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>This midrange was seen as a large segment in the market.

There you go: 1600 cc is now officially midrange.

The world's largest manufacturer of midrange cruisers has to go to the drawing board. Its about the time. I have been raving about this for years.

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Gee, looks like a Harley from the seat/tank up. How'd that happen? Not enough Pounds Sterling in the old crock pot?
 

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Well, still without seeing one in the paint, I'll say again that it looks like a Harley FXR with a Bonnie engine.

Except for that huge hunk of chrome on the right side.

Please, please, please - no visible weld seam on the bottom of the tank! That's so cheesy!
 

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Well, still without seeing one in the paint, I'll say again that it looks like a Harley FXR with a Bonnie engine.

Except for that huge hunk of chrome on the right side.

Please, please, please - no visible weld seam on the bottom of the tank! That's so cheesy!
Good eye, as the Dyna Super Glide Custom was one of the main targets for Triumph.

And no visible weld seams on its tank!
 

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Great! I guess they caught enough grief from the Bonnie folks about the tanks!

Good to see you got back from "Barth-alona" safely.

I'm waiting with baited breath (just had some sardines) for the article...

Maybe that enormous scratch-magnet on the starboard side is his 'homage' to the Rune. Yick!
 

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Yeah Ken, old designs like the seminal "derbi cover" somehow made its way (evidently) into another species entirely!

It is this way because:
#1: The designer has really bad taste
#2: There's a reason for that "derbi cover to open, maybe too adjust the clutch, or to hide dope/money, folded spare underware. Loose change. A cupholder. Ipod recharger & usb port for play station.

The possibilties are endless.
 

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That Rune is just Gawdawful lookin'.

A former shipmate's wife has one, and she LOVES it. Rides the wheels off of it, too.

In more than one meaning. That thing absolutely eats tires. And there are only one or two tires available for it. It goes through fronts almost as fast as the rears.

Vive' le difference, I guess.

But just think: You walk down the street, turn a corner, and there are a Rune, a Vision, an Aztek, and an AMC Matador parked there.

Do you run screaming, or start a fire?
 

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What year Matador? The Adam-12 cars were cool, with the 401 motor and all them lights and sireens. But the 1976 Matador was, well, just as bad as the Rambler Marlin. Built by loonies for loonies.
 

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But just think: You walk down the street, turn a corner, and there are a Rune, a Vision, an Aztek, and an AMC Matador parked there.

Do you run screaming, or start a fire?
I'll take the Vision. You can have the rest. The Vision reminds me of the AirStream trailers of the 70's - either you love 'em or hate 'em. Me? I love 'em.
 

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But just think: You walk down the street, turn a corner, and there are a Rune, a Vision, an Aztek, and an AMC Matador parked there.

Do you run screaming, or start a fire?
I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
 

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Tire eating monster

That thing absolutely eats tires. And there are only one or two tires available for it. It goes through fronts almost as fast as the rears.
I know the feeling, also my bike has usually only two tires available for it. Before the ride I always count them. Its a bad omen if there is only one.

Anyways I love the Rune. Talked to the Honda importer and he said there is one registered in Finland, originally EU type approved in Sweden. Knowing the red tape (1 truckload of documents and 0.5 truckloads of money) hard to believe its legit. But could be. Crazier things have happened.

Problem with Rune is that 1800 cc is also becoming midrange. Boxer-6 helps though.

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Damn foreigners copying the Harley again

Gee, looks like a Harley from the seat/tank up. How'd that happen? Not enough Pounds Sterling in the old crock pot?
From the seat/tank up? The handlebars are similar?

I guess it must take star spangled sunglasses to see a liquid cooled parallel twin as a harley copy. We can agree they are both midrange.

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