Monday, January 19, 2009

Honda Gets Furious

If you have been puzzled by the relative lack of new product from the largest manufacturer in the industry in recent years, you may be just as puzzled to find out that today in New York Honda introduced a new model called the Fury, which is a chopper utilizing the engine from the VTX1300. We had a chance to see the Fury several weeks ago at Honda's headquarters here in the United States, but have been under embargo until now.

Despite its looks, the seating position on the Fury is far from radical. In Honda tradition, the rider should be comfortable and in control aboard the Fury. For styling purposes, Honda wanted a huge rear tire, for instance, but settled for a 200 section unit rather than something larger to preserve proper handling traits.

The 1312cc liquid-cooled V-twin will push a chassis that features single disc brakes, front and rear, a heavily raked 45 mm fork with 4 inches of travel and a rear shock with 3.7 inches of travel. The shock features adjustability for rebound and spring preload. Although the gas tank appears tiny, it holds 3.4 gallons. Seat height is a low 26.7 inches.

The Fury is all about styling, of course, including details found on the footpegs and foot controls you might not expect to see on a production motorcycle.

Here is the press information provided by Honda on the new Fury:

It's the chopper you would build for yourself--if you had a factory instead of a garage. Introducing the Fury, a machine that radiates attitude and delivers a total riding experience approaching the outer limits of motorcycling. Welcome to the wild side--of Honda.

With hand-built appearances radical enough to turn every head and catch every eye, only the Fury dares to open the door to the most extreme level of custom looks. But once you're rolling, the Fury experience is all about that special bond between rider and machine: the unmistakable big V-twin pulse, the characteristic Vee engine note and the no-nonsense riding stance bring you back to the core elements of riding.

Destined to become a milestone machine, the Fury captures the pure, undiluted chopper essence, places it within easy reach of nearly every rider and then backs it up with the same quality and reliability built into every Honda. It's a radical concept in a unique package, a combination never before offered--until today.


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