I wanted this to be in the big thread, but it got closed on me before I could get there.
I just got my VTX last week. Here are some answers to questions I know are coming:
Why VTX? I wanted the power, specifically the torque, because I like streetlight races, but I no longer have the time to hop-up something myself.
Why not a sportbike? A true sportbike (of which I have ridden plenty), while better in something twisty, seldom has this much 0-30. Plus, they just don't look as cool. Plus, it's hard for my wife to ride a SB with me (when I'm not being an on the lights)
Why not Harley? too many posers, too slow, too expensive. I ride bikes to be an original. Too many Harley people are just lemmings following the crowd. Do I wish I had one? No, although I do like the rumble. I used to have a Fboy and its was pretty cool. I will fix the sound, though, when HardKrome or someone comes out with pipes that don't mess with the fuel injection.
What's it really like? Fast. Bizzarley smooth at high speeds (100-110 mph). It's like a Mercedes, in some ways -- you get going too fast before you notice.
the torque takes some getting used to. On some sharp turns, I've over-accelerated twice now getting going. Scared the shit out of me for a milisecond before I figured out what the hell I was doing.
The back wheel will light up (chirp) going into second or even third under heavy acceleration.
The Brakes took a little while to get going. I think there was some invisible crap on the disc from the factory.
Handles very well for a big bike. It feels, in all but the time when I went to the gym, squatted, and went on the bike with legs thrashed out, like a 500. The seat height gives great confort and confidence. It's not at all unweildy like a Valk.
Cross winds are ignored by it.
Nits: the rev limiter kicks in too soon. Someone needs to come out with a smaller radiator, or a way to hide it. Otherwise, it's beautiful.
Chicks dig it. I've had the good trashy kind nearly hurt themselves coming to look at it. Always nice. This never happened with my Ducati. I think the vibrations from V-twins make their implants feel better.
I already took some of it apart, just because that's what I do. I looked at most parts. The bulk are Jap or unmarked, but an easy third of what I could get to(cables, battery, seat, just for instance) say Made In America.