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Old 06-20-2003, 04:50 AM   #1
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Default Re: Honda of U.S. not racing Laguna WSB

Honda seems to be boycotting MO. Otherwise, why wasn't MO invited to ride the Rune like Dirck Edge? Check out the Rune review @ motorcycledaily.com.
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Old 06-20-2003, 05:20 AM   #2
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Default Re: Honda of U.S. not racing Laguna WSB

thank god, all we need is another freaking cruiser review. much less that bloody monstrosity.
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Old 06-20-2003, 05:29 AM   #3
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Why wouldn't Honda want to invite that guy? He's never had a bad thing to say about ANY bike in probably 33 years. They are all wonderful, beautiful, reliable, and no flaws that he can see. He knows all this after basically riding around the block. MO doesn't pull many punches, so they really aren't wanted, when they might actually dare to criticize a Honda.
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Old 06-20-2003, 05:31 AM   #4
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Honda can claim what they want...



They've had enough trouble dealing with the GSXR 1K, and even EBoz on the 800 cc Kawasaki...



Honda's riders, on their best days, are about the same pace as maybe a Regis Laconi or James Toseland... They *might* compete with the non-factory Ducatis...



But they're going to get smoked by Hodgson on the 999...



If none of your top 3 factory riders will likely finish in the top 5, what does that say about the machine they're riding?



I understand why Honda doesn't want to enter the ring, because they can't hang with the new hardware this year...
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Old 06-20-2003, 05:57 AM   #5
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Sour Grapes -- You can badmouth Mr. Edge and his review -- But whether you like it or not, the Rune has been one of the most anticipated releases of the year. All the major print rags have been doing teasers on it. I think it was the cover of Cycle World last month. I'm sure it will make more covers next month. It is an interesting bike.



Do you really think Honda was afraid to let MO ride it because they would slam it? Get real.
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Old 06-20-2003, 06:29 AM   #6
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"Do you really think Honda was afraid to let MO ride it because they would slam it? Get real."



Yes, I do, and I would do the exact same thing in their shoes. The Rune is simply an image bike for Honda, a lot like the NR750 (it even has the same basic model prefix). To the guy that actually buys one, it probably doesn't matter as much how well it actually performs- he'll want to buy it anyway. However, to the average joe who reads the magazine article on it, it does matter. He may not buy one, but the image of this bike can influence his decision on other bikes. If this bike has a bad image, it will reflect more negatively on Honda and the rest of their product line than if they got a bad review on a Shadow 750 or something like that, since the Rune is their big, image leading bike for the cruiser class. Look at how much Honda tarted up the fact that this is a "new" way of doing business, that they can build custom bikes, blah blah blah? They wouldn't waste this kind of effort for a bike they won't sell that many of. It's meant to have a greater impact on the people that don't buy this bike than the ones that do.



Besides, why else would you not let the press ride your bike? Aside from them slamming it, what other negative effect could possibly come out of that situation?
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Old 06-20-2003, 07:04 AM   #7
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Honda rewards good boys and punishes bad ones. You figure it out.
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Old 06-20-2003, 07:34 AM   #8
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What statement are they trying to make here anyway? The biggest most $$$$$ motorcycle company in the world and not racing?!??! Weird but at least we should be able to see Kurtis race in AMA? Right but who cares!!!!
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Old 06-20-2003, 08:57 AM   #9
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mo keeps it real...thats why i think they would kill the bike. cause its ugly. pontiac aztek ugly. it looks like something Shaq would ride. Edge doesnt kill the bike but doesnt exactly praises it...he did go out of his way to state they have received good feedback about the bikes looks...its like saying " the bike looks good, really ..." not exactly an endorsement
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Old 06-20-2003, 09:19 AM   #10
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I think Honda doesn't want MO to review it because WE might slam it. Why risk any bad press from a bunch of MO readers. Honda can control the Rune image much better from the print media who fall all over themselves praising the Jap bikes.



The Rune's a waste - where's that concept bike shown at Laguna Seca a couple years ago? That's what they should bring out!
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