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This thing is unreal, just crusing down the road you can light the rear tire at will and no " VIBRATION " well almost, you get just a little at idle. You guys have to ride one of these things.

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I stopped by my local bike shop today and they had 3 of them. I must say it is a sweet looking bike. If I were ever going to make the switch to a cruiser, that would be my choice.
 

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I'd love to ride one, but all of the dealerships I've talked to are extremely weird about letting customers test ride VTX's. Our local Honda shop told me that they'd let me test ride one if I'd sign a purchase contract first. Hello! The whole point of a test ride is to find out if I want to buy one or not. I've contacted a few Honda dealerships in Denver, one told me I couldn't test ride one unless I had a Colorado driver's license, the rest said they didn't have any that weren't spoken for already.

I don't know why these dealerships have this attitude that customers are just supposed to buy a bike based on its looks. I certainly wouldn't buy a new car without test driving it first, and car dealers usually offer a test drive. It should be same with motorcycles. I'm 42 years old, and I have more than 30 years of riding experience. It's not like I'm out to trash some dealership's new bike. I just want to find out if the VTX is going to meet my needs.
 

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The dealers here are the same way, but I spent some time on this thing today. It's a really nice bike and with all that weight handles really well through the canyons.
Nothing Like a sportbike I'm sure, but then again I like having women on the back so I'll stick to cruisers.
 

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Didn't get to ride one first

Nope, I couldn't convince them to let me loose on one even if I left them the keys to my bike. But after riding everything from Harleys to Goldwings I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted. I sold my custom Harley for this monster for one main reason "Vibration" I hate it and could never get ride of it on my Harley. The bigger I built it the more it vibrated. Sorry I'm past the stage of being a yuppie and I like to go cruising for hours on end so it was time. Don't get me wrong I really like Harleys there are so many things you can do with them, and for bar hopping it's great. The VTX is a level above that, A ton of power without having the vibration "NONE"!!!
I love it and will take all the ribbing from my friends, but we will see, I could have bought two of these in different colors for the price of my custom Harley. This is just my feeling and you will see me in the pack of Harleys cruising around, my friends don't care we just like riding.
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Engine vibration is a Harley trait. I haven't seen one yet with a smooth running engine. Maybe if Harley's engineers would get off of their duffs and design some new engines, they could build some that are smooth. Harley's 1950's technology just doesn't cut it anymore! I won't even discuss the massive overpricing of Harleys.

If I can't find a Honda dealership that is willing to let me test ride a VTX, I'm going to contact Honda's corporate headquarters and complain about this bull****! This sh** is ridiculous! I don't know how they can expect customers to plop down 13 grand for a bike without test riding it first. I sure as he** won't do it!
 

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Finally! I received an e-mail response from a Honda dealer in Denver who said they have an Illusion blue VTX arriving in 5-7 days that I can test ride. The salesman who contacted me said they already turned down two offers for this bike, as they are going to keep it for a while to use for test rides. Way too cool!
 

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Passenger accomodations

If you carry a passenger on the vtx you will at the very least, need a backrest. A Corbin saddle with a backrest would probably be a better option(when they come out). I took my wife out on my vtx and she hated it. The bike has a lot of torque everywhere and due to this the passanger has to constantly fight to stay on the little pillion, and if you throw bumps into the equation it becomes a nightmare. She says she would rather ride her gsxr 750 because it is more comfortable--that's pretty bad folks. Never thought I would see the day when the words gsxr750 and comfort were in the same sentence.
 

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Once I get my VTX, some accessories will be a must. A backrest is one of them, along with an exhaust change (either a slip-on, or an entire system), and K&N air and oil filters. I would think a backrest would make a huge difference in passenger comfort. This would allow the passenger to sit relaxed at all times. I probably wouldn't go with a Corbin seat. My V-Max had one on it when I bought it and I decided that it provided more ugliness than comfort, so I put the factory seat back on. Some folks may want the extra comfort though. Hopefully before too long, there will be some aftermarket suspension upgrades available for the VTX, as this seems to be the bike's achillie's heel. All in all, the VTX is still by far, the best cruiser available!
 

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What color did you end up getting? Our Honda dealer's first VTX was black, which I liked very much. Their second one, which they just got two days ago, was illusion blue. I like this color even more than the black, though I would be happy with either. I haven't seen the other two colors yet. Our honda shop is slated to get four VTX's this year, and all four have deposits on them already. They said they're going to try to order more, but they don't know if they can get them. We'll have to wait and see.
 

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I got the silver color. Actually, I didn't have much choice in the color as that was the only one that was left. I have heard several remarks that the illusion blue actually looked purple in certain kinds of light but I have not seen this for myself.
 

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I doubt if anyone could be unhappy with any color VTX. Honda came out with the VTX at a bad time for me though. I will be retiring from the Air Force next year, and my wife and I are striving to be as debt free as possible before I retire. Once I retire, my plan is to buy a VTX after I have landed my next job. I haven't decided if I'll buy a new one or a used one. If VTX's keep selling like they have been, I figure there will be used ones to be had by next summer. You know how a lot of people rush out in hoards to buy the newest, coolest vehicles, only to realize six months later that they can't afford it, they're already bored with it, or they just want something else? This will happen with VTX's too. The only thing is, who knows how well they'll hold their value? The demand may still be so high that used ones will sell for almost as much as new ones do. This seems to be the case with Harleys and Yamaha V-Max's. Surprised I said V-Max's? I paid 5 grand for my '89 Max, and sold it for 6 grand in '98. The only thing I did was ride it and keep it clean. I think they hold their value so well because Yamaha only makes 1000 a year, and they're relatively unchanged since they were introduced in 1985. I've rambled on enough, happy VTXing!
 

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Spoke with dealer

First, Cobra has come out with pipes.

Now, as for comfort: I understand Honda will probably offer a removable windscreen, similar (if not exactly the same) to the one for the Valk very soon.

I would be interested in a sissy set up, if removable. I just don't like how they make a bike look.

Hell guys, if your woman is falling off, ease up on the gas! That's an easy thing to fix.
 

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I'd be leary about buying pipes from Cobra. They may look nice, but I've heard they hurt performance. I'd wait until Supertrapp, Vance & Hines, or Kerker have pipes available for the VTX. Theirs will more than likely at least maintain factory performance, if not enhance it a bit.

I might consider a removeable windscreen if I were planning a long trip, but for day to day riding, windscreens are just too ugly for my liking. Talk about ruining the looks of the bike!

I have to agree with Vtwin on the backrest thing. I've been a passenger on both bikes equipped with, and without backrests, and it's much more of an enjoyable ride with than without. I don't care much for the looks of a backrest either, but it's a lot less ugly than a windscreen. Plus it's worth the peace of mind. How would you feel if you goosed your VTX, thinking your wife was hanging on, and she really wasn't, and off she goes? I'm sure the VTX lurches hard enough to do it too! For me, a backrest is a must, though I must say, a removeable one would be nice.
 

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Nothing out yet

There is nothing out yet for the VTX, I have talked with Cobra, Vance and Hines and Jardine. Hondaline will be first I have a feeling. Vance and Hines has the part numbers for the pro pipe which will be my first choice but they are a little upset with Honda. Honda wouldn't give them a bike they had to buy one. Mine is silver, I didn't like the red, it looked weird in the sunlight almost orange. The Blue was nice but I'm going to customise it anyway so why spend the extra. If you have a VTX or have ridden one you know why a sissy bar will be nice for a passenger. I have my windsheild on but havn't had a chance to take it any distance yet, it's that work thing. National cycle has the mounts and the windshields. Let me know if anyone hears when they will release all of the other accessories.
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I've been in touch with the folks at Supertrapp, and they have some exhaust systems in the works for the VTX as well. They weren't able to tell me what type of systems they were, but they'll certainly be worth looking into.
 
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