Honda VTX 1300 vs VTX 1800

Since: Nov 07

OKC

#23 Aug 24, 2008
Alpha wrote:
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.
Should of kept the 750, it has enough power to get around. Now look at the problem you got yourself into.

Since: Nov 07

OKC

#24 Aug 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
The 1300 sounds good, you I'm not to sure about.

hahaha, 6,000 miles a year, its about what I'm ridin, 3200 in the last 5 months, dang I need to quit ridin so much.

It shocks me every time I see a guy with a 3 or 4 year old bike, and they have like 1900 miles on it, how boring. You got to get it out more than that
JimT

United States

#25 Aug 26, 2008
I rode back in the 80's (Kawasaki 3 cyl 500)so earlier this year when the fever overtook me I was a little nervous about getting back on. A great deal came up on an 04 VTX 1300 so I took the bike for a test ride. It was huge for a guy only 5'4" 170lbs. I decided to take the basic motorcycle course. After the course I had a lot more confidence and felt ready to tackle the beast. At first the VTX seemed a little heavy and overwhelming, but as I rode more and more it felt extremely easy to manouver. I have been riding for about 5 months now and put on about 3000 miles. I feel very comfortable on the bike and even with my wife and I it handles easily and has all the power we need for the interstate. The VTX requires little maintenance and is very smooth. The only 2 comments that I have are 1- would be about the noise when shifting but I am told that is the nature of the VTX. The second is that the back seat rider complains that the seat is too narrow. I plan to solve both issues by installing V&H pipes. If that doesnt solve the comments on #2 then I will buy a Mustang seat.
James

Elkridge, MD

#26 Sep 27, 2008
I have a VTX1300R. Overall, I am pleased with it.
It has enough power for me, I'm 49. I put a Memphis Shades windshield on it, which really helps on the highways. It has 17,000 miles and has not had any mechanical problems.
I think Honda had to cut corners on this bike to keep the costs down, i.e lots of plastic.
I bought some Metzeller tires and they're great. Excellent in the rain.
I do have a problem with the front end shaking. Honda clains there's nothing wrong with it. I suspect otherwise. Has anyone had this problem?

Thanks
Todd Paris

Salisbury, NC

#27 Oct 2, 2008
I'm 6'4" and 290 lbs. I have a 2004 VTX-C. It handles like a sport bike, has forward controls so I can kinda stretch my 36" inseam legs and runs like a rocket. If you buy one, they have one issue, don't use the choke unless its freezing. It fouls the plugs. In cold weather twist the grips twice, fire it up and go back inside and let it warm up a few minutes. Other than that its bullet-proof. They might change to fuel injection in 09 but for now, choke is evil.
Linda

Locust Grove, GA

#28 Oct 9, 2008
I'm a 5'4" woman/130 lbs with a very short inseam = 27". I sat on a 2005 1300 VTX-R in the store and loved it except for one thing: The controls are too far forward for me. I can't seem to find a manufacturer to bring them backwards -- though there are plenty that can move them forward. Anyone have any ideas? I read past posts and two men -- also in the 5' range with me -- had no problems. How did you all resolve the controls issue? Perhaps your legs are a bit longer than mine? LOL! I think most folks' are. ;-)
Jerry T

Clayton, NC

#29 Oct 11, 2008
I was off a bike for about 20 years. In 2004 I bought a VTX 1300 C. Never regretted it. I myself are about your build. I found that the 1300 is a very nible bike with alot of power. There is not really that much difference between the 1300/1800. The 1800 is longer and has a bit more power. I have short legs and I can sit on my bike flat footed. Go with the 1300 you will enjoy it. AS for MPG you should get around 45-48 as mpg, again that depending on how hard you ride it and the gas. You will also find that the 1300 is a great hiway bike also.
Jerry
Alpha wrote:
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.
Raul

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

#30 Oct 16, 2008
A'm also in mid fifties, 5'11' and 220 lbs. I had a Harley Sportster 1200 and bought a vtx 1300. I did'nt like all the plastics but handling, torque and reliabiltiy compensated. The sound was not attractive so I bought slip-on mufflers by xchoppers and now have great sound and more response. I normally ride with my wife and have no problem handling in Mexican traffic.
I rode a Road King the other day and could not wait to return to the VTX. The vibration was execessive and half the price.
Bob

Glen Burnie, MD

#31 Oct 19, 2008
I have VTX 1300R.The bike has plenty of power. when I resch around 60mph it seem to get a lot of vibration. Is this normal
Gary

Inola, OK

#32 Oct 26, 2008
I have had both and now ride an 1800c and as far as handleing I didn't see a whole lot of difference other than gas millage, weight and a little rougher ride.
Gary

Inola, OK

#33 Oct 26, 2008
I have had them both and see a little difference in the 1800 than the 1300 other than the wight, less gas millage and a little rougher ride. Love the power of the 1800 but if I did it all again I would stay with the 1300.
William 1800

North Vancouver, Canada

#34 Oct 26, 2008
Carmine wrote:
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?
My 2005 VTX 1800C has a clutch that slips at max torque and hp under havy load too. I also have low milage (11,000 miles). I am not very happy about it and will be trying to find a way to fix the problem. Worst scenario is a new clutch...very expensive. I have been doing some reading on installing heavier springs... still need to research more. Instruction manual says air in the clutch fluid can cause clutch slippage too... best to start with replacing the fluid before anything else. Aside from the slippage, the bike has me grinning in spite of myself. I roll on that throttle and the 1800's bull strength acceleration melts all my troubles away.
VZ800 vs VTX1300c

New Baltimore, MI

#35 Nov 8, 2008
walbrooke wrote:
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.
I just totaled my 2000 Suzuki Marauder and am interested in the Honda VTX 1300C from one Marauder rider to another, what are the pros and cons? I was pretty happy with my vz800 but looking for a bigger bike but with similar featuresa as the Marauder..
Thanks,
Mark
VZ800 vs VTX1300c

New Baltimore, MI

#36 Nov 8, 2008
Just totaled a Suzuki Marauder 800 and now looking at a VTX1300c, can anyone tell me there thoughts if they have riden both bikes?
country girl

United States

#37 Nov 16, 2008
Alpha wrote:
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.
My husband has an Aero 750 and I have a 1300C. He says the 750 has a great reach...can sit up and feel comfortable with no problem. He doesn't like the reach on my 1300C. Says you have to lean forward. He's talking about buying new handlebars and risers. Other than that, he says it has great power and likes it. Good luck!
country girl

United States

#38 Nov 16, 2008
Alpha wrote:
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.
I role my bike for the first time today! Wow, what pick up! The gears are so smooth! Felt great! I'm 53, 5'8" tall, and the handlebars were ok (altho I only drove it for 1 1/2 hrs. Guess on a long run, it may get to you but remember...I'm a new driver).
hippy_mailman

Bothell, WA

#39 Nov 16, 2008
for the person with the reach that is too long,depends on the model but get pullback risers for it
I have an 1800s im only 5'6" had same problem,got risers from a "C" model and it was like a completely different bike.
for the gal sitting on a "r" in the show room try sitting on a "C" controls are back further
clutch slipping

Paragould, AR

#40 Nov 21, 2008
my cluth slips some time when taking off, put lucas oil treatmentin it 1 time, started slipping then drained oil and used honda 10-40 on refill, i do not recommend oil treatments in your oil , also I use honda oil filters only , don't slip going down the road or while shifting 2-5 th gear. sqeals when it slip's during take-off , best and biggest bike i've ever owned.
Joe

Panama

#41 Jan 3, 2009
I encourage you to test drive the VTX 1800 so you can determine, based on your liking, if it´s worth it or not. Motorcycles are like women, you have to ride them before marriage in order to truely fall in love with them, no matter what people say. ;-)
For me, my 1800c is the perfect ride, and I ain´t cheating on her FYI.
Best regards, Joe
kyle

Wilmington, NC

#42 Jan 22, 2009
I have a 2007 Honda Shadow 1100. I am thinking about getting a VTX 1800. I'm 6'1 and about 230, and I think the bigger bike would be better for my size. Any thoughts?

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