HONDA VTX1800 (2001 - 2006) Review
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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 & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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 vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
The VTX1300 looks a bargain at £2000 less than the 1800, but offering similar performance. Find a Honda VTX1800 for sale.
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.
|Engine type||6v, V-twin, 5 gears|
|Frame type||Steel tubular cradle|
|Fuel capacity||17 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||42 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||-|
14 of 17
How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||95 bhp|
|Max torque||102 ft-lb|
|Top speed||134 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||12.1 secs|
|Tank range||140 miles|
Model history & versions
2001: Honda VTX1800 launched.
2003: Honda VTX1300 appears, VTX1800 has £1300 RRP price cut.
VTX1300: Smaller engined version.
Owners' reviews for the HONDA VTX1800 (2001 - 2006)
7 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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Version: R SPEC 3
I have no "worst" features concerning this model. I bought it for the purpose of riding to wherever I wanted to go. With as little luggage and extras as possible. Reliability and ergonomic comfort were priority. Honda missed the mark concerning several pieces of equipment that should have been O.E.. But they gave you a machine that is reliable as hell, inexpensive to maintain and can be "dressed" to fit any level.
Best braking cycle I have ridden in 50+ years! Always stop at about 120 miles just to loosen up and re hydrate. With a simple Gel Pad you can ride dawn to dusk and feel fresh!
More power than you need! Never a hiccup! This V-Twin is so smooth and with the stock exhaust system is very quiet. She is a "Sleeper"! Piss her off and she'll put you back in your seat for a wild ride!
Has lived outdoors since bought. Always starts! Always!!
2019 brings an oil change and replacement of front fork seals. It is 15 years old and I know that some items have to be replaced.
Do not need the fancy crap! Stopping at 120 miles gives you the chance to refuel, use the Loo, get a refreshment and snack, check your phone for message's and loosen your "old bones" for the next 120 miles.
Buying experience: Sold by the son of the former owner, who was a Disabled Veteran, who had passed on. Only 16K miles. 2018 bought for $3500.00.
Well balanced, wish it could have more power and lighter in weight. It's a big bike for big guys!. But overall it's a great great!! Bike!!!, I love it like that.
Beats a Harley by a mile, a long mile!
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.
brilliant, its got a 240 section conversion!!!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org