x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Honda hath no Fury like this before

It's difficult to guess whether Honda's new Fury will be smash hit sales success. But I can tell you that this latest custom is accompanied by the best tagline Honda has ever coined for any of its cruisers.

The Honda Fury boasts the longest wheelbase of any production motorcycle currently on the market.
The Honda Fury boasts the longest wheelbase of any production motorcycle currently on the market.

It's difficult to guess whether Honda's new Fury will be smash hit sales success. I don't know how much it will cost. Or even whether it's just the start of a long line of new radical Honda customs. But I can tell you that this latest custom is accompanied by the best tagline Honda has ever coined for any of its cruisers: "It's the chopper you would build for yourself - if you had a factory instead of a garage."

In this case, bold words are matched by bold styling, the Fury looking all the world like an escapee from Orange County Choppers or some other customization shop. The raked-out VTX1300 features the longest wheelbase - 1,808.5 millimetres - of any production motorcycle. It rides on the now de rigueur 200 series rear tyre while the front hoop is a skinny 90/90-21 affair. There's a single shock rear suspension that emulates the "hardtail" look, and the Fury is the first of Honda's 1,312-cubic-centimetre V-twins to enjoy fuel injection. Likely to be a premium model in Honda's 2010 lineup, the Fury maintains the convenience of the standard VTX's shaft drive and "legendary fit and finish" says the press release.