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Old 08-23-2012, 12:23 PM   #1
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Eventually im going to get a larger bike to make into a bagger for long trips. I plan to keep my Shadow. Ive been looking at the VTX's and like the "S" models. I will also throw out here that i am also considering an early 2000 model year HD road king classic. A 1300 is about $4k an 1800 $5-6k and the hdrk around $9-10k. I could do a lot of nice upgrades with that price difference. I am leaning towards the 1300 because still plenty of power, better balance, easier to mod, better sound with the right pipes. Heres a few questions for you. Why go 1800 other than just the power? What mileage is too high? Seen some with 50k+, would 20-25k miles be too high on any of the three. What else should i consider? What would you do if cost wasnt a factor? Would you still go with an X over the hdrk? If i go with a 1300S it will be bagged out, ww tires and probably a fairing.
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:01 PM   #2
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I have ridden two different 1300's and my 1800. There are two main differences, weight and power. The 1800 is a much heavier bike with a higher center of gravity. It takes far more effort to lift from the side stand and far more to get it deep into the corners. I wouldn't trade my 1800 for anything though. I bought it for the raw power. I wanted to get the biggest, baddest Honda out there. The 1300 still has plenty of power. And in the right hands, will outrun the 1800 all day long. Hell, the 750 can in the right hands, on the right road. If you are looking for something to go balls to the walls fast down the highway on, then you want an 1800. It is definitely the best Honda cruiser to do that on. But if you want a comfortable ride, with plenty of power, and more comfortable than the the shadow lines (my opinion) then you will not be unhappy with a VTX 1300.
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:40 PM   #3
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I love my 1300. There is definitely a difference in feel (weight, power & size) over the 750. Took a little to get used to, but not much. As cheese said, the 1800 has a higher center of gravity, and weighs more than the 1300. Bagged out, the 1300 looks bad ass. Remember the S & R are the same bikes, except for the wheels. Spokes vs. Cast. Personally I think the best looking hard bags for the s/r is QQ bags. They flow completely with the fender. Just for the price, bike + mods, I stay with the VTX.
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Old 08-23-2012, 02:19 PM   #4
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Dollar for dollar, I think the X (either) is more bike than the RK. Having said that, if you have the money for either, the RK will hold it's value better. It will also likely require more maintenance (money and time).

I'm on a 750 ACE now, and really want to go bigger. Mine does fine with the few mods it has, but I feel is really at it's limit power wise, just hauling me around. Now that the wife is getting more interested in riding with me, I think it is time for an X. I have had the 1300/1800 debate, too. I know the 1300 is supposed to have "enough" power, but I am afraid that bagged out, two up it just might not. I don't know. I might have to see if I can sweet talk Tracy into letting me take his for a spin
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Old 08-23-2012, 02:39 PM   #5
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From what you all have said it confirms my thoughts of going with the 1300. I'm not looking to go all balls out down the road and I am sure the 1300 would be enough power for me. Right now I don't plan on doing any 2 up riding. I like the idea that it is not as top heavy. I love the ride positioning on the shadow compared to the RK and I am sure the 1300 would be similar. With the RK it felt like I was riding on the bike whereas on the shadow I feel I am riding in the bike. The Street Glide was like that when I sat on one but I'm not going to spend that kind of money. Additionally, there's a bunch of options in bagging out a 1300. Thanks for your input.

What's your thought on a 1300 with 20-25k miles on it....one that was regularly maintained (they have the records)
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Old 08-23-2012, 02:49 PM   #6
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My feeling (keeping in mind that I don't own one) is that it would be absolutely fine. These Hondas are dead nuts reliable, especially if maintained well. I certainly wouldn't hesitate to spend my money on an X with that mileage. My ACE had ~23K on it when I bought it and probably hadn't been very well maintained. No issues in 8k mi. so far, and I don't anticipate any.

I would make sure that you use it as leverage during negotiation though :) I would think you could find one up to probably '06 in that mileage range for ~$4-6k, unless it has tons of aftermarket accessories on it.
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Old 08-23-2012, 03:16 PM   #7
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I would wait another month or so, and you will be able to get better deals once it gets cooler out. Got mine last Oct/Nov
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Old 08-23-2012, 03:27 PM   #8
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I might have to see if I can sweet talk Tracy into letting me take his for a spin
Knowing him like we do, I don't think it will take much.
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Old 08-23-2012, 03:47 PM   #9
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I agree Neal with waiting until colder weather. But I bet some of these could be had at under 4 grand. Here is a sampling of a few at pretty good prices within and hour or two drive.


http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/mcy/3188412201.html

http://york.craigslist.org/mcy/3212890881.html

http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/n...189751329.html

http://allentown.craigslist.org/mcy/3215286039.html

http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/mcy/3217991926.html

http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/mcy/3211184008.html
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Old 08-23-2012, 04:04 PM   #10
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Damn, Steve! That first one is a smokin' deal at $4400 with <3k mi.! I would be on that like stink on shit!
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