2005 Honda Valkyrie Rune Comparo — Motorcycle USA

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Honda Valkyrie

2005 Honda Valkyrie Comparo

With its single-sided mag-style wheels, trailing-link and color-shifting paint, Honda’s looks like it jumped off the of a sci-fi comic book.

One at the Rune and you can tell this is special. Its appearance is so wild and that it transforms its rider an instant celebrity — incessantly snap their and do double-takes in a futile attempt to in all that the Rune offers the

This thing is a visual from front to back. a look at its unique trailing fork (with dual hidden below the steering then let your eyes up the odd but stirringly curvaceous headlight. A seamless fuel tank gracefully over the chrome motor, framed by the only chassis of the bunch.

A single-sided Pro-Link swingarm shows off the rear wheel that the look of a ’60s Halibrand car wheel with a modern

There are several other hot-rod influences in the Rune. Its looks like it was plucked a ’32 Deuce coupe, the valve covers seem 3/4 scale small-block Chevy V-8 Its wrap-around rear fender borrows cues from the lead-sled movement; just a slammed Mercury, its low placement is a for caution when backing it up a curb.

And the Illusion Blue paint on our bike has color-shifting particles alternates its appearance from a blue hue to a grape-ish purple on how light bounces off it. One particularly tester called the Rune’s look Superhero Nostalgia for its mix of and futuristic elements that to mind some sort of Gordon conveyance.

Riding the does nothing to change impression, as its swept-back chrome and front end stretches out far in front of a bringing also to mind the bikes that raced the forest in Star Wars: of the Jedi . There’s no less 44 inches between the tip of the headlight to a torso.

In spite of its radical the ergonomic triangle is almost a standard motorcycle, with resting comfortably low with a forward lean and footpegs are placed under a rider’s instead of way ahead of them the more chopperesque forward of the V2K and Rocket. While the mid-placed are better positioned for greater from its rider, Honda didn’t have the option of them any further forward of the low-slung cylinder heads. The position actually works well on the open road, as a doesn’t capture a lot of wind the wider and higher parachute of the others, making a 90-mph no problem.

We judged the Rune as the best fit for riders among this but its comfortably wide solo is no place for the limp-wristed. Despite its frame, the Rune scales in at a 837 lbs without fuel, the lardiest of trio by a significant 47 lbs. it off its chrome sidestand will a rider believing that stout package was carved out of

It has neither the most horsepower or the torque, but the Rune’s 1832cc motor has a delicious soul intoxicates its rider.

But, Honda’s GL1800, the Rune its hefty feeling once a walking pace, responding a smaller machine despite the longest wheelbase of any Honda. performing tight turns in the lot of a local burger joint some experienced hands, by heavy steering at low speed.

A rider is aided by one of the sweetest in the business. Honda’s flat-Six updated from the Gold state of tune with cams, revised fuel and mapping, and using six individual bodies with 12-hole instead of the twin TBs on the GL. A closer-ratio and a reasonably light hydraulic helps lay down the power for sprints.

This is truly a charming Fired up, the exhaust tone out of radical dual-outlet exhaust is deep and burbly, sounding like a V-8 hot-rod car engine a similarly configured flat-Six motor. As the revs rise, pours forth like a from the Six, as compared to the rhythm-and-blues combo of the Vulcan’s or the jazzy layers of the Trumpet’s

Strong twist is available idle speed, and the Rune’s results show a superbly powerband with a healthy and torque plateau. The White Dynojet was spun up to 96.1 and 101.9 lb-ft at its peak and the Six feels the revviest of the bunch so it can be almost like a sportbike

Honda Valkyrie
Honda Valkyrie

Although it has the least torque this trio of giants, never know it by the way the Rune’s easily overcomes the traction at the 180/55-17 Dunlop rear It takes only a half-hearted of the throttle and an aggressive clutch to smoke the rear tire all the way an intersection, which proved to be entertaining. However, that of grip severely hampered the acceleration numbers, which explore on a later page.


While neither of these is designed to unwind twisty the Rune is aided by the aforementioned riding position and by the sharpest geometry in the group. Its unique fork does a decent job up bumps, but the rear suspension is by the mass of the huge back

Although it offers a smooth on Arizona’s well-maintained roads, a rider suffers on the uneven on LA’s broken-up freeways as the rear end jostles and tosses its It ‘Rune-d’ my back, said wryly.

With its radical and affinity for spinning up its rear the Rune can make even like Ken look like a

The Rune is fitted with the set of front and rear brakes has ever fitted to a motorcycle, a pair of 330mm front and a 336mm rear disc. we’re getting used to Linked Braking System, we thrilled with the system on the The front brake lever two pistons in the 3-piston front and one piston in the 2-piston rear, the rear brake uses the rear piston and a piston in of the front calipers.

We were impressed by the power of the brakes through their brake lines, but we would to have the front lever all three pistons in each caliper because the brake is positioned too low for an easy prod, so we mostly on the hand control for As a side note, the Rune’s link front end provides measure of anti-dive effect hard braking.

While we our notepads with critiques and for the Rocket and V2K, criticisms of the were mostly limited to its rear suspension and its 50%-greater tag. Also, its magnificent end can do a bit of tail wagging when bumps while leaned Its gearbox can pop into neutral heavy compression braking in gear, and the transmission is a bit notchy.

We loved the look of the blue-lit gauges, but we thought it a bit cheap Honda didn’t include a on the fancy instruments. Our final nit is that its throttle response can be during re-application.

Honda tell us the current Valkyrie limited-production run will end this but they say there’s more to from this glamorous It’s hard to imagine Honda designers would to do to top the existing model, but Honda Division Vice President, Ray says: The completion of this run doesn’t herald an end to this motorcycle, nor to Honda’s determined of bringing concepts to production

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