Honda’s got some new stuff in store for us in 2012, including a refined Gold Wing both in looks and handling as well as a Fury decked out in a seductive mix of glossy and matte black.
For 2012, the Fury comes to us cloaked in a new glossy black finish that beautifully sets off its matte black wheels, reminiscent to what we see from specialized firms.
|2012 Honda Fury (Photo: Honda)
Honda has definitely been bold in designing the Fury, a chopper in the truest sense of the word. This is a no-nonsense machine reduced to its simplest expression, with a lowered hardtail suspension, high steering column, elongated fork, wide rake angle, 21-inch front wheel, beefy 200-mm rear tire, forward footpegs and wide handlebars.
The Fury uses the reliable liquid-cooled V-Twin borrowed from the VTX1300 family, with the low-slung radiator discretely tucked away between the two front tubes, creating a naked look worthy of the most stunning choppers out there. We fell in love with the Honda Fury when it was originally launched in 2010, and apparently so did the public, because Honda Canada nearly sold out its inventory the same year. With its sexy new livery, it’ll likely be even more sought-after in 2012.
2012 Gold Wing
Where its predecessor had set some of the highest standards in terms of comfort and power, the new 2012 Gold Wing now raises the handling bar. Thanks to a stiffer suspension and improved geometry, the new bike is astonishingly precise and easy to ride.
|2012 Honda Gold Wing (Photo: Kevin Wing)
The many improvements include an updated navigation system, a more potent stereo system and, especially, form-fitting aerodynamic bodywork that offers superior protection for your legs and feet. Honda’s engineers also managed to efficiently reduce some of the turbulence behind the windscreen. What’s more, rider and passenger are treated to improved ergonomics: wide, well-padded, two-tiered saddle, low, forward footrests and handlebars set back towards the rider.
After travelling over 400 km in the Gold Wing’s saddle, we can confirm that this easily controlled two-wheel colossus is perfectly capable of adapting to most any situation, whether you’re riding solo or with your significant other. This intelligently extravagant machine is a real pleasure.