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Honda Valkyrie Rune

Honda NRX1800 Valkyrie NZ 2003 Review

Honda Valkyrie Rune NZ 2003

and appearance come a poor in the Honda RD scale of priorities, to mechanical excellence. Reliability, innovation, performance and handling are more vital than indefinable something called allure. Honda’s ongoing success says we shouldn’t this policy — if, so often, it’s evident Honda first engineers new model, then gives it to the department to wrap some round it.

The result has frequently an anodyne appearance disguising a mechanical package, as on the SP-1/2 the CBR600, or more recent variants. It’s as if the bikes designed by committee, and still out of a styling manual. You can almost them sitting round the at one of those typical Japanese meetings, leafing through the Colours?

Graphics? ‘Oh, get one of our staff to play around a bit on the computer, and for sure we can come up something that won’t too many customers.’ Think joking? Compare any FireBlade or CBR 600 of the five years to the equivalent — or, better still, to a Ducati, or MV Agusta F4. Where it say that only Italian are allowed to focus on style, as as substance?

Which is perhaps one why, until now, manufacturers have mainly away from the Limited concept that has proved so and profitable, for companies such as Aprilia, MV Agusta and Benelli. unless, like Yamaha the R7, they need to create a special to go racing with, or to flick the finger at their by showing that they can something technically tricked-out for to buy and ride on the street.

But that’s an engineering issue, not Otherwise, intent on remaining to their proven mass modus operandi, Japan four manufacturers have spurned the chance to … market sectors with a low high-end product aimed at and more discriminating customers to pay extra for something that is plain special and, looks different.

Until And it can be no coincidence that the move to Honda’s best practice on its RD wise, has come from Honda. With its own factory in Ohio, already building the Gold Wing and its Valkyrie spinoff, Honda’s US affiliate is a manufacturer in its own right, catering for the largest bike market bikes that are engineered in but are essentially creations of Honda

When our RD department develops models, everyone in the company at favourite elements in them and what if? says Ray Blank, Honda’s vice-president of motorcycles. On basis, we created the Valkyrie motorcycle from the first GL1500 Gold Wing. The built an unusually strong so when we introduced the GL1800 we wanted to extend this once again, and take cutting-edge motorcycle into territory, exploding old limitations on a manufacturer could mass

In this case, Honda looked back at the swoopy V-twin concept bike the displayed back in 1995, its trailing-link front suspension. this in mind, to create an to the 1500cc Valkyrie but powered by the new six-cylinder motor, Blank the designers at HRA to include this in a series of concept bikes on the big-inch GL engine, to create a motorcycle that would be special, a limited production to be built on the Maryville line, but significantly more than Honda models. Honda the result of this three-year the Valkyrie Rune — to the mystic stones respected by the Vikings.

It was HRA’s head of motorcycle Martin Manchester, who was charged overseeing the creation of the three motorcycles, catchily known as T1 to T3, appeared at the December 2000 Beach Show in California, coming at the post-Zodia design from a different angle. RD had threatened to pre-empt matters by starting development of the T1 concept, but of all of T2 was far and away the most acclaimed, within Honda America and by the public, who rated it four more popular than any of the designs. Honda bosses quickly in the wake of the public’s to the showbike, stood corporate on its head, and told their RD to translate the T2 showbike into a model, just the way it already

Little more than two later, the result is now in production in the US, at $US25,499 ($NZ44,112), it’s not But the model will be built in limited numbers, not more 1200 bikes in total, or one for American Honda dealer, Blank, who also avers Honda America will by its commitment not to increase production to meet a likely greater

The Rune employs the same 74×71 mm 1832cc flat-six as the GL1800, with chain-driven and two valves per cylinder, fitted PGM-F1 fuel injection but six throttle bodies, compared to two on the Gold Wing. Combined the short, six-into-two, highly triangular megaphone exhausts faithfully reproduce those on the T2 bike, the result has been by Motorcycle Cruiser magazine won’t declare performance for the Rune) to produce 91bhp at with tree-pulling torque of ft/lb at just 2500 rpm via a five-speed gearbox with clutch, and shaft final

This ultra-smooth powerpack is housed in an aluminium beam with a massive 1750mm although this is actually than it seems, thanks to the trick as Harley employs on the to make the front end look than it really is. This the front struts — on the Rune are styled to look telescopic fork legs, they’re nothing of the kind! raked out much more the steering stem, operating a bottom link to actuate the upper shocks via pushrods and which comprise the front

At the rear, there’s somewhat not only a single-sided swingarm but the same Unit Pro-Link suspension as found on Valentino’s World champion MotoGP with the laydown shock’s mount contained within the rather than the chassis, in helping lower the seat to just 690mm, and enhancing the low, Kustom Krooze Dry weight is a predictably massive 362kg, and to stop all this a pair of the big floating 330mm discs Honda first to the FireBlade about five ago, each gripped three-piston calipers, with an 336mm/two-pot rear. The Rune Honda’s trademark linked system as standard, so stepping on the brake pedal also the central piston on each brake.

Honda Valkyrie Rune

Not even the best can really prepare you for seeing the in the metal, lower and less than you expect it to be, flashing the sunshine back at you from all its of chrome. This bike is well detailed and built to a high level of quality, and has presence, even at rest, you can appreciate to the full its Looney styling and 1940s design like that fabulous headlamp that looks it came straight from a Bunny cartoon, the chromed head covers helping that muscle-car image, the rear fender complete flush-mounted LED teardrop lights all but hides the rear tyre, and all that wonderful stylised cover for the twin radiators, is the ultimate on hotrod style on two This bike could have been styled in

Moreover, no bike I’ve ridden in public, not even the MV Agusta F4 before it reached aroused such a constant of attention and universally favourable as the Rune. Grinding through the traffic in Santa Monica, you get a series of nods and smiles, with truckies shouting out bike! as you trickle past

tUnder US road conditions, is an extremely satisfying bike to Okay, lean angle in is strictly limited to 32 degrees the hero tabs on the flip-up start grinding, and if you ignore the signs and let them rise up, ground the exhaust very So canyon-carving is only an option if you it easy round turns, and use the effortless torque and surprisingly but ultra-smooth acceleration to power out of relatively upright.

In spite of the low the riding position isn’t too even though the sticking-out of the boxer engine means the are further back than on custom bikes, which adds to the sense of control you over such a big, bike, even with the reach to the handlebars, which back gracefully towards hands, but still require you to forward a little to reach — there are two optional one shorter than the other. just a single seat Rune riders are Lone — with an improbably fake carbon fibre covering to the squab. Climbing at rest, the bike does as long as a football pitch, but down low on the left to turn the key, crank up the engine on the choke, select a gear and suddenly the Rune becomes and more manageable in motion.

The engine is a gem, so smooth and with a distinctive wooffle the twin exhausts at low revs reminds you of an all-American V8 car, then flattens out a little to a offbeat lilt at higher The hyper-minimalist instrument dash in the top of the tank doesn’t contain a — just a digital mph fuel level indicator, trip/odometer and five warning all lit by a restful blue light at but strangely (and annoyingly) not that vital ingredient, a or even a temp gauge on a bike.

The Rune’s high weight means it sits well over bumps, but the 100mm wheel travel at ends means you get jiggled up and over the washboard effect of joints on concrete freeways, there seems inadequate damping, especially at the rear. though, ride quality is by cruiser standards, and the front end pretty good at eating up road shock.

But the big surprise is the — the Rune feels less of a land yacht you expect it to be with that wheelbase, and coupled with the grip from the 17-inch D251 tyres (whose tells you a lot about the Rune’s but justified sporting pretensions), you can the bike through turns lots of confidence, and some Just watch out for decking the — but there’s a surprising in the Rune’s steering — it well to quite small on the ‘bars. It also stops well from high especially if you use all three brakes, and rely on just stepping on the pedal, as you can do by using just the pair at slower speeds in

Well, what else can I say — more, please, I honestly never thought enjoy riding the Rune as as I did, and nor did I think it would be so in a mixture of road conditions. this is a freeway fang all else, but it’s also a ride in town or on reasonably country roads. But even if not into bikes like endowed with extreme that sends out a statement, the may have a message in its stones you should read.

For if it’s the sellout it threatens to be, perhaps honchos in Japan as well as the US realise that they to let the stylists at least work the engineers in developing each new and they shouldn’t be so afraid of the limited edition route in especially with their

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

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