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
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