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Hi all,
I'm new to the Honda game. I am looking at buying a 2003 honda vtx 1300. The bike has 35,000 miles on it. Owner said he has gone through the whole bike changing fluids and brakes ect. How many miles are these bikes good for? I dont want to buy something whew I put 5,000 miles on it and have something catastrophic go wrong. Any guidance on what a good price for a bike like this would be? Also how reliable is a honda vtx 1300 with that many miles?
 

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Wow that's a slick looking bike! Great to hear they are reliable! What kind of batwing do you have on it?
 

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As long as it's been well-maintained, she's got plenty of life left. The only possible issue with the '03 model is the external fuel pump that's been known to cause problems when they're going bad. Some replace the pump when it goes out, while others remove it completely and convert to gravity-feed, like the '04-'09 years had. There are documented VTXs with close to and over 200K miles...I'm still chasing after them...slowly.
 

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2005 1300R Lots of lights! 2 air horns P3 tail light w/Photon blasters Diode Dynamics and Daymaker
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I'm chasing you too, Mr! I am just at 70,000 on mine. It's a 2005 1300 Retro and all I've had to do is normal maintenance stuff. Replaced a hand brake switch. Tires, brakes, fluids, fork oil, gear oil and the shock bushings. I don't know how long the clutches are supposed to last. But she's still going strong. A bit cold blooded on cold temperature starts. It has like 15000 on it when I got it in 2012. So I'm close to almost 7000 miles a year on it. Rather put it on my MC than my POV so I ride as much as I can for work. Love it!
 

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wow, 55 years Honda has been the leader of long and dependable machines...
and few do not know it.

my 1975 wing went 105,000 miles and was still running just Fine at sale
mu 1983 wing went 149,000 miles when I totaled it.
my 1986 wing went 92,000 mlies when I sold it
my current VTX1800 is at 91,000 miles and have no plan to sell it.
7 new Honda's, 2 used Honda's.

water cooled, engine, gear driven final drive..
9 Honda's since 1969, total mileage is 394,600 miles.. not one major issue.
 

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Listen to these folks, That motor is just getting started. Keep up on changing fluids & it'll outlast you. I've got a 2006 1300R I bought new now with 45,000. While I have 3 Harley's (14Ultra,18Fatboy,14Slim) I'll never get rid of my VTX, it's that great of a bike.
 
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