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Hi!

I'm upgrading from an Aero 750 to a bigger bike soon and the VTX 1300 is on my serious contender list. I would appreciate your honest opinion of the VTX 1300 - the pros and cons.

Thanks for your help.

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I too upgraded to a 1300C from a 750 Ace. Never looked back.

Great bike, tons of aftermarket parts. Handles great, alot more upmf to me and it's a looker.

Cons...stock C seat sucks...see BadX for a fix.
Speedos are off some.
Stock steering bearing issues for some.
Fan ground and batt terminal issues for some.

But I wouldn't trade my C for any other bike out there right now. :D
 

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Rear chrome carrier

Does anyone know if the Hondaline rear chrome carrier on an Aero 750 will fit on the VTX1300R? They look very similar if not identical on the Honda website.

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not sure about the carrier, maybe compare part#'s. i upgraded from a S.S.750 and have no regrets. i've owned a bunch of motorcycles and this has been a great bike. and awesome support from this site and crapmods.com. 8)
 
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I did the same upgrade and have never regreted it. The bike is not as powerful as the 1800 but, it has more power than most people need. We rode two-up 90% of the time with the addition of an Ultimate seat and Windshield, and it was the most enjoyable of any bike I have ever owned.
I recently sold the bike to buy a Valkyrie but, the deal fell through. I am now looking for another Valkyrie for now and if I don't find one in the next couple of months, I will purchase another 1300R.
 

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I upgraded from a Susuki intruder 800, to the 1300 retro...I can't say enough good things about the VTX...in the last 2 years I have put about 16K miles on the VTX, and this season has a ton of riding time left....

you already know the depenability of the Honda product...Now you are getting more power, and a great ride...you will go crazy with the add ons...

The only way I would let my VTX go is If could afford to go into a Gold Wing 1800....

GOOD LUCK with what you decide...
 

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Like others I came from the 750 ACE to the 1300C.

I'd done some work on the engine; advanced the timing... little things like that. I had also converted the final drive on the ACE to a belt instead of a chain.

And with all of that time and effort spent on the bike I never looked back.

The 1300 is a bigger bike but not much heavier. You'll have more room in the "cockpit" and if you're my size (6'1") you won't feel so cramped. The power is huge. I imagine your 750 is wrapped out at freeway speeds and struggles with hills. The 1300 has room to spare on both.

The mileage on the 1300 is a little worse but that's to be expected.

One of the big cons for me was the lack of options in gearing. With the 750 it's not much work to change your final drive gearing. You could get yourself a lot of low end grunt or go for better freeway cruising... With the 1300 you have no options. But it's got lots of low end and lots of top end so it's not a huge deal breaker. I just like having the options to change it if I want.

Frankly it's one of the best upgrades you could do. There are lots of bikes out there. When I made the move I was looking at the VTX and the MeanStreak. The Warrior and the Victory 8 Ball were also contenders but were both more than I wanted to really spend.
 

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Yes, great bike

I had a Honda VLX deluxe and got a 1300 retro. Man, I love it I tried the 1800 and it felt a little top heavy, plus, I really didn't need an 1800 engine. I would have liked to have tried say something like a 1600, but when I drove the 1300, plenty of power. I don't weigh too much, but even going two up with my girlfriend, the power was still there and strong. If you drive it nicely you still get decent gas mileage. I do miss the sometimes 60 MPG from the VLX, but I'm getting around 45MPG on the 1300. I guess a con would be no fuel injection. The other cons aren't specific to the 1300 (like bad stock seat, most Honda's come with a les than average seat). If you don't need the huge 1800 engine, I would go with the 1300 in a heartbeat. I love mine and am very happy. Also, not a big deal but I have a retro model and the floorboards are way better than the pegs I had on the VLX. You can add floorboards to any bike, but I'm really happy with the stock ones and it's one less thing I have to spend money on....If you're sticking with a Honda, get the 1300, you won't regret it.

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Should I wait for the 2008 model to come out? Anything new on the 2008?

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Slinkydriver said:
Should I wait for the 2008 model to come out? Anything new on the 2008?

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Don't wait for anything...GO DOWN AND BUY IT FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!! :lol: :lol:
 

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Hydrazine said:
Slinkydriver said:
Hi!

I'm upgrading from an Aero 750 to a bigger bike soon and the VTX 1300 is on my serious contender list. I would appreciate your honest opinion of the VTX 1300 - the pros and cons.

Thanks for your help.

Slinky
Really nice bike, just go buy it. Reading Clayton's essay (link below), that should help.
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http://www.vtxoa.com/forums/viewtopic.php? p=1912024&highlight=#1912024

Clayton's comments are very similar to mine. I just went to the Suzuki demo rides and I didn't like the C90 compared to a VTX 1300 that I tried a few weeks ago.

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The VTX 1300R will feel like the full sized version of your 750 Aero. I had a similiar bike, an 800 Vulcan Classic, and traded up to the V. I bought it at a dealer in Arkansas that had a large used bike inventory. After I convinced the salesman I would buy that day, he said the keys were in all the used bikes, try them all. I rode a couple 1500 Vulcans, a Suzuki, a RoyalStar, two Harleys, and settled on a new 1300R. To me it was clearly the best handling bike of the lot. I got an end of season discount, it has Honda reliability, great looks, lots of aftermarket parts, and the best rider's board on the web.
You'll want to make the bike fit you. Start with the stock seat and have BadX reshape it. Try some different grips, or risers for a comfortable riding position. Then just ride the thing for awhile....but first,

BUY THE BIKE AND SEND SOME PICTURES!
 

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I made the same upgrade, from a 750 Aero which I loved, to a 1300R which I love as well, only more. I think it's a very natural progression. As much as I loved the 750 I knew I would want a bigger bike some day. That some day was just 18 months after I bought the Aero. With 2200 miles on the X, and riding 2 up regularly, I can't imagine wanting a bigger bike.

And to your other question, the Aero 750 rear carrier will not fit on the 1300R. They look alike on the HDL website but the X version is clearly bigger in person.
 
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Same upgrade

I also went from the 750 Shadow to a 1300 Retro and have no regrets.

The 750 was a great re-entry platform to me and when I tried the VTX it was a natural and very smooth transition.

If you like the 750 you will love the VTX.
 
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