That's cool if u do make to Florida give me a heads up I live in central Florida ✌Like Sparky5151, when I retired I decided to take a long trip on my '02 VTX1800C. Started out in central British Columbia and rode through Canada to a small northern Ontario town called Chapleau (birth place of Shania Twain) to visit with my in-laws at their cabin. From there it was off to Southern Ontario to visit more relatives and later on I crossed the boarder at Niagara Falls to tour the North-Eastern corner of the USA before finally heading east to Cape Breton Island. It was back west through Canada to Sault Ste. Marie where I ducked back into the US to travel through the northern states then popping up into Canada at Osoyoos and heading north to home. Between visiting and riding, I was on the road for almost 2 months and put about 12,500 km (~7,800 miles) on my bike. The photo was taken in Bar Harbor, Maine...
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I've had it in my brain that some day I'll ride south to San Diego then east to Florida and store my bike there for the winter. The following spring, tour eastern USA ending up in Newfoundland, Canada before returning home to BC...Maybe a year or two after this shit-show is behind us I'll give it a go.
Ok I'm not understanding where this came from mind filling me in lol?I think that you don't know a better model for traveling. It's pretty soft on the roads and is the best option for traveling. I believe that the VTX is at the head of the market regarding touring bikes.
Hands down gonna agree with u on that one but with a wife and kid like me this best I could do lolWhile the VTX (1300 or 1800) are great bikes, they are, at their core, cruisers and not touring bikes. Like any bike, they can be used for touring and can be modified to be better at touring but this does not make them ideal touring bikes. In their stock forms, some of the features they lack that would make them better touring bikes and which most/all modern touring bikes have are:
-Wind protection via fairing and some form of lowers
-Music and sometimes GPS
-Lots of storage space in saddle bags and trunk
-Large range - at least 200 miles at highway speeds - 1300 can reach this but not the 1800
-Comfort in the seats and seating position
-Cruise control - not a throttle lock but a true cruise control
I have ridden VTX bikes and have toured on cruisers (VTX and HD Softail). I have also done a fair amount of touring on a true touring bike (Victory Cross Country Tour). The difference is very significant. Even when a VTX is modified to make it a better touring bike, it is not as good at this role as a bike designed to be a touring bike.
Please do not misinterpret the above discussion as me disliking the VTX line of bikes. I think they are great. My point is that there are "horses for courses" and for touring, nothing beats a true touring bike.
This is true and I'm not done with mine I got the crash bars, highway pegs, daymaker and shocks. personally I dont need or want all the fancy tech I'd rather have a bike like the roadking or the indian springfield darkhorse (wich I could get the indian just wouldnt be the responsible thing to do lol) but maybe one day😎Finances are always a consideration. Well, I should say finances SHOULD always be a consideration. Touring bikes will tend to be more expensive than cruisers. All those geegaws and gadgets on a touring bike are not free The many people who have added fairings, lowers, saddle bags, trunks, cruise, etc. to a VTX know how expensive these are.
Sounds like some ones gonna have fun. I'm doing the Ironbutt ride for Florida this June should be fun ✌👍I have Family in Nashville, I live in SoCal, when my VTX is back up and running I was planning to ride from CA to TN and back. My wife thinks I'm nuts and will get killed, but that is another topic.
how did you find the ride on the VTX over all for comfort and what was the fuel/gas situation like, I find I can only get about 140 miles out of a tank, so what concerns me most is running out of gas somewhere along the route in the middle of BFE.
I will be riding light, maybe one bag with some clothes and not much else, no passenger and unless I find a riding partner I will be riding alone.
That makes me wanna go not gonna lie. I ripped the warning stoppers off In the curves and went in to a few curves wrong but made it out ok thinking off ether new foot pegs or a floor board for the bike haven't made my mind up yetRide into and through W. by GOD Va. Some of the roads there make TOTD look like a walk in the park.