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I am about to buy a VTX. I noticed that the 1300 has a longer stroke/ bore ratio than the 1800 and a higher compression ratio. How does this affect ride and performance? The stroke on a 1300 is 16% greater than the bore whereas on an 1800, the ratio is 10%.
On a VT1100 Shadow, the stroke/bore ratio is 1 to 1 and the compression ratio is only 8 to 1 instead of 9.2 to 1 on the VTX1300.
I am not sure of the ride on the 1300 ?
 

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I am 6'5 and picked the 1300 c over the 1800. It had a more sleek look that I wanted and has a 19 inch front wheel where the 1800 has a 16 inch. I have been very happy with the performance and look of the bike. I added some bolt on's, pipes, forward controls, etc, and ride it everywhere. The major thing is.... are you comfortable on it. These are nice cruisers and none of them are going to break the sound barrier, but you can get close on either one....lol Good luck with your purchase and welcome to the club!
 

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2002 1800C 18" Front 16" Rear

2003 1800C 18" Front 16" Rear

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Well I am not sure about the bore x stroke on the 1300. But on the 1800 the engine is acually "oversquare" in other words the stroke is longer than the bore. This usually results in a torquey engine. And living up to that the 1800 is pretty torquey at parking lot speeds. Once used to this though there is no problem. The compression ratio thing is all relative. You won't be able to notice any difference between them. I went from a 750 shadow to 1800 and have never regreted it.
 
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