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It seems that when the fury is tested by itself everyone compliments it on being a good bike for the money, but the second you throw another bike into the mix then it takes a 180 turn.

2010 Honda Fury vs 2009 Big Dog Coyote - Cruiser Motorcycle Comparison Review - Motorcycle USA

Notice on the last part of this article this ass says the Big Dog bike they compared it too was a better value at $24k. Are you flippin kidding me?!!

The Fury does what its suppose to and more as far as choppers are concerned. But when you take a bike like the Big Dog or Raider (Cycle World) it turns into an apple and oranges comparison. Those bikes do have bigger engines than the Fury, so of course they will be more powerful than it.

Thats like comparing a Mustang GT to a Ford Focus 2 door and complaining that the Focus is underpowered.
 

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Yeah, I would say a 600cc difference and full aftermarket exhaust system that is probably not legal makes a huge difference when you are comparing those factors. Honda is a huge factory that has to abide by lots of govt agencies which I have have no idea what BDM has to do. But for the 10k I have in my pocket I am quite smitten! I could probably spend half that on my Fury and it would be perfect for me!
 

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Even though a Big Dog has more power, the Fury rides better. I have ridden a friends Big Dog and it rides rough. At stoplights the handlebars are shaking and you have to run the rear tire at a lower psi to save your butt and back from the rough ride.
 

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What they need to do is compare apples to apples. The Raider is 1900 CCs. For a 1300 its the best and the best looking of any production motorcycle. As far as Big Dogs, I have friends that have them and after riding my Fury they all kick themselves for buying the Big Dog.
In my opinion the differences between the Fury and a Big Dog are
The Big Dog has a bigger engine.
The Big Dog has the better paint (it should for that extra 10K).
The Big Dog has wider rear wheels.
The Big Dog has more metal chrome vs the Fury's plastic.
Having said that
The Fury rides a LOT better.
The Fury is less expensive to maintain.
The Fury is a HONDA and will last 5 times as long as a Big Dog.
The Fury can always be painted with the extra 10K you save.
The Fury is limited run whereas I see Big Dogs all the time.
The Fury is liquid cooled.
The Fury costs 10K less.

I have a friend with an American Ironhorse slammer. Great looking bike. Too bad it spends more time in the shop than he does riding it. He has had it for 3 years and only has 3000 miles on it. I have 800 on my Fury and just got it the second week of May. He just got it back from the shop where he had them put in teflon teeth in the pulley ($600) so it would stop eating up drive belts. We were riding once and the exhaust flange that mounts the pipes to the engine rattled itself completely off and the flange slid down the pipes and scratched up the pipes. Everytime I talk to him it just confirms I made the right decision.
One off customs are even worse. You have to torque everything down before and after each ride. Screw that.
 

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the reporter probaly owns a big dog, except for plastic tail light assembly(easy to fix) only thing id change about a fury is have a tank mount gauge, but thats no big deal realy.
 

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Went riding this past week in the Blueridge mountains (NC). We trailered 7 bikes. 3 VTX, 2 Harleys and 1 Big Dog Pitbull. On the 2nd day, the Big Dog's tranny gave out and the owner was done ridin'.

Couldn't find an authorized dealer near buy to help warranty and fix the problem before the trip was over.

Needless to say, stay away from Big Dog's. They look great, but that's about it.
 

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We spent the better part of a day waiting around on some Big Dog issues recently... seemed the voltage regulator went out.. had to buy a new battery and recharge the old one periodically on our return trip home. Not to mention the push offs throughout the day.
 

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Bang for the buck.....

....is what really counts! My next door neighbors have "his and hers" Harleys. When he first saw it he was guessing that my Fury set me back about 20K. When I told him it was $12,999.00, he couldn't believe it. For the money, the Fury is without a doubt the absolute best looking (not to mention one of the best riding and most reliable) factory choppers ever made. Of course, I've never owned anything but Honda, so my opinion may be slightly biased. I refuse to pay 20K plus for the privelage of riding so called American Iron when I can get at least equal satisfaction for 13K from Honda. I'd be proud to sit at a light next to anything else on the road. Anything!
 

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....is what really counts! My next door neighbors have "his and hers" Harleys. When he first saw it he was guessing that my Fury set me back about 20K. When I told him it was $12,999.00, he couldn't believe it. For the money, the Fury is without a doubt the absolute best looking (not to mention one of the best riding and most reliable) factory choppers ever made. Of course, I've never owned anything but Honda, so my opinion may be slightly biased. I refuse to pay 20K plus for the privelage of riding so called American Iron when I can get at least equal satisfaction for 13K from Honda. I'd be proud to sit at a light next to anything else on the road. Anything!

Word!!!!

Lemme throw 10K on top of a fury and compare it to the 24K dog...

The fury gets props for even being compared to the dog...

Rubber side down fellas! Roll out!!
 

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I just rode up to the Honda shop with my brother who owns a Big Dog K-9. He had nothing but compliments about the Fury. He did mention that his bike was 9' long.
 

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I like how these Harley guys always down the Jap bikes, but the last time Harley did anything innovated was the Vrod. That bike was against the grain, but still leaks oil like crazy. The Sportster hasn't really changed since the 80s and it shows, while the Jap companies are always pumping technology into there bikes at decent prices.

Honda is selling Furys like hot cakes now and when the majority of people go back to work (me one of them) they'll sell even more.
 

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The local honda place here if filling up with hardleys! Seems hardley riders can't get a good trade-in value (didn't retain value?), so they are trading in at honda and picking up a new Fury.
 

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I like how these Harley guys always down the Jap bikes, but the last time Harley did anything innovated was the Vrod. That bike was against the grain, but still leaks oil like crazy. The Sportster hasn't really changed since the 80s and it shows, while the Jap companies are always pumping technology into there bikes at decent prices.
Actually my experience is pretty much the opposite on who downs who. It seems like everywhere I turn some bad boy on another brand of bike is downing HD. I know several riders with V-rods...none of them leak. My 2008 Roadster (Sportster) has so much more technology than any of the 80's era Sportsters...better frame, better brakes, rubber mount, fuel injection, etc....and the 2009 Ultra is an example of a complete chassis redesign while maintaining the established "look". I mean if you want to bash I really don't care but at the least be factual about it. Some of US RIDERS appreciate all brands and what they each bring to the sport.
 

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But the Sportster design hasn't changed since the 50s. You bike may have better brakes, suspension, etc., but thats like paying full price for day old doughnuts. If I wanted a bike that I would have to rebuild in 3 years then maybe I would get a Harley.
 

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But the Sportster design hasn't changed since the 50s. You bike may have better brakes, suspension, etc., but thats like paying full price for day old doughnuts. If I wanted a bike that I would have to rebuild in 3 years then maybe I would get a Harley.
I guess you're making my point...the one about not being factual...and the comment about having to rebuild in three years is just, well, stupid. Can't do much with that.
 

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Went riding this past week in the Blueridge mountains (NC). We trailered 7 bikes. 3 VTX, 2 Harleys and 1 Big Dog Pitbull. On the 2nd day, the Big Dog's tranny gave out and the owner was done ridin'.

Couldn't find an authorized dealer near buy to help warranty and fix the problem before the trip was over.

Needless to say, stay away from Big Dog's. They look great, but that's about it.
I would have loved to join you all. I live in NC and I'm only a couple hours away from the Blue Ridge. Next time drop a note before you go!
 

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I guess you're making my point...the one about not being factual...and the comment about having to rebuild in three years is just, well, stupid. Can't do much with that.
Hey OJGP, I appreciate your point. I've got some friends with harleys and they aren't idiots or @sses. I like some harleys; the v-rod for one. But, tell me this... didn't harley recently have a bunch of transmission troubles on their big v-twins that they wouldn't fix -- just recommended some aftermarket fixes (at the cost of the new owner)? I read about that in the harley mags. Also, when I was looking at nightrods, I learned that some harley shops can't change the wide (240) rear tire. And others are making the owner sign a form saying the dealer won't be responsible for damage to the expensive wheel if they mess it up while changing the tire. I decided not to get a nightrod when I learned that the dealer I bought the bike from wouldn't even be able to change the tire unless I was willing to pay for any damage they might do. Does that seem reasonable?

Not bashing -- I really like the nightrod. I just think harley's marketing has had the attitude, "we don't have to, we're harley."
 

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So far my experience(I have only taken my bike out a few times) with the Fury and HD folks is that one guy went out of his way to bash my bike when i went to local apparel shop. Interupted my conversation just to put in his $.02. Myself, I pretty much admire bikes by all manufactureres and there is usually something in the line up that I could see myself on. Now, I don't plan to judge all HD guys by that idiot but I do see more "hostile" comments in the future. I think it's funny that when I rode my crotch rocket there really wan't a problem as long as you don't expect them to wave what's up. I'm not the guy to bash other peoples bikes and especially go make a comment to a stranger about what they purchased with their money.
 

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But, tell me this... didn't harley recently have a bunch of transmission troubles on their big v-twins that they wouldn't fix -- just recommended some aftermarket fixes (at the cost of the new owner)? I read about that in the harley mags. Also, when I was looking at nightrods, I learned that some harley shops can't change the wide (240) rear tire. And others are making the owner sign a form saying the dealer won't be responsible for damage to the expensive wheel if they mess it up while changing the tire. I decided not to get a nightrod when I learned that the dealer I bought the bike from wouldn't even be able to change the tire...."
"But, tell me this... didn't harley recently have a bunch of transmission troubles on their big v-twins that they wouldn't fix -- just recommended some aftermarket fixes (at the cost of the new owner)?"
Not that I have my finger on the pulse of HD heheheheh but I don't know about that issue...however I do recall shortly after the TC88 engine hit the market quite a few of them were spinning cam bearings and HD would not do a recall...only fix the ones that broke...nothing pro-active. (Of course we went through similar things with Kaw and the infamous plastic oil gears in the early 90's Vulcans.)

And what you wrote about dealers...just let me say for the riders who choose to pay someone to do their wrenching for them, if you can find a decent dealer (of any brand) with decent wrenches employed, latch on and don't let go! I don't think any of the brands are exempt from having piss-poor service departments as the NORM! Regarding the shop that can't change a 240 tire...that is pathetic...selling a vehicle that you can't service...of course almost all stores are "private" owned and operated and the brand is much more interested in just moving product. Of course that wouldn't keep me from buying a NightRod ...I just wouldn't buy it from one of those dealers! And FWIW, I agree with you about the marketing attitude seen in many of the HD stores but I think it's more a reflection of the owners and not the coporation...I truly think if the motorcompany saw or heard some of these knuckleheads first hand they'd put a stop to it...at least I think they would! I really enjoy the motorcycles though...I really do...in spite of the all of "the rugged individualists all dressed alike!" I just kind of cringe when a rider of another brand (I personally am not brand specific) start bashing "HD riders". I think it's OK to bash a brand if that's your thing but to paint a rider of a brand with such a broad brush is out of line. It means nothing special to me to have a Harley, or a Honda, or a Kaw...what's most important is having a bike, and the good health and good fortune to be able to enjoy riding it at every opportunity.
 
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