Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by Dr. Big Maggot, Jul 22, 2004.

  1. I've decided that I'm sick and tired of messing around with old clunkers,
    and have decided to bite the bullet and buy a brand new (or close to it)
    bike. Since I am getting old (33), fat and ugly (and I can't ride fast), I
    think I'd be best suited to a cruiser. I really like the agressive stylings
    of the Honda VTX1800. Has anyone got any (firsthand experience) comments on
    these babys?
    Dr. Big Maggot, Jul 22, 2004
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    James Guest

    Hey Dr BM it's sad to see you writing yourself off at such a young age.
    If only you could get some exercise to reduce your weight and regain
    your muscle tone, then you could consider buying your good self a
    near new VTR 1000 SP1. Wouldn't that be a better riding experience
    than a cruiser? At only 33 years of age you are less than halfway
    through your life, and should be a strapping strongly built and fit young
    sheep, roo, and camel shagger, like your other mates who post here.
    Take heart lad, there's plenty of life in you yet. As for ugly, your
    truly wonderful sense of humour should easily make up for that.
    Please don't take offense at my choice of words. I'm only trying
    to use local vernacular. It's not easy for me to stoop that low,
    but if you can bear with me I'll try to communicate in a way you
    and others here can easily understand.
    James, Jul 22, 2004
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  3. Ok... let me put this another way...

    I want a VTX1800.
    Dr. Big Maggot, Jul 22, 2004
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    manson Guest

    At last! :)

    Someone who admits it, instead of stuffing about with requests for
    opinions, etc.

    Go for it.

    manson, Jul 22, 2004
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    James Guest

    I thought you only wanted the VT1800 because you were fat
    and old, and unable to ride fast, not because you actually like them.
    James, Jul 23, 2004
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    SmeeR1100s Guest

    SmeeR1100s, Jul 23, 2004
  7. Ridden one quite a few times. Not really my style of bike, but fun all
    the same. Not much in the way of ground clearance in corners, your
    heel will hit the ground before the pegs as it has highway pegs, but
    it is a cruiser after all. Plenty of low down grunt, barks off the
    line like you wouldn't believe. It seems like you can feel every
    ignition fire through the seat, but it is not something that is
    Kevin Gleeson, Jul 23, 2004
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    Nev.. Guest

    Yep they're fat, ugly and noisy.. perfect bike for you :p

    I've ridden one of these. It had one of those big screens fitted which caused
    buffeting at about 100kph which I could only put up with for a few seconds at
    a time. Felt like my helmet was going to be ripped off my head. The pillion
    pad sits on a small pad on the mudguard. Not sure if it is standard but the
    one I rode had a backrest for the pillion. My pillion had to lean forward.
    The vibration coming through the backrest caused her severe lower back pain if
    she rested against it. It has more cornering clearance than the 1300 due to
    the pegs vs running boards. Really gets up and moves in the lower gears when
    given a great big handful of throttle as pointed out by Kev. Definitely not
    my cup of tea, though maybe more suitable for an old bastard like you.

    '03 ZX12R
    Nev.., Jul 23, 2004
  9. I haven't taken a pillion on one (that I can recall). I have a feeling
    this one has a non-standard seat on it though. I'm pretty sure my mate
    decided it was too small and replaced it almost immediately.

    Gawd - didn't know about the clearance on the 1300, that'd be
    ridiculous. The 1800 was tolerable, once you get used to your foot
    flying up into the air - and have your feet forward, another mate
    always makes the comment "the only time your feet should be forward of
    you when out riding is as you are crashing".

    Dr. BM : take one for a run. You seem pretty keen anyway, you're not
    really going to know til you ride it.

    (Said mate has one of the 2.3 litre Triumphs on order, will be an
    interesting beastie to ride I think).

    Kevin Gleeson, Jul 23, 2004
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    John Littler Guest

    Haven't ridden it, so take with a grain of salt:

    Consider the Trumpy Rocket III, better ground clearance and better
    handling in the supersized cruiser market, getting better reviews than
    the VTX (to which it is always compared as well as the Kwaka 2000cc
    twin), obviously there's also the Yam 1700 (and the 1600 Mean Streak
    and warrior in a slightly different class)

    John Littler, Jul 23, 2004
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    Dave Mojo67 Guest

    Dave Mojo67, Jul 23, 2004
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    SmeeR1100s, Jul 23, 2004
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