Honda VT1300CS & VT1300CR First Look

October 21, 2009
Bryan Harley
Bryan Harley
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Our resident road warrior has earned his stripes covering the rally circuit, from riding the Black Hills of Sturgis to cruising Main Street in Daytona Beach. Whether it's chopped, bobbed, or bored, metric to 'Merican, he rides 'em all.

2010 Honda VT1300CR
The Fury family welcomed two new additions today, including a more classic-styled version called the 2010 Honda VT1300CR.
2010 Honda VT1300CS
The 2010 Honda VT1300CS is shorter and thinner than the VT1300CR and is aimed for riders who want a slightly sportier version.

Honda Motorcycles announced two new variations of its chopper-styled cruiser, the Fury, in conjunction with the start of the Tokyo Motor Show. The first, called the VT1300CR, gives the Fury more classic appeal with large, deeply valanced fenders and wider tires on new five-spoke wheels. The wheels are much smaller than the 21-inch front/18-inch combo of the Fury as the CR rolls on a 17-inch front and 15-inch rear combo. The ‘high neck’ space between the 1312cc, SOHC V-Twin engine and the frame has been reduced so it has much less of a ‘chopper’ stance. The speedo gauge that previously rested between the bars is now mounted on top of the tank, and the bars appear to pull back more for a relaxed riding position. The rear fender also features a large taillight smack dab in the center.

The VT1300CS has a less radical neck height like the CR, but runs with smaller fenders and no fender-mounted taillight similar to the package on the Fury. The CS has sporty new five-spoke alloy wheels, going tall (21 inch) up front and short and wide (15 inch) out back. Overall, the VT1300CS is 4.72-inches shorter, aided by what appears to be a tighter rake angle, and 5.8-inches thinner than the CR because of its different handlebars. The riding position is additionally slanted toward the sporty side because of the bars. The seat sports a thinner cushion than the one on the CR while the speedo sits in the middle of a tank-mounted console as well.

The Honda VT1300CX, aka the Fury here in the States, will still be available with its high head pipe and long front fork. All three versions source the mill developed in the VTX1300 cruiser, a liquid-cooled, 52-degree V-Twin with a single-pin crankshaft and dual balancers. Whether the two new versions of the Fury will be available Stateside remains a mystery, as today it received its exclusive Japanese premiere. But since the Fury is tailor-made for the American market, I anticipate a North American release.

2010 Honda Fury
Don’t worry. The original Fury is still around. Look for progress on our Honda Fury project bike in the upcoming months.

If not, keep your eyes peeled for updates on our Motorcycle USA Fury project bike for ideas on what can be done to customize Honda’s new chopper. We’ve got some Cobra Speedster Swept Exhausts on the way and more upgrades in store, so check back in the coming months as our Fury project bike takes shape.

Honda Fury Photo Gallery