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2008 Honda VTX1800T Tourer VTX1800T Review: Great Cruiser

Motorcycle: 
Year: 
2008
Color: 
Black, blue
Review Summary: 

I love riding this big machine! It's powerful and handles very well, with a low centre of gravity. For a large displacement engine, the fuel economy isn't bad either. I get about 43-47 MPG (Imperial gallons) if I ride near the speed limit on the highway. 

Over the past few years, I've made some changes to it that only enhance the bike's capabilities. I put a Harley-Davidson touring trunk on (thanks to another CCC member who had brackets built, and chromed, to fit his VTX - then his wife decided she wasn't as interested in riding as he hoped she would be), an Ultimate touring seat, Tsukayu VTX hardbags, a Memphis Shades custom painted batwing and floorboards for my wife. I've now been on three good long multi-day road trips (Sturgis in 2012, Denver in 2013, British Columbia southern interior in 2014), and the bike seems to get better with every trip. The last trip was my wife's first overnighter - and that's what encouraged me to add more luggage capacity. Heated grips might be the next upgrade. With the original purchase price of the bike, plus all that I've added to it, I'm still at a price point well below any other touring bike. (H-D Ultra, Victory Cross Country Tour, Indian Chieftain with a trunk) with more horsepower - and 110 cu inches of liquid cooled torque.

Best Features: 
Power, torque, handling (at all speeds), sound (with Vance and Hines Big Shots),
Improvements: 
Adjustable windshield would have been nice. Because the stock unit isn't meant for highway cruising if the rider is taller than about 5'7", I had to order a new windshield. Update: I replaced the stock windshield with the tallest Cee Bailey's available for this bike. Made a tremendous improvement in wind protection, and improved visibility by not having mounts cross through the field of vision.
Compares to: 
Did a ride to Sturgis with three friends, all riding various years of HD Heritage Soft tails. All of them are nice bikes, but none would keep up with the VTX, and riding in hot weather, the liquid cooled bike is certainly an advantage. Too bad Honda doesn't make this bike any more. Also rode to Denver in 2013 - again, this was the bike to be on, especially after changing out the stock seat for one from Ultimate Seats.
My Overall Rating: 
5
Power : 
5
Looks: 
5
Handling: 
5
Comfort: 
5
Quality: 
5
Price/Value: 
5
Buy Again?:
Yes
Your Height: 
average
Years Ridden (This Motorcycle): 
4
Miles Ridden (This Motorcycle): 
16,000
Owned: 
don't own anymore
Riding Style: 
around town, commute, with passenger, short trips, long trips
Customized: 
customized
Customizations: 

Vance and Hines Big Shots exhaust with a Power Commander, Ultimate seats with rider's backrest, Cobra passenger floorboards, Memphis Shades custom painted batwing with 9" deflector windshield, lower wind deflectors and a big zipper pouch, custom-mounted Harley-Davidson Touring Trunk, Tsukayu VTX detachable hard saddlebags. Cobra highway bars.