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There are some threads out there that indicate that Jesse James either designed or had a hand in designing the Honda Fury. Does anyone know if this is true?
 

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Don't know if it is true but I have been hearing that alot lately, I do know that I see Fury ads ALOT on his dumb azz TV show.
 

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I heard Honda approached him to do the prototype. He gave them back a custom chopper based off the VTX 1300 engine. My understanding is that it looks pretty much like he designed except for materials and legal stuff to satisfy the government.
 

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Source = westcoastchoppers

Who does Japan turn to for some design inspiration? None other than yours truly...Jesse James & Company at West Coast CHoppers. This is one of two bikes we created at the request of Honda Motorcycles. We were honored to be the only private manufacturer they turned to when they wanted a fresh take on a sport bike. They gave us free reign to come up with the kind of sport bike we would want to ride. The only request they made was to paint it Honda red.

They were so thrilled with the results of this one that they asked us to make a 2nd chopper style bike that morphed into what is now the Honda Fury. It was a high security project, so we don't have photos of the process we can share. But if you call any of the team that worked on the bike down here we can certainly point out the components that were used wholesale, and the areas where the engineers at Honda tamed it down for mass market.


*EDIT* I never knew West Coast Choppers hand a hand in the bike till the quoted brought it up, prob why the bike looks so damn good Thanks guys, nice info to have.
Yup, he sure did...
 

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I heard Honda approached him to do the prototype. He gave them back a custom chopper based off the VTX 1300 engine. My understanding is that it looks pretty much like he designed except for materials and legal stuff to satisfy the government.
I have known Jesse for over 10 years. Honda may have copied his basic styling but they did not copy his welds, unfortunately.

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....they did not copy his welds, unfortunately.
Ouch, it is true though. If I were to ever repaint my frame, I would grind down the welds and re-weld everything to clean it up :cool:
 

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I'm guessing that honda thought rough looking welds would give it a custom build look like someone built the fury in there garage... and/or it saved alot of production cost by not grinding and smoothing over the welds.

those wacky japanese!

I'll live with the sloppy welds, if thats the biggest criticism that most people can find about the fury. you cant see the welds when your cruising at 65 mph down the highway anyways.
 

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I'm guessing that honda thought rough looking welds would give it a custom build look like someone built the fury in there garage... and/or it saved alot of production cost by not grinding and smoothing over the welds.

those wacky japanese!

I'll live with the sloppy welds, if thats the biggest criticism that most people can find about the fury. you cant see the welds when your cruising at 65 mph down the highway anyways.
You are correct. I spoke with Honda about the welds a few weeks ago. They stated that they wanted it to have rough welds to give it that "home built look." They don't bother me that much. My frame is black, so they don't stand out. I could see how some of the other colors could make the welds a little more obvious.
 

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You are correct. I spoke with Honda about the welds a few weeks ago. They stated that they wanted it to have rough welds to give it that "home built look." They don't bother me that much. My frame is black, so they don't stand out. I could see how some of the other colors could make the welds a little more obvious.
Did someone from Honda Motor Corporation tell you that or someone from a Honda dealer?

When Jesse was building bikes in his garage his welds looked as good as they do now.

Many people who build custom bikes & cars in their garage know how to weld correctly. I am not saying that Honda’s welds are not adequate, but they are not 100% or even close.
 

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If you look at all the Furies no matter what color the crappy welds are all at the same spot. Must be a slight or rather large glitch in the weld program!!!LOL!
 

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All this talk about welds, I thought I would check out other companies welds... All bikes have welds, some good, some not so good, and that is with all brands. So with that I will say the welds on my fury don't bother me at all. They don't affect my riding and they certainly don't bother any of the folks who approach me about my "Fury." In fact, all they can say is wow that is the cleanest bike I have ever seen. So, the welds are exposed and yet nothing but awesome, nice, custom, how much, clean, love it, is my feedback, never a remark about the welds...
 

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All this talk about welds, I thought I would check out other companies welds... All bikes have welds, some good, some not so good, and that is with all brands. So with that I will say the welds on my fury don't bother me at all. They don't affect my riding and they certainly don't bother any of the folks who approach me about my "Fury." In fact, all they can say is wow that is the cleanest bike I have ever seen. So, the welds are exposed and yet nothing but awesome, nice, custom, how much, clean, love it, is my feedback, never a remark about the welds...
BOOOHYA!! I'm completely with Matt on this one!
 

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Did someone from Honda Motor Corporation tell you that or someone from a Honda dealer?

When Jesse was building bikes in his garage his welds looked as good as they do now.

Many people who build custom bikes & cars in their garage know how to weld correctly. I am not saying that Honda’s welds are not adequate, but they are not 100% or even close.
I got that statement from a factory rep for Honda.
 

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I got that statement from a factory rep for Honda.
To be honest, the welds are very similar to all production bikes I have ever seen. Everyone needs something to bitch about. Overall, the FURY is so nice looking for a production bike that the welds happen to be that one thing.
 

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To be honest, the welds are very similar to all production bikes I have ever seen. Everyone needs something to bitch about. Overall, the FURY is so nice looking for a production bike that the welds happen to be that one thing.
I hear ya. I've got no problem with mine.
 

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I had no idea about this until today. That is pretty cool. I found on HDforums. Man those guys like to bash anything that isn't a traditional Harley. Even the V-rod is not off limits.
 

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the gaps that are welded are for support bolts and joins. none of them are pretty; but, they're ours now!:mad:
 

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Everything I have read says that the welds were intentional. Honda has actually been known for very clean welds, the departure is as loud a statement as is the design of the bike it self. I have no problem with it. MHO!
 
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