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post #1 of 16 Old 07-23-2015, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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VTX opinions

Anybody ever owned / ridden one?

Im going to look at one Monday. (wife is tired of riding on the back of the 9'er)

Know of any common issues to look for?

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post #2 of 16 Old 07-23-2015, 04:53 PM
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I have. My dad used to have a vtx1800 until he started having balance issues. Now he rides a 2015 harley trike.

Anyway, no issues here. Bike was fun to ride but very heavy. At least compared to what I'm used to with my 919. Very smooth bike. Shaft drive is awesome.

If you buy it you'll want to add a battery jumper. Getting to the battery kinda sucks. You have to unscrew the seats off. Not a huge problem.

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the 1800 is heavy and somewhat unweildy at lower/town speeds

but i have a feeling you're going to be looking at a 1300. i had one for a few years and loved it. actually really miss it. Very reliable bike, easy to work on, easy to ride after you get used to it and lots of power.

Googl3it can probably weigh in on possible problems to look for, but during the time i had mine i beat the snot out of it constantly bouncing off the rev limiter for thousands of miles with no issue.

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I appreciate it. This one is actually an 1800. '02 with 13k miles.

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I rode a VTX1300C. I'm not sure why your wife is tired of the 919 but it won't be really better on a VTX, unless you get an aftermarket backrest, which is also available for the 919.

If you change your bike for your wife, make sure she sits on it before you buy it.

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I rode a VTX1300C. I'm not sure why your wife is tired of the 919 but it won't be really better on a VTX, unless you get an aftermarket backrest, which is also available for the 919.

If you change your bike for your wife, make sure she sits on it before you buy it.


Ah, dont worry, I wont be selling the 9'er. This will be a secondary bike. And he does have a backrest for it.

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Ah, dont worry, I wont be selling the 9'er. This will be a secondary bike. And he does have a backrest for it.

-Tim
Why would the backrest matter? Just make the wife ride her own bike... It's more enjoyable for the both of you. Then you could pick up something cheap and comfortable for her.



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I wish she would, craker. I tried that a couple years ago. Got her a savage 650, nice bike. Pearl white. She dumped in the parking lot a couple times, and decided she was a passenger more than a pilot.

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Yeah... I suppose. Bought my wife a Magna because she said she knew how to ride and was interested in riding. Turns out she meant to say she knew how to ride a scooter without a clutch. Needless to say, that bike has seen pavement more than a few times... But we were still young and she was still trying to impress me and prove that she was a bad ass...
I think if I tried to do that now, I would be in the same boat as you... except she REFUSES to ride on the back of my VFR.



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I sat on one and made vroom vroom noises at MotoGP once does that help?


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I sat on one and made vroom vroom noises at MotoGP once does that help?
Well, that settles it!



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I sat on one and made vroom vroom noises at MotoGP once does that help?
I KNEW you were the sandals and shorts kind of rider

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used to love riding the VTX1800..... leaving loud ass obnoxious harley riders in the dust off the line was about the best thing ever as they were saying that jap piece of crap makes no power.


HEAVY HEAVY bike though and sitting on the back was not fun (VTX1800R).

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post #16 of 16 Old 07-26-2015, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the info, guys! Picked her up today.

She needs a good cleaning and a new rear tire, and then it's on like a neckbone!











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