These spy photos, from Spanish magazine Solo Moto Treinta, clearly show a development mule for the Honda Fury, a new factory chopper from Honda that’s been the subject of lots of speculation. Motorcycle.com even claims the Fury “might be a hybrid with a gas and electric motor!” It’s not. Instead it’s a fairly conventional motorcycle with a few neat pieces of tech that hide real functionality behind the questionable chopper style.
Update: Solo Moto Treinta was nice enough to send us patent images that are believed to apply to the Fury. They reveal details of the underseat radiator and hidden shock. They’re in the gallery above.
The confusion stems from a screenshot from a video teaser for the Fury
that Honda recently sent out to dealers. The screenshot was taken by
one of those dealers then uploaded onto one of the many forums that
Motorcycle.com owns. Since the bottom half of the bike is obscured,
members of the forum are speculating that some sort of alternative
powertrain is being hidden, possibly the gas/electric hybrid that Honda
has said it’s developing for motorcycles.
Little else is known about the Fury other than what’s clearly visible
in these pictures: it’s got a big v-twin, probably between 1300 and
2000cc and a fat rear tire that’ll spoil the handling. It is clear,
however, that the Fury is Honda’s attempt to cash in on the now
collapsed custom chopper market, coming several years too late to catch
that trend in full swing.
To us, the interesting thing about the Fury is the level of engineering
that’s gone into ensuring that it maintains the look of a silly,
scarcely-functional chopper while endowing it with the kind of
reliability, safe handling and braking abilities that’ll keep the
company out of the courtroom. For example, note the absence of a radiator. But
wait, what’s that peaking out under the seat in the side shot of the
test mule? Looks like a fluid reservoir for an underseat radiator to
us. Same goes for the hard tail appearance; the rear shock is hidden
under the crankcase. The rear wheel looks great, free of a bulky rear
disc. Where is it? Running alongside the rear sprocket for the belt
It’s thought that the Fury will be making its official debut at the NY
round of the International Motorcycle Show. We’ll be waiting with bated