2002 Honda VTX1800C

Bigger and badder than any other original-equipment V-twin! MUST GO! PRICED TO SELL!

Honda's on-paper release of the VTX 1795cc V-twin was like a wet kiss on a summer night. Needless to say we at _ Motorcycle Cruiser _were left wanting. It's been a long winter, but the foreplay is finally over, and the big cruiser is on the street.

We didn't want a casual affair with this bike, and call it a test. We owed it to you to have a real relationship with the cruiser market's latest heartthrob -- to find out if it put the cap on the toothpaste, so to speak. After 3500 miles of seat time in less than two weeks, the Honda VTX is left with few secrets. From burnouts to buttache, we honest

Taking the biggest production V-twin on the planet to the biggest cruiser rally in the world seemed like an obvious (and timely) destination. Daytona Bike Week is a veritable banquet of V-twin possibilities -- a proving ground with standing room only. I'd leave California on a freshly assembled unit (from Marysville, Ohio) with only three and a half days allotted for travel to Florida. We'd already clocked city miles and seen some back roads aboard another VTX test bike and would sample yet one more in Daytona. Three test units, every imaginable riding condition. Here's what you can expect if you dish out 12.5 grand for a 2002 Honda VTX 1800.ly can attest to whether (and how) it fulfills its grand intention as the ultimate V-twin cruiser.

Big Pond, Bigger Fish

There are plenty of large-displacement V-twin cruisers on the market these days, and until this launch, Honda was conspicuously missing from the scene. Sure, life rumbled on, but we often paused to wonder when the most respected manufacturer of high-efficiency vehicles would join the party; never doubting that knock on the door eventually would come. And, of course, we speculated about the effect Honda's mystery dish would have on the potlatch. For years we'd heard rumors of a monstrously large displacement V-twin brewing in that burrow. And given the Jones effect in the cruiser market, bigger was certainly going to stir things up.

Well, after several years of marketplace chatter, and more than five years of closed-door development at Honda, the cruiser world has its enormous new entry. A street rod-styled bike, more bruiser than cruiser, driven by a dynamic 1795cc 52-degree, liquid-cooled and injection-fed V-twin -- a motor that dwarfs Yamaha's 1600cc push-rod design, previously the hot-ticket for those inclined toward the big at heart. With impressive horsepower (we got 88.9 at 5250 rpm) and enough torque to pull trees -- 100.3 foot-pounds at 3000 rpm (by God) -- we're talking about cutting into a new dish of mustard here folks.