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haterade put away...

it's a pretty cool looking bike...killer dyno run.

i wonder if they'll ever make something like that jesse james cafe racer to compete with the street rod. probly not since honda already makes the cbrs,vfrs, etc...but, who knows.
 

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The motor sounds like fun but no ground clearance, lousy passenger accomodations, 31 mpg, a fight with the wind for any extended trip, no suspension travel, and over 15k and approaching 20k by the time you are out the door. Sounds like a bar bike to me.



I do like the choices of models and the diferent 'specs' you can order, though. I can think of a few other bikes that might benefit from this. This model ( F ) is the best looking version, also.



To each his own...
 

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Gabe not only writes well and is a very good motorcycle tester, but he also has a terrific sense of humor:



"Honda isn't new to custom building: The Rune is Honda's $27,699 custom-built masterpiece"



I almost died laughing reading that one. What a jokester! Gabe, you are a hoot! LOL
 

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While I'm sure the Honda is a well built bike, for some reason these new mega-cruisers only make a Dyna-Glide (with rational footpeg positions) more attractive than ever. Especially when you can save money by buying a freaking Harley-Davidson. And get a much better handling and lighter cruiser. With a more extensive line of less expensive add-on goodies. Whodaeverthunk?



Okay, okay. The HD brakes are comparatively poor. But the savings over a VTX1800 will get you a set of decent upgrade brakes.



By the time Honda and the various accessory manufacturers are done with them, many VTX owners are going to be in Rune cost territory anyhow.
 

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VTX 1800 "F" for Fugly

At least the "F" designation is not as "F"ugly as the others. Is honda ever going to go back to making decent looking cruisers again, I don't care how many ftlbs of torque it has if I have to wear a paper bag over my head when I ride it.

Also what's with that $15000+ price tag? that's firmly in the realms of Harley Davidson prices.

Where 'o where did the Highwayman go?
 

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Two up suspension travel

I noticed in the two up photos that the travel of the front shocks look about bottomed out. Is that due to the front end being way too soft, max GVW being reached with Sean and Gabe on the bike, or was the bike in a high g maneuver?
 

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Re: 7 H-D's you can buy for less

Honda just figured that since these types of bikes are all about showing off your disposable income, pricing it higher than a Harley would make it more desirable.

The guy on the H-D can't sneer at the VTX rider and call it a cheap Jap bike if the VTX cost even more.
 

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Re: 7 H-D's you can buy for less

The guy on the H-D can't sneer at the VTX rider and call it a cheap Jap bike if the VTX cost even more.

True. He'll just sneer.
 

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He can't even call it a Jap bike

As the VIN starts with the hallowed number "1", indicating manufacture in the good 'ol USof A. I wonder which machine uses more Japanese parts!
 

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Re: 7 H-D's you can buy for less

Feeling a little Depeche Mode are we?

Always been a big fan myself, unlike faux retro Japanese cruisers. I guess if this turd costs $8k more than my Trophy OTD it must be a better bike.

It's a competitive world.....
 
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