Join Date: May 2010
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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.
'12 Road Glide Ultra, Kuryakyn Alley Cat intake, Jackpot Super Duals header, Jackpot HiRoller mufflers, PV Tuner, Daymaker LEDs