Not the usual from Big Red… Honda takes an uncharacteristic risk with its raked production chopper – the 2010 Honda Fury.
“It’s the chopper you would build for yourself–if you had a factory instead of a garage.” This is Honda’s tag line for the all-new venture from the Big Red Wing – the 2010 Honda Fury.
The idea was to give the Japanese motorcycle brand some attitude, but in true Honda fashion, total riding experience was top priority. Don’t expect to see anything too radical, no 350-series rear tire or eight-foot rake here. But then again, it’s not too far off. And considering how conservative Honda usually is, the Fury cruiser sure is quite the departure from the norm.
“Full-on chopper styling,” according to Honda, outlines and defines the new machine, which some will say is conventional considering the exaggerated chopper world into which it is born. But don’t forget, the Fury is a Honda. Featuring the longest wheelbase ever seen on a production Honda machine at 71.24 inches, this is the result of a rake and trail of 38.0-degrees and 3.5 inches, respectively.
Suspension comes in the form of a 45mm conventional front fork with 4.0 inches of travel, while out back sits a single, adjustable shock with 3.7 inches of travel. This equates to a very low and easy-for-all seat height of 26.7 inches and a very spacious riding position. While we haven’t had a chance to twist the throttle (stay tuned for a February ride), sitting on the bike confirmed a very comfortable riding position for most all shapes and sizes.
Sitting between the frame spars is a 52-degree V-Twin engine that comes in at a smallish 1312cc via 89.5mm x 103.3mm bore and stroke. Compression ratio sits at an also very conservative 9.2:1, featuring a single overhead cam per cylinder, which opens and closes three valves. Fuel is fed via 38mm throttle body and PGM fuel injection, while the tranny is a 5-speed. The final drive is shaft, which is sure to limit customizing possibilities and cause many to hiss and boo.
The fuel tank and fender design is also on the Honda side of things, very clean and neat, not totally radical. It does feature a thin 21-inch front tire and fat (for Honda) 200-series rear tire, thus we commend Big Red for at least trying to push the envelope. Colors available include Blue, Silver and a Matte Black (they call it Grey), all of which are garnished with ample amounts of chrome throughout.
This rounds out the details Honda has given us at first glance. Despite a very conservative approach, considering the economic times, we commend Honda for going out on a limb. Hopefully there are a lot of mid-life crisis about to happen, as this would be a perfect bike for that. But, like all Hondas, they are always best once the wheels are turning.
Stayed tuned for a full test in February.
2010 Honda Fury Specifications:
Engine: 1312cc liquid-cooled 52° V-Twin
Powering the new Fury is a liquid-cooled 1132cc V-Twin, with a five-speed transmission and shaftdrive delivering power to the rear 200mm tire.
Bore and Stroke: 89.5mm x 104.3mm
Compression Ratio: 9.2:1
Valve Train: SOHC; three valves per cylinder
Induction: PGM-FI with automatic enricher circuit, one 38mm throttle body
Ignition: Digital with three-dimensional mapping, two spark plugs per cylinder
Final Drive: Shaft
Front Suspension: 45mm fork; 4.0 inches travel
Rear Suspension: Single shock with adjustable rebound damping and five-position spring preload adjustability; 3.7 inches travel
Front Brake: Single 336mm disc with twin-piston caliper
Rear Brake: Single 296mm disc with single-piston caliper
Front Tire: 90/90-21
Rear Tire: 200/50-18
Wheelbase: 71.24 inches
Rake (Caster Angle): 38.0°
Trail: 3.5 inches
Seat Height: 26.7 inches
Fuel Capacity: 3.4 gallons
Curb Weight: 663 pounds
Colors: Black, Silver, Burgundy, Blue, Matte Silver
*All figures are preliminary and subject to change.
Honda Genuine Accessories:
Leather Accessories – Custom Rider Seat (multiple designs), Custom Passenger Seat (multiple designs), Leather Front Pouch (Fury logo).
Backrests – Low Sissy Bar Upright, Passenger Backrest Pad.
Chrome Accessories — Rear Fender Panel, Chrome Allen Bolt Inserts (5, 6, 8mm).
Billet Accessories — Master Cylinder Cover, Oil Dipstick, Clutch Cover, Timing Cover, Upper Fork Bolt Cover, License Plate Frame.
Additional Accessories – Boulevard Screen, Braided Lines: clutch, idle/throttle and brake, Front Chin Spoiler (color matched), Front Chin Spoiler LED Light Kit, Outdoor Cover.