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2006 Honda VTX1800N

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The VTX1800N is rolling neo-retro art, and is now available in new dark red and titanium colors.

New for 2006
The VTX1800N is available in these exciting colors: New Dark Red and Titanium join Black.

Unique features

VTX1800N is available in three distinctive build variations: Spec 1, 2 and 3.
Beautiful neo-retro styling with cast aluminum wheels.
Two styles of cast aluminum wheels available—satin brushed or highly polished.
Front and rear steel fenders are styled to exude a custom hot-rod retro look.
Rear fender rails feature a unique slotted design.
Wedge-shape mirrors offer a streamlined look.
Flangeless 5.3-gallon fuel tank offers excellent cruising range.
Fuel tank features a pin-stripe-quality VTX icon for a smooth, custom look.
High-capacity radiator for optimal cooling capacity.
Bullet-style turn indicators feature chrome visors, clear lenses, and amber flasher bulbs.
Tank-mounted speedometer features a meter face with black background and performance graphics unique to the N model.
Unique flush-mounted double-chevron LED brake-light and taillight.
Stylish seat with removable passenger section adds to the neo-retro look and feel.
High-rise aluminum handlebar mounts mated with low-rise handlebar provide an uncompromised riding position with hot-rod styling.
Staggered dual exhausts with straight-cut five-bolt muffler tips.
Fat, 150/80 front tire on a 17-inch wheel gives the VTX a commanding profile.
California model utilizes an ECU-controlled, closed-loop emissions control system with two oxygen sensors to constantly deliver a precise air/fuel mixture while two exhaust catalyzers reduce emissions of carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons and oxides of nitrogen to meet 2008 California Air Resources Board (CARB) emissions standards.

Spec 1 Custom-Building Options

Crankcases, cylinder, starter motor: Silver finish
Handlebar: Cast aluminum risers and caps with hairline satin brushed finish.
Clutch and Brake Levers: Satin brushed aluminum finish.
Fork Tubes: Satin brushed finish inverted fork tubes with satin brushed caps.
Upper and lower triple clamps: Cast aluminum with hairline satin brushed finish.
Switch Housings: Smooth cast aluminum finish.
Radiator Cover: Gloss black finish.
Floor Boards: Hairline satin brushed aluminum.
Final Drive Housing: Silver finish.
Wheels: Satin brushed cast aluminum.
Rear Shocks: Ribbed design dual chromed with hairline satin brushed top mounts.

Spec 2 Custom-Building Options

Crankcases, cylinder, starter motor: Satin black finish with milled cylinder fin edges.
Handlebar: Chrome-plated aluminum handlebar risers and caps.
Clutch and Brake Levers: Highly polished aluminum finish.
Fork Tubes: Chrome steel covers and chrome caps highlight fork tubes.
Upper and lower triple clamps: Highly polished cast aluminum.
Switch Housings: Hairline satin brushed finish.
Radiator Cover: Gloss black finish.
Floor Boards: Hairline satin brushed aluminum.
Final Drive Housing: Silver finish
Wheels: Satin brushed cast aluminum
Rear Shocks: Ribbed design dual chromed with hairline satin brushed top mounts

Spec 3 Custom-Building Options

Crankcases, cylinder, starter motor: Satin black finish with milled cylinder fin edges.
Handlebar: Chrome-plated aluminum handlebar risers and caps.
Clutch and Brake Levers: Highly polished aluminum finish.
Fork Tubes: Chrome steel covers and chrome caps highlight fork tubes.
Upper and lower triple clamps: Highly polished cast aluminum.
Switch Housings: Hairline satin brushed finish.
Radiator Cover: Chrome sidecovers.
Floor Boards: Polished and chrome-plated aluminum.
Final Drive Housing: Hairline satin brushed with chrome-plated axle caps and fasteners.
Wheels: Highly polished cast aluminum.
Rear Shocks: Ribbed design dual chromed with an A-shape top mounting eyelet.

Additional Features

Distinctive, chrome hooded-headlight housing features a powerful, 55W/60W halogen bulb with a computer-designed multi-reflector for superb lighting in all conditions.
Tank-mounted chrome nacelle houses the fuel cap, tripmeter/odometer reset and indicator/ warning lights for the turn signals, high beam, neutral indicator, low fuel level, oil pressure, coolant temperature, and fuel injection.
Extensive chrome finishing of engine parts includes cylinder head covers, valve inspection covers, spark plug covers, airbox cover, left crankcase cover, clutch cover and left-rear engine cover.
Specs 2 and 3 feature satin black finish on crankcases and cylinders with milled fin edges that complete the custom look.
Large, distinctive N-style speedometer with easy-to-read numerals.
Comfortably padded large-diameter handgrips with polished aluminum handlebar switch-housings and triple-clamp assembly.
Reliable, 300-watt alternator.
Durable, maintenance-free battery.
Handlebar switches and controls use internationally approved ISO graphic symbols.
Convenient push-to-cancel turn signal switch.
Transferable one-year unlimited-mileage limited warranty; extended coverage available with a Honda Protection Plan.
Assembled in Marysville, Ohio.
Ownership includes one-year complimentary membership in the Honda Rider’s Club of America (HRCA). Benefits include: discounts, travel benefits, roadside assistance, one year complimentary subscription to Honda Red Rider magazine, access to HRCA Clubhouse Web site.


Honda VTX1800N

Engine


Engine is a 1795cc liquid-cooled 52o V-twin hammers out immense power- 106bhp at 5000 rpm and 120 lb./ft. of torque at 3500 rpm.
V-twin engine features 4-inch cylinder bores and the largest connecting rods and cylinders Honda has ever made.
Offset dual-pin crankshaft with two primary-shaft-mounted balance weights allows a high-performance engine design while eliminating harsh engine vibration. The result: muscular power across a broad rpm range for unequaled acceleration and roll-on performance.
The 41.4 pound forged steel crankshaft uses bolt-on weights, reducing crankcase width nearly 2 inches and reducing crankshaft weight 8.8 pounds compared to a conventional one-piece design.
The engine mounting system uses carefully matched hangers and rubber mounts to eliminate unwanted vibration, while preserving the powerful character of the engine’s V-twin design.
Each three-valve cylinder head features two large 36mm intake valves and a huge, 45mm exhaust valve to produce optimum flow for the air/fuel charge.
Two iridium-tip spark plugs per cylinder for efficient combustion at all engine speeds.
Simple-to-service screw-and-locknut valve-clearance adjusters.
4.5-liter airbox supplies a large volume of cool, clean air to the engine.
Advanced high-pressure programmed fuel injection (PGM-FI) features 42mm-diameter throttle bodies delivering air to two specially designed Denso 50-psi high-pressure fuel injectors. Fuel is delivered through 12 nozzle holes in each injector, producing an atomized fuel mixture that is highly combustible for maximum efficiency and power.
Electronic control unit (ECU) provides individual digital 3-D fuel injection and ignition maps for each cylinder, creating ideal fuel mixture and spark advance settings for superb rideability.
A unique dry-sump oiling system utilizes a closed crankcase design and places the oil tank inside the gearbox case. The result is a freer-revving engine for improved power, and a lower engine height, allowing optimum rider ergonomics and a low, 27.4-inch seat height.
High-capacity radiator with cooling fan maintains consistent engine temperature for optimum performance and long engine life.
Maintenance-free automatic cam-chain tensioners.
Reliable electric-starter system.
Primary-drive gear uses a cam-type damper to minimize powertrain lash.
Sturdy maintenance-free eight-plate hydraulic clutch with clutch-center damper assures smooth gear shifting.
Five-speed transmission with carefully selected gear ratios for relaxed cruising and exciting roll-on performance.
Shaft final-drive system provides smooth, low-maintenance operation.
Driven-flange design at the final drive gear eliminates final-drive noise and wear and simplifies rear wheel installation.

Chassis/Suspension

Massive tubular steel frame contains the engine’s power and gives the VTX a long, low muscular stance.
Large, 45mm inverted front fork provides 5.1 inches of plush yet responsive wheel travel.
Dual chrome rear shocks have 3.9 inches of wheel travel and feature an advanced internal valve system for a comfortable ride.
The VTX’s braking system features two three-piston front calipers and a single twin-piston rear caliper. Rider application of the front brake lever activates the two outer pistons of the front calipers. Application of the rear brake pedal activates the two pistons of the rear caliper and the center pistons of the front calipers. When only the rear brake pedal is used, an inline delay valve smooths application of the front caliper center pistons.


Honda VTX1800N

SPECS


Model: VTX1800N
Engine Type: 1795cc liquid-cooled 52o V-twin 
Bore and Stroke: 101mm x 112mm
Compression Ratio: 9.0:1
Valve Train: SOHC; three valves per cylinder
Carburetion: PGM-FI with automatic choke
Ignition: Digital, two spark plugs per cylinder
Transmission: Five-speed
Final Drive: Shaft
Suspension Front: 45mm inverted fork; 5.1 inches travel
Suspension Rear: Dual shocks with five-position spring preload adjustability; 3.9 inches travel
Brakes Front: Dual 296mm disc with LBS three-piston calipers
Brakes Rear: Single 316mm disc with LBS twin-piston caliper
Tires Front: 150/80R-17 radial
Tires Rear: 180/70R-16 radial
Wheelbase: 67.5 inches
Rake (Caster Angle): 32.0o
Trail: 163mm (6.4 inches)
Seat Height: 27.4 inches
Dry Weight:  756 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 5.3 gallons
Colors: Dark Red, Titanium, Black (Spec 1 available in Titanium only)
Meets current CARB and EPA standards.
California version differs slightly due to emissions equipment.


Honda VTX1800N

First impression


The ergonomics are a slight improvement on the other VTX’s for me. The riding position was natural and let me relax, whether riding in high-alert mode in dense traffic or cruising down an empty highway. At 80 mph I felt no need for a windshield, as holding my position against the air pressure took little effort. My only complaint was that the turned-back bar required a stronger squeeze to hold onto the handgrips than if it the grips were angled more perpendicularly to the direction of travel.

I think the drivetrain could stand some refinement. Throttle response is somewhat abrupt, which can interfere with efforts to be smooth, especially in lower gears. You should be able to direct this much power and flywheel to the rear wheel gracefully without effort.

There is also some lash, apparently created by shock absorbers in the driveline, that gets taken up abruptly when you go from trailing throttle to acceleration or visa versa. Large, quick throttle change also reveal a bit of jacking, caused by the shaft final drive. Fortunately, the clutch is quite progressive and can help overcome some of these shortcomings.

The VTX steers with respectable precision and little effort, but it is a big bike and won’t tolerate much ham-handness at low speeds before it makes you feel awkward. The big, wide look isn’t compatible with a lot of cornering clearance, and I wish all the VTXs leaned a bit deeper before dragging, which it initiates with a lot of noise but little drama. Owners almost never complain about the limited cornering clearance, however.



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