With the weather getting colder, I bought a new top and frame from Mexico.  The frame needed a little refinement (changing geometries (hole distance) and hardware) to fit behind my custom seats.  So far progress is going well!

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Yes, it was Rafael’s shop.  He was very responsive and informative  via messenger, but it took about 2 months to get the top to California.  For a while there, I thought I got scammed since he only accepted a bank transfer.  I kept positive , and everything arrived as promised.  Rafael even included the side windows as a gift for the long delay.  The quality is decent, but I did have to make a few tweaks to the frame because of my custom seats.  Everything was under a grand, including shipping, so I think it’s an excellent score.  I’ll keep you posted as I finish the top installation.

@david.stroud.im.roadster He included the matching side windows as part of the deal

@alan.merklin Here is the pic of my top folded.  With some minor trimming, I think everything will fit snuggly under the cover.  I still need to form the bar around the back similar to the pic of the blue car.  It is a very clever attach point.  The rear of the top is not secured with the snaps, but rather by the tube/rod.  It looks a lot more smoother with less wrinkles.

 

 

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After some Thanksgiving and pre-xmas delays, I'm happy to report that I have finished with the top installation.  It didn't come out perfect since I went with a lower back bow, but I think it looks very presentable.  Next up is the side windows, but I'm not in a rush to complete those.

Also, got a chance to install my new headlight rock guard covers while waiting for the top glue to dry.

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It’s a 2004 Honda Valkyrie “Rune”. Honda made them for 2 years only (2004/2005), with only 2000 of them in production (who  knows home many surviving ones are out there now). Probably rarer than the speedsters.  It’s based on the Honda Goldwing platform (no reverse though ), and sports a flat 6, 1.8l engine with shaft drive.  I’m pretty sure Honda lost $$$ on everyone they produced, but they wanted to prove a point to Harley (and all similar chopper manufacturers) ; that the Japanese can build bass ass bikes, and this one definitely did not disappoint.  To this day, this engineering marvel draws huge crowds anywhere I go.

MusbJim posted:

@Vlad you did a great job on that top! Your car looks even MORE bad-a$$ with the top up! 

I think the small window,  and the taught top, gives a different look and yes very awesome.

Vlad posted:

It’s a 2004 Honda Valkyrie “Rune”. Honda made them for 2 years only (2004/2005), with only 2000 of them in production (who  knows home many surviving ones are out there now). Probably rarer than the speedsters.  It’s based on the Honda Goldwing platform (no reverse though ), and sports a flat 6, 1.8l engine with shaft drive.  I’m pretty sure Honda lost $$$ on everyone they produced, but they wanted to prove a point to Harley (and all similar chopper manufacturers) ; that the Japanese can build bass ass bikes, and this one definitely did not disappoint.  To this day, this engineering marvel draws huge crowds anywhere I go.

I know the Rune well and have ridden them several times, forever torque. I have always believed there will be one in my future, the Illusion Blue is my favorite. The front fork design is amazing.

Image result for Illusion Blue Rune

Alan Merklin posted:

I go to ride a Rune here in WV...an unbelievable ride.  They're worth well into the mid $20's depending on miles.

I’m currently listing it locally in San Jose, Ca for $15.5k, but the rainy weather isn’t sparking too much interest.  Probably when the weather lets up in March or April it will go fast. Thanks for all the positive comments 

WNGD posted:
Vlad posted:

It’s a 2004 Honda Valkyrie “Rune”. Honda made them for 2 years only (2004/2005), with only 2000 of them in production (who  knows home many surviving ones are out there now). Probably rarer than the speedsters.  It’s based on the Honda Goldwing platform (no reverse though ), and sports a flat 6, 1.8l engine with shaft drive.  I’m pretty sure Honda lost $$$ on everyone they produced, but they wanted to prove a point to Harley (and all similar chopper manufacturers) ; that the Japanese can build bass ass bikes, and this one definitely did not disappoint.  To this day, this engineering marvel draws huge crowds anywhere I go.

I know the Rune well and have ridden them several times, forever torque. I have always believed there will be one in my future, the Illusion Blue is my favorite. The front fork design is amazing.

Image result for Illusion Blue Rune

There is a website called runeriders.com that is entirely devoted to these bike.  There are some good deals last time I looked.  

You wouldn’t think it is an 800lb bike with the amount of torque that engine produces.  It’s very well balanced with zero vibration.  It feels like I’m sitting on top of a locomotive 

"If you drive that your runed for life for any other bike. "

He's here all week, folks.  Try the veal. 

Of course you know one of my first thoughts was "What would it take to put that engine in a Speedster (or Coupe)?"

Vlad posted:
WNGD posted:
Vlad posted:

It’s a 2004 Honda Valkyrie “Rune”. Honda made them for 2 years only (2004/2005), with only 2000 of them in production (who  knows home many surviving ones are out there now). Probably rarer than the speedsters.  It’s based on the Honda Goldwing platform (no reverse though ), and sports a flat 6, 1.8l engine with shaft drive.  I’m pretty sure Honda lost $$$ on everyone they produced, but they wanted to prove a point to Harley (and all similar chopper manufacturers) ; that the Japanese can build bass ass bikes, and this one definitely did not disappoint.  To this day, this engineering marvel draws huge crowds anywhere I go.

I know the Rune well and have ridden them several times, forever torque. I have always believed there will be one in my future, the Illusion Blue is my favorite. The front fork design is amazing.

Image result for Illusion Blue Rune

There is a website called runeriders.com that is entirely devoted to these bike.  There are some good deals last time I looked.  

You wouldn’t think it is an 800lb bike with the amount of torque that engine produces.  It’s very well balanced with zero vibration.  It feels like I’m sitting on top of a locomotive 

Strange looking front fork setup on this one. Sort of a reverse of the Earles system ?

http://www.vk6fh.com/vk6fh/earlesfork.htm

David Stroud IM Roadster D posted:
Vlad posted:
WNGD posted:
Vlad posted:

It’s a 2004 Honda Valkyrie “Rune”. Honda made them for 2 years only (2004/2005), with only 2000 of them in production (who  knows home many surviving ones are out there now). Probably rarer than the speedsters.  It’s based on the Honda Goldwing platform (no reverse though ), and sports a flat 6, 1.8l engine with shaft drive.  I’m pretty sure Honda lost $$$ on everyone they produced, but they wanted to prove a point to Harley (and all similar chopper manufacturers) ; that the Japanese can build bass ass bikes, and this one definitely did not disappoint.  To this day, this engineering marvel draws huge crowds anywhere I go.

I know the Rune well and have ridden them several times, forever torque. I have always believed there will be one in my future, the Illusion Blue is my favorite. The front fork design is amazing.

Image result for Illusion Blue Rune

There is a website called runeriders.com that is entirely devoted to these bike.  There are some good deals last time I looked.  

You wouldn’t think it is an 800lb bike with the amount of torque that engine produces.  It’s very well balanced with zero vibration.  It feels like I’m sitting on top of a locomotive 

Strange looking front fork setup on this one. Sort of a reverse of the Earles system ?

http://www.vk6fh.com/vk6fh/earlesfork.htm

There are two huge shocks behind the headlight.  They translate down to the front wheel.

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