That’s Right Its a Honda

That’s Right Its a HondaBY:HONDAMOTORCYCLESThat’sRight, Its a Honda.2010 Honda Fury Development StoryThe process of designing a new motorcycle always encompasses a huge array of factors and considerations.A profusion of calculations, measurements, specifications and more must be weighed, analyzed, dissectedand crunched together to yield the proper result. However, one key factor that cannot be quantified inempirical terms always comes into play:a passion for the machine. And at Honda, our designers andengineers carry a passion for motorcycles to the extreme. So when they get the green light to give full forceto such passions, some pretty wild things can happen.The Honda FuryWelcome to the wild side of Honda, where a passion for riding reigns supreme in the stunningly creative 2010Fury. Here we have a machine packed with radical lines and a head-turning look, a motorcycle destined tobecome a milestone machine.The Fury is the offspring of people who get excited about creating newmotorcycles, enthusiasts who understand what it means to get really involved with a machine. The Fury capturesthe pure, undiluted chopper essence, a genre of motorcycle that simply feels right, looks right and sounds rightwhen it’s done well, rather than a precise formula that’s captured with a micrometer and calipers.Choppers have been a part of the motorcycling scene for decades, but for the most part they’ve occupieda small niche on the farthest edges of the sport. The first such machines were cobbled-up home-builts with areputation for being crudely wrought and uncomfortable to ride. Since then choppers have evolvedrolling art, with true customs commanding a very high price. That’s the beautyof the Fury.Even thoughit looks like rolling art from the two-wheeled world, it is backed up with the same functionality, fit andfinish, quality and reliability built into every Honda. Tapping into anextensive legacy of experience in building motorcycles of all types,Honda’s engineers devised a design and incorporated technologicaladvantages to make the Fury handle, function and ride according to Honda standards. Although stunning and daring in its visuals, theFury is great fun to ride, with a feel and sound that place the rider squarely in the chopper domain. It’s a Honda and you can use it like any other Honda, yet it carriesattitude and looks to the extreme.Better yet, this breakthrough motorcycle rests within easy reach of nearlyevery rider; in terms of affordability witness the $12,999 baseMSRP—the Fury does indeed break new ground. It’s a radical concept in aunique package, an affordable combination never before offered to theaverage motorcycle owner—until today.The most obvious attraction to the Fury centers on its raked-outchopper styling: high-mount steering head that gives the frame asee-through, open-air lookwith plenty of breathing room between the tank/upper frame and the front cylinder head; slimandlong fuel tank perched up high; ultra-low 26.7-inch seat height; big-time rake; fat 200-series rear tire pairedwith a slim 21-inch front wheel; a condensed, hard-tail look to the rear end; and a stretched wheelbase.And that long wheelbase is no illusion—the Fury stretches a full 71.2 inches between axles. Perhaps equallyimportant is that a close-up inspection of the Fury reveals remarkably clean lines, a Spartan return tobasics plus superior attention to detail that together create the distinct impression of a full-on hand-builtcustom bike, but at a mere fraction of the cost.In truth, creation of the Fury posed a considerable challenge. This ground-breaking concept had to strike adelicate balance. The extended chopper look with its stretched wheelbase andexaggerated steering rake combines with the stellar levels of function that are part of every Honda. The design focus began with thehigh steering head/pronounced steering rake/open look in the front end and then radiated outward fromthere. With such a visually stunning appearance, the final incarnation of the Fury required a significantamount of communication and cooperation between the styling team in the USA at HondaResearch Americas (HRA) and the Honda engineers at HGA in Japan. Original sketches and clay mock-ups weretweaked and refined in innumerable ways, leading to small but elegantly simple feats of engineeringwizardry that were performed to achieve the goal.For example, to maintain the remarkably uncluttered look between the front cylinder and the frontdowntube/ radiator area, the top radiator hose is hidden away beneath the front valve cover—a patented ideathat illustrates the extreme efforts expended on maintaining the airy look of the front end. Other examplesare the long, slim and voluptuous look of the fuel tank, which had to be adjusted and modified repeatedlyalong with handlebar shape and size to allow the appropriate amount of steering clearance when the frontwheel is turned from stop-to-stop. The design of each separate element shares cascading effects with otherinterrelated parts, resulting in a fluidity of design.In similar fashion, the rear end of the bike had to look just right, yet still function like a Honda. The Furyincorporates a visual balance of positive and negative space between the airy front end and the moresubstantial engine and rear-end section; it may not be instantly apparent to some onlookers, but the designelements have been carefully integrated. The LED taillight was selected specifically because it does not affectthe shape of the rear fender, which also lacks visible fender stays—all for the purpose of giving the rear fendera simple, clean and elegant shape.In addition, there’s no need to fret about what appears to be a rigid hard-tail rear end.Those sleek linesactually cloak an ingenious single-shock rear suspension system with an aluminum swingarm, adjustablerebound damping andfive-position spring preload adjustment for exemplary riding comfort—definitelyfar and above the normfor a chopper-style motorcycle.Also, note theremarkably clean lines given to the aluminum swingarm, and the great efforts expended on bestowing smooth lines upon thedriveshaft on the left side.Up front, a stout 45mm fork handles suspension duties quite ably, and the distinctive alloy wheels have asingle powerful 336mm-diameter front disc brake complemented by a 296mm brake disc in back. In addition,the Fury is availablewith Honda’sCombined Brake System (CBS) and optional Anti-Lock BrakeSystem (ABS) for sure-footed braking undera wide varietyof road conditions. In this system, the application of therear brake pedal also applies pressure to the front brakecaliper.Fire up the engine and waves of muscular V-twin power, sound and feel—vital elements that constitute the soulof the Fury—flood the senses. There’s a fuel-injectionsystem that’s new to Honda’s proven and muscular 1312cc liquid-cooled 52-degree V-twin with a single-pin crankshaft and dual balancers. A newly designedexhaust system and new camshafts also add to the creation of an engine that’s eminently satisfying in theperformance department as well as one that delivers the more intangible aesthetic sound and power-pulsesensations Honda engineers wanted. Short version: it’s just plain cool to ride and hear this baby rumble.With a full line of accessories available upon its release, the Fury is also positioned for additionalcustomizing by owners who want to add that personal touch.The Fury taps directly into the passion for riding; this is a machine built for people who have alwayslonged for a chopper-style motorcycle. And for good reason—it’s got to be the ultimate as far as cool factorgoes, a bike profile that’s instantly known and recognized. But this is also a chopper with a uniquedifference: you can simply ride it and enjoy, without all of the costs,compromises and headaches typically attached to such machines.The Fury is a chopper that’s also 100 percent Honda, with all the performance and quality that thename implies.To find out about the 2010 Honda Fury and all of the Honda Motorcycles Checkout HondaPowersportsIf you liked what Steel Horse News has to say pass it on Clickhere to email this to a friend.Amazon.com WidgetsCopyright© Steel Horse MotorcycleNews.  May 15, 2012|ContactUs|Motorcycle Women|Used Motorcycle for Sale

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