The bikes become much more individual when you ride them. Although the 1300s are cut from the same cloth, they wear it completely differently. On the bigger 1800, you instantly feel a neck-snapping flood of power when twisting the throttle; the 1300's party gets cooking a bit later and with much less fanfare. Sure, the two midi VTXs will absolutely run all over most 1100cc cruisers (except for the V-Rod), but hey, they're supposed to. Unofficially, we've seen a claim of 75 horsepower at 5000 rpm for the VTX 1300 models, with the flat torque curve peaking at 3000 rpm, but judging by our finely tuned hiney dyno, we'd say it's more like 65. Applying the throttle is also less of a jerking contest than with the abrupt 1800, but even though the surge is less noticeable, that characteristic isn't entirely absent in transitions -- and the 1300s are carbureted. We guess it's hereditary. You can pull away more evenly by working the smooth clutch, though there's still a bit of lash evident in the drivetrain -- more than on comparable bikes. That annoying quality makes the bike lurch when transitioning from closed throttle to acceleration. The chassis doesn't rise too much when gassing it, but shifting is inordinately noisy in the lower gears of both 1300s.