It was rumoured it cost Honda $100,000 each to make each bike and they were built as a hero model to attract American buyers away from Harley-Davidson to the Japanese brand.
The Rune is basically a stripped down Goldwing, but with some unique styling features including trailing-link forks.
While Honda only produced the Rune for a couple of years, they now make the stripped-down F6B, the even more naked F6C and the racing RC213V that is quite popular while betting on MotoGP at bwin, as this bike is one of the fastest on the roads today.
However, the Rune remains as one of the more outlandish concept/limited models made by the Japanese manufacturer.
I rode the display model when it was shown at the Brisbane Motorcycle Show in 2004 and remember it was a handful in traffic, very stable on the highways and a challenge on Mt Glorious.
But it certainly turned heads everywhere it went. Some thought it was a Batman movie prop!
Bruce gave me the opportunity to get reacquainted with the big beast this week and all those memories came flooding back.
At the first set of traffic lights, the bike drew the attention of everyone in a trendy West End cafe, a bus load of children and a fellow rider who shouted “that’s insane” to me.
I asked Bruce why he imported not one, but two, Runes from the US.
“It seemed like a good idea at the time,” he says. “I thought it would be a good investment.
“I had a maroon one as well. They’re easy to ride, beautiful on the highway and have awesome linked brakes.”
Riding the Rune
They’re not that easy to ride around town, though.
The trailing-link forks may be stable at high speeds, but they require some muscle to turn the bike at city speeds.
It feels strange with a light initial feel, but a fair amount of heft required to counter steer and hold your cornering line.
The Goldwing has exemplary cornering clearance, but you will easily scrape the Rune’s pegs on most city roundabouts.
While the forks garner the most visual attention, the rear Unit Pro-Link suspension is the key to the low-slung looks and 690mm seat.