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Full of Sound and Fury – Honda Fury

Story By Steve Villamarin – Photos provided by Dops64

No other quote extracted from Hollywood defines the true difference between a motorcycle and a chopper than this quote from Pulp Fiction:
Fabienne: “- whose motorcycle is this?
Butch: -It’s a chopper baby
Fabienne: -whose chopper is this?…”

It’s not a motorcycle… it’s a chopper. In this case the chopper is the new Honda Fury. It seems that these recent years bike companies have finally given their designers a green light to build something “kewl” and from your wildest dreams: sleek smooth sexy contours, awesome raked front end, genuine Spartan framework cradling a humongous 1300cc V-twin and a high mounted steering head. All this together we get a mean looking genuine chopper without the impracticality and price tag associated with custom machines and most importantly the handling and reliability one comes to expect from a Honda. Honda is undoubtedly one of the most important engineering powerhouses in the world on the other hand true choppers are based on the wild whims of their creators so based on this opposite criteria has the fury achieved the right balance between form and function? After being with this baby with a very big smile on my face I can only say “YES”.

As pointed out before Hondais all about performance and handling however for cruisers and choppers style and looks is “numero uno” which was the criteria of Honda designer Bruno Conte: “it had to be number one” which he said when citing the importance of styling in the current motorcycle market. At first glance this beast can be easily mistaken for a custom bike one usually finds on TV shows but when one mounts this metal horse we immediately feel the difference: friendly ergonomics (very rare in choppers), secure footing thanks to a low 26.7 inch seat height providing one of the best riding positions obtainable courtesy of top notch engineering. Despite its chopper status the Fury works how a motorcycle should. The fuel injection provides immediate and reliable ignition the 52 degree
V-twin has a sweet rumble and the shake from the engine caresses the rider; dual counterbalances keep this vibration from being a nuisance. Manoeuvrability was surprising due to its superb balance and agility considering that the Fury possesses the longest wheel-base ever found on a Honda, a fat 200mm rear tire and a raked out frontend, even with these factors the Fury didn’t exhibit the front-end FLOP that is present on other raked out cruisers.

Acceleration is pristine on this bike and the clutch and shift is smooth and light one can feel some jacking at the rear when accelerating but that is
to be expected from a shaft drive. The suspension provides a good measure of comfort and control. Even though this beast was initially intended to carry a VTX 1800 cc engine the mere size of the powerplant presented styling and packaging issues: The airbox and exhaust had to be larger and the presence of a larger radiator was needed thus the designer opted for the 1300cc saying that “The 1300 fits the personality of the bike” . Riding this bike was comfortable and easy even though the view is spoiled by exposed cables; this is remedied by the beautiful minimalist gauge pack. Despite the short stalks the mirrors are quite useful and feel right. A pair of disc brakes proved to be more than enough for the intended use of this chopper however Honda intends to ABS systems plus Honda’s Combined Braking System of linked brakes, unfortunately only Black Fury’s will be equipped with ABS. All said and done the Fury is a definite winner in the Honda roster and I cannot wait to see what Honda will treat us with in the years to come.

FEATURES:

• High-mount steering head complements the raked-out front end.
• ”Hard-tail” styling.
• Long, slim 3.4 gallon seamless fuel tank mounts high on the frame for a true custom look.
• Slim radiator is mounted unobtrusively to accent the Fury’s clean lines.
• Color-matched bodywork, frame and swingarm. (Matte Silver has a Black frame.)
• Minimalist front and rear fenders complement the Fury’s chopper styling.
• Control lines and cables are specially routed for a clean, custom look.
• New low-maintenance slim-profile driveshaft provides smooth operation with no need for chain or belt guards and covers.
• Integrated handlebar-mounted chrome housing features a speedometer, an odometer/A&B tripmeter and indicator lights for the turn signals, high beam, neutral, oil pressure, coolant temperature and clock.
• Electric speedometer with easy-to-read numerals uses an electronic transmission speed sensor, which eliminates the front-wheelmounted speedometer cable. This contributes to a clean, uncluttered look.
• Passenger seat and rear passenger pegs are easily removed to yield a clean, solo look.
• Maintenance-free battery.
• Transferable one-year unlimitedmileagelimited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.

Engine/Drivetrain

• 1312cc liquid-cooled 52-degree V-twin delivers strong low-end and mid-range torque, with ample power for passing and relaxed cruising. Unique dual exhaust offers throaty exhaust note.
• Powerplant features a single-pin crankshaft to accentuate the engine’s character.
• Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI) incorporates a single 38mm-diameter throttle body (see 2009 Technology Section).
• Three-Valve Dual-Plug Combustion Chamber (see 2009 Technology Section).
• Five-speed transmission for exciting roll-on performance.

Chassis/Suspension

• All-new rear suspension system gives a clean uncluttered appearance.
• Single rear shock with adjustable rebound damping and five-position preload adjustment features an advanced internal valve system for a comfortable ride, and provides 3.7 inches of wheel travel.
• Large-diameter 45mm extended front fork provides 4.0 inches of plush, responsive travel.

Honda Genuine Accessories

• Leather Accessories: Custom Rider Seat (multiple designs), Custom Passenger Seat (multiple designs), Leather Front Pouch (Fury logo).
• Backrest: Low Sissy Bar, Passenger Backrest Pad.
• Chrome Accessories: Rear Fender Panel, Chrome Allen Bolt Inserts (5, 6, 8mm).
• Billet Accessories: Master Cylinder Cover, Oil Dipstick, Clutch Cover, Timing Cover, Upper Fork Bolt Cover, License Plate Frame.
• Additional Accessories: Braided Steel Lines for Brakes, Throttle and Clutch, Front Spoiler (color matched), Front Spoiler LED Light Kit, Boulevard Screen, Outdoor Cover.

Honda Genuine Fury Accessories

• Leather Accessories: Custom Rider Seat (multiple designs), Custom Passenger Seat (multiple designs), Leather Front Pouch (Fury logo).
• Backrests: Low Sissy Bar Upright, Passenger Backrest Pad.
• Chrome Accessories: Rear Fender Panel, Chrome Allen Bolt Inserts (5, 6, 8mm).
• Billet Accessories: Master Cylinder Cover, Oil Dipstick, Clutch Cover, Timing Cover, Upper Fork Bolt Cover, License Plate Frame.
• Additional Accessories: Boulevard Screen, Braided Lines (clutch, idle/ throttle and brake) Front Chin Spoiler (color matched), Front Chin Spoiler LED Light Kit, Outdoor Cover.

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