2009 Big Dog K9 vs. 2010 Honda Fury - Uneasy Riders

A Tale Of Two Choppers, Four Decades After The Movie That Made Them Famous

By Aaron Frank, Photography by Kevin Wing

2010 Honda Fury | Price: $12,999

Tech Spec
Engine type: l-c 52-deg. V-twinRear suspension: Showa shock with adjustable spring preload and rebound dampingMeasured horsepower: 55.6 bhp @ 4250 rpm
Valve train: SOHC, 6vFront brake: Nissin two-piston caliper, 336mm discMeasured torque: 72.1 lb.-ft. @ 3500 rpm
Displacement: 1312ccRear brake: Nissin single-piston caliper, 296mm discCorrected 1/4-mile: 13.76 sec. @ 95.29 mph
Bore x stroke: 89.5 x 104.3mmFront tire: 90/90-21 Dunlop Elite 3Top-gear roll-on: 5.61 sec.
Compression: 9.2:1Rear tire: 200/50-R18 Dunlop Elite 3Fuel mileage (high/low/avg.): 47/36/41 mpg
Fuel system: EFIRake/trail: 38.0 deg./3.5 in.Colors: Black, Ultra Blue Metallic, Metallic Silver, Dark Red Metallic, Matte Silver Metallic
Clutch: Wet, multi-plateSeat height: 26.7 in.Availability: Now
Transmission: 5-speedWheelbase: 71.2 in.Warranty: 12 mo., unlimited mi.
Frame: Steel double-cradleFuel capacity: 3.4 gal.Contact:
American Honda Motor Co., Inc.
P.O. Box 2200
Torrance, CA 90509
Front suspension: Showa 45mm telescopic forkWeight (tank full/empty): 670/650 lbs.

The Furious Furby dishes out a healthy 70 lb.-ft. of torque from 2250 to 4000 rpm, but a lack of horsepower limits top speed. The long-stroke twin can't breathe beyond 4000 rpm, at which point power drops off quickly.

A slightly higher, softer seat and lower bars are easier on the back, but it's still difficult to sit through a tankful. Despite its higher seat, the Fury is better suited to riders on the short side of 6 feet.

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