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post #1 of 138 (permalink) Old 07-05-2009, 02:21 PM Thread Starter
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1300 or 1800

looking at moving up to bigger bike can't decide 1300 or 1800 like to ride around town and long rides
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I went to the dealership and sat on a 1300. I'm a relatively big guy at 6', well over 200 lbs and the 1300 was uncomfortable for me. I was a little too close to the tank... it just didn't feel right. Then I sat on the 1800. I was home. I love that bike and ride it every chance I get. I came from an Aero 1100 and it just didn't have as much get-up-and-go as I wanted, especially getting on the freeway with a passenger. With the 1800, I can't even tell I have a passenger. Great bike. I'm sure the 1300 is a good bike too and has the advantage of having a single-pin crank, so it has that potato-potato sound that we all love, but I just like the feel of the 1800 and I absolutely love the performance.

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If doing lots of 2-up the 1800 is more powerful and has better front brakes. But lots of guys here ride 2-up on their 1300 with no complaints. Way better gas milage with the 1300.
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looking at moving up to bigger bike can't decide 1300 or 1800 like to ride around town and long rides
2-up and longer rides, the 1800 is better, imo. Mostly in-town riding, the 1300 is better.

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thanks for the info i am 6'4 220 my wife rides so i will be 1 up most of the time don't have any to sit on around here
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Well, the setting too close to the tank deal is bunk. Both bikes are the same length in that area. That's why the seats are interchangable.

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I went to the dealership and sat on a 1300. I'm a relatively big guy at 6', well over 200 lbs and the 1300 was uncomfortable for me. I was a little too close to the tank... it just didn't feel right. Then I sat on the 1800. I was home. I love that bike and ride it every chance I get. I came from an Aero 1100 and it just didn't have as much get-up-and-go as I wanted, especially getting on the freeway with a passenger. With the 1800, I can't even tell I have a passenger. Great bike. I'm sure the 1300 is a good bike too and has the advantage of having a single-pin crank, so it has that potato-potato sound that we all love, but I just like the feel of the 1800 and I absolutely love the performance.

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definately have to disagree with the size issue. i'm 6'4" 275lbs with a 36" inseam and my 1300 still feels huge. i grew up riding my dad's road kings and my 1300 is quite a bit bigger than that..

my wife and i do plenty of 2 up, she's a little tall too at about 5'8" but she doesn't add much weight at 125lbs.

but with our combined 400 lbs of body mass and a loaded luggage rack and saddle bags we'll ride for 4-5 days and 1500-2000 miles with no complaints other than the seats, still averaging better than 40 mpg, better than 45 if i'm easy on the throttle.

the single pin crank does make a huge difference in the sound, i love the sound of my 1300..and i also have to add that i believe it to be a major pro to be able to rejet and tune my carburetor for MUCH less than a 350 dollar power commander for the efi system on an 1800.

the extra horsepower of a 110" motor over an 80" motor sure would be nice while i'm out with my buddies, but for the added costs that come with the 1800 (aquisition, fuel, engine tuning) i would get a 1300 again in a heartbeat.

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I came off a Suzuki S83 Boulevard 1400cc and went to a 2003 Vtx 1800c. I'm sure the 1300's is a very nice bike. But the 1800 had all I want. Fuel injection and a heavier bike. Not to mention the power of this bike is amazing. And surprisingly its still quite nimble considering the weight. I love mine and wouldn't trade it for anything.

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I came off a Suzuki S83 Boulevard 1400cc and went to a 2003 Vtx 1800c. I'm sure the 1300's is a very nice bike. But the 1800 had all I want. Fuel injection and a heavier bike. Not to mention the power of this bike is amazing. And surprisingly its still quite nimble considering the weight. I love mine and wouldn't trade it for anything.
looked up the power to weight ratio info..

a stock 1800c is 705 lbs and a whopping 107 hp according to bikez.com motorcycle encyclopedia.

my 1300s weighs in at 672 lbs dry and around 58 hp. '
with my mods probably around 720lbs and mid 60's on the hp numbers.

if you're lookin for power then the 1800 is DEFINITELY your scoot.

one thing i did find strange was that the 1800 has a smaller fuel tank..little more than .3 gallons. weird.

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looked up the power to weight ratio info..

a stock 1800c is 705 lbs and a whopping 107 hp according to bikez.com motorcycle encyclopedia.

my 1300s weighs in at 672 lbs dry and around 58 hp. '
with my mods probably around 720lbs and mid 60's on the hp numbers.

if you're lookin for power then the 1800 is DEFINITELY your scoot.

one thing i did find strange was that the 1800 has a smaller fuel tank..little more than .3 gallons. weird.
Smaller capicity, not smaller tank. The 1800 has a fuel pump in the tank.

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