2002 Honda VTX 1800: MD Ride Review — Part Two …

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Honda VTX 1800
Honda VTX 1800

2002 Honda VTX 1800: MD Review – Part Two

Some ago, I wrote an article cruisers, in general. I observed they often lack and strong brakes, and wondered I received quite a bit of e-mail readers, including an e-mail Pete terHorst who works for Pete asked me in his e-mail I would think about a cruiser “with some

At the time, rumors were that Honda was working on a cruiser”, but the VTX 1800 was several from its debut.

Well, the VTX is here (and at your Honda dealer), and it definitely has guts”. Riding the bike from Honda’s headquarters on the I couldn’t help but roll the off and on — just enjoying the torque and I had never done anything this before on a “cruiser”, but the VTX it, and it sure was fun.

Honda always known for being The word “conservative” comes up often. Nevertheless, the VTX 1800 is a step by Honda or any other

The styling is bold (and in my opinion), and the performance is bold, as

After listening to some manufacturers (one, in particular, will go nameless) tell me in to the VTX that their “focus and studies indicate cruiser want “lots of torque” and are so concerned about horsepower”, I had to to keep a straight face. cruiser owners ooze Aside from the macho beards and boots, they a bad-… motor in their and are willing to pay for it.

Some of these will spend $10,000 their cruisers with an S-S pipes, carburetors, wheels, brakes and other performance

Honda, like other visits Daytona, Laughlin, and other cruiser rallies employees paid to gather and ideas about trends in the segment. Honda obviously there was a market for a stock under $13,000 with a motor, stiff chassis and brakes as standard equipment. I they were right.

So, Honda took a calculated in the direction of the VTX 1800. It is a leap, the VTX 1800 offers performance before available in the v-twin segment (remember, Yamaha’s is not a v-twin). The VTX 1800 has performance in

It accelerates, stops and even well (despite its raked-out

The huge engine has excellent down low and, somewhat likes to rev out hard on top. The slow revving motor is fast, but very fast,

The motor is flexible enough second gear can handle around-town speeds, and third could get you a speeding ticket here in the U.S. Fifth roll-ons from eighty to one ten miles per hour were quick (ever heard of a cruiser that could do With large, modern brakes and calipers worthy of a and a modified linked braking the VTX brakes quickly and smoothly.

In fact, the braking performance is as impressive as the motor (almost). with a stiff chassis a cruiser) hauling the VTX down high speeds in a rapid is a relatively flex-free and precise, event. Outstanding.

With its wheelbase, the VTX certainly does not into corners, but it does smoothly and confidently — holding a through bumpy corners well. This wheelbase makes the VTX track like a train in a straight line.

distance comfort is surprisingly The seating position is almost (how does Honda do The seat itself is comfortable, and vibration (again, surprisingly) is well controlled.

With two oil pistons firing away inches from your you’d expect the VTX to beat you submission with vibration. In the VTX is one of the smoothest running cruisers I ridden. Honda accomplishes with offset dual-pin and two primary, shaft-mounted balance

Rubber engine mounts contribute.

All-in-all, Honda’s injected motor with heads represents a high mark in stock v-twin performance. The claims of 106 horsepower and 120 feet of torque at the crank are believable.

Honda VTX 1800
Honda VTX 1800

The five-speed transmission smooth, positive shifts, and was well (this motor so much torque and horsepower a four-speed transmission could do the trick). Highway speeds the motor loafing, but passing was still readily available a downshift.

Night riding the stylish headlight provides than enough illumination. bright for a single bulb — probably, attributable to a careful of the multi-reflector surface behind the The high beam was particularly

Passenger accommodations were comfortable. at least, according to my 17 old son, Alex. Alex me on the VTX to the beach and back (a 120 mile in total). The passenger seat is and more supportive than cruiser passenger seats, and the pegs are relatively low.

Frankly, the VTX 1800 is a hard to criticize. About the only I can say is that the stock exhaust is not very inspiring (after pipes would solve if that is your pleasure) and the may be almost too smooth for some If your idea of cruiser is enough vibration to rattle teeth after fifty or so, the VTX might not be your bag.

the shaft drive will it more difficult to mount wheels.

Otherwise, the VTX performs and exceeded my expectations. I knew the would be fast, but it was faster I expected. It also stopped and better than I expected.

News made a comment to the that the VTX was the first cruiser had had around the office that guys” enjoyed riding. I can understand that comment, the VTX is an enjoyable performance motorcycle happens to be a cruiser. It does not to be judged strictly within the class.

Honda promised “Performance to its dealers and customers about one ago. The VTX delivers.

Honda has created several accessories and otherwise) for the VTX. You can check out along with further and specifications on Honda’s VTX web page. The

MSRP of the VTX 1800 is $12,499 with optional Illusion Red or Blue paint).

Honda VTX 1800
Honda VTX 1800
Honda VTX 1800
Honda VTX 1800


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