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Question VN750 vs VTX1300

I've had my Vulcan750 for about a year now. A new rider, with only about 1,000 miles experience. I've toyed with the idea of eventually moving to a bigger engine, and now have an opportunity to purchase a Honda VTX1300 from a friend.

I'm curious to learn whether any of my VN750 friends here have had an opportunity to compare the two and would be willing to share their opinions.

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My cousin I ride with has a new VTX 1300 Tourer and he loves it,and I think rightfully so,he has no trouble keeping up on the curvy two lane roads and it loafs along on the highway aty 75 and has plenty left.If you can get it right I say go for it,Denny




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I did not car too much for the styling, but I did ride one and they do work well.
I did like it alot more than the VTX1800 , which of course felt even heavier.

The one I rode may have needed a brake bleeding, as the brakes seemed a bit mushy. The ride was ALOT smoother than the Vulcan, expansion joints on the highway were unpercievable. Would make a great tourer for sure.

Power was delivered smoothly with no sudden surprises, would say the bike is quicker than the Vulcan (but not by much) and does run lower rpms at highway speeds.
In the 1/4 mile it might be a dead heat.

The seating felt a bit awkward to me, but it you are over 5'11" it would be fine. (handlebars can always be moved back of course) The seat was a joy compared to the 750, but that ain't saying much...lol.


There is a good review here:
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I will say that Honda does make a good product, although I have never owned a Honda motorcycle.

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the main differences are going to be weight and performance... the 1300 is alot heaver... ive ridden the 1800 and it can be a bear o handle at slow speeds but if your using it for actual cruising its a nice ride.... i mean for me its all what your going to be using it for.... for me id stick with the 750 if im just going around town but if im going to be touring or running longer distances id go for the larger 1300.... ersonally i want to get the 1300C in their emerald green.... thats just me though...
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the main differences are going to be weight and performance... the 1300 is alot heaver... ive ridden the 1800 and it can be a bear o handle at slow speeds but if your using it for actual cruising its a nice ride.... i mean for me its all what your going to be using it for.... for me id stick with the 750 if im just going around town but if im going to be touring or running longer distances id go for the larger 1300.... ersonally i want to get the 1300C in their emerald green.... thats just me though...
You hit the nail on the head,Honda either dropped the 1800 for precisely the reason you named or will next model year.The 1300 is much better mannered at low speeds than it's bigger brother and enough bike for the long haul and I have owned several Honda products, ATV'S have come and gone around here with one exception ,a 1996 TRX 300 Honda Four Trax ,This thing is like a Timex watch I have worn out 6 sets of tires,four sets of Grips ,three exhaust systems and it is on it's third seat cover Oh yeah I had to replace the battery the other day,The Original Battery !!!!!!! I run a winch and snow plow(removed in summer) on this thing also it does not have an odometer but it is ridden nearly daily summer and winter with nothing but oil changes and brake work and I did rebuild the rear diff once ,I suspect that was my fault because the breather hose was cracked above the housing and allowed water in to the oil,It is a tossup between it and my '94 Corolla(319785 miles and counting) as to who wins the old faithful award at my house,I would recommend Honda's Products to any one without blinking.




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There's alot more "aftermarket" stuff out there for the VTX, and all the guy's I know who have one, really seem to like them. And there's probably room in the garage for another bike right? LOL
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Yes , the aftermarket world does pay attention to that model ...something we are not used to if we have a Vulcan 750 in the garage.


I guess the only thing that I would say that is negative about the bike is that it is not really an "improvement" over the Vulcan......which in itself is a list of negatives in my book:

It lacks a tachometer

It only has one front disc

It only has one carb...which might be easier to work on, but there are comparable bikes with Fuel Injection which is so much sweeter.

It is alot heavier

It does not handle as well

It lacks ground clearance for more spirited riding

But keep in mind those are only negatives from comparing it to the Vulcan.

And a good deal is a good deal as they say....but if I were looking for another crusier, I'd want someting that brings more to the table if I am coming from a Vulcan. Like a used Suzuki C90.. which has a bit more usable power, and fuel injection.

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Hey guys, thank you so much for the great input. He left it with me to try out for a while. I took it out locally just to get used to it, so I haven't taken it up more than 40mph yet. I rode it for about 15 minutes, the took out the vulcan for an immediate comparison.

Agree with all of your points KM,

On the neighborhood roads I didn't feel a big difference in power, but the Vulcan felt much more nimble as far as turning, and swerving. It could just be that I'm unfamiliar with the bike. The reason I say that is because I can sense how much easier and more responsive my Vulcan handles today compared to when I first started riding it last fall. Since nothing on the bike has changed, I have to assume that what's actually changing is my riding confidence as I've grown accustomed to the bike. It's been raining on and off here in Maryland for a few days. As soon as the roads dry up I'll try it out on the highway.

Edit: I did notice that the clutch was loud when I changed gears. Kind of a "clunk".

It's a great looking bike, imo. He's added several things, like highway bars, custom grips, quick release windshield, a tall and a shorter sissy bar, and a Corbin seat. The handlebars have been raised and pulled back. Actually he changed the handlebars to something a little more like the Vulcan. All braided cables, brakelight modulator, Kuryakin visors on all of the lights, nice aftermarket foot rests, and a GPS. He maintains his equipment and it's been garaged. The bike is a 2006, has about 21,000 miles and he wants $6,000.

He's also giving me his motorcycle jack, because he can't use it on his new BMW, as the pipes drop below the frame.

I'll add a picture of the two bikes side by side as soon as my camera battery recharges.

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There is no shame in the VTX1300... Honda did a great job on that bike. It has the feel of a 750cc bike with the power of a 1400cc engine. When I rode one, I was impressed by the ease of throwing the VTX1300 around the turns and how light it is. Night and day compared to the VTX1800 that I rode the same day.

If I wasn't such a Vulcan snob, I would consider one in a heartbeat... I love the features that the VN750 has and the positive neutral finder on the Kawasaki's are a big reason why I have never strayed from the brand. Some out there are HD snobs with the HD tattoos. I'm a Vulcan snob with a Vulcan tattoo :-)

IMHO, you cannot go wrong with that VTX1300...


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KM is right (again) in that the VN750 brings quite a lot to the table that most other bikes/cruisers now don't even think about--regardless of price.

The VN750's "exclusive" features are what makes it an easier bike to use and live with day in and day out. As KM pointed out above, the Vulcan 750 also has more ground clearance, something to think about when on a really curvy road, or in an emergency avoidance maneuver.

Basically, you are trading away quite a lot in exchange for more power, more weight, and a better straight-line ride.

Something else to think about: with only 1,000 miles of riding under your belt, you're still a "rookie" by any reasonable measure. Big bikes like the VTX were not built with rookies in mind. I recommend at least several thousand miles more of riding b4 your even consider any cruiser over 800cc's in size. Don't believe me?....then read at least the top part of the following webpage from a rider far more experienced than many of us here:

http://motorcycleinfo.calsci.com/Mot...ro.html#Safety

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