Perhaps to emphasize its “performance first” theme, Honda gave the bike, designated the VTX, street-rod styling, with a low swept-back bar, cut-down steel fenders, and dragster styling for the 27.3-inch-tall seat. The engine has an intense look too, with chrome covers on the sides of the cam covers where rounded-off triangle shapes echo the shape of the airbox, and milled edges on the fins. Honda stylists pay attention to headlight shapes on their cruisers, and this one gets its own pretty nacelle and multi-reflector lens. In addition to no-imagination black, the VTX will be available in blue and red prism colors (which change hue depending on how the light hits them) on the fenders, side covers and 4.4-gallon tank. Honda is making it easier for dealers to get whatever colors are in demand, so you are less likely to have to settle for a color you don’t want. Designated a 2002 model, the 1800 is expected to arrive at dealerships next summer, and apparently will be somewhat limited at first. Honda says it will have a “complete” line of accessories, though that may mean something different than it does with other manufacturers; the actual list includes a windshield, backrest, luggage rack, hard-shell leather saddlebags, a headlight cowl and chin cowl.