Honda VTX 1300 vs VTX 1800
dave

Benton, AR

#145 Sep 14, 2011
I am 6ft and 250lbs. I have put over 10k on my Fury. I had inteded to "upgrade" to an HD Wideglide or Superglide. I now have ZERO intentions on letting go of the Fury now though. I love it! Handles as good as it looks! Light and agile. 360 turn on two lane road... edge to edge.
Happy Riding, Dave
Nick

Daytona Beach, FL

#146 Oct 2, 2011
Don wrote:
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!
YOU'RE ONLY 5 FEET TALL AND RIDE A 1800? HOW DO YOU REACH THE GROUND? DO YOU WEAR STILETTOS WITH YOUR DRESS? SOUNDS LIKE YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT.
jeji

United States

#147 Oct 10, 2011
Hey I got a Honda magna 750 cc year 99. It is a great bike and got lot of power. I am 6'2" and 260 lbs but bike still goes like a rocket. And it is a very clean bike. I want to trade my bike with vtx1300. Anybody interested mail me at Jeji13@yahoo.com.
mithsoss

Ocoee, FL

#148 Dec 4, 2011
ihave a 2002 ace 750 and top speed is 70m anybody know what is the top speed for this bike imay need a tune up ???? thanks
PoolDenny

Florissant, MO

#149 Dec 15, 2011
Ok group I have a puzzle for you . I have been riding most of my life ,I own a 73 cb350 ,04 vtx 1300c and a 06 vtx 1800n2 . I bought the 1800 because the 1300 is quick and fast so I thought the 1800 would be outstanding .I test rode the bike but the fastest I could go was 45 .The problem I have is the 1800 has wheel wobble around 80 to 90 . It doesn't build up to it and it might start at 80 or 90 ,it's not a drastic wobble but enough that I need to slow down . And before anybody says I don't need to go that fast ,just keep it to yourself . I've had all the work done buy a Honda dealer ,I had the front fork rebuilt with stiffer springs, rear swing arm checked,an alinement,new front and rear tires,new clutch and 24,000 mile tune-up ,took windshield and saddlebags off and new rear shocks . The only difference from stock is a 200 rear tire .
PoolDenny

Florissant, MO

#150 Dec 16, 2011
mithsoss wrote:
ihave a 2002 ace 750 and top speed is 70m anybody know what is the top speed for this bike imay need a tune
up ???? thanks
I had a 98 ace 750 I had it up to 101 at one time but it ran all day at 80 no problem . The only problem it had was with 2 people on hills it was under powered ,I did have a smaller sprocket by 2 teeth on the rear and if my memory is correct I had a 1 or 2 tooth larger sprocket on the front (it made it not seem like it was screaming at hwy speeds}. I'm only 165 lbs. I hope that helps you make a decision
Cornking

San Juan, Puerto Rico

#151 Dec 17, 2011
The main thing is to get out and ride. I was not happy with the VTX1300C for the first two years I owned it. Not that it was bad, just not the most exciting. I bought this bike after not riding for over 20 years. I rode a Honda 750 and a Suzuki 850GS in the early days and the VTX did not handle or have the speed I remembered. It has become a favorite mine now. It has plenty of power for mountain riding two up and is sufficiently comfortable for riding all day after replacing the factory seat. I look forward to riding this bike everyday now. I also own a Yamaha Royal star and a Yamaha 1100 Virago. I try to ride as many different bikes as possible. Each bike is different and fun to ride, just depends on what you want to do for the day or for the week or the month.
Peter Ainscough

Randwick, Australia

#152 Dec 31, 2011
Mate.....I'm not telling you to sell any of your bikes,but if your looking at buying another bike.....get a VTX1800C....They're awsome.I've got seven bikes (six Honda's and one Harley-Davidson CVO Springer,Softail,Screamin'Eagl e 1800cc, But I love riding my 2008 Honda VTX1800C best of all.
Millard wrote:
I have a 1500 goldwing trike and A 2006 VTX1300R. Started out on the trike and
started to have a little issue so i told the wife lets go back home and get the 1300
It was her first ride on the 1300 and she loved it.Seemed to have plenty of power with both (me @ 5'11" 210# her at 5'4 140#).I need to know someone
honest opinion of the extra (500) cc's of power ,Does anyone feel that it is really
needed or just REALLY feels good to have those 500 cc?? I cant decide if I want to sell both my bikes and get a new 1800 goldwing or just get a vtx1800
and keep my trike....Decisions,decisions,d ecisions.
Peter Ainscough

Randwick, Australia

#153 Dec 31, 2011
GDStillwagon wrote:
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!

I own a 2008 model VTX1800C and I totally agree with the you on the things you say about the VTX1800C.(I have learned to live with)
1. 18litre fuel tank....a bit bigger would be nice.
2. The footpegs scrape fairly early on turns.
3. She is a big heavy bike....(but I still love her.)
4. The stock muffler is way too long.....I was going to get it shortened....like the VTX1300 size........but ended up putting on a set of Cobra Short Shots....(They sound fantastic)
I own seven bikes ...6: Honda's and 1: Harley-Davidson,FXSTSSE, Springer,Softail,Screamin'Eagl e,CVO,110Cubic inch,1800cc.
That Harley has got more of a WOW factor and cost triple the dollars of my Honda VTX1800C, but I prefer to ride my Honda VTX1800C anyday.(Other Harley-Davidson riders wouldn't like to read that!) I have spent thousands of dollars on additional chrome bling,and she looks awesome.The VTX1800C is another of my bikes that I will never part with.
Peter Ainscough

Randwick, Australia

#154 Dec 31, 2011
jeji wrote:
Hey I got a Honda magna 750 cc year 99. It is a great bike and got lot of power. I am 6'2" and 260 lbs but bike still goes like a rocket. And it is a very clean bike. I want to trade my bike with vtx1300. Anybody interested mail me at Jeji13@yahoo.com.
Hi mate,
If you think you'll be getting a faster bike in the VTX1300....your wrong.....That Honda Magna 750 V4 (ROCKET)of yours is nearly as quick as the VTX1800C down the 400mtrs. Do yourself a favor and buy VTX1800C....You won't regret it!
Robbie

Spring, TX

#155 Jan 24, 2012
Nick wrote:
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YOU'RE ONLY 5 FEET TALL AND RIDE A 1800? HOW DO YOU REACH THE GROUND? DO YOU WEAR STILETTOS WITH YOUR DRESS? SOUNDS LIKE YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT.
I am 5'3 118 pounds and I ride a vtx 1800. You either have the skill are you don't.
Joel NY

Morris, NY

#156 Jan 24, 2012
I'm trying to choose between 07 vtx1300c and 06 vtx1800f. i have a 05 shadow 750 and it is not enough power for me i need something bigger and comfortable to ride as well as good fuel mileage which bike do you think i should get?
Tattoo_boy

United States

#157 Mar 14, 2012
Will a 2006 vtx 1300 seat fit on a 2003 vtx 1300?
Tattoo_boy

United States

#158 Mar 14, 2012
Joel NY wrote:
I'm trying to choose between 07 vtx1300c and 06 vtx1800f. i have a 05 shadow 750 and it is not enough power for me i need something bigger and comfortable to ride as well as good fuel mileage which bike do you think i should get?
i went from a honda vt1100 to a vtx1300 and i can tell i have alot more power. If u go from a 750honda to a vtx 1800 it might be to big of a jump in power

Since: Mar 12

Pakistan

#159 Apr 2, 2012
I regretted getting a 1300s.The reason is the wheels. I don't like the spoked wheels for repair reasons.
tinyboy

Midland, TX

#160 Apr 2, 2012
my shifter seems to be gettin hard to shift, like havin to use my toe to put the shiftlever in postion for the next gear instead of it doin it by itself. tried lubing and such any thoughts???
tinyboy

Midland, TX

#161 Apr 2, 2012
sorry vtx 18800r
Freth

United States

#162 Jun 18, 2012
I purchased a 2002 VTX 1800 Retro in 2002, after test driving the Kawasaki and Yamaha (Star) cruiser offerings. There was no comparison. The 1800 drove like a dream, by far the best bike I ever owned and I've owned a half dozen since I was 18. The only bad thing is the gas tank is slightly small so you'll be refilling around 120-150 miles, but it's a small price to pay for owning such a beast. Its size is deceiving because it practically drives itself. The low center of gravity and being able to plant your feet flat on the ground make this bike so easy to ride and it is so maneuverable. At first I had problems with the long wheel base in corners; you have to reduce speed because it has a tendency to want to pull to the outside of a corner being such a long wheelbase. In 2008 I made the mistake of trading my 2002 VTX 1800 Retro in on a Concours, thinking I needed a touring bike. BIG MISTAKE! I sold it within a year and went two years without owning a bike, the first time since I was 18 years old. Just recently I decided to get a bike again and of course I went for the tourer first. Test drove one, hated it, saw a 2008 VTX 1800F at the same dealership, loaded with goodies and I had to get it. What sold me was that test drive that brought me back to my 2002 VTX 1800 Retro experience and how much I loved that bike. It was an easy choice, I purchased it and now I am so happy to have my 1800 back. As for scraping, my Retro never had a problem, it had floorboards. I haven't taken delivery yet on my F but I am putting aftermarket floorboards on it, so I am sure I will not have an issue. If you don't try to drive it like a racer you should be fine. So let's see... plenty of power, rides like a dream, stock seat (Retro) was plenty comfy for 2k+ trips, gas tank/mileage could be better but not a deal breaker for the smile the bike puts on your face. I can't imagine being more happy on any other bike. I hop on the VTX 1800 and it feels like an extension of my body, like a glove. If you have a chance to test drive and buy one you'll see what I mean, they're just awesome bikes. Oh and I do recommend floorboards, they give your feet plenty of purchase and feel much better than the pegs.
Steve

Hermosa Beach, CA

#163 Jun 18, 2012
tinyboy wrote:
my shifter seems to be gettin hard to shift, like havin to use my toe to put the shiftlever in postion for the next gear instead of it doin it by itself. tried lubing and such any thoughts???
I had same issue on my 2008 VTX 1800N. White lithium grease did the trick on my shifter bolt. Hard to get to, but didn't have to take the shifter all the way off. Just back the bolt off about half-inch,-apply grease,-and I've been good for past 6 months. Other forms say to relubricate every year or so.
lora

Thermopolis, WY

#164 Sep 19, 2012
I have a 2002 honda retro vtx1800 and it keps missing and cutting out in lower ears anyone have any idea whats wrong with it

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