attitude, though it's certainly not via traditional retro styling, a la the old F6C. The familiar 1520cc six-banger has grown to 1832cc too, and although Honda says it's an unchanged GL 1800 engine, the Valkyrie does incorporate unique intake ducting. Under the skin, however, you'll find the same twin-spar aluminum frame as on the GL1800 and F6B (rather than the steel tube original), as well as the five-speed gearbox, clutch and shaft final drive. The new Valkyrie increases rake and trail a touch, and tweaks the front fork settings and rear suspension to match its reduced weight -- now 750 lbs., wet. In fact, the overall look is longer and lower, and the beefy 45mm fork is also stretched (though Honda chose not to make it upside-down this time). Weight distribution is also changed; it's now basically a 50/50 split, front/rear. A new rear subframe handles the different seating arrangement, though the fuel tank is in the expected location (out in front of the rider) rather than under the seat, as on the other two 'Wings. It carries a hefty 6.1 gallons, too.
The Valk’s brakes get an upgrade too, with the floating front 310mm rotors beefier than the 296mm discs on the other two Wings, and now fitted with modern four-piston calipers. They also aren't linked, as they are on the Gold Wing. Lastly, the hoops are changed; a 19-inch wheel up front and a 17-inch rear wheel.