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Old 10-01-2016, 12:40 PM   #1
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Question for motorcycle owners.

So, I have the opportunity to get a motorcycle for a good price. (I think)
Anyway a customer of mine has offered to trade his 02 Honda VTX 1800 even for my 75 MGB vert. We both want $3,500. The owner is a customer of mine and the bike is very well taken care of. I don't have any pictures of it; should've got some when I saw it. Has 16 or 19K miles. He can't ride anymore, Doctor's orders. I've never been a two wheel guy, but this is the first bike I've seen that made me think, I want that in my life.
So, question is how reliable are the 1800's? $3,500 a good price?
Pictures would help, I know; I'll try to get some next time I'm at his house.


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The Honda is a very reliable bike. It is not the most powerful thing out there, but it holds its own. It is a good machine.

I would have a Honda before an HD. I used to sell Harleys, and I still rode a Honda and Suzuki.
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Question for motorcycle owners.

My father and brother like motorcycles, brother has a fatboy, I was just never interested. With this one I am. Good to hear I had a feeling they were good. Just wanted to clarify and get some thoughts/opinions. I'll try to get photos up next time I see it.


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I look forward to seeing the pics.
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Old 10-02-2016, 07:17 PM   #5
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For a first Bike you can't go wrong with Honda. The VTX1800 should be greatly respected. Has a whole bunch more power than you might think. BE CAREFUL. Been a biker all my life. Got my first Big Bike when I was 14. Love H-D's. Still have my first Harley. A 1950 Panhead. Take's a different kinda person to understand and like old Harley's. Revv, if you you have any Harley's, new or old, that you don't want, I'll jump in my truck and take'em to the dump for you.
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Revv, if you you have any Harley's, new or old, that you don't want, I'll jump in my truck and take'em to the dump for you.
At the moment I don't have anything on two wheels.

I am about to rebuild an old springer for my uncle. He hit a dog last week and it tossed him. The man has been a biker (and "club" member) his entire adult life. That is only the 2nd time He has ever gone down. The man is looking closely at 60, so you can imagine the pain of a broken collar bone and knee, with a side dish of road rash.

He won't ride anything that isn't a Harley. It's fun to trade jokes and poke jabs at his bike and the particular culture he prefers. At the end of the day he enjoys his bikes, and his group of "friends" are some of the most loyal and giving people I have met. Sure, they have a bad reputation, but that was earned a long time ago.
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the 1800 VTX is a super reliable bike and a powerful bike. If it's your first go get training on how to ride. The class will make a difference in your skills heading out on the road. I have an 02 Gold Wing with a bit over 100K miles and it's still a 140mph capable ride.
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Great advise Dog. Worked at the local H-D shop for 14 years, sold so many bikes to people that said they could ride. We used to give the first class dues at the motorcycle training facility as a gift to new bike buyers. I'm 66 and took the class three times, both the beginner and advanced classes, so I could relate to new riders and offer knowledgeable advise. Would hate hate to see our friend here get hurt.
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from a non-rider.

When I was looking at a bike one of my rider friends said don't have your 1st bike be something you are not willing to drop. The other part of it (and this is common knowledge) don't get anything you can't pick up.
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As mentioned above, most Hondas are pretty bullet proof so the bike should be very reliable provided it was maintained properly and not abused. Having said that, an 1800cc bike is a hell of a big bike to start on! Take a local MSF beginners or other course and then follow up with an experienced riders course such as the Lee Parks Total control course. Most of all be very careful and stay out of traffic for a few months. Practice braking and avoidance maneuvers somewhere safe until they become second nature. Stats have shown that the 1st 6 months are the most dangerous.
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Question for motorcycle owners.

Thanks fellas. I definitely will be attending several classes. I think I'm ok on the power I'm naturally cautious and never get on any of my cars. I enjoy cruising, not flooring. Though I know it will still take some getting use to. Until I'm used to the bike maybe a year, or two and know how to handle the weight and power.
Hopefully latter this week I'll give him a call with a verdict. His vehicle is at my shop and parts will be here tomorrow. Should be done tomorrow hopefully, and I have to deliver it. I'll get photos then.
I've been busy with a friend of mine. I'm helping him sell his car and trying to buy this Shelby locally. 10 grabber blue.


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Recon, I always told the people that cared about me while I was drag racing bikes this; "It can't kill me more than once".
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Thanks fellas. I definitely will be attending several classes. I think I'm ok on the power I'm naturally cautious and never get on any of my cars. I enjoy cruising, not flooring. Though I know it will still take some getting use to. Until I'm used to the bike maybe a year, or two and know how to handle the weight and power.
Hopefully latter this week I'll give him a call with a verdict. His vehicle is at my shop and parts will be here tomorrow. Should be done tomorrow hopefully, and I have to deliver it. I'll get photos then.
I've been busy with a friend of mine. I'm helping him sell his car and trying to buy this Shelby locally. 10 grabber blue.


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You're playing with cars, and I am trying to sell my bow and all accessories so I can afford tires. Just tires. Lol
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When you get to music city you'll start making big bucks.


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Update: My father and I are going to see it today, hopefully. He knows more about bikes than I do. If he approves of the bike it'll be coming home with me. I'll get photos then. I just have to finish with the repairs on my MG first.


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Old 10-06-2016, 03:09 PM   #17
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Nice motorcycle Recon. I see it has a few goodies added. Do you know if it has been downloaded to match the V&H straight shots? Did they add the K&N air cleaner? Should sound pretty nice with those. Not too obnoxious. You should have many happy miles on this.
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Question for motorcycle owners.

Thanks, it's a very pretty bike.
I do not. Owner brought it over. I still have to finish my MG; before the bike is officially mine.
Then I'll be at my stadium's parking lot practicing and waiting for classes.

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I'm not a fan of the luggage rack, sissy bar, or windshield, but that is a cosmetic opinion for you to choose. I do see a Mustang seat and other parts that easily equal the trade in price if you added them new.

That bike should be easy for you to manage. It is not a monster in size. The engine size is not a concern to me considering it is a v twin. You will not have the power that a CBR1000 or a Hayabusa is pushing, but the bike itself will comfortably carry you faster than anything on 4 wheels.

I would make the trade if you are already planning on selling the car. If you don't like the bike, it should easily sell for the asking price in the spring.
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Those are things I already have planned on removing. And I've been considering selling it in the spring. I have an itch for a TVS for my Roush. So far I like it; but I still need to drive it. I'll take it to my local football stadium's parking lot to practice on taking off and changing gears. Also will be attending classes as well.


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Those are things I already have planned on removing. And I've been considering selling it in the spring. I have an itch for a TVS for my Roush. So far I like it; but I still need to drive it. I'll take it to my local football stadium's parking lot to practice on taking off and changing gears. Also will be attending classes as well.


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Oh, I wouldn't say "drive" around other bikers. A motorcycle is ridden. Just a heads up before some idiot decides to make jokes at a term that is meaningless.
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