Have ridden a lot of bikes over the years and have nevery found anything quite comparable. Great cruising whether on back roads or moving out on the highway. The only way to know is to ride one ... the jump up and get go from the throttle will make you a believer. Why Honda has not come back with these or an upgraded model is beyond me. I believe they are making a mistake. I know they have the newer "street model wing" now but the VTX had so many variations to fit so many riders needs. I still have my 03 and have contemplated going with something different but, every time I consider I just decide to stay with it. I think if I ever do get another bike I will try to hang onto the VTX if I can .... just don't want to let go !
As mentioned in improvements ...too many to mention as I cannot recall all of them .... at least 25 or more upgrades... some for look ...some for comfort.