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2005 Honda Rune Photo Gallery

Photos of the 2005 Honda Rune. 2005 Valkyrie Rune Comparo.

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A beautiful seamless fuel tank arches gracefully over the chrome six-cylinder motor.
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The Rune's radiator looks like it was plucked from a '32 Deuce coupe.
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It has neither the most horsepower or the most torque, but the Rune's 1832cc flat-Six motor has a delicious soul that intoxicates its rider.
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Honda went to great lengths to engineer every aspect of the Rune, including a nifty remote steering lock.
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A single-sided Unit Pro-Link swingarm shows off the 5-spoke rear wheel that mimics the look of a '60s Halibrand magnesium car wheel.
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Honda's Rune is a visual feast from front to back.
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The Rune's riding position has the riders arms resting comfortably low with a slight forward lean and footpegs that are placed under your knees.
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The Rune loses its hefty feeling once above a walking pace, responding like a smaller machine despite having the longest wheelbase of any Honda.
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The Rune's wrap-around rear fender also borrows cues from the'50s lead-sled movement.
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With its radical appearance and affinity for spinning up its rear tire, the Rune can make even schlubs like Ken look like a superhero!
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The Rune is fitted with the largest set of front and rear brakes Honda has ever fitted to a motorcycle.
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Fired up, the exhaust tone out of those radical dual-outlet exhaust pipes is deep and burbly.
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The Rune draws supermodel levels of attention; too bad its price is also in the supermodel caliber.
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With its single-sided swingarm, mag-style wheels, trailing-link fork and color-shifting paint, Honda's Rune looks like it jumped off the pages of a sci-fi comic book.
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2005 Bruiser Cruiser Comparo 2005 Honda Valkyrie Rune, 2005 Triumph Rocket III, 2005 Kawasaki Vulcan 2000
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Honda's Rune proved to be capable in the twisty stuff, but too little ground clearance hindered its cornering prowess.
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2005 Bruiser Cruiser Shootout - Performance Data
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The Rune would be nearly impossible for a custom bike builder to duplicate, and much time can be spent taking in its many facets of beauty.
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As a side note, the Rune's trailing link front end provides some measure of anti-dive effect during hard braking.
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"The completion of this model run doesn't herald an end to this fabulous motorcycle, nor to Honda's determined pursuit of bringing concepts to production reality." - Ray Blank, Honda Motorcycle Division Vice President