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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-01-2019, 12:53 PM Thread Starter
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Greetings from Texas!

I’m a very new rider (3 months) and started with a Shadow 750. The bike quickly felt “small” (I’m 6’2”) so I started the hunt for my “forever bike”. Just don’t tell my wife that concept doesn’t really exist. I bit the bullet on Friday and traded in my Shadow for a beautiful 2002 VTX 1800S with under 10k miles on it. I’ve added about 200 miles already and absolutely love it. I was able to keep my saddle bags and bracket so I just for those all set up. Tomorrow, my brother and I will hit the roads for a nice 5 hour trip around central Texas.
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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-01-2019, 06:57 PM
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Welcome to the VTX family. Hope you love your bike for many years to come. Please donít get overconfident as a newbie. There is always more to learn (and relearn). Low speed practice in a parking lot is a good idea.

Si vis pacem, para bellum.
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Welcome from very south Texas..

I got my 1800 New in 2005...... 88,000 miles
50 years of riding... no time off.

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P.S. Thatís a seventeen year old bike so itís done way more sitting than riding. So unless you are positive that all fluids have been changed recently itís a good idea to make that investment. And check the dates on your tires too. Iím not as strict about a ďsix year ruleĒ as some folks are, but tire age is something to be mindful of. Indoor storage can help slow the effects of aging but all rubber starts to degrade (albeit very slowly) essentially just as soon as it is formed.

Si vis pacem, para bellum.
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Welcome from a fellow Texan ( Houston area).

62 years behind bars
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post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-02-2019, 12:06 AM
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Sitting on my VTX making vroom vroom sounds.

2006 Shadow Aero 750 (sold Oct 2018 )
2008 VTX1300T

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Welcome from West Virginia. I concur with dud-57's recommendation for practice with low-speed maneuvers as well as his maintenance and safety tips. I think you'll find the difference in weight, balance and handling between your Shadow and your VTX to be significant. I sure did when I came to the VTX from an Intruder 1500. My tip: Wheels straight when you stop! Don't ask how I know!

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post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-02-2019, 01:35 PM
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Welcome from New Mexico. I bought my 03' 1800R in 2013 with 8000 miles on it. Today it has 45282 miles. Still Loving it.

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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 09-08-2019, 11:38 PM
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Like the suggestions on practice.
I went to school parking lot for a while before I went too far.
Hadn't ridden in thirty years.
First bike was a Kawasaki KZ 650.
1300S is a lot more bike.
Already want to try a VTX1800 though.
They must be monsters!
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