2008 Honda VTX1300 Features & Benefits

This muscular V-twin custom obviously follows right in the footsteps of the awesome VTX1800 as it delivers distinctive custom styling and loads of torque-all in a high-value package.

Features & Benefits

New for 2008

  • VTX1300R & C models feature sleek restyled two-into-two exhaust system with bullet-style mufflers for a classic custom look.
  • VTX 1300R features stylish chrome side covers.
  • VTX1300R colors include Black, Pearl White, Metallic Blue
  • VTX1300C colors include Metallic Black, Metallic Silver, Candy Red, and Pearl Yellow

Unique VTX1300R Features

  • Deeply valanced front and rear fenders, chrome-hooded headlight, broad fuel tank with tank-mounted instruments, semi-swept handlebar and floorboards with heel-and-toe shifter create a classic retro style that sets the VTX apart from the competition.
  • Rider comfort is enhanced with comfortable ergonomics and a firmly padded saddle featuring a low 27-inch seat height.
  • Retro-style cast wheels.
  • Large 140/80-17 front tire gives the R model a commanding profile.

Unique VTX1300C Features

  • Custom cast wheels give the VTX1300C a performance-custom profile.
  • A beefy 170/80-15 rear tire puts the VTX's power to the ground and provides exceptional traction.
  • Minimalist front and rear fenders complement the VTX's street-rod styling.
  • Artfully designed tank-mounted instruments.

Engine/Drivetrain

  • 1312cc liquid-cooled 52-degree V-twin delivers strong low-end and mid-range torque, with ample power for passing and relaxed cruising.
  • Powerplant features a single-pin crankshaft to accentuate the VTX engine's character.
  • Dual two-axis primary counterbalancers minimize harsh engine vibration without eliminating the powerful pulse transmitted by the VTX's traditional V-twin design.
  • The engine mounting system uses carefully matched hangers to eliminate unwanted vibration, while preserving the powerful character of the V-twin engine.
  • Three-Valve Dual Plug Combustion Chamber (see Technology Section)
  • Easy-to-service screw-and-locknut valve clearance adjusters.
  • Single 38mm constant-velocity carburetor offers crisp throttle response at all engine speeds.
  • Electronic Control Unit (ECU) provides 3-D ignition maps for each cylinder, creating ideal spark advance settings for superb rideability.
  • Coolant-heated carburetor improves rideability and ensures smooth operation in cold conditions.
  • Unique dry-sump oil system utilizes a closed-crankcase design and places the oil tank inside the gearbox case. The result is a freer-revving engine for improved power and a lower engine height, allowing optimum rider ergonomics and a low 27-inch seat height.
  • Custom chromed two-into-two exhaust system produces a deep exhaust note.
  • Radiator with cooling fan maintains consistent engine temperature for optimum performance and long engine life.
  • Maintenance-free automatic cam-chain tensioners.
  • Sturdy clutch utilizes a rubber clutch-center damper to ensure smooth and quiet shifting.
  • Five-speed transmission with carefully selected gear ratios for exciting roll-on performance.
  • Shaft final-drive system provides smooth, low-maintenance operation.
  • Drive-flange design at the final-drive gear eliminates final-drive noise and wear, and simplifies rear wheel installation.

Chassis/Suspension

  • The engine's power is harnessed by a massive tubular steel frame and gives the VTX a long, low, classic stance.
  • Large 41mm extended front fork provides 5.1 inches of plush yet responsive travel.
  • Dual chromed rear shocks with five-position preload adjustment feature an advanced internal valve system for a comfortable ride.
  • Front disc brake features a twin-piston caliper with a large-diameter 336mm stainless-steel rotor. Combined with the rear single-piston caliper and 296mm stainless-steel rotor, the brakes provide excellent stopping power.

Additional Features

  • Specially designed tank-mounted chrome housing features a speedometer, odometer/A&B tripmeter and indicator lights for the turn signals, high beam, neutral, oil pressure and coolant temperature.
  • Electric speedometer with easy-to-read classic numerals uses an electronic transmission speed sensor, which eliminates the front-wheel-mounted speedometer cable. This contributes to a clean, uncluttered look.
  • Extensive chrome-finish of engine parts include cylinder-head covers, valve inspection covers, airbox cover, left crankcase cover, clutch cover and left-rear engine cover.
  • Distinctive, chrome-hooded headlight housing features a powerful 55/60-watt halogen bulb with a computer-designed multireflector for superb lighting in all conditions.
  • VTX1300C and R models feature a stylish chrome tank emblem.
  • Handlebar design provides a comfortable, upright riding position.
  • Comfortably padded, large-diameter handgrips with polished aluminum handlebar switch housings and triple-clamp assembly.
  • 4.8-gallon fuel tank for extended cruising and touring range.
  • Reliable 364-watt alternator.
  • Durable, maintenance-free 12-amp-hour battery.
  • Convenient push-to-cancel turn-signal switch.
  • Transferable one-year unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
  • Assembled in Marysville, Ohio.
  • Purchase of a new, previously unregistered Honda USA-certified unit by an individual retail user in the United States qualifies the owner for a one-year complimentary membership in the Honda Rider's Club of America® (HRCA®). Visit www.hrca.honda.com for details.

Honda Genuine Accessories VTX1300C

Windscreens/Lightbars: Custom Windscreen, Boulevard Screens (two styles: Clear and Tinted), Sport Screen, Chrome Lightbar, Chrome Spotlight Visors.
Leather: Saddlebags (three styles: Studded, Fringed and Plain), Leather Touring Bag (three styles: Studded, Fringed and Plain), Leather Front Pouch (three styles: Studded, Fringed and Plain), Leather Tank Belt with Pocket (two styles: Studded and Plain).

Backrest: Chrome Backrest with Pad (available in Tall and Low styles), Deluxe Chrome Backrest w/ Pad, Deluxe Chrome Backrest Trim w/ Emblem, Chrome Rear Carrier, Deluxe Chrome Rear Carrier, Chrome Backrest w/ Pad (Tall, Sport-Custom), Chrome Backrest w/ Pad (Low, Sport-Custom), Chrome Backrest Trim (Tall, Sport-Custom), Chrome Backrest Trim (Low, Sport-Custom), Chrome Rear Carrier (Sport-Custom), Chrome Passenger Grabrails.
Chrome: Chrome Allen-Bolt Inserts (three sizes: 5mm, 6mm and 8mm), Chrome Driveshaft Cover, Chrome Horn.

Billet: Master-Cylinder Cap (four styles: Fluted, V Design, Neo-Retro and Chrome), License Plate Frame (three styles: Fluted, V Design and Neo-Retro), Clutch Cover, Timing Cover, Swingarm Pivot Cover Set, Countershaft Cover Trim, Driveshaft Bolt Cover (three styles: Fluted, V Design and Neo-Retro), Dipstick, Banjo-Bolt Covers.

Additional Honda Genuine Accessories: Digital Audio System, Cycle Cover, Rubber Heated Grips, Chrome Heated Grips.

Honda Genuine Accessories VTX1300R

Windscreens/Lightbars: Custom Windscreen, Lower Wind Deflectors, Boulevard Screens (two styles: Clear and Tinted), Sport Screen, Chrome Lightbar, Chrome Spotlight Visors.

Leather: Saddlebags (three styles: Studded, Fringed and Plain), Leather Touring Bag (three styles: Studded, Fringed and Plain), Leather Front Pouch (three styles: Studded, Fringed and Plain), Leather Tank Belt with Pocket (two styles: Studded and Plain).

Backrest: Chrome Backrest with Pad (available in Tall and Low styles), Deluxe Chrome Backrest w/ Pad, Deluxe Chrome Backrest Trim w/ Emblem, Chrome Rear Carrier, Deluxe Chrome Rear Carrier, Adjustable Chrome Backrest w/ Pad, Chrome Backrest w/ Pad (Tall, Neo-Retro), Chrome Backrest w/ Pad (Low, Neo-Retro), Chrome Backrest Trim (Tall, Neo-Retro), Chrome Backrest Trim (Low, Neo-Retro), Chrome Rear Carrier (Neo-Retro), Chrome Passenger Grabrails.

Chrome: Front Fender Trim, Front Fender Tip, Front Fender Ornament, Chrome Rear Fender Trim, Chrome Solo Seat Rear Carrier, Chrome Seat Rail Trim, Chrome Allen-Bolt Inserts (three sizes: 5mm, 6mm and 8mm), Chrome Driveshaft Cover.

Billet: Master-Cylinder Cap (four styles: Fluted, V Design, Neo-Retro and Chrome), License Plate Frame (three styles: Fluted, V Design and Neo-Retro), Clutch Cover, Timing Cover, Swingarm Pivot Cover Set, Countershaft Cover Trim, Driveshaft Bolt Cover (three styles: Fluted, V Design and Neo-Retro), Dipstick, Banjo-Bolt Covers.

Additional Honda Genuine Accessories: Digital Audio System, Cycle Cover, Rubber Heated Grips, Chrome Heated Grips.

(Accessory availability and specifications subject to change without notice.)

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