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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-12-2004, 11:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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VTX1300 or VTX1800 ?

I'm thinking of selling my VT600 this spring for one of these new snazzy VTX bikes. I've sat on the 1300 and I really like it alot. It's not heavy at all and the overall design is really nice. But my stepdad and cousin are telling me to go all out for the 1800. Anyone been on one? Any reason other than an extra 500cc's why I should buy this bike?
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1800 has better resale, more aftermarket, will probably sound better.

Ken's right, you can haul ass on the 1800, the 1300 is just another fat ass cruiser.

Also... IMO - don't count out the Kawi Mean Streak. The reviews say it handle's and stops much better and I believe it's even lighter than the VTX1300.
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Had an 03 VTX 1800C... Lots of fun and power...Heavy (600+ lbs)but feels a lot lighter and more nimble once you get it moving...throw a powercommander and bigger pipes on it and it sounds like a dragster! Real stable at highway speeds. Doesn't handle corners as well as the Yamaha Roadwarrior. Not that comfortable for really long rides, best for short blasts around town. You can find them pretty cheap too. The massive torque gives it almost sportbike-like acceleration.

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I read a couple articles about the 2 VTX's. 8 out of 10 people liked the smaller 1300 over the big 1800. The reasons were it was lighter and easier to manuver around town. The motor wasn't that big of a difference to them for around town riding, but once they got out on the highway, they could feel the loss of 500cc's

I would ride both and see if the extra 500cc's makes that much of a difference.

Just my .02.

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I read a couple articles about the 2 VTX's. 8 out of 10 people liked the smaller 1300 over the big 1800. The reasons were it was lighter and easier to manuver around town. The motor wasn't that big of a difference to them for around town riding, but once they got out on the highway, they could feel the loss of 500cc's

I would ride both and see if the extra 500cc's makes that much of a difference.

Just my .02.

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See this is what I'm thinking. I use my cruiser for tooling around town and stuff like that, I don't really get out on the highway alot. Even when I do get out on the highway...hell, I'm on a 600 now..I don't think I'd bitch about a 1300 being underpowered.

I do like them both though...I should go test drive 'em.
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have you thought about a valk they are 100 hp and 100 ft of torque. they go 7-8k used all dressed up my neighbor is looking at those also. just a thought.
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I'd consider the Mean Streak or VTX1300 if cruising around town is the goal. Both can beat the pants off 4 wheeled vehicles and look nice (especially the mean streak in green). I sat on the Warrior and Mean Streak and Kawi's was way lighter feeling.

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I test road he VTX 1800 and liked it a lot. But then they threw me te keys to the valkyrie to test ride and I ended up buying ti I liked it so much. One thing you will want with the VTX is an aftermarket tach, I was hitting the rev limiter in first so fast it wasnt even funny.

Its a very good bike. my other choice which I hink I would go with over that bike though would be the road star warrior




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I agree about the Road Star Warrior. That would be one of the first cruisers I would look at if I were going to buy one. It looks the sportiest to me. With 1550cc engine, it's a good compromise between the 2 VTX's.

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I agree about the Road Star Warrior. That would be one of the first cruisers I would look at if I were going to buy one. It looks the sportiest to me. With 1550cc engine, it's a good compromise between the 2 VTX's.

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Yup plus the R1 style suspension, it actually handles too.




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I like the looks of that warrior as well, sharp looking bike.

I thought it was kinda down on hp (73hp 92 ft pounds)out of the box but yamaha offered some speedstar kit that included pistons cams etc that brought it up to over 100hp

For as cool and fast a looking bike as that is I thought it would be higher in the hp.. CCC has one in their showroom...

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