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Well, my wife and I were out on the bikes today running errands, and we stopped at Honda of Houston...and they finally had a Fury for demo rides. The guy recognized me, since I was there back in April when I test rode a Goldwing and the DN-01.

Soooo....first of all, I have to say that I was pretty impressed with it. Cornering was fairly easy, since the bike is pretty light. Since it's been awhile since I've been on a stock 1300, I can't say for sure whether the Fury is quicker than a stock 1300. However, I'm pretty sure that my 1300 can take it. To me, it feels like the torque kicks in at a little bit higher RPM than my bike. The bike is super smooth and handles bumps very well. This Fury was outfitted with the small Boulevard windscreen, which may have helped deflect some wind...but I got her up to around 90-95 out on the highway, and my helmet started plastering itself to my face. This one was burgundy, with a little flake in it...almost like the Pearl Orange on my bike but a little more pronounced. Shifting between first and second (and vice versa) was noticably quieter than on the 1300. From a stoplight, I gunned it and the front end became light very quickly...I thought for a minute I had done a small wheelie...but I couldn't tell for sure. :dontknow: Roll-ons from about 60+ mph were smooth, but again, the torque seemed to kick in at higher RPMs...almost like it had to wait a few seconds before it would really go. The seating position for me was pretty comfotable. I was reaching forward to the bars just a hair (which is better than the reach I had with the stock bars on the X). My sleeve length is about 32" and I'm 5'10". I had no problems at all reaching the ground flat-footed. The bike seemed lower to me, but that may just be due to the slimline seat. One thing that I did notice while being stopped was that the frame rails underneath the seat began to "dig" into the underside of my thighs, but once I was moving with my feet back on the forward controls, the pressure was relieved. This particular seat had flamed stitching, which I've been told is an option for the Fury from Honda...I thought it was some type of aftermarket seat...it looked good.

Overall, I think that with a nice set of pipes, a heavy breathing air intake and a Power Commander, the beast inside will wake up and probably outrun me. :( But that's okay...I'm keeping the X. After returning from the test ride, the salesman starting asking me all kinds of questions about my bike. Right away, he noticed the painted engine and kept saying he liked the look of it. And he likes the rear fender, too. He's about to buy an '02 1800C and wants some type of similar fender for it. So pepsX should be getting another prospective buyer shortly. :mrgreen:

Kudos to Honda...I think it will sell pretty well indeed. :thumbup:
 

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Good review. Actual riding impressions are always the best. So far all seem impressed. I wonder if the gearing is different on the fury since you almost did a wheelie. I have talked to a few dealers who have rode the Fury. They all comment on the smooth ride and great handling for such a long rake. There is no tendency to flop over in turns. It is said to handle well in parking lots. Most big bore custom choppers like big dog shake your eyeballs and do not handle too well. Also very uncomfortable over the long haul. S&S engines can shake themselves to death. Very hard on the electric systems.
 

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..They all comment on the smooth ride and great handling for such a long rake. There is no tendency to flop over in turns. It is said to handle well in parking lots. Most big bore custom choppers like big dog shake your eyeballs and do not handle too well. Also very uncomfortable over the long haul. S&S engines can shake themselves to death. Very hard on the electric systems.
long rake? Don't think so.

Honda's engineers worked out that a 71.24" wheelbase bike (longest in Honda history) with 38-degrees of rake (32 at the neck plus six through offset trees), and 3.5 inches of trail

Most Big Dog Choppers have 42* degrees of total rake.

I'm actually very surprised that Honda didn't use more neck rake on the Fury. At 32* it's exactly the same as a VTX and with only 3.5" of trail to start with it limits the use of more rake in the trees.
 

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long rake? Don't think so.

Most Big Dog Choppers have 42* degrees of total rake.
obviously opinions vary. :lol:

38 degrees for a production honda is a "long rake". the longest honda makes.
 

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Not that I hate the Fury or anything, I actually like it. Not enough to buy it, but like it none the less.

For informational sake, the Raider has 40* of total rake (34* in the neck and 6* in the trees, w/ 4" of trail) and almost the same wheelbase. So if Honda is thinking they are breaking ground for a mass produced chopper they are not. Not to start a flame war or anything, for the record the Fury is better looking then the Raider.
 

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Hmmmm....I had a chance to see and sit on both (fury and raider) a week ago, and I can honestly say....the Raider is one sweet sitting ride :)...and the one that comes with the chrome stock is pretty dang sweet..and the paint was hot also...some sweet striping.....Honestly...if I didn't have sooooo much invested in my X..she's prolly still be at the dealer outside maggie valley...lol....and that 1900 motor is just a huge plus...lol...and being vertically challenged as I am..lol...the raider even seemed to fit me good...you sit IN the bike..:) and feel like there's somethin under ya..:)...the fury was a little narrow feeling..even compared to my X..?? anyway...everyone has diff opinions..just thought I'd throw mine out there :)...if ya get a chance sit on a Raider..you'll see what I mean :)..BB

pss...the pipes don't even look that bad in person...lol...wheels look awesome with the black on the inside of spokes :)...I'd better hush..I'll be going back to look at it again ;)



ok...just looked at them side by side...and I think mine DOES LOOK BETTER :)....now if I could just get that 1900 motor in there...lol....

 
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Hmmmm....I had a chance to see and sit on both (fury and raider) a week ago, and I can honestly say....the Raider is one sweet sitting ride :)...and the one that comes with the chrome stock is pretty dang sweet..and the paint was hot also...some sweet striping.....Honestly...if I didn't have sooooo much invested in my X..she's prolly still be at the dealer outside maggie valley...lol....and that 1900 motor is just a huge plus...lol...and being vertically challenged as I am..lol...the raider even seemed to fit me good...you sit IN the bike..:) and feel like there's somethin under ya..:)...the fury was a little narrow feeling..even compared to my X..?? anyway...everyone has diff opinions..just thought I'd throw mine out there :)...if ya get a chance sit on a Raider..you'll see what I mean :)..BB

pss...the pipes don't even look that bad in person...lol...wheels look awesome with the black on the inside of spokes :)...I'd better hush..I'll be going back to look at it again ;)



ok...just looked at them side by side...and I think mine DOES LOOK BETTER :)....now if I could just get that 1900 motor in there...lol....


I know the Raider is in the same segment as the Fury. But from pictures, it looks like it belongs more in the VTX segment. It doesn't really look like a chopper. Don't get me wrong, I like the looks of the Raider (not as much as the Fury ;-) ), but I'm just saying...:popcorn:
 

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:agree:If you ask me, Boops 1300 looks better than the raider posted beside it. That raider just does not do it for me.:dontknow:
 

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I have sat on a Raider, and it is comfortable. And I'm sure the bike has a lot of power. I'd like to take it for a test ride just to play around, but I'd still take my bike over either one. I'm just not a big fan of raked bikes. My bike has to look a certain way, and raking it out without doing anything to the rear just doesn't look right. I also do not like seeing all the "space" between the cylinder and frame...on either the Fury or the Raider...or any chopper out there. I know...I'm being superficial...but that's me...Mr. Superficial! :mrgreen:
 
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