Honda has stepped over the line to the wilder side of motorcycling. Being Honda, however, they have not rushed into the chopper genre blindly; they've done their homework to ensure that their entry, the 2010 Fury, would be successful.
Genuine choppers from the late 1950s, 1960s and early 1970s were cool and rebellious -- at least visually. Riding one for any length of time proved them to be not so cool. I'm not sure how Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper survived until the end of their iconic "Easy Rider" biker movie. Riding is supposed to be about freedom and individual expression, and the jury has it that that early choppers failed to fill the bill.
Fortunately, today's manufacturers are delivering enhanced comfort and improved reliability. The 2010 Honda Fury is definitely a worthwhile entry into the popular and growing category.
The Fury comes with all the important basic elements, featuring raked-out front forks flanking a tall multi-spoked alloy wheel and narrow rubber capped by a close fitting, abbreviated cycle fender. The frame is visibly evident, supporting a flashy, chrome motor and all of the accompanying mechanical elements.
The low, pull-back handlebars and forward controls are set up for an "Easy Rider" posture. The dual right-side twin exhaust pipes emit a required, pleasing V-Twin rumble.
strong>Some not-so-traditional elements include: the cooling radiator and final shaft drive, which early chopper examples certainly wouldn't have been caught dead with, but we're talking progress here.
Power for the 2010 Honda Fury comes from a 1312cc SOHC, 6-valve, liquid-cooled 52 V-twin motor with PGM-Fuel Injection and automatic enricher circuit with one 38mm throttle body. The motor makes 56 horsepower at 4,300 rpm and 71.6 lb.-ft. of torque at 3,300 rpm. Gear changes are made courtesy of a smooth, five-speed sequential manual transmission.
Suspension componentry consists of 45mm inverted forks with 4 inches of travel up front and a single shock with adjustable rebound damping and five-position spring preload adjustability and 3.7 inches of travel in the rear. The Fury rides on Dunlop Elite 3, mounted on 9-spoke, black powder-coated alloy wheels.
Bringing the Fury to a halt is a single 336mm disc with twin-piston caliper forward and a single 296mm disc with single-piston caliper. The Fury is capable of moving from 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds and tops out in the speed department at 100 mph.
My test 2010 Honda Fury wore a flat or satin finish exterior of Graphite metallic with lots of chrome and a Black seat. The base price was set at $12,999; while dealer prep and handling adds an average estimated $250.
The 2010 Honda Fury is a slick ride that fulfills the chopper image. There are several factory optional accessories available for personalization, which when all tallied still come in considerably less than a full-on custom bike.
I found the Fury to be a pleasant, fun-to-ride, custom-looking, chopper-styled bike. The cost falls into the reasonable range for such a unique-looking bike, especially given Honda's reputation for fit, finish and reliability. Pegs are provided for both rider and passenger.
The Fury feels lighter than its 663 pounds and the low 26.7-inch seat height makes it rider-friendly. At my height of 6'4", I felt comfortable and quite at home aboard with an almost perfect riding position.
The Fury is nimble and easily maneuverable in virtually any riding scenario. The acceleration is quick and responsive -- it's not a drag bike, mind you, but the shaft drive results in an instant response to the throttle. The balance is neutral, with a totally balanced feeling either at speed or a slow, parking lot pace.
There are a few visual nits to pick: the metal tank could be mounted a tad lower for a more custom fit; the rear fender cut line would perhaps be even more appealing if it followed the real tire profile more closely; and finally, the front suspension travel could be increased for a non-springer-like ride. The Fury comes without a windshield (no self-respecting chopper ever had a windshield). There's a helmet lock for security if you want to leave it with the bike.
The gauges are simple, informative and easy to read, the seat is comfortable and the Fury delivers a stable and positive riding experience, with smooth gear changes and while it may not have the hottest motor available, it certainly seems more than simply sufficient.
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