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PS..not much help on the price of that bike, but for me sometimes I don't mind paying a little more for something I really want....I tend to hang on to stuff....:mrgreen:
This is how I buy things too, if it's exactly what I want, then I don't mind spending a little more. I wouldn't pay 6k for this bike though. I prefer the F model.
 

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I agree, sweet bike, limited options. Depending on what you want, a bike with lots of aftermarket (it's easy to drop $5000 on accessories over time), or a nice stock ride. If you lean toward stock, I would try and deal now. The bike has been there awhile, I wouldn't be surprised if you could get it now for $6k. Springtime, it will sell for more, it's too nice. If you plan on lots of options or heavily modifying a bike, might be better to find a less minty example that you can get cheaper or already has what you want.
Maybe it is my area, but I can drive an hour in any direction and see quite a few VTX 1800s for sale. Although most have more miles (but less than 20k) and few are bone stock, there are many to be had for less than $5000. Pull up craigslist and pop VTX in the search, you might be surprised.
If this is the year and model you have your heart set on (and you want one bone stock), then by all means pull the trigger - this is a bit rare.
However I don't know of many who "want" a stock ride and as stated by others the options are what will drain your wallet. Is it fun buying these accessories, maybe to some, but I would rather grab one that someone else bore the expense. You can the pull off what you don't like and swap/sell to others to make it "yours". I have had great experiences selling/trading/buying accessories with other VTXers.
 

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Is this the same RRobertson from the 9 forum? Could it be another convert?
Ha, it is the same RRobertson. I sold the 9 about a month ago. Loved the bike, and it was a blast to ride, but when set up to be a comfortable two up cruiser it lost its sexiness. I am looking for a big cruiser that I can leave set up for two up and not feel like I am sacrificing all of the style.

I am looking at VTX1800N/R/S, Yamaha Roadliners, C109Rs, and Kawasaki VN2000's. Can't stand the look of the Rocket3 and don't want to spend the dough for the Victory. I realize all but the Rocket will be a step down in the power category, but will hopefully make up for that in other areas.
 

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Ha, it is the same RRobertson. I sold the 9 about a month ago. Loved the bike, and it was a blast to ride, but when set up to be a comfortable two up cruiser it lost its sexiness. I am looking for a big cruiser that I can leave set up for two up and not feel like I am sacrificing all of the style.

I am looking at VTX1800N/R/S, Yamaha Roadliners, C109Rs, and Kawasaki VN2000's. Can't stand the look of the Rocket3 and don't want to spend the dough for the Victory. I realize all but the Rocket will be a step down in the power category, but will hopefully make up for that in other areas.
I don't care at all for the VN2000, it is so heavy it takes all I have to get it off the stand! I had one for two weeks back in 07, and that was when I was larger and stronger. Just got rid of the Vic, it is okay, but definitely not the comfort I was expecting. The C109R is too top heavy for me, although it does go down the highway nice. I like the Raider, have put about 25,000 miles on it, but it doesn't fit me well and costs $1100 to bring the bars back two inches. I rode a Roadliner for a week when my 9 was in the shop, it was a nice ride, really comfortable on the long haul too. Just got my F3, haven't got many miles on it yet, but the Corbin seat does feel good so far. I am having a problem adjusting to the low RPM engine though, I hit the rev limiter when I think it should just be hitting the powerband. Next on my list is going to be the Rocket, don't know why, but that just seems to be what I have been watching for the last few years.

I have to admit, the X does seem to be the most comfortable of the last couple, hope it stays that way for a while. I think you will like it since you did enjoy the 9. There is no way the 9 should even come with a rear seat.
 

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Think about it. It's almost a 10 year old bike. Offer cash now before I buy it. Tell the dealer you will give them 5k. Ask them do they really want it to sit there all winter and pay taxes on it.
 

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Ha, it is the same RRobertson. I sold the 9 about a month ago. Loved the bike, and it was a blast to ride, but when set up to be a comfortable two up cruiser it lost its sexiness. I am looking for a big cruiser that I can leave set up for two up and not feel like I am sacrificing all of the style.

I am looking at VTX1800N/R/S, Yamaha Roadliners, C109Rs, and Kawasaki VN2000's. Can't stand the look of the Rocket3 and don't want to spend the dough for the Victory. I realize all but the Rocket will be a step down in the power category, but will hopefully make up for that in other areas.
I passed (took to long to decide) on an 06 nomad, loaded down with a bunch of accessories for $3500..... Really thought was a great looking bike and although no X, they seem to be equally solid rides.
Up until I finally found my 1800N, I was kicking myself in the ass....
 

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So 2 1/2 years after posting this thread, I find myself in a familiar situation. I ended up passing on the VTX from the original post. I took a few summers off from riding, but the desire has returned.


Not to give everybody Dejavu, but I am most likely going to pick this VTX 1800N up this weekend, unless this post throws up some large red flag. https://www.cycletrader.com/listing/2005-Honda-VTX™-1800N-5003238193 Looking at what others are selling for, the price seems more than fair, especially with the Batwing Fairing included. The Fairing and quick release mounts seem to be a $500+ option if bought new. It is a 2005 with 24,000 miles. Is there anything that I should be particularly aware of with this year/make/model? Any tell tell signs of the bike having issues? I looked at it in person, and it is in excellent condition. Paint is nearly perfect, chrome looks good, tires are nearly new, etc. I am planning on going to ride it on Saturday with cash available to make a cash offer.


Thanks for the input.....even 2 1/2 years later.


Russell
 

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So 2 1/2 years after posting this thread, I find myself in a familiar situation. I ended up passing on the VTX from the original post. I took a few summers off from riding, but the desire has returned.


Not to give everybody Dejavu, but I am most likely going to pick this VTX 1800N up this weekend, unless this post throws up some large red flag. https://www.cycletrader.com/listing/2005-Honda-VTX™-1800N-5003238193 Looking at what others are selling for, the price seems more than fair, especially with the Batwing Fairing included. The Fairing and quick release mounts seem to be a $500+ option if bought new. It is a 2005 with 24,000 miles. Is there anything that I should be particularly aware of with this year/make/model? Any tell tell signs of the bike having issues? I looked at it in person, and it is in excellent condition. Paint is nearly perfect, chrome looks good, tires are nearly new, etc. I am planning on going to ride it on Saturday with cash available to make a cash offer.


Thanks for the input.....even 2 1/2 years later.


Russell
Russell, that is a steal. I bet you can get it for $4K cash easy. Sucker looks good and is ready for more (s)miles...25K is just barely broken in. :thumbup:
 

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Nice! Love the color. What is n1,n2,n3 just different years?
The way I understand it, they are different trim levels, with the 3 having more chrome from the factory. Although, I am certainly new to the VTX.
Actually, the higher the N number, the more polished parts are installed by Honda. Honda hardly chromes anything extra on their bikes.
 

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Yep - spec numbers are just shiny bits and more of them.
Here's an example of the differences for the C model (only chart I have available)

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