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Honda VTX 1800, something Wrong?

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    Honda VTX 1800, something Wrong?

    Kind of curious about this Honda Beast, huge torque, V-twin, but doesn't have the pose factor or something. I see a bunch of slightly used ones for sale and heavy discounts on the New 1800's. Guess the 1300's aren't gonna do alot better since they look the same.

    Not interested in one, but wondering if anyone noticed that or even cares about this cruiser.
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    Re: Honda VTX 1800, something Wrong?

    Originally posted by Berto
    Kind of curious about this Honda Beast, huge torque, V-twin, but doesn't have the pose factor or something. I see a bunch of slightly used ones for sale and heavy discounts on the New 1800's. Guess the 1300's aren't gonna do alot better since they look the same.

    Not interested in one, but wondering if anyone noticed that or even cares about this cruiser.
    Not.........

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    I think most riders felt it was too big but the power was nice. The 1300 has gotten positive reviews in the press and seems to be the better buy. The 1300 is a more balanced machine. I'd love to ride a VTX just to experience the massive torque.
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    I've heard that there is just too much too these things. Like Camelotknight was saying, the smaller ones are getting better reviews. For a little less umph and weight, you have a more usefull bike. I think the stigma has been that these things were never as impressive as the Harleys were, and the goal was to outdo the displacement. Zuke, kawi, and Yami have proved that they can build big beautiful cruisers. This one was a frankenstein.
    The 1300 is the better bike.
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    I remember a television bike magazine(remember those, what happened?) that reviewed it very favorably when it first hit. I see them around, and I like them actually. I like the street rod makeover look rather than the classic cruiser look. Meaning, there are loads of ways to easily customise this bike.

    But, I think the Yamaha's are the most popular. You see them everywhere, often in groups. I've talked to many Yamaha riders who have switched from Harley. Those are mostly classic cruiser like bikes.

    Honda's all over the place in the big cruiser bike market though. Also with the flat 6 engined bikes. Can't wait to see one of the "Ruin...Rune...how is it spelled?" on the road.
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    I pulled up next to a 1500 Mean Streak last week. If I were to buy a cruiser, that would be the one sitting in the garage at night.
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    I've always thought the VTX series was ugly. That headlight ruins the entire bike, but it's not like the rest of it is that great looking either.

    I like the Warrior (except for the exhaust), the Meanstreak is pretty cool, and I am actually kind of fond of the V-Rod. I'm still a V-Max fan, too, but my favorite is far and away the new Vegas.

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    Let's see . . . oversized, heavy, loud, image-driven, not real useful in day-to-day living - sounds just like my brother-in-law! I guess that's why he just bought one.

    It fits him to a "T" and I like that bike about as much as I like him.
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    It's the same as the V-Rod. Just wait a year..... you'll be picking it up for a tiny fraction of the outrageous asking price on the used market! It's just a flash-in-the-pan marketing ploy to come out with the "baddest" cruiser around, sell a s&*t-load of them to all of the "baddest" wannabe's around in the first two years of production, then move on and try to create the next "baddest" cruiser. Now that the newness of the "largest v-twin on the planet" has worn off, people are realizing that the bike is everything Douglas noted (except I can't confirm the brother-in-law comment...).

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    Baddest? I'll tell you what is baddest! Spend any significant amount of time in the saddle of one of these low-slung cruisers and you'll have the baddest buttache imaginable. Buttocks lower than knees, and feet way out front equals: uncomfortable.

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    Actually, my Magna has the cruiser riding position, but with the Mustang touring saddle it was comfortable for hours.

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    I never understood how people can say that the cruiser position is so comfortable for long rides. All of your weight is on your butt and your back is arched forward to reach over your feet to the bars. Granted those seats may be 6 inches thick but you can't move. You're locked into that one position. But I guess that since you are supposed to rest the backs of your ankles on the highway pegs and put your feet to sleep you can't stop.
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    I accidently came accross this thread.. I notice that these posts were back in 2003. I owned 2 vtx 1800C and I love mine.. I love the power and the acceleration... As far as it being heavy . Well it is a 700+ lb bike.. But I am strong so I guess maybe women shouldn't ride one... I find my bike to be comfortable and enjoyable to ride. I get a ton of compliments on my bike everywhere I go. As fas as being loud, well stock it isn't but I made mine loud. As an old biker told me once "son, Loud pipes save lives", they might not see you but they hear you. I am 45 and been riding bikes since I was 12. I enjoy all types of bikes. I was sad all this bashing from a group of people that never even rode one before... Sure the 1800 is a big beast almost 8 feet long with a ton of torgue and HP.. It is not for everyone.. But for me it is a reliable fun bike and I really don't mind the weight.. at 100+ MPH is as smooth as glass on the highway..

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    I totally agree with mtrcyclmadman.
    I picked up mine 3 days ago and so far I love it. It is heavy beast to move, but the acceleration and power are awesome. You can feel the acceleration even at 80 mph. I have ridden with many guys and have no problem to keep up with anyone. I also feel I ride half of the speed (80mph feels like 40mph). It seems to be very comfortable. I will let you know after my first round trip to NYC in one day (250 miles).

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    One of my co-workers has a VTX1800 (C, I think, but not sure). My first impression on walking around it was, "Jesus, this thing is huge!!!! I can't see how it is remotely practical in an urban environment( I live in Portland, OR), and I can't imagine commuting, or stop-and-go traffic. It was certainly nice looking, good paint and chrome, but it just doesn't add up for me. IMHO, of course........

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