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Bought a vtx1300 in 2005 and it now has 68000 miles. It has been and still is a great bike.
PROS---Easy to work on and service and I am not mechanically inclined.
Maintenance is all it has needed----no problem at all.
Accessories are easy to find to make it your own. ----- Yes they may not be making some of thhem any more but they are still out there. I now also have a yamaha stratoliner and looking for front fender rails, passenger floorboards mounts and highway lights are like looking for a unicorn. when you find them used they are about 2 times what they were new.
Plenty of power and bullet proof
Good looking---bike still gets many complements
Many more but these are the top of the list


CONS-----If I think of any I will update my post


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Jeeze Chuck, if I didn't know any better, I'd think you took my list of con's personally?
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We are pleased to know you understand.
Thanks man...appreciate it. My goal is to one day be as smart as you think you are.

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Bought my 04 1800C with 3,500 miles in 06 now have 9,500. Always rode Honda's on the street starting with a CB160 and moved up to a 305 Super Hawk, then 350 to 550 to 750K. Raced Suzuki RM's, better than the Honda of the day. Now have a GL1800, wife comfort ride better than the X. Will never get rid of the X as it is a beast and one of the most fun rides with loads of power. Too much fun with my Harley riding friends, I tell them their shaking is due to them knowing the X is coming! I agree with the small tank but if you have a two hour bladder and a three hour bike you still stop. Learned that is flight school . So fuel stops are not a problem. Just really need to plan where you are going to make sure there is a fuel stop. Factory seat is poor and I had rebuilt and use an Airhawk. Direct Line still has a good amount of parts, at least what I use. Just my two cents.
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Bought my 04 1800C with 3,500 miles in 06 now have 9,500. Always rode Honda's on the street starting with a CB160 and moved up to a 305 Super Hawk, then 350 to 550 to 750K. Raced Suzuki RM's, better than the Honda of the day. Now have a GL1800, wife comfort ride better than the X. Will never get rid of the X as it is a beast and one of the most fun rides with loads of power. Too much fun with my Harley riding friends, I tell them their shaking is due to them knowing the X is coming! I agree with the small tank but if you have a two hour bladder and a three hour bike you still stop. Learned that is flight school . So fuel stops are not a problem. Just really need to plan where you are going to make sure there is a fuel stop. Factory seat is poor and I had rebuilt and use an Airhawk. Direct Line still has a good amount of parts, at least what I use. Just my two cents.

my first bike was a 1966 305 Superhawk ( CB77 ).. in 1969.
1972 got a 72 CB750
1975 a GL1000 Wing
a bunch more over the 50 years of riding. all Honda's.



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you people do not understand....

I used to be a Honda Dealer mechanic... many and many years..

the hack, butchery and bad mistreatment on used bikes.. is SO common..
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so owner of a USED bike that bad mouth a bike.. is the fault of past owners.. not the bike...

my grumpy opinion..
if you seen what I seen every day.. you would feel the same way..


the VTX was never designed to compete with a GoldWing...
its a Bar Hopper..
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its a Bar Hopper..
I dont drink much anymore () can I still ride mine...


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I dont drink much anymore () can I still ride mine...



I drink ONE beer a year.. on my birthday... with a BIG super RARE steak.. and a Large baked potato... and lots of butter..




Bar Hopper, it's a sub-title... not a RULE
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besides.. what do I know

when the 6 cylinder Gold Wing came out.. and really expected after the 1800 wing came out..

I figured Honda would bring back the 4 cylinder Gold Wing Interstate.... as a lesser Road tourer..
aka a smaller sister Wing.

but History.. CX500, CX650 failures...
they had a fairing, bags.. even a trunk if wanted.

maybe it has to do with the "X" ....??
good bikes... poor sales.

I have been Wrong before... and Will again.
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Yup, not intended as an all day bike. That's GW territory ... or why I moved to a RGU.



I completely get it Chuck. People most often create their own nightmare and make it someone else's fault. I suppose that's the price of working in the service industry where every buttcrack can have an opinion. I will say though, I have, as a customer, rarely experienced the frustration that a customer can expect in the motorcycle repair business. Little is more frustrating than dealing with a service advisor, or worse a tech, that knows less about your problem than you do. AND, knows less about what needs doing than you do. No lie, a month after I bought my VTX I scheduled a trip to the dealer so that they could flush the hydraulics, and check the valve clearance. I had already put new plugs in it, not because it needed new plugs but because someone had already swapped them for something cheaper. When I picked it up they had charged me for new plugs, among other things I did not request. That was $20 CAD per plug up here. Doing the math that's more than a little bit. I told them the plugs that were in there were less than a week old, and was told they they could not re-use spark plugs because they use a crush washer. I asked for my "old" plugs back and they were gone ... gone. So I'm out $80 because a tech doesn't know he can re-use spark plugs. Believe it my friend.


Back to the VTX though. As a boulevard cruiser it has about the best lines in the market. It's why I loved the "C" model so much, and likely why you like the "F" model. I like the "N" as well, and the R/S less but they are still very nice bikes, and I'd love to own one again. You can make one an all day bike, but I believe there are better options out there for that. OTOH, if you can have only one bike, then the VTX checks a lot of boxes. It is too bad it was the wrong bike for the time. I think if Honda had done a single pin crank with a performance lean, they could have captured more market. That said, Honda is all about performance when it's a performance bike. Purpose built bikes from Honda tend to favor performance moderation to target their purpose. Case-in-point, every Honda not intended for a track.
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