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....