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This is the Honda Fury, a chopper-style production bike from Honda. Due for an official unveiling at the New York International Motorcycle Show on Friday, this shot and details of the bike have leaked, revealing a machine that's identical to the Honda Fury patent images we brought you last week.

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At 1808.5mm, the Fury has the longest wheelbase of any production

motorcycle. It's powered by a 1312cc fuel-injected and liquid-cooled

V-twin -- the radiator is neatly tucked in between the front frame

rails, check out the

patent images

for details. The 200 series rear

tire is supported by a hidden monoshock, while the front tire is a

seriously skinny 90/90-21. Controversially, the Fury uses shaft drive

as opposed to the more traditional belt associated with custom-style

motorcycles, although we suppose it had to differentiate the Fury from

every custom Harley ever made somehow.

Our favorite parts are the wheels, the bladed spokes are both handsome

and subtle and the red stripe offers a classy contrast to the

understated grey paint on this example. While we'd prefer to see Honda

developing more ambitious motorcycles like the

2010 Honda V4

or the

Honda Electric Motorcycle

, we suppose this is their attempt to give

middle-aged men from the Midwest who never figured out that the Village

People-look was actually intended to solicit butt sex exactly what they

want.

We can't help but be impressed by how well Honda has been able to

reconcile the style of non-functional custom choppers with the

functionality of a production bike. The overall look is incredibly

clean, but should be relatively safe and comfortable to ride and can

even accommodate a passenger. However, we can't help but question the

wisdom of creating a bike that's intended to hide rather than showoff

its technology. Honda's choice to use a 1300cc engine for a bike

intended to appeal to the compensating crowd is also somewhat puzzling,

but could at least indicate a sub-$20,000 price tag.

If we can be bothered to tear ourselves away from setting up for our

exhibition of actually innovative motorcycle design

on Friday morning

to head over to the International Motorcycle Show, we'll bring you

shots live form the Fury's unveiling.

Publishing this story is going to be somewhat controversial. The Fury isn't scheduled for official release until the NY show on Friday. Honda failed to include

Hell For Leather

in its

list of publications made privy to this embargoed information and

therefore isn't subject to any contractual obligations or agreements to

keep any of this private. Since Honda didn't enable us to compete on a

level playing field with other media outlets, we had no choice but to move

forward with publication once we obtained these materials. This isn't

an embargo break; had we been subject to any contract or agreement we

would have honored it. This is a good old-fashioned leak.

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Embargo break via

MCN

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