The big 1800 has decent suspension on it, although the USD front forks are non-adjustable. The VTX handles well for something so heavy, but it lacks real ground clearance, so cornering has to be slow and steady. The VTX1300 has conventional forks and slightly softer suspension, but the same low-to-the-ground chassis layout.
Although the VTX1300 lacks a bit of punch, you cannot say that of the 1800, which makes a meaty 115 ft/lbs of torque at 3000rpm. That's grunt baby. The engine is typically Honda smooth, with just enough vibes to remind you it is in fact a V-twin. Slicker gearbox than most big cruisers, plus shaft drive.
It's hard to fault the build quality of Honda's American made cruisers and the VTX range are no exception. The engines are superb, the finish and chrome details are durable and there's a good range of accessories. You would be unlucky to get a rogue VTX1300/1800.
The VTX1300 looks a bargain at £2000 less than the 1800, but offering similar performance. Find a Honda VTX1800 for sale.
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The VTX1800 is a bit more expensive than some other big cruisers and you'd expect a bit more for your money frankly. It does have a credible dual seat, which some rivals don't, and the 1300 variant has a slightly bigger 18 litre gas tank plus better mudguards, making it more practical in rainy UK.