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Review of the 2004 Honda Valkyrie Rune:
Riding impressions of a Rune
Author: Steve Culp, 2005-10-13|
Just got mine and I love it. Sold my wife´s Honda and gave her my Indian. I also fixed that annoying throttle.
I see some people are imtimidated with the size. It is a big bike, but after a couple of hundred miles all of that goes away. |
For the first day of ownership I wondered if I had make a mistake. I had traded in my wife´s 750 Honda Spirit and put her on my 2001 Chief. So I was commited. I am 209 and 5´11´ and my legs were a bit less comfortable than on my Indian which has the forward floorboards.
However, after looking at this work of art with my buddies, which also build bikes and airplanes, we all came to the same conclusion. This is one cool bike that only a major manufacturer could build.
After a 80 mile road trip I started to feel better with the Rune. I was worried it would get away from me and I would drop it and have to call a wrecker to pick it up!
I have owned it about 3 weeks and have about 700 miles on it now. Nowadays I just hop on it and run around town for lunch and it is such a hoot to ride! It sounds like a Porsche and the crackle of the exhaust when you lift is way cool.
The other thing that drove me nuts was the throttle response. I could be riding along and hit a bump and in turn bump the throttle which would take up the backlash in the drivetrain and was a real pain. I was getting cramps in my right arm trying to hold the throttle from turning on bumps. The throttle needed a friction dampner. I took two o-rings and slipped them over the throttle in between the grip and the housing. It caused the slightest amount of friction and the throttle does not hesitate to return. But it makes the bike a JOY TO RIDE!!!!! I have put most of the 700 miles on with this mod and it works great for me.
I am headed down to Daytona for Bikertoberfest next week and had to buy a new trailer for the bikes as the Rune and the Indian are two of the larger bikes I own. The rune is big but the wheelbase is the same as the Indian. The weight really does go away once it is moving.
So anyone that is interested in a Rune should go buy one and have a production custom motorcyle the likes of which you probably won´t see again.
This bike must have cost Honda a bundle to produce. I don´t think I could build the front end and sheet metal for the 20K the bike costs.
Anyone know the production numbers for North America? I would love to know.
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