2004 Honda Valkyrie Rune Motorcycle — First Ride & Review — Motorcyclist Online

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Honda Valkyrie Rune

Rolling whiplash aboard the production cruiser Honda—or else—has ever built

The guy on the Fat Boy us riding up Pacific Coast hung a U-turn to give He followed us for 10 miles as we cut up into the mountains. When we stopped, he jumped off his bike for a closer at Honda’s striking new six.

really did it right, the rider who told us he not only owned a but also had a juicy deposit on a Rune.

Honda did do it right, and on so levels.

Honda’s Road to the started more than a ago, in product-planning meetings the shape and makeup of future cruisers were being Honda had used the name to designate its first cruisers, but it, in part because a mass-produced seemed to be an oxymoron. Still, the of making and selling an exotic, stylized cruiser was appealing.

is first of all an engineering company; it has demonstrated it knows how to create that function exceptionally But functional excellence and the style defines today’s cruisers to run in different directions. The overriding for functional excellence has tended to Honda’s cruisers somewhat

Honda stylists and management, had a desire to prove that the not only understands the allure and of an exotically rendered bike, but has the to create—and sell—such a motorcycle.

even giving form beautiful, exotic and/or motorcycle design isn’t all difficult. The Discovery Channel with builders who churn out motorcycles. Honda itself has some beautiful concept such as the Zodia (which the Rune’s front end) and flat-six-based performance art.

The part, the thing that of those customizers-cum-television stars can do, is to a bike that not only all DOT regulations, but also all of Honda’s engineering, performance and functional

So the gauntlet was thrown—and stylists at American division picked it up.

It was early on that the engine be a flat-six. Not only would keep it from being V-twin, but even more the V-four, the flat-six is distinctively This motor would the result as a Honda creation nothing else could.

those American stylists they were trying to something that might go production, they didn’t have to determine how to meet the and standards. They had to sculpt a that would turn quicker than Pamela but didn’t need to resolve the

When their creation, the T2, emerged on the American bike-show in late 2000 and early it met enormous customer enthusiasm—along plenty of skepticism that like it would actually be Then the hard part In a very un-Honda-like turnabout, were charged with the stylists’ vision.

Function follow form. On more one occasion designers were that it simply could not be that their rolling could not be turned into a Honda. The example we heard several of those involved was the The stylists’ choice simply not provide enough cooling.

It at first that the only way to get a in there was to rearrange the pieces and get the big fender out of the way. That challenge literally took to resolve, but in the end, the big compound-curved actually improved on the looks of the The result, now called the Valkyrie emerged undiluted and ready for in Ohio.

When Runes began off the line, we were invited to a day riding two of them. Others looked at the Rune’s 68.9-inch and 770-pound (dry) weight and it could be manageable. We were in that camp, but past of squashed skepticism with generations of Gold Wings and the 1500 have taught us Honda performs some with motorcycle mass can make the weight blow when its motorcycles start

So we were willing to ignore our eyes told us and expected a that works like much smaller and lighter, when we lowered ourselves the 27.2-inch-high saddle and saw the front end way out in front of us. Sure enough, the clutch in first gear, and the seems to shrink. The front is just about where it is to the rider on any bike; the fact the trailing-arm fork’s components are a few in front of the axle creates an

The bike’s heft, which 800 pounds with fluids, is at walking speeds, but once you get its steering magically becomes and manageable—and stays that You can point and shoot; the Rune tight, precise and predictable if you or snap it into a corner. clearance is unremarkable, certainly not as as the Valkyrie 1500’s (which is than most big cruisers), but at the feelers on the pegs drag before anything solid.

Under the 6.1-gallon tank, the 1832cc Gold Wing inhales through six individual bodies. That’s not to say it’s a hot rod; the engine is amazingly We ran it down to 17 mph in top (fifth) gear and the throttles open: no surging, no snatch.

It just torqued rapidly, picking up power as the rose. Power builds up to where the rev limiter shuts the party.Unfortunately, because there’s no it happens without notice. A light in the warning-light panel the handlebar clamp, or an indicator in the speedo and fuel LCD screen a chrome shade on the tank would be nice.

Except for a bit of abruptness when you make an throttle transition, aggravated by minor lash in the lower the Rune’s drivetrain is pleasantly of annoying characteristics. It shifts the long throws or loud that plague many big gearboxes, and the engine emits and distinctively Honda growls the intake tract and mufflers.

Honda Valkyrie Rune
Honda Valkyrie Rune

Although it claims just 3.9 of travel, the unique front performs flawlessly. It offered a ride with excellent through a variety of paving we tried hard to make it The rear end provides the same but comes up slightly short in and wheel control.

Aficionados of the style will be disappointed the cylinders prevent such a but we think more rearward (like the grips, they’re billet with rubber to give you purchase) provide greater comfort. The wide, solo seat offers for even tall riders, and a of handlebar bend allows to tailor the position. It’s a comfortable machine.

Of course, the looks of the Rune are what is talking about. Honda has fit and finish that more justify the $25,499 price extra for chrome wheels). The part will be getting If you don’t already have claimed, you may be out of luck. Honda it will build just one per (about 1200) for the ’04 and has not decided if it will make any in the future.

But if demand for a cruiser this and this functionally excellent is as as we think it’ll be, we’re Honda will build

And that guy on the Fat Boy rider we met during our ride up PCH? We think be a happy man when he takes

Honda Valkyrie Rune

MSRP: $25,499 ($26,999


Type: l-c opposed six

arrangement: sohc, 12v

Honda Valkyrie Rune
Honda Valkyrie Rune
Honda Valkyrie Rune
Honda Valkyrie Rune
Honda Valkyrie Rune
Honda Valkyrie Rune


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