2010 Honda VT13VX Fury Road Test Rider Magazine Honda Reviews

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Honda Fury

2010 Honda VT13VX Road Test

photography by Wing

[This 2010 VT13VX Fury Road was originally published in the October issue of Rider magazine]

The Honda VT13VX Fury

In the of cruiser motorcycles, individualization is Everyone wants a bike they see it parked outside a shop or watering hole—will other riders to say, that’s (your name bike!” There’s not another one it, because it expresses your and individuality. Many of us want our to express a creative, cool that identifies us to the world.

what Honda had in mind it designed the Fury, a bike resembles a radical $30,000-$40,000 but works and runs like a is a compliment indeed. Instead, the is an early-release 2010 model prices out at just $12,999 unlike that true chopper, will not present its with a never-ending … of parts, vibration, engine ill handling or lack of reliability.

The is set into a new tubular-steel frame with a cast 21-inch wheel and a fat 18-inch rear, it a squat-in-the-rear, airy-in-the-front stance. To it look like a chopper, gave it a 71.2-inch wheelbase and figures of 38 degrees/4.4 inches. By the that’s the longest wheelbase has ever put on a motorcycle.

Power is delivered to the rear through a five-speed transmission and integrated driveshaft.

The Fury dished seating, with placed forward and a reach to the

First, the obvious question: Why did choose to base its most machine on the VTX1300 rather the more massive VTX1800. At the intro a Honda spokesperson that over the years the brother has outsold its big brother to the that the 1800 has been from the lineup for 2009.

a chopper-style bike demands uncluttered lines and the 1300 a less voluminous airbox and system, and uses a smaller that can be more readily between the frame’s downtubes. points out that in performing its tricks it hid the radiator hose the front valve cover, and the Fury’s development constantly the shape of the tank along its relation to the handlebar to maintain clearance between them.

For a look and to better follow the of the rear fender they an LED taillight and hid the fender stays sight. Those exposed rails give the bike an appearance, and its frame shares no whatsoever with other frames.

Fire it up and the Fury has a nice mellow bark, to meet legal standards. a leg over and the low seat (26.7 from the pavement) is nicely and dished, as the tiller-style handlebar and foot controls induce the into a forward lean—which may shorter riders a bit of a reach. The works well, except for an stutter right off idle if you give it quite enough

When you’re on the gas hard, the Fury produces a more bark that is more in with its appearance.

2010 VT13VX Fury Engine

a chopper one expects a rough-and-tumble that the rider will be all the way in terms of comfort, seating and how the controls work, but the Fury’s is more reminiscent of how butter on warm bread. Shifting is and clutch pull moderate. The consists of a fork with a of nonadjustable 45mm tubes 4.0 inches of travel, and a single shock with adjustable damping and five-position spring

The ride is well controlled small bumps and ripples, but only 3.7 inches of travel the suspension will sucker the rider over potholes and bumps.

Strapped to the Jett Dynojet dyno the VT13VX turned out 56 horsepower at the rear at just 4,300 rpm, but a respectable 71.2 lb-ft of at 3,600 rpm. This is not a lot of and performance is further muted by the that the bike weighs 663 wet.

A Gross Vehicle Weight (GVWR) of only 988 pounds a load capacity of just 325 which means that 240-pound bro “Tiny” won’t be able to take his favorite along for a ride on the Fury she’s…tiny. Or she may decide to stay as the passenger section of the seat is firm and slopes rearward, the passenger the impression she is sliding off the


Yeah, we know, for styling a chopper needs a big, ol’ fat tire, but rather than the 240-series rear skin makes the bike much to turn) Honda has equipped the with only a chubby not outright fat) 200-series Still, with that wheelbase and kicked-out rake and the Fury steers in a leisurely does not lean readily and require a bit of forcefulness and body to get it around slow corners. Get it a turn fast, lean it and that side’s footpeg soon be clattering along the for lack of cornering clearance.

To it look like a chopper, gave it a 71.2-inch wheelbase and figures of 38 degrees/4.4 inches. By the that’s the longest wheelbase has ever put on a motorcycle.

For brakes Honda bolted on a front disc rotor by a twin-piston caliper, and a 296mm disc with a single-piston Stopping power is adequate, but We’d be more comfortable a bit more braking force, in the front.

The brakes on the base are conventional, but later this Honda will bring in a with anti-lock and combined/linked ($13,999); the bike will be available in black.

The Fury is light for a big-displacement stock but part of that lightness from the fact that of its parts (fenders, and chromed such as the headlight shell, signals, instrument nacelle, covers, side covers and engine covers) are plastic. On the one a rider expects a chopper to be and “real steel,” but on the other the use of helps control price and Another compromise is that, stylish, that sculpted tank holds but 3.4 gallons, and at the mpg that we experienced the bike have a practical range of 144 miles, or just around 100 till the low-fuel warning begins to glow.

Honda that you want your to be recognized when it’s outside the roadhouse, and offers a number of accessories for the Fury various seats, a low sissy bar and chromed rear fender for that solo seat and a color-matched chin spoiler. also a flyscreen, front tool pouch and braided and hoses for the clutch, brakes and No luggage will be offered as, according to a Honda spokesperson, the is defined as a day tripper.

The Fury certainly packs a lot of and breaks new ground for Honda. It garnered a great deal of wherever we rode it, and other often came up to ask about it. relatively refined and comfortable, but has some minuses.

With 56 horsepower it’s not going to any asphalt, and we’ve already about its limited range. it certainly is dramatically styled, radiator with plastic won’t win you any high-fives down at the show, nor will all the plastic and bodywork.

The Fury is available for in Ultra Blue Metallic, Metallic Silver, Dark Red or it’s $13,499 in Matte Metallic; the Black-only ABS model is For comparison purposes note the much more conventional with its bobbed fenders is at $10,199, and the full-fendered R-model is more. Whether a totally “chopper” that’s been by Honda is worth an additional over a conventional bike is a we’ll leave in your hands.

In a sense the Fury is a rolling From its squat rump its long, sculpted tank and frame rails it screams chopper,” but it’s a factory With its slim radiator between frame rails and big, chromed V-twin bulging like a flexed past its slim frame one a raucous exhaust note, but the doesn’t sound like a and is quite civilized.

It looks it should be uncomfortable, but it really the rider. Overall it’s nicely done, and does not $30,000, niggling problems fit and finish, nor (if you watch certain TV putting up with the antics of and Paul Sr. for you to bring it on home. And the “factory” part we like

2010 Honda VT13VX Specifications

Base Price:

Warranty: 1 year, unltd.

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