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How many miles have you really, actually seen on a VTX? How common is it to get more than 100K miles, 200K miles?

I know this is very common for the Goldwing/Valkyrie and the ST1300 V4. But I have my doubts about the VTX. Just seems like people must hammer them more (I sure hammer mine harder than my ST, seems like that's kinda the point). And that means all that torque hitting the motor.

Just wondering what people have actually seen (not the rumors, I saw a classified today with the seller saying they normally go 300K miles....just the facts ma'am, thanks).

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My current reading: 104,572 miles or 168,292 km on a 2003 1800s
I bought the bike used in April 2010 at 14,000 miles so 90,000 of these miles are MINE.
That's an average of 90,000 / 11 = 8181 miles per year. I try to get at least 10,000 per year but that does not always work; only 6139 miles last year. I hope to make up for that this year.
I am not worried about the bike not making it to 200k; I am more worried about myself. If I keep doing 8181 per year I'll be 81 by then. The bike will make it Me? Not sure.
 

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It’s a Honda, it will last forever if you take care of it.
 

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They last a long time!
201,946 VTX miles since 6/8/2005. Retirement gave me the time!
43 oil+filter changes.
My 100k was Fri, 22 October 2010 04:30:34 PM
I am on the 3rd Stator and 3rd Voltage Regulator.

Battoo in TN hit 100k miles in 2011
Discussion Starter • #1 Aug 30, 2011

MR VTX 100,072 miles - 02/02/2013
 

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You must really be concerned..double posting....lol....dont worry it will last...good luck
 
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I'm trying to decide whether to take the insurance and try to find a very low mileage one, or fix mine, with nearly 40K on it.

Yeah I was afraid I double posted, looks gone now, sorry.

depends on how attached you are.

for me I would fix mine if it was fixable. aside from the fact that it is 16 years old with only 5,200 miles because it was in storage for 15 years. It holds a high level of sentimental value, it was a gift from my father after he passed away, he left money for me with specific instructions to purchase a motorcycle in memory of him. I put a lot of customizing into my VTX; then had a kid and had to put it into storage. After 15 years I am back on it. and God willing I will ride it until I can no longer ride.

I will likely never sell it and if there is an accident (hand to god there won't be) I would repair it if it was repairable, even if it meant holding a salvage title on it.


so all depends on what works for you, but motor wise, as I said it is a Honda, it will run forever. maybe you keep it and find a good home to swap the motor into if there are frame issues:

Motorcycle Frames for Honda VTX1800 for sale | eBay
 

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My VTX 2006 1800 C3 with 78000 miles on it runs like a champ ,It is accessorized the way I like it and it runs better than a lot of the low mileage VTX 1800 of my buddies, I've riddena few and I would not let mileage scare you in fact the more mileage might be better than the low mileage ones that haven't been written enough so I value my bike more than a low mileage bike
 

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2005 VTX 1300 just sold it with 86000+ miles on it. I only put 30k of those on it.. still ran great.. I wanted an 1800. plan to keep it till one of us dies :) probably me first lol Great Bikes.

Like @Mr. Incredible said, just depends on how attached you are to the bike. But it's always fun getting "new" toys with low miles.

Good Luck!!!
 

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Modern automotive (car, motorcycle, truck) engines are so good, and made of such advanced materials (metal alloys) that if they are provided with clean air and oil they will operate for an awful long time. You are not going to wear it out. My '02 C is at about 120,000 miles. Still rip snorting.
 

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My current reading: 104,572 miles or 168,292 km on a 2003 1800s
I bought the bike used in April 2010 at 14,000 miles so 90,000 of these miles are MINE.
That's an average of 90,000 / 11 = 8181 miles per year. I try to get at least 10,000 per year but that does not always work; only 6139 miles last year. I hope to make up for that this year.
I am not worried about the bike not making it to 200k; I am more worried about myself. If I keep doing 8181 per year I'll be 81 by then. The bike will make it Me? Not sure.
I am doing on mý 2005 vtx 93 k miles
 

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I am doing on mý 2005 vtx 93 k miles
93k miles when the OEM slide valve diaphragm gave up. Creases split/tear.
Vacuum leak resulted, slide valve would not open. Some backfires.
Second slide valve diaphragm failed after another 93k miles.
 

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145,000 miles on my 1300R and still riding it. It would have well over 200K if I would not have bought a Royal Star Venture 7 years ago.

I really haven't had anything break but I have replaced a few things at about 100K before they broke. Some of them were Race Tech fork rebuild with Gold Valve, neck bearings, stator/regulator, slide valve (found a pin hole), clutch cable, throttle cables. All were still working.

Of course tires & brake pads replaced as needed. Brake fluid flush, radiator flush, valve check, oil/filter change, rear axel oil change all completed as per book or sooner.
 
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