Six cylinder bikes are something we love at 2WheelsMiklos. The icons collection has a Honda CBX, Kawasaki Z1300, and a Benelli 750 Sei. Also in Johannesburg I have owned and ridden an F6C (the naked and carburetted Gold Wing) since 1998. I have always enjoyed this bike – big, very smooth, a nice touch of speed and a lot more agile than one expects. The engine is a work of art so it always makes a statement.

 

With, I believe, the successful customisation of our Triumph Rocket III in 2015 to the “Rocket Bobber” I became inspired over the Christmas break to do something similar to a Valkyrie. As per the Rocket, this would be a bike for me to ride and enjoy. So the objective would be a very ridable and reliable custom – which to me means to some degree “less is more”. Do not be too radical and compromise the underlying motorcycle!

 

An EBay search revealed a 2000 model not far from Guildford in good going condition but with the inevitable impact of UK weather (on wheels, chrome, forks etc). I won the auction at a reasonable price and Alan and I set about the design:

  • A six-into-one exhaust (using as headers two of the triple sets we had previously made up for BMW 750 K series customs) with a Super-Trapp on the end.

  • A café racer style rear fender using the tail light of a Rocket III and a bespoke seat.

  • A cut down front fender.

  • A swing-arm bag and a side mounted number plate.

  • 1.5 inch handlebar with new risers , integrated GPS, relocated stock instruments and bespoke idiot lights and bar-end indicators.

  • Twin LED headlight.

  • Removal of a lot of pickled chrome and then parts painted black; plus black anodised fork uppers.

  • Black painted wheels with Avon tyres – 200 rear (one over size).

  • Hagon Nitro shocks and Progressive Fork Springs.

  • A white on black tribal paint scheme by Cycle Sprays.

Valkyrie Tracker

Donor Bike: Honda Valkyrie (1520cc Flat Six)

Customisation

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