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    1300R is plenty for me, I have rode 16k since buying with 13k on it. No issues yet, though I will replace the steering bearings before long. Easy to handle. I'm 5'6", 165lbs. I have single seat, no passenger pegs. I think the 1800 is higher at the seat. Certainly heavier. I do mostly trips. I'm more likely to ride the wife's Shadow 600 around town. She don't ride as often.

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    Pretty much the same seat heights - 26.5" to 27.5" depending on the model, for both the 1300 and 1800

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    Here's a thread about a gorgeous 1300 that's for sale on the other forum... it's in Texarkana
    http://www.vtxoa.com/forums/showthread.php?t=405649

    Seller's getting a bit motivated to consider an offer...

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    Quote Originally Posted by nate6966 View Post
    At 6'5" and 250lbs, I needed all the room and power I could get - the 1800 has more than enough for me! Both bikes truly are excellently built and will both last you as long as you want to ride (some have near 180k miles or more on them).

    Here's just a quick run down on some of the differences...
    • 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 and other brake upgrades allowing 109ft stop distance from 60mph. 1300 stops in 122ft
    • Price difference is usually $1,000 more or so for the 1800 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)


    Please feel free to ask more questions as you come across them. There's also a "classifieds" section on our forum - although I'm not sure if anyone's currently selling their bike.
    GREAT post, Nate! I would add that I've ridden an 1800 a few times and the 1300 is a good bit more nimble and easier to toss through the tighter twisties because of the weight diffo... but I'm sure that many of you 1800 owners are no slouches in the curves!

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    If you really have to ask which is better, you probably can't handle the raw awesomeness of the 1800
    Better brakes, more room to stretch out, more metal parts, EFI, stump pulling torque, shuts up almost every HD rider off the line
    Just kidding, both great bikes....

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    Having ridden some 1800's, I'm glad I bought a 1300...

    As far as "bad" about each bike...

    1300...
    Stock steering head bearings are garbage ball bearing design, and need to be replaced with All Balls tapered roller bearings...
    Carb can be an issue if the previous owner didn't store the bike properly, as the jets and other orifices get gummed up with old fuel...
    Last 1300 was 2009 model year, and rubber carb diaphragm is getting old and brittle, seen some needing to be replaced the past couple years...



    1800....
    Certain years have fuel pressure regulators that go belly up and dump fuel into the crankcase...Not a very expensive part (about $40 or so), but a pain in the butt having to do 2-3 oil changes to flush all the fuel out of the crankcase...
    Inverted front forks is far more complicated, and takes special tools for disassembly to change fork seals when they go bad....


    Both 1300 and 1800 (with the exception of the 1800F) have cheap rubber shock bushings that go bad even on bikes just sitting in a showroom or garage....And while on the topic of rubber, vacuum lines are also getting old and will need replacing (already needed to replace some on my '07 1300)...

    Basically, these bikes are bulletproof as long as scheduled maintenance is kept up with...I know of several that have well over 100,000 miles, and one gal with a 1300 that last fall had 268,000 on hers....Take care of the bike and it'll take care of you....

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    Bill nice answer brother, gotta say not what I expected from you! (Not one "I wouldn't have an 1800 if someone gave it to me" ) Are you starting to soften up a bit buddy???

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    Here's a local Craigslist search... VTX ranging from 2500 on up....https://asheville.craigslist.org/sea...nearbyArea=323

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishingfoolemjak View Post
    Here's a local Craigslist search... VTX ranging from 2500 on up....https://asheville.craigslist.org/sea...nearbyArea=323
    Funny, the one for $2500 has no pic. A non pic is worth a thousand words.

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