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Jan 19, 2008
 
I need an opinion from people familiar with Honda motorcycles. Brief history - I rode a Valkyrie Interstate for almost 6 years. Big bike, but I got used to the big-bike handling. Sold the bike and didn't ride for 3 years. Due to cost of gas, decided it was time for a gas efficient bike. Bought a 2007 Honda Aero (750). Absolutely loved the way it handled but wasn't powerful enough for me. Traded it back after 3 months on a new, 2005 VTX1800. Wasn't able to test ride it. Sat on it in showroom. Felt comfortable and I was able to lift it with no problem. After riding it for 3 months, I now know that the reach is not good for me and the bike is very big and much more difficult to handle around corners, etc. My question is do you think a VTX1300 would be a good compromise. I guess I am now more concerned about agility and easy maneuvering than I am about gas mileage. The reach to the handlebars on the 750 was perfect, as was the low seat height. Can I assume that the reach would be about the same on a 1300? I am in my mid-50's, 5'10" tall and weigh about 200 pounds. Any insight you biker men and women can give me would be appreciated. Thanks very much.

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Jan 23, 2008
 
I want to qualify my answer by saying I can give an opinion, but don't consider myself an expert by any means.

I rode back in the 80's for about 3 years. In 2004 I bought a Honda Shadow Aero 75o and had it for 3 weeks (like you, I really liked the bike), but I wanted a little more power. I was also fairly RUSTY and kinda scared at first and as time went on, I needed more bike.

So I traded the Shadow in on a 2004 VTX Retro after test driving an 1800. The 1800 definitely has more power...and MUCH BETTER BRAKING. But I am 5'7" and about 210lbs (short fatty).

I can't give details...and experiences. I now have about 17000 miles (really about 12000 in the last 2 years). So I don't pile up massive amounts of miles, but I also do put SOME miles on the bike.

Bottom line...I don't regret my decision. I like the way the ride feels, the handling and the amount of power available to me. I have ZERO desire to "upgrade" to an 1800 and my bike will continue to be the VTX 1300.

Hope that helps.

Wally
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Jan 24, 2008
 
rumboogy wrote:
I want to qualify my answer by saying I can give an opinion, but don't consider myself an expert by any means.
I rode back in the 80's for about 3 years. In 2004 I bought a Honda Shadow Aero 75o and had it for 3 weeks (like you, I really liked the bike), but I wanted a little more power. I was also fairly RUSTY and kinda scared at first and as time went on, I needed more bike.
So I traded the Shadow in on a 2004 VTX Retro after test driving an 1800. The 1800 definitely has more power...and MUCH BETTER BRAKING. But I am 5'7" and about 210lbs (short fatty).
I can't give details...and experiences. I now have about 17000 miles (really about 12000 in the last 2 years). So I don't pile up massive amounts of miles, but I also do put SOME miles on the bike.
Bottom line...I don't regret my decision. I like the way the ride feels, the handling and the amount of power available to me. I have ZERO desire to "upgrade" to an 1800 and my bike will continue to be the VTX 1300.
Hope that helps.
Wally
That helped a lot, thank you. That is how I envisioned the 1300 - nice handling, not too big, but enough power for the Interstates. Appreciate your response to my query.
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Feb 25, 2008
 

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I thought about the 1300 for awhile. I test drive it and then test rode an 1800 vtx retro. I added a block on the handle bards to give an inch pull back. I feel the power on the interstate and the slight weight increase help stabilize the ride. bottom lime..what is important for you..
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#5
Mar 26, 2008
 
I traded a 750 Honda Magna for a 1300 VTX C. When first purchased was averaging approx 46 miles to the gallon. I have 13.000 miles on bike now and love it. I am 5'9 weigh 245lbs, and with my wife nnd self on bike have plenty of power. The bike is very comfortable and manuvers great in and out of Atlanta traffic. Test drove 1800 VTX does not handle as well. I drive mostly highway cruise at approx 85-90 MPH to keep up with Atlanta traffic and still average 39 MPG.
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Apr 2, 2008
 

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love the vtx1300c I had a suzuki maurader 800 and move up to the vtx1300, great ride and balance and a very good looking bike.
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#7
Apr 27, 2008
 
Hey Chris,

I know my question is off-topic, so feel free to email me directly. I have a Honda Magna and have become very interested in trading it for a 1300VTX. I'd love to know more about the differences in the bikes. While the Magna is only a 750, it seems to have the perfect marriage between lots of power, easy and quick in the city while also cruising well. How does the VTX compare? Thanks, in advnace!
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I traded a 750 Honda Magna for a 1300 VTX C. When first purchased was averaging approx 46 miles to the gallon. I have 13.000 miles on bike now and love it. I am 5'9 weigh 245lbs, and with my wife nnd self on bike have plenty of power. The bike is very comfortable and manuvers great in and out of Atlanta traffic. Test drove 1800 VTX does not handle as well. I drive mostly highway cruise at approx 85-90 MPH to keep up with Atlanta traffic and still average 39 MPG.
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Jun 2, 2008
 

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rumboogy wrote:
I want to qualify my answer by saying I can give an opinion, but don't consider myself an expert by any means.
I rode back in the 80's for about 3 years. In 2004 I bought a Honda Shadow Aero 75o and had it for 3 weeks (like you, I really liked the bike), but I wanted a little more power. I was also fairly RUSTY and kinda scared at first and as time went on, I needed more bike.
So I traded the Shadow in on a 2004 VTX Retro after test driving an 1800. The 1800 definitely has more power...and MUCH BETTER BRAKING. But I am 5'7" and about 210lbs (short fatty).
I can't give details...and experiences. I now have about 17000 miles (really about 12000 in the last 2 years). So I don't pile up massive amounts of miles, but I also do put SOME miles on the bike.
Bottom line...I don't regret my decision. I like the way the ride feels, the handling and the amount of power available to me. I have ZERO desire to "upgrade" to an 1800 and my bike will continue to be the VTX 1300.
Hope that helps.
Wally
I started with a honda 750 ACE and love it but I'm 6-1 225 pds and felt the bike was to small. I bought a VTX1300 and wow what a difference. I've almost trade the bike for a vtx1800 but ask myself why??? The 1300 shoot to 100mph in about 7 or 8 seconds. I get 40 -45 mpg. I changed the pipes to Vance/Hines and had it rejetted. The bike sounds great and runs great. I can't even tell my wife is on the bike when we ride. Like I have read, "Sometimes bigger isn't better." The 1300 is perfect for everything. It not much different than driving my old 750... other than it will pull like crazy.
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#9
Jun 2, 2008
 
See my post above. The 1300 is the perfect bike. I started with a 750 ace and move up.
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#10
Jun 5, 2008
 
Just bought an 1800, 1300 is a nice bike but wanted fuel injection for going to mountains and felt more comfortable with floorboards than forward controls. main thing buy what is confortable
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#11
Jun 13, 2008
 
looking at a 2003 vtx1300s for 5k. has 11.5k miles. looks great. is this a good price for the milage? what millage is scarey for that model?
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#12
Jun 15, 2008
 
bam bam wrote:
Just bought an 1800, 1300 is a nice bike but wanted fuel injection for going to mountains and felt more comfortable with floorboards than forward controls. main thing buy what is confortable
I'm stuck deciding between the 2 bikes but leaning towards 1800, which one has a softer ride for a guy with back problems, I'm new so riding slow will be the rule until I feel more confident, besides LA freeways can be a slow ride like it or not.
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#13
Jun 17, 2008
 
buy a vt1100c3 (aero). They are both beautiful, and they ride great
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Jun 24, 2008
 
Anyone have the custom windshield on the vtx 1300r Im having horrible glare problems i tried the removeable tint doesnt help
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Jun 27, 2008
 

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rumboogy wrote:
I want to qualify my answer by saying I can give an opinion, but don't consider myself an expert by any means.
I rode back in the 80's for about 3 years. In 2004 I bought a Honda Shadow Aero 75o and had it for 3 weeks (like you, I really liked the bike), but I wanted a little more power. I was also fairly RUSTY and kinda scared at first and as time went on, I needed more bike.
So I traded the Shadow in on a 2004 VTX Retro after test driving an 1800. The 1800 definitely has more power...and MUCH BETTER BRAKING. But I am 5'7" and about 210lbs (short fatty).
I can't give details...and experiences. I now have about 17000 miles (really about 12000 in the last 2 years). So I don't pile up massive amounts of miles, but I also do put SOME miles on the bike.
Bottom line...I don't regret my decision. I like the way the ride feels, the handling and the amount of power available to me. I have ZERO desire to "upgrade" to an 1800 and my bike will continue to be the VTX 1300.
Hope that helps.
Wally
Just bought a vtx 1300 and at 53 years old-5ft 10 inches and 200 pounds it fits perfectly. Reach and seat height is perfect. Can't say enough about this bike, stylish, classic and plenty of power.
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Jul 3, 2008
 

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I have owned a VTX 1800C since May of 2002. I love it. I used to ride a Yamaha Virago 920 (1983) and moved up to the VTX 1800C. The difference from the 920 to the 1800 is incredible. More power, smooth and SUPER comfortable. I have ridden my VTX to Myrtle beach, New Hampshire, Maine, Buffalo/Niagara Falls and South Dakota --- all from Bridgeport, CT. I have spent all day on the motorcycle and feel just fine after riding it for over 12 hours. Three small considerations/problems are 1. I wish the gas tank held more gas. The effective range is only 120 miles. I wish I could go 150 before I need to fill up. 2. When I take a corner a bit sharply the foot peg can scrape a bit. I attribute this to the long wheelbase. However, the benefits of the long(er) wheel base is a nice smooth ride, both on the highway and around town. 3. The exhaust pipe looks like a big ugly chrome telephone pole. But I have kinda grown to like it ... in its goofy unique way.
I chose the VTX over other big bikes, including Harleys. I got a good price, but the Hondas are so much cheaper (less expensive - but with higher quality) that the Harleys. During most of my long rides all my Harley friends are adding oil and fixing cables and other stuff. Me, I just put gas in it and go... and go... and go.
I chose the VTX because it was beautiful, big and smooth - at the time it was the biggest (motorwise) production bike offered. I have NEVER been unhappy with my choice.
It was a bit of a step up from the 920 Virago, but I got used to it in about 30 minutes. I rode it almost 300 miles the first day I owned it. It was great.
I prefer it undressed. I have a detachable windshield for long trips... I remove it as soon as I get home. I also bought a sissy bar and highway pegs for it. With the T-Bag setup I have for my junk on trips I cannot think of another thing which would enhance the bike.
I love the power, and I am glad I chose the 1800 over the 1300. I have ridden both and the big one is best.
Anyway, if I liked my Honda VTX 1800c any better I'd marry it!
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#18
Jul 5, 2008
 
I've owned an'02 VTX 1800 for six months and ride it in Thailand. The roads there are not the smoothest so the short suspension travel tends to be jaring most of the time. I also have a CB750 and a Shadow ACE 400 (yes 400cc) and both ride much better on the open road. What bothers me the most is the big gap between 1st and 2nd gear. When I'm in the mountains I find myself looking for a gear in between 1st and 2nd in order to negotiate the mountain roads, especially the hair pins. What I'm researching now is whether the 1300 gear cluster is compatable with the 1800 housing. In particular, changing out first gear to the 1300 ratio as it's a bit taller and effectively closer to 2nd gear. Anyone had experience with such a modification?
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Jul 14, 2008
 

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I'm only 5'* and ride a 2006 vtx 1800c Its just right aind handles excelent sounds like you need to be driving a car!
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Jul 15, 2008
 

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I got a '03 VTX 1800c and on my third day out I had a chance to really open it up and that bike pulled like muthaf@#%*. But when the engine starts to reach max torque and hp the clutch slipped. It happens pretty regularly under alot of load. The bike only has 12,000 miles on it, it really should not require a clutch at these miles has anyone had a similar problem?
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Aug 22, 2008
 

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I just bought a VTX 1800F this summer and love it.. Yes its a big heavy bike, hard to make sharp turns, but once your on the road.. It Great... I love my VTX 1800 and I had many bikes and I wouldn't give it up.

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