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post #1 of 57 (permalink) Old 05-10-2006, 03:24 AM Thread Starter
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The VTX 1300 is missing highway gearing ...

I have had Many BIKES AND i DO LOVE THE VTX 1300 ....However .... I think Honda DID NOT gear the bike for highway . The rpm's are way to high in 5th gear and the power band gearing ratio I feel is off by some degree. Here is what I feel it needs.

1 .... A sixth gear

2 .... More bottom end torque

3 ... Better erconomics for all riders size and weight

4 ... More hp


Out of all of the above a sixth gear is needed most . It would fit in with the same ratio the transmission has now. Just a sixth gear.

Honda Reps ... I am sure will put in a sixth gear soon ... Remember this post and see....
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post #2 of 57 (permalink) Old 05-10-2006, 06:05 AM
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Just go buy a different bike. The gearing is fine. The torque is fine. The HP is fine. And your never going to make a bike ergonomic for ALL rider sizes and weights. You can't.

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Re: The VTX 1300 is missing highway gearing ...

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I have had Many BIKES AND i DO LOVE THE VTX 1300 ....However .... I think Honda DID NOT gear the bike for highway . The rpm's are way to high in 5th gear and the power band gearing ratio I feel is off by some degree. Here is what I feel it needs.

1 .... A sixth gear

2 .... More bottom end torque

3 ... Better economics for all riders size and weight

4 ... More hp


Out of all of the above a sixth gear is needed most . It would fit in with the same ratio the transmission has now. Just a sixth gear.

Honda Reps ... I am sure will put in a sixth gear soon ... Remember this post and see....
There are so many posts on these forums saying the same things, and then some. I am not sure what you mean by better economics for all riders....perhaps you mean ergonomics? Anyway, the 6th gear thing has been discussed to death. Do a search and you will see what I mean.

Personally, I do look to shift into that missing 6th gear on occasion, but now that I've got 10k miles on the bike, I rarely do it anymore. Once you get above 75 or so, these babies smooth right out and cruise.

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I thought the same thing until this past saturday when I put 500 highway miles on Silver. I was doing 75-80 for hours at a time and realized that the gearing makes the engine purr at those speeds - easy on the ears and no issue with passing or performance.

I do however look for sixth gear every time I get on the highway.

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13k miles and still look for 6th gear at times, even though I know its not there hahahahahahahaha

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Don't need a 6th gear....unless you want to putt-putt-putt down the highway like an old man, lose performance, and probably gas mileage too.

Top gear is fine the way it is - though I still doo look for 6th.
If we had a 6th - I'd probably look for 7th.

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You know what i feal the same way. I have rode sport bikes that even at 120 they dont feal over reved like the 1300 ...but i did not have pipes that were that damn loud....Honestly i think the bike just feals that way...
Before i put my pipes on my bike was so smooth @ 70 80 MPH...
Now i get the fealing like it needs another gear....Would be nice anyway..
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Re: The VTX 1300 is missing highway gearing ...

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Originally Posted by HD Suck
I have had Many BIKES AND i DO LOVE THE VTX 1300 ....However .... I think Honda DID NOT gear the bike for highway . The rpm's are way to high in 5th gear and the power band gearing ratio I feel is off by some degree. Here is what I feel it needs.

1 .... A sixth gear

2 .... More bottom end torque

3 ... Better economics for all riders size and weight

4 ... More hp


Out of all of the above a sixth gear is needed most . It would fit in with the same ratio the transmission has now. Just a sixth gear.

Honda Reps ... I am sure will put in a sixth gear soon ... Remember this post and see....

Man I'm starting to think troll...every post lately seems to be about what's wrong with the VTX1300. Handlebars and seats are easy to change to fix the ergonomic problems. I sent you a whole selection of choices from Flanders. Do you think nobody else changes bars and seats on other brand motorcycles. Heck alot of times it's a matter of taste and the way YOU want it to feel. As far a gearing I use to think it was to low and it needed a 6th gear too,, until I had it ran on a dyno. Gearing is fine. If you think it needs a 6th gear here's what you do. Take it out and redline it in every gear. Then you'll realize there's alot left in 5th and gearing is fine.
I think it's a case of everyone wants more. bigger engine, more gears, more this, more that, until just 4 years ago 1300cc was a BIG bike. Had Honda come out with the 1300 instead of the 1800 everyone would have said it was a nice step up from the shadow. But because of the 1800 now it's a small bike that needs something more. I like it, although it could use more....

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I agree with xlr8, I have changed bars, seats, carburetion, ignition modules, engines, etc., on almost every bike I have owned. From HD's to Goldwings. But I can tell you one thing: The VTX1300 is the best bike of any of them stock and that is why I don't own any of the others. A 6th gear wouldn't work on it. If you feel you need one it is time for a Goldwing, or to become a cager. It isn't safe to putt putt on the highway without any power.

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I have to agree with Xlr8: HD is definitely starting to sound like a troll. If not, he's a complete whiner. Just look at his name.

HD, grow up! If you need advice, ask. There are helpful, intelligent people here willing to provide their experience, opinions, and assistance.

If you have thoughtful comments that benefit the community, please share them.

Otherwise, maybe you should just lurk. NOBODY LIKES A TROLL.

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