Excellent bike. So much fun.
I have been riding since I was 10 years old. Always had sportbikes, 600cc, 1000cc, etc. My wife wanted to start riding with me and I needed a cruiser to ride 2 up on . I have always been a speed/power junkie, so I was very hesitant to buy a cruiser. Being a Kawaie guy at heart, I bought a brand new 08 Vulcan 900 custom SE. Well 2 months and 2k miles later I was looking for something different. Just didn't have the power/torque to put that grin on your face, especially riding 2 up. So I started doing lots of research and found the VTX 1800. I never liked retro or full dressed bikes so I wanted something muscular / hot rod looking. Looked at a Yamaha Raider and test drove one. Had lots of power, but that's about it. Wasn't impressed with it. Then I found out about the VTX 1800 F model. Looked at all the model years, colors and combos, and found the 08 spec 3 in candy tribal red was my favorite. So in 2010 there were quite a few leftover 07-08 F models in dealerships. But only 1 dealer had an 08 G spec 3 in the red/tribal. 500 miles away from me, so I drove on a weekend and went and bought it knowing that I was gonna take a hit on the brand new 08 Vulcan trade in. Got the F for $9100 out the door with 0 miles on it. Have been more than pleased and impressed with it on the 7 years of riding it than any other bike I have owned or ridden. It never gets old, boring, or redundant.
The power is just amazing. Riding 2 up on the freeway in top gear at 60 mph and just blip the throttle to pass anyone. No need to downshift or get the RPM up. Power everywhere! Brakes are excellent! Stops very well and never fades. Handling is great! I have read many other reviews about the not so great handling of the VTX 1800, but my F model handles amazingly for such a big heavy bike. Twisties are no problems, always feels secure and that's with riding 2 up! Slow speed maneuvers are easy down to 3mph. Figure 8s no problem.
The bike never broke down, never stalled out, never hesitated to start. The factory battery is still in it with 7 seasons on it and still works well.
Only cons are it eats tires quickly. They cup/scallop very fast no matter what PSI you run them at. I'm a very aggressive rider so that makes it worse.
Also not the most comfortable bike around. Good for a day trip with my Corbin seat, but that's about it. Would not want to ride for a long weekend or vacation with it.
Also very heavy bike. While the weight seems to disappear as soon as you get moving, as early as 5 mph, it's very heavy to push around or to get off the kick.
I would say undoubtedly the best muscle/power cruiser ever made, and still to this date as far as the complete package. The engine is just amazing, brakes are excellent, reliability is second to no one, handling is very good (F model is all I can speak for) comfort is just OK, looks are timeless. I love it and have yet to find any other bike to replace it and doubt I will soon. Why Honda stopped making the awesome 1800 V Twin engine is a mystery to me. They have a winner in their arsenal and have decided to retire it, go figure.