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2008 Honda VTX1800F

About.com Rating 3.5 Star Rating
User Rating 4 Star Rating (4 Reviews)


2008 Honda VTX1800F
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The Bottom Line

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.

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User Reviews

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 5 out of 5
Honda VTX1800FSP1, Member Dogbettor

I've had my VTX1800F for a over a year. I've had so many bikes over my 46 years of riding that I couldn't possibly remember them all. But then at my age, well, you get it. Yes I've had all the Japanese makes, a BMW, and two HD's. I've read reviews about my VTX that kind of puzzle me. For example comfort. I'm 5'7"", 230 lbs. I took my first long ride from Akron to Atlantic city last October, 2010. The seating position puts me at a slight lean forward which keeps the spine aligned and the pressure off the tailbone. That nearly 500 mile ride through the Pa mountains across I-76 at a cruising speed near 90 mph was the best long ride I've had in all my years. I arrived refreshed and obviously quickly. The roll on power at high speeds is amazing surpassed only by my '06 VMAX with it's boost of power at 6000 RPM. For the October chill I used my taller switchblade windshield which did not affect the power or handling at all. I wish I had worn something to block the wind that rode up my chins and under my helmet. I've since installed fork mounted wind deflectors which only help a little. This bike comes with sport bike style radial tires and corners really well for a big heavy motorcycle. Fuel economy? Hah! None of that here. Mid 30's average. But I was riding hard. I designed and installed a temporary luggage platform that enabled me to carry several pieces of luggage. Again I could feel no negative feedback from the load. On my return trip I had temps in the low 40's and drizzle. I rode fast enough that whatever rain hit my rain gear dried before having a chance to seep in my warm areas. I finally got rid of that hideous exhaust system and recently installed a set of Road Burners. No fuel injection mods have been required and the sound is good. It sounds like a muscle car, not a Harley. It seems that people buy metrics and then try to make them have that potato potato sound. The VTX revs quickly so pay attention. The linked brakes are fantastic. I think the style is really strong without being chopper like. And here's the sweetest part. In August 2010 there was a cash assistance program by Honda. I bought this brand new leftover 2008 VTX1800FSP1 for under $8000 after all discounts and rebates! So with the some of the money I saved I bought the 5 year extended warranty and I'm good to go. Love the bike. No regrets.

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