When their creation, called the T2, emerged on the American bike-show circuit in late 2000 and early '01, it met enormous customer enthusiasm--along with plenty of skepticism that anything like it would actually be built. Then the hard part began. In a very un-Honda-like turnabout, engineers were charged with fulfilling the stylists' vision. Function would follow form. On more than one occasion designers were told that it simply could not be done, that their rolling artwork could not be turned into a production Honda. The example we heard from several of those involved was the radiator. The stylists' choice simply would not provide enough cooling. It seemed at first that the only way to get a radiator in there was to rearrange the pieces and get the big front fender out of the way. That particular challenge literally took years to resolve, but in the end, the big compound-curved radiator actually improved on the looks of the original. The result, now called the Valkyrie Rune, emerged undiluted and ready for production in Ohio.