New VTX1800F Headlines 2005 Honda Cruiser Motorcycle LineUp

The VTX1800F, which Honda is calling a sport/custom/performance cruiser motorcycle leads the 2005 cruiser line

UPDATED. MORE PHOTOS Dubbed a "sport/custom/ performance cruiser," a new member of the VTX family was unvelied at the Honda dealer meeting that expands the range of Honda's VTX series big twin cruiser motorcycles. The 1800F wears a new look for the VTX series that's sort of a tough rendition of the VTX1800C. It shares that bike's 4.8-gallon fuel tank (now with a seamless configuration) and footpegs, but the style is made more aggressive with bobbed fenders, 18-inch wheels with low-profile radial rubber, a smaller headlight, its own echausr system, a new high-rise handlebar, flush LED taillight, wedge-shaped mirrors (shared with the C), and other details like new fender rails, visors on clear-lens turn signals (also shared with the C), and LCD instrumentation that includes a bar-graph-style tachometer as well as a clock. It joins the existing VTX1800 models—the -C, -N, R and -S versions—and like them comes in three build specifications, each with its finish treatments for certain parts. Prices for the F range from $13,099 to $15,099 depending on which build spec and color you choose.

The rest of Honda's cruiser line (some of which have already been released (see link at the end of this article) returns intact with graphic and paint updates. The VTX1300R, introduced at the earlier release, adds cast wheels with tubeless tires to the 1300 series.

The following are Honda's release and specifications on the VTX1800F.

**Features & Benefits

Unique Features** * The new VTX(r)1800F is available in these exciting colors: Black, Titanium Tribal, Candy Black Cherry and Silver Tribal. * The VTX1800F is available in three distinctive build variations: Spec 1, 2 and 3. * Bold sport-custom performance-cruiser styling. * Bobbed-style front steel fender with straight-cut rear steel fender complement the drag racing styling. * Low 27.9-inch two-piece gunfighter-style seat features a removable passenger section for an enhanced custom look. * New semi-swept high-rise aluminum handlebar mounts provide a comfortable, upright riding position. * Handsome chromed two-into-two staggered exhaust system features five-bolt muffler tips and a deep exhaust note. * Streamlined headlight features a smaller hooded lens for a unique minimalist look. * Aggressive 10-spoke racing-style cast wheels feature a low-profile 130/55R-18 radial front tire with an aggressive 180/55R-18 radial rear tire that puts the engine's awesome power to the ground and enhances the overall performance custom look. * Large, handsomely finished flangeless 4.8-gallon gas tank features pin-stripe quality VTX decal badging. * New custom-design wedge-shape mirrors. * New custom-style recessed LED tail and brake light. * New billet-style rear fender rails feature a slotted surface treatment with hairline brushed finish for a unique custom look. * New bullet-style turn signals feature chrome visors, clear lenses, and amber flasher bulbs. * New tank-mounted digital LCD instrumentation includes a speedometer, bar graph tachometer, odometer, A and B tripmeters, and a clock. * ECU-controlled, closed-loop emission control system utilizes an air injection system and three-way exhaust catalyzer to simultaneously reduce emissions of hydrocarbons (HC), carbon monoxide (CO), and oxides of nitrogen (NOx). California model exceeds CARB 2008 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: Smooth cast aluminum finish. * Fork Tubes: Satin brushed finish inverted fork tubes. * Upper and lower triple clamps: Cast aluminum with hairline satin brushed finish. * Switch Housings: Smooth cast aluminum finish. * Radiator Cover: Color matched painted finish. * Footpegs: Chromed. * Final Drive Housing: Silver finish. * Wheels: Satin brushed cast aluminum.

Spec 2 Custom-Building Options * Crankcases, cylinder, starter motor: Satin black finish with milled cylinder fin edges. * Handlebar: Cast aluminum risers and caps with hairline satin brushed finish. * Clutch and Brake Levers: Highly polished aluminum finish. * Fork Tubes: Chrome steel covers highlight detailed front end. * Upper and lower triple clamps: Cast aluminum with hairline satin brushed finish. * Switch Housings: Smooth cast aluminum finish. * Radiator Cover: Color matched painted finish. * Footpegs: Chromed steel. * Final Drive Housing: Silver finish. * Wheels: Satin brushed cast aluminum.

Spec 3 Custom-Building Options * Crankcases, cylinder, starter motor: Satin black finish with milled cylinder fin edges. * Handlebar: Chrome-plated cast aluminum handlebar risers and caps. * Clutch and Brake Levers: Highly polished aluminum finish. * Fork Tubes: Chrome steel covers highlight detailed front end. * Upper and lower triple clamps: Highly polished cast aluminum. * Switch Housings: Hairline satin brushed finish. * Radiator Cover: Color matched painted finish. * Footpegs: Oval shaped chrome plated cast aluminum. * Final Drive Housing: Hairline satin brushed with chrome-plated axle cap and fasteners. * Wheels: Highly polished cast aluminum.

Engine/Drivetrain * Engine is a 1795cc liquid-cooled 52-degree V-twin that 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 bolted 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(r) 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. * 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 chromed 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 two-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.

Additional Features * Distinctive, new chrome hooded-headlight housing features a powerful, 55W/60W halogen bulb with a computer-designed multi-reflector for superb lighting in all conditions. * 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. * Comfortably padded large-diameter handgrips. * 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 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(tm) (HRCA(r)). Benefits include: discounts, travel benefits, roadside assistance, one year complimentary subscription to Honda Red Rider(tm) magazine, access to HRCA Clubhouse Web site (www.hrca.honda.com), access online to Honda Common Service Manual. For HRCA details, call 1-800-847-HRCA. For dealers only, please call (310) 783-3958.

Specifications
Model: VTX1800F

Engine Type: 1795cc liquid-cooled 52 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 with three-dimensional mapping, two spark plugs per cylinder
Transmission: Five-speed
Final Drive: Shaft
Front suspension: 45mm inverted fork; 5.1 inches travel
Rear suspension: Dual shocks with five-position spring preload adjustability; 3.9 inches travel
Front brake: Dual 296mm disc with LBS three-piston calipers
Rearbrake: Single 316mm disc with LBS twin-piston caliper
Front tire: 130/55R-18 radial
Rear: 180/55R-18 radial
Wheelbase: 67.6 inches
Rake: 32.48 degrees
Trail: 152mm (5.7 inches)
Seat Height: 27.9 inches
Dry Weight: 719 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 4.8 gallons
Colors: Black, Titanium Tribal, Candy Black Cherry, Silver Tribal

California version differs slightly due to emissions equipment.

(Honda release ends)

For more breaking motorcycle news, visit the home page of www.MotorcycleCruiser.com.