Honda have pushed the Fury as their first factory “custom,” indicating that even they have forgotten about Solo, their cheery, stylish, around-town leisure bike, pioneering the raw factory custom look and no less than 285 customization options.
The moped bobber was launched in 2003, as the fourth model to come out of Honda’s “N project,” which was dedicated to developing products to appeal to new and younger customers. Zoomer, Bite and Ape also came out of this project.
Contrasting the 1312cc V-twin, 663lbs (300kg) Fury, the 160lbs (73kg) Solo sports the 50cc four-stroke from the Super Cub and a distinct Harley-Davidson Hummer look.
Or as Honda puts it themselves:
Styling that emphasize the rider’s individuality
The newly designed backbone frame is fitted with a slender tank and complimented by a single suspension and large saddle seat. A long wheelbase of 1,205mm and slim, large-diameter 18-inch wheels bring the package together in a neat, individualized style, giving the bike a distinctive silhouette.
For a small premium customers could choose any of the 285 possible combinations of six tank and frame colors, black/silver or white lamps and fenders, brown or black seat and hand grips, and finally handlebars and engine crankcases in silver paint or buffed chrome plating.
Honda never reached their aim of producing 4-5,000 Solo mopeds a year, but as far as we know it remained in their Japanese line-up until 2006.