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Honda VTX concept

the way back machine to six years ago – the vtx 1800 concept 2

It was a simpler In 2004, we had jobs, banks need our tax dollars, Detroit financially bankrupt, and we decided the hell, give him four years to find the weapons of distraction. We were carefree and all over our credit card in our brand new houses.

It was when ruled the metric v-twin Their VTX 1800 was introduced years earlier as the largest v-twin in the world. Back in days, when children to their elders and stayed off my the VTX was the metric cruiser gold It’s entrance into the market defined a new generation of the power cruiser.

Suddenly around the world were their own versions, and many building even bigger Some companies like went and created lighter, and more nimble power while others such as sought to build even bikes than the VTX.

Honda came out with the The powerplant wasn’t special, it was the design and engineering. It screamed unlike any bike that was manufactured.

I had the pleasure of riding one for an afternoon in and loved everything about it.

The was pretty pricey and while not a it made Honda the leading motorcycle builder by creating a design and not playing it safe. loved the Rune, some it, but everybody talked about it one was spotted. Honda thought could take some of the innovations and apply them to the

In 2004, nobody saw the coming of the end of the Instead, Honda wanted to a motorcycle that would the power cruiser to another an extreme they were to define. The mood in this was like the early 1970′s muscle cars.

Instead of and Mustangs it was Warriors and Mean and if there was a bike to kick all power cruiser’s asses, was it.

The Honda Concept 2.

This bruiser was a VTX 1800 motor a lot of tweaking in a modular frame of aluminum and carbon fiber. As as January, 2006 there rumors that Honda was to produce this bike a turbocharger. Wow.

Talk about a …. bike was already chain-driven and not as technologically advanced as a shaft, a provides over 20% more to the wheel than a shaft.

of the wheel, they were cut solid blocks of aluminum and the 230 mm had no hub. Nope. Nada. Dig

Honda called it a “split It wasn’t completely new, but on a manufacturer’s concept, it was extremely

The boxy radiator of current VTX bikes was replaced with two trapezoidal pieces that did not like an afterthought next to the front suspension, also cut solid blocks of aluminum, as many other parts on the including the swingarm.

It had drag a carbon fiber gas tank and exhaust, which was curved the transmission and primary like it was by a custom builder from California. It had styling like it in Batman’s garage. Where is the It’s hidden beneath the carbon fiber body, in masculine angles.

It looked faster than else, simply sitting

It looked fast because who knew anything about would understand that a VTX chain drive would 120 horsepower and 140 ft/lbs of torque on a with an aftermarket custom map. Having owned a VTX 1800C with a custom map makes 118 ft/lbs, I can’t that kind of power, less mated to a frame and that weighs 100 pounds

Ahh…. 2004…

Then stopped. It seems that were a lot of morally bankrupt out there and a lot more who believed Mortgage payments ballooned and Honda closed down Marysville, Ohio plant year and as of yet has to re-start production of the VTX To stay relevant in the cruiser they came out with brand new models using the VTX 1300 engine.

Don’t fool yourself thinking these new Hondas are cruisers. They are not as agile as a nor as powerful as a M109. They’re reliable, middle-sized, well-priced with a little more and trail than any Honda them.

Honda VTX concept

Meanwhile, not a peep the 1800.

It seems like a bet to think the Concept 2 will be any time soon, but I cannot thinking that it is exactly Honda needs to do.

First, with all the innovative aluminum and mechanical elements, why can’t it 18 or 20 grand? It doesn’t need to be a bargain, which is relative, that a basic Brass (God bless ‘em!) cost 16k and it won’t even a rear suspension and will mostly of technology that’s 100 years old. Even a V-Rod Muscle, which get beaten like an ugly, step-child by a Honda Concept 2, is 17k, and that’s before the does any customization do it. Can you say, grand out the door?”

That’s the Honda needs the to market the to, not entry-level chopper buyers. In economy, who is buying their motorcycle, anyway, and paying 14 for it? Honda’s Fury and 2010 cruisers should have built in 2003, when the craze was still building.

I know, hindsight is 20/20 but I am far the only bike writer stated this opinion.

that in mind, the riders for an extreme machine as the Concept 2 the “my first chopper” club Honda is marketing the Fury, Stateline and Interstate to. Sure, sales have dropped Washington Mutual stock but is only because Honda up. They quit innovating, up the American shop and cranked out a of bikes about which my says, “they look


Honda, who else is to produce a cruiser in such an drag bike style? I wrote “American.” The original VTX was by American dudes in So Cal, not Jap in Tokyo, and they were and assembled in Ohio. The Concept 2 was designed and built in the United

Seriously. The concept of a huge in a drag-styled motorbike was bank-rolled by changing the cruiser industry There are still a bunch of from every major manufacturer that fit in the power segment that have cubic centimeters, more innovations, and more style.

don’t be left out of the segment you

Please build the Concept 2. still mechanically innovative and unique. It isn’t too late. Don’t settle.

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