Hot Concepts from Honda R&D Americas | Wild File

American Fury

By Aaron Frank, Photography by Honda


This hardcore hardtail conversion by Nick Renner, based on the Fury, looks as clean and credible as any air-cooled Harley longbike thanks to its 45-degree rake, 23-inch front wheel and strict attention to detail. Low clip-ons and minimalist accommodations cut a perfect profile, while old-school graphics featuring Honda’s "Nicest People" corporate slogan in metalflake and variegated leaf is a deliciously ironic touch.


Designer Erik Dunshee transformed the low-slung Stateline retro-cruiser into a radically stretched and slammed version of the bagger Honda never built. This satin-black phantom machine retains the stock frame, swingarm and tank, and grafts on an extra-tall 23-inch front wheel and radically exaggerated fenders and fairing to create a super-streamlined profile. What’s hiding in those hand-formed hard bags? A 500-watt multi-media entertainment system, including a 10-inch subwoofer!


Based on the bare-bones Sabre, Edward Birtulescu’s Switchblade leans heavily on Honda’s racing history for inspiration. Fully adjustable Öhlins suspension, radial-mount Brembo brakes, carbon-fiber wheels and a single-sided swingarm scream MotoGP. The frame and tank are original but the chin spoiler and minimalist tail, which resembles that of a CBR1000RR, are crafted from carbon-fiber.MC

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