Hobbies Cars & Motorcycles 2008 Honda VTX1800F Share PINTEREST Email Print Photo © Anna Wyckoff Cars & Motorcycles Motorcycles Buying & Selling Motorcycle History Restoration & Repairs Cars Used Cars SUVs Trucks ATVs & Off Road Public Transportation By Basem Wasef Basem Wasef is the author of "Legendary Motorcycles" and "Legendary Race Cars." His work has appeared in Autoblog, Men's Journal, Robb Report, and Wired. our editorial process Basem Wasef Updated April 21, 2017 A low slung power cruiser for the surly set. Manufacturer's Site Pros Massive torqueStill a looker despite being a little long in the toothHigh quality finishes considering its pricepoint Cons Stiff rideEngine could be revvier and growlierMight be a bit extreme-- power and suspension-wise-- for some Description MSRP: $13,499 ($15,499 equipped for touring)1,795cc liquid-cooled 52° V-twinFive-speed transmissionShaft driveLinked brakesSeat height: 27.6 inchesFuel capacity: 4.8 gallonsCurb weight: 774 pounds Guide Review - 2008 Honda VTX1800F Never mind its accommodating 27.6 inch tall saddle or its seemingly laid back style: the Honda VTX1800F is a serious muscle machine, and all it takes is a slight twist of the throttle to see what this baby can do. Torque comes from seemingly zero rpms, and that urgent tug is silky smooth and super satisfying thanks to a water-cooled, 1,795cc V-twin. Chromed exhaust pipes also look the part, but their note is surprisingly quiet—better look into aftermarket if you want the VTX’s bark to match its bike. If all this power scares you, incidentally, you might consider Honda's tamer VTX1300. A five-speed transmission is all you’ll get (probably since a six-speed might not handle all that torque), but the VTX's 5 ratios are well-spaced, and the engine doesn’t feel like it’s revving too high during highway cruising. Unlike competitors like the Suzuki M109R, the VTX has a relatively early redline, which means you’ll have to plan your shifts accordingly. When it comes to stopping, the VTX is well-equipped for the task at hand. Brakes are linked rear to front, and the two-piston rear and three-piston front calipers work very well at stopping this 774 pound bike. And while a low center of gravity makes handling somewhat manageable considering its weight, the VTX1800 rides stiffly; you’ll feel every crease in the pavement, and that sensation can wear thin after a while. Chiropractic issues aside, the VTX1800F is serious about acceleration and well-priced considering its capabilities. It’s fast, nicely finished with plenty of chrome bits, and should stand up to the best of the competition when it comes to impromptu stoplight battles. Just try to avoid spending too much time in the saddle; the VTX1800F may be built for speed, but it’s not exactly made for the long haul.