HONDA VTX1800 (2001-2006) Review

Published: 24 November 2001

"If power is your thing, then the VTX1800 has got plenty of it"

Honda VTX1800 motorcycle review - Riding

"If power is your thing, then the VTX1800 has got plenty of it"

  • At a glance
  • 1795cc  -  95 bhp
  • 42 mpg  -  140 miles range
  • Low seat height (693mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The performance cruiser is a strange concept - why do you need to go fast on a lowrider? But if power is your thing, then the VTX1800 has got plenty of it, a certain classy elegance about its lines and the mandatory V-twin shaped engine. Also has Honda's linked braking system.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

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.

Engine 5 out of 5

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.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

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.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

The VTX1300 looks a bargain at £2000 less than the 1800, but offering similar performance. Find a Honda VTX1800 for sale.

Insurance group: 14 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

4 owners have reviewed their HONDA VTX1800 (2001-2006) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.8 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.8 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4.3 out of 5
5 out of 5

I love my 1800

28 February 2014 by cadamsse

This bike has been a true warrior. I have just over 70,000 miles on her and I have just not had to start replacing things due to wear and tear. Had to redo the fork seals, clutch and had the charge regulator break off but all that didn't happen... Read more until recently. Extremely reliable, wicked fast and easy to work on.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

just bought one

03 October 2008 by nellopuma

brilliant, its got a 240 section conversion!!!! Read more

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Honda VTX 1800 & 1300

31 May 2008 by masser

I ride with the VTX Road Riders Association. We are a VTX owners / enthusiasts club. Our members have either the VTX1800 or the VTX1300. I personally ride a 1300 and I have to say it is a fantastic ride. The ratings in the MCN article are close to... Read more being spot on. You can sit in the saddle all day long on these machines and still feel fresh at the end of your journey. Many of our members have chosen to customize their machines by adding aftermarket parts and accessories, making each bike very individual. One of the only bug bears we have is that, trying to get hold of Honda VTX custom parts here in the UK proves to be very difficult and expensive. We often have to buy from the states as in many cases it works out cheaper to do it this way. Our dealers in the UK either charge over inflated prices for parts or import them for anyway, again at inflated cost. I appreciate that we don't have the vast amount of VTX's here as in the states, but it would be good if some UK dealers considered their policies on aftermarket cruiser parts. In the meantime, we have to live with it, but it doesn't stop us enjoying the bikes and all that they have to offer. If anybody wants to know more about our group, please go to www.vtxrra.co.uk or email me at gary@vtxrra.co.uk

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Honda VTX 1800

21 November 2007 by steveh46

Great bike! Read more

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
Read all 4 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2001
Year discontinued 2006
Original price £5,499
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 95 bhp
Max torque 102 ft-lb
Top speed 134 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.1 secs
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 140 miles
Specification
Engine size 1795cc
Engine type 6v, V-twin, 5 gears
Frame type Steel tubular cradle
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 693mm
Bike weight 320kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
Front brake Twin 220mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 130/70 x 18 in
Rear tyre size 180/70 x 16 in

History & Versions

Model history

2001: Honda VTX1800 launched.
2003: Honda VTX1300 appears, VTX1800 has £1300 RRP price cut.

Other versions

VTX1300: Smaller engined version.

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