Honda VTX1300C

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Honda VTX 1300 S

“What did I do to deserve is?” the words staring back at me my monitor. I was frantically typing a email to our Senior Editor, who had me that I was to ride a cruiser and an article by deadline. My email go unanswered. Wanchena had taken off on his BMW and be back for over a week. My was sealed.

So, what’s wrong riding a cruiser? For most nothing. My first motorcycle was a Virago, and I have also a Sportster. But my riding style now Sport Touring and Dual motorcycles—bikes with more riding positions and heaps clearance.

The last cruiser I was a friend’s Harley Softail and I up grinding the floor-boards to a nice I was not looking forward to that again.

Gus dropped off the VTX and I gave it the over. Ahhh, nothing black and chrome to keep a busy cleaning instead of OK, to be fair, not all riders subscribe to my of “polishing cuts into my time” and some riders prefer a bike that attract flies when parked. Maybe a little one on one with a garden hose and a isn’t such a bad thing.

my study of the ‘X’s lines, I to appreciate its form. I like bits, and dislike others. All in Honda’s designers did a good I particularly like the taillight and the

The pipes flow nicely, as do the seat and rear fender. are largely about looks—and one has a great look. But the big question now is: function follow form?

one way to find out.

I grab my gear, opting for jeans and jacket instead of my usual suit. I straddle the bike. this thing is really The tank alone appears the width of my BMW’s. I reach the cylinders (not recommended for hands) to find the choke, switch on the ignition, which is under my left thigh.

I hit the button and the V-Twin rumbles to I sit in the driveway for a moment and take it all in. The falls into a nice, lopey idle and doesn’t the hell out of the bike like my old did.

There is a slight to the bars, which makes me if this might be an issue for with shorter frames. those riders won’t a problem sitting at stoplights the VTX boasts a27.5”seat height. But discussion about ergonomics—It’s to ride.

I reach for the shifter and my moment of has arrived. I hate forward Not wanting to sound like a bigot (although it may be too late for me) but I am happy with my feet or slightly behind me, while Where my feet lie, so the controls for my motorcycle.

I click the into gear and putt the alley, all the while making a connection of the riding position—feet and legs slightly spread—to a visit to the gynecologist might like.

On the road, I twist the and something magical happens: I fall in love with the All 1312cc’s of it. It seems as if no matter gear you’re in, there is power. The thing begs to be shifted.

The transmission shifts smooth from gears 2 5. Oddly, there is a slight when going into and from first to second. once underway the Honda is a joy to despite one nagging issue. my preference for riding positions? there’s a good reason for my not this one: feet and all the weight on my tailbone means bad happen when you encounter

The suspension isn’t bad at all, but not enough to stop the transfer of (that occurs on rough from going directly to the of your spine. However, the big to having the foot pegs up and in of you means that ground is increased. No floorboards a-scrapin’ on bike!

While I had the VTX, I to subject it to a variety of riding While I didn’t take any trips, I did commute daily on types of roads. On the freeway, it with traffic easily. again, “any gear at any pretty much applies.

cars is effortless. Just n’ go. Whack open the throttle, and ears are met with the sweet mixture of intake roar and the exhaust note that a V-twin can deliver. The Honda high on the Commuting Fun Factor. exceeding the posted speed reveals another evil of the in the stirrups” riding position.

arms ‘n legs forward, upper body begins to a sail on a three-mast schooner. yet, and you may be struggling to hold on. Too because the 52 degree V-twin to keep going.

Back it down and things to normal.

Of course the one thing do best is cruise. I had the chance to it out on a nice evening and meet up some friends for dinner. I decided to take a local home. Along the way, I met up another metric-cruiser rider. night for a ride, huh?” the said to me. I looked around realized he was indeed talking to me.

cruiser riders never to the guy in the Power Rangers suit his krusty-but-trusty K bike. We exchanged and went on our way. It’s no that this bike is much at home cruising town, and seems to take pleasure in drawing attention to

Too soon, my time with the ‘X had to an end. It’s been a since she went back to Primo, and I already miss Sure we had a Love-Hate relationship: I the motor and Hated the riding

It’s as simple as that. I look back on some of the that I think make the VTX a bike. Maintenance-free shaft That wonderful, smooth of a motor.

The fact that you actually lean the thing in without parts immediately The wonderful headlight has great low AND beam patterns, even if the itself looks like it was by the same guy that created the Pantyhose packaging. And the disc are topnotch.

Still, with reliability, and an optional 5-year the VTX 1300 is proof that will get you home.

by Gus Breiland

the planets align and reward draggin’ Neanderthals like me a weekend of riding, family and With the boss away, to play with the 2006 VTX 1300 came down headquarters and I humbly obeyed.

My had rented a cabin up by Lutsen, is an excuse to ride in my favorite of the state. On someone else’s Motoprimo’s Honda VTX 1300, a weekend is even better. Or, as I to say, “Work, work, That Victor is a slave I picked up the bike the morning of my weekend to ride home, up my gear and head north. The day was and the weekend was only going to be of the same.

My first impressions of the VTX were Visually, something wasn’t I figured it was me. I have owned sports, standards and scooters, but not Functionally, the VTX is a wonderful machine.

The 52 degree V-twin has plenty of for smooth acceleration up to good distribution and cruising stability. off out of Motoprimo’s lot, I thought the was well balanced and ready to

Even with forward and the cruiser riding position, the corners excellent and is relatively for commuting distances. This was from the start. The short from Motoprimo Lakeville to Gus Minneapolis had me considering leaving the bike at home and taking my ride north.

The bike has a power plant and is laid out but I was stuck in this prone and that might have

Faithful readers will that MMM strives to give a brush approach to bikes and riders while poking fun at the and their choice of ride a more often than the crowd, scooter riders and off passin’ Ducati riders. times than not any number of MMM testers have stated, “I don’t get it” when it comes to and unfortunately, here we go again.

“I don’t get it”. It, being the riding position. I am stuck, on my tailbone, suspension that is for low seat height and styling, controls that put your load on the tailbone and limit to other positions. After 26 on the road, pointed north Lake Superior on my mind, to ponder the bike I was on and the line “I don’t get it.”

Let’s get to the function of the bike for a bit. I want to give the impression I hated the VTX 1300. I didn’t. It may not be my of choice, but that is why I do this.

If I to review only bikes I liked there would be a lot of used, functional motorcycles in the and very few words, either or cons since you would be to replace the name of the bike X, Y or Z and still get the same result.

I was in the “need to get there mode”, the and I didn’t get along. Covering miles in this riding make me feel like a windsock. I feel like a mitt for the air, trying to my hands off the bars and forcing my into the seat.

Up to 60 miles per hour, this of any concern but on the freeway at 70 plus per hour, the rider can become in head winds fighting to the bars in hand. Because of the low of the bike and relatively unencumbered end, the bike causes buffeting around the helmet translates into a quiet both noise and head

Honda VTX 1300 S

Highway 1 from Lutsen to Ely was my grounds this month and the VTX was magnificent. I wasconcerned that I was to have to slow down for twisting up and down road. I would have to compromise my riding abilities so that the RVs would be shaking their and fingers out of their window as passed me on the outside.

The VTX performed as I swept through the North and was most likely wanting and wondering why it was stuck with me as its

After a few miles on Hwy 1, I forgot the seating position and just It was enjoyable and my “I don’t get it” attitude a back seat to “Woo if only for a short time. I was back in mileage mode, I was to wondering how I was going to stand on the if I had to hit one more seam/bump in the road.

the negative Nelly that I am, I to hold my tongue for a moment I get into the stock appearance of the Aftermarket bits do the Honda In my travels on the VTX to Grand Marais and I had noticed 2 different 1300’s were debadged, spoke customized bikes. They modified well and the lines better than the stock The VTX takes on a different appearance Black to Orange to Gray.

on your eye, we all like a color or modification. I liked it in Man, did that pop. no tank badges, spoked and a few other bits here and

The stock bike, however, is Honda took their tips from multiple and somehow made the VTX without It doesn’t flow. It is the mutt of the Japanese cruisers in my opinion.

There are a couple of styling that didn’t make to me. On one hand, I liked the vintage scale look of the gas tank. But its and overall mass for 4.8 gallons me of a Boss Hoss and once I Hoss, it’s over.

the bike is on its’ side it is impossible not to spill gas all over the scale…impossible I say! The bathroom has the standard blinky and … and a single button that the odometer and 2 tripmeters.

My biggest with the visuals of the bike sat in of me in the cockpit. The giant chrome high polish chrome chrome bezel on the bathroom and brightly polished everything is not painted within the eye line of the is disrupted quite noticeably by giant piece of brushed that is the triple tree. piece needs to be chrome and it all of the good that is the headlight,

The headlight; now there is a thing of More times than not I myself watching the clouds overhead in its shiny curves. It was so to see either side of the headlight colored green with while the bright blue sky and white clouds cascaded off of the of the shroud.

This shroud is the to a very nice headlight and beam. Thankfully, almost all manufactures are starting to put actual illumination on their bikes. are the days of Lucas, the prince of and his oppressed minion Cagiva

The 1312cc motor is carbureted an on/off/reserve petcock. An under ignition switch on one side and an air box in the on the right side are standard head scratches for this Why my leg has to hit the air box on any cruiser is beyond me and as it forces my leg to be out past my natural hip to femur which lead to fatigue and

The heavy cast aluminum on our bike needed to be replaced spokes, as the cast rims heavy and are not finished properly. are just like the bike, is in a constant battle with its cues from rims to tank to headlight, headlight to the battle of sharp lines to flowing lines with no winner.

I found that the was easily pushable on flat Plenty of bar width…huge in fact, to push the bike into or out of spots, but if you had to push it up an incline, the of the bike and low profile leave to be desired.

The Honda VTX 1300 is a good for the rider who wants to spend days enjoying the scenery, to work. The Honda VTX 1300 is not for the hound looking to crank out a of 600+miles each day. My day in the saddle was 300+miles and I was reminded every bump in the road why I get the forward controls position.

The forward prone position had rider searching for alternate position more times not. Fortunately, I am still enough to swing my legs and hook the heels of my riding onto the passenger pegs. Not a solution, but it worked.

Personally, I Honda has put this smooth and transmission into a burlap bag and hat. This ugly has the potential to be transformed into a but it will take a little money to make that While it is a good bike, I it is too big to be a commuter, and not comfortable enough for trips.

The wheelbase is quite and low speed; sharp cornering have clearance issues at the

As with any major manufacturer, has a solid line of aftermarket for making the bike your From leather saddlebags to lights, the VTX will give you of opportunities to change its appearance. We to thank Motoprimo Lakeville for the use of their 2006 Honda VTX

You can find them on the web at or MN at 2610East 32nd St or Lakeville at Kenrick Ave.

Gay Neighbor’s Reaction®: “I’d be your on that bike.”

Honda VTX 1300 S
Honda VTX 1300 S
Honda VTX 1300 S
Honda VTX 1300 S
Honda VTX 1300 S


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