Yes, I know that the plural of “fury” is “furies”, but I’m referring to the model name, not the state of rage, so the title is OK. But, it is still plural, because Honda has added two new Fury models to accompany the original VT1300.
The VT1300CR is a more relaxed version of the Fury. The handlebars are swept back more for a more relaxed rider stance. The front of the frame has been lowered as well, so that, while the extreme rake angle still juts that front tire way out in front, it’s got a less extreme chopper look than the high neck that the original Fury sports. The fenders are bigger, and more sculpted, but the tires are smaller (and wider), moving from a 21″ front and 18″ rear to a 17″ front and 15″ rear. They’ve also moved the speedometer onto the tank, instead of mounting it between the bars.
The VT1300CS is a shorter, thinner bike than the CR, with 4.72″ shaved off the wheelbase, and 5.8″ off the width. It also has smaller, less flashy fenders, but, while it keeps the 15″ tire out back, it goes to a 21″ tire in front. It still has the low neck of the CR model, but narrower, less pulled back handlebars.
I’m not a big fan of the Fury, in general, but I know a lot of people like them. And my chick thinks they’re cute. It’s also one of the few big-boy bikes she can actually pick up off the stand, and flatfoot when she gets it up.
But that boring old 1300cc VTX mill just doesn’t do it for me. This really seems like a bike that screams for one of the Big Twins.