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Just bought an 02 vtx 1800c

I bought my dads 02 vtx 1800c this past weekend. After my 02 gsxr 750 was stolen in sept 03 I bought a house and so last yr because of lack of funds I only had the xr650L which isn't the best road bike so it is sure nice to have something with street tires again. My dad got one of the first vtxs around and I think bought it May 1st of 2001 so I have a very early production model. I'll get to work on some of the fixes on the vtx owners association forums one of these days. It hasn't had any problems but I know there is a grounding fix and I was told something regarding the kickstand too but I am not sure. It has only 3000 miles so it hasn't been used much. I bought it for $7000 and I got a few accessories with it but in the pic took off the windshield and I am debating about getting rid of the extra lights too. The givi bag on the back looks a little funny especially since originally my dad had leather bags on the sides too but it is so nice to be able to store and lock both the helmet and jacket in the back that I will keep it. The complete givi bag system was on his FZ1 and costs like a grand so I am buying it for half. I may find a way to mount the side cases too for touring but I'll have to custom fabricate something for that since givi doesn't sell mounts for a vtx.
I have put only about 100 miles on it so far but it is certainly a nice bike. Just enough power to be fun but not so much as the sport bikes so hopefully I won't be doing anymore community service. It is bigger than the magna which fits my 6'2" 210lb frame much better. It is heavy but it handles well. Drags pegs really easy though. I am sure it will be so much nicer when taking a passenger than the sport bike. I really didn't care much for the look of most cruisers but this more muscle bike look is far more appealing to me than the big fenders and fringe. I think this is going to be a bike that stays with me for a very long time.
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-08-2005, 12:52 PM
 
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Nice Bike!!!!! Ride it like you stole it.
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Welcome to the club! I've had my for two years and they're great bikes. I rode to Iowa to do the Missippi and out to Ohio (boring ride) and no complaints. Enjoy. . .
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congrats. nice bike - not the fastest color, though

if you decide to sell you shield, i'll take it.

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They are a nice ride, I test rode one when they first came out.

I would get rid of that bag on the back though, go out and get yourself some nice leather bags, that will look better and give you plenty of storage.




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They are a nice ride, I test rode one when they first came out.

I would get rid of that bag on the back though, go out and get yourself some nice leather bags, that will look better and give you plenty of storage.
I was with you initially but after using it a couple times I have really grown to like having a lockable hard case that is big enough to fit 2 helmets, my helmet and jacket, my gym bag, my laptop bag for work, etc...
It makes riding the bike anywhere much more practical. If I find anything that looks better I'd certainly consider it but I haven't seen anything yet. If I know I am not going to use it the thing is quick releases and comes off in 10 seconds.
I have some american standard leather bags (that is why the first pic has those metal bars sticking down) but with the locking of the givi and not having to carry around the helmet and jacket I don't think I could go back. I must be getting old...cruiser...big bags...but don't worry I won't ever trike it.

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I was with you initially but after using it a couple times I have really grown to like having a lockable hard case that is big enough to fit 2 helmets, my helmet and jacket, my gym bag, my laptop bag for work, etc...
It makes riding the bike anywhere much more practical. If I find anything that looks better I'd certainly consider it but I haven't seen anything yet. If I know I am not going to use it the thing is quick releases and comes off in 10 seconds.
I have some american standard leather bags (that is why the first pic has those metal bars sticking down) but with the locking of the givi and not having to carry around the helmet and jacket I don't think I could go back. I must be getting old...cruiser...big bags...but don't worry I won't ever trike it.
Ad people wonder why I fell in love with baggers years ago It make ridig everywhere much more versatile. My vcalkyrie could hold two helmets and enough clothes for a weekend for two. it was perfect.

the harley is missing the top bag so I cant carry helmets, but I still have the side bags which can hold a easly 2 cases of beer.




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Ad people wonder why I fell in love with baggers years ago It make ridig everywhere much more versatile. My vcalkyrie could hold two helmets and enough clothes for a weekend for two. it was perfect.

the harley is missing the top bag so I cant carry helmets, but I still have the side bags which can hold a easly 2 cases of beer.
Well I understand ya no problem....check the harley thread I posted a picture of my dads sidecar on his ultra electra glide. Then on top of that he tows a popup trailer behind it. There is room inside the trailer when it all folds down for more stuff. Pretty amazing to me some of these things...who from the sport bike world would ever think of towing a camper behind a motorcycle

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Welcome to the club! I've had my for two years and they're great bikes. I rode to Iowa to do the Missippi and out to Ohio (boring ride) and no complaints. Enjoy. . .
Missippi? Maybe twisted found a new ride or maybe he just needs spell check! The VTX1800 is an awesome bike!

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I just want to know why Ohio is boring. Have you been to the triple nickles in Southern Ohio? Southern Ohio has some great riding. Northern Ohio, where I live is definitely lacking good riding. But, Southern Ohio is really good.

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nice bike!

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Please, please, please, do us all a favor and DON'T STICK A LOUD ASS EXHAUST ON THAT BIKE! I'm sorry, but I've heard some of the loudest, ugliest sounding, nasty exhausts on VTX's for some reason. The kind where everyone turns around to look when one starts and goes by. There must be something inherant about a VTX motor just makes it terribly loud and nasty sounding with aftermarket pipes- just extremely unpleasant and anti-social.

Rant off!

Congrats. It's a great bike, though. Incredble roll on torque, Honda build quality. Enjoy.
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Actually I read on the VTX board that the VTX1300 has a different sound then the 1800. The 1300 has more of a Harley sound to where the 1800 has a unique sound, the kind that either ya like it or ya don't.


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Please, please, please, do us all a favor and DON'T STICK A LOUD ASS EXHAUST ON THAT BIKE! I'm sorry, but I've heard some of the loudest, ugliest sounding, nasty exhausts on VTX's for some reason. The kind where everyone turns around to look when one starts and goes by. There must be something inherant about a VTX motor just makes it terribly loud and nasty sounding with aftermarket pipes- just extremely unpleasant and anti-social.

Rant off!

Congrats. It's a great bike, though. Incredble roll on torque, Honda build quality. Enjoy.
At 900cc per cylinder there is a good reason not to stick straight pipes on it. I like the sound of it when accelerating off idle or when compression braking but other than that it is very quiet. It might be because the pipe sticks out so far beyond the rider. I can't stand loud cruisers though...especially when riding behind them since I can't hardly hear my bike above them. The peace with the stock one on a long road trip will be nice I am sure. I plan to keep it as it is. Being content and enjoying the ride is nice for a change.

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