Do you remember of those big chopper bikes of the mid 200s with weird handling, odd names, ridiculously oversized rear tires, stupidly raked-out front ends and ostentatious looks that sold for the price of one small house? But the Honda Fury just looks like one, is not one of those things.
But where those custom choppers go? One minute they were all the madness, and then in the coming storm of the global financial crisis they simply disappeared. You can still find a few hidden on the pages of Craig’s List where owners realized that those motorcycles weren’t ever really for them. Now they want to get rid of those bikes, and go buy an expensive boat that is the thing that they should have done it in the first place.
So, it is surprising that Honda like the most conservative of all motorcycle manufactures has proceeded with its chopper-inspired Fury VT1300 CX and finds excited buyers for it not just in the United States but all around the world.
The Honda Fury is launched in 2010 and broke new ground because it looked unlike anything that the company had produced before. And Honda spent a great amount of time researching this market sector before starting to offer a bike that on first look could have come straight from the world of custom motorcycles.
The marketing photographs of Honda don’t do the Honda Fury justice. It is much nicer in the metal. It is not a hard-core chopper, but it is an interesting looking motorcycle.
For your money, you will get a custom-look motorcycle that is powered by a big V-Twin engine, handlebars and a comfortable and low seating position.
The front end has been raked out with a high mount steering head to 32 degrees and that gives the Fury the chopper feel. The terrific-looking narrow 3.4 gallon fuel tank swoops down close to the rider. There is a bobbed rear fender while the nine-spoke flat black front wheel and the 21 inch tire is hugged by a close fitting fender. One problem for us is that many of the chromed parts on the bike, including the fenders are all made from plastic.
Still, the svelte custom lines of the Fury have indeed helped create an intense seat height of only 26.9 inches and that allows riders of any size at a stop to plant both feet flat on the road.
On the rear fender and pegs you get a removable passenger pad, but we wouldn’t recommend to use it more than a few miles. Your passenger won’t thank you for the experience because there is no grab rail. This motorcycle is really a solo rider type and it’s got a great riding position.
The total weight of the Fury is 666lbs or 681lbs for the ABS model, the single 336 mm front disk of the Fury with twin pistons and 296 mm rear brake are progressive and smooth. You can pay a little more if you want to get the ABS version of the Fury, but the standard set-up is also perfect.
The custom look also continues to the Fury’s bars that pull back great towards the rider and make everything so easy to operate and to reach. Honda attempted to clean up the front end in real chopper style, but there are a few cables that could be re-routed or tucked away.
There is an angular shaped simple instrument gauge on the top of the bars that shows speed and has lights for oil pressure, neutral and water temperature. But there is no fuel gauge or tachometer, so you better be careful on the miles that you ride and keep taking off the gas cap in order to see how much fuel is left.
It is really hard to find the Honda name and that is why most people have no idea what it is when they see the Fury for a first time. But when you approach to the bike, and when you look close there are a couple of discrete badges “Honda” low down on each flank, the fury name on the rear fender and one Honda on the engine casing.
The Fury gets the power from the 1312 cc, water-cooled 52 degree v-twin that is also used in Honda’s Sabre, Stateline and Interstate. This motor has 89 lb-ft of torque and five speed transmission, and delivers power flatly to the 18 inch rear wheel and 200 mm tire combination via shaft drive.
The long front 45 mm forks have 4.0 inches of travel that soak up a lot of bumps and off-road surface despite that the bike have such front Dunlop tire.
For 2013 there is not a lot new things about the Honda Fury. About the color you can choose black or red for the models without ABS or only black for the version with ABS.
If you are shy and retiring wallflower motorcycle ride, then the Honda Fury is not the right bike for you. When the folks at Ride Apart ride this bike, they have been chased down PCH1 by two guys in a truck, and they told them that they were building custom bikes and were very impressed by the look of the Fury. They have heard of the Fury, but have never seen it on the road.
This bike is not difficult to ride. The big V-twin vibrates a little at idle, but there are dual counter balances to prevent vibrations not to become too objectionable.
The Fury has the longest wheelbase of the current production of Honda at 71.1 inches. If we combine that with the front tire and it does feel a little vague at low speed, then watch yourself in parking lots.
On the road, the rake and thin tire combination give the bike rider a vague steering feel at anything less than 20 MPH. But after a short time when you will get used to the way the bike behaves and then, where it really scores well, it gets into the stride at mid-range cruising speeds.
In the corners, it doesn’t flop down like you would expect every chopper-style bike to do, and most riders will find this bike very easy to master. The steering at higher speed is neutral and it won’t surprise you. There is a good overall feeling of stability.
The Fury feels planted on the road over 50 MPH and with the 5 speed transmission and shaft drives it rides very smoothly like you would expect from any Honda cruiser.
Also, there are not problems with the big fat 200 mm Dunlop tire. This is not a bike that you would want to do hundreds of miles on in a day. It is a bar hopper, a cruiser, a weekend rider whatever you want it to call it. But it is a bike to get on the road and have a lot of fun with.
But you must keep an eye on the gas tank because there is no fuel gauge. Honda claims an average of 45 mpg and that means that you can expect to ride around only 153 miles between fill ups.
Honda has managed to get the balance great. You get the choppers look and you also get a motorcycle that cruises very well and it is predictable.
Head turning seems that Honda managed to wrap around a competent and willing cruiser. It rides nicely and it is really user-friendly despite those raked-out forks.
This bike is very fun to ride it, it is not fast, and it is the best choice if you are looking for weekend cruising or just running around town.
While riding this bike you will get a lot of attention and you may meet people who will ask you if the fury is a Harley Davidson. To get a custom-styled bike to market it is pretty clear that Honda has had to make some cost savings, and also there is abundant use of plastics for example front and rear fenders, and chromed plastic on the engine header covers.
The tank of the Fury suits the overall custom feel and is nicely executed, but at 3.4 gallons you are going to make a lot of visits to the gas station.
The price of the Fury is $13,390, and that is a fair price. You get the choice of the black Fury non-ABS or the red 2013 Fury. For $1000 plus you can choose the ABS-equipped version, but you will have to take it in black only.