No manufacturer, including Honda, had ever constructed a motorcycle like the Valkyrie Rune. The conceptual forces driving the shape and face of the Rune were pure flights of imagination, a designer’s dream come true. Unfettered by budget or engineering restraints, Honda’s R&D group was free to push past conventional boundaries, taking the Rune squarely into uncharted territory.
The result is pure mechanical magic. A stylish and strong diamond-shape aluminum frame stretches over a massive 68.9- inch wheelbase, the longest in Honda history. The largest disc brakes fitted to a production Honda motorcycle can be found at both ends-dual 330mm discs up front with a 336mm unit in back-and they are integrated by Honda’s Combined Brake System. Then there’s the Rune’s innovative suspension system, a trailing bottom-link fork in front, and single-shock Unit Pro-Link rear system that first saw action in the MotoGP wars.
This innovative chassis wraps around a muscular 1832cc six-cylinder engine that’s been hot-rodded for serious road work, and rigid mounted to help impart a direct mechanical feel, and compliment the Rune’s solid handling manners. Throw in an exquisite seamless 6.2-gallon fuel tank, ultra-low seat, a choice between two handlebar options, flush-mounted LED taillights, plus a unique remote steering lock that unlocks automatically when you turn the key on, and you know without a doubt you’ve got your hands on something special indeed.