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I've sat on a couple of 1800's and could feel the "top heavy" sensation a little. Nothing you wouldn't get used to fairly easily. Certainly would take some practice when grabbing a handful of throttle and not sliding off the seat. I get along pretty good with my carb'd 1300 but appreciate the benefits of EFI on the 1800. Both R model bikes share the same rear fender == got an 1800 transplanted to mine and it fits perfectly. There are more similarities than you'd think. If I lived out west and hit those long straight roads, I think I'd have a lot of fun with the 1800. Also, it would tow one of those small m/c campers easily and there are still hitches available for the R's.
I'd say get yourself a ride on an 1800 and see what YOU think.
Here's the major differences between the 1300 and 1800... (greater detail is best found through Google and Wikipedia since it can be difficult to find Honda sourced details on these discontinued bikes)
[LIST][*]1800 is fuel injected, 1300 is carbureted[*]1300 has about 60 hp and 75 ft-lbs torque at the rear wheel stock[*]1800 has about 89 hp and 99 ft-lbs torque at the rear wheel stock[*]1300 weighs between 675-745 lbs, 1800 weighs between 775-805[*]1800 has linked brake system, larger calipers, and a second rotor on the front wheel[*]1300 has conventional forks and the 1800 has inverted forks[*]Price difference is typically about $1,000 or so more for a used 1800 versus the 1300 (depending on your local market)[*]1800 has a dual pin crank and the 1300 has a single pin. This impacts exhaust sound. The 1300 gives a traditional "potato" sound and the 1800 sounds "weird" (some like the sound, others hate it - the 1800 will NEVER sound similar to a Harley)[*]The 1800 was discontinued in 2008 while Honda discontinued the VTX 1300 models after 2009
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^^^ As Tom said also, if I had more out-West, open-highway type roads, an 1800 would suit me just fine and likely be preferrable. I'm 6'2"/240. But the Northeast is full of tightly twisted roads, comparatively, and even though I'd toss an 1800 through the curves just as much (I've ridden my buddy's 1800 Neo), I think it's much easier with the 1300 - and with ram-air plus FP3 rejet, the 1300 has more than enough 'giddyup' for me... I scare myself sometimes...
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