It is not clear if you want to take the VTX1300 off road. If that is a goal, do NOT buy one. It will not do well off road. The R model you mention does NOT have spokes. It is the S model that has spokes. The R model had cast wheels and the same big fenders of the S model. The C model has cast wheels and small fenders. I recommend the R model. Spokes can be a pain to keep clean and you have to run tubes unless you seal the rim. The C model has a harder time finding some parts like handlebar risers.