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The Fury and Coyote in the Valley of Fire

Thursday, April 23, 2009
We have arrived! Motorcycle USA dropped its kickstands this afternoon in Laughlin, Nevada, in preparation for the 27th Annual River Run. We made the final descent with a convoy of about 30 H.O.G. members as we rolled into Laughlin. White tents dot the parking lot below as we look out our hotel room at the Edgewater as vendors do the last minute scramble to get set up. A couple of reps from Vance & Hines hit us up when we parking after they saw that we were riding the 2010 Honda Fury. They were curious how we got our hands on the new chopper when it hasn’t hit the dealers yet. Seems like V&H is anxiously awaiting the arrival of their own Fury so they can do what they do best – pump up the volume! The 2009 Big Dog Coyote we’re riding already has a set of Big Radius pipes that rock. Just ask security at The Excalibur in Las Vegas, who got an earful of the Big Radius’ boom.

2009 Big Dog Coyote and 2010 Honda Fury
The 2010 Honda Fury and the 2009 Big Dog Coyote boldly took us where choppers seldom venture.
It’s been a circuitous route to Laughlin. Rolled out of LA on Monday aboard the choppers, crossing the desert on a day of record heat. Got into Vegas late and then couldn’t find a room because there was some freakin’ convention in town. The valet at the Excalibur said “Sure, we have rooms” and directed us to a remote parking garage. After unpacking our bikes, we walked about a quarter-mile, only to get up to the check-in counter for the girl to tell us that they were booked and we’d be lucky to find a room in town. After hundreds of miles in desert heat, that’s the last thing we wanted to hear. Needless to say, the Big Radius pipes helped me vent my frustration coming out of the parking lot.

Yesterday we toured the Valley of Fire State Park on the Fury and the Coyote. The ride rewarded us with red desert rocks carved by wind and water into some of the coolest geological formations around. Beehives, natural arches, 4000 year-old petroglyphs, and cactus in bloom – the desert yielded its treasures to us as we rumbled through the Valley. Lots of people stopped to talk to us about the choppers, both motorcyclists and cagers alike.

Riding choppers in the Valley of Fire.
The red rocks give the Valley of Fire its name. We like the name Fury for a chopper, too.
Today we made the trek down to Laughlin. We got here early so we took a trip back in time to the old mining town of Oatman, Arizona. I got in a traffic jam, stuck behind two burros in the middle of the road who just glared at me. Got it on GoPro video, so maybe it will make the video feature of the travel feature I’m working on.

Three days, two choppers, 800 miles, one desert, and record-breaking heat. Tomorrow, though, it’s all about the River Run. Will be pounding pavement and shooting pics all day and start putting up reports tomorrow night, so Climb On with Motorcycle USA. It’s River Run time, baby.
Post Tags: Laughlin River Run, 2009 Big Dog Coyote, 2010 Honda Fury, 2009 River Run
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Hutch -Fury Review April 27, 2009 05:00 PM
John old buddy old pal, we actually have a First Ride Review of the Fury: Just copy that URL belwo and paste into your browser so you can get a better idea of what we felt about riding the bike. However, Bryan here is on a tour, comparing the Fury and Coyote as part of a proper evaluation of the bike which will take place over more than a single day we got during the press intro and simply was posting this blog to share in the exploits with the rest of us. So, hopefully that clears up why he didnt talk about the bike much. http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/121/2658/Motorcycle-Article/2010-Honda-Fury-First-Ride.aspx
MCUSA -Easy there John April 27, 2009 11:41 AM
This is a blog post. The comparison test is coming. If you need an immediate Honda Fury fix, why not check out the First Ride report we wrote on March 2nd http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/121/2658/Motorcycle-Article/2010-Honda-Fury-First-Ride.aspx
John McHan -BIKES April 27, 2009 01:09 AM
Instead of using this opportunity when you were one of the first on a Fury to whine about not getting a room and showing your ass when you left the hotel, don't you think it would have been a good idea to tell us about the bike?