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Honda Fury

RideApart Review: Honda VT1300CX

Remember those big bikes of the mid 2000s with odd weird handling, stupidly front ends, ridiculously rear tires and ostentatious that sold for the price of a house? The Honda Fury is not things. It just looks one.

Where did those choppers go? One minute they all the rage and then in the ensuing of the global financial crisis disappeared. You can still find a few on the pages of Craig’s List the owners realizing motorcycles ever really for them.

And now have to get rid of the bike, albeit at a hit, and go and buy an expensive boat, is probably what they have done in the first

So it’s sort of surprising to us Honda – arguably the most of all motorcycle manufacturers – has persevered its chopper-inspired Fury VT1300 CX and finds enthusiastic buyers for it not here in the U.S. but all around the

What’s New

Launched in 2010, the Fury broke new ground as it unlike anything the company had before. And because it’s it spent a considerable amount of researching this market before committing to offering a that on first sight have come straight the custom motorcycle world.

own marketing photographs don’t do the Honda Fury justice. really much nicer in the Sure, it’s no hard-core but it’s still an interesting-looking that actually rides far than its appearance suggests.

So do you get for your money? It’s basic as there’s very equipment. Just a custom-look that has a big v-twin engine, a low seating position, and handlebars.

And about it.

The front end has been raked out to 32 with a high mount head to give the Fury chopper feel. The narrow fuel tank, which terrific, swoops down to the rider. There’s a bobbed fender while the 21-inch and nine-spoke flat black wheel is hugged by a close fender.

One issue for us here is a lot of the chromed parts on the Fury, the fenders, are all made from

However, the Fury’s svelte lines have actually create a terrific seat of just 26.9 inches will allow riders of any size to plant both flat on the road at a stop.

You do get a passenger pad on the rear fender and but we wouldn’t recommend using it for than a few miles. There’s no rail and your passenger thank you for the experience.

This is a solo rider type And it’s got a great riding even if the seat is a little too for us. On the move your legs are not so far forward to make changing a pain and you can dab the rear brake with the toe of your right

And at a total weight of 666lbs for the ABS model) the Fury’s single 336 mm disc with twin and 296mm rear brake are and progressive and more than up to the You can of course pay a little more and get of the Fury but the standard set-up perfectly well for us.

The ‘custom’ also extends to the Fury’s which pull back towards the rider and make easy to reach and operate. has made an attempt to clean up the end in true chopper style but are still a couple of cables we think could be tucked or re-routed.

On top of the bars there’s an angular simple instrument gauge displays speed and has lights for oil water temperature and neutral. But no tachometer or even a fuel so you’ll have to keep an eye on the you ride or keep taking off the gas cap to see how fuel is left.

You’ll be hard pressed to find the name anywhere on this which is probably why most have absolutely no idea it is when they first see the But if you look close there are a of discrete ‘Honda’ badges low on each flank, one on the engine and the Fury name on the rear

Power comes from the 1312cc, water-cooled, 52-degree (also used in Honda’s Sabre and Interstate). There’s 89 lb/ft of torque from motor fitted in the Fury and it’s no street racer it strongly and evenly through the speed transmission and delivers smoothly to the 18 inch rear and 200mm tire combination via drive.

Those long 45mm forks have a 4.0-inches of travel that up a lot of bumps and irregular road despite having such a almost bicycle-like front tire. Honda has done a job of trying to create a hard look with the Fury and has to hide the single adjustable shock (there’s a five pre load and 3.7-inches of travel) that big fat rear fender.

For there’s not a lot new about the Honda . Color-wise you get a choice of either red or for the non ABS-equipped models or just for the ABS equipped version.

If you’re the retiring wallflower sort of rider then don’t think about buying a Fury. It is not the bike for you. we took the Fury people to talk us about it, sit on it or photograph it.

We were even chased PCH1 by two guys in a truck who us they were into custom bikes and were impressed with the way the Fury

“We build bikes for a living and looks seriously bad …,” one of said. “We’ve heard of the but never ever seen one on the Is that really a Honda?”

So in a nutshell is one part of Honda’s with the Fury. It’s a of double-edged sword. On one hand has built a bike that terrific to some people yet few have ever seen one in the or know that it exists. And you tell them it’s a they get very confused. know Honda builds great sport bikes and competent off-road bikes.

It boggles some people’s that Honda also the Fury.

That is a shame. As aside (and we can argue all day on the for or against of owning a chopper-style in 2013) the Honda Fury is a surprisingly nice bike to

We’ll be honest here and say when we first saw the Fury we not sure. It looked too contrived as if it was too hard to be something it’s

But once you have swung a leg and sat down on that ultra low it actually sort of all makes First off it’s not difficult to That big v-twin vibrates a at idle as you’d expect but are dual counter balances to vibrations from becoming too

At 71.1 inches, the Fury has the wheelbase of any current production Combine that with the front tire and it does a bit vague at low speed and you have to yourself in parking lots. The out front end doesn’t make for low-speed maneuvering.

Out on the road, that rake and tire combination also the rider a vague steering at anything under 20mph. But a short while you get used to the way it and then, where it really well for us, it gets into its at mid range cruising speeds.

It flop down in the corners you would expect a chopper-style to do and most riders should the Fury very easy to The steering at higher speed is with no surprises and there is overall feeling of stability. But not a lot ground clearance with low-slung frame and you can drag the in even modest corners if you too hard.

Over 50mph the feels planted on the road and the five-speed transmission and shaft it rides as smoothly and as seamlessly as you expect from any Honda

No problems either with big fat 200mm Dunlop tire. It doesn’t enhance rear performance but this is not a bike you want to do hundreds of miles on in a It’s a cruiser, a bar hopper, a rider whatever you want to it.

But above all it’s a bike to get on the and have some fun with.

But an eye on your gas tank. Literally. is no fuel gauge.

With claiming an average of 45mpg (we we were getting a little that means you can expect to ride around only 153 between fill ups.

So those choppers of the past we mentioned at the beginning of this looked extraordinary but rode Not so the Fury.

Somehow Honda has managed to get the almost right. You get the chopper but you also get a motorcycle that well, is predictable and won’t you at the first corner you come to.


Head turning that Honda has managed to around a competent and very cruiser. Despite those forks it rides nicely and it is user-friendly.

This is a fun bike to It’s not fast but if you want an looking motorcycle for weekend or just running around doing errands this not be a bad choice.

What’s Bad

You’ll get a lot of riding this bike and may to put up with people asking you all the if the Fury is a Harley Davidson.

To get a custom-styled bike to market clear that Honda has had to some cost savings and abundant use of plastics (front and fenders for example) and chromed on the engine header covers.

You sacrifice some practicality for the looks. While the Fury’s is nicely executed and suits the ‘custom’ feel, at 3.4-gallons you are to be making a lot of visits to the gas station.

choppers are made from and steel. But that doesn’t the ugly frame welds on the – particularly on the neck. Some may put down as character on a bike but not the sort of fit and finish we have to expect from Honda.


At $13,390, which is a fair you get the choice of either the red 2013 or the black Fury non-ABS. For a $1,000 you can opt for ABS-equipped version but to take it in black only.

What else should you To our mind there is nothing that looks like the You could have considered the Rocket, which was HD’s of a chopper, but it quietly dropped from its line-up in 2012.

So one alterative is the Harley-Davidson Wide but depending on specification, you’re at $14,999 to $15,729.

There are of other bikes that as well the Fury but they offer the chopper style of Honda at this price.

Fury handles better any chopper I’ve ridden, the most neutral steering and high speed stability, and is to many much less factory cruisers in these — The Daily Telegraph

The Verdict

today, some three on since it was first launched, the stands out in the Honda line-up as a bit whacky and out of the ordinary. And that we is a good thing.

As a simple it rides well is easy to get with and it’s fun too. As a it does its job with the minimum of and with a certain amount And it has Honda’s renowned reliability to

If you’re in the market for this of bike you really couldn’t ask for than that.

RideApart . 6/10

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