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History of Honda Rune.

of Rune

Honda was looking to the original Valkyrie to the next When it was first introduced, bike, which had been from the 1520cc Gold had a significant impact on the motorcycle The Valkyrie was the first genuine cruiser, a custom-styled motorcycle had plenty of muscle, great and long-distance touring abilities to go with its good looks.

It expanded the notion of what a functional capabilities could and in doing so the Valkyrie built an strong following. So they to extend this concept again and take another motorcycle into uncharted

While it’s true the sprung from the fertile of Honda’s futurist designers, of this revolutionary machine seen in real steel 10 years ago. The Rune its lineage back through a of concept vehicles all the way to 1995, Honda revealed the radical at the Toyko Motor Show.

The was an innovative concept cruiser, a custom showcasing engineering never seen in production, and that blended elements of retro lines with futuristic technology. Some of the more shocking design such as the trailing-link front and single-side swingarm, are now seen in the

The Zodia’s senuous body wrapped around many unique features. Powered by a maintenance-free overhead camshaft the Zodia transferred engine to the rear wheel via Honda’s hydro-mechanical automatic transmission, the HFT Fitting Transmission). Braking was by unique rim-mounted brakes by Honda’s latest generation of Braking/Antilock Braking System.

The Concepts

Three years the Zodia first appeared, revealed another concept this one based on the Gold horizontally opposed six cylinder T1, as it was known, would be followed by more concept bikes in the each seemingly more than the next.

While all began as Honda Research (HRA) ideas and sketches, sources-including a master fabricator not with motorcycling in any way-were tapped in order to push the of design beyond the usual All the T-series concept bikes shown to the public, and Honda gauged public reaction. Of the T2 clearly triggered the most

In fact, so strong was public that Honda should a motorcycle exactly like T2 this perspective became the objective of the Rune. Not surprisingly, the and its T2 concept forebear appear identical.

Concept Type 1

First to be to the public in late 1998/early T1 aims to evoke a hot-rod or car image. Purposely abbreviated parts shift the focus of T1 from exterior parts and the engine.

Based on a steel-tube frame, the brightly painted members sweep back to a sporty image, one that is by the chromed, cast-aluminum swingarm and stylized grab rail.

The rail is faired into the fender (a similar treatment was to the VTX), which is chopped for a look and also sports an LED taillight that produces a uncluttered appearance in the rear

The smoothly integrated tank/seat has also been echoed in the as is the handlebar-clamp mount for the speedometer-two styling elements that for sleek, clean lines. The of the T1′s exhaust pipes has loosely derived from and muscle cars, thereby to the sporty, performance image.

The suspension is a distinct departure the Pro Arm single-shock design. A cast swingarm and a chrome-plated strut to a single shock that peeks out from under the and fuel tank.

Concept Type 2

T2 blends a neo/retro persona; retro respect to the deep fenders and tank that are evocative of and chopped roadsters from the and ’50s. Yet the T2 is cutting-edge with its use of a engine and aluminum twin-spar plus Pro Arm rear suspension.

The shroud transcends function to a full- on styling element sweeping curves that hark back to classic grills.

On the T2, the single-sided Pro Arm swingarm out in its full glory; note the construction!

Taking advantage of the Pro Arm, the left rear has been purposely left to highlight the gorgeous rear that is perfectly framed by the lines of the sweeping, flared fender. Notice the clean and look provided by the knock-off hub.

The beautifully integrated, muffler was kept short to the rear wheel area but it makes its own powerful statement the way.

The bold, massive to the radical two-shock trailing- front end lends a strong presence, further feeding the presence.

The unique dual-bulb headlight includes a projector beam in the portion, which gives the a very different face. the painted headlight shell the chromed cap.

With the packaged into the wing-shaped cover in futuristic style, the flush-mounted LED taillight/turn signals, the T2 a distinctly neo look from to toe.

Concept Type 3

Honda VTX concept

The strip served as the inspiration for the T3, styling aimed toward a performance-based machine rather a pure cruiser. Note the steel frame, flawless aluminum body pieces, and air on each side, in keeping the drag bike look.

a raked front end, pipes and short fenders, the T3 on a very businesslike appearance.

The fan-shaped arrays of triple on each side tickle the and tease the ears; with pipes, what would bike sound like at chat?!

Drag-style handlebar and an speedometer lend a functional air to the treatment, one that is capped off by the 230/60-16 rear tire. The to chain final drive is appropriate.

The front wheel presents a look; the brake discs up directly to the wheel’s five rather than through disc carriers, creating an open and airy appearance.

The rear fender offers a integrated, organic style as it flows curvaceously forward and into the seat and “side area.

Concept Type 4

the first three designer-driven the T4 concept is unique in its intent as a material study-an internal that is a rolling exercise in techniques. T4 was formed by the hand of fabricator Mike McCluskey, a man who spends his time restoring Cobras and vintage aircraft. as the styling may be, it’s the flawless and expert craftsmanship that stand out.

The twin-spar consists of three sections of billet aluminum per side the steering head; all have milled to shape, then together in virtually seamless Billet aluminum triple top off the exquisite front end. The pieces of the swingarm were milled from billet, and the driveshaft moved outboard for clearance.

The driveshaft’s front and gearcases are also milled items.

Even small, unobtrusive such as the front engine have been milled billet; it’s a real of artistry in metal, squirreled from sight.

With allen head bolts and finish over brushed the T4 finish exudes a very presence.

More than a exercise, the hand-formed aluminum piece also houses the element within its vented Note the tidy little reservoir that resides on the side of the engine.

Nothing too about the rear drag the real deal, a 26.0 x Outrageous? You bet!

Custom-made include the exhaust system, tank, battery box and taillight.

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