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Old 05-21-2015, 03:18 PM   #1
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vtx 1300

Hi,

I had today the opportunity to test seat a vtx 1300 that belong to a colleague of mine. We where working so I didn't have time to testdrive it.
We fire it up and I liked it a lot.

One question though, I have read several places, that is a cold blooded engine. He had the choke engaged for several minutes before the engine started to run decently.

My cbf 500, who has electronic carbs, even in the manual it is written not to run it with choke for more then 20-30 seconds.

My older bikes from the eighties required choke for several minutes before they ran decently.

It would be nice to hear a vtx 1300 owners, statement about the engine.

Even though he had the original pipes it sounded quite nice.

I think I have mad my final choise. I want one with the red color.

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Old 05-21-2015, 03:33 PM   #2
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I never once used the choke on my vtx1300, even in the dead of winter. Push the button and she starts. Everytime.

yeah, I miss it...

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Old 05-21-2015, 09:37 PM   #3
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mrbreeze, as I recall, you only had that bike for a short time. What made you unload it?
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Old 05-21-2015, 11:51 PM   #4
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Is there more owners that can share their view on this topic?
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Old 05-22-2015, 05:10 AM   #5
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I ride my vtx1800c everyday albeit its fuel injection so apples and oranges but go to vtxoa that forum has a ton of great info on both 1300s and 1800s. Great bike though many see over 100k
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Old 05-22-2015, 06:03 AM   #6
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This bike has a heated carb that uses engine coolant to keep it warm when running. When cold it's really uncommon to even need the choke, if the carb is in good condition and the coolant system has been maintained. (hint: your pal needs to clean his fuel system)

Altogether, it's a good package that is generally not cold natured at all. And the heated carb makes for a bike that runs well in cold weather without having icing problems.
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Old 05-22-2015, 06:21 AM   #7
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mrbreeze, as I recall, you only had that bike for a short time. What made you unload it?
I bought it used. PO had butchered the electrics. I had a dealership service dept fix it, but it didn't stay fixed. I prefer to not have to hitch hike to get home.

I would buy another one.
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Old 05-22-2015, 01:47 PM   #8
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Well, I will testride several of them so I can see that it is only a issue regarding this specific bike.

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This bike has a heated carb that uses engine coolant to keep it warm when running. When cold it's really uncommon to even need the choke, if the carb is in good condition and the coolant system has been maintained. (hint: your pal needs to clean his fuel system)

Altogether, it's a good package that is generally not cold natured at all. And the heated carb makes for a bike that runs well in cold weather without having icing problems.
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Old 05-22-2015, 01:53 PM   #9
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As far as I have understood, there is two version of the vtx 1300, at least in europe but how can I distinguish them?

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Old 05-22-2015, 04:47 PM   #10
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Over here the S model is the small fender sportier looking version. The rest are kind of big fender retro style bikes with either spoke or alloy wheels.
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Over here the S model is the small fender sportier looking version. The rest are kind of big fender retro style bikes with either spoke or alloy wheels.
The S model has the big retro fenders as does the R model. The S and the R are (arrrrgh) the same aside from the fact that the S has spoke wheels and the R has alloy wheels. The sportier looking version is the C model. There are also N (neo-retro fenders) and F (also sort of sporty looking) but I think those two were only available in the 1800 flavor.
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Old 05-22-2015, 07:03 PM   #12
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Go straight to the 1800, every time I hear of problems with a VTX, I know the next words will be a carbureted 1300. My 1800 is trouble free since 09, I bought a used 06! Pretty sure all 1800s are injected.


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Old 05-23-2015, 12:29 AM   #13
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http://www.blocket.se/gavleborg/Hond....htm?ca=14&w=3

http://www.blocket.se/vastmanland/Ho....htm?ca=14&w=3

http://www.blocket.se/alvsborg/HONDA....htm?ca=14&w=3


Are they bikes above the s model or?
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Old 05-23-2015, 06:28 AM   #14
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Yes, those are S models.
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Old 05-23-2015, 09:17 AM   #15
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Yeah, I had it bass-ackward trying to go from memory.

Good work on the deets.
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