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2010 Honda Fury Comparison

Monday, June 1, 2009
The Honda Furys five-speed transmission provides seamless shifting for plenty of easy-riding miles.
The 2010 Honda Fury is one of the only liquid-cooled choppers around and sports the longest wheelbase ever in a Honda motorcycle.
Styling aside, it’s time to crack open the throttles and ride. Pushing the buttons on the choppers’ electric starters, the Honda’s PGM-FI fuel injection system with an automatic enricher circuit helps crank the Fury right over. The Coyote uses a two-stage system. Press the starter, listen close and you can hear the carb get primed with a squirt of fuel that helps the larger displacement, high compression engine to reliably turn over. Where the Fury’s starting system is push and go, the Coyote needs a few twists of the throttle to get the fuel flow circulating before riding.

The Fury’s 52-degree V-Twin comes to life with its dual cylinders pumping up and down the 89.5mm (3.52 in.) bore efficiently courtesy of a single overhead cam that is operating three valves per cylinder. The 104.3mm-long (4.1 in.) stroke is compressing gases at a 9.2:1 ratio while its single-pin crankshaft gives the mill the lumping feel that is characteristic of the engine configuration, an dual counterbalancers fore and aft of the crankshaft quell the vibes. The engine is silky smooth, almost too refined for this class of bikes, because even though it has the single-pin crankshaft, it runs with typical Honda efficiency and there are almost no noticeable vibrations through the bars, even at higher rpm. The thrust of the torque is found on the bottom end just above the 2000 rpm range while horsepower continues to be distributed until about 5000 rpm.

“Right off idle the torque propels you seamlessly, there just isn’t that much of it,” said Motorcycle USA’s resident speed demon, Steve Atlas, after his first ride on the Fury.

Honda threw its hat into the factory-custom chopper ring with the release of its 2010 Fury.
Sleek and tretched out, with a tall steering head and a heavy rake, you'd think Honda had been in the chopper biz for years with clean styling like this,
The Fury’s 1312cc engine is mated to a slick five-speed transmission. Again, it’s everything you’d expect from a Honda motorcycle, as the five-speed gearbox engages easily, doesn’t miss a shift, and ‘clicks’ instead of ‘clunks’ into gear. And though the engine is sourced from the VTX1300, the mill in the Fury benefits from the addition of EFI (the VTX1300 fuel system uses a single 38mm constant-velocity carb) that contributes to the bike’s responsive bottom end.

“The Honda is smoother to ride and I thought it was well sorted out – meaning the transmission and engine were so well mated,” said our journeyman test rider and photographer, Tom Lavine.

Our one complaint is that the Fury signs off too early in the powerband. Would the VTX1800 engine suit this style of motorcycle better? That’s debatable, because if it did have the larger powerplant, the radiator would have to be larger, airbox and exhaust volumes would need to increase, and more weight would be added. Personally, more power and another cog on the tranny would be a welcome addition, especially with a bike whose curb weight is 663 lbs.

Launch the Fury hard and grin as the back tire hooks up and leaves a black streak on the pavement beneath you. Power to the 200mm rear tire is distributed via shaft drive. During our week-long adventure, the shaft gave us no driveline lash, and we’ve already commented on how cleanly it integrates into the rear end, but the housing sports the same lackluster appeal as the hard plastic on many of the engine’s covers.

The Honda Fury has a no-nonsense  easy-to-read dial speedo.
The Fury has a no-nonsense, easy-to-read dial speedo.
Throw a leg over the Fury’s 26.7-inch seat height, reach out for the chrome pullback handlebars, put your feet up on the forward-mounted foot controls, and you’re welcomed by comfortable, upright ergonomics with a tad-forward lean. The reach to the bars is about mid-chest high, the placement of the foot controls allows me to stretch out my legs comfortably at six-feet-tall, and the tall steering head gives some reprieve from wind blast until you’re up to highway speeds. The Fury has firm-edged seat padding, comfy around town but butt-numbing after hours on the highway. A single-shock smoothes the ride on the back end while the 45mm inverted fork has enough travel (4 inches) to soak up some of the roads imperfections but doesn’t always stay firmly planted over bigger bumps. But the overall ride quality for a chopper is smooth, almost too smooth to be a chopper. The Fury is well-balanced and you can lean it over confidently in turns until reaching the max angle allowed by the pegs. On the curvy roads around Oatman, Arizona, it quickly closed the gap that the Coyote had opened up on the straights with its easy-handling nature.

Upon arriving in Laughlin, we parked near the Vance & Hines trailer where they were setting up for the River Run. Two reps immediately came over upon recognizing the Fury. V & H was
The 2010 Honda Fury draws its power from a 1312cc 52-degree V-Twin engine.
Rolling through Nevada's Valley of Fire, the black, monochromatic Fury was unmarked and mysterious.
anxiously awaiting the arrival of their own test unit to see what they could do with the platform. Which is a good thing, because one of the first items the Fury could utilize is different pipes. It was already at a disadvantage to the Coyote as far as exhaust notes right out of the gate seeing as how the Big Dog chopper was running a set of aftermarket Vance & Hines Big Radius pipes. The Fury’s 2-into-1-into-2 exhaust puts out a soothing va-va-va-vroom, but teeters more toward the sanitary side than the booming note of even the stock 2-into-1 double barrel exhaust of the Coyote, which I sampled at the 2009 Big Dog Motorcycles’ press intro.
 
The list of Honda Genuine Accessories for the Fury is small but will surely grow with sales. The list includes custom-stitched rider and passenger seats, a sissy bar and passenger backrest, a chrome rear fender panel, boulevard screen, braided clutch and brake lines, and a front chin spoiler. An ABS version is said to be available come fall, which I believe may be a first for a factory chopper, and lists for a grand more than the stock disc brakes that features twin-piston calipers biting down on a healthy 336mm front disc. To get the front to bite requires a solid squeeze, but used in conjunction with the single 296mm rear disc you can rein in the big chopper easily.


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jwolfe -hey skeeter  May 3, 2010 02:54 PM
kiss it buddy, my entire family rides harley... i showed up on my fury and they loved.... said it was a great buy and a great low maintnance bike. id love for you to call me a yuppie to my face. well there is always bike week! just look for viking colors!
biker for 45 years -finally  March 4, 2010 02:30 PM
A chopper that won't break every down every five minutes.
skeeter -Real bikers ride Harleys...  October 11, 2009 05:57 AM
The Fury is just a lame attempt by Charlie to buy into a market that has been dominated by Americans. Unfortunately for Honda, only a few yuppies will buy it, and like the Rune, it won't last long.
Jim -So Sad  July 14, 2009 03:09 PM
Buy American, Hog wash! When American products can complete, then I strongly say Buy American. But lets face it, we are behind in all motor type machines, even motorcycles. Dependability is the key. Getting from point A to point B, ride a Honda.
KyCruiser -Just Ride  June 29, 2009 06:55 AM
I ride a Harley StreetGlide 31K and nothing but maintenance for the most part, I replaced a fairing bracket. And I do and will ride American And the shake? well a little "shake" and roar is what I like? that should answer someones question here. Why would "smooth" be more fun? You tell me? Just because it whines and looks like a cushman on steroids don't make it fun for me. /wink
ed -seating  June 29, 2009 04:13 AM
I just purchased the Fury, and rode it about 60 miles, the misses had to get off the bike on 3 different occasions. The optional seating that they offer is it anymore cushiny. Corbin offers a seat for the driver with passenger seat to follow. Mustang has nothing are there any other manufactures that make seats. Good seats!!
Breeeze here ; -Fury  June 14, 2009 05:03 PM
Honda is stepp'in uptothe plate give them a few moreyears and u'll c one helva rida must give them props w/ the vlx 600 try'n thesofttail look bike i sitt'in nice now lets see them go w/the bigger rides watch out hondais gonna come out w/a surprize nxt cpl yrs.u c
Jean ( John )Levesque -Leg room  June 8, 2009 04:21 PM
The bike is next to perfect. I tried one out and love the feel. BUT in my opinion only should have extended shift and brake assembly as and option. Would sell a lot more. I'm 6'2 and I felt a bit tight. If ever I get up the cash I might by one.
Tom -typo  June 3, 2009 07:36 AM
And of course that's supposed to say "meeting", not "meating" :s
Tom -@James  June 3, 2009 07:34 AM
I don't understand it either. Same goes for the review(er)... Some people are just such 'apes' (by lack of a better word) - They WANT it to vibrate MORE. The smoother, less vibrating Honda engine is a 'negative point'??! And also, all they can think about in their very limited and narrowminded bike 'perception' is PIPES, PIPES, PIPES, PIPES and more PIPES... Like seriously! You would imagine that when meating with such guys, the first and last thing out of their mouths would be rambling about PIPES. Is that an obsession? Or are chopper dudes SO brainwashed that they can only be considered real riders when their bike farts like hell? I appreciate the rumble just as much as the next guy, but seriously, some of these pipes would drone my head off on a long ride, with helmet and all... Just don't get it...
James -milwaukee mike  June 2, 2009 02:34 PM
awee...milwaukee milwaukee mikeeee!!! Big Dog is a "far superior" machine for the likes of you because it has more bling, that's it!!! The writer of this comparo just said it differently! It's actually funny that negatives like bad handling, restricted lean due to lowered pipes, uncomfortable seating position and vibrations are said to be the characteristics of a chopper and made into its USP, what a bummer! Honda just made a chopper which probably rides better than most of the choppers out there, but the rattlers like you will never understand this!!! Oh, I forgot, choppers are more for posing than riding!!!
milwaukee mike -Big Dog vs Fury  June 1, 2009 07:55 PM
After reading this comparo, it should be clear to anyone that although the Big Dog is more costly, it is a far superior machine. Buy American and ride proud.