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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-08-2019, 07:50 AM Thread Starter
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Cool New member with a hot rod VTX1800C!

Hey there! Been lurking on here for a while to try and gain some more info on these great bikes before I purchased an older used one. Iím not new to motorcycles for sure, but this is the most ccís Iíve ever had on a bike.

Just recently picked up an older, but barely used 2003 1800C. I got it from the original owner who only took it out a few times a year on short trips. He also sometimes used it for commuting to work, but he only had to travel a mile or so to work! He took really good care of the bike and kept up on service even though it didnít really need it based on mileage, and he also dumped quite a bit of money into it when it was newer.

Just under 5k miles, full cobra exhaust, Dynojet PC3 with dyno tuning, Corbin seat, 1.5Ē drag bars, Jardine forwards with mini floor boards, etc.
Iím not a mechanic by any means, but I like to do a lot of the wrenching myself if time and capabilities allow. I have done several frame off jobs on vintage 70í-80ís bikes. Iím going to go ahead and probably due a full fluid change, just so I know for sure, and I need to change out the tires. They only have a few hundred miles on them, but they are almost 12 years old!

Thanks for all the experienced help on here! Iíve been reading through the forums on different issues and repair/maintenance tips, and I did download the service manual.

Itís still not quite full on riding weather here in Upstate NY, but weíre getting close hopefully!
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Welcome from Sun Diego......where the san shines 365 days a yr......


2005 Honda VTX 1800C1....5,700 miles;
1982 XJ750 Maxim, 18.5k miles, original owner
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Welcome from Sun Diego......where the san shines 365 days a yr......
Thanks! I don't believe it though haha... I spent some time out in Oceanside with my brother at Camp Pendleton.
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Welcome to the board..





the one and only time I was on the left coast...


from southwest California to northern Washington state.. very few nice days..
not so much fun on a motorcycle.. 7,000 mile trip..



otherwise was great weather... out and back



2005 VTX1800 F, type II, Silver Tribal, 86,000 Miles, Purchased Feb, 2005.
MTC clutch & springs.. K&N Air Filter. Garmin 2597 GPS.
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Welcome to the VTXOA!
Almost new, looks good!

Add Bare's site for more info. He has maintenance info. https://tech.bareasschoppers.com/tec...d-main-wiring/
Big Larry has California VTX Riders site has good info.
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2005 1300c Red, Mustang seat, HK 2.5 straights. Leds for safety-front & back. 190,260 VTX miles
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Great info, thanks!

I've ordered some routine maintenance items to do like: oil/filter, brake fluid, differential fluid and a new FPR. I've already checked the main grounds on the bike, and I pulled the wheels to get new tires, so wheel bearings and flange check out OK. I ordered some Loctite Moly Past for reassembly of the rear axle and splines. I need to check the crankcase breather still, and I'm thinking I'll skip the coolant fluid flush for now.

I decided to go with the new Avon Cobra Chrome for front/rear tires and keeping the rear at 200/16R16 like the original owner had on there. With only 5k miles on the bike, that list of "to do" items should put me in pretty good shape, right?

I have a few items I'm researching now to change/add to the bike eventually: headlight cowl, flyscreen or bullet fairing of some sort, do something different with turn signals, maybe add baffles back to exhaust, need a bag to carry stuff for commuting to work...and the list goes on & on haha
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Nice bike. I have same. They a beast.. Enjoy! Welcome aboard.
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Well Ok, at least one can ride out here 365 days / yr........the sun may shine 300 out of 365.....

R07D24, great buy on a nice bike....enjoy


2005 Honda VTX 1800C1....5,700 miles;
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Welcome to the addiction, from east Texas






04 1800 C.....Candy Orange Flame....R.I.P.
07 1800 C.....Well that's what the title said
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