The Honda Fury has been selling like hotcakes despite the depressed state of the motorcycle sales industry, and it’s not hard to see why. The Fury is Honda’s – and really anyone’s – first attempt at a mass-produced custom chopper. The raked-out frame and streamlined bodywork, sans badging, look great, and the sub-$13,000 Honda Fury price tag makes a chopper accessible to many more Americans. Sure, it’s not cheap exactly; but most customs cost at least twice that much, if not three to four times more.
Well, the 2011 Star Stryker, by Yamaha, could poise a significant threat to the Fury’s dominance. The Stryker will offer an aggressive 40-degree rake and a low 26.4-inch seat height. The dual-counterbalanced, 60-degree V-twin will displace practically the same engine cc’s as the Fury: 1304 cc. It will send power to the rear wheel via belt drive and a 5-speed transmission. Wheels will be cast aluminum mags that are the same size as the Stryker’s older brother, the Raider, to make for easy customizing via wheel swaps and such. The rear tire will be a 210/40-18 — pretty mammoth and suitably chopper-esque. Suspension will be pretty standard: a 41mm front fork and linkage-style rear shock, both non-adjustable.
The Star Stryker will come in 3 colors: Raven Black, Impact Blue, or Reddish Copper. Perhaps the biggest clue that the Stryker is intended to quell the Honda’s “Fury” is Yamaha’s strong emphasis on the steel nature of the bike’s fenders (in contrast to the plastics of the Honda). Steel is obviously much better for chopping and bobbing DIY bike builders – the intended audience for this bike.
Star Stryker price will start at $10,990 – nearly two grand less than the Fury! To find out which bike will be less expensive to insure, you will have to request a motorcycle insurance quote from each of the top companies and compare rates. Only when you understand the cost to insure your new factory chopper can you really decide which bike is the best value for the money.