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Did anything change from the prototype (Honda called it a prototype) to the production version?



Any plans for aftermarket addons, kits, etc? (Ex. Yamaha hit the spot with the Road Star as far as delivering a customization platform.)



Quarter mile time?



When are they going to redesign those bulky radiators? Think out of the box you Honda engineers. There must be all kinds of ways to hide a radiator or at least make it more stealthy.



Does it still have the big chromed log exhaust pipe?



How many colors will it be available in? Black and blue?



IMHO their engines have the aesthetic appeal of an air compressor. Honda just misses the boat when it comes to cruisers. Their engineering is great but their attention to detail and style just doesn't cut it. That is a lot of what a cruiser is IMHO.



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The rumor that I hear is that the Valkyrie will soon be history. The VTX is it's replacement. The new Gold Wing platform does not lend itself to a cruiser style. And, of course, the Valkyrie engine is not being put into Gold Wings anymore. Honda also is rumored to have more models based on the new VTX engine.
 

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I've heard that too, and hope it's not true. That would be such a mistake, since Honda scored big points with the cruiser crowd with the Valkyrie: a big, bold, performing, NON-Harley clone.

I, too, drool at the idea that the VTX promises, and want one of my Honda buddies to buy one so I can tromp on it.

AFTER he rides my Road King, of course.

I like seeing the big dogs fighting out there for cruiser spotlight. Yeah, HD will always be coolest IMHO, but they have always been best when the flame is on their butt, from Indian (once-upon-a-time), to Honda et. al. now.
 

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Just looking at it should tell you the answer to that...

it will be functional and functioning *as* a cruiser, like all the rest of 'em. Check the pics: wheelbase, geometry, clearance etc. Nuff said. IF you like what big-twin Harleys and/or blatent shameless imitators have to offer *but* you insist on being able to go around curves at a pace more than just "brisk" then you'll still have to own two bikes. I think the VTX is one of the nicer bikes to come along in its genre (i.e. blatent shameless HD ripoffs) but don't dump that beemer too quick!
 

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Re: You mean a BMW

Sounds like you want a cruiser that's won a couple of design awards. Laid back but handles well and looks like nothing else. You want an R1200C, my friend
 

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According to the buzzzz...

...not much different from the displayed prototype; minimal accessories for the moment; estimated low 13s, maybe high to mid 12s/quarter (remember it is only about 130+ # lighter than the GL1800, at maybe 100/100 rear wheel hp/tq - and that may be slightly optimistic... Hopefully, MO will have some real world numbers for us); no known planned re-design for the radiator system; chrome is home on the exhaust collector; and the offered color selection will be very spare for the first production run, but sources claim that at least red and yellow are mid-summer potentials... all data unconfirmed and subject to plausible deniability...
 

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Technical info for the European version !!!

Weight: 320 Kg. Ooooh! Heavy, but Honda's are known to be able to hide this once under speed.

The pistons are the largest that Honda has ever made, and that goes for their car division too!





Specifications VTX1800 (ED-type) (95/1/EC-values)



Engine Liquid-cooled 4-stroke 6-valve SOHC V-twin



Bore x Stroke 101 x 112mm



Displacement 1,795cm3

Compression Ratio 9 : 1

Carburation Electronic fuel injection with automatic choke

Max. Power Output Exact value to be determined

Max. Torque 163Nm/3,000min-1

Ignition Digital transistorised with electronic advance; two spark plugs per cylinder

Starter Electric

Transmission 5-speed

Final Drive Enclosed shaft

Dimensions (L x W x H) 2,456 x 932 x 1,128mm

Wheelbase 1,715mm

Seat Height 693mm

Ground Clearance 130mm

Fuel Capacity 17 litres (including 3.5-litre warning light reserve)

Wheels Front/Rear Cast aluminium

Tyres Front 130/70-R18 (Radial)

Rear 180/70-R16 (Radial)

Suspension Front 45mm inverted cartridge-type telescopic fork, 130mm axle travel

Rear Dual conventional dampers with 5-step spring preload adjustment, 100mm axle travel

Brakes Front 296mm dual hydraulic disc with Combined three-piston callipers and sintered metal pads

Rear 316mm hydraulic disc with Combined three-piston calliper and sintered metal pads

Dry Weight 320kg

 

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I wonder if the 3 piston front and rear brakes mean that it might have linked brakes???? They would be better applied here than on sportbikes IMO.
 

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i am guessing very close to that of the standard valkyrie. I would also assume honda plans on making an extensive aftermarket for the bike.
 

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fins are still fins

I can't say how functional they are in this particular , but as long as cooling fins are integral or conformally attached, they will serve the same role on a liquid-cooled engine as they do on an air cooled engine; that is, they will shed heat. And they will shed a whole lot more heat than a smooth polished surface will, reducing the load on the forced liquid cooling system, which sucks horsepower to run.

You can call the VTX's fins "fake" all you want, but if they get too hot to touch, then they are doing what all cooling fins do.
 

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I am with you. Give me some room and make it stout. When I sit my 6' 325lbs butt down I don't want the bike to flex or do anything weird. And I want to grab some throttle and feel it, maybe even get some wheel spin.
 
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