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Honda VTX: The Performance Custom is Born

— Torrance, Calif.

To designers, a blank sheet of is a thing of beauty-and an all-too-rare Designing a next- generation from the ground up means unfettered by past parameters; you are now to create something fresh and the likes of which have seen the light of day.

the 2002 VTX™, Honda has full advantage of such an Here is a whole new breed of one whose aggressive styling performance from top to bottom-and has the to back it up. This innovative of rolling V-twin muscle was from the outset to be a sleek and hot-rod, one that blends and performance like no V-twin ever has.


The VTX draws its inspiration from Zodia, a stunningly beautiful cruiser first displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show. The evoked an image of hot-rod and elemental styling that had been relegated to the shops of bike builders. As the Zodia the world show circuit, it one of Honda’s most popular motorcycles.

The response from everywhere was immediate and enthusiastic: it and we will buy it. Inspired to push the of traditional V- twin custom Honda set about creating would become the world’s production motorcycle to defy the of the V-twin performance cruiser.

Honda enjoys a long and history of creating motorcycles blow through conventional And the new VTX establishes yet another milestone: the first true high-performance custom. One look at the engine you that.

The VTX’s massive mill delivers more adrenaline- pumping performance-than any V-twin custom ever And this awesome engine is the beginning.

Take a look. A look. The VTX is long, low and muscular. around this lusty and your eyes linger on after detail. Everything has tightly tucked in for a clean, look.

The shorty fenders hug the closely. The gracefully arching fuel tank snugs up to the engine, like a T-shirt over a 22-inch bicep.

The portion of the seat mates up to the trailing edge of the tank, a graceful downward arc before once again to meet the passenger pillion. The hooded, oval-section headlight echoes the curved shape as it conveys a sense of speed. The VTX evokes a knuckled, non-nonsense appearance, to the low-mounted speedometer attached on the handlebar and the low-profile tank- instrument panel.

Look and you’ll see evidence everywhere of melding with function. Up a massive steering head and triple-clamps carry a wide and 45mm inverted fork-a for a Honda V-twin custom. out the brakes, dual-disc front with floating rotors-another for a Honda V-twin custom. And those are Nissin triple-piston calipers.

All of which adds up to a chassis as performance oriented as it is uniquely

Naturally, the huge V-twin makes its own bold styling as it fills the eye with symmetry and Many of the oil and coolant lines been tucked neatly and out of sight; there’s no clutter to or distract. The unique head and massive clutch cover a distinct signature look, and the bevel-edge air cleaner again style and function.

With the external air filter element tightly between the engine’s 52- less space is required the fuel tank for the airbox. more fuel tank and capacity without compromising the distinctive style.

As compelling as the styling is, owners will the opportunity to customize their even more with a of more than 32 accessories. a custom windshield, saddlebags, and headlight cover and lower additional options include 13 and 13 aluminum billet pieces to personalize each VTX.

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As Honda’s first V-twin custom, the VTX was targeted its inception to deliver awe-inspiring In addition, since the engine also started with a slate, they were to explore many options as set out to answer the question, How much is The end result-a whopping 106 bhp at 5000 rpm and an 120 lb./ft. of torque at a mere rpm-are numbers that set the new VTX beyond comparison with V-twin cruisers.

A Heritage of Performance

Of course, was already well versed in high-performance customs. A roll of past Honda power includes big-horsepower machines by V-four and flat- six engines. until the VTX, no one had ever set the bar so in terms of V-twin custom

While Honda has designed sporting V-twins-including the Super and the RC51™, which won the 2000 FIM Superbike championship in its first goal for a performance custom required a completely different focus.

In this respect, the VTX posed its own unique set of engineering To generate massive torque and at low rpm, the VTX’s development opted for huge 4-inch- (101mm) pistons traveling a cylinder … of 112mm- the … of any Honda engine built. Such an unprecedented however, would result in a engine and unacceptably lofty height if the engine were of configuration.

Innovative Means to a Classic

To decrease the engine’s overall the VTX team did something extraordinary. a cue from the XR™ off-road models, created a dry-sump system reduces the engine’s overall allowing it to sit lower in the frame, preserving a low seat height. At a 27.3 inches, the VTX’s height is lower than cruisers that offer than half the displacement.

To the bike’s clean lines, the oil still resides within the cases, hidden away the transmission output shaft. To reduce overall engine simple and dependable screw-and-locknut adjusters were selected.

The of Combustion

The extraordinarily large of the VTX also created challenges the combustion cycle. How to meter efficiently? How to promote rapid propagation over such an combustion chamber?

Honda VTX concept

How to get such a combustion chamber to burn These were all legitimate but they didn’t become thanks to some elegant of engineering.

With such a combustion chamber, flame can become an issue, but this was with a time-honored fix-plus a new The long-standing solution to help off a wide combustion chamber is the use of heads-a solution that back to the big-piston fighter of World War II, and one that Honda has in previous its V-twin custom In the VTX, however, the dual plugs are hot-firing, long-lasting plugs, just like used in Honda’s top-of-the-line machines.

In order to meter fuel to the head (two intake, one efficiently and precisely, electronic injection was the obvious choice carburetion. To achieve proper with an extraordinarily large flow to such huge Honda engineers designed 12-orifice injector bodies. In the fuel injection program for the two is mapped independently according to cylinder’s individual needs.

The net is dramatically improved rideability, a 30 percent reduction in hydrocarbon enough in California trim to the CARB Tier 1 emissions for the year 2004!


With such a large engine, the issue of vibration had to be Honda handled this in a number of ways. First, for primary balance, the 52- V twin incorporates the dual-offset-crankpin design by Honda in 1983.

To eliminate would otherwise be a substantial of rocking couple in a V-twin of size, the VTX is equipped with two weights that spin on the shaft, a space-saving move reduces secondary-source vibration by 60

Vibration management was an important of the VTX equation. Design goals for the VTX included subjective areas of the experience-specifically, the nature of the V-twin feel, which would set it from previous power From the project’s inception, the V-twin feel was always as important as quarter-mile times and figures.

Aficionados of the Vee persuasion will the characteristic big-twin rumble in the but they’ll never find it to be an on the open road.

The 2002 VTX. Never before has the seen a V- twin cruiser offers the VTX’s unique of style and performance. Simply there’s nothing else it.

But then, what else you expect from Honda?

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