Honda VTX1300R Reviews

2005 Honda VTX1300R from United States of America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2012
Most recent year of ownership2012
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 6 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired12000 miles
Most recent distance12800 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda 754

Summary:

Honda are the best bikes ever made!

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with this bike, it looks and runs perfect.

General Comments:

I have rode Honda's since 1985. My first Honda was a 1973 Honda 754. The only problem I had with it, was I had to change the spark plugs every year after winter. And it would blow a fuse if I rode it longer than 800 miles a day. I have had many bikes through the years, but the old 1973 was the best I ever had; that's why this year I bought a 2005 Honda VTX1300R. I have had 0% problems with this bike. I plan on going on long road trips with it like I did with my old bike. It runs very powerful compared to my old 754, but 1300cc is much bigger than a 754.

I have had no problems with the seat, but I don't know if it's the first seat that was on it in 2005.

It's a rough bike to turn, but you have to expect that from a heavier bike. I just bought my brother a 1986 Honda Shadow. Let him learn and buy his own bike when he wants a newer bike. Ha ha.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th October, 2012

2007 Honda VTX1300R from United States of America

Model year2007
Year of manufacture2007
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2011
Roll-on Performance marks 10 / 10
Handling marks 10 / 10
Braking marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.7 / 10
Distance when acquired20 miles
Most recent distance24000 miles
Previous motorcycleHarley-Davidson FLSTF Fat Boy

Summary:

I will return to a Honda

Faults:

Absolutely nothing.

General Comments:

I average about 8000 miles per summer.

I travel maybe 1000 miles a summer down dirt roads going 20 mph.

Been caught in the rain, maybe 5 times bad, no problems.

Might need a new battery this summer; I installed a GPS straight to the battery, left it on a few times, and drained the battery dead.

It's a good bike, I have taken her under every condition and where most street bikes won't go, and it still starts every time, and runs good.

I do not winterize it, sometimes you might get a chance to ride it in Detroit on a few good days during the winter.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th March, 2011

2005 Honda VTX1300R from United States of America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 7 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired8 miles
Most recent distance14000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CB900C

Summary:

It's bullet proof!!

General Comments:

Awesome bike and super reliability; I’ve only had to change the oil on my 2005 that now has 14,000 miles on it.

Even though it has only about 60hp, it’ll run at 80mph all day long on the interstate loaded down with gear.

My only knock would be the paint, the clear coat scratches easily and could use a few more coats.

It’s a great bike and I’m damn glad I bought this one instead of that other brand built in the land of cheese.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th April, 2008

2006 Honda VTX1300R from United States of America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 9 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired1 miles
Most recent distance8000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda VF750C Magna

Summary:

The best cruiser for the money

Faults:

This is the best cruiser for the price in my opinion.

Things wrong with the bike are all minor.

Seat is uncomfortable on long runs. The aftermarket has many seats to take care of that.

Front springs are too soft and rear shocks a little stiff. Progressive springs and shocks handle that issue.

General Comments:

The VTX 1300 Retro is a beautiful and well built machine. As soon as I saw it I was sold.

Shaft drive and water cooled for low maintenance and smooth operation.

The great sound and power of the single pin crank motor.

The simplicity and adjust ability if the CV carb. I use this bike to commute in the warmer months. I ride for pleasure on the weekends.

This bike has never let me down. I get on it and have a hard time removing the smile from my face when I ride.

The bike brakes and handles well and has a low center of gravity.

The motor has low end grunt and the transmission shifts with authority.

The aftermarket has a lot of items for this bike, so buying it is the down payment. Customizing the bike to suit your needs is part of the fun.

I will keep this bike for 10 years.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th April, 2008

30th Apr 2008, 12:40

For the money this is one of the all-around best cruisers out there in my opinion. It is not a perfect bike by any means, but anything the owner doesn't like can easily be modified by the owner. The web has an extensive knowledgebase to help in that regard.

In summary, every day I ride my X, it turns heads. Period. And it was under 10K to boot!

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 10 reviews