2008 Honda VTX1800F

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A low slung power cruiser for the surly set.


  • Massive torque
  • Still a looker despite being a little long in the tooth
  • High quality finishes considering its pricepoint


  • Stiff ride
  • Engine could be revvier and growlier
  • Might be a bit extreme-- power and suspension-wise-- for some


  • MSRP: $13,499 ($15,499 equipped for touring)
  • 1,795cc liquid-cooled 52° V-twin
  • Five-speed transmission
  • Shaft drive
  • Linked brakes
  • Seat height: 27.6 inches
  • Fuel capacity: 4.8 gallons
  • Curb 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.