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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

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.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 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.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.

Honda VTX1800 (2001-2006)

Detail Value
New price £5,499
Dealer used prices
£6,380 (2006) - £6,640 (2006)
Private used prices
£5,740 (2006) - £5,980 (2006)
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Engine size 1795 cc
Power 95 bhp
Top speed 134 mph
Insurance group 14 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 5
Value rating is 4 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 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

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

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

Insurance

Insurance group: 14 of 17

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Model History

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

Other Versions

VTX1300: Smaller engined version.

Specifications

Top speed 134 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.1 secs
Max power 95 bhp
Max torque 102 ft-lb
Weight 320 kg
Seat height 693 mm
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 140 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 14 of 17
Engine size 1795 cc
Engine specification 6v, V-twin, 5 gears
Frame Steel tubular cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes Twin 220mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 130/70 x 18 in
Rear tyre size 180/70 x 16 in

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(4 reviews)

  • I love my 1800

    cadamsse

    Average rating rating is 5

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    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 until recently. Extremely reliable, wicked fast and easy to work on.

    28 February 2014

  • just bought one

    nellopuma

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    Average rating rating is 5

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

    03 October 2008

  • Honda VTX 1800 & 1300

    masser

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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 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

    31 May 2008

  • Honda VTX 1800

    steveh46

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Great bike!

    21 November 2007

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Honda VTX 1800

MCN are certainly right about the power, the pick up from low (and high!) speeds is incredible. Eye catching, handles pretty well for such a big bike, plus the benefit of the usual Honda reliability. May not have the badge, but certainly has everything else!

21 November 2007 16:39

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