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Another article on the 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.

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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.
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