2004 Honda Rune



Click here for an CycleVIN Motorcycle History Report on this 2004 Honda Rune. Additional photos are available here for your perusal.

In 2000, Honda released the T2 Concept as a preview of what they could do if they went nuts with some ideas for a cruiser. The public response was what you’d expect with a crazy concept – it looked interesting but if it ever became a production bike then it would be diluted. Well, we were wrong. Honda released the Rune in 2004 and it’s still probably the craziest production motorcycle they’ve ever built.

The T2 Concept as shown in 2000. Photo from Honda.

Some styling cues for the Rune actually go back to 1995, when Honda debuted the Zodia concept bike:

The official name was actually the Honda Valkyrie Rune as it was heavily based on the Valkyrie, itself a naked evolution of the venerable Gold Wing. The Rune was specifically designed for the American market and was built at Honda’s plant in Marysville, Ohio. In a check out this “Memorable Motorcycle” profile from Moto-USA, Frank Melling notes that “each Rune left the American Honda Plant at Marysville, Ohio, costing the company a reported $100,000 – and sold for just a quarter of that price.”

Honda utilized the Gold Wing’s engine but beefed it up with six throttle bodies (versus two), more aggressive camshafts, and different tuning. Claimed output was 118 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 121 ft-lbs of torque at 4,000 rpm.

Also notable was the suspension – the rear Unit Pro-Link was derived from the RC211V MotoGP bike and the front was visually striking due to the trailing link setup.

Paint options on the distinctive bodywork were Candy Black Cherry and Pearl Chromium Purple (also known as Illusion Blue).

Manufactured in August of 2003, this example is VIN: 1HFSC53K34A000008, Engine #: SC53E-2001829. The seller is the second owner, he acquired it two years ago from the original owner, a doctor who kept it in his office.

During his ownership, the seller has covered 40 miles. The odometer shows 1,229 miles.

The seller notes that the break-in service has been performed and it has a fresh battery.

This bike is completely stock.

Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:

Inside of the tank:

It is riding on the original Dunlop D251 tires with date codes of 1003 and 2003.

The sale includes two keys, the original tool kit and owner’s manual.

Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for an inspection), this Honda is offered on a clean California title with registration that expired in May 2022.

Have any Rune stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

Additional Information


Santa Monica, California













Title State/Country


Private Party/Dealership

Private Party

Additional Charges




Notify of
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Shipping Information

Continental US:
Haul Bikes will ship anything sold through Iconic for a starting rate of $750 in the Continental US (prices may increase in rural markets), and Iconic will handle the paperwork on your behalf. You do not need to crate your bike or drain the gas/disconnect the battery if you go with Haul Bikes. We are glad to work with the shipper of your choice as well, but you will have to arrange it.

Please note:

  • spares/extras will have to be shipped separately via FedEx or similar.
  • the fee includes $15,000 of insurance with a $500 deductible. Additional insurance can be purchased at a cost of $50 per additional $5,000 of value.
  • additional details can be found here

Southern California
On a case-by-case basis, we can transport motorcycles in our van.

We are located in Santa Monica, California 90405.
Local Rates (one way):
0-50 miles: $150
50-150 miles: $300

Please contact concierge@iconicmotorbikes.com for a quote.

We recommend TFX

$1,500 for Los Angeles, CA to Canada is a ROUGH ballpark, please contact TFX for an exact quote including shipping and customs.

Europe and Asia:
We recommend Shippio

$5,000 for US to Europe/Asia is a VERY ROUGH ballpark which includes transport as well as customs fees and duties. Please contact Shippio for an exact quote.

Australia/New Zealand:
We recommend Bikes Abroad

$1,500 for US to Australia is a ROUGH ballpark, please contact Bikes Abroad for an exact quote including shipping and customs.

Iconic Motorbike Auctions