Top 10 Modern Classics

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7. Honda Rune

Honda Rune

Remember the Honda Rune? It was only around for two years (2004-2005), so it’s easy to forget, but it sure made a splash when it was introduced. Honda’s attempt at a BAC (Bad Ass Cruiser), the Rune was more than just a trick looking concept-turned-production motorcycle.

The Rune was never accused of lacking any forward motivation as it borrows the Gold Wing’s 1832cc six-cylinder. But it also stopped, too, thanks to twin 330mm discs and three-piston calipers. Not only that, it had impressive suspension for a cruiser, with a trailing bottom link front suspension. But above all, it just looked cool.

New, Runes sold for $26,000. Now, low-mileage examples can be had in the high teens, a relative bargain for a very unique motorcycle. If the sportbike set isn’t for you but you’re in the market for a collectable modern motorcycle, the Rune is calling your name.

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  • Greg Morris

    I can not believe you guys left out the Suzuki SV-650.

  • Grant Ray

    Even in terms of US-spec bikes, this list is seriously weak. Brand new sport bikes like the S1000R and the 1199 are great, but you guys should really know better than to be so narrow-minded about what makes a classic. No KTM 950/990 Adventure? No Bimota V-Due? No Ducati Sport Classic? No Aprilia SXV? No Honda XR650R? No BMW HP2 Enduro? That’s just off the top of my head.

  • Nils G

    I kept reading through, wondering when the V-Max would show up. So, where is it?

  • Dusty P

    How about any of the Buell XB lightnings? Not only were they technologically unique, but there’s the whole Buell legacy, the fact that the company no longer exists, would be cause for a lot of exclusivity down the road. There’s not a bike in this list more unique than an XB.