Every now and then a motorcycle comes around that is instantly regarded as ‘classic’ by experts and the public. This was also the case when the Honda GL1500C Valkyrie came out.
The bike was declared ‘Cruiser of the Decade’ soon after its introduction in Chicago on 19 January 1996.
No wonder, because its revolutionary design and performance left the competition way behind.
It was also the first (and last) completely mechanical Power Cruiser ever built.
Normally when a bike gets older, it’s left to collect dust and spider rags, stowed away in the back of a garage or displayed by a collector somewhere. And it’s Club, like old soldiers, will just fade away.
Not this baby. On the contrary, a new breed of Riders has joined the Club with the same enthusiasm and spirit, bringing a new élan to the VRCC.
It’s still alive and kickin’ as day one, considering the novelty is gone.
Being a member of the VRCC for some time, I have always been amazed by the dynamics and spirit of this club, its members and the long-lasting friendships with complete strangers I would have never met otherwise.
I consider the average Valkyrie Rider an individual who has been around, of which the majority doesn’t have the urge to constantly put his/her hair on fire and still prefers the power, looks and culture over a HD or Goldwing.
Time flies. Soon the VRCC will celebrate its 20th anniversary and before you know it, it will be forgotten how this great club started and evolved in what it is today – a true icon of passion and determination.
So, I took it upon me to search the web for the VRCC history, its past highlights, memorable individuals, events and issues. Not only from the US but worldwide.
Since It is impossible to even mention everything that has been going on, I took the liberty of selecting information which was public, easily accessible and considered appropriate.
It’s easy to misinterpret something you read on a web archive however, so the story is entirely made up of quotes by local Riders themselves.
I merely rearranged them and tried to put it all in a comprehensive order to create an overall VRCC picture.
I regard this story as a living document and any addition or correction is welcome and appreciated.
I do hope that you’ll have as much fun reading it as I have had in writing it down and perhaps it will bring back some good memories.
Joe Boyd, the genius behind the mighty Valkyrie Power Cruiser
Honda Valkyrie by Fred Rau, a friend of Joe Boyd
Between 1997 and 2003 Honda had what was declared the “Cruiser of the Decade” in a Flat 6 Valkyrie.
The problem that I believe that it is no longer in production is that the man responsible for it was killed in a motorcycle accident and no one at Honda wanted to take the ball. The following is a letter that was printed in a magazine that will explain: A letter posted at motorcycle consumer news on line. “Interesting that maddjack would note that “Honda never really marketed the Valk.” I’ll tell you a story, strictly from my own perspective as a “kind-of” insider:
Of course, Honda did market the Valkyrie, but I agree, never with the kind of enthusiasm they often show for other bikes in their lineup.
The Valk was pretty much the brainchild and “baby” of one guy at Honda who really believed in it. His name was Joe Boyd, but around Honda they called him “GL Joe,” because of his love of Gold Wings. The majority of the marketing experts at Honda never believed the Valkyrie concept would work, but Joe used his considerable influence and personal charisma to push the project through. Of course, the Valk became a success. Never a huge one, but a success nevertheless. And I personally believed that since Joe had proved so many people wrong, that those same people were reluctant to aid in the Valkyrie’s rise.
ot that they intentionally stymied it, but I just don’t believe the project ever got the kind of all-out support it deserved, just because Joe had stepped on so many toes in his headlong push to make it a reality.
Around the time the new 1800 GL was becoming a reality, Joe was killed in a tragic accident at the Honda test track. With his death, the prime motivating force behind the Valkyrie project died, also. I personally believe we’d have an all-new, radical, Valkyrie 1800 today, if Joe had lived. Not the Rune, as amazing as it is, but something much more practical and affordable. As a side note, I would like to add that Honda paid a quiet, yet memorable tribute to Joe, for several months after his death.
I rode with Joe a number of times. We were casual friends, and used to ride across the Mojave Desert together, as we both loved the old back roads out there. Along the way, one of Joe’s favorite things was to stop in at the tiny town of Amboy, at one of the last remaining original Route 66 tourist stops, Roy’s Cafe, and get himself a chocolate milkshake. If you remember, for about six months, several years ago, in virtually every major motorcycling magazine in the country, Honda carried a full-page ad with a picture of a Valkyrie, sitting under the Roy’s Cafe sign in the Mojave, with a setting sun in the background. It was a quiet, memorable tribute to the man that was easily understood by those who knew him.
Often, a radical or interesting new bike is developed primarily because one person, with the influence, drive and passion to see it built, puts his weight behind the project. Love it or not, such was the case with the Rune, which had Honda VP Ray Blank as its “Angel.” One could say the same of Pierre Terblanche, and the Ducati 999. And such was the case with Joe Boyd and the Valkyrie. Whether such bikes are a design, marketing or financial success is really irrelevant — I think — What is important is that we have an industry in which such things can happen, because they push the envelope. True innovation rarely comes from a committee decision.
Enough of my maudlin remembrances. Just thought you might find it interesting.
Now if Honda had continued to market the Valk I believe that it would run circles around all the V-Twin Harley want-a-be’s. There is an unlimited amount of customizing that can be done to them where they don’t look just like the one down the street
Honda Employees Killed Testing Motorcycle
Accident: Colleagues describe Mission Viejo, Redondo Beach men as highly experienced riders.
May 29, 1998|VALERIE BURGHER | TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two Honda Motor Co. employees were killed Wednesday afternoon evaluating a motorcycle prototype (which would later become the CBR600F4 –Red), the company said Thursday. The accident occurred about 2 p.m. at the Willow Springs Raceway near Rosamond in Kern County.
It was still unclear Thursday exactly how the accident occurred. Authorities are investigating. Honda spokesman Peter ter Horst identified the men as Dirk R. Vandenberg, 48, of Mission Viejo, who was the manager of product evaluation, and Josef Boyd, 49, a Redondo Beach engineer.
One man was making a routine test run of the vehicle when he lost control and struck the other man, who was photographing the test, ter Horst said. Both were taken to Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, where they later died. Company officials said they could not yet confirm who was riding the prototype and who was taking photographs. Honda employees perform similar tests at least three times a month, ter Horst said.
Torrance-based Honda and the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration have opened investigations. “There’s still a lot of chaos around the situation,” said Cal/OSHA spokesman Dean Fryer. He said Honda and Cal/OSHA will examine training records and the protocol for vehicle testing and interview witnesses to determine the cause of the accident. “Honda is going to be looking at the prototypes very closely to see if there are any mechanical issues,” Fryer said. “At this point, it’s very early to start putting the pieces together.”
Honda colleagues described the men as avid motorcycle enthusiasts and highly experienced riders.
Boyd was known around the office as “G.L. Joe,” after one of the company’s motorcycle models. Vandenberg owned a collection of at least 10 motorcycles. “They had at least 100,000 miles of riding time each [and] were very competent and qualified,” said co-worker Mike Spencer. “I’m sure it was just a complete freak accident.” Vandenberg’s love of motorcycles had taken him from a Michigan motorcycle dealership to a development position in Torrance. He came to Honda 21 years ago and worked his way up from the service department, co-workers said.
“It was a passion,” said Jessie Carrera, an administrative assistant at Honda. “Dirk was a true expert.” Vandenberg frequently spent vacations outdoors with his wife, Donna, and sons, Andrew, 16, and Nick, 9. “He was always a fun-loving, outgoing individual who enjoyed jet-skiing and go-carting and water-skiing. Anything that had an engine on it interested Dirk,” said Spencer. “They’ll be greatly missed.” Said ter Horst: “It’s a terrible tragedy for everyone in the company. It’s a very unusual situation when people are injured during testing.”
The Honda CBR600F4 was a sport bike produced by Honda between 1999 and 2000. It was the last of the CBR600 series of Honda sport bikes to be carbureted
The words, “Dedicated to Super Evaluators Dirk Vandenberg and Josef Boyd”, are embossed in raised letters on the inside of the Honda CBR600F4’s upper fairing.
This dedication was made because two of Honda R&D’s senior product developers were killed during the final testing of this model.
The Honda Gl1500C Valkyrie (as shown below) was patented in the US on 5 November 1996 under USD375281S by Honda designers
Makoto Kitagawa and Masamoto Ito.
NHTSA SAFETY TRACK RECORD
The GL1500C Valkyrie has a clean record in terms of recalls, investigations and complaints, with the exception of one official complaint in 2002 about the lack of hazard warning lights.
When the Interstate came out in 1999, this 1st Mass Production Coin was issued by Honda to the assembly line personnel and staff.
Honda printed several brochures for the Valkyrie STD, Tourer and Interstate. You can find them all at Michael Scott’s Pages http://thehondavalkyriepages.blogspot.com/2014/08/httpyoutu.html
Here is one of the early ones.
GENEALOGY by RP# 62
The national release date of the first Valkyries was May 25, 1996 – all were 1997 models.
All Valkyries and 27 F6C export versions were built between 1996 and 2003 at Honda’s manufacturing facility in Marysville, OH. Based on extensive research and serial numbers by RP Brown, a total of 48.420 Valkyries was produced, of which 6670 were exported to Europe, Australia and Japan.
Black ones were made every model year on each of the three models. The rarest I know of is the copper and black ones made for the European market. Rarest in US: the ’01 Black and red Interstate (160 made)
The Japanese Valkyries have an (electrical) reverse gear. The VINs on the Japanese Valks don’t begin with 1HF.
They are in the format SC34-1000000.
I originally posted my findings on Rattlebars’ site and later on Dag’s site. It shouldn’t be taken as absolute, but as an educated guess as I put it together based on a few facts and some extrapolation.
When we visited the Honda plant back when Valkyries were in production, they told us that Valkyries were built in color lots of 20 for a specific market.
For example, they would assemble, 20 black standards for the California market, the 20 red and white standards for the 49 state market, 20 green and creme tourers for the Canadian market, etc.
There’s always been a lot of interest in how many of what color were made, so back in the day I wrote Honda to see what they would tell me and actually spoke with a representative at the plant on the subject. Naturally, they consider production information as proprietary and wouldn’t give me specifics but they did say I was on the right track.
Given the above, I began data basing VINs and noting color and mfg. date. I would get them off of bikes at events, off of Ebay, off of bikes at the dealers and from several VRCC members that sent them in. I’ve got thousands at this point. Being able to correlate that many by year, by type (standard, tourer, interstate) by market, then by color, they start resolving themselves into groups. Looking at the serial number ranges within those groups then gives an idea of how many were made. For example, knowing that they were made in lots of 20, I look for serial numbers within that group that are more than 20 apart.
This gives an indication of how many lots of 20 were made. It’s not 100%, but its close and the more numbers in database, the more accurate the guess.
That said, if there’s still an interest in this, send me your VINs along with color and mfg. date and I’ll sharpen the pencil.
Over the years and pending the US Dollar currency value, more US Valkyries ended up abroad.
RP # 62
Project Bonnevalk – Setting a land speed record is harder than it looks.
So, you’ve got a really fast motorcycle. How do you prove it? You could put it on a dyno and e-mail the numbers to all your friends, or you could do it the hard way.
Mr. C. Ray from Nashville, Tennessee knew he had a seriously fast Valkyrie, and he wanted to prove it to the world, so that nobody could dispute his claim! To add a twist, he didn’t want a single purpose, rocket shaped speedster. His record setting bike would also be his every day rider, and a bike he would continue to tour on!
What makes Mr. Ray think his Valkyrie is so fast? Let’s start with the “La Monster Supercharger System” featuring a reliable “Magnacharger” supercharger. While that may sound powerful, the real magic was in the internals of the motor and cylinder head, prepared by Dan Paramore of DPR Racing, in southern California. Dan engineered, designed, and built a Stage VI custom cylinder head for Ray, by modifying and reshaping the combustion chamber to increase quench area (“squish band”), then he fully ported and polished everything, before installing the ceramic coated valves into the heads. The results of DPR’s work were astonishing! A 20-percent increase in intake flow and a 30-percent gain on the exhaust side. Mr. Ray even flew Dan to Nashville to cut, polish, and work his magic on the pistons too! Once the heads were finished, and assembled, Dan focused all his grinding skills on the supercharger’s manifold, to increase its capability to match the new heads.
To safeguard the engine when running under full boost, the compression ratio was dropped to 9.1:1. The valve springs were specially chosen and shimmed to make valves close quicker. Dan had a special set of cams made to his precise measurements, and the cam timing was altered to close the exhaust side a bit earlier, so the blower could cram as much boosted air/fuel into the cylinders as possible. Dan and Mr. Ray worked together to rig a double diaphragm clutch spring system to make sure the plates wouldn’t slip. All these items are internal to the engine and the naked eye would never know…
The single glaring obvious horsepower boost comes from the two bottles of nitrous oxide strapped to the rear fender. A “Nitrous-Express” tunable system is adjusted to come on at full boost, and ramp up time of delivery, making it possible to get extreme horsepower, without extreme wheel spin! A Dynatech ignition system and a Supertrapp exhaust system were chosen for their performance and reliability. It all came out to about 165 rear wheel horsepower give or take one or two!!!
Anyone who’s ever been to “Speed Week” at the Bonneville Nationals is aware upon entry, that they are entering a world governed by rules and regulations, mostly for safety. All our players on “PROJECT BONNEVALK” arrived on Monday of “Speed Week”
The first day was spent setting up base camp and navigating thru the tech inspection. At first, they were confident, according to the “RULE BOOK”; the BONNEVALK could be configured to set four open speed records. All the bike had to do is complete qualifying and backup runs at any speed to set each of these records. However, Dan and Mr. Ray didn’t want to set anything but solid, respectable records that others would have to work to beat. So, they disconnected the nitrous bottles and got ready to enter in “supercharged gas” class as their baseline.
Tuesday of Speed Week got off to a slow start with a two hour plus wait before each run was in order. Lucky teams get three runs in one day. Dan was going to drive “BONNEVALK” for the records, and he needed two licensing passes before he could attempt a qualifying run. Mr. Ray also wanted to see how the BONNEVALK’s jetting was working at the 4200-foot altitude. So, Dan’s took off and made his first pass, at a disappointing 117 mph. A jetting change and a little more throttle allowed his second pass to hit 147 mph, a little bit more respectable, and also earned Dan his license, and the team resolved to hit the ground running on
Wednesday began with another jetting change and a valve clearance check. Although the carburetor was still running a bit lean, the supercharged engine was running clean, without a hitch, but had still never been put to full throttle on the salt! After seeing how slow everything was progressing, we revised our goals to setting only two records for the week, instead of the original four; first with gas, and the second with nitrous.
By the end of day three, with every run producing faster speeds, we settled on the last run of the day at 156 MPH, as the qualifier for our first record. However, upon arriving in the impound area (where timing officials inspect vehicles), they experienced the great, unbending weight of the “RULE BOOK”. When a machine arrives in the impound area, the officials perform a visual inspection, to make sure the machine qualifies for the class. When they looked at BONNEVALK, everyone’s heart sank as the officials pointed out the unsealed fuel tank. Being time trial novices, none of the team members knew that an official had to witness “event-sanctioned-gas” being put into an empty tank, before the official seals the gas cap shut. Unswayed by our teams’ pleas, the official explained that the only way to insure the integrity of the records was to follow the rules to the letter. The team recategorized Wednesday as a testing and tuning day, to save face on paper
Thursday began with more jetting woes. Despite the fact that Mr. Ray had installed a 220-main jet, the largest one made for the 45mm Mikuni, the plugs said the bike was running dangerously lean during the long wide-open throttle portion of the timing run. Dan and Mr. Ray resorted to drilling out a jet and calculated that it measured the equivalent of a 245 main. The change yielded a 158 mph pass through the lights.
Talking with people in the impound area the previous day had alerted Dan and Christian to a loophole in the rules that allows competitors a second chance at a better qualifying run without sacrificing the current run time. The rule book said that contestants have an hour after a timing slip is issued to deliver a bike to the impound area. So, scuttlebutt went, if you could turn around the second run in less than an hour, you could still use the first run if the second wasn’t any faster.
The line was significantly shorter on day four as Speed Week ran down, and a second run in an hour was feasible. Naiveté and the desire to post the best record possible got the best of the team, and Dan got back on the BONNEVALK for a second run. Midway through the timed mile, as he tried to make himself as small as possible (to cheat the wind), Dan’s knee hit the ignition switch, killing the engine — AND the run. They arrived with the bike in impound, with only a minute to spare.
Unfortunately, a couple of seasoned veterans pointed out that the exact wording of the rule governing record runs contradicted the popular sentiment expressed by the old salts the team had talked to. So, to dispel any appearance of impropriety, BONNEVALK hit the salt again, and rewarded the team with a timed mile of 161.352 mph (gas only, no nitrous)! The improved speed was a result of bumping the fuel pressure up to four PSI to force the fuel into the carb faster, to counter the still present lean problem.
The bike was tucked away in the impound area without incident, and the team went back to the hotel in a celebratory mood. A record was within their grasp.
Day five, the final day of speed week for us, and thanks to a miscommunication about the hotel departure time, Team Project BONNEVALK arrived five minutes too late for the backup runs. Not being part of the escorted procession from impound to the starting line is the equivalent of breaking the seal on the gas tank.
Once again—but this time on the last day of Bonneville Speed Week—the team found itself back at square one. The only option they had available to them was to run the bike for another qualifying time after the morning’s back up runs. Then in the afternoon, they would have one last shot to back up their qualifier. The dream of setting more than a single record was abandoned.
One more misstep and the week (and a whole lot of money) would be wasted.
The fates cast their cruel eyes once again on project BONNEVALK during the final backup run. For the first time the engine sputtered, sounding like it would give out. Paramore pulled in the clutch, preparing to coast through the timing lights at the end of the track. However, when the engine settled down at idle, he released the clutch, and gave it the berries. The result was a disappointing 149.763 mph. Only the displacement test remained between Christian Ray and his speed record.
Since BONNEVALK displaced a stock 1520 cc in a 1650 cc class, the record was a fait accompli before the measurement was taken. However, the chastened team waited anxiously for the final signatures on the record form before beginning the celebration. After five days on the salt, months of preparation, and more money than anyone was willing to admit spending, project BONNEVALK had a certified land speed record at an average speed of 153.956 mph. (we went faster, but this was the official record!)
Although Mr. Christian Ray didn’t get the four records he’s initially hoped for, he struggled, persevered, and won the privilege of being able to say he owns “World’s Fastest Valkyrie” — at least for this year. But Ray and Paramore are planning for another attempt at the record. Dual carburetors will address the jetting issues while better streamlining and narrower bars will help BONNEVALK push less air. They’re already dreaming of the magic 200 mph mark! (and that’s STILL without the NITROUS!)
The Valkyrie has it all – long distance touring capability – excellent handling – smooth – vibration free – and awesome power… and it looks like a motorcycle, it oozes presence. Taking this bike through the twisties is a real pleasure. Handling is light and completely predictable and the low speed handling is surprisingly good for a bike this big. The powerful six-cylinder motor has a strong pull from less than 1000 rpm to the red line.
Daniel Meyer is a pilot, engineer, skier, and above all, an avid motorcyclist with over a half-million miles under his belt.
The six-foot, three-hundred pound, blue-eyed Texan can often be found wandering the highways and byways of America on The Dragon, his F6 Valkyrie motorcycle.
Daniel wrote 4 Volumes of Life is a Road, an award winning motorcycle adventure series Life is a Road
If you are interested in what has been published about the Valkyrie since the beginning, you MUST visit Michael’s blog. ‘The Honda Valkyrie Pages – The Honda Valkyrie in Print and Pictures’
The blog contains an almost complete collection of magazine articles, publications, brochures and other interesting information. A second part is under construction, containing Valkyrie manuals, Mods, Add-On Installation Instructions, etc. The Honda Valkyrie Pages
In 2018, Peter looked at the development and detailed history of the GL1500 Valkyrie/F6C. Paperback or Kindle
The Honda Valkyrie
The GL 1500C Valkyrie is sometimes also named Fat Lady or Dragon.
The Fat Lady part is pretty obvious; they hardly come any fatter than this beast.
Back in Sept. 1, 1996, when the first internet site dedicated to the Honda Valkyrie, “The Valkyries’ Lair,” was launched, it contained the tag line, “For Those Who Ride the Dragon.” Craig referred to the Valkyrie as the Dragon because of the definition of a dragon:
“*Dragon (n.) A legendary fire breathing beast of great size; renowned for its immense power and ability to fly.” The moniker caught on and we continue riding dragons to this day. If you start trying to associate anything else the dragon just fits, Unicorn, Minotaur, Ogre, Troll, Ox. The list could go on but, it seems that with the bulk, nimbleness, power, and smoke rising from the tire the DRAGON just seems to fit. Also some people think dragons have something to do with the Valkyries.
A former website maintained by oZ with various Valkyrie videos.
Comment from Scott in 2004
oZ has put a ton of effort into VRCC-TV and it has turned out way better than I expected. oZ and I have been in an extended argument (discussion really) about that for a while. I didn’t think it would fly and he proved me wrong. I watched that free-style video a week or so ago and it’s pretty awesome!
You can spend a day checking out all those cool videos!
There is an abundance of Valkyrie or VRCC related material on YouTube. If applicable for this history, I have published a link.
The Honda Valkyrie is probably one of the technically best documented bikes.
If still not satisfied, use the excellent search function of the BBS.
If you want to do a maintenance or repair job yourself, again YouTube has many instructional videos readily available. I especially recommend those of Dag Verpeide from Norway and the carburetor videos from D-Ray Smith. In the appendix, a range of technical YouTube video addresses is listed.
Demonstration of the smooth-running Flat 6 boxer engine. You can put a nickel (or Euro) on its side on the engine block. It will not topple over when the engine is started or revved up.
HIGH MILEAGE VALKYRIES
In 2017, a list was made up of high mileage Valkyries by VRCC members. Only over 100,000 miles would qualify.
Two individuals really stood out from the crowd. DDT with a 1999 Tourer marked over 546.000 miles (878.700 km), followed by Tank with a 1998 Standard and 449.487 miles.
Unfortunately, Tank’s bike was destroyed on 28 Dec 2013 and he was lucky to have lived through it. More than half a dozen Valkyries had reached the 200.000 miles and beyond mark and over 100 bikes went way over the 100.000 mileage.
This is what DDT has to say about the Valkyrie.
I’ve now shared 431,000+ extraordinary miles with my best friend… She and I have been many places together, and we’ve shared many amazing experiences. My journey of life has been enhanced, enriched and changed beyond all expectations through the chance joining with this incredible partner. All very much unplanned and unanticipated, I might add, since I actually bought her as a second bike to help keep the miles down on the Gold Wing I had at the time.
Last December, Gordon (Lucky 13) replaced the final drive for me… the seventh time that has had to be done. The major culprit here is the lack of proper greasing of the splines and/or changing the final drive fluid. In our travels, we’ve had to replace tires many, many times, often in a place we haven’t been before or figure to ever visit again… The mechanics at the various dealerships always swear they did the proper treatment to splines, etc., but I stopped believing them long ago… If you can do it yourself, you’re better off by far… If you’re like me and can’t, then you, like me, will just have to take your chances and be prepared to live with the consequences…I’ve been through five or six drive shafts and universal joints (couplers), replaced the alternator twice – both times with 1500 Gold Wing alternators. The thermostat and water pump have been replaced, although the latter was done as a precaution only, as there was no problem with it. I just figured it was going to crap-out sooner or later, and I was contemplating another ride up to Alaska at the time, so… I didn’t want to have that to vex and disturb my serenity.
Other than those major repairs, the rest has all been routine stuff… OK, I’ve also been through a truck load of tires, too!!! I did replace the gas tank with an Interstate tank finally, but that had to do with reasons (fuel capacity mainly!) other than any problem with the original Tourer tank. Hard Six did a desmog for me, as well as change out the risers and cables along with several other things… Do all y’all realize we have some truly expert mechanics in our club?
While it seems, theoretically anyway, that the engine and transmission are indeed not bullet-proof, I’ve had no experience or reason whatsoever to prove they are not! Nothing other than changing fluids, replacing timing belts, syncing carbs and adjusting valves have ever been done to the engine… nothing. No rebuild, overhaul or repair at all… not even the rings or clutch. And, the things that have been done could each be counted on one hand.
I did replace the Speedo cable twice, the Speedo itself twice, and the gear at the front wheel once… Turns out that last problem was the culprit all along… An expensive and irritating problem that took a while for this non-mechanic to finally solve…
I’m often asked what my next bike will be… I always respond with, “We’re going to stay together until one of us can’t go any more… Depending upon which one of us that is, I’ll decide what comes next then…” At the moment, it does appear she will outlast me.
Bruce (DDT) and Ali, his 500.000 plus Valkyrie
In 2018, an update by Willow revealed the latest order, with the top 3 being
DDT – 1999 Tourer – 591.000 miles
tank-post142 – 1998 Standard – 449.478 miles
Indianabill – 1999 Tourer – 403.000 miles
AROUND THE WORLD BY VALKYRIE
Kiyoharu Matsuo travelled 370.000 km. in 5 years and 10 months through 121 countries with his Valkyrie
Kiyoharu retired in October 2000 at the age of 56. He was still in good health and decided to undertake a trip around the world. He calculated that he could spend 5000 yen (45 USD) each day, including accommodation, fuel and food. Although not nearly enough in Europe, America and Australia he figured he would get even on average when travelling through the other continents.
He wanted to start in Russia, China or India, but there were no cargo flights to Vladivostok, only during summertime. Transportation to China was limited to 125cc motorcycles and it would take the Japanese embassy more than 6 months to clear customs to India. Because he got a cheap deal (730 USD) by the Kuroneko Yamato Company, he decided to ship his Valkyrie by boat to the Netherlands instead to start off his adventure.
He could not repair his motorcycle, only change the oil.
During his preparation, he discovered that he needed a carnet for his bike, visas and an international driver’s license. These licenses are only valid for 1 year. Quite a problem, while he would spend a year and a half in Russian territory alone.
Most of the European countries were OK without a visa but getting into Central Asia, Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan was harder. For Japanese residents it took about a month. You had to state the day of entry and exit, however. That was tough. For America and Australia, he could not get visas through the embassy so he obtained them via internet or travel agencies.
He did not speak foreign languages but managed to get by with his hands and feet. Especially in restaurants, this resulted in funny situations and unexpected dishes. He had a book of youth hostels with him, which worked out reasonably well. Calling Japan was always cumbersome; he would put a number on the back of the card, put it in, put it in and put it in again.
He was not using alcoholic drinks on a regular basis. During his travel, he discovered that his physical strength and fitness would deteriorate in about a year. He caught a cold in warm Egypt and severe stomach aches in Nepal, where he took a cheap dumplings meal. Had to be taken to a hospital where he got local medicine. Suffered fierce diarrhea in Mexico and Portugal.
Of all the medicine he had taken along from Japan, the one he used most was a cold medicine.
As far as clothing was concerned, he had 3 pieces of underwear, 3 short- and long sleeve shirts and 3 pair of socks. He washed his clothes when he washed his body, except in Tibet where he did not undress for 10 days. His most useful cleaning item was a baggy towel that he often used without soap.
The toilet paper quality is different in each country. In case of hard paper, he soaked it in water. Some countries rinse with hoses. It’s definitely a good feeling.
He flew to the Netherlands (No. 1 at the map) and spent his first night at a hostel in Amsterdam. He got a biscuit by an elderly man not knowing it contained strong marijuana with sleeping pills. When he awoke, he was in a hospital bed and robbed of all his cash money. He did not remember paying the hospital fee.
So begins his diary of the first day of a total of over 5 years. Truly amazing and very interesting to read. He literally rode from the Himalaya to the Sahara Desert and from Alaska to the African jungle. And has a great sense of humor. It is beyond the scope of this VRCC history to write down even his travel summary. The summary itself BTW is 177 pages long. If you take the time to translate his Japanese writing online or want to see all of his pictures, you can follow his journey from day to day.
Here just a sample of his pics. Notice a rendez vous with the Austrian VRCC Chapter (second row-3rd pic)
You might be a Valkoholic if….
Before you bought your Valkyrie, you read every website that had anything to say about this bike.
Before you bought your bike, you told your S/O how this was the last bike you would ever need and how you would be a better person if you owned this bike.
Before you bought your bike, you had a picture of a Red & White Valkyrie pinned up on the wall and one that you carried with you to show all your friends what you were going to buy.
Before you bought your bike, you knew more about the Valkyrie than you did about your S/O.
After you bought your bike, you found yourself volunteering to run to the store for milk.
After you bought your bike, it now takes 45 min. to get down to the corner store to buy milk.
After you bought your bike, you find yourself feeling a little sick a couple of hours before the work day is over, yet you still get home late.
After you bought your bike, you now feel like some kind of rock star.
After you bought your bike you felt as if you had to tell all the poor lost HD riders what a great bike this is, and you now kinda feel sorry for them.
After you bought your bike, you now check the VRCC message boards more than you do your stock quotes.
After you bought your bike, you now have a funny little nickname you want everyone to call you.
After you bought your bike, you spend more time reading the VRCC message boards than you do watching TV.
After you bought your bike, you now have the VRCC store in your speed dial and you feel like Hal is one of your old army buddies.
You might be a Valkoholic if when you can’t ride; you visit your garage for extended periods of time for no other reason than to stare @ the Fat Lady with lust in your eyes.
You might be a Valkoholic if you now crave Chrome more than Money…. Money only gets you more Chrome
History of websites
Valkyries’ Lair, F6Rider, Bob’s F6 Valkyrie Page, VOA, and VRCC
This website appeared September 1st, 1996 and was the first internet site dedicated to the Honda Valkyrie. Craig Buhl ran the site, which contained the tagline, “For those who Ride the Dragon.” It did, in fact, predate the VOA, as well as F6Rider.
Participants of the World Wide Dragon Rider Organization (WWDRO) were inherently opposed to discrimination or prejudice of any kind directed toward other Supporters of the WWDRO with particular emphasis placed on bias based on gender, race, religion or politics. In addition to providing services to current Dragon owners, participants wish to aid non-owners who want to learn about the F6 series of motorcycles without fear of attacks based on their current brand of motorcycle. Participants believe that the ideas of all individual riders should not be subject to ridicule so long as they do not specifically violate the Fundamental Principle of the organization.
The Valkyries Lair officially ceased operations in June ’99.
I have not been able to spend any non-working time on the internet since the end of March 1999 and it has finally become obvious that commitments to family, work, clubs, and riding the Dragon do not give me enough time to properly maintain all of my personal internet projects. I have finally made the long-postponed decision to stop updating The Valkyries’ Lair and remove portions that are consuming a large amount of my storage space.
I will leave this reduced version of The Lair up, (at least for a time) for historical purposes. The Valkyries’ Lair (appearing September 1, 1996) was the first internet site dedicated to the Honda Valkyrie. As such I felt it provided an important place for people who were interested in the Valkyrie to get at least some information ‘on demand’ rather than having to wait for it to appear piece meal in the press. However, there are now a number of sites dedicated to the Valkyrie including a Valkyrie Owners Association (which appears to have undergone some major modifications since I was last on in March). Several of these sites are providing far more information than I was able to do and I feel that internet fans of the Dragon are well provided for.
While sometimes time consuming The Valkyries’ Lair has been a great deal of fun. The Lair and a growing number of other internet sites have shown that the internet provides a mass communication device which gives the people who buy the products as great a voice as the people who sell them. I am proud of the fact that The Valkyries’ Lair has been non-profit, non-commercial, and never attempted to generate revenue. The Lair never accepted advertising, gratuities, or donations and I congratulate all other sites that continue that tradition.
The Valkyries’ Lair has been a great experience for me and I hope it has been of some value to other fans of the Dragon.
History of Clubs
GWRRA-ValkSIG (Valkyrie Special Interest Group)
A sponsored sub-section of the Gold Wing Road Rider Association [GWRRA] was originally set-up for Valkyrie-owning GWRRA members to share the common interest, and uncommon enthusiasm for the bike.
Rich Doell mentioned 180 paid-up members. According to RP they were “tolerated”.
It did piss everybody off enough to start their own club.
In Europe, the GL 1500C Valkyrie was not recognized by the Goldwing European Federation (GWEF) until 2014, when the GW Valkyrie was introduced.
The Australian Wing Riders Association has been in existence since 1999. Its founding members ensured the constitution accepted the inclusion of Valkyrie owners/riders as full ordinary Members.
This group picture is the on-site awards ceremony at the Oct.’97, 1st Annual Valk-SIG Ride-In to Salem, VA (GWRRA Virginia District Rally), Valk-only Bike Show. This show was separate from the Gold Wing show.
‘Cool Breeze’ who won Best in Show, with Rich Doell left – and Marty Rood right of Cool Breeze
VOA (Valkyrie Owners Association)
Around 1998, the VOA was founded. The VOA split off of GWRRA because Valk owners didn’t like being called “Boosters” (GWRRA’s name for non-Wing members). According to Paul XX, a senior VAOI member, the 1st Pres was Jon Proctor who was also responsible for the first web site. He ran it for about a year until he got into an argument about money with the board. So he tried to pull the plug on the website to shut members down in retaliation. Gale Scalzi, (oZ, from what later would become the VRCC) was running a Valk website that just had articles and he kindly offered to put up a message board to continue. Here’s a link to the May 1999 F6Rider VOA board.
According to a VRCC comment, due to a management disagreement some owners left soon after the VOA was founded and the remaining principle drove it into the ground (managed to avoid jail time for a lottery fraud). So, the VOA was reorganized and renamed to VOAI (International) which still exists today.
One of the things that grew out of the VOA was local Valkyrie clubs. Most of them started out as VOA chapters, but then they broke off on their own.
One of the largest of these groups was “Valhalla Six Guns” in Texas. It was a very active group that has grown to love one another. https://web.archive.org/web/20000229033517/http://www.valhalla-six-guns.com:80/
There’s really no secret to it, but short version – VSG had a ride across Galveston island. Didn’t respect Bandido turf, flying VSG colors. Bandidos took offense to this and pulled the VSG group over. There was much internal strife inside VSG about we shouldn’t hafta take our vests off because they say we shouldn’t vs. we wanna play bikers, we gotta play by biker rules…
It got pretty ugly after a while, and I just took the vest off entirely. I’m not a biker. I don’t pretend to be, I’m a guy that likes riding a motorcycle. The real bikers play by some, to me, very odd rules… I ride to relax and get away from stuff like that, so… The vest stays in the closet now… This eventually became the stance of those who owned and ran VSG, so the colors were officially retired before the group itself finally withered away to nothing…
It was a fun group while it lasted…
There were many more of these groups that you can still see on ValkyrieRiders Hot Links https://web.archive.org/web/19990504132427/http://www.f6rider.com:80/
VOA rally in Montrose, CO in ’99 – Even an airplane was rented for the group picture of this first official rally of the VOA
I rode there from San Diego with my first experimental blower with a car carburetor on it. I was lucky to make it there and back as it was fouling plugs like crazy and getting 20mpg It was the start of something great though.
This pic was actually taken at Crawford CO. Looking west; just out of site to the left the main street turns S and right there is Pam Cocker’s Mad Dog Ranch Fountain Cafe. Pam and Joe Cocker hosted the VOA rally here at the town park just out of view to the right. Joe Cocker acted as Master of Ceremonies and announced and handed out awards and such to the membership. It was a good day, beautiful weather and a coup to have a celebrity such as Joe Cocker validate and participate with our club. Pam was a supporter of bike club rides to visit her town and cafe as she was a biker herself with a Gold Wing trike, a Shadow IIRC, and perhaps other bikes. Apparently to the consternation of some of the small town locals who disapproved the zillionaire celebrities changing their quiet little town. Cool lady, she invited me to take her trike for a spin so I did.
Here’s a shot I took of the Mad Dog Ranch Fountain Cafe, on 08-11-02. You can see the park where the festivities were, on the right edge of this pic.
Here’s the mansion Joe and Pam put it a few miles east of Crawford. Yours Truly and wife in front – we stayed overnight as houseguests.
Very impressive “Big House” to say the least – Have only seen such a place on shows like “lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”.
VRCC (Valkyrie Riders Cruiser Club)
Gale Scalzi (oZ) founded the VRCC and asked Mark T to co-edit it with him around 1998-99. Mark declined as he was too busy with his pipes business. He offered the same to Lamont Bryden, who had joined immediately when the club was founded, hence his lowest member # 001 and who was looking to sell his welding business and get into computing. He accepted and they co-partnered the editing/management of the club from the left coast until a few years later Gale bought Lamont out when he wanted to move to Tennessee. Lamont took the skills he had learned to start up several bike forums from his new digs.
For the average VRCC website member and Forum reader, oZ was more like operating in the background while Lamonster was very visible and always looking for publicity. So, I guess they complemented each other.
In an F6Rider article, the VRCC is described as a collection of maniacs, appreciating the machine they call the Valkyrie. It’s all about a culture and a community around this amazing bike where they discover each other through their common interest and the good sense that made them all Valkyrie Riders.
The members are of all walks of life and have one thing in common, their passion for the Valkyrie.
It’s something that goes beyond race, nationality, religion and politics. It’s truly amazing to see how well these otherwise completely different people are getting along.
How the Valkyrie Riders Club started by LaMonster and edited by oZ in 2004
Having a strong web presence on F6Rider already, oZ and I kicked around the idea of starting our own Valkyrie club. We learned quite a bit about the downfalls of other clubs and decided that we could run a club without the political structure that seemed to be a hindrance in other clubs. We felt that we could do this free of charge if we could just sell a few shirts and patches to support the website. We both had a passion for the Valkyrie and figured that with our HTML skills, and the love of the Valkyrie, we could really put together a great website. The question was, if we build it, will they come? We told a few other folks what we had planned on doing and the response was great. I called the then acting vice president of the VOA (Animal) and told him what we were going to do, and he said go for it, and sign me up. He is VRCC # 0006.
At that time the VOA was still on the F6Rider server. oZ and I were running the VOA website and helping out Animal with the transfer to the new server and building the VRCC at the same time. It was a pretty crazy time. A lot of changes have taken place at the VOAI and things are looking pretty good over there. They have a great webmaster working hard to get the site in shape.
When we started the club, we were not sure what to call it. We thought about calling it F6Riders, but we had heard a rumor that Honda was going to change the Valkyrie to a flat 8. Well that would mess up our plans for sure. We sat down and kicked around a bunch of names and we finally settled on the “Valkyrie Riders Cruiser Club”. The VRCC had a nice ring to it. Next, we had to come up with a logo. We decided to go with the Viking Warrior with wings and a sword going through the middle. oZ put it together and we called that our logo. Right away folks were asking why the sword? They felt that was divisive. Hey the sword was no big deal to us so we got rid of it. Then the next thing we had and got rid of was a members only board. We decided that we didn’t want anyone to think that anything was going on there that couldn’t be said in public. I think that was a good move too. oZ and I never felt like we were quite done with the logo. oZ would change it from time to time just to see if anything would click with us and the members. Then one day I was riding with my Bro Brad, and he had on one of oZ’s 1520 shield shirts and I got to thinking that maybe we could take the logo that we had now and incorporate it into the shield. oZ started working on the art and when he showed it to me I knew that was it. It really looked cool. Once again oZ nailed it.
We were able to keep with to our vision of having a free club by the new support of sponsors, Direct Line being our first sponsor. The club grew faster than we had ever imagined, and the additional support of the other sponsors really helped us to grow. We are able to give a discount on Valkyrie parts to our members and it still doesn’t cost them a dime to take advantage of the purchasing power we now have as a club. At over 22000 (as of 2004) members to date, it takes a lot of resources to run a club this size. Whenever we have asked for help, the VRCC members jump right in and give a hand. That is one of the best things that has come out of building this website. The friends we have made here will last a life time. How can you put a price on that? Like the commercial says “VRCC members, priceless”
Talking about costs. Back in 1996 when oZ started the site he was charged by how much bandwidth he used. He started out with a service that cost $35 a month. As the user base grew to 1000’s and visits to the site grew to tens of thousands he had to pay for that increased bandwidth which ran into the hundreds of dollars per month. His wife said, “Stop, we can’t afford this!” But they had an idea and put it in place and that one idea saved them from closing the early site.
Founded August 1st 1999
Valkyrie Riders Cruiser Club was started because of the need to provide a place where Honda Valkyrie Riders could band together and share the combined wealth of knowledge about this great motorcycle. A simple place with no political structure and where malice toward other Motorcycle Riders will not be tolerated.
Membership in the Valkyrie Riders Cruiser Club will be offered free to any individual who rides the Honda Valkyrie or is in the process of obtaining a Valkyrie. The reason for free membership is so the founders can retain full control of the club, web site and activities without political controls or paid membership dictation and expectation.
The VRCC will not compete with other Valkyrie clubs and all message boards are open to all members and all potential Honda Valkyrie riders to post appropriate messages, including other clubs or organizations or events.
When the Valkyrie was introduced in 1996, it started a whole (Power Cruiser) market segment that was far ahead of its time. Aftermarket companies soon came out with a wealth of Valkyrie accessories for better looks, handling or performance. If that was not enough, many individual specialists and craftsmen designed and produced tailor-made solutions for the ultimate Valkyrie chromaholic and power fanatic.
Pipes, blowers, trigger wheels, ignition mods, extra fuel capacity tanks, center stands, all sorts of lighting options, hard/leather bags, seats, covers and a wide range of bling, of course. Soon, the first factory Valkyries were transformed into radical monsters of every imaginable color, shape and appearance. Ranging from volcano-like tanks to the darkside and everything in between. Even the 6 mighty cylinders were attempted to drill out to get even more cubic inches and power. Unsuccessful, to my knowledge. All these factors together, and the introduction of the internet, resulted in a wide exchange of ideas and not a single bike being equal to the others.
A few examples of some more radical alterations and customizing in the early days
Many good features, as well as mission statements were incorporated from previous websites and in less than 4 months, the VRCC counted over 2000 members. The homepage varied considerably from todays. It was very personal, assertive, interactive and user orientated and contained a lot of attractive news items.
Lamont in particular, who had a nitro super charged beast, really got a lot of folks looking at the Valk.
Take a look at the homepage dated 28 November 1999 (below).
Barbarian in October 1999
WOwee! over 1830 members eh?? Are we at the point of exponential increase in membership at the VRCC? Big stampede…Build a better mousetrap (so to speak) and they will come running! I gotta admit – it is THE site to be with! No politics! yeah! Excellent format and tech articles! Other than a decent SO, what more could one ask for? Now if only more bikers out there were aware of the Valk with this site for support!!! Awesome…Keep the ball rolling fellow Valkers!!
….and this homepage from 2000, quite different
In 2005, the present day VRCC homepage layout was created and updated as well as the bulletin boards in 2009 and regularly ever since.
As the man behind the curtain (oZ) puts it: Well, the latest news is this, our new look and style for our Splash or Homepage. I think it Rocks! It loads in a fraction of the time it took the old page to load, I think is easier to navigate and just better all the way around. Like to thank Scott, W0QNX, F6Gal (as always) for jumping in and taking on web authoring duties. Special thanks to Scott and Connie for making this page happen.
2009 – Scott
The time has come to make a change here at the VRCC. We are changing message board formats!
We would like to invite you to head on over to the new message board, register your account, and get started posting. We will all work together to learn how it all works. If you can’t figure something out, just ask!
Please note though, that you will have to register on the board, and provide a valid email address. Don’t worry though, you have the option to hide your email address in your profile settings if you choose to do so!
In the coming days, we will be shutting down this old board as the transition is made so you might as well get started over on the new board! (General and Tech boards, but Tech Archive will remain)
The days of endless spam will finally be behind us!
We’ll see you on the other side!
Any website and board is basically just another means of communication. In case of the VRCC, it is primarily meant to promote this great motorcycle, exchange ideas and information and arrange for common rides or events. Once this framework is provided, it should belong to all members alike. After all, without members, the club ceases to exist.
On the other hand, since the VRCC does not charge any membership fees and has basically no hierarchy, its operators are not obliged to adhere to political controls or paid membership dictation and expectation.
In the VRCC Staff today, Connie, Scott, and Misfit each have one vote. Carl and Lori each have a half vote. If the Staff ends up in a tie vote, oZ has the tie breaking vote. No one person has more power than the others.
From day one, the VRCC website has been very active. I have never seen a group of people like it who are so dedicated that you can almost expect an answer to any question or remark on a message board within a few hours. Someone was always willing to answer a question, provide suggestions, share an adventure, etc. The breadth of knowledge that exists on the board is truly amazing. Members were describing their latest mods or maintenance issues in depth to provide other users an abundance of Valkyrie information. I think the resulting database easily beats that of any other bike website, no matter what.
The VRCC is home to some fantastic people. It has relevance, is interesting, can be controversial, allows freedom of expression, and keeps drawing me back in. Thanks to all of those of you that were there from the start, either as founders, members, participants, or whatever. You all contributed to make this group what it is – a family!
Now that we are looking 20 years back, many Valkyries have moved into different hands. The new kind of Rider is nevertheless equally enthusiastic and causes an entire new élan to the VRCC. Even to the point of creating ‘rat- like’ bikes with stretched saddlebags and hands-on extendable pneumatic shocks, LOL
Hans Huijbers (NL) Bikes
If you look at the number of newbie posts from those that are shocked at the lengths that members will go in assisting them. Or non-newbies just needing a bike checked out or picked up.
If anyone breaks down or wrecks anywhere, a post here or a phone call to one of us, will generally get the ball rolling for the unfortunate individual. I’ve had people loan me a bike or make the offer, when I had to fly to an event, because of time constraints. I’ll loan a bike to anyone that needs one… in fact, we now have several Valkyries, so we have one for winter visitors.
While I agree that the flavor of the board has changed, I think our members are as selfless as ever.
I do think that the personality, the aura of the VRCC and InZane has changed over the years. I’m sure the beginnings were magical when the bike was new and the honeymoon with Honda was yet all foreplay and orgasm, but someone who has attended nine of the ten InZanes said in July of 2010, “This was the best one yet!”
Back in the beginning, there were several boards sponsored by Hal Greenlee. When Hal decided the Valk was a dead end he abandoned ship, however.
As the club became more popular and difficult to manage additional owners or “principles” were brought in to keep things running smoothly and to facilitate the rallies and daily operations. Over time these principles have included Mark and Lynn from CAT Specialties, Rob and Daryl Weber from SoCal, Connie and Michael, Dave Ritsema, Scott from OK, Willow, Motomomma and Damon (Misfit). In 2015, Gale Scalzi (oZ) resigned and Connie ‘F6gal’ Hammond took over.
Thanks to these wonderful people, who managed to keep the VRCC alive and kicking for almost 20 years now, in good times and bad, the Valkyrie community lives on and has become an example of how a MC should be run.
Does that mean that everything within the VRCC has been going smoothly and without wrinkles?
Well, no. On the contrary. It is inevitable that people have differences of opinion. This sometimes causes friction and you even get clashes once in a while. Personally, I think that is only natural, shows the vitality and strengthens the Club afterwards.
Since many people distrust the use of Face book/Twitter and other, more recent online communications, the website still serves a purpose.
As Bruce (DDT) put it
Quote. It is a very special ‘place’, this electronic clubhouse we all regularly attend. Nothing like anything I’ve ever experienced or witnessed and nothing like it might have been. The folks who make the decisions and find a way to keep things going do an incredible job of providing this forum upon which we all rely for more than we may know…
Where else have we met so many kindred spirits…? Folks who are ‘like me’, yet so very different…? Folks from all over North America mostly, but around the world, too. All levels of the socio-economic ladder are represented, all walks of life, all religions and political persuasions can be found in our ranks. And, for the most part we get along… well, at least no worse than any ‘normal’ functioning family.
Overcoming challenges and ‘finding a way’ are but part of the story, though. There has to be more to lure us back again and again than merely surviving… At the heart of it all, I think, is our own love of our machines, our need for social belonging and acceptance, and our strong desire for interaction with other like-minded people. A place where we can express ourselves and feel our views are at least respected, if indeed not embraced.
Not a ‘safe space’ where we can soothe our bruised egos and feelings in a warm, group think, touchy-feely space, but one where openness and disagreement are allowed. The ‘heat of verbal combat’ is tolerated within reasonable limits so that ideas and beliefs can be tested and tempered and explored in the pursuit of truth, of logical conclusions. We don’t always do a good job with this, and our overworked moderator(s) have to rein us in sometimes… Still…
I’m proud to be here amongst this group of amazing individuals. My life has been enriched enormously by my association with everyone who is a part of this ‘special place’… I’m deeply impressed by the largely thankless efforts of our leaders who have overcome huge obstacles to keep the lights on and the boards available to us. And, therein lays the cornerstone… It’s all of us that make it what it is…
So, when we’re tempted to attack individuals instead of issues, when ‘winning the argument’ is more important than finding the truth, we all threaten to weaken our special place. It has survived, however, because our leaders have applied a deft hand to the gavel, have come down hard when necessary, gently when appropriate, and they’ve demonstrated the wisdom to know when to do what… nearly all of the time.
We are a well-functioning organization populated with good, sincere people, and led by wise, insightful, visionary people who deserve our loyalty and admiration… Like I said, “I’m just proud to be here!” End of quote.
Link to the various VRCC Chapters and related websites http://www.valkyrieriders.com/links/
No. of Members
If you would apply for a membership right now, you would end up with a number in the 38.000 range.
This has no meaning, however. The member list has been active since the formation of the club and there has never been an effort to keep it current or remove inactive members.
Instead, the message boards are a better way to estimate interest although it must be said that there are members who absolutely do not frequent the message boards and there are also a lot of members who do not bother to login when they read the message boards.
On average, some 350 people log in daily, just over 1000 every week and some 1500 each month.
In Europe with approx. 2000 active VRCC members, Germany has the largest Valkyrie community, just over 500.
A recent attempt to locate the Valkyries worldwide is https://www.zeemaps.com/map?group=2507461
Rules of the Road
In the past, the VRCC staff was spending an inordinate amount of time reviewing messages to ensure that they reflect the spirit of the VRCC. This was a huge waste of time and resources … time and resources that would be better spent working on things that enhance the club, rather than on things that have no business being part of this club. While we are loath to censor anyone, apparently someone has to do it…We choose YOU!
It’s time for a little common sense, self-censorship, ladylike and gentlemanly behavior, and time for a few of you to take a deep breath. More about this a little later.
We know that some of you would like a hard and fast, black and white laundry list of DON’TS. There are some. They include activities that are unlawful, harmful, threatening, sexually explicit, defamatory, obscene, racial and/or ethnic slurs, personal attacks; harassing, offensive, vulgar, abusive, hateful or bashing comments or content; and similar pictures or links, especially those aimed at sexual orientation, gender, race, color, religious views, national origin or disability. There are plenty of places on the Internet where you can find nude pictures. This is not one of them. If you wish to post nude pictures, do so on one of the boards or groups where it is acceptable.
Then there is this gray area where political views and general bad behavior seem to be the norm. Let’s all agree that it’s unlikely that you will ever convince me that your stupid political views have any worth, and that the probability of me convincing you of the merit of my equally stupid political views is remote. Get over it and move on. A good rule of thumb might be…. if you don’t see it on Leno, don’t post it here…. if Jay can’t say it on TV, you can’t say it here. Another one might be…. If I am going to be embarrassed by something my ten-year old child sees on this website, then it doesn’t belong here.
As we mentioned earlier, we won’t be monitoring the board as closely as we have been. We will depend on YOU to do that. When YOU find something that doesn’t meet our standards, send a note to the Support Staff. If we agree, we will remove the post. If we don’t agree, we don’t agree.
If we have to pull an entire thread that has degenerated into finger pointing and name calling, some good posts might be lost, possibly one of yours among them. Sorry.
For those of you who like to walk right up to the line and delight in challenging the Staff, you may suddenly find yourself without a member number, handle and/or ability to post. Don’t bother to email us and ask why, we don’t have any interest in explaining the facts of life to you. We would like everyone to strive to make our boards a positive experience. As my mother would say, play nice or go home.
Not long after the VRCC was founded, the principles started organizing a nationwide rally, Inzane, where Valkyrie Riders from all over the country could meet, discuss issues about their bikes and have a party.
In Europe, the same occurred between the Nation Chapters. In addition, this is the place where (EU) Chapter Reps can discuss common points of interest and nominate the organizing Chapter for the next Inzane.
Since Inzane is a focal point, the history will be centered on these meetings.
The term Inzane originates from the town of Zanesville (OH), where Valkyrie Riders would start their homecoming ride to the nearby Honda Marysville Plant. The location was chosen because of its proximity to HDL & the Honda plant and the city’s name. Population was also a factor; the population center of the US is northeast of the geographic center, but that is overall population, not MC’s or VRCC membership. The similarity with insane is not only funny but equally appropriate, since most Riders considered themselves pleasantly disturbed with their brand-new Valkyrie power cruisers. Normally the registration for this US event will not start until January because of IRS issues.
Thanks to the dedication of Connie Hammond aka “F6gal”, Scott Oakes aka “Scott in Ok”, Carl & Lori Holmes aka “Willow” & “Motomama” and Damon Kinter aka “Misfit” this nationwide VRCC meeting lives on and remained as popular as day one. We owe these people big time.
Inzane has been for the past several times in the second half of July, but we do have to be open to when we can negotiate a week with the hosting hotel. The Ozarks Area (northwestern Arkansas/SW Missouri) has been discussed. Two issues arise. Those from dry climates are concerned about the level of the humidity. The other issue is finding a hotel large enough and willing to host the event.
I don’t plan many rides, but I once got some advice from someone who does.
“Plan a ride that you’d like to go on even if no one else joins you.”
Now planning a gathering is a different animal. A gathering requires reaching a critical mass to be successful. For that, at least for me, the attractiveness of the gathering will depend most upon the scheduling and what else is or is not happening at or near the same time.
Having worked on the Inzane staff for many of the events, I know how hard it is to put an event together. Even on a smaller scale like a state ride there is always a group of people that put a big effort into the event and it can be frustrating if the turnout is less than you were hoping for. I appreciate the efforts of all those fine folks that have put on events for us to enjoy.
We require a hotel with 150 to 200 rooms and a banquet facility that will seat 300-400 and we do our best to get the basic room rate below $100 per night.
Based on our bike count, hotel bookings, and the number of ppl served at Sat. dinner, we’ve estimated the attendance IZ1 at about 475 and IZ2 at 445. So with all that said, this is my best calculation for each InZane:
IZ1 – 475 – Zanesville, OH
IZ2 – 445 – Zanesville, OH
IZ3 – 310 – Zanesville, OH (This is why we started moving it around the country)
IZ4 – 436 – Paducah, KY
IZ5 – 296 – Paducah, KY
IZ6 – 526 – Frisco, CO (First year we went West)
IZ7 – 415 – Johnson City, TN
IZ8 – 326 – Johnson City, TN
IZ9 – 318 – Frisco, CO
IZ10 – 515 – Bellaire, MI
IZ11 – 351 – Bellaire, MI
IZ12 – 320 – Eureka Springs, AR
IZ13 – 312 – LaCrosse, WI
IZ14 – 362 – Asheville, NC
IZ15 – 364 – Spearfish, SD
IZ16 – 403 – Morgantown, WV
IZ17 – 308 – Billings, MT
IZ18 – 319 – Roanoke, VA
IZ19 – TBD – Toas, NM
Two years we broke 500. We seem to be dancing in the low 300s range these days. As you can see, without fail, each successive year in the same location attendance is lower, which is why we started moving it around. Seems folks want to see new places… go figger
Plotted on a map looks something like this: (Repeat locations make the numbering a little wonky)
There does seem to be a definite east/west oscillation the last few years
Valkyrie, unequalled Looks…..
When rumors started that Honda would cease the GL1500C production, the VRCC did everything possible to persuade Honda not to do so. Below VRCC statement of 2001 was eventually supported by over 12000 members.
HONDA we love our Valkyries, don’t let the line go for 2002!
The members at the Valkyrie Riders Cruiser Club (VRCC) would like to take the time to let you know that we love our Valkyries and we ask, no we beg you not to drop this line for 2002.
We have a group of over 7000 members in just over a years’ time that have formed lasting friendships and feel as if we are part of a big family. We are not sure if you realize what you have created here when you produced such a great bike.
If sales are not what they should be it may be because the Valkyrie is an intimidating machine to look at, but once you take a ride on one you are hooked. Maybe more focus on demo rides might help to get sales where they should be.
Take some time and read what our Harley to Honda survey says about this great bike. Many of us bought the Valkyrie because it was in a class all its own. Many of us would buy another Valkyrie if you made the same improvements that you have in the new Gold Wing. Take a look at our poll on “I would sell my Valk and buy a new one if…”
The VTX is a great looking bike with lots of performance features, but it’s still not a Valkyrie. There have been rumors that Honda will drop the Valkyrie line and replace it with the VTX. The VTX is a great answer to the Road Star, but it is not the answer for the new breed of riders that you have created when you introduced the Valkyrie. We like the fact that we are not riding a “clone” bike. We have the respect of most Harley owners because of this.
Please don’t limit us to a 4-year production bike. Give us the 1800 motor, and then give us just a little more power than the GW.
We hope that you will take our comments to heart and check this page daily before you do anything that you may regret, as well as us. Thanks for taking the time to read what your loyal customers have to say.
If you want to get a pulse on how your Valkyrie customers feel about this bike, check out our message boards.
A special thanks is at order to oZ, founder and one of the great artists behind the VRCC artwork.
oZ designed and patented the VRCC logo, obviously inspired by the Norse mythology.
He was associated with the F6Rider website store and quite involved in designing patches, posters and the like for every event that took place. He was one of the first ones to sell killer t-shirts for the Valkyrie.
Many times, when somebody wanted to have a work of art for his/her particular idea or event, they ended up with oZ. In 2015, oZ resigned as formal VRCC Leader. The F6Rider Store is now run by Sarah Morrison.
Later on, Mark from CAT Specialties continued this tradition to design and produce the Inzane and special events artwork and T-shirts.
Interestingly, the VRCC US is not authorized to use Honda’s name and they can issue a cease and desist and even sue the VRCC for using it. That is why none of the VRCC shirts have the word Honda on them.
In Europe however, Honda recognized the loyalty of Valkyrie Riders and is sponsoring many VRCC events.
The (US) patented VRCC logo has caused turmoil in Germany, where Club Riders and a Valkyrie shop have been engaged in a legal struggle to claim the exclusive rights (patent) of Gale’s Viking emblem.
During the course of VRCC history, many other Riders and Chapter members in the US and abroad have gone through great lengths to make patches, illustrations and posters as well. Running the risk of not publishing an otherwise beautiful and important piece of art, it would be very disrespectful not to put a small collection of them in this overview (not in any particular order).
Some VRCC Chapter Designs
Country, State and Area Reps
Because of the phenomenal growth the VRCC has introduced Area Representatives within a State.
This club should be all about getting VRCC members together for riding and sharing the fellowship of the VRCC. As long as members are willing to meet as a group and someone is willing to coordinate where and when to gather, there can be a chapter with an area representative for that group. This is not a political office, this is just someone who agrees to keep to the VRCC mission statement and is willing to post messages or send email to get members together for rides.
Basic Rep responsibilities – (you are certainly welcome to do more):
Frequent open communication through the regional message boards. The goal of the regional boards is to allow a larger number of members to know what’s happening in neighboring states as well as their own.
We also encourage reps to encourage members to use these boards to communicate with each other about rides they will be participating in or even places they are going where they would like other members to consider joining them.
Quarterly email would be great. We have an interface that will allow State Reps and Area Reps (through their State Reps) to email all members in their state.
Monthly website updates are suggested. State and area reps need to share their website, the state website is a resource to tell about activities past and alert members of activities planned throughout your state and can include information about neighboring states.
At least monthly (seasonal in areas with winter) plan to attend rides or meet & greet ride-ins. Don’t feel like you need to do all the work, take advantage of all the organizations in your area listing rides, i.e. other groups in your state or area that are sponsoring rides for various causes and join in. We’d like you to make at least one of these events, or something you plan yourself, an official state supported ride that you will attend.
Create your own VRCC business cards with the download template. If you would like original business cards with your state &/or chapter information drop an email to the F6Rider Store to review details and if there are any costs.
State Reps added responsibilities;
Website communication is the responsibility of the state rep and webmaster and should be considered one of the key elements of the State Rep position. It is important to recognize that our membership is web savvy and will expect to use this resource as a way to know what’s happening where and how they can be involved.
Having web savvy members doesn’t necessarily mean they understand databases so be sure to keep track of this provided online page. You will need to send members to this web page when they need to update their email and such.
In countries abroad, the Country Reps have the same responsibilities and duties as the State Reps.
The Country Reps are listed in http://members.vrccservices.com/reps/countries.php
SOME VRCC EVENT DESIGNS
A note of appreciation from oZ
First off, I would like to thank all of you for your help in getting other VRCC members together in your area. We have grown so much as a club that it now makes sense to break the areas down by cities, counties or areas. The original “Chapter Leader” will now be called the “State Rep.” but will also be the “Area Leader” for their city, county, area.
I would like the “State Reps.” to work with the other chapter leaders in their state. It would be nice if the “State Rep.” could put together a state ride with all the other chapters in their state. If you only have one chapter in your state, you might want to put out a call to the members in your state to start their own VRCC chapter. This would take the load off of just one guy or gal.
We look forward to a great year in the VRCC and with your help we will give all Valkyrie riders a year of great fellowship with others who enjoy this great bike and great club! You folks are the ones who make this thing work. We thank you for that.
If you are thinking about becoming a chapter Leader/Rep., but are not sure what all is involved, here are some guidelines.
First off, the chapters are run by its Members. The VRCC is here to support your chapter in any way that we can. We will help you to promote events, fund raisers, or any other chapter lead activity. From time to time we will donate T-Shirts, pins patches or parts from the F6Rider store or ask our sponsors to donate stuff to help you raise money for your chapter. Many of our chapters hold 50/50 contest in order to raise money to support the chapter. Remember that we do not charge a membership fee at the national level, so these gifts come from the support that YOU have already given to our sponsors, and we thank you for that. If we had a membership fee like most other clubs we would obviously have more resources to do more in the way of promotion, but we built this club with the idea that even with free membership we could do some great things here. I think that the concept has exceeded our expectations.
Many of our chapters have their own VRCC chapter website. This is not a requirement to have an active chapter, or to be a chapter leader, but it is a great way to promote your chapter. If you are good at getting folks together for a ride but do not have the time or skills to put together a chapter website, ask your members if anyone of them would like to volunteer to help in that area. You can find all the VRCC chapters on the Hot Links page and at the bottom of this page. Take a look at them and then you can get an idea what some of the chapters have been up to. We are willing to provide free web space on the Valkyrie Rider’s servers for your website so you won’t have to incur the hosting fees.
Some of our chapter leaders have used the membership list to provide them with the contacts they need for a mass email to their chapter members. This is another great way to keep in touch with their members and let them know about upcoming rides in their area. One problem with this is that some of the members have put in the wrong email address when they signed up. Somehow, we need to figure out how to get the message to these folks to correct their emails. We do have phone numbers for most of the members, and when they fill out the membership form they can check if it is alright to share their # with others. Those who are on the VORTEX list have their phone # there too in most cases.
Being a chapter leader can be very rewarding and also very frustrating. Some chapters have no problem putting together 20 to 40 guys for a ride, and some chapter leaders can’t even get folks to respond to their emails.
I think the problem is not so much the chapter leaders fault, but the members in their area. Some folks just don’t like being in a group, I can understand that. If YOU are a chapter leader that has a good turnout at your meetings, we would ask you to do a little write up on how your chapter works, and what you do to get the members together. I will post them here for other leaders to look at. Hopefully this will help get the other chapters off of the ground.
We are going to set up a chapter leader’s meeting once a month so that we can talk about what is working and what needs to be changed in order to help each chapter leader. It will be a good time to get to know each other too. We are still working on the details of just how to do that. Don’t know if a conference call or a chat room would be best. We’ll have to experiment.
Promoting your chapter can be done in many ways. First off you can print out VRCC business cards to hand out to folks you meet on the road. This is a great way to get folks to the site and to let them know about your chapter. You can modify the card to meet your needs as long as it is still a VRCC card when you get done 🙂 Another way to promote the club and your chapter is to print out the membership form and keep them in your saddle bags, or hand them out to your local Honda dealer.
If you have a rider who does not have a computer but would still like to join you can get their info and sign them up online yourself. When you come to the email part, just put in yours. Let them know that you will give them a call when one of your meetings comes up.
If you are now a chapter leader and you are not doing anything with your chapter because of one reason or another we would ask that you would pass the hat to someone that may have more time or may have some good ideas on how to get the chapter going. We have folks that have told us that their chapter is dead and that their chapter leader has not responded to emails to them. We all have things come up in our lives that change our plans. If this is the case with you, please email me and let me know that you are no longer able to be the chapter leader to your state. We do want to thank you for your support in the past and hope that things will work out so that you can once again be involved in the chapter.
I hope this helps in your decision to be a chapter leader and gives you some good guidelines on what it takes. All you really need is a great desire to ride with other Valkyrie Riders.
Note from the editor
Most State Chapters have their own website with contact info, events, rides, trip reports and pictures.
Some don’t have own Boards or communicate via Yahoo groups. A few State Chapters Boards are now incorporated in the VRCC Main Chapter Website.
SOME OTHER DESIGNS
Woodwork Art by Ami Sidpara
This art work is based upon intarsia technique. This technique involves wood mosaic. It is made of several pieces of wood having different color or texture. In this artwork, I used only one kind of wood which was pine. That is why it is ‘intarsia based.’ The overall size of the art work is 2 ft. by 4 ft. which is approximately half the size of my 1997 Valkyrie.
Vanity License Plates
Cool Valkyrie Plates
Lamont in 2000
This page is brand new and I need your plates!
Send me a pic of your Vanity Plate and I will post it here.
After we get a good collection of plates we will take a
vote for the best plate and give out a FREE T-Shirt
During Inzane XI, Scott took some more vanity plate pics.
Santa won the best License Plate award at the Saturday night banquet.
Here a few from Europe
In some countries vanity plates are not allowed . I know they have been causing trouble with speed cameras.
Some Riders are quite creative in designing their plates.
This one from Greg Cramer, ‘L8RT8R” (later tater) is a tongue in cheek way of saying that you are reading my plate because I am in front of you and I’m from Idaho, the potato state.
The original term was coined to refer to a quick release system for the Interstate trunk, making it “convertible.”
The solo seat seems to be the natural progression.
Peter Vollath – Valkyrie Riding
Danny June Smith – Valkyrie Rider
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cFmGLGndgg (starts after 1:15 minute)
Jobo (Germany Rider)- Valkyrie song
Studio take Song 2017 by VRCC Germany Riders
Jeremy Soane asked me to do a music video for his song ‘Ain’t gonna ride with me no more’. An accomplished songwriter, he is in the process of making a CD of motorcycling songs. This video includes many shots of the amazing Honda Valkyrie. Sit back and enjoy!
Wojciech Gaworski – “PILOT” – Gaz do Oporu
In 2016, a VRCC poll between 195 Riders revealed the following average age:
20-25 1 (0.5%)
25-30 1 (0.5%)
30-35 3 (1.5%)
35-40 3 (1.5%)
40-45 13 (6.7%)
45-50 10 (5.1%)
50-55 32 (16.4%)
55-60 41 (21%)
60-65 44 (22.6%)
65-70 24 (12.3%)
70-75 17 (8.7%)
75-80 4 (2.1%)
80-85 0 (0%)
If you are here talk to us 2 (1%)
Another, similar poll was held in 2018 amongst 187 Riders and the same percentages more or less moved down one block with the CG now between 55-70.
As of 2016, the median age of the American motorcyclist is 47, up from 40 in 2009 and 32 in 1990.
A brand-new Valkyrie was an expensive bike. Even more so in Europe, where the USD price was almost doubled due to taxes and duties. It exceeded the price of an average family car. This meant that the buyer had to have financial resources. The price was simply not affordable for the average high school graduate. The main target group in terms of income and expenses was more like 30+ years old.
Most young people prefer sport bikes. They are more interested in novelties, speed and maneuverability and not so much in comfort, mechanical issues and reliability. Many want to ride to the limits and sadly, too often just beyond and end up as a bunch of flowers laying in a twist of the road or next to a tree somewhere.
The Valkyrie Rider’s loyalty is outstanding. The first Valkyries are over 20 years now and its Riders enjoy them so much, that they kept on riding the bike ever since.
These arguments are all irrelevant if the Valkyrie had become a cult bike. However, due to the relatively small numbers, limited production time and promotion, lack of innovation and follow up, the Valkyrie never became a mainstream cult bike.
Or perhaps, the reverse is true as well. Because the Valkyrie did not become an instant cult bike and bestseller, the production ceased.
It stands to reason that young folks nowadays are reluctant to buy a 20-year-old bike, no matter what.
In Europe people are guided more by price/quality relationship than emotion. For a new 2014/2015 model GW Valkyrie you would have to spend $ 30.000,- The prize of a GL1500C Valkyrie has stabilized at around $ 7500,- .
We see many Riders from different bikes switching to the Valkyrie, now that they become affordable. They all praise the bike for its quality, spirit and comfort.
Willow in 2011
The Honda Valkyrie has been well established as a “cult-bike” over the past ten or twelve years. We’re actually slipping away from that a bit as the age of the Valkyrie is causing it to be the target of some buyers just looking for an inexpensive entry into the big cruiser world. There are still a large number of us, though who are devoted “cultists.”
The Valkyrie was not a sales success.
It intimidated a lot of potential buyers, dealers did very little to promote the bike as did Honda.
It seems that it did not fit the “cruiser” model (no V-twin, USD forks, no floor boards, etc.).
But the smart buyers saw a real motor cycle that really could not be pigeonholed.
I worked a dealership when the bike came out and that summer I only saw one sell. And that was a Red/White standard to a gentleman with a long white beard, he went by the handle of “Santa Clause”.
True story….and he was not our VRCC Santa.
I believe Honda is the traditional loved bike the world over as evidenced by their domination in worldwide sales. It’s popular with us and attractive to many if not almost all the people we encounter. However, as evidenced by sales history, the Valkyrie simply was not a business gold mine for Honda. One can argue many reasons why including Honda’s failure to effectively market the Valkyrie, its appearance of massive size, or that it just doesn’t fit either the V-twin image or the Goldwing style.
There certainly are a lot of Harley Davidsons sold in the USA, primarily due to their excellent marketing.
We like the Valkyrie. It is a classic. It stands out as different among cruisers. We’re glad the world isn’t scarfing up their diminishing numbers as it gives us chances to accumulate a few more.
I would so own a Wing, great bike. I had a PC 800 that was covered in Tupperware and I liked it until I knew about the Valkyrie.
But it is my goal to take the Valkyrie brand somewhere else. I draw all the graphics for the F6Rider store… I NEVER PUT HONDA ON THE SHIRT DESIGNS! Honda does not deserve the credit for making the Valkyrie. A bunch of suits decided to drop the Valkyrie (after we lost Joe Boyd). In my humble opinion when sales of the Valkyrie dropped the suits wet themselves.
With a little courage, and smart marketing Honda could have started a new following! Like us… the VRCC got it and we bought a crap load of Valkyries. They just needed some time for the rest of the world to catch up with what we knew, that being it is not about a fashion statement, (think Gucci, Couch Purses, Cartier, Harley). C’mon, who’d buy a Harley for performance, quality or best bike in a category.
Don’t mean to slam Harley owners, there are some reasons for owning one like heritage, etc.
But for the motorcyclist, not the “bikers” (think guys with money trying to be a bad asses for the weekend), but true riders, who actually ride (not trailer to events) these true motorcyclists need a serious machine.
The Valkyrie motorcycle is just such a machine. Performance, ride ability, long distance capable, and speed!
Oh the hell with it, if I need to explain it, some folks will never get it… Get on your scooter and ride!!!!!
May they Rest in Peace
With a club of this magnitude it is inevitable that people pass away. Some of old age, others in the prime of their lives due to an accident or illness.
Riding a motorcycle is all about emotion. You feel free and have a powerful and great looking machine between your legs. You can ride aggressively, concentrating on the track or road and on operating the bike on its limits or just cruise along and enjoy the surrounding scenery. If you are a lone Rider, that’s just fine.
If you prefer company, this feeling creates a special bond. This is especially true with the Valkyrie. The bike is quite unique and its Riders few. Riding a Valkyrie makes you special. You neither belong to the masses of Harley and Goldwing Riders or wannabees and look-a-likes and yet still make an overwhelming statement with the bike. The Valkyrie community is relatively small and personal. Everywhere you go and meet other Valkyrie Riders, you are not lost in the crowd but have a lot of opportunities to talk about your bike and much more. This is why the VRCC has become a big family. I would like to add that having the partners of every Rider recognized as equal members, the involvement only increases.
So, if somebody falls away from this community, it always causes deep sorrow and grief. Today, you have fun together, make friends together and enjoy yourselves together and tomorrow you may witness the funeral of that very same person.
Even if you don’t know him/her personally, it feels like a distant family member had died. We keep their thoughts, feelings and emotions alive by keeping on riding the Valkyrie in their memory.
Our condolences go out to the people they left behind. Wives or husbands, children, family, relatives and friends. They have to bear this burden most of all.
The moment we die, we are all equal and should be treated equally. This makes it very hard to name someone in particular. Running the risk of not showing proper respect and piety to others, I have nevertheless meant to name a few Riders who have shown extraordinary involvement in the VRCC.
Their names will appear when appropriate in this history.
In memory of Riders who have passed away, the VRCC EU website has their names listed on this page http://valkyrieriders.eu/rip.htm
Classic Message Board Posts – Message by Staff when reaching 5000 members
There are literally thousands upon thousands of posts on our message boards.
Some of them are just too good to let scroll away… below page is dedicated to them.
You’re sure to get a kick out of these “VRCC Classic Messages.”
So, click away and enjoy the wit and style of your fellow members.
State & Area Chapters
The State- and Area Chapters are the ‘backbone’ so to say, of the VRCC.
It is impossible to even summarize the complete history and all the activities of each individual VRCC Chapter. Besides, if I try and do that, my Valkyrie would sit in my garage all the time.
I think we all agree that that would be a major sin and contradictory to the objective of this story: Ride it as if there is no tomorrow!
As an example however, you will find some information or excerpts about local Chapters and events in the following pages which were easily attainable online. The order is random and does not imply significance.
Not having been there myself, it is hard to describe any Chapter’s past origin, spirit and highlights in just a few pages. Many great trip reports had to be omitted as well, since an outside reader has no admittance to Photo Bucket w/o registration. So, I apologize if a particular or significant area of interest is not mentioned. Additions are always welcome. Let’s make this work email@example.com
Willow in 2010
Our local chapters vary greatly. Some are very well organized holding regular meetings, rides and wrench parties. Some maintain contact by means of local message boards. Most are rather loosely organized with only an occasional event planned.
Willow in 2014
Regional chapters that have their own message boards (to my knowledge) include Texas, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Kansas, Southern California, Arizona, New England, Washington, and likely a few others. Many are maintained under the VRCC message board structure, but certainly not all.
Courtesy VRCC UK
THE VALK O STEP (must see)
A Fun Video for Valkyrie Motorcycle Owners
The Valco Inflato Seat (Great humor)
The Honda F6C Valkyrie Review – With Richard Hammond
In 2013, Lamonster showed up on the VRCC board again wishing everyone a MERRY x-MAS.
Lamont rode this bike to Montrose CO ´99 first VOA rally from San Diego with his first experimental blower with a car carburetor on it. He was lucky to make it there and back as it was fouling plugs like crazy and getting 20mpg. It was the start of something great though.
Glad to see the VRCC is still alive and well and many of the old members are still here. I’ve been down many roads since the Valkyrie was a big part of my life but I still love the bike as it was, not too thrilled about the New Valk but it is growing on me. Had a F6B for a little while and loved it, reminded me of the Valk in many ways. Smooth power and handled like a dream. Unfortunately, a deer took it out along with me and the wife. I was waiting to see if Honda was going to add cruise control to the F6B and if they did I was going to get another one but instead they added a new Valkyrie
Anyway hope to see you guys on the road one of these days. Still living in East TN and still playing with Spyders. Take care.
The old Valk was taken apart by the new owner to make a chopper out of it and as far as I know it was never put back in running condition. The guy had more ambition than talent to see the project through. Bothered me a little bit but it was his bike to do whatever he wanted with it
I had the Boss Hoss for five years and it was replaced by the Spyder and that’s pretty much what I’ve been playing with the last 6+ years. I still have a love for two wheels and my next bike will most likely be a V8 Chopper that I want to build from the ground up. Still have my M109R but never ride it and it needs some TLC before I can.
I’m no longer involved with Direct Line and the only site I run now is my Spyder site. I still cruise all the boards from time to time just to see who’s still in the wind that I know.
Spending more and more time on Facebook and keep in touch with a lot of old VRCC friends on there. Starting a new shop in MO called Lamonster Garage where we will build custom Spyders and I hope V8 Choppers. Should be a fun project. Good to see the guys here that responded. Wonder if oZ is still around?
LaMonster, yup, behind the curtain as it should be! I’m no longer actively involved with the management of the VRCC, I still have a 1% share in the group having offered the rest of my ownership on to Misfit, Damon Kinter which to my great relief he was willing to procure. I’m still a member and proud of my #2 membership number! Got me curious so I searched my computer for LaMonster stuff and I’ve got a ton of photos. Got photos of you mostly tearing your new Valkyrie apart and experimenting with it to make it more awesome.
Anyway many, many great times and memories, Karen, Justin and I were fortunate and thankful to have crossed paths with you. Till this day it blows my mind that a conversation on a front porch in El Cajon California led to the organization of the VRCC!
Thanks for the pics and thanks for teaching me how to build a webpage. F6Rider was the first Valkyrie site I had ever seen and to run into you and having you take the time to help me pretty much changed my life forever. I know we didn’t always see eye to eye but it was a great life lesson that has shaped me into what I am today. Pretty sure you came up with the “Lamonster” handle and it has stuck. Hope we see each other on the road someday and I can share some stories with you that will be chuckle. Take care Bro
oZ says Goodbye…
On 28 March 2015, oZ wrote an open letter on the VRCC website
I officially left Valkyrie Riders Cruiser Club some years ago when I resigned from the Board and my shares happily went to Misfit. I have had nothing to do with neither the organization of the InZane Events nor the management of the club since November 5, 2013.
It was decided not to make an official announcement of my leaving back then, so I thought this is a good time to do so since I have: Sadly, I left the F6Rider Store some months ago as I’m just getting to old for all this crap. I have sold the F6Rider Store (for like $1) with all its holdings, its website, equipment, business contracts/relationship plus commitments and non-compete assurances from past vendors who made some shirts, hats and patches for us. This is the “the girls” entire thing now. So F6Rider or the VRCC is not under my management in any shape, form or matter. I say this as I still get a lot of emails from members about the store and the club, please address all email queries about the store to firstname.lastname@example.org
, or use the Contact Form on the site. I am not sure where to send your questions about the VRCC.
I am dissolving the Stanard Group Inc which owned the F6Rider Store; the Corporation had a good 20-year run. I plan to create some content for the new owners when I have an idea or they ask – I do not plan to charge a single penny for any art I create for the new owners of the F6Rider Store as it is a passion of mine to do t-shirt art. They will be commissioning other artists to carry on as I go into semi-retirement from creating Valkyrie graphics.
For the record Workerbee, my wife and I wrote off $6,000 dollars losses from the F6Rider Store last year and a grand total of over $70,000 since we opened it in 1996, plus $20,000 dollars to buy out a VRCC partner back in the beginning. Don’t feel bad that’s an average of about $4,736 dollars a year.
I am the only partner to lose money on the VRCC, mostly because I never saw it as a for profit business. But with the VRCC paying for my travel and lodging for the InZane events I think of those trips to the rallies costing me only about $4000 a shot, not bad to pay for a vacation. The Fat Lady banner was one of my ideas and something I wanted to do for a long time so I’m glad that I got that done. I understand there may be some issues with the banners but I’ve been assured that it was not my doing so that’s good.
It is the girls goal to make F6Rider profitable AND if they don’t carry the torch there will be no official Valkyrie only store so the only place to get Valkyrie shirts will be off those crappy print a shirt dumps that charge an arm and a leg with art done by some dork who is not a graphic artist and never put his ass on a Valkyrie. So, support the girls if you can and keep the last bastion of Valkyrie apparel alive. (Side not, Sarah has 1000s of miles on a Valkyrie… as a passenger (O:
Again my friends, so long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, good night, adios and adieu.
PS I will still be lurking on the board and we’ll see if I can keep my damn fingers off the keyboard to make some weird posts.