Chris Martin of AMA Pro Road Racing took on a seemingly impossible task: ranking the top 10 AMA Superbike champions of all time. And with that kind of responsibility comes an unenviable task — leaving some deserving members off the list. In the near 40-year history of AMA Superbike racing, many great racers — and […]
Top 10 Modern Classics
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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.