Honda Fury Turned Into A Furious Chopper

I remember that when I announced the launch of the Honda Fury, your comments went in 2 opposite directions. It’s a nice Chopper with a competitive price, but it’s a Honda. And it’s a nice chopper at a very attractive price and who cares if it’s a Honda. At less than $13,000, with a pure new chopper line (38-degree rake, 71 1/4″ wheelbase, 26″ low seat), a 1312 cc liquid cooled V-Twin engine with a single-pin crankshaft and dual balancers, a 5-speed transmission, beefy 45 mm forks with 4″ of travel, an adjustable single shock rear suspension, the 2010 new Fury was not only the most distinctive custom Honda had ever created but aso a very attractive motorcycle susceptible to appeal to part of the Harley or Harley clone crowd. Even more if Honda was able to demonstrate that its factory Honda could be easily turned into a very nice custom.

Thanks to one of its in-house designers named Nick Renner, a stock Fury was turned into a Furious Chopper. All manufacturers know the added emotional value that a cool custom can bring to a brand and its models, and I have no doubt that the one-off Furious version featured here will make the Honda Fury even more desirable too many. Bike was converted into a hard tail with a 45-degree rake (by using a 8-degree offset triple tree), pounds the street with a 23″ wheel up front and a 20″ on the rear. Other features include an exposed shaft drive, custom oversized drag bars, custom exhaust system, custom diamond stitched leather seat and rear hugger, Accutronix grips/forward controls, Accutronix air cleaner and throttle body, metal flake paint job with variegated leafing, etc. Honda Motorcycles (photography copyright and courtesy Honda R&D Americas for Cyril Huze)

49 Responses to “Honda Fury Turned Into A Furious Chopper”

  1. 1 Gas Man Jan 27th, 2011 at 8:24 am

    This is not the first well done up Furby. I have seen a few of them that have taken the cheap plastic-ness out of the little fury sucker. LIke I always say… Ride what you want, I’ll still be next to you down the road.

  2. 2 Fausto Jan 27th, 2011 at 8:34 am

    If they wanted a bike that was easy to customize then they should of made it belt or chain drive instead of shaft drivel.

    It’s really too bad-the rest of the bike would’ve been a great alternative platform to build customs with.

    When I look at this bike I can see how Harley-Davidson has copied the classic Honda V-Twin style.

  3. 3 T-bone Jan 27th, 2011 at 8:37 am


  4. 4 Zipper Jan 27th, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Couldn’t believe how big it is when I first saw it next too other parked bikes. ..Z

  5. 5 Jan 27th, 2011 at 9:07 am

    “You Meet The Nicest People On A Honda” ! I did from my first Mini-Trail in the late 60’s to my Rune that I bought and ordered in 2003. Some also say ” If it’s a Weed Whacker, Lawn Mower, Pressure Cleaner, Generator or Motorcycle, you bought the Best” ! It is hard to argue with that …….

  6. 6 taznyc Jan 27th, 2011 at 9:07 am

    This plus the black honda and drag honda were the highlight of the NYC motorcycle show.
    What a beauty!

  7. 7 El Loco Jan 27th, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Choppers don’t have shaft-drives…………… least the one that I ride.

  8. 8 burnout Jan 27th, 2011 at 11:07 am

    This one is nice but the Fury hasn’t sold well overall. peace

  9. 9 Keith Stone Jan 27th, 2011 at 11:17 am

    I dig it. It’s smooth !

  10. 10 Bad Monkey Jan 27th, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    For what it is the bike looks damn good. Much better than the stock version.

  11. 11 Dave Blevins Jan 27th, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    This one does have good lines, and is a good looking custom despite the shaft drive.
    They have done a good job making the radiator less noticable too.

  12. 12 RedspawnSilver Jan 27th, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Awesome bike, Hope they come out with this version… Now, on to the comments:

    @Burnout, Ummm, the Fury has sold very well actually. Guessing you live out in the sticks though and don’t realize it, but there is a whole Fury Community that is on the Fury Forums and I can tell you, Honda has sold A LOT of Fury’s.

    @Fausto & El Loco, Get out of the dark ages you smucks, shaft drive is more reliable and doesn’t need the constant care to that a belt or chain driven bike does… It’s 2011 for crying out loud, can you guys grow a backbone and finally accept that?

    @Gas Man, Typical response from somebody that will need some disc’s replaced in his back in a few years from the hard riding he is doing. Get over the Furby comments… really is it necessary?

  13. 13 1550tc Jan 27th, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    first that bagger last week now this bike……..its the tip of the ice berg for the younger crowd

    being honda , you just know u can ride this for a 100k miles and probably never have a problem or oil leak

    this is a nice bike ( except for the loud mags) and i dont get too excited about these metric bikes,,,,,the first fury was a 2000 Paul Yaffe 200 tire CCI kit bike clone

    this and that bagger would make a nice duo of bikes to have

  14. 14 nuno maroco Jan 27th, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    Fantastic.Top bike,top quality.

  15. 15 Ron Jan 27th, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Redspawn, Way to tell the uninformed. I have been riding since I was 9, starting in Motocross. I am 53, so I guess that gives me @ 44 years and 100,000’s of miles. I have 7 motorcycles now including a Big Dog chopper and 2 HD, and will tell you that shaft drive is the way to go for the long haul, smooth and easy. I belong to 2 HOG large chapters and amazed at the amount of knowledge the younger riders think they have. The bulk of the riders have under 10 years of riding experience, and most @ 3 – 5. I hear the same Jap crap and shaft BS all the time. I love it when I go to a meet with 100’s of Harleys on my Kawasaki Drifter 1500, shaft drive and all. My bike draws so many “Love your Indian” comments I can’t stand it. I even have the badges and name still on the bike, bone stock! I parked at a HD dealership, and when I came out almost the entire service dept, mechanics and all were drooling over my “Indian”. You should have seen the experts faces when I told them it was a Kawasaki! They all dropped their heads in shame.

    I have ridden the Fury, and it is a good ride. It has sold well and is a really great deal wheels and all. The driveshaft opens up the look of the wheels. I will say this, in the resale you can get a very low mileage Big Dog chopper @ $9K to $12K.. I would choose that over the Fury for power and looks. I know it is not fair to compare a $30K chopper to a $11K chopper. The Fury is a great deal at it’s price, and in the long run will save $$$ in maintenance. Harley Only riders grow up, my stock Kawasaki’s will beat your stock HD’s everyday in speed, power, and rideability. I have out ran way to many to count. Remember, We all are Riders.

  16. 16 bigitch Jan 27th, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    so it’s got a drive shaft. so what!
    some customs come hubless does that make them any less a bike or chopper?
    let’s give credit that at least someone is trying to keep the custom market alive and going in assorted directions as it should.

  17. 17 zyon Jan 27th, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    I would d drive the shit out of this bike. I wonder how the shaft drive hooks up on a rigid. I would imagine it allows much less flex and really helps to put the power to the ground.

  18. 18 zyon Jan 27th, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    This bike could easily be a production bike. If Honda sold this at market, it would be the number 1 bike of the year. There is very little on here custom fabed or that would cause a huge increase in costs. Add another 2 or 3K on the price tag and it would be a number one seller.

    As a younger biker in his early 30’s, who hit his prime in the television chopper days, Harley and the other guys…this is what we want.

  19. 19 snuffdog76 Jan 27th, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I can always tell what people ride by their general comments. Redspawn I agree with you HD guys need to get with the times and accept the fact your bikes are built on ancient technology. I’m not dissing HD, I actually considered and test drove 2 different ones twice and wasn’t pleased at all. I have a Fury, a bagger, and a sportbike and have invested a ton in all 3. I have friends with HD bikes and that’s fine, to each his own I still ride with them. I have even loaned my trailer to 1 so he could pull his to the shop (not a joke). I personally only like about 35% of this particular Fury but I have seen on the fury forums versions that make this look mild. My Stratoliner has a belt, sport bike a chain, and Fury a shaft and of all 3 the Fury is the only one hasn’t to have some form of adjustment over the years so it’s obviousely a more reliable setup.

  20. 20 Sheridan Jan 27th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    Very nice Chop, and a job well done. If they sold the Fury as a rigid from the factory I’d buy one.

  21. 21 Steve Hog Radio Producer Jan 27th, 2011 at 8:08 pm

    I like the looks of this machine. Sorry I didn’t get a look at it in person – since it wasn’t put out by the December Seattle IMS where we did some shows.

    Seattle is always late – Seeing the new bikes and now hearing the forclosers are starting to hit big time up here.

    Next would be to add some Sugar Bear springer style forks.

  22. 22 Woody Jan 27th, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Looks cool, better than some of the giant bucks ones I’ve seen. I’d prefer belt drive also because you lose a lot of power with two 90s in the shaft drivetrain but what the heck-it’s what the bike comes with so it makes sense to leave it alone.

  23. 23 Woody Jan 27th, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Just noticed there’s every view except from the front-how good/bad does the radiator look?

  24. 24 ROCKSTAR Jan 27th, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    Honda trying to cash in on the McChopper trend… just VERY late to the party

    where is the new RC-51… come on, cash in hand

  25. 25 Warrior Poet Jan 28th, 2011 at 2:44 am

    Great Bike. Where are all of the Honda Naysayers from earlier last week?

    Zyon, I agree with you about the rigid frame working well with the shaft drive. I had two V 65’s, and the biggest problem with the shaft drive seemed to be wallowing in turns when making throttle adjustments.
    As for a belt delivering power better than a shaft, maybe so, but the V 65 never suffered from a lack of power.

    I guess I won’t be able to make much out of my Ural…

  26. 26 baddad Jan 28th, 2011 at 4:35 am

    Great bike. Beautiful . 🙂

  27. 27 Wiz Jan 28th, 2011 at 4:39 am

    Looks good fer a Honda. Don’t think I would like to get caught in the rain with it though. Rooster tails of water comin’ from the front into yer face ‘an more, bigger roosters comin’ from the rear to drench yer back. Been there, done that! Wiz

  28. 28 industrial biker Jan 28th, 2011 at 7:14 am

    Hey guys, any of you know the brand of foot pegs and brake pedal tip featured on this build?

  29. 29 SCOTT Jan 28th, 2011 at 9:03 am

    Looks pretty sharp to me and at 13k it will give lots more a chance to start riding which is what our industry really needs.

  30. 30 Fausto Jan 28th, 2011 at 10:08 am

    I am not against shaft drives on motorcycles-they are great on bikes that you leave stock and drive them around the planet-like the BMW’s.

    I just think that they don’t belong on bikes people are going to want to customize, road racing bikes, and motorcross bikes. Shaft drives are reliable and usually problem free but are also heavier and very expensive to modify when you are trying to change final drive ratios or offsetting drivetrains to run larger tires.

  31. 31 Big Mike Jan 28th, 2011 at 10:20 am

    To redspawn and ron- really, constant adjustment on a belt and chain drive? What? Maybe once a year? And all of this crap about Harleys being unreliable? Maybe in the 1970’s. The newer Harleys are every bit as reliable as any other bike!

    I love it when there is a post about how nice a non-Harley bike is and all of you non-harley riders just turn it in to a Harley bashing session! Can’t you just say some nice things about the Honda and be done?!?

  32. 32 The Supreme Team Jan 28th, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Good to see a little variety on here Cyril.
    As Redspawn has said, there’s a pretty large community and a pretty friendly gang of guys out there. A gentleman named Tony was gracious enough to bring his over for a few days for us to develop forward controls, and has kept in contact ever since, updating, inviting me to new forums…couldn’t ask for a nice group of guys to work with Seems these guys look to help one another as on any good forum, instead of flaming one another ( though there’s always that one exception on the forum though…LOL).

    Anyway, glad to see it getting some recognition. I concede to my first opinions of the Fury with the plastic involved, but I can tell you most of these guys are doing EVERYTHING they can to beef these bikes up will stretching them out and they look pretty damn nice.

    Ride on kids…plenty of room on the road for everyone!


  33. 33 The Supreme Team Jan 28th, 2011 at 10:46 am

    Maybe I shouldn’t post from a phone…nice spelling and punctuation.

  34. 34 trent Jan 28th, 2011 at 11:14 am

    i am a lifelong honda rider (20+ years) and only recently sold my beloved 2002 vtx1800c to help build a little yamaha xs650 chopper. i like the looks of this bike a lot but i do have a problem with it being a shaft drive.

    for those who say the shaft is more reliable and needs much less maintenance, they are correct. but what nobody has said is a shaft robs the rear rubber of a good 20% or more power. and who is going to ride a hardtail by honda so many miles that chain adjustment is going to be an issue? seriously. bolt or weld on a hundred dollar chain tensioner if that’s your worry.

    lastly, the honda 1300 vee is really underpowered. according to tests from motorcyclist magazine, the motor makes 60 ponies and 77 ft/lbs. my little 650 inline twin makes 55.

    if honda were to ever manufacture this bike, it would sell to dudes who’d use it as a bar hopper. if honda were to do that, they ought to give it a chain with a huge sprocket (50 tooth or so) that would give the bike that “get-up-n-go” between stoplights on city streets and “look at me” roars out of parking lots.

    a shaft is really an unnecessary, heavy, power-robbing drive that a bike in this style does not cry for.

  35. 35 aft customs Jan 28th, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Nicely done. We’ve been pioneers in the Metric field & have heard every comment imaginable from the American V-Twin crowd. At the World Championships were the the best of the best come together the common bond is craftsmanship – not the brand. Building Metric customs is more difficult. For you shaft drive snobs – Dave Cook won the Freestyle World Championship in ’09 with a shaft drive Honda.Most of you have probably seen it but didn’t realize what it was. It is a stunning piece of craftsmanship. The top builders/inovaters in the world laugh at you guys when you talk shit about these things. Ask Cyryl if you don’t believe me. We’ve been hiding the radiators under the seat for years & also sell an engine performance package for the VTX 1300 & Fury. “Do you have the Stones” to ride Metric?

  36. 36 The Supreme Team Jan 28th, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Well put Jim! Hope to see you and the girls at Cinci.

  37. 37 The Supreme Team Jan 28th, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Industrial biker-I believe those are Detroit Bros pegs.

  38. 38 Shifter Jan 28th, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Wrong. They are from Accutronix.

  39. 39 martin Twofeather Jan 28th, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Cyril there is 3 new models can you put them on here…Martin

  40. 40 Gas Man Jan 29th, 2011 at 11:09 am

    “@Gas Man, Typical response from somebody that will need some disc’s replaced in his back in a few years from the hard riding he is doing. Get over the Furby comments… really is it necessary?”

    RedSpawn Silver… listen here you self important know it all. I have no back problems and probably a great deal younger (32) than you think. I work on all makes and models of bikes. I have not done anything on a FURBY (oops said it again) but have worked on VTX, Shadows, Rebels, a Star, DRZ, BMWs, customs, bid dogs, of course HDs, and built one of my own. I have no problem with any of them. I constantly have bikes on my lift and ride with anybody on 2.

    I do have a problem with people like you that have a chip on their shoulder and stick shoved up the rear. Get off your high horse and get a grip. Guys make funny jabs at each other, it’s a way of life. If you’re short, fat, and ugly you better be able to handle the comments from your buds. If you ride a plastic chopper then better believe you will hear about it.

    Do I like the Honda… yes, other than the cheap plastic feel you get from a Honda (and most other metrics and Victorys) they make a realiable nice bike. But again, in a mans world, I will still take the jab. Finally, the worst part about this, is that my comment was positive in nature. Guess we all know more about you know, and thanks for it.

  41. 41 The Supreme Team Jan 31st, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Shifter…the controls are Accutronix…but I think the pegs (which he asked about) are Detroit Bros.

  42. 42 Jason H Jan 31st, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Wow…excellent job here. I am not a Honda fan at all but that does not look cheap. Kudos!

  43. 43 vince Jan 31st, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    honda needs to release a hard tail version of the fury. awesome bike. not as bad ass as my cb750 chop but still awesome…for a v-twin

  44. 44 vince Jan 31st, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    one thing. fausto, HD was not the only V-twin motorcycle . back in the day, there were a good number of them. also, that’s chopper style. not HD style. there’s a jack wagon that i know keeps calling my CB 750 chopper a honda davidson. my response to him? show me an HD the factory ever came out with that looked like this. that usually ends it.

  45. 45 The Supreme Team Feb 2nd, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    I stand corrected…I believe those are Joker Machine pegs.

  46. 46 ha ha ha Feb 15th, 2011 at 12:24 am

    Don’t want a chopper…want Honda’s new CB1100 but the shaggers won’t sell in the N.America…fabulous retro standard.

  47. 47 Bones Aug 3rd, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    This is my second Fury, (got ran off the road by a f’ing cager totalled the first one) and my third chopper, had an HD and an old BSA chopper….as for the shaft drive I wouldn’t trade for anything….I don’t worry about a chain breaking or a belt shreading in the middle of nowhere on a rainy night on a back road god know how far from civilization…..been there done that and had the friggin head cold to show for it. I love my Fury… the compliments i get with it, the looks, and most of all the friggin gas mileage….I know it has only a 3.4 gal tank…but I’m getting 50 – 51 MPG on the interstate hwys and have gotten as much as 61 on a patriot guard ride ( speeds of around 45-50 for 70 miles.)

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