132929 / 2004 Honda Valkyrie Rune
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In 1995, Honda shocked motorcycle enthusiasts by unveiling a radical new
concept bike at the Tokyo Motor Show. Named the Zodia, it was the first
major indicator that something new was underway at Honda Worldwide. Phrases
like "a blend of classic and modern styling" are commonly used but Honda
took this ideal to an extreme. The Zodia looked downright intergalactic.
Fast forward a few auto shows and another radical Honda concept debuts: The
T2. It borrowed heavily from Zodia engineering but placed it in a more
earthly context. The standard V-twin was also swapped out in favor of a
Goldwing-derived flat-six. The combination hit all the right chords with
the buying public. In fact, response was so strong that, in 2003, the T2
hit the streets, virtually unmodified, as the Valkyrie Rune. If you missed
your first chance to buy a Rune, this pristine 1,100-mile example may be
exactly what your garage is lacking.
The Rune is one of those rare production bikes that shows like a full
custom. As one of a very small number produced, you could probably even
pretend it's custom without getting your cover blown by another one pulling
up beside you. The bike rides on timeless five-spoke wheels wrapped in
150/60/18 and 180/55/17 Dunlop tires, respectively. Fat fenders, complete
with hand-painted pinstripes, tuck those tires, making the bike look lower
than it actually is. The long and low look is further aided by a seamless
6.2 gallon tank that also houses recessed glare-resistant digital gauges
while a solid Trimtab fairing helps reduce drag. All body pieces, including
the unique curved radiator housing, are painted in a deep coat of black.
For contrast, Honda brought in tons of chrome and stainless surfaces
including the clutch master cylinder, brake master cylinder, headlight, and
radiator cover. A large carbon vinyl gunfighter-style seat provides rider
comfort while vertical LED taillights flush-mounted into the rear fender
finish off the custom look.
With such dramatic styling, it's easy to overlook the level of engineering
at play on this bike. Under the mass of black lies an aluminum
diamond-shaped frame featuring a 68.9-inch wheelbase. To put that in
perspective, Honda's Goldwing is only 66.5 inches. As far as production
bikes go, this one is big. A unique trailing bottom-link front suspension
redirects axle load through two upper shocks. One houses the main spring
while the other holds a sub-spring and damping system. A race-bred rear
suspension places the upper shock mount within the swingarm instead of the
frame, offering unparalleled rigidity and handling. Braking is handled by
dual 330mm front and single 336mm rear discs. With the Rune's innovative
Linked Brake System, braking is progressive and easily controllable. The
center piston of the three-piston front calipers is only activated when the
rear brakes are applied, saving maximum stopping power for when it's
Without a fairly stout engine, that sort of braking power would be pure
overkill. Fortunately, that's not the case here. The Rune features a
liquid-cooled, horizontally-opposed, fuel-injected, 1832cc
flat-six-cylinder engine delivering 97.4hp and 112.1 lb. ft. of torque at
the wheel. Not only does the flat-six generate enough power to push the
Rune all the way to 123mph, it does so with one of the greatest stock Exhaust notes a motorcycle has ever
produced. Power is fed to the rear wheel via a smooth-shifting five-speed
transmission and an impressively quiet shaft-drive. Form and function
rarely cohabitate but this engine is an exception. Chrome valve covers and
a unique six-into-two Exhaust system
offer a tasteful dose of muscle car flair. The best part? All of this is
backed by Honda engineering and dependability. Though it may look like an
intimidating bike, you can rest assured that nothing leaves a Honda plant
without being user-friendly and dead nuts reliable.
While the motorcycle world is chock-full of wild looking eye-catching
bikes, it would be difficult to find one as magnetic and well-engineered as
the Rune. A full nine years after its introduction, the design is still
fresh and appealing, making it that much more difficult to believe it was
ever a production bike. If you like the idea of a limited-production bike
that will snap necks and provide years of trouble-free cruising, give this
one a second look.
Yamaha FJR1300 and Honda Valkyrie 1/4 Mile Runs
My friend (on the Valkyrie) and I (on the FJR) had a fun day at the drag
strip. I finally broke into the 10's and my friend finally exceeded a
100mph trap speed.
FJR best run: 10.894s @ 126.76mph (seen from the Valkyrie in the last
section of this video)
Valkyrie best run: 13.073s @ 100.51s (not caught on video)
2008 Yamaha FJR1300
* Holeshot 4-into-2 header; ceramic coated.
* Remus Hexacone slip-ons (titanium).
* Modified air box with custom air filters.
* Motty AFR Tuner; targeting 13.2:1 mixture for 100% throttle.
1997 Honda Valkyrie
* Cobra straight pipes (loud!).
* Advanced ignition timing.
* What's fuel injection? :-p
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