7. 2000 Honda RC51 When Honda introduced the RC51 (also called the RVT1000R or SVT1000, depending where you are in the world) in 2000, it did so with World Superbike domination in mind. Rule changes for the 2000 WSBK season allowed V-Twins a 1000cc displacement, while four-cylinder machines were limited to 750cc. This meant the […]
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7. 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.