Everyone has opinions.....heres mine. The Jesse James VTX seems to be a slap in the face to metric cruisers. He decided to turn it into a crotch rocket. Its a cool bike for what it is but, I think the people involved (Honda) were expecting a stretched/raked boulevard monster. Just my take on it
1) Raised center of gravity (engine) would make it too top-heavy.
2) No lower frame rails leaves coolant lines, regulator, etc. exposed for potential damage.
3) You think our OEM seats are bad? How 'bout that one?
4) Has the appearance of being incomplete - missing front fairing, etc.
5) If I wanted a fast sport bike, I'd get a Hayabusa.
Eric hit the nail on the head. Jessie's way of sayin' there ain't room in the custom world for Metric cruisers....Jessie couldn't be more wrong! MAYBE Honda is getting some REAL mileage from the HDL crew (Hal, LaMont, Wilbur and our own VTX fabricators as well as the Brown County boys! Should have been able to convince BigLry to get Lane's bike in there somewhere, Oh well.)
I have the Cycle World article on that bike here, but I'm not going to go looking for it, but if I remember right, Honda gave Jesse a motor and a boatload of cash and told him to go to work. I don't see his design as a "slap in the face" of Metric cruisers, just another way the X motor could've been used (or could still be used).
BTW, I was anything but offended when I saw that bike for the first time. I loved it. Then again, I've always been a fan of naked sports and cafe racers. Perhaps some of you take this ***t a little too seriously?