Wednesday, December 29, 2010


There aren’t even It does. But when you buy a bike from a Honda outlet you expect it to work and ride like a normal motorcycle. The Honda script appears only on the keyfob, perhaps in an attempt to fool bystanders into thinking the Fury really is a one-off.

There’s too much wiring in the handlebar region, otherwise it succeeds. The front mudguard hugs the tyre tightly, the nine-spoke wheels look fantastic, and a lot of attention has been paid to achieving an uncluttered appearance that many one-off custom builders fail to achieve. Stylistically it’s a bona fide chopper, with an absurdly raked-out fork angle, high headstock, space above the engine huge enough to poke your head through, and a perfectly sculpted fuel tank that’s both delicate and elegant, if inevitably rather small at 2.7 gallons. The fact that the Fury comes from the most conservative and mainstream of the Japanese factories makes it arguably the most radical motorcycle we’ve seen for being.

Reckon the bikes ridden by Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper in Simple Criterion. For the uninitiated, “chopper” is a derivative term for a bike with a long wheelbase, superfluous-long forks, high bars and low seat. The Fury is a full-on chopper, the sort of thing you might see rolling out of the workshop of the tediously feuding Teutuls of Orange County Choppers (purveyors of some of the world’s most acclaimed custom motorcycles) except the mass-produced Honda is far better made. In fact I’m still open to persuasion.

It took me a long time to choose what I plotting of Honda’s new Fury. When it’s made by a conservative mainstream manufacturer from Japan.  When is a custom bike not a custom bike?


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