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Honda VT1300CS & VT1300CR First Look

Wednesday, October 21, 2009
2010 Honda VT1300CR
The Fury family welcomed two new additions today, including a more classic-styled version called the 2010 Honda VT1300CR.
2010 Honda VT1300CS
The 2010 Honda VT1300CS is shorter and thinner than the VT1300CR and is aimed for riders who want a slightly sportier version.
Honda Motorcycles announced two new variations of its chopper-styled cruiser, the Fury, in conjunction with the start of the Tokyo Motor Show. The first, called the VT1300CR, gives the Fury more classic appeal with large, deeply valanced fenders and wider tires on new five-spoke wheels. The wheels are much smaller than the 21-inch front/18-inch combo of the Fury as the CR rolls on a 17-inch front and 15-inch rear combo. The ‘high neck’ space between the 1312cc, SOHC V-Twin engine and the frame has been reduced so it has much less of a ‘chopper’ stance. The speedo gauge that previously rested between the bars is now mounted on top of the tank, and the bars appear to pull back more for a relaxed riding position. The rear fender also features a large taillight smack dab in the center.

The VT1300CS has a less radical neck height like the CR, but runs with smaller fenders and no fender-mounted taillight similar to the package on the Fury. The CS has sporty new five-spoke alloy wheels, going tall (21 inch) up front and short and wide (15 inch) out back. Overall, the VT1300CS is 4.72-inches shorter, aided by what appears to be a tighter rake angle, and 5.8-inches thinner than the CR because of its different handlebars. The riding position is additionally slanted toward the sporty side because of the bars. The seat sports a thinner cushion than the one on the CR while the speedo sits in the middle of a tank-mounted console as well.

The Honda VT1300CX, aka the Fury here in the States, will still be available with its high head pipe and long front fork. All three versions source the mill developed in the VTX1300 cruiser, a liquid-cooled, 52-degree V-Twin with a single-pin crankshaft and dual balancers. Whether the two new versions of the Fury will be available Stateside remains a mystery, as today it received its exclusive Japanese premiere. But since the Fury is tailor-made for the American market, I anticipate a North American release.

2010 Honda Fury
Don't worry. The original Fury is still around. Look for progress on our Honda Fury project bike in the upcoming months.
If not, keep your eyes peeled for updates on our Motorcycle USA Fury project bike for ideas on what can be done to customize Honda’s new chopper. We’ve got some Cobra Speedster Swept Exhausts on the way and more upgrades in store, so check back in the coming months as our Fury project bike takes shape.

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DDJFVT1300   March 22, 2011 12:26 AM
JFVT1300- I was riding now for 45 years. I had 9 bikes and the last one is a VT1300CR. All other metric bikes in 5th gear I was looking for the 6th gear. This bike will cruise 75mph with no problems. My 09 Roadstar and my 06 VTX 1800N2 I was looking for that next gear. Honda did something to the gear box ratio because this bike runs nice at highway speeds. Nice job Honda.
bikebob -what is no. 1  October 20, 2010 09:55 PM
well honda is the largest engine manufacturer in the WORLD... they didn't have to start making washing machines and getting government money to stay alive. They introduced a bike that came over here to america and wimped our ass with them...most of us including me is just jealous that the japanense make better products than our own. and there is no agruement with that.
skeeter -Xtreme Rider  October 31, 2009 09:55 PM
WTF?
Xtreme Rider -Honda Cruisers...  October 30, 2009 07:34 PM
Nice that they are keeping the 1300 around and incorporating in the better features from the VTX1800. Too bad they put the ugliest stock pipes ever on them. They could have down way better with keeping the old VTX pipes. There is a whole world of folks who love to ride their VTX's. Problem is, Honda sucked at advertising them. The never saw a TV while watching TV. Just the one ad once I joined a forum for the VTX. I will keep my VTX, and if I do get rid of it, I guess I'll have to either go used, or get a Yammie or a Kaw.
skeeter -hmmm?  October 28, 2009 09:40 PM
That exhaust system looks strangely like the system that Harley uses on the Fatboys. Innovation or imposter?
Don -Milwaukee Mike  October 28, 2009 05:42 PM
Harley's mott [Marketing] The cure for Incompetent Engineering.
Woodman West -GB HP  October 28, 2009 01:47 PM
GB, I have owned many bikes under 60hp that will cruise along at 75 MPH all day long with no problems. V Star 1100s are awesome machines with stock 62hp. Ever heard of an RD400 or an original (gasp) 1000cc Goldwing.

I toured on a 750 for years before I learned it would not go over 60mph! Good thing I did not know that before.
HDBreeze -6 years too late...  October 27, 2009 06:56 PM
Honda is trying to tap into a market that died about six years ago. This is about as stupid as the Rune! Pricing these bikes cheap and using the VTX 1300 motor is not going to sell them. I stopped in the local Honda dealer to get parts for my son's quad, and there were two Furys on the floor. The fit and finish on Hondas is usually good, but on the Fury it is terrible. The welds on the frame are the worst I've ever seen, and they are exposed, so they are easy to notice. On top of that, the parts look cheap and the chrome looks like plastic. It reminds me of those cheap bikes from China, like the Johnny Pag bikes. The one positive that I can say about the Fury is that Honda did a fantastic job with the radiator. It blends in nicely, not like the one on the Triumph Rocket-3. Somebody needs to let Honda know that baggers and bobbers are what's in.
GB -Woodman West  October 27, 2009 02:18 PM
60 hp is not enough to cruise along at 70-80mph. unless you're going down hill with a back wind of 50. with that HP it'd take a day to get there.
Woodman West -HD dealers  October 26, 2009 12:34 PM
Tim B, glad got a good laugh from my comments. All I can say is that I live in Central Florida and a lot of the dealers are closing, but the HD dealers always seem to be busy. "On any given Sunday" you see 1000s of bikes and most are HDs.

Personally I ride Stars, I build my bikes from wrecks and abandoned projects, usually from the frame up. I even build my own seats and lace my own wheels. In 30+ years of ridng I have never taken a bike to a dealer or bought new. I once took a Yamaha carb (off a 2k miles wreck, never touched) and it was missing parts.

Having said all that, I hope Honda can sell this bikes and that the buyers ride them and love them. The 2 Honda dealers left in Orlando are 30 south or 30 miles north.
GB -dudes  October 26, 2009 10:46 AM
love what ya ride, ride what ya love!!! motorcycles are not a common sense decision. if ya always wanted a harley, get one!! but my god don't act like they are the best thing since sex. that's what turns people off about them. i love all bikes and have all kinds off bikes. right now i ride a victory, do i think it's the best bike made, hell yeah i do. but am i right?? to me i am and since i paid for it i am the only opinion that counts. a little jousting is good for all of us but sometimes we cross the line. me included
Tim B -Woodman West  October 26, 2009 09:09 AM
Haha "chrome has less wind resistance!" And "Optional fishtails help if you have a tailwind." Haha! You should be on Harley's marketing team if you aren't already. Those are some classic lines of bullsh*t right there!

And Harley probably has the worst dealer network. There are lots of them, but most of them suck at working on bikes. I know...I've experienced it first hand.

Woodman West -Jon...better what?  October 26, 2009 07:19 AM
Jon, better what? Better looking than a Roadking Classic or Fatboy low? Better at holdings it value than an Ultraglide? Better dealer network? Better aftermarket, (HD is endless)?

Folks buy Harleys for all these reasons and many more. Mostly the buy Harleys because they want a Harley. Not because they want a motorcycle or want a cruiser. They want a Harley.

Boo hoo hoo, my aircooled V twin does not have 175+ hp (V Max) or 160 ft/lbs of Torque (Rocket 3). But it sure beats them all in smiles per gallon!
Jon -what folks want?!!!  October 25, 2009 02:52 PM
Why some Americans are so hard a**ed that they cannot except the fact that there are better non american cruisers out there in the world. Triumph Rocket III and Yamaha V-Max will put all sorts of shit, stone and dust in the mouth of the most powerful American vibrator cruiser!!
Woodman West -Honda doing Bad  October 25, 2009 12:07 PM
The 2nd of 4 Honda dealers in Metro Orlando is folding. Only 2 Suzuki dealers left in a city of 2 million people. Still 4 HD shops and 5 Yammie shops, all seem to be steady. Only 1 Kawi shop I know of. Ducati, Victory, Triumph, all dealers gone.

So where am I going with all this? The folks that offer the most "Classicly" styled cruisers are still selling bikes. 60 is plenty of HP to cruise along at 75-80 mph on a big pillowy seat with a big windshield. Sit up straight or (gasp) lean back and enjoy the ride! Long stroke torque (read V twin) gets the bike moving and chrome has less wind resistance! Optional fishtails help if you have a tailwind.

You guys can live in crotch rocket or sport touring lala land all day long (at 150mph). Big fat lumpy V twin cruisers are what most folks want! (at least the folks with 15k+ to drop on a new bike!)

HD will sell 250,000 bikes this year and sales are way down! Honda won't come close to that.


EAB -Milwaukee Mike is right...  October 24, 2009 08:52 PM
Honda here has three variations. Harley has a helluva lot more than three variations of crap.
gb -little too little too late.  October 23, 2009 01:35 PM
he looks of the VT1300CS but i think honda waited too long to bring it out. the cruiser craze is about over. nobody has the money anymore for these kind of toys. just look at the ads and see all the harleys for sale.
gb -Harley Rider -  October 23, 2009 01:32 PM
cut milwaukee mike some slack, he's retarded and been brainwashed by madison avenue.
vtxer -to small  October 23, 2009 10:38 AM
They should have made these with something like a 1600cc engine. I have the vtx1300r and would like a little more umph. I don't see these bikes lasting more than just a few years. JMO
Harley Rider -milwaukee mike  October 23, 2009 09:24 AM
Your mom should have had an abortion!
milwaukee mike -Furby in three flavors  October 23, 2009 08:33 AM
You can make all kinds of variations on a theme. But if the theme is crap,... then you will only have three flavors of crap.
EAB -Oh Boy, another new motorsickle......  October 23, 2009 06:01 AM
....with a V-twin, and pipes down the right side, and chrome. Wow, gosh gee willigers, perhaps Suzuki can answer with a similar model but it will have a two tone gas tank with a skull!! That would be bad arse, now wouldn't it!!?? <.....zzzzzzzzzzz.......> Seriously, may I live to be 1000 years old, I will never understand cruisers. It's my problem since the best bike I ever owned and my current ride is a Honda 599, a bike that is #1 in Europe but Honda can't give away in the states. At least Honda is bringing over some of it's good European iron this year along with this "thing."
Neal -Money  October 23, 2009 05:21 AM
The Fury is like three grand more than the regular vtx 1300. Unless Honda lowers the price on these to around the standard vtx 1300, this stuff makes as much sense in terms of value as the LFA.

You can get a Dyna for the price of the Fury, the Dyna being more powerful, sounds better, better materials, and is cooler.

I thought the japanese were about good value.
Jay Mack -New Furys  October 23, 2009 05:05 AM
They haven't sold the Fury they have at MAC. I don't think anyone is going to be stockpiing these. There really isn't that much difference in the three.

Some well styled and functional hard bags and wind screen would have been a higher priority than these, to me. But there's nothing wrong with the engine at 1300ccs. I rode it. It's fine.
1BDX -Not for me  October 23, 2009 04:34 AM
I like the looks, but unless they put in a bigger engine then I'll stay with my VTX.
zzzzzz -no thanks  October 23, 2009 02:41 AM
Great another 1300, no thanks. I'd buy a fury tomorrow if it had an 1800. Honda needs a large v-twin bagger (slapping soft bags and a plastic shied doesn't make a bike a tourer) to compete with Harley and Victory, I don't see these selling near as well as the VTX line did.
Magic -nice  October 22, 2009 11:42 AM
love it..hope it makes it to the states.
Tim B -Cool!  October 22, 2009 09:52 AM
That 1300CS is nice! At least the cruiser guys will still have good, reliable, and cool looking bikes when H-D goes under or is sold to China!
humpty -fenders  October 22, 2009 09:23 AM
are they plastic too?