Join Date: Oct 2019
Location: GIlbert, Arizona
Getting back in to riding after 25 years, in Arizona
Hi All VTXOA members,
My name is James and I am just getting back in to riding after over a 25 year break. A little background. I got my first bike when I was 7, a Honda Mini 50 and moved up to a Honda RV 125 (bored out to a 160) and road many other family bikes mainly Maico 250 and other similar bikes. That lasted until I was about 20 and then I gave it up and moved to cars only. At age 30 I got the urge to ride again but wanted to go street so I got a used KZ900 and then a couple others to play with and was enjoying riding again. I had only been back to riding for less than a year when my aging mother informed me she was not sleeping, when I asked why she informed me my riding was giving her nightmares. being a good (mamma's boy) son I stopped riding and sold my bikes. Now advance to me at 55 now with my dear mother recently passed and the urge to ride hit me again strong.
I was not really sure what bike I wanted so I just started looking to see what was out there, I had been out so long I was out of touch with the motorcycle world (and still am). I started reading some online info on good cheep big bikes. The Honda VTX 1300 seemed to keep coming up over and over and as really good option and they can be gotten so cheep. I ended up getting a 2007 Honda VTX 1300C with about 16K miles on it. The upgrades it came with are basic leather saddle bags an upgraded Saddlemen seat a cracked Memphis Shades windscreen, Highway Bars with extra foot pegs, sissy-bar and a few odds and ends like extra helmets and a cover and extra K&N filter. I paid $3000 for the bike and feel like I got a decent deal.
Now I had never ridden a bike that big, low, heavy or powerful. Combine the 25 years of not ridding and the unfamiliar bigger, lower more powerful bike and my first ride had me thinking I was out of my mind. I went around the block a few times and by my second ride I was feeling that familiar feeling and having a better command over my bike. I have had the bike for a few months now and I so enjoy my rides.
Now that I am all in and want to keep riding I want to upgrade my bike. I have already picked out some Viking Saddlebag (waiting for the right sale) and I have a few pieces or trim picked out to make it look a bit better. I am hopping some of you long time more familiar VTX 1300 owners can suggest the best upgrades and addons.
I look forward to getting to know some of you and thank you all in advance for any advise.