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2010 Honda Fury Review

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2010 Honda Fury

The 2010 Honda Fury in the sort of urban setting it was intended for.

Photo © Basem Wasef

The Bottom Line

A surprisingly likable, well-sorted example of what happens when a manufacturer focuses narrowly on an unexpected genre.
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Pros

  • Custom styling with Honda quality and reliability
  • Drivetrain manages to possess both smoothness and character
  • Near absence of Honda badges keeps 'em guessing

Cons

  • Saddle gets tiresome on long distance rides
  • Shaft drive and liquid cooling (even when well-hidden) seems out of place on a chopper
  • Despite convincing silhouette, narrow rear tire and fender gap scream "mainstream manufacturer"

Description

  • Price: $12,999 (2010 model)
  • Engine: Liquid-cooled, 1,312cc 52 degree v-twin
  • Transmission: 5 speed, with shaft final drive
  • Front Suspension: 45mm fork with 4 inches of travel and 38 degrees of rake
  • Rear Suspension: Single shock with preload and rebound adjustability, 3.7 inches of travel
  • Seat height: 26.7 inches
  • Curb weight: 663 pounds
  • Fuel capacity: 3.4 gallons
  • EPA Estimated fuel economy: 46 miles per gallon

Guide Review - 2010 Honda Fury Review

The motorcycle industry uttered a collective, sarcastic sigh when Honda unveiled their Fury. "Five years too late," some proclaimed, while others questioned why a well-respected manufacturer like Honda would even mess with the chopper genre in the first place.

More than a year after its debut, Honda is enjoying the last laugh: their raked out ride is currently the best-selling factory custom metric, which has not only inspired spinoffs in the form of the Interstate/Sabre/Stateline bikes, it's also prompted folks like Yamaha/Star Motorcycles to introduce their new Stryker to market.

The Honda Fury, in contrast to the Stryker, is (at least visually) a ballsier ode to the custom chopper, thanks to the more exaggerated elevation of the steering head and the airy space above the cylinder heads. Saddle the Fury, and you'll fit snugly inside the seat's cradle as your arms stretch toward the rather wide bars. Foot controls are also pitched forward, and the engine's air box presses against your right thigh. Instrumentation is fairly minimal, with a white-backed speedo and several indicator lights below. Note to Honda designers: the pale speedo looks cool, but becomes illegible when direct sunlight comes in at a direct angle.

Despite Fury's cartoonish proportions, the ride is classic Honda: the liquid-cooled single-pin, 1,312cc v-twin produces strong enough low-end torque and lazily winds up to a soft rev limiter, while the 5-speed gearbox shifts smoothly with an easy-to-find neutral. Ride quality is snug but smoother and more stable around town than you might expect, though pegs scrape on tight turns and high-speed lane changes can feel vaguely disconcerting, reminding you that this baby's staggering 71.2 inch wheelbase—- the longest in Honda history—- is more about style than outright functionality.

All factors considered, the Fury achieves an impressive balance between form and function, especially given the inherent impracticalities of the chopper genre and its relatively low asking price of $12,999; that combination is nothing less than what we've come to expect from the Japanese brand, and exactly the sort of thing that makes this bike unexpectedly likable, even to riders who wouldn't be caught dead on a chopper.

Who Should Buy the Honda Fury?

Chopper fans who want to play it safe with a reliable, factory warranty-supported ride.

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