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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 totally necessary.
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.
HONDA RUNE WITH EXHAUST BAFFELS REMOVED (NOT JUST DRILLED HOLES )
This is my Honda Rune (NRX 1800 ) the Exhausts have been completely gutted out leaving
large empty chambers .
My camera picks up the tick over sound very well but my camera does a poor
job of the sound when i rev the bike and it sounds much better in "real
life" losing the "fluffy" note then can be heard in the video .
Note the different sound from each side and from behind the bike .
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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
Superbike Honda VTX1800 Commercial
The Honda VTX series is a line of Honda V-twin cruiser motorcycles inspired
by the Zodia concept shown at the 1995 Tokyo Motor Show. The Honda VTX 1800
was introduced in 2002 , and a smaller 1300 cc version was introduced in
2003. At the time this bike was introduced the Honda VTX 1800 engine was
the largest displacement production V-Twin engine in the world, with the
largest pistons ever produced for a car or a motorcycle. This title didn't
last long however as the displacement race still continues today. There are
several differently styled models available for each displacement class.